90s alt-rockers Counting Crows and Matchbox 20 will team up for the “Brief History of Everything” co-headlining tour.
The tour will kick off mid-July in Spokane, Washington and hit outdoor amphitheaters across the country before wrapping up October 1st in Dallas.
Counting Crows singer Adam Duritz said the following in a press release announcing the tour: “To be honest, we took a vote after last year and decided to spend every summer with Rob [Thomas, of Matchbox 20] from now on.” The enthusiastic frontman added “Can. Not. Wait.”
2017 marks the 20th anniversary of Matchbox 20’s smash album Yourself or Someone Like You, which is certified 12x platinum.
Matchbox 20’s latest, North, was released in 2012 and Counting Crows released Somewhere Under Wonderland in 2014.
For the full list of tour dates, Click Here.
Written by Eugene
It’s almost time to dust off the cleats and start swinging bats. Get your catcher’s gloves ready because baseball season is about to open up. While our favorite players are preparing with Spring Training, it’s time to start thinking how you can help your team win the Commissioner’s Trophy at the World Series. There are plenty of reasons to be superstitious during baseball season. With the curse of Bambino, the Billy Goat and Shoeless Joe, why not air on the side of caution? Honestly, what you do could affect how your team plays. So here are the top 5 superstitions for baseball fans to help their team get to the big game.
5. Wearing the Same Clothes - All sorts of superstitions begin with consistency. Wearing the same clothes to watch a baseball game could mean life or death for a fan’s favorite team. It is also recommended to not wash these lucky garments, so that the luck doesn’t go down the drain. Generally this rule only applies to visible clothing. Anything underneath can be washed. Try a few different pieces of baseball memorabilia while watching the game. One of them just might have a little luck on it. But don’t switch it up too much. That could cost a team the game.
4. Always Pay Attention to the Game – Life can send a few distractions, but a true fan knows when it’s okay to look away and when they need to keep their head in the game. Looking away for too long may cause the mind to wander and could end up losing the game. This superstition says it is important for fans to always pay attention.
3. Rally Cap – For late games, a rally cap is said to really turn the game around. Turning a cap inside out and backwards could improve how well a fan’s team is playing. Another cap related trick? To break out of a tie game, simply wear a hat backwards.
For more on Baseball superstitions, Click Here.
Written by Kaza
The lineup for the 2017 Vans Warped Tour has been announced. Acts appearing are as follows (alphabetical order):
The lineup was announced by tour founder Kevin Lyman at a special artist announcement party at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida. The tour is now in its 23rd year and will kick off June 16th in Seattle.
For the full list of tour dates, Click Here.
Written by Eugene
During this year’s Frontier Communications American Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament in Hartford, CT, fans were offered a special opportunity to participate in the Ticket Galaxy Tournament Challenge. Several randomly selected contestants would have the chance to win $5,000, Free Tickets for a Year or a Gift Card to TicketGalaxy.com, all through a pre-determined contest that would take place during a stoppage of play each game.
As a partner of the tournament, Ticket Galaxy was able to gain first-hand access, and interview each of their participants. Were they ready for their big moment? Did they make their shot? Well, let’s find out!
Patrick - Free Tickets for a Year
Our first featured contestant was the biggest winner of all. Patrick from Connecticut came to the tournament with his friends as a birthday gift. After being chosen from the stands to participate in the contest, Patrick shook his nerves and hit the court with full confidence. In less than 30 seconds Patrick made all three of the required shots - a layup, free throw and three pointer. His grand prize? Free tickets for a year on TicketGalaxy.com! After chatting with Patrick on what events he would choose to go to, he’s still deciding as there are a lot of difficult choices.
Justin – Gift Card
The next lucky contestant from the AAC Galaxy Giveaway was Justin from Connecticut. As a die-hard UConn fan, Justin has attended every local AAC tournament game in the past to show support for his favorite team. He was a basketball ball player growing up, so Justin was confident in his abilities to score all three shots. Low and behold Justin hit the jackpot, and ended up winning a $250 Ticket Galaxy gift card.
Logan – Participant
Finally, our concluding participant was Logan. He is a high school student who traveled all the way from New York to attend the AAC tournament on Friday, March 10th. Logan has two siblings who attend Southern Methodist University, so he was at the game to show his support, and deep rooted team spirit. Although Logan didn’t consider himself a great shooter, he made the lay-up, and free throw with ease. However, the three-pointer posed a problem for Logan, so he didn’t end up winning, but he showed gratitude, and enthusiasm during his interview.
Some of the other participants were lucky enough to try for $5,000 by scoring a half-court shot. Although none of the contestants were able to hit the shot, Ticket Galaxy certainly gives them an A for effort, and they can’t wait to partner with the AAC Tournament again in the future.
To see the video of the half court shot, Click Here.
Written by Tara
FARMINGTON, Conn. (March 17, 2017) – Ticket Galaxy, the nation’s leading secondary-market reseller has partnered with the American Red Cross in honor of Red Cross Month!
From March 19 – March 31, Ticket Galaxy will donate 15% on all purchases made through the following link: redcross.ticketgalaxy.com to the Red Cross. Valid on all sports, concerts, theater and entertainment events, Ticket Galaxy’s marketplace offers consumers a unique way to support the American Red Cross.
“We are excited to partner with Ticket Galaxy for this fundraiser,” said Mario Bruno, CEO, American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region. “The Red Cross is a non-profit organization that relies on the generosity of the public and our volunteers to serve our mission and the community. We are thankful to Ticket Galaxy for helping us fulfill our mission through this program.”
March has been recognized as Red Cross Month for more than 70 years. All of our presidents have designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the American Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world.
The Red Cross depends on local heroes to fulfill its mission. Every eight minutes, Red Cross disaster workers respond to a community disaster, providing shelter, food, emotional support and other necessities to those affected. It provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families at home and around the world. It must collect nearly 14,000 donations of blood every day to meet patient needs. It trains millions of people in first aid, water safety and other lifesaving skills. And it supports the vaccination of children around the globe against measles and rubella.
“Every day, The American Red Cross provides endless support to communities and individuals in need,” states Steve Kobelski, President of Ticket Galaxy. “Through this unique fundraising opportunity, we are proud to support a great organization, while offering our customers memorable event experiences.”
To purchase tickets through Ticket Galaxy that will support the American Red Cross visit: redcross.ticketgalaxy.com.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
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90s fans are in for a treat this fall/summer. Both The Offspring and Hanson – who each had multi-platinum-selling albums in the 90s – are gearing up for North American tours.
The Offspring’s tour will be divided into two legs – the first is almost entirely comprised of Canadian dates in July. In September, The Offspring will link back up with openers Sublime with Rome to hit outdoor venues across the country.
The Offspring have been working on new music since 2015, when they released the single “Coming for You.” Thus far, they have not announced a new album. Sublime with Rome is currently promoting their latest effort, Sirens.
Meanwhile, boy band archetype Hanson has announced the “Middle of Everywhere” tour in celebration of the 25th anniversary of their formation and the 20th anniversary of their smash album Middle of Nowhere, which was led by the iconic single “Mmmbop.”
After a run in Europe, the “Middle of Everywhere” tour will see the group to mid-sized clubs across the states in September and October.
For the full list of tour dates for both of these tours, Click Here.
Written by Eugene
This week Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast (finally) hits theaters. Movie goers have been able to purchase tickets since Valentine’s Day and big box office numbers are expected. The trailer, in a word, looks epic. It is pure Disney magic and for many reminds them of simpler time. Who else went to the movies for the first time to see the cartoon version?
With the new movie comes a new soundtrack and this one is not for the faint of heart. John Legend and Ariana Grande take on Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson’s title track, “Beauty and the Beast”. Dion is back for an all-new song titled “How Does a Moment Last Forever”, add in a little Josh Grobon on yet another new song, “Evermore” plus all of the original songs from the cartoon featuring the movie’s stars, Emma Watson, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Emma Thompson and Ian McKellen and you’ve got yourself one heck of a soundtrack!
Disney has a track record of having stellar soundtracks featuring big name stars. Most recently Moana featured Lin-Manuel Miranada and Alessia Cara. One can’t forget Frozen’s soundtrack that had both Idina Menzel and Demi Lovato sing “Let It Go” – two very different takes on one phenomenal song! Menzel’s version made it all the way to number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Looking back to 1999, Phil Collins composed the Tarzan soundtrack, and fun fact, *N SYNC was featured on one song titled, “Trashin the Camp”. That year, Collins’ song “You’ll Be in My Heart”, peaked at 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
In 1998, before she was a “Genie in a Bottle”, Christina Aguilera sang “Reflection” on the Mulan soundtrack. Also on the soundtrack? 98 Degrees and Stevie Wonder. The boyband and Wonder sang together on “True to Your Heart”. It is also worth mentioning Donny Osmond sang “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” on the soundtrack as well as in the film, splitting voice duties with B.D. Wong for the character, Shang.
1994’s hit movie, The Lion King featuring “The Circle of Life” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” had Elton John at the helm of the soundtrack. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” also made its way up the Billboard Hot 100 chart peaking at number 4. That song, along with “The Circle of Life” and “Hakuna Matata” were all nominated for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards that year with “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” taking home the golden statue.
To get even more into the spirit of Beauty and the Beast, check out John Legend's and Ariana Grande's video for "Beauty and the Beast" here.
Speaking of that infamous golden statue, jumping ahead to the 2018 Academy Awards, it would be quite surprising if Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast was not nominated in more than a few categories.
Beauty and the Beast hits theaters nation wide, tomorrow!
Written by Kristen
With Coachella exactly a month a way it means Festival Season is about to start and soon you may find yourself at an event where a mosh pit breaks out. Now, there’s nothing like thumping bass and a screaming lead singer, or being part of a mosh pit with a pack of other crazed fans. But for the uninitiated, it can be intimidating – and how are you supposed to know what to do? It’s not like you can stop to ask the other person next to you what’s going on. Moshing has traditionally been a learn-as-you-go sport, but no longer! Just take a look at the guide below and you’ll be a seasoned veteran in no time.
0. Don’t be a jerk. Most of the other rules go back to this one in some way or another.
For more rules on how to properly mosh, Click Here.
Written by Ashton
English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has announced a tour of US arenas in support of his latest album, Divide.
The tour starts in late June and runs until early October.
Sheeran recently made history by being the first artist to ever have two singles simultaneously debut in the Billboard Top 10. “Shape of You,” entered at number one while “Castle on the Hill” came in a number six. In fact, due to the popularity of Divide, which recently topped one billion views on YouTube, all of the album’s 16 tracks are currently in the Top 40 Singles chart.
Sheeran’s ranking has drawn the ire of Justin Hawkins, frontman of popular early 2000’s rockers, The Darkness. “You can’t have 16 singles off one albums,” Hawkings told Australia’s Herald Sun. “You should be forced to choose a single.”
Divide was released on March 3rd through Asylum Records and topped the charts in 14 countries.
For the full list of tour dates, Click Here.
Written by Eugene
Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, the iHeart Radio Music Awards took place last night at the Forum in California and aired live on TBS.
Justin Timberlake won the first award of the night for his smash hit “Can’t Stop the Feeling” off of the animated film Trolls soundtrack. Incidentally, Dreamworks just announced there will be a Trolls 2, here’s hoping JT can strike gold again with another massive #1! With his acceptance speech Justin took time to speak to anyone who felt different, “being different means you make the difference”.
The big winner of the night wasn’t even there, Drake who entered the night with 12 nominations, the most of any other artist, won seven awards. The other big winners of the night were The Chainsmokers who took home five of their 11 nominations including Best New Artist. The Chainsmokers also performed their new songs “Paris” and “Something Just Like This” with Coldplay’s Chris Martin.
Other performances included Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, who closed the show and Katy Perry. Perry debuted a new, Miley Cyrus inspired, platinum blonde pixie cut as she was flanked by child dancers dressed as laborers for her song “Chained to the Rhythm”.
Those dancers clearly won the heart of Chris Martin who brought them back on stage to accept Coldplay’s award for Best Tour. Reading from a piece of paper the young dancer said “The three of us are still looking good and feeling great. You wouldn’t believe it but we are in our late 30s. So thank you to our makeup team and stylist. If it wasn’t for this weird looking guy, we would give One Direction some good competition”.
Speaking of Miley Cyrus, she was on hand, with longer hair, to introduce her sister, Noah Cyrus who performed “Make Me (Cry)” with Labrinth. As part of her introduction Miley said “She’s who I want to be when I grow up, and that’s saying a lot because she’s a lot younger than me”.
Mars performed “Treasure” and “That’s What I like” and received the Innovator Award.
Country Artist of the Year went to performer, Thomas Rhett, Adele won Best Female Artist, Justin Bieber won Best Male Artist and Twenty One Pilots won for Best Duo/Group of the Year.
For the full list of winners, Click Here.
Written by Kristen
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