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Keith Urban Tour Dates 2011

Posted on 29 November 2010 by Bill West



The guitar slinging country rocker – Keith Urban – has announced another world domination tour.  Or, at least, a major US country music Arena tour extravaganza.

The “Get Closer” tour is name after his newest album that was just released and features the hit country song “Put You In A Song.”   Opening acts and / or “special guests” will also be added soon.  Tickets will go on sale in mid February – check back for ticketing details.

Urban has scheduled the dates to allow for cherished family time and makes his way through much of the continental U.S.

KEITH URBAN announces his

‘GET CLOSER 2011 WORLD TOUR’

DATE CITY VENUE ONSALE
June 16 Mobile, AL Civic Center Feb 18
June 17 Jacksonville, FL Veterans Memorial Arena Feb 12
June 18 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum Feb 19
June 23 Columbia, SC Colonial Life Arena Feb 25
June 24 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena Feb 11
June 25 Raleigh, NC RBC Center Feb 11
June 29 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center Feb 18
June 30 Moline, IL Wireless Center Feb 12
July 7 Hershey, PA Giant Center March 5
July 8 Boston, MA TD Garden Feb 12
July 9 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena Feb 12
July 14 Newark, NJ Prudential Center Feb 18
July 15 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center Feb 12
July 16 Albany, NY Times Union Arena Feb 18
July 19 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena Feb 11
July 21 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena Feb 12
July 22 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena Feb 25
July 23 Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills Feb 25
July 28 Washington, DC Verizon Center Feb 18
July 29 Toledo, OH Huntington Center Feb 26
July 31 Ft. Wayne, IN Memorial Coliseum Feb 18
August 4 Atlanta, GA Gwinnett Center Feb 25
August 6 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena March 4
August 11 Cincinnati, OH US Bank Arena March 11
August 12 Knoxville, TN Thompson Boling Arena March 4
August 13 Augusta, GA James Brown Arena Feb 11
August 18 Tulsa, OK BOK Center March 25
August 19 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center Feb 18
August 20 Omaha, NE Qwest Center April 8
August 25 Jonesboro, AR ASU Convocation Center Feb 18
August 26 Tupelo, MS Bancorpsouth Arena Feb 18
August 27 Lafayette, LA Cajundome March 12
August 28 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center Feb 12
September 8 Buffalo, NY HSBC Arena Feb 11
September 29 Seattle, WA KeyArena March 4
October 1 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion Feb 12
October 2 Sacramento, CA ARCO Arena Feb 12
October 4 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center Feb 25
October 7 Glendale, AZ Jobing.com Arena May 13
October 8 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center March 4
October 11 Denver, CO Pepsi Center Feb 18
October 13 Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center March 12
October 14 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena Feb 11
October 15 Minneapolis, MN Target Center April 8

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Taylor Swift Speak Now World Tour Dates

Posted on 24 November 2010 by Bill West

Taylor Swift

It’s the biggest country tour since Garth… Taylor Swift is currently slated to play 87 shows in 19 countries spanning four continents on the Taylor Swift Speak Now World Tour 2011, which kicks off February 9th in Singapore.

Taylor will play shows throughout Asia and Europe during the first part of 2011, before kicking off her North American tour, sponsored by Covergirl, on May 27th in Omaha, Nebraska. Ticket prices will start at $25 dollars. Here are the announced dates for Taylor Swift Speak Now World Tour 2011:

February 9 Singapore

February 11 Seoul, South Korea

February 13 Osaka, Japan

February 16 & 17 Tokyo, Japan

February 19 Manila, Philippines

February 21 Hong Kong

March 6 Brussels, Belgium

March 7 Rotterdam, Holland

March 9 Oslo, Norway

March 12 Oberhausen, Germany

March 15 Milan, Italy

March 17 Paris, France

March 19 Madrid, Spain

March 22 Birmingham, UK

March 25 Belfast, Northern Ireland

March 27 Dublin, Ireland

March 29 Manchester, UK

March 30 London, UK

May 27 & 28 Omaha, Nebraska

May 29 Des Moines, Iowa

June 2 & 3 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

June 4 Orlando, Florida

June 7 Columbus, Ohio

June 8 Milwaukee, Wisconsin

June 11 Detroit, Michigan

June 14 & 15 St. Paul, Minnesota

June 18 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

June 21 Buffalo, New York

June 22 Hartford, Connecticut

June 25 Foxborough, Mass

June 30 Greensboro, NC

July 1 Knoxville, TN
July 2 Louisville, KY

July 8 Charlotte, NC

July 9 & 10 Atlanta, GA

July 14 Montreal, Quebec

July 15 & 16 Toronto, Ontario

July 19 & 20 New York, NY

July 28 Grand Rapids, MI

July 29 Indianapolis, IN

July 30 Cleveland, OH

August 2 & 3 Washington, DC

August 6 Philadelphia, PA

August 9 & 10 Chicago, IL

August 13 Lexington, KY

August 14 St. Louis, M I

August 18 & 19 Edmonton, Alberta

August 23 & 24 Los Angeles, CA

September 1 & 2 San Jose, CA

September 3 Sacramento, CA

September 6 Portland, OR

September 7 Seattle, WA

September 10 & 11 Vancouver, BC

September 16 & 17 Nashville, TN

September 21 Tulsa, OK

September 24 Kansas City, MI

September 27 Denver, CO

September 28 Salt Lake City, UT

October 4 Little Rock, AR

October 5 New Orleans, LA

October 8 Dallas, TX

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Arizona Country Thunder Schedule 2011

Posted on 20 November 2010 by Bill West


Jason Aldean

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The country mega concert in Florence, Arizona – a Country Thunder – just announced some of country music’s hottest acts.   Sunday headliner, Toby Keith.    He’s one of Forbes Top Moneymakers who has 15 studio albums and a string of number one hits, he’ll be sure to rock the Canyon Moon Ranch in Florence, Arizona. Joining him is the beautiful and talented 4 time CMA “Female Vocalist of the Year” Martina McBride. This established songstress has the hits and the presence to entertain the Saturday night crowd.     Friday features Jason Aldean, the scorching hot artist who’s spent more weeks at the number one spot on country music radio charts than any artist in the last 12 months.

Taking place April 7 -10, 2011, music fans can cowboy-up for a full 4-day general admission pass for the sweet price of only $99.00, this price is valid until November 30th, 2010. That’s less than a hundred bucks for three hot headliners and a full weekend of amazing country music.  VIP and sponsorship packages are also available with added perks including hospitality tent access, preferred parking, and premium concert seating.

For the thousands of new and returning fans of Country Thunder, tent and campsites are available at Canyon Moon Ranch. There are several types of camping available —from primitive rugged to rustic and modern amenities.

The announced line-up includes:

Thursday, April 7th Kick-off Party
Music begins at 6:30 pm
Sawyer Brown

Friday, April 8th
Music begins at 2:00 pm
Jason Aldean

Saturday, April 9th
Music begins at 1:00 pm
Martina McBride

Sunday, April 10th
Music begins at 1:00 pm
Toby Keith

More artists will be announced in the coming weeks.

Resource tickets and additional information online: www.countrythunder.com

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Country Thunder Schedule Set For 2011

Posted on 19 November 2010 by Bill West


Lady Antebellum

The country mega concert in Twin Lakes  Wisconsin – Country Thunder – one of country music’s premiere festival events is back with a bang, bringing some of today’s hottest artists out for the 2011 line-up.   Kicking off the festival on Thursday, is 2010 CMA “Vocal Group of the Year” Lady Antebellum, who is sure to get the crowd going with their 2010 CMA Single of the Year, “Need You Now“. Newly crowned CMA “New Artist of the Year” Zac Brown Band won’t want to be missed on Friday as they takes over the stage to perform their numerous #1 hits. Bringing her beauty and talented vocal skill, 4 time CMA “Female Vocalist of the Year” Martina McBride hits the stage on Saturday night. Last but absolutely not the least country music’s most awarded group of the decade, Rascal Flatts, will close out the festival ending 4-days of a musical extravaganza. Country Thunder guarantees to bring just what fans deserve, a festival experience like no other!

Taking place July 21-24, 2011, music fans can cowboy-up for a full 4-day general admission pass for the sweet price of only $99.00. That’s less than a hundred bucks for four hot headliners and a full weekend of amazing country music. VIP and sponsorship packages are also available with added perks including hospitality tent access, preferred parking, and premium concert seating.

For the thousands of new and returning fans of Country Thunder, several tent and campsite options are available, offering primitive rugged to rustic and modern amenities. Check out our new website for all the information!

The announced line-up includes:

Thursday, July 21st
Music begins at 5:30 pm
Lady Antebellum

Friday, July 22nd
Music begins at 1:00 pm
Zac Brown Band

Saturday, July 23rd
Music begins at 1:00 pm
Martina McBride

Sunday, July 24th
Music begins at 1:00 pm
Rascal Flatts

More artists will be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets and additional information available online: www.countrythunder.com
Media wishing credentials will be required to get clearance through Country Thunder’s Publicity reps in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Keith Urban: Put You In A Song

Posted on 10 November 2010 by editor

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2010 CMA WINNERS

Posted on 10 November 2010 by editor



COUNTRY AWARDS2010 CMA Award Winners:

***BRAD PAISLEY WINS ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR***

Brad Paisley pays tribute to his Grandfather in a humble acceptance speech. Thanks wife and the fans. “If you see a turtle on a fencepost it’s because he had help getting there…”

Single of the Year:   Lady Antebellum “Need You Now”

New Artist Of The Year: Zac Brown Band

Vocal Group Of The Year: Lady Antebellum

Single Of The Year: “Need You Now” Lady Antebellum

Song Of The Year: “The House That Built Me” Miranda Lambert

Male Vocalist Of The Year: Blake Shelton

Vocal Duo: Sugarland

Female Vocalist: Miranda Lambert

Musical Event: “Hillbilly Bone” Trace Adkins / Blake Shelton

Entertainer Of The Year: Brad Paisley

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More Vegas Shows Set For Garth

Posted on 10 November 2010 by editor



LAS VEGAS, Nov. 9, 2010 — Garth Brooks has performed to sold-out crowds and rave reviews at the intimate Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas since December 2009. Tickets for the next series of highly anticipated concerts will go on sale on Saturday, November 13 at 10 a.m. PT. Tickets are $225 plus service charge and tax ($253 total).

Steve Wynn has the following statement regarding the increase in ticket prices:

“My decision to raise the ticket price was a simple one. The demand for Garth was so overwhelming that it caught us by surprise. We could fill a theater many times the size of this, twice a night.

The most important thing for our company is to give people value for their entertainment dollar. The contact with Garth Brooks in the Encore Theater is the equivalent of being in his living room. When the greatest live performer of our time appears in such an intimate theater, the seats should be priced at least competitively with other great Las Vegas entertainers. In terms of value, I believe that Garth Brooks is still under-priced and represents the greatest entertainment value in modern Las Vegas.”

“I am flattered Steve Wynn believes in me as an entertainer and my deal with him is not affected by ticket price. My only concern is the audience. Right now, the Vegas audiences are some of the best I have ever played for and I’d hate to see that change for whatever reason,” said Garth Brooks.

Concert Dates:
December 3, 4, 5
January 21, 22, 23
February 11, 12, 13
February 25, 26, 27

Concert times:
Fridays 8 p.m., Saturdays 8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m., Sundays 8 p.m.

Tickets are available exclusively at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-877-65-GARTH.

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2011 Kenny Chesney Zac Brown Tour

Posted on 05 November 2010 by editor



Kenny Chesney made the announcement via nifty press release below that he will indeed embark on a mega tour this upcoming 2011 summer.    It looks to be a good thing for country music.

What no one saw coming is the fact that he has agreed to CO-Headline his stadium shows.   Zac Brown Band will be joining Kenny at a bunch of stadium shows that are sure to be hits.

It’s already arguable that either artist could fill these stadiums… or maybe with todays economy both camps need a bit more juice to fill stadiums.  Either way it’s great for the country fan with our biggest names and a show – they say- with tickets as low as $25 buck.

Official release below:

Kenny Chesney Announces First Concerts for 2011 “Goin’ Coastal Tour”

Chesney And Zac Brown Band To Share Stage on 9 Stadium Dates

Kenny Chesney’s “fans can count on his shows to be fun, fun, fun” (LA Times), and they can prepare to see “how deep this country megastar’s talent really runs” (Chicago Tribune) as Chesney announces the first leg of what will be his biggest tour in five years. After a hiatus from the road in 2010, the 4 time CMA and 4 time ACM Entertainer of the Year will take his “Goin’ Coastal Tour” to 9 stadiums next year. Chesney was the second biggest ticket seller of the decade and the only artist in any genre to sell over a million tickets for 8 consecutive summers.

Tickets for stadium dates in nine cities will go on sale starting November 20, with additional arena and amphitheatre dates to be announced later, with more dates than any Chesney tour since 2006. Chesney will co-headline the stadium dates with Zac Brown Band, GRAMMY’s “Best New Artist” in 2010 whose latest album ‘You Get What You Give’ debuted at #1 on the Billboard top 200. Multi-GRAMMY nominee Billy Currington has secured the highly coveted support slot powered by six No. 1 Billboard country singles and the success of his fourth and latest album ‘Enjoy Yourself.’  Uncle Kracker, who sang with Chesney on the #1 country hit “When The Sun Goes Down,” will open all the stadium dates except Foxboro, MA.

The man the Associated Press calls “among the hardest charging acts on the road” is already excited about returning to the stage. “We’re going to be playing new songs and lots of old favorites, and I can already tell it’s going to be a lot of fun,” says Chesney.  “I can’t wait to get back in front of my fans.”

“With four acts on the bill, we’ve created these shows as all-day events, and are working hard to make them affordable for our fans,” says tour promoter Louis Messina.  Chesney will make at least 7,000 tickets available at $25 at the majority of the stadium dates, with a whopping 13,922 for the March 19 Tampa show.

Chesney took a break from the road in 2010 to record his new album ‘Hemingway’s Whiskey’ (BNA Records), which entered the Billboard 200 at #1 (his sixth album to achieve that feat) and to produce “The Boys of Fall,” the documentary about high school football now available for pre-order and in Walmart beginning November 9. “I’ve always loved playing stadiums because I get to see so many of my fans at one time, but after everything I learned from the football heroes I met while making ‘The Boys of Fall,’ I’m seeing stadiums in a whole new way,” Chesney says.

Fans can buy tickets at http://www.kennychesney.com’. The Kenny Chesney Official Fan Club will be offering presale tickets for all shows on Kenny’s 2011 Tour prior to the general public on-sale.

Kenny Chesney 2011 Tour (Stadium Dates Only – co-headline with Zac Brown Band)
Sat Mar 19  - Tampa, FL – Raymond James Stadium (on sale Sat Dec 11)
Sat Apr 16 – Dallas, TX – Cowboys Stadium (on sale Sat Dec 4)
Sat Jun 4 – Washington, DC – FedEx Field – (on sale Fri Dec 3)
Sat Jun 11 – Green Bay, WI – Lambeau Field (on sale Sat Dec 11)
Sat Jun 18 – Philadelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial Field (on sale Sat Nov 20)
Sat Jul 2 – Pittsburgh, PA – Heinz Field (on sale Sat Dec 4)
Sat Jul 30 – Kansas City, MO – Arrowhead Stadium (on sale Sat Dec 4)
Sat Aug 20 – Detroit, MI – (on sale Sat Dec 4)
Sat Aug 27- Foxboro, MA – Gillette Stadium (on sale Sat Nov 20)

The tour is billed as Corona Extra presents Kenny Chesney’s Goin’ Coastal Tour, starring Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown Band.

About Crown Imports LLC:
Corona Extra and Corona Light are imported by Crown Imports LLC, a joint venture that imports, distributes and markets the Modelo portfolio and other fine beer brands across the entire U.S.

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Garth Brooks Returns Concert

Posted on 04 November 2010 by editor

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Win / Wynn for Garth?

**UPDATE** As hinted below… the rumor of extra nights became reality on ticketmaster with Garth expanding his original one show to nine shows with reports of the biggest Nashville ticket sales event ever. There may be individual tickets left at tickemaster… otherwise you may tryPremium Seats USA

Garth Brooks is back for a country concert he claims will be one to add to your bucket list.

The show is a one night (although rumor has it he has a few more nights “on hold”) at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on December 17th.

With any new Garth news one has to ask WHEN will his iTunes embargo end?  Brooks and the Beatles remain the last few holdouts to disallow download music sales.  Brooks has said he’ll wait until you can make it a full album experience.  Is something about to change?  Maybe an Apple gPod loaded with his hits?

Brooks has always favored the holiday shopping season as a time to pop up and drop some sort of marketing collection but this event looks to be all about raising money for flood stricken Tennessee.   Wife and country superstar Trisha Yearwood will join the show and she hints there may be other surprise guests too.

Brooks just released the ticket info at Garthbrooks.com and the show should sell briskly when it goes to Ticketmaster on Saturday (11/7/10).

As is custom with Garth (before Wynn / Vegas shows) the tickets are priced for the working man.

Info below from GarthBrooks.com and more detail at the site.

TICKETS ON SALE
SATURDAY, November 6th
10:00AM Central /11AM Eastern Sharp!
8 ticket limit!!

Charge online at www.ticketmaster.com

Charge by phone
1-800-745-3000 or Ticketmaster Express 1-866-448-7849

TICKET PRICES: PAY THE FOLLOWING AND PAY NO MORE!!!

1) Ticketmaster.com and 1-800-745-3000 or TM Express 1-866-448-7849: $25.00 plus $2.50 user fee plus $5.00 service charge = $32.50.

3) Bridgestone Arena Box Office: $25.00 plus $2.50 user fee = $27.50 Cash Only.

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Ellen Grills Taylor

Posted on 04 November 2010 by editor

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