Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Concert tour update: Culture Club, the B-52's, Liam Gallagher, Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly, Kiefer Sutherland

This bill is right up my alley. I've either interviewed or reviewed all three acts. Get the lowdown below...

Grammy Award winning band Culture Club have revealed plans for a 2018 U.S. headline tour with the multi-platinum selling band The B-52s. The Life Tour: starring Boy George & Culture Club and The B-52s with special guest Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey, will visit 40+ cities across the U.S. kicking off in June and going through October.

Tickets for the tour will go on sale in select cities beginning Friday, March 23. See below for full tour itinerary, fans should check local listings for more details on the shows in their markets.

“We put together an amazing show that is going to be filled with hits and fabulous memories, we know it will be hands down this summer’s best night out,” said Boy George.

Tour dates:

June 29 St. Augustine, FL Saint Augustine Amphitheatre 3/23/18 @ 10am local
June 30 Tampa, FL USF Sun Dome 3/23/18 @ 10am local
July 1 Pompano, FL Pompano Beach Amphitheatre 3/23/18 @ 10am local
July 6* Biloxi, MS IP Casino ALREADY ON SALE
July 7^ San Antonio, TX Tobin Center 3/23/18 @ 10am local
July 10^ Austin, TX Moody Theatre 3/23/18 @ 10am local
July 11 Grand Prairie, TX Verizon Amphitheater 3/23/18 @ 10am local
July 12** Tulsa, OK River Spirit Casino Resort 3/23/18 @ 10am local
July 15 Houston, TX Smart Financial at Sugar Land 3/23/18 @ 10am local
July 17 Cary, NC Koka Booth Amphitheatre 3/30/18 @ 10 local
July 18 Vienna, VA Wolf Trap 4/7/18 @ 10am local
July 20 Charleston, SC Volvo Car Stadium 3/23/18 @ 10am local
July 21 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion 3/23/18 @ 10am local
July 22 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheater 4/13/18 @ 10am local
July 24* Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium 3/30/18 @ 10am local
July 26** Verona, NY Turning Stone Casino 3/23/18 @ 10am local
July 27 Boston, MA Wang Theatre 3/23/18 @ 10am local
July 28 Forest Hills, NY Forest Hills Stadium 3/24/18 @ 10am local
July 31* Morristown, NJ Mayo Performing Arts Center 3/23/18 @ 9am local
August 3^ Asbury Park, NJ Stone Pony Summer Stage ALREADY ON SALE
August 28 Lewistown, NY Artpark 3/23/18 @ 10am local
August 30 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre 3/23/18 @ 10am local
August 31 Chicago, IL Ravinia Festival 5/10/18 @ 6am local
September 1 Chicago, IL Ravinia Festival 5/10/18 @ 6am local
September 3 St. Paul, MN Minnesota State Fair 3/23/18 @ 10am local
September 5^ Kettering, OH Fraze Pavilion 3/24/18 @ 10am local
September 6 St. Louis, MO Fox Theatre 3/23/18 @ 10am local
September 7 Kansas City, OH Starlight Theatre 3/23/18 @ 10am local
September 8 Denver, CO Fiddlers Green Amphitheatre 3/23/18 @ 10am local
September 13^ Puyallup, WA Washington State Fair 3/23/18 @ 10am local
September 14^ Kennewick, WA Toyota Center 3/30/18 @ 10am local
September 15 Portland, OR Theatre of the Clouds 3/23/18 @ 10am local
September 16 Murphys, CA Ironstone Amphitheatre 3/23/18 @ 10am local
September 18 Saratoga, CA The Mountain Winery TBA
September 19 Saratoga, CA The Mountain Winery TBA
September 21 Salt Lake City, UT Maverik Center 3/23/18 @ 10am local
September 22 Reno, NV Reno Event Center 3/23/18 @ 10am local
September 23 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl 3/23/18 @ 10am local
September 25^ San Diego, CA Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre 3/23/18 @ 10am local
September 27^ Albuquerque, NM Sandia Casino TBA
September 28 Cabazon, CA Morongo TBA
September 29 Las Vegas, NV Downtown Las Vegas Event Center 3/23/18 @ 10am local
September 30 Scottsdale, AZ Talking Stick Resort 3/30/18 @ 10am local
October 3 Los Angeles, CA The Greek Theatre 3/23/18 @ 10am local
October 5* Fresno, CA The Big Fresno Fair 4/11/18 @ 9am local
*Culture Club only
**B-52s only
^Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey only

photo: Rankin
Since I missed seeing Liam out here at Cal Jam and The Wiltern, hopefully I can catch this local show...

Liam Gallagher will return to the U.S. this May for a U.S. tour in support of his debut album, As You Were.

Richard Ashcroft of The Verve will join forces with Gallagher on all dates except the final show of the tour in Washington, D.C. which is a solo show. Tickets go on sale March 23 at 10:00A.M. PST local time. Click here for further information.

In Britain, As You Were topped the U.K. pop charts and has become the fastest-selling vinyl album in the past 20 years and has outsold the rest of the U.K. top 20 releases combined upon release.

Now certified platinum in the U.K. and approaching 60 million track streams at Spotify, the album topped the charts in Ireland and claimed Top 10 chart positions in five other countries. Since the album’s release, Gallagher was honored with Q Icon and Best Live Act at the Q Awards and NME’s prestigious “Godlike Genius” Award.

Tour dates:

Thur May 10 San Francisco, CA Masonic
Fri May 11 Los Angeles, CA The Greek Theatre
Sun May 13 Toronto, ON Sony Centre for The Performing Arts
Mon May 14 Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Wed May 16 New York, NY Central Park Summer Stage
Thurs May 17 Philadelphia,PA Festival Pier @ Penn’s Landing
Sat May 18 Washington, DC Lincoln Theatre (Gallagher only)
Fri June 29 London, UK Finsbury Park (SOLD OUT)

Dropkick Murphys. Flogging Molly. They share a working class ethos, they share an Irish heritage and Celtic folk influence, and now – for the first time – these two giants of American punk rock will be sharing the stage for a co-headlining U.S. tour. This run kicks off in June in Cleveland. Tickets for all shows are on sale now at and

Flogging Molly is in the homestretch of their fast-paced selling Life Is Good Spring 2018 Tour, selling out over half of the dates in advance including their St. Patrick's Day celebration at Hollywood's Palladium, as well as the remaining shows. The band will set sail to the Bahamas on April 20 for their 4th annual Salty Dog Cruise, joined by The Offspring, Buzzcocks, The Vandals, Lagwagon, The Adolescents, and more. 

Dropkick Murphys just completed their 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Tour – including the annual sold-out hometown run of Boston shows. This followed a sold-out European arena/concert hall tour – which included dates with Flogging Molly – in February.

Tour dates:

June 1
Cleveland, OH
Jacobs Pavilion

June 2
Big Flats, NY
Tag's Summer Stage

June 3
Cincinnati, OH
Bunbury Festival*

June 5
Detroit, MI
Masonic Temple Theater

June 7
Bonner Springs, KS (Kansas City)
Providence Medical Center Amphitheater

June 8
Minneapolis, MN
The Armory

June 9
Council Bluffs, IA
Stir Cove at Harrah's Casino

June 10
Denver, CO
Fox Street Compound

June 12
Sauget, IL (St. Louis)
Pop's Nightclub & Concert Venue

June 13
Columbus, OH
Express Live!

June 15
Montebello, QC
Montebello Rockfest**

June 16
East Providence, RI
Bold Point Park

June 17
Asbury Park, NJ
Stone Pony Summerstage

June 18
Pittsburgh, PA
Stage AE

June 19
Raleigh, NC
Red Hat Amphitheater

June 21
Philadelphia, PA
Festival Pier at Penn's Landing

June 22
Forest Hills, NY
Forest Hills Stadium

June 23
Gilford, NH
Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion

*Festival date (Dropkick Murphys only)
**Festival date (Dropkick Murphys & Flogging Molly)

I was very impressed when I saw Kiefer live at Stagecoach Festival 2017. I've yet to see him headline a live show. Maybe I'll have a chance now...

Kiefer Sutherland returns to touring this spring and early summer with his Reckless 2018 North American and European Tour. Kiefer is also putting the finishing touches on new music to be released this summer. Select dates are on sale now here and

The singer/songwriter kicks off more than 40 dates with a performance at the Grand Ole Opry April 10. When Kiefer wraps up the North American leg in May in Long Island, he’ll play more than a dozen shows throughout Europe.

"I couldn't have imagined the depth with which I have fallen in love with touring. To have the opportunity to convey intimate, personal stories to an audience, for me, has proven to be priceless," Kiefer said.

Kiefer’s career as a touring and recording artist has proven himself to be an authentic guitarist and vocalist. After the release of his country-rock album Down In A Hole, Kiefer played more than 120 shows, including performances on the Grand Ole Opry, Stagecoach and Glastonbury Festival in 2016 and 2017.

As a singer/songwriter, Kiefer has performed on “The Talk,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and “The View” and been on the covers of Guitar Aficionado, Goldmine Magazine and Collectible Guitar issues. Kiefer’s cinematic “Shirley Jean” video, which tells the story of a man's last night on death row, taking the form of a goodbye letter to a woman he once loved, continues to play on music channels CMT and GAC.

Keep up with Kiefer on the road by visiting or connect with Kiefer by following him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

Tour dates: 

April 10 Grand Ole Opry - Nashville, Tenn.
April 12 Delmar Hall - St. Louis, Mo.
April 13 Knuckleads - Kansas City, Mo.
April 14 Bourbon Theatre - Lincoln, Neb.
April 17 Bluebird Theatre - Denver, Colo.
April 18 Park City Live - Park City, Utah
April 20 Crystal Bay - Crown Room - Crystal Bay, Nev.
April 21 Fremont Theatre - San Luis Obispo, Calif.
April 22 Mystic Theatre - Petaluma, Calif.
April 24 Crystal Palace - Bakersfield, Calif.
April 26 Coach House - San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
April 27 Music Box - San Diego, Calif.
April 28 Red Rock Casino Resort - Las Vegas, Nev.
May 1 Cactus Theater - Lubbock, Texas
May 2 Antone’s - Austin, Texas
May 4 Billy Bob’s - Fort Worth, Texas
May 5 Island View Casino - Gulfport, Miss.
May 7 The Cowan (Topgolf) - Nashville, Tenn.
May 10 The Phoenix - Toronto, Ontario
May 20 Birchmere - Alexandria, Va.
May 23 Bottle & Cork - Dewey Beach, Del.
May 25 Stone Pony - Asbury Park, N.J.
May 26 Bethel Woods - Liberty, N.Y.
May 27 Daryl’s House - Pawling, N.Y.
May 28 Stephen’s Talkhouse - Long Island, N.Y.
June 7 Kantine - Cologne, Germany
June 8 TivoliVredenberg - Utrecht, Netherlands
June 9 Parkbuehne - Leipzig, Germany
June 10 Gruenspan - Hamburg, Germany
June 12 Columbia Theatre - Berlin
June 13 Hirsch - Nuermberg, Germany
June 14 X-Tra - Zurich
June 16 Teatro Barcelo - Madrid
June 17 Bikini - Barcelona, Spain
June 19 Zappa - Antwerp, Belgium
June 21 Electric Ballroom - London
June 22 Waterfront - Norwich, England
June 23 Black Deer Festival - East Sussex, England
June 25 O2 Academy Oxford - Oxford, England
June 26 Komedia - Bath, England
June 28 Albert Hall - Manchester, England
June 29 Queens Hall - Edinburgh, Scotland
June 30 The Academy - Dublin

More dates to be added

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