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Coldplay to tour North America – Spring/Summer 2012

Coldplay is finally coming to North America.  Not a moment too soon, either!  Coldplay, led by front man, Chris Martin, have toured Europe since the October 2011 release of their album, “Mylo Xyloto”, now the tour is finally coming stateside in two separate legs in spring and summer of 2012.  The spring leg will mostly focus on the Pacific Northwest markets.

The European shows have been a huge success thus far, with shows selling out within seconds. Tickets mostly go on sale to the public on December 17th, with the exception of two shows; the Hollywood Bowl (Jan. 9) and Chicago (Dec. 19).

The reason for the two legs of the tour is that Coldplay is already booked to perform at seven UK stadiums as a complement to the group’s current European tour dates.

Coldplay has performed in the states as recently as August 2011 as a headliner at Lollapalooza in Chicago’s Grant Park.  Previously, they supported the award-winning “Viva La Vida” with a tour through the states in 2009.

Coldplay has been together since 1996 and they received world-wide recognition in 2000 for the release of their single “Yellow” which was quickly followed by their debut album, Parachutes.  The band has won numerous awards throughout their career, including six Brit Awards, four MTV Video Music Awards and seven Grammy Awards.  They have sold over 50 million records worldwide so far.

The band is famously philanthropic.  They are active supports of various social and political causes including Oxfam’s Make Trade Fair, Amnesty International, Band Aid 20, Live 8 Sound Relief, Hope for Haiti Now and the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Chris Martin is married to A-list actress, Gwyneth Paltrow and they live in London with their two small children, Apple and Moses.  Martin credits the bands U2, A-Ha, Oasis and Muse being big inspirations for him.


Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto Tour itinerary: (Dates are subject to change.)

April 17 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
April 18 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome
April 20 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
April 24 Portland, OR Rose Garden Arena
April 25 Seattle, WA Key Arena
April 27 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion
May 1-2 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl
June 22 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
June 25 Houston, TX Toyota Center
June 28 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum
June 29 Miami, FL AmericanAirlines Arena
July 2 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
July 5 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
July 8 Washington, DC Verizon Center
July 23 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
July 26 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
July 29 Boston, MA TD Garden
August 3 East Rutherford, NJ IZOD Center
August 7 Chicago, IL United Center
August 11 Saint Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center

Top Weekend Events 10/21 – 10/23

We’ve made it. We’re more than halfway through the week.  Yahoo!

This weekend’s top events list is, um…odd.  What an odd grouping of events.  Sure there’s still plenty of college football on the list, but some of the games are not expected to show up on the list.  For instance, what’s up with the New Mexico vs. Hawaii game?  I have to imagine it’s kind of a limited audience that would attend this game, no?  Perhaps fans are just eagerly waiting to see if their place-kick block issues will be resolved?

For your obvious games to make the list, clearly the Notre Dame vs. USC game will have a big draw.  Both teams recently had blowout wins (Notre Dame over Air Force and USC over Cal) and are looking to dominate each other. 

And, have you realized the Texas A&M has shown up on the top weekend events list for the past 3 weeks?  Those Texans love their football.  As do the Okies.

For your non-football events, this weekend, the Talladega Speedway will be busy with the Sprint Cup Series.  The AMP Energy 500 (aka Good Sam Club 500) is one of four races that are currently run with restrictor plates. And the Coca-Cola 250 has been an exciting event held since 2006.  It was first held as the John Deere 250.

Sir Elton John leads the top weekend events list with his Vegas show.   John began his new show “The Million Dollar Piano” in Las Vegas in September at Caesars Palace, where he will perform at for the next 3 years.    Just recently, he performed his 3000th concert.  Wow! In his four-decade long career, he has sold more than 250 million records, earning him the honor of being one of the most successful artists of all time.

And, if you weren’t aware, Yo Gabba Gabba! is a kids show currently on Nick Jr.  Interesting point, Yo Gabba Gabba! was not invented by studio execs, but by two SoCal dads with no TV experience.   It is now a HUGE deal with the 2-4 year old sect.

Top Weekend Events 10/21/2011 – 10/23/2011

1.)    Elton John, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV – Friday, October 21st

2.)    Oklahoma vs. Virginia Tech, OU Memorial Stadium,  Norman, OK – Saturday, October 22nd

3.)    Notre Dame vs. USC, Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend, IN – Saturday, October 22nd

4.)    Joaquin Sabina, American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL – Sunday, October 23rd

5.)    Yo Gabba Gabba, Charleston Municipal Auditorium, Charleston, WV – Friday, October 21st

6.)    AMP Energy 500, Talladega Super Speedway, Talladega, AL – Sunday, October 23rd

7.)    New Mexico State vs. Hawaii, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI – Saturday, October 22nd

8.)    Andrew Bird, Grand Opera House, Wilmington, DE – Saturday, October 22nd

9.)    Talladega 250, Talladega Super Speedway, Talladega, AL – Saturday, October 22nd

10.) Texas A&M vs. Iowa State, Jack Trice Stadium, Ames, IA – Saturday, October 22nd

John Mellencamp tour announcement!

John Mellencamp recently announced his No Better Than This Tour (Fall 2011 Leg).  Tickets will go on sale Friday, August 5 at 10 AM Local.  The seventeen-date tour kicks off October 25 at Boston’s Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theater and will conclude in Savannah, GA, at the Johnny Mercer Theater on November 11.

Mellencamp, a Southern Indiana native, has sold over 40 million albums worldwide and has accrued 22 top 40 hits in the US.  His latest album which the tour is named after, No Better Than This, was released on August 17th, 2010 and has received much critical acclaim.

He is also a founding member of Farm Aid, an organization that started in 1985 with a concert in Champaign, IL to raise awareness about the loss of family farms  and to raise money to keep these family farms.  To date, Farm Aid has raised over $39 million.  This year’s Farm Aid will take place on August 13th at Livestrong Sporting Park in Kansas City, KS.

Of noted interest, is the fact that this latest string of No Better Than This Tour dates closes with a performance at Clowes Memorial Hall in Indianapolis (near Mellencamp’s hometown of Bloomington), the location of one of the tour’s earliest stops last year. The Indianapolis Star called that performance “the most forward-thinking road show in Mellencamp’s Hall of Fame career.”

John Mellencamp No Better Than This Tour (Fall 2011 Leg) dates:

Oct. 25 – Boston, MA – Citi Performing Arts Center/Wang Theatre *

Oct. 27 – Montreal, QC – Place Des Arts**

Oct. 28 – London, ON – Centennial Hall

Oct. 29 – Hamilton, ON – Hamilton Place Theatre

Nov. 1 – Grand Rapids, MI – DeVos Performance Hall

Nov. 2 – Columbus, OH – Palace Theatre

Nov. 4 – Reading, PA – Sovereign Performing Arts Center

Nov. 5 – Newark, NJ – New Jersey Performing Arts Center

Nov. 6 – Greensboro, NC – War Memorial Auditorium

Nov. 9 – North Charleston, SC – North Charleston Performing Arts Center

Nov. 11 – Savannah, GA – Johnny Mercer Theatre

Nov. 12 – Knoxville, TN – Knoxville Auditorium***

Nov. 13 – Louisville, KY – Louisville Place Theatre**

Nov. 15 – Green Bay, WI – Weidner Center For the Performing Arts

Nov. 16 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater

Nov. 18 – Rockford, IL – Coronado Performing Arts Center

Nov. 19 – Indianapolis, IN – Clowes Memorial Hall

* Tickets on sale Friday, August 12 at 10 AM Local

** Tickets on sale Friday, August 5 at 12 Noon Local

*** Tickets on sale Friday, August 19 at 11 AM Local