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Foo Fighters on Tour!

Dave GrohlDid you hear the news?  Foo Fighters are back touring.  Woo hoo!

But first, an aside on how much I adore Dave Grohl.  The front man had decidedly turned down every opportunity to appear on the Fox hit show “Glee” and he is A-OK with that.  He’s upset with “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy for being presumptuous that all musicians want to be featured on the show.

Grohl told Hollywood Reporter, “”You shouldn’t have to do [expletive deleted] ‘Glee.’ And then the guy who created ‘Glee’ is so offended that we’re not, like, begging to be on his [expletive deleted] show. … I watched 10 minutes [of it]. It’s not my thing.

“Slash was the first one. [Murphy] wanted to do Guns N’ Roses, and Slash is like, ‘I hate [expletive deleted] musicals. It’s worse than “Grease.”‘ Then [Murphy’s] like, ‘Well, of course he’d say that. He’s a washed-up ol’ rock star. That’s what they [expletive deleted] do.'”

“And then Kings of Leon say, ‘No, we don’t want to be on your show.’ And then he’s like, ‘Snotty little [expletive deleted] …’ And it’s just like, ‘Dude, maybe not everyone loves “Glee.” Me included.'”

::swoon::

At any rate, back to the topic at hand.  The Foo Fights are gearing up for a late spring tour in the US with featured acts from Motorhead and Biffy Clyro.  Their opening show will be at the BOK Center in Tulsa, K on May 17th.  This is their first major tour since its 2007-08 international “Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace” tour.

Currently, only 5 shoes have been announced and will conclude on May 26 at the Adams Center in Missoula, MT.  Other scheduled stops thus far include: May 18 at Verizon Center in Little Rock, AR; May 20 at FedEx Forum in Memphis, TN; and May 23 at Mid America Center in Council Bluffs, IA.

The Foo Fighters also have two festival dates scheduled  including the Hangout Music Festival on May 21 in Gulf Shores, AL and Sasquatch! Music  Festival on May 27th in Quincy, WA.

Their 7th studio album, “Wasting Light” is scheduled to be released on April 12th.  On April 16, 2011 the band will also release Medium “Rare”, a collection of cover songs.

Foo Fighters itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

May 17 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
May 18 North Little Rock, AR Verizon Arena
May 20 Memphis, TN FedExForum
May 21 Gulf Shores, AL Hangout Music Festival
May 23 Council Bluffs, IA Mid-America Center
May 26 Missoula, MT Adams Event Center
May 27 Quincy, WA Sasquatch! Music Festival

Top Events this weekend – March 18 -20

So, here it is Wednesday again already.

Obviously the NCAA Tournament and March Madness is really getting under way and is therefore very popular this weekend.  The two 2nd/3rd Round tournaments that are getting a lot of attention are the Charlotte and Tulsa sessions.  The teams of note playing in Charlotte include University of North Carolina (Tarheels) and Duke Blue Devils.  The teams of note playing in Tulsa include the Texas Longhorns and the Arizona  Wildcats.  Next big events are the Regional Tournaments happening in Newark (East), Anaheim (West), New Orleans (Southeast) and San Antonio (Southwest).

Of your oddball popular events, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Live is sitting pretty in the number 6 position.  Do not underestimate the popularity of children’s theater including Barney, Elmo, Imagination Movers and the Wiggles.  KC and the Sunshine Band is also oddly on the list.  Are you ready t “Shake Your Booty” and “Get Down Tonight?”   Perhaps their reemergence came from Casey’s appearance on America Idol last year?  Who knows.

Zac Brown Band shows up twice on the list.  I’m sure it’s due to the first hints of warmness in the air with spring and his fun, “sitting around the campfire drinking a beer” type music.  The Zac Brown Band lead the nominees for the 46th annual Academy of Country Music Awards 2011, with a total of nine nominations including: Top Vocal Group of the Year, Album of the Year, Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Vocal Event of the Year.  Jimmy Buffett, Duane Cahill, Aaron Carman and guitar virtuoso Tony Rice join Alan Jackson as special guests on the new Zac Brown Band album, “You Get What You Give,” which was released on September 21, 2010.  ZBB is a band you should get to know.

Top Events for the Weekend of March 18 – 20

1.)    Lady Gaga, Energy Solutions, Salt Lake, UT – March 19th

2.)    NCAA Tournament Charlotte – March 18th

3.)    KC and the Sunshine Band, Tropicana Casino, Atlantic City, NJ – March 19th

4.)    Atlanta Hawks vs Miami Heat, Phillips Arena, Atlanta, GA – March 19th

5.)    Brady Paisley, Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX – March 19th

6.)    Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles, CA – March 19th

7.)    Scotts Turf Builder 300, Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN – March 19th

8.)    NCAA Tournament, BOK Center, Tulsa, OK – March 18th

9.)    Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown Band, Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL – March 18th

10.) Zac Brown Band, The Wharf, Orange Beach, Alabama.

Top Weekend Events March 11 – 13

PBRWelcome to your Wednesday!

It certainly is an odd mix of things that are topping the charts this week, huh.  There’s everything from Bull Riding to Disney to Spring Training to Comedy and everything in between.

The Professional Bull Riders show up on the list for their Hampton Invitational where the riders seek valuable qualifying points for the 2011 Professional Bull Riders Tour Finals. The Hampton Invitational is part of the PBR’s Touring Pro Series. Money earned by the riders at PBR Hampton Invitational counts toward the PBR qualifier standings that determine which cowboys will compete at the 2011 Professional Bull Riders Tour Finals in Las Vegas NV.  Get all that?

As far as sports go, obviously March Madness kicks off this week with the regional tournaments including the Big Ten which appears on our list below and the Big East which has HUGE expectations for their outcomes.  Ohio State University and Pittsburgh are expected to come out on top of those tournaments.  The Yankees are the first official MLB baseball team to make the list in 2011.  I was betting it was going to be the Red Sox.  Oh well.

On the music scene, Flogging Molly is not of any surprise to me.  St. Patty’s day is almost upon us and FM’s Irish/Celtic rock sound is immensely popular this time of year.  Rascal Flatts is also showing up on the list with their big tour Nothing Like This.   Their shows are heavy on special effects, including videos, pyrotechnics and laser lights.  Kid Rock makes another appearance on the list.  And Girl Talk, also known as Gregg Michael Gillis, is an American musician that specializes in mashups and digital sampling.  The Houston Rodeo is also going on this weekend.  Other upcoming acts at the HR include: Lady Antebellum, Kid Rock (again!), KISS, Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown Band, Brad Paisley and Jason Aldean.  Tracy Morgan should not go unmentioned, given his popularity with Saturday Night Live (SNL) and 30 Rock.  This is one funny man!

1.)    PBR, Hampton Coliseum , Hampton, VA March 11th

2.)    Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Pantages Theater, March 12th

3.)    Flogging Molly, Uptown Theater Kansas City, MO – March 13th

4.)    Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN – March 11th

5.)    New York Yankees’ Tickets Spring Training, George M Steinbrenner Field, Tampa, Florida – March 11

6.)    Girl Talk, Ogden Theater, Denver Colorado – March 11th

7.)    Kid Rock, Mississippi Coliseum, Jackson, MS  March 11th

8.)    Rascal Flatts, Oklahoma City Arena, Oklahoma, OK, March 12th

9.)    Tracy Morgan, Borgata Music Box Theater, Atlantic City, NJ – March 12th

10.) Houston Rodeo – Gary Allan, Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX – March 12th

Big 10 Tournament Stats and Info

Ah, the Big 10.  Perhaps it’s because I’m a graduate of Indiana University, a Hoosier forever at heart, but I find the Big 10 to be the most inspiring conference of them all.

The tournament will be held in Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana and will begin on Thursday.

The tournament will tip off at 2:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 10, as No. 8 Northwestern (7-11) takes on No. 9 Minnesota (6-12) on ESPN2. The second game will feature No. 7 Michigan State (9-9) vs. No. 10 Iowa (4-14) on ESPN2. The final game of the day will be between No. 6 Penn State (9-9) and No. 11 Indiana (3-15), broadcast on the Big Ten Network.

Let’s take a quick peek at the teams. The Fighting Illinis look great going into the Big Ten Tournament. They hold down the number five seed, but they play the number four Michigan Wolverines on Friday. In the last matchup between the two teams on February 16th, it took two late free throws to finally take down the Wolverines.

Most of the media outlets like ESPN and CBS Sports are expecting Ohio State to take the top spot this tournament and nationally.  They recently annihilated the Wisconsin Badgers, 93-65, and this had fueled their fire. Senior guard Jon Diebler is unstoppable. In his last 2 games, Diebler has shot 17 of 20 from 3 point range. If Diebler continues to play like this, the other teams won’t stand a chance.

The 13th ranked Badgers are spearheaded by Jon Leuer (18.9 PPG, 7.3RPG) and Jordan Taylor (18.2 PPG, 4.8 APG, 4.2 RPG).  This team is speculated to be the only ones to give the Buckeyes a run for their money.

The Purdue Boilermakers have great potential and have won against the two best teams in the league. Their erratic play is perplexing and therefore not speculated to win the Big Ten Championship after being defeated by one of the Big Ten’s worst teams.(Iowa).

Stats:

(1)  Ohio State Buckeyes (29-2, 16-2)

(2)    (3) Wisconsin Badgers (23-7, 13-5)

(3)    (3) Purdue Boilermakers (25-6, 14-4)

(4)    Michigan Wolverines (19-12, 9-9).

(5)    Illinois Illini (19-12, 9-9)

(6)    Michigan State (17-13, 9-9)

First Round (Thursday, March 10)

Game 1: No. 8 Northwestern vs. No. 9 Minnesota, 2:30 p.m., ESPN2

Game 2: No. 7 Michigan State vs. No. 10 Iowa, 25 minutes following Game 1 conclusion, ESPN2

Game 3: No. 6 Penn State vs. No. 11 Indiana, 7:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

Second Round (Friday, March 11)

Game 4: No. 1 Ohio State vs. Game 1 Winner, Noon, ESPN

Game 5: No. 4 Illinois vs. No. 5 Michigan, 25 minutes following Game 4 conclusion, ESPN

Game 6: No. 2 Purdue vs. Game 2 Winner, 6:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

Game 7: No. 3 Wisconsin vs. Game 3 Winner, 25 minutes following Game 6 conclusion, Big Ten Network

Semi-Finals Round (Saturday, March 12)

Game 8: Game 4 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner, 1:40 p.m., CBS Sports

Game 9: Game 6 Winner vs. Game 7 Winner, 25 minutes following Game 8 conclusion, CBS Sports

Championship Game (Sunday, March 13)

Game 10: Tournament Championship, 3:30 p.m., CBS Sports

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Big East Tournament Breakdown and Schedule

New York City is hosting the Big East this week, starting tomorrow, Tuesday, March 8th at Madison Square Garden. Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Louisville and others will face each other in a seriously competitive conference.

The Big East has garnered a lot of attention this year with a record nine teams ranked in the top 25.  Two Top 20 Teams will be featured in the first round.  ESPN’s Joe Lunardi and other experts let it be known that they expect that 11 of the conference’s 16 teams will make the NCAA tournament.  Not bad odds, eh?  The Big East features the strongest strength of schedule, the highest RPI  and non-conference wins over Duke, Purdue, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Michigan State among other big names.

UConn and DePaul get the ball rolling tomorrow at lunchtime.  St. John’s Red Storm plays on Wednesday, which should not go unmentioned, have won by double digits at MSG against Duke, Conneticut and Notre Dame and have also had home court wins over Georgetown and Pittsburgh.  Head coach, Steve Lavin, has truly done an outstanding job with St. John this year.    Top ranked Pitt, Notre Dame, Louisville and Syracuse all have byes and will compete on Thursday.  The Big East Tournament will conclude on Saturday.

Below are the current complete Big East Standings:

Complete Big East standings are below:

1. Pittsburgh 15-3

2. Notre Dame 14-4

3. Louisville 12-6

4. Syracuse 12-6

5. St. John’s 12-6

6. West Virginia 11-7

7. Cincinnati 11-7

8. Georgetown 10-8

9. Connecticut 9-9

10. Villanova 9-9

11. Marquette 9-9

12. Seton Hall 7-11

13. Rutgers 5-13

14. Providence 4-14

15. South Florida 3-15

16. DePaul 1-17

The Schedule is as follows:

2011 Big East Tournament – First Round – March 8th, 2011

#16 Dep vs #9 UCONN 12:00 PM ESPN2
#13 Rutgers vs #12 HALL 2:00 PM ESPN2
#10 Villanova vs #15 USF 7:00 PM ESPN U
#11 Marquette vs #14 Seed 9:30 PM

Big East Tournament 2011 – Second Round – March 9th, 2011

#8 Georgetown vs #16/9 winner 12:00 PM ESPN
#5 St. John’s vs #13/12 winner 2:00 PM ESPN
#7 Cincy vs #10/15 winner 7:00 PM ESPN
#6 WVU vs #11/14 winner 9:00 PM ESPN

2011 Big East Tournament  – Quarterfinals – March 10th, 2011

#1 Pittsburgh – #8/9/16 winner   12:00 PM ESPN
#4 Syracuse- #5/12/13 winner 2:00 PM ESPN
#2 Notre Dame – #7/10/15 winner 7:00 PM ESPN
#3 Louisville  v #6/11/14 winner 9:00 PM ESPN

2011 Big East Tournament – Semifinals – March 11th, 2011

2011 Big East Semifinals Game 1 7:00 PM ESPN
2011 Big East Semifinals Game 2 9:00 PM ESPN

Big East Tournament 2011 – Championship – March 12th, 2011

2011 Big East Basketball Tournament Championship 9:00 PM ESPN