Saturday, January 28, 2017

Tour update: Rod Stewart & Cyndi Lauper, Queen + Adam Lambert, Pixies

photo: Xavier Vila
I'm glad to see Queen + Adam Lambert returning. I caught their last LA show at the Forum and it was amazing.  

Queen + Adam Lambert will hit North America this summer with a 25-city arena tour kicking off June 23 in Phoenix, Arizona at Gila River Arena, followed with a special Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl performance, June 26.

After wildly successful and sold out tours throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, Latin and North America, Brian May, Roger Taylor + Adam Lambert will debut a brand new show specially designed and created for this outing, bringing fans all their favorite Queen hits, like “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Will Rock You,” “We Are The Champions”.

Tickets will go on sale beginning Friday, February 3 at 10AM local time through the Live Nation mobile app and at Members of both Queen and Adam Lambert's Fan Clubs will be able to purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday, January 31 at 10AM, and American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday, January 31 at Noon and ending on Thursday, February 2 at 10PM. Exclusive VIP Package offers available at

Since their first meeting on the final of American Idol in May 2009, Queen + Adam Lambert’s magical combination has been recognized worldwide with sold out shows in every part of the world.

2016 saw Queen + Lambert perform fifteen shows across Europe headlining major festivals such as Portugal’s Rock in Rio Lisbon where they played to 74,000 people, the UK’s Isle of Wight Festival, by far one of Britain’s most prestigious and successful music festivals with a heritage of such headliners as Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney, as well as sold out arena shows, such AS Barcelona’s Palau Sant Jordi Olympic arena.

Queen + Adam Lambert revved up again in the fall of 2016 to take on a series of sold out dates across Asia which saw Queen perform for the first time and introduce Adam Lambert to some new audiences in Hong Kong, Bangkok, Shanghai, and Singapore including three nights at the famous Tokyo Budokan theatre where Queen first appeared in 1975 and induced fan mayhem. Similar scenes greeted them on this return.

In 2015 Queen + Adam Lambert had 26 sold-out concerts in 10 countries throughout the UK and Europe taking their critically acclaimed show to France, Austria, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Poland, Estonia, Romania and Bulgaria.

In March 2014 Queen + Adam Lambert embarked on their first North American Summer tour. Not only did all 24 dates sell out almost overnight but at the end Queen + Adam Lambert were awarded Band of the Year at the 10th annual Classic Rock Roll of Honor awards and were also voted Best Live Band of the Year in Ultimate Classic Rock’s reader’s poll.

Queen + Adam Lambert topped off 2014 by performing to an audience of over 12 million TV viewers when they performed live for UK BBC Television’s New Year’s Eve spectacular Queen + Adam Lambert Rock Big Ben. In the subsequent 24 hours ‘Adam Lambert’ was the top of the trending searches on Google in the UK with more than 500,000 searches for his name.

Following that very first performance together of “We Are The Champions” in 2009, Queen and Adam Lambert teamed up again in 2011 at the MTV European Music Awards for an electrifying eight-minute finale, and in the summer of 2012 they performed their first live concerts with appearances across Europe including playing live before half a million people in Kiev, as their first show.

North American Tour dates:

Friday, June 23, 2017
Phoenix, AZ
Gila River Arena

Saturday, June 24, 2017
Las Vegas, NV
T-Mobile Arena

Monday, June 26, 2017
Los Angeles, CA
Hollywood Bowl

Thursday, June 29, 2017
San Jose, CA
SAP Center

Saturday, July 1, 2017
Seattle, WA
Key Arena

Sunday, July 2, 2017
Vancouver, BC
Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena

Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Edmonton, AB
Rogers Place

Thursday, July 6, 2017
Denver, CO
Pepsi Center Arena

Saturday, July 8, 2017
Omaha, NE
CenturyLink Center

Sunday, July 9, 2017
Kansas City, MO
Sprint Center

Thursday, July 13, 2017
Chicago, IL
United Center

Friday, July 14, 2017
St. Paul, MN
Xcel Energy Center

Monday, July 17, 2017
Montreal, QC
Bell Centre

Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Toronto, ON
Air Canada Centre

Thursday, July 20, 2017
Detroit, MI
The Palace of Auburn Hills

Friday, July 21, 2017
Cleveland, OH
Quicken Loans Arena

Sunday, July 23, 2017
Uncasville, CT
Mohegan Sun Arena

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Boston, MA
TD Garden

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Newark, NJ
Prudential Center

Friday, July 28, 2017
New York, NY
Barclays Center

Sunday, July 30, 2017
Philadelphia, PA
Wells Fargo Center

Monday, July 31, 2017
Washington D.C.
Verizon Center

Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Nashville, TN
Bridgestone Arena

Friday, August 4, 2017
Dallas, TX
American Airlines Center

Saturday, August 5, 2017
Houston, TX
Toyota Center 

photo: Doug Sonders
These are two of my all-time favorite acts. Too bad there are no West Coast dates... 

Rod Stewart will join Cyndi Lauper for an 18-city tour beginning July 6.

Both have been awarded nearly every industry award and honor for their incomparable catalog of hits and activism, among them Grammy and American Music Awards, two inductions into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the ASCAP Founders Award for songwriting and a knighthood for Stewart; and an Emmy and Tony Award for Lauper.

Lauper is still riding high after her acclaimed roots rock album "Detour" from last year. Tickets are on sale now at and

Tour dates:

July 6 Hard Rock Casino - Hollywood, Fla.*
July 8 Amalie Arena - Tampa, Fla.*
July 9 Tuscaloosa Amphitheater - Tuscaloosa, Ala.*
July 12 BB&T Pavilion - Camden, N.J.
July 14 Darlings Waterfront Pavilion - Bangor, Maine
July 15 Xfinity Center - Mansfield, Mass.
July 18 Jones Beach Theater - Wantagh, N.Y.
July 19 Jiffy Lube Live - Bristow, Va.
July 21 Bethel Woods Center for the Arts - Bethel, N.Y.
July 22 Saratoga Performing Arts Center - Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
July 25 PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, N.J.
July 28 Blossom Music Center - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
July 29 CMAC PAC - Rochester, N.Y.*
Aug. 1 DTE Energy Music Theater - Clarkston, Mich.
Aug. 4 Riverbend Music Center - Cincinnati, Ohio
Aug. 5 Hollywood Casino Amphitheater - Tinley Park, Ill.
Aug. 11 Verizon Theater - Dallas, Texas
Aug.12 Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land - Houston, Texas

* Tickets for Hollywood, FL (July 7); Tampa, FL (July 8); Tuscaloosa, AL (July 9) and Rochester, NY (July 29) are available at


photo: Travis Shinn
The band's latest album was among my top 10 best of '16. Can't wait to see them on the road...

Pixies, one of the most influential alt/rock bands of all time, will take their signature aural mix of psychedelia, dissonance, surf-rock and loud-quiet-loud on a five-week tour across North America in 2017, the first of a three-leg trek across the continent. Following stops in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and the band's first-ever South African concerts, the North American tour will launch at the Fox Theatre in Pomona, CA on Friday, April 21, and will see the band playing theatres and open-air venues.

Tickets are on sale now. Log on to for details.

Public Access TV* and Cymbals Eat Guitars** will split the support slot over the course of the tour.

For these 2017 dates, Pixies - Joey Santiago/guitar, Black Francis/guitar & vocals, David Lovering/drums and bassist Paz Lenchantin - will introduce to its North American audiences a brand new stage set designed by their longtime production manager Simon Foster and lighting designer Myles Mangino.

The design is simple and sleek and fashioned around special pods that house all of the lighting, positioned behind the band. Fans can expect a set list comprised of the classics and catalogue rarities as well as newer songs from Indie Cindy and the band's latest release, Head Carrier. As is the norm, there will be no firm setlist for Pixies' shows; their sets, while pulled from nearly 90 songs that the band has rehearsed and is prepared to play, will change somewhat from night to night with every number determined just before it's performed.

Pixies kicked off the European leg of their 2016-17 global run last November, playing sold-out shows throughout the UK and wrapping up in Birmingham on December 8. Confirmed dates for the 2017 North American trek are as follows:

Tour dates:

21 Fox Theatre, Pomona, CA*
22 Cal Coast Open Air, San Diego, CA*
23 House of Blues, Anaheim, CA*
25 Ace Theatre, Los Angeles, CA*
29 Bomb Factory, Dallas, TX*
30 White Oak Music Hall, Houston, TX*

1 Stubbs, Austin, TX*
3 Saenger Theatre, New Orleans, LA*
5 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN*
6 Madison Theatre, Covington, KY*
7 Express Live Amphitheatre, Columbus, OH*
9 The National, Richmond, VA**
11 Durham PAC, Durham, NC**
12 Shaky Knees Music Festival, Atlanta, GA**
16 Lincoln Theatre, Washington, DC**
19 House of Blues, Boston, MA**
20 House of Blues, Boston, MA**
21 Paradise Ballroom, Boston, MA**
23 Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA**
24 Webster Hall, New York, NY**
26 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn, NY**

* Public Access TV will support
** Cymbals Eat Guitars will support

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