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Nov 24 14

Bette Midler’s North American 2015 Tour

by Connie Shearar

Kicking off her North American tour, her first return to the stage in over a decade.  Bette Midler will kick off her tour that is supporting the release of her new album on May 8 at the Hard Rock Café in Hollywood, Florida.  The Grammy Award winning singer heads out to perform old and new stuff for her fans.   Every single ticket bought online, entitles the buyer to a copy of her new CD, It’s The Girls!  The tour is being produced by Live Nation (Justine Timberlake, Maroon 5) and Larry Magid Entertainment Group. To get your Bette Midler tickets for her 2015 North American tour, visit AllianceTickets.com.

Bette Midler Tour 2015Featured material will come from Bette’s past and from her first album since 2006.  Her new album, It’s The Girls is a tribute to girl groups of the past 40’s to the 90’s. Like The Andrews Sisters, The Supremes, The Shirelles and TLC.   The album was released on November 4 on Warner Bros. and then outside the US by East West Records/Warner Music UK on November 17, 2014.  Bette is heading out to do some publicity for the tour so she will make several major TV appearances that include, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Nov. 5, NBC Today on Nov. 6, and Live! with Kelly and Michael on Nov. 7.  She has also already released several tracks from her new album as teasers.  The most popular song so far is a version of TLC’s “Waterfalls”.  That track went straight to #5 on the Billboard + Twitter trending 140.  Not many songs will ever bypass, “The Rose” or “Wind Beneath My Wings” but then we don’t want to replace them we are just so happy she is making music again..  The world is about to become a happier place with Bette Midler performing again in it.

Also known as The Devine Miss M, the singer-songwriter and actress has been performing for us since 1965.  In her near half a century career Midler has been nominated for two Academy Awards, won three Grammy Awards, four Golden Globes, three Emmy Awards and special Tony Award.  She has sold over 30 million records worldwide that’s not all either.  Miss M took 4 Gold, 3, Multiplatinum albums by RIAA.  She began her career in several Off-Off-Broadway plays prior to her engagements in Fiddler on the roof.   This lady’s show is amazing, she puts on a dynamic show full of energy and humor and everything that is Bette Midler is coming to a city near you!

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Nov 21 14

Taylor Swift’s ‘The 1989 World Tour’ Starts May 5, 2015

by Connie Shearar

May 5, 2015 is the date to put up on your calendar all you Taylor Swift fans.  She kicks off her world tour in Japan and then she hits North America and Europe before heading to Australia on December 15 2015.  Taylor covered the hit song “Riptide” by Vance Joy who is supporting all North American dates and Shawn Mendes will be joining Taylor for select performances.  One perk for her biggest fans is they will have an opportunity to get their tickets early.  American Express Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public.  Also members of the TaylorSwift.com e-mail list will also have access to pre-sale tickets. For all your Taylor Swift tickets visit AllianceTickets.com

Taylor Swift 1989 TourTaylor Swift became one of Americas Sweethearts at 16 when she released her first album to the American public and we have been in love with Taylor Swift ever since.  She began by playing malls doing Karaoke songs and open-mic gigs.  It has been amazing to watch her blossom and grow into the amazing stunning performer we know her as today.

She kicks off her tour here in America on May 20th at Bossier City, Louisiana’s CenturyLink Center and will work her way north until late-June.  After that Swift heads to Europe for 5 dates then she returns to North America on July 6th for a show at Ottawa’s Canadian Tire Center.  At that time she will return to North America and play stadiums and arenas until Halloween at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium.

The tour is in support of the album 1989 that she sold upwards of 1.25 million copies of the new album.  The platinum-selling artist also shared a brief trailer for the 1989 Tour.  She will making time during the tour to stop in to New York for New Years Eve, for ABC’s “Dick Clark’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2015” She will be performing live in Times Square for over 1 million people on site for the event.

Nov 18 14

Recap of Denver Broncos vs St Louis Rams in Week 11

by Josh Moore

In perhaps the most surprising game on the Week 11 docket, the St. Louis Rams led by quarterback journeyman Shaun Hill, defeated the Denver Broncos in convincing fashion. With a final score of 22-7, the Rams move to a 4-6 record while the Broncos fall to 7-3.

The Rams had already quietly beaten the past NFC champs Seahawks and 49ers, and blown a big lead at home against the Cowboys. Still, no one gave St. Louis a shot at this game and the way Denver played, they didn’t prepare for a tough matchup either.

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was 34 for 54 for 389 yards with two interceptions and was held to one touchdown pass, a 42-yard strike to Emmanuel Sanders. The Rams defense proved to be too much for Manning and company on Sunday and they held the Broncos several times on fourth down deep in Ram territory, preventing a Manning comeback.

The loss also included some critical injuries for the Broncos moving forward. Tight end Julius Thomas was sidelined in the first quarter with an ankle injury and will miss playing time. Stellar wideout Emmanuel Sanders is undergoing concussion protocol after being drilled by Rodney McLeod on a deep sideline throw and running back Montee Ball aggravated a groin injury that had kept him off the field for the five previous games.

This no-name St. Louis team is exciting and people should want to buy Rams tickets to head out and see how the rest of the season pans out. The NFC West is up for grabs and why not the Rams? As far as Denver is concerned, they are now looking at home field advantage for the playoffs in the rearview mirror and need to prepare to play on the road if the Super Bowl is in the cards for them.

Oct 31 14

Counting Crows Somewhere Under Wonderland Tour

by Kati Miller

In celebration of their Somewhere Under Wonderland album, the group has decided to embark on none other than a world tour!  Counting Crows tickets will be available in Europe, the United States, and Australia!  The tour begins on November 1st in Europe and ends on April 2nd in Australia, hitting up nine locations in the United States, 25 locations in all.  Released on Counting Crows TourSeptember 2, 2014 Somewhere Under Wonderland is now the seventh studio album by the famous American rock band and is considered a special one as the album is the band’s first release of original material since 2008′s Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings.  Additionally, this is their first release from Capitol Records after parting with their original label, Geffen Records, of 18 years.  Don’t worry about a huge change in sound, longtime fans, as Rolling Stone puts it, “Adam Duritz is still the same dreadlocked dreamer you remember from the Nineties” and Uncut insists that “they sound refreshed again here, even if their classy, Music From Big Pink-inspired roots-rock has changed little from the default settings established by their brilliant debut August And Everything After 20 years ago.”  Fans are also claiming that their album “contains no filler” tracks and that they are “reestablishing themselves while staying true to their original sound”.  So, there you have it; it sounds like this will be one tour you don’t want to miss!

Oct 30 14

Counting Crows ‘Somewhere Under Wonderland’ Tour

by Connie Shearar

Counting Crows are making their way across the Midwest this winter on their ‘Somewhere Under Wonderland’ tour.   When they released the album it debuted at #6 on the Billboard Top 200.  This makes their 6th top 10 album.

Writing for ‘Somewhere Under Wonderland’ happened during a 10 day writing session where Duritz, Powers, Vickrey and Immergluck got together in New York to write six songs and begin recoding for the new album. After finishing they then signed with Capitol Records to help them release and distribute the album.  They plan on touring the Midwest to promote the album.  Next, they plan to take the ‘Somewhere Under Wonderland’ to Australia, Canada and then back to the U.S and U.K. for additional tour dates.

Counting Crows TicketsAfter the release of that first debut album ‘August and Everything After’, which featured the hit single “Mr Jones” Counting Crows popularity went through the roof. Since then they have sold over 20 million albums worldwide and received a 2004 Academy Award nomination for their song “Accidently in Love”, from the film Shrek 2.

Lead singer Adam Duritz and guitarist David Bryson started out playing coffee houses in San Francisco under the Counting Crows name.  The band’s name was taken from One for Sorrow, a British nursery rhyme.

This is one of the most dynamic bands performing live today.  Their shows are outstanding; fun, high energy and very passionate. Critics are touting that this album is Counting Crows best work yet.  The tour kicks off in Peoria, IL and continues through; Detroit, Indianapolis, and others, ending in Davenport, IA.  Joining as the tours supporting first act will be, Twin Forks, the folk rock bank started in 2011 by Chris Carrabba.

No matter if you are a new fan or been a fan since the coffee house days AllianceTickets.com has what you are looking for. Counting Crows tickets are at the best prices around.

Counting Crows has always been a band that has always preferred to perform live shows.  They have toured extensively as both headliners and supporting roles with other artists.  They are also one of the only bands that actively encourage the recording of its concerts.  The band hosts a trading network on its website to enable fans to swap the bootleg material.

Their musical influences include Van Morrison, REM, Mike and The Mechanics, Nirvana, Bob Dylan.

Oct 29 14

THE WHO Hits 50! Tour

by Kati Miller

AEG Live presents “THE WHO HITS 50!” tour!  The English rock band is coming to North America in 2015 in celebration of their 50th anniversary; they will be touring the United States and Canada in on a two leg tour!  THE WHO tickets are currently available for their first run which begins on April 15th in Tampa, Florida and they will perform nonstop at 20 different locations up until May 30th at Forest Hills, New York.  Their second leg begins on September 14th in San Diego and The Who Hits 50 Touris set to end on November 4th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Through the set list, you will be escorted on an “amazing journey” through THE WHO’s entire career, from their early days including songs from their classic albums through their present day hits!  Guitarist and songwriter for The Who, Pete Townshend, details the show as including, “Hits, Picks, Mixes and Misses” meaning audiences will see the band play all their classic anthems as well as deeper cuts from their albums.  Founder and lead singer, Roger Daltrey, says of the upcoming tour, “This is the beginning of the long goodbye,” and Townshend added, “Trying to stay young.  Not wearing socks, growing a great big Woodcutter’s beard, might even wear a check shirt on stage and get a tattoo of a Union Jack.  Always a fashion victim but under no illusions.  We are what we are, and extremely good at it, but we’re lucky to be alive and still touring.”  THE WHO has sold over 100 million records since their formation in 1964; they are comprised of four very different personalities thus creating one of the most successful and loved groups of all time.  The band is still going strong as they enter their 50th year; they continue to earn rave reviews from critics and longtime fans alike.

Oct 27 14

Billy Idol’s 2015 World Tour

by Connie Shearar

Billy Idol and his famous sneer are back. In his first album since the 2006 Christmas covers album, Kings and Queens. Billy heads out on his ‘Kings & Queens of the Underground’ world tour to promote that album.  Billy kicks off his world tour in the U.K. then he has dates into Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands and a few other stops. Before his ‘Kings and Queens of the Underground’ tour hits the U.S. at the House of Blues in New Orleans on January 21. Billy has multiple North America stops before finally finishing up in Las Vegas at the Cosmopolitan on February 21.  Afterwards Billy heads Billy Idol 2015 Tourto Australia and then finally rounding it all out in New Zealand for a show at Horncastle Arena on April 4th.  For the hardcore Idol fans you can buy a meet and greet VIP upgrade so you can meet the man behind the Idol.  Well let’s not get carried away.  With your VIP purchase you have access to meeting Billy Idol and maybe getting at least a selfie and an autograph. These are exclusive Billy Idol Tickets you don’t want to pass on.

Billy Idol first achieved fame in the punk rock era as member of the band Generation X from there he went onto to pursue a solo career.  As a member of the MTV-driven “Second British Invasion” of the US.  After a series of music videos for songs such as “Dancing with Myself” “White Wedding” and “Rebel Yell” made Billy one of MTVs first stars.  Billy has been performing 40 years all over the world.  His fan base is possibly one of the widest in the industry.  His love of music is parallel to his showmanship.  Billy loves to tour, loves to put on shows for fans.  You will be hard pressed to find a show more dynamic than this.  Billy Idol is Punk Rock, there will be others who try to copy but they will fall short.

Billy will be performing songs from his past and current albums this is a must see show if you’re Billy Idol fan.  For all your concert ticket needs come to AllianceTickets.com.   Billy also has a self-penned autobiography, “Dancing with Myself” that released this year via Touchstone.

Oct 21 14

Are the San Diego Chargers Super Bowl Contenders?

by Josh Moore

They are second in their AFC West division right now with 5-2-0.  The only real competition they have in their division would be the Denver Broncos.  That is a very serious competitor but the Chargers also have something this season and that is a head coach McCoy that believes in them and is willing to put in the time to prove his team is to be taken very seriously.   They were just knocked off their 5 win streak by Kansas City Chiefs. 23-20 where they played at home in the Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA.

Head Coach Mike McCoy has only been with the Chargers, this makes his second season. After replacing Norv Turner after 2012.  San Diego still did not compete in the playoffs in 2013 however, the team did score the AFC’s final wild-card spot and won a postseason game.  All of this did was fan the flame for the Chargers fans next year.  Mike cares about each individual player on his team and it shows for example, QB Plilip Rivers was thought to be on his way out of San Diego.  Under McCoy and the rest of his team, the 32 yr old has done a complete 180.  Rivers has thrown 47 TDs and just 11 San Digeo Chargers Playing 2014interceptions. Now at six weeks he is a MVP frontrunner.

If we just look at numbers they are a 2-2 team that has a .500 record or better. This makes them a 3-0 against teams who are below .500.  The problem now comes in because seven of the last nine games are teams who are above .500.  So while the Chargers are having a stellar beginning season.  Keep in mind this is only the start.  The teams just get more challenging as the year continues.

One reason some of the analysts are saying that San Diego may have to put off the Super Bowl for another season is, the team is missing its two starting RBs, its starting center, a starting ILB and OLB and has not had a healthy secondary in over a month.  So word is while the Chargers are having an awesome beginning season and they may very well pull off a Wild Card win.  But Super Bowl though?  We will have to wait to see how the season plays out.

Oct 13 14

Katy Perry Set to Perform at the Super Bowl XLIX in 2015

by Kati Miller

Wondering who holds the coveted spot for the halftime performance at Super Bowl XLIX?  This year it will be none other than Katy Perry!  The game will be played on Sunday Feb. 1 in Glendale, Arizona at the University of Phoenix Stadium.  Most have heard by now that the NFL was strongly considering artists to pay to perform at all of the following games as it undoubtedly draws in massive ratings.  For last season’s Super Bowl between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos, a record 111.5 million viewers tuned in for Bruno Mars’ performance at the half.  This year should be no different; the half Katy Perry Super Bowl XLIXtime show is always a much speculated event, for some, even more entertaining than the football game itself.  No one could forget the infamous Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show controversy of the nip slip when Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake performed.  Who would want to risk missing something like that again?  Or, more realistically, who would want to miss the elaborate stages and intricate, well planned acts that are always promised and delivered at all Super Bowl Half times?  Not many, even the haters tune in with their phones in hand, ready to call up and complain at the slightest slip up!  This is exactly why the NFL is eager to start a trend of paying performers.  The Wall Street Journal also reported in August that organizers reached out to Perry, Rihanna and Coldplay to see if they were interested in playing the half time performance.  There is no word on why Perry was chosen but it doesn’t sound like it was because she was willing to fork over the dough.  In an appearance on ESPN’s “College GameDay” on October 4th, the songstress insisted that she’s “not the kind of girl to pay to play the Super Bowl.”  Well, that sure shuts down those rumors.  In regards to what she’s planning to do for her performance, only time will tell; you will just have to tune in to the world’s biggest football game to find out!

 

Super Bowl XLIX performer Katy Perry

Sunday Feb. 1

Glendale, Arizona at the University of Phoenix Stadium

Oct 10 14

Week 5 Denver Broncos Team Review

by Travis Castle

In their 41-20 Sunday win over the previously unbeaten Arizona Cardinals, the Mile High Broncos looked at times like titans of the gridiron and others as mere mortals. Obviously, in winning by 21 points, the Broncos had more positives than negatives, however there were a couple of head scratching plays from the Denver squad. What notes can be taken from this game, and what can fans expect from the Broncos moving forward?

On the offensive side of the football, Peyton’s first drive against the Cardinals vaunted corner-backs looked predictably efficient. No. 18 simply took what the Cardinals gave him on that drive culminating in Peyton once again reaching the record books becoming the second person in history to throw 500 touchdown passes. At times Manning looked like a mortal throwing 2 Interceptions in the strong wind, but then reminded everyone how impressive he is throwing for 479 yards and 4 TDs. With Manning performing like he is Broncos Tickets are in demand. Demaryius Thomas abused the Cardinals defense having a career day hauling in eight passes for 226 yards and 2 touchdowns. Whatever doubts fans might have had regarding his early season form, Thomas silenced his doubters looking as strong as ever. Thomas, going up against Cardinals Probowl CB Cromartie, was consistently targeted by Manning and made Cromartie look out of his depth. To start off the day the Broncos running game did not do much to relieve pressure off of Manning. Ronnie Hillman showed some signs of life coming into the game for the injured Montee Ball.

Denver Broncos Tickets 2014 2015The Denver Broncos defense was the real story of Sunday’s dominant win over Arizona. The Demarcus Ware, Von Miller duo keeps living up to the preseason hype, applying consistent pressure on the QB and playing the run well. Von Miller looked especially strong on Sunday picking up 1.5 sacks and proving once again just how important he is to this defense. The defensive backs for the Broncos also looked impressive squaring off against the Arizona receivers. Aside from a huge passing play to Cards RB Andre Ellington, the Denver backs did particularly well containing the pass. Particularly the defense stood strong when the team needed them to most, only allowing 3/16 3rd down conversions. The first drive especially illustrated the stone wall that was Sunday’s Broncos defense. The Cardinals offense was driving down the field, reaching the Bronco’s 9 yard-line. With a combination of crowd-noise, a costly penalty, and strong defensive pressure, the Broncos forced their opponent back and held them to a field goal.

Moving forward in the season, the Broncos still look to belong at the top of the NFL table. The groin injury to Montee Ball is concerning, but Ronnie Hillman is a capable backup. Ball’s injury is even less worrisome when one remembers who is at the helm of this team. Peyton Manning is a future Hall of Fame player, and the leader of this Broncos team. This team has as much success as Manning does, and if he continues to play at such a high level, the Broncos look to continue to be a top team. If the Broncos defense continues to play at their potential as they did this Sunday that just instills even more confidence that this team is a dominating force to be reckoned with.