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Gorillaz fans may or may not be aware that while the music’s very real, the band itself isn’t – at least not in the way we think of bands. Gorillaz is a musical project created by musician Damon Albarn and cartoonist Jamie Hewlett, complete with four virtual band members who play on screen – but don’t exist in real life. According to Hewlett, the inspiration for the band came about as a way to comment on the lack of substance found in pop culture. Ironic, considering that their music would become a massive part of that pop culture!
Regardless, cartoon or not, their success is undeniable, and they’ll likely be coming to a city near you sometime this year! So far the announced tour dates include Australia and the U.K., but dates for North America and Asia are expected to be announced soon. If you’ve never seen a Gorillaz concert, we can assure you that Damon Albarn and his musical friends, along with plenty of video animation and artwork, will entertain in a big – and very real – way.
Elton John and Lee Hall, authors of the acclaimed Broadway musical Billy Elliot, are exciting theater fans all over again with the announcement of a new musical collaboration based on George Orwell’s well-known novel Animal Farm.
The license to go ahead with the project took considerable time and effort to acquire, but it’s done, and Hall is now “deep into it, writing songs for pigs and other four-legged friends.”
Considering Hall and John’s success with Billy Elliot, which amassed Olivier and Tony awards, as well as Oscar nominations for the screen version, there’s good reason to eagerly anticipate their stage version of Orwell’s classic tale of Napoleon the pig.
Current estimates put the show about two years away, however. In the meantime, we’re willing to bet there are a few amazing plays out there you haven’t seen yet. What do you think? Check the selection here in our theater ticket marketplace!
There’s plenty of headlines a blogger never expects to write, like “Toddler Tantrum Causes House Collapse” or “Yorkshire Terrier Admitted Into Stanford.” (Granted, those would be interesting headlines.) But every once in a while, one of those stories really does fall into your lap, as in the case of the Kings of Leon concert this past Friday night. Three songs into their show at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, pooping pigeons caused the band to pack it up and call it quits. Sound ridiculous? Apparently not. With a plethora of pigeons relieving themselves from the rafters, it was determined that conditions were hazardous and unsanitary, and after one managed a particularly targeted shot onto bassist Jared Followill’s face, that was enough to end it.
We’re still listening for news on reschedules or other decisions by the band, and we’re definitely hoping to see an announcement that makes for happy fans. But for now, we at least get a headline that makes for entertaining blog posts…
At least this one has a happy ending. For Jon Bon Jovi in New Jersey this past Friday, the end of the show involved an unfortunate hamstring injury on stage, but the show must – and did – go on. After ending on a rousing “Living on a Prayer,” the rest of the band helped him off stage in a heartwarming display. With luck, this won’t affect the rest of the tour, and he’s saying it won’t. We hope he’s right!
Congrats, Jon, on sticking it out for the fans, and feel better very soon.
Everyone’s heard the complaints about season ticket holders selling off their tickets for cash, but is it really a bad thing? Clearly we don’t think so, but it’s nice to see that the top brass agrees. From the ESPN college basketball blog article by Eamonn Brennan:
‘Bob Bowman, the CEO of MLB Advance Media, the arm of the sport that runs MLB.com, said most teams have come to the realization that the secondary market is a benefit, not a blow. “We’re in the secondary market whether we embraced it or not,” he said. “There’s no one who can go to all 81 games. The clubs don’t benefit from tickets in the drawer.”‘
That’s a good way to put it. Unused tickets may have been paid for in the price of the season pass, so it’s not a total loss for the team, but what about all the other sources of game-related income? Parking fees, concession fees, income from merchandise? A ticket that doesn’t get used costs the franchise a lot more than just the cost of the ticket, and that’s not even taking into account the demoralizing factor of seeing empty stands.
From Jonas Brothers, to Kid Rock and Counting Crows, to rumors of Rihanna, the recent news of cancelled concerts keeps coming. Is that a reason to not buy concert tickets? Absolutely not – but it IS a reason to make sure that anytime you buy tickets, make sure they are refundable in case of cancellation, or that they’ll still be good in case of postponement! And to do that, you need to a) buy from a company who you know you can get a hold of when you need to, and b) you need to hold onto your tickets! In the case of asking for refunds, it’s very probably you may have to send the tickets back to get the refund, so don’t lose them – they’re still valuable, even in the event of a cancellation.
So buy with confidence and know that no matter what, you’re protected with Coast to Coast!