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Jan 22 15

Three Things to Know about Super Bowl XLIX: Patriots vs Seahawks

by Jennifer Eakins
  1. Two No. 1 seeds at it again: No two teams who have been ranked the highest seed heading into the post season have made it through the playoff gauntlet to reach the Super Bowl in back to back years since 1983 & 1984; The Raiders and Redskins and 49ers and Dolphins respectively. Last season, Denver and Seattle were both number ones and the Patriots and Seahawks have made their way to the big game in that same spot this season.

 

  1. The last time they faced one another: If Super Bowl forty nine bears any resemblance to the last time these two teams met, we all better get our popcorn out and ready. New England lost to Seattle by a score of 24-23 on October 14, 2012 in Seattle. Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson was just a rookie and the Patriots had the lead early in the fourth quarter 23-10 until Seattle clawed their way back. One of the most memorable moments to come out of that game was as Seattle corner Richard Sherman walked off the field, he taunted Tom Brady even tweeting about it later asking “You Mad, Bro?”

 

  1. Robert Kraft’s Minions: Another intriguing storyline of this year’s Super Bowl is the careers of the two coaches Bill Belichick and Pete Carroll. Both men are the only two head coaches hired by Patriots owner Robert Kraft and have gone about their successes with different coaching styles and schemes. They will face off in Super Bowl XLIX and showcase their extremely prosperous leadership styles and techniques.

 

Fans of the NFL, the Seahawks and the Patriots will want to grab those illustrious Super Bowl tickets and head to Glendale, Arizona for this intense matchup. Aside from the three things mentioned here, both teams are physical, highly talented and are peaking at the right time, almost guaranteeing a tight, exciting game.

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Jan 13 15

Packers Head To NFC Title Game – Beat Cowboys 26-21

by Josh Moore

In front of a packed crowd of freezing Packers ticket holders at Lambeau Field, Green Bay defeated the Dallas Cowboys by a score of 26-21 on Sunday afternoon.

A bit more stationary than usual due to a left calf injury, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers rallied his team from an eight point deficit with two touchdown passes in the second half to move on to the NFC title game. On the day, Rodgers threw for 316 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Eddie Lacy tacked on 101 yards on the ground in the winning effort.

Green Bay was helped immensely by a controversial video call with 4:06 remaining. Dez Bryant’s stretching bobbling 31-yard catch at the Packers one-yard line on a fourth-and-2 play was challenged by Packers’ Head Coach Mike McCarthy. Instead of a first-and-goal for the Cowboys as it was called, the ball went over to the Packers. While many argue the rule in place, the call was that Bryant did not maintain control of the ball all the way to the ground as the rule states.

The Cowboys first postseason trip to Green Bay since the Ice Bowl in 1967 resulted in their first road loss for the season. Running back Demarco Murray rushed for 123 yards with a touchdown and signal caller Tony Romo threw for 191 yards and two touchdowns all while sustaining an injury to his leg in the third quarter.

Despite two hobbled quarterbacks, the freezing temperatures and questionable calls by the officials, both teams played like it was their last game and left it all on the field.

Jan 7 15

Broncos vs Colts Preview AFC Divisional Game

by Jennifer Eakins

In a rematch from Week 1 of the 2014 NFL regular season, the Indianapolis Colts will fly west to meet the Denver Broncos in the Mile High City on Sunday. That game ended with a Bronco 31-24 victory; however both teams are in a different place after running the full NFL season gauntlet.

At the start of the season, the Colts had a healthy Ahmad Bradshaw who had proved to be a refreshing change from a non-performing Trent Richardson at pounding the ball on the ground. After an injury to Bradshaw, the Colts pretty much abandoned the run, especially in the last two games of the regular season where they ran for a total of 65 yards. Heading into the division game, the Colts are all Andrew Luck. With a corps of ailing yet talented wideouts and tight ends, Luck will have to win this game in the air. If the Broncos can figure out a way to stifle the talented quarterback, the game is theirs for the taking.

On the other side of the ball, Denver began the season with a questionable backfield and due to injuries sustained by Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman, found their superstar tandem in C.J. Anderson and Juwan Thompson. A team that used to rely on throwing the ball first with their future hall of fame quarterback Peyton Manning, now has a balanced attack and does not need to rely on the 38 year old to get it done.

Denver has a perfect record in the 2014 season at Sports Authority Field and their fans and Broncos ticket holders provide a true home-field advantage. It will be interesting to see if Andrew Luck can work another post season miracle and pull off a victory against the odds.

Jan 6 15

Preview: Seahawks vs Panthers Divisional Playoff

by Josh Moore

The Carolina Panthers finished 2014 with a losing record (7-8-1) and were treacherous for a large part of the regular season. They did however, end the regular season with four straight victories earning the AFC South title then took down the Cardinals 27-16 in the Wild Card round.

The Panthers end of season push was in part due to better offensive play mainly by running back Jonathan Stewart. His resurgence has taken some pressure off the defense and was a big factor in their first round victory. Against Arizona, Stewart finished with 24 carries for 123 yards and a touchdown. Stewart will need to be in prime form on Saturday against a Seattle team who holds the league’s number three rush defense, allowing just 81.5 rushing yards on average.

While the Seahawks and Panthers are very different teams schematically, they do share run-first offensive attacks headed by the league’s top mobile quarterbacks, (Russell Wilson and Cam Newton) as well as fierce defenses. In their current win streak, Carolina is giving up an average of only 11.8 points per game and Seattle just became only the second team in NFL history to lead the league in fewest points allowed for three consecutive seasons.

It is no secret that CenturyLink Field is a very difficult venue for opposing teams as Seahawks ticket holders are loud and so is the stadium. Carolina has played well against Seattle in the past two seasons and if any team is going to be able to go in there and pull it off, this hot Panthers’ team has a decent shot.

Dec 12 14

Linkin Park: The Hunting Party Tour

by Connie Shearar

Kicking off their tour in support of the release of their sixth studio album.  Linkin Park kicks off their The Hunting Party Tour this January 15th in Orlando, Florida and conclude in Edmonton, Canada.   This was done as a follow up to their upcoming US headliner with AFI and Thirty Seconds to Mars, announcing that the band will be in the UK and Europe this November for the Hunting Party Tour.  Support is also coming from Rise Records’ outfit, Of Mice & Men.  Get all your Linkin Park tickets at alliancetickets.com.

Linkin Park has grown into one of America’s largest and heaviest rock bands.  With this new album they are kicking their Linkin Park Rise Against Toursound back up to the heavy their fans love about them.  The Hunting Party album is their hardest album they have released so far.  The mix of punk, thrash, and hard rock is very experimental and brave from the band that had started moving over into electronic territory on their last two albums.  This is not the only thing different on this new album.  Guitarist Brad Delson, who has not used his axe in recent years very much.  He not only delivers great crushing riffs, and on nearly every track he lays down an amazing guitar solo.  This is also the band’s first record that will feature cameos by outside musicians, Rage Against the Machine, System of a Down, and Helmet all collaborated together and it is also the first album of theirs that is completely self-produced.  The end result of all of these experiments is an album that is aggressive and progressive.  While still being able to maintain the style Linkin Park is so well known and loved for.

The tour is set to hit several cities that haven’t seen Linkin Park in several years and Linkin Park thinks these towns are where rock was born and now overlooked.  Austin Carlile, Of Mice and Men recently had this to say about Linkin Park.  “We are really excited to be joining Linkin Park on The Hunting Party Tour. I performed the song “Faint” with them recently at The Hollywood Bowl and it was incredible.  Can’t wait to bring that experience to all our dedicated fans across America, The opportunity to tour with a band that inspired me to pursue music is mind blowing”.   You and your friends are not going to want to miss this amazing collaboration of musical artists and the genius they create when they come together on this tour.

Dec 11 14

Nickelback: No Fixed Addresses Tour

by Connie Shearar

The Canadian Rock band we know and love as Nickelback recently announced their upcoming, No Fixed Addresses tour that will kick off in Allentown, PA on February 14 and will span 61 cities over eight months.  The tour is divided into two legs that will zig-zig across the U.S. and Canada.  It concludes in Atlanta on August 29.  The tour is in support of their No Fixed Addresses album.  The tour will feature The Pretty Reckless as the opening act on select dates.  Citi card members can purchase pre-sale tickets.

Nickelback No Fixed Address TourNickelback one of the most successful commercial Canadian groups having sold more than 50 million albums worldwide and they rank as 11th best-selling music act and the second best-selling foreign act in the U.S. of the 2000’s behind the Beatles.  BillBoard ranks them the top rock group of the decade.  Their shows are high energy, dynamic and all around fun. For all your Nickelback tickets come to alliancetickets.com. Playing together since 1995 when Mike Kroeger borrowed enough money to record their first demo.  While working at Starbucks before forming Nickelback, Mike came up with the name for the group because of the change he gave customers back; he would frequently say, “Here’s your nickel back”.  Well Mike and the rest of the group sure know how to make each and every show VENTI….

No Fixed Addresses is named as such because the members of the group cut it in locales from Maui to Vancouver, Bassist Mike kroeger, guitarist Ryan Peake and drummer Daniel Adair worked without producer Joey Moi for the first time since 2001’s album Silver Side Up.  Instead Chris Baseford, known for his work with Rob Zombie.  No Fixed Addresses has a distinctive sound rooted in Nickleback style with swaggering riffs, a huge bass tone that sounds like they are just going to jump right off the instrument.  This album encourages listeners to spread their wings and pursue their dreams.

Dec 9 14

Chris Brown “Between the Sheets Tour”

by Connie Shearar

Chris Brown, with special guests, Trey Songz, and Tyga announced their upcoming “Between the Sheets Tour” in 2015.  The tour kicks off January 28, 2015 on a 25-city national tour starting off in Hampton, Va.  Additional stops along the way will be in Brooklyn, Atlanta, and Detroit, Toronto and Washington, D.C. and many more before ending at the Forum in Los Angeles on March 8.

The guys say this tour is to promote unity amongst artists and black men.  Trey explained it this way, “I think it just shows an example of brotherhood, an example of young black men finding a way to work together versus against one Chris Brown Between The Sheets Touranother,” After announcing their tour at the House of Blues in Hollywood. The trio went on to perform some of the music they will be using on their upcoming tour.

The multi-platinum selling artists Chris Brown and Trey Songz, with special guest Tyga are making their way to your city soon.  Get all your Chris Brown tickets at alliancetickets.com.  This is one show you are not going to want to miss.  These performers put on a dynamic show full of high energy, fun, dancing and lots of audience interaction.  Grammy award winning singer/songwriter Brown made his sixth #1 album entry on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Chart with the latest release of “X”, Trey Songz and his latest album “Trigga”, debuted at #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart this is his sixth studio album by the Grammy-nominated entertainer.

These men love their fans and they love to perform for them.  It is evident in the hard work and long hours they put in during recording time, performing time.  These artists are doing what they love and have been since they were children.  Chris Brown has been performing since childhood in his church choir and several local talent shows before signing with Jive Records in 2004.

This show is going to be amazing with performances by some of the greatest voices in hip hop today.  Make sure to not miss this dynamic performance.

Dec 4 14

Barry Manilow’s Upcoming North American Tour

by Connie Shearar

Barry Manilow is making news again with the upcoming tour and release of his new album, My Dream Duets album is being released in the UK.  The American singer-songwriter and producer best known for his recordings such as “Mandy”, “Can’t Smile Without You” and Copacabana.  In 1978 five of Manilows albums were on the best-seller charts simultaneously. On the heels of the release of his new album Barry heads across the pond to go on his North American tour kicking off with 29 concerts on his agenda.

Barry Manilow Tour 2015Barry Manilow has been an inspiration to many artists performing today, he has been praised by Frank Sinatra, and Bob Dylan, Manilow has produced and arranged albums for artists including Bette Midler and Dionne Warwick.  He has written songs for musicals, films and commercials.  He headlined in Las Vegas from February 2005 to December 30 2009 at the Las Vegas Hilton, Now called the Westgate Hotel and Casino.

Manilow has sold more than 80 million records worldwide, which makes him one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time.  He performed on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol as part of A Capitol Fourth.  Get all of your Barry Manilow tickets at alliancetickets.com for all of his upcoming tour dates.  No venue is out of reach for all of his “Fanilows” to go see their favorite crooner.  He was honest when finding out that Weezer redid “Like a Good Neighbor” when asked if he heard it, he replied. “I haven’t.  What’s their name?  Weezer?”   While we may be completely enamored with Barry Manilow he actually doesn’t pay as much attention to his fame as we do.    He admits though that when Bob Dylan came up to him at a party and hugged him telling him “Don’t stop what you’re doing man. We’re all inspired by you.  Barry said that was so important to him that early in his career because the critics were just killing him every chance they got.

Barry Manilow on tour again is unbelievable and so exciting for anyone who has never had the opportunity to see him perform live and an amazing opportunity for anyone who has seen him and want to see him again.  Keep your eyes open for tour dates coming close to your city.

Dec 2 14

Week 13 NFL Review

by Josh Moore

After a few duds on Thanksgiving Day, fans were treated to quite a few exciting matchups in Week 13.

Perhaps the most thrilling as promised was the New England – Green Bay game which pitted two future hall of fame quarterbacks against each other at Lambeau Field. Besides the obvious signal callers, watching Darrelle Revis and Jordy Nelson battle it out was a thing of beauty. The game ended with the Packers on top 26-21.

The Atlanta Falcons took on the Cardinals and instead of their usual late game slide, actually hung on to win by a score of 29-18. Atlanta wideout Julio Jones torched stud Arizona cornerback Patrick Peterson in one-on-one coverage for a total of 189 yards. With Drew Stanton under center, the Cardinals are not looking so much like a Super Bowl contender as people had previously pegged them.

Cincinnati took on the Tampa Bay Bucs in what ended in a 14-13 final in favor of the Bengals. Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton had the flu and played like it. He had a decent second half considering, and was able to connect with A.J Green for a touchdown in the third quarter that stood as the game winner.

The New Orleans Saints dusted themselves off from a three-game skid at the Super Dome and were able to beat the Steelers 35-32. Brees threw for five touchdowns in the victory and are now tied with the Falcons atop the weak NFC South division at 5-7.

Buffalo handed it to the Browns by a score of 26-10 led by their strong defense. The Bills created turnovers, sacked Hoyer a few times and added another six hits on the quarterback. Hoyer was eventually replaced by Johnny Manziel but to no avail.

Andrew Luck was masterful yet again and carved up the Washington secondary, to lead the Colts to a 49-27 victory over the Redskins. He is having another monster year and is on pace for nearly 5,500 yards and 45 touchdowns.

Jacksonville embarrassed the New York Giants by eeking out a 25-24 victory over the once mighty New York team. Giants head coach Tom Coughlin’s job is potentially on the line as New York has now missed the playoffs in five of their last six seasons.

Minnesota blocked and returned two punts for touchdowns on Sunday, the first team since 1990 to do so in the same game. They defeated the Carolina Panthers 31-13 in what was a battle of pretty meager teams, otherwise.

The St. Louis Rams shut out the hapless Oakland Raiders by a ridiculous score of 52-0. Fans who bought Rams tickets that day were treated to an old fashioned tail whooping.

AFC rivals Kansas City and Denver faced off at Arrowhead Stadium in what proved to be a decent game but not as great as some predicted. Denver dominated on both sides of the ball for most of the game and the result was a 29-16 victory and the top spot in the division for the Broncos.

Houston Texans’ quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick had a career day against the Tennessee Titans throwing six touchdowns with zero interceptions. JJ Watt also had a stellar outing and caught an offensive touchdown at the tight end position. Too bad neither of these teams will most likely make the postseason as they are both behind the Colts in the AFC South.

Monday Night Football was a clash of AFC East rivals Miami Dolphins and New York Jets. It actually proved to be a decent game with Miami coming from behind in the fourth quarter to beat the struggling Jets. Of course they did.

The playoff picture is starting to take shape in the NFL and the coming weeks should provide some great matchups down the stretch. Fans might want to start setting some cash aside to purchase post season NFL tickets so they don’t miss out on all the action.

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!