LeBron James struggled heavily during Game 3 of the NBA Finals as the San Antonio Spurs took a 2-1 lead heading into Game 4. James promises to play much better after the 113-77 blow out loss. The Heatremain confident but face the next two games on the Spur’s home court. San Antonio’s Tony Parker suffered a hamstring injury but looks forward to contributing in Game 4. Game 4 is tonight in San Antonio.
The opener of the Stanley Cup Finals was a three-overtime thriller when Andrew Shaw deflected a Dave Bolland’s tip into the net for a 4-3 Chicago Blackhawks’ victory over the Boston Bruins. It was the fifth-longest playoff game in the history of the Stanley Cup. Game 2 comes to the United Center in Chicago on Saturday.
After a thrilling French Open that saw Rafael Nadal win a record 8th straight championship, Wimbledon comes to the All England ClubJune 23rd to July 7th. All of the world’s top players will compete for the title, including Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova,Andy Murray, and defending champion Roger Federer who is seeking a record 8th Wimbledon crown. Over 128 ATP and WTA players will compete for the coveted crown over the course of two weeks.
The US Open Tennis Championship is the fourth tennis major of the year, wrapping up the North American hardcourt season. Last year was the first time in a while that each major championship was held by a different winner on the ATP tour. This year is shaping up in much the same fashion with Novak Djokovic taking the Australian Open crown and Rafael Nadal winning the French Open. This is a golden age of tennis, with so many active tennis legends on tour from Nadal,Federer and Serena Williams that history is made seemingly at every tournament. The US Open starts August 26th in Flushing, New York.
Legendary Lionel Richie is launching a fall excursion tour featuring all the hits you remember. His “All The Hits All Night Long” tour kicks off in mid-September, featuring songs like “Endless Love,” “Truly,” “Stuck On You” and “Dancing On The Ceiling” which dominated the pop charts during the 1980s. Now you can see the five-time Grammy winner as he comes to Hollywood, FL, Atlantic City, Mashantucket, Brooklyn, Fairfax, Atlanta, Nashville, Chicago, Orilla, Windsor, Catoosa, Austin, Spring, Austin, San Jose and Los Angeles.
September is looking to be an amazing month for NIN fans. Nine Inch Nails is dropping a new album at the beginning of the month and kicking off a new tour at the end. The two month road trip will featureExplosions In The Sky and Godspeed You! Black Emperor on select dates. The new album “Hesitation Marks” will be the first new music from NIN in five years. The tour comes to Saint Paul, Kansas City, Saint Louis, Montreal, Toronto, Cleveland, Auburn Hills, Pittsburgh, Boston, Brooklyn, Newark, Washington, DC, University Park, Raleigh, Nashville, Atlanta, Sunrise, Orlando, San Antonio, Los Angeles, Phoenix and more.
At a recent surprise standup show in New York, Dave Chappelle mentioned that a comedy tour with Chris Rock might be in the works. What we do know is that after only performing sporadically since 2005, Chappelle has announced a comedy tour across the U.S. The creator and star of Comedy Central’s hit show “Chappelle’s Show,” comes to Richmond, Winston Salem, North Myrtle Beach, Raleigh, Charlotte, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga and Atlanta.
Sensation, the Netherlands dance event, announces its first U.S. tour. The brainchild of Netherlands electronic music experience companyID&T, Sensation sold out two events at Brooklyn’s Barclays Centerlast year. Its “The Ocean Of White” production has already toured globally and now will be expanded to more U.S. audiences. The production features DJs, acrobats and giant jellyfish floating above the dance floor as “the arena is transformed into a water world full of mysteries of the unexplored.” And show goers are required to adhere to a white-attire dress code. Catch the Sensation as it comes to Oakland, Las Vegas, Miami and Brooklyn.
Bill O’Reilly and Dennis Miller are back at it again. The Bolder & Fresher tour features the two superstar personalities as they bring their unique form of political entertainment to the masses. Bill O’Reilly, godfather of “no spin” and in-your-face television, and Dennis Miller, the king of rants bring their show to Denver, Kansas City, Portland, Spokane, Nashville, Jacksonville and Las Vegas.
Actor and comedian Kevin James has scheduled a comedy tour for 2013. The star of “King of Queens,” “Zookeeper,” and “Paul Blart: Mall Cop,” has over 13 dates booked along with a residency in Las Vegas that will see him joined by Ray Romano. The tour comes to Atlantic City, Melbourne, FL, Saint Petersburg, Pensacola, Houston, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Louisville, Cincinnati, Saint Louis, Memphis and Birmingham.
British comedian Russell Brand brings his “Messiah Complex World Tour” to the road this summer. Saying he plans to perform in theaters as well as “prisons, drug rehabs … nationalist organizations, Mosques, foreclosed houses, protest sties, synagogues and in people’s private homes,” Russell will tour globally, traveling to the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Canada, United Kingdom, Iceland and Canada, with the U.S. swing getting started in earnest in August. His U.S. dates include Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, San Diego, Phoenix, Washington, DC, Atlantic City, Bethlehem, Tampa, Orlando and Pompano Beach.
Sigur Ros announce the ultimate U.S. leg of their globe-spanning tour, which will consist of a final, 20-show run starting in September. The band started touring in support of their sixth studio album, “Valtari,” and continue behind their next week’s release of hard-rocking “Kveikur.” Sigur Ros’ acclaimed live show is world renowned, and you’ll have a chance to see them in action as they come to Cleveland, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Charlottesville, Norfolk, North Charleston, Whites Creek, Asheville, Chicago, Saint Louis, New Orleans, Birmingham, Atlanta, Tampa, Orlando and Miami.
Queens of the Stone Age has a new album and a new tour. Heading out on the road to support their latest album “…Like Clockwork,” the follow-up to 2007’s “Era Vulgaris,” the alternative rock band has booked its first full-fledged tour since 2011. The tour comes to Council Bluffs, Vale, SD, Edmonton, Calgary, Morrison, Universal City, Philadelphia, Toronto, Detroit, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Indianapolis, Louisville, Charlotte, Asheville, Grand Prairie, Nashville, Fayetteville and Tulsa.
In Broadway news: Kinky Boots, Pippin and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike win big at the Tony Awards. And new productions, including Billy Crystal: 700 Sundays,Richard III, Twelfth Night, and Big Fish head to Broadway.
Tons of new tour dates are also now in the exchange for:
ESPN X Games,
Matchbox Twenty & The Goo Goo Dolls,
Brian Setzer Orchestra,
Portugal The Man,
Michael Franti & Spearhead,
Cold War Kids, and
Plain White Ts.