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Thursday
Jun162011

Britney Spears' Femme Fatale Tour Launches Thursday Night

Max Morse/Getty Images(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- Britney Spears is bringing Femme Fatale to her fans. Her tour, featuring Nicki Minaj as the opening act, kicks off in Sacramento, California Thursday night.

According to published reports, Spears' over-the-top show will feature nine costume changes and features an "action-hero"-type theme, with the singer changing identities and appearing to travel the world.  At one point during the show, the singer will pull some fans out of the audience to dance with her.

As for the music, Spears will cover Madonna's "Burning Up" and Rihanna's "S&M," as well as much of the Femme Fatale album and pretty much every single one of her hits, from "...Baby One More Time" to "'Til the World Ends."  Supposedly, Spears will also be singing more songs live this time, as opposed to her past tours, where she lip-synched nearly everything.

In an interview with the British morning TV show Daybreak, Spears said of the Femme Fatale tour, "There's a lot of surprises in the show...it's probably one of the most impactful, entertainment shows I've ever done."

She also said the show is "just more me" than any one she'd done previously.

The North American leg of the Femme Fatale tour is scheduled to wrap up on Aug. 14.  In September, it heads overseas.

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Monday
Jun132011

McCartney Adds Stadium Shows in Detroit, Cincinnati and Chicago

Dave Hogan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Following the announcement of a second show at Yankee Stadium next month, Paul McCartney has now added three additional stadium dates to his On the Run Tour.  

In addition to his July 15 and 16 shows at Yankee Stadium, McCartney will also perform at Comerica Park in Detroit on July 24, Wrigley Field in Chicago on July 31 and the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati on August 4.  Tickets for the Detroit and Cincinnati concerts go on sale June 17, while the Chicago show will go on sale June 20, all through Tickets.com.

Paul's Detroit and Chicago shows will be his first in those cities since 2005, while the Cincinnati show will be his first in 18 years.

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Monday
Jun132011

Britney Spears Confirmed to Cover Madonna on New Tour

Max Morse/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- On Friday, a full-length version of Britney Spears singing Madonna's "Burnin' Up" hit the Internet, seeming to confirm rumors that Spears would perform the song during her upcoming tour, which kicks off June 16.

Now E! Online confirms that Spears will indeed perform the song during her show, and will do so while straddling a giant electric guitar.  It's just one of over 20 numbers that the singer has planned, according to E! -- she's also doing a cover of Rihanna's "S&M," as well as "...Baby One More Time," "I'm a Slave 4 U," "Toxic," "Gimme More," "Hold it Against Me," "'Til the World Ends," and many more.

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Tuesday
Jun072011

Katy Perry Responds to Criticism over 'Diva Demands' on Tour Rider

Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Ever since the website TheSmokingGun.com posted a copy of Katy Perry's tour rider -- that's the list of items and services she requires at each concert -- she's been the subject of ridicule, branded a shallow diva for specifying "absolutely no carnations," and insisting that her limo driver not to stare at her or attempt to talk to her.  Katy, however, says she's innocent of the charges.  She tells USA Today that she didn't have anything to do with the rider -- it's her tour managers who wrote it, based on previously existing documents used for other acts.

"The whole driver thing, I have no idea where that came from," Katy says. "My response was, 'Just change it. Make it not so silly!'"  As for the specific flower demands, Katy tells USA Today, "My sister handles flowers and VIP stuff. Maybe she has a beef with carnations, but I don't think so."  Katy insists, "Anyone who knows me knows I'm easygoing.  I'm just an entertainer. I'm not asking for the sun to shine at night."

Katy also says she made a New Year's resolution to stop Googling herself because she can't stand all the distortion in the press about her personal life.  She tells USA Today, "The press side of the entertainment business is an absolute disgusting monster. There's nothing seriously wrong in my world. I'm showing up for my concerts. I'm not on drugs. I'm not going through a divorce. I'm working as hard as I can. People sometimes can't handle the truth."

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Monday
Jun062011

Katy Perry Adds Final Dates for North American Tour Leg

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Katy Perry has announced five final dates on the U.S. leg of her California Dreams 2011 World Tour, which kicks off Tuesday in Duluth, Georgia.  The shows include a November 15 show in Hartford, a November 16 stop at New York's Madison Square Garden, a November 19 show at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, a November 21 show in Oakland, California, and a November 22nd tour closer in Los Angeles.

Tickets go on sale for the Oakland show on June 11, while the other shows go on sale June 17.  Jessie J will be the opening act on all five of those dates.

A limited number of premium tour tickets can be purchased at TicketsForCharity.com, with proceeds going to three organizations personally selected by Perry: Generosity Water, the Humane Society of the United States, and the Children's Health Fund.  So far, previous tour legs have raised $150,000 for those charities.

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Wednesday
Jun012011

Adele Fighting Laryngitis; Postpones Tour Dates

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Adele has topped the album and singles charts, but her voice isn't in top shape.  She's come down with laryngitis and has been forced to postpone five shows on her current tour.

It all started last Thursday, when doctors told Adele to call off her show in Minneapolis.  She did, but then went on to perform this past Saturday night in Denver, Colo.  That, unfortunately, caused a relapse, and she had to postpone her show Sunday in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the last minute.  Since then, Adele has had to call off her show last night in Vancouver, her show Wednesday night in Seattle, and her show in Portland, Oregon, on Friday.  She plans to resume the tour this Saturday in San Francisco, California.  The dates are expected to be rescheduled.

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Friday
May202011

Katy Perry's Tour Demands: 'Absolutely No Carnations' & No Talking to Her

Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- The Smoking Gun website has gotten hold of Katy Perry's tour rider, the list of backstage requirements -- some say demands -- that an artist makes when they hit the road.  Katy's is pretty specific, not so much when it comes to food, but when it comes to flowers, of all things.

The rider states that in her dressing room, Katy must have "white and purple hydrangeas, pink & white roses and peonies." If those flowers are not available, the rider says that Katy will accept a "selection of seasonal white flowers, to include white orchids."  But there's one particular blossom promoters are forbidden to put in the dressing room -- the rider says, "ABSOLUTELY NO CARNATIONS,” all caps, underlined.  In addition, Katy specifies that her dressing room must be draped in cream or soft pink, and furnished with "French ornate style" floor lamps, a refrigerator with a glass door and "two cream-colored egg chairs, one of which should have a footstool."

When it comes to her hotel, Katy insists on a presidential suite in a five-star hotel, with free breakfast and Internet.  One entire page of the rider is dedicated to instructions for her driver, including the fact that he or she isn't to "start a conversation with" or "talk" to Katy, nor "stare at" her in "the backseat through the rearview mirror."  And, of course, no asking for pictures or autographs.  The rider also specifies that the driver's side window must always be "halfway down" at each pickup and drop-off.

As for her backstage food requests, Katy likes Pinot Grigio wine, dry-roasted salted edamame, organic fruit and freeze-dried strawberries.

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Monday
May092011

Report: AC/DC Already Planning Next World Tour

WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- It looks as though AC/DC wants to get back out on the road, and soon.

In an interview with London's The Sun, guitarist Angus Young says the band is already planning its next 'round-the-world outing.

"Now we're thinking, 'How can we ever better the Black Ice world tour?'  But we will," Young said.

The success of the Black Ice tour and the album, he says, came from "such diehard fans, old and new," and that the band has "survived many changing fashions of music -- we've outlived the lot of them." 

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Monday
May022011

Diddy-Dirty Money Canceled Tour Dates Due to 'Production and Technical Logistics'

Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Diddy and his group, Dirty Money, recently canceled five concerts in their ongoing Coming Home tour. There were rumors that the shows in Florida and Missouri were suffering from sluggish sales, but a Diddy-Dirty Money rep tells TMZ.com the cancellation stemmed from "production and technical logistics which made it impossible for Diddy-Dirty Money to perform the best show for their fans."

The group's stops in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Phoenix in the coming days are still on their itinerary.

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Monday
Apr252011

Maroon 5 and Train Announce Joint Tour Dates

Dan Gorder/FilmMagic)(LOS ANGELES) -- As promised, Maroon 5 and Train have now announced details of their joint summer tour, which kick off July 22 in Chula Vista, Calif.  Tickets go on sale Friday, April 29, and special fan packages will be available.  Gavin DeGraw will open the first leg of the tour, and the second leg, which starts Aug. 28, will feature Matt Nathanson as the opener.

The joint tour will feature a stop at the Hollywood Bowl, which is, surprisingly, the first time either of these two California-based bands have played a headlining show at that venue.

Here are the tour dates:

7/22 -- Chula Vista, CA, Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
7/23 -- Paso Robles, CA, California Mid-State Fair
7/25 -- Hollywood, CA, Hollywood Bowl
7/27 -- Albuquerque, NM, Sandia Casino
7/28 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
7/31 -- Mount Pleasant, MI, Soaring Eagle Casino Resort
8/2 --  Charlotte, NC, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
8/3 --  Virginia Beach, VA, Farm Bureau Live @ Virginia Beach
8/5 --  Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center
8/7 --  Mashantucket, CT, MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods
8/9 --  Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
8/12 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
8/13 -- Mansfield, MA, Comcast Center
8/15 -- Hershey, PA, Hershey Park Pavilion/Stadium
8/17 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
8/18 -- Indianapolis, IN, Indiana State Fair
8/19 -- Des Moines, IA, Iowa State Fair Grandstands
8/21 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/22 -- Toronto, ON, Molson Canadian Amphitheater
8/25 -- Syracuse, NY, New York State Fair
8/26 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
8/28 -- Louisville, KY, Freedom Hall/ Kentucky State Fair
8/30 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Cruzan Amphitheater
8/31 -- Tampa, FL, 1-800-Ask Gary Amphitheater
9/1 --  Alpharetta, GA, Verizon Wireess Amphitheatre
9/4 --  Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theater
9/5 --  Minneapolis, MN, Minnesota State Fair
9/7 --  Winnipeg, MB, MTS Centre
9/9 --  Saskatoon, SK, Credit Union Centre
9/10 -- Edmonton, AB, Rexall Place
9/12 -- Abbotsford, BC, Abbotsford Ent & Sports Centre
9/13 -- Auburn, WA, White River Amphitheatre
9/15 -- Concord, CA, Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord
9/16 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Pearl at The Palms
9/17 -- Phoenix, AZ, Ashley Furniture Home Store Pavilion
9/19 -- Tucson, AZ, Anselmo Valencia Amphitheatre
9/22 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Zoo Amphitheater
9/23 -- Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion
9/24 -- The Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

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