The Toronto-bred hip-hop superstar has booked a three-month, 42-city North American tour, including a slew of Canadian dates.
The trek, dubbed Would You Like A Tour?, starts south of the border in Portland on Sept. 25, and makes its way to Vancouver’s Rogers Arena on Sept. 27, Calgary’s Scotiabank Saddledome on Sept. 29, Edmonton’s Rexall Place on Sept. 30, Saskatoon’s Credit Union Centre on Oct. 2, Winnipeg’s MTS Centre on Oct. 3, Montreal’s Bell Centre on Oct. 21, and Ottawa’s Scotiabank Place on Oct. 22 and Toronto’s Air Canada Centre on Oct. 24.
Miguel will be the opener for all the shows. Tickets for all Canadian dates go on sale June 21, with the exception of Toronto — that one is June 22.
The jaunt is in support of his upcoming album, Nothing Was the Same, which is due out later this year.
Here’s the full sked:
Wednesday, September 25 Portland, OR Rose Garden Arena
Thursday, September 26 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome 6/21 Friday, September 27 Vancouver, BC Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
Sunday, September 29 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome
Monday, September 30, Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
Wednesday, October 2 Saskatoon, SK Credit Union Centre
Thursday, October 3 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
Saturday, October 5 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
Sunday, October 6 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
Tuesday, October 8 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
Wednesday, October 9 Chicago, IL United Center
Friday, October 11 Indianapolis, IN Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Saturday, October 12 Auburn Hills, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
Sunday, October 13 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
Tuesday, October 15 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center
Wednesday, October 16 Buffalo, NY First Niagara Center
Friday, October 18 Pittsburgh, PA CONSOL Energy Center
Saturday, October 19 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center Monday, October 21 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
Tuesday, October 22 Ottawa, ON Scotiabank Place
Thursday, October 24 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
Saturday, October 26 Hartford, CT XL Center
Sunday, October 27 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
Monday, October 28 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
Wednesday, October 30 Boston, MA TD Garden
Thursday, October 31 Washington, DC Verizon Center
Saturday, November 2 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena
Sunday, November 3 Raleigh, NC PNC Arena
Tuesday, November 5 Miami, FL AmericanAirlines Arena
Wednesday, November 6 Tampa, FL Tampa Bay Times Forum
Thursday, November 7 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
Saturday, November 9 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena
Sunday, November 10 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
Tuesday, November 12 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
Wednesday, November 13 Houston, TX Toyota Center
Saturday, November 16 Phoenix, AZ US Airways Center
Monday, November 18 Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Arena
Tuesday, November 19 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
Thursday, November 21 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
Friday, November 22 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
Sunday, November 24 San Diego, CA Viejas Arena
Monday, November 25 Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center
We hope you packed your galoshes! The remnants of Tropical Storm Andrea drenched New York City this past weekend, creating a muddy environment for the thousands of fans that attended the Governors Ball music festival, a three-day extravaganza at NYC’s Randall’s Island.
“I’m not scared of mud…where we’re from, every festival’s covered in mud,” said Bloc Party’s Keke Orkele to the crowd on Sunday night, referencing the U.K.’s tradition of soggy events (those fans at Glastonbury always seem to be having fun, right?).
Aside from the weather issues, the weekend went well for organizers Founders Entertainment, who grew the festival significantly from last year’s two-day edition, with help from 2013 headliners Kanye West, Kings of Leon and Guns N’ Roses.
While we couldn’t see all the acts – music festivals are all about choices, aren’t they? – here are some brief thoughts on the bands that we did check out.
DINOSAUR JR. – Light rain couldn’t dampen Dinosaur Jr’s eternal alt-rock spirit, as J Mascis and co. stood in front of a wall of booming amps and ripped through a number of fan favourites – plus their trademark cover of The Cure’s Just Like Heaven.
BEST COAST – The California surf poppers generated a fairly big crowd, even though the weather continued to worsen. The Only Thing earned the loudest applause, with singer Bethany Cosentino telling fans that the sunny tune would momentarily transport them away from their wet shoes and onto a California shoreline. Cosentino’s strong vocals sounded great as they echoed across the damp fields.
DILLON FRANCIS – Dillon Francis sipped Red Bull and chuckled as he wiped rain away from his gear. The Los Angeles-based EDM musician mixed originals like Masta Blasta and I.D.G.A.F.O.S. with remixes of songs like Justin Timberlake’s Suit & Tie to create a rainy dance party, with fans throwing down in the mud while holding inflatable kangaroos and other quirky props.
FEIST – Feist bounded onto the stage, encouraging fans to embrace the weather and toss off their ponchos. She struggled to get through one song, as the heavy winds shifted the rain sideways and onto the equipment. The tiny singer stood tough against Mother Nature – defiantly blowing into a conch shell at a few points – but the weather won, with organizers stepping in to cancel the rest of her set. “I’m sorry,” she told the crowd, “but we don’t want to get electrocuted”. Kings of Leon and Pretty Lights also had their sets cancelled – much to the chagrin of the festivalsgoers arriving late to the event.
RUBY VELLE AND THE SOULPHONICS – Frontwoman Ruby Velle joked about being one of the first acts to perform, but her band’s soulful, big-band sound had the dedicated crowd moving. The Atlanta-based musicians even brought the dancing onstage, with the horn section stepping in choreographed routines.
ROBERT DeLONG – DeLong proved himself as a true one-man band, as he combined indie rock vocal melodies with electronic music elements – utilizing loop pedals and samping his own voice – to create a sound that had many potential new fans bobbing their heads. At one point, he used a joystick to commandeer a dubstep-influenced bass drop, swerving onstage as if he was manoeuvring through towers of synthesizers.
GRIZ – The lanky Detroit-based EDM musician swayed onstage, seemingly stirring himself into a trance. He surprised the youthful audience by sprinkles samples of songs like Jump Around and Tequila into his bass-heavy performance. The biggest surprise, however, came when he ripped into a saxophone solo. This guy knows how to party.
JAPANDROIDS – Despite getting shifted to an earlier set time, the Vancouver rock duo brought a lot of energy and humour to their set, getting the biggest fan response from The House that Heaven Built and The Nights of Wine and Roses. Were Brian King’s vocals perfect? Nope, but his Guns N’ Roses jokes were on-point.
ALT-J – The English indie rockers sounded exactly like their recorded output, with stellar, atmospheric renditions of songs like Matilda, Fitzpleasure and Taro. The sun came out for the first time during this set.
KINGS OF LEON – “We’re 21 hours late,” said frontman Caleb Followill, referencing how the weather forced his band to play a day later than planned. “We’re just happy to be here.” He then promised the crowd that the band would deliver the best performance they could, despite the fact that they were supposed to be packing for London and didn’t have all of their own equipment. They played a solid, professional set, sequencing older songs like Taper Jean Girl, The Bucket and Molly’s Chambers with catchy radio hits like Use Somebody and Sex on Fire. They even debuted a new song, Super Soaker, from their upcoming album Mechanical Bull.
THE VACCINES – The British rockers opened with No Hope in front of a small crowd of hardcore followers. “Thanks for coming out so early,” said frontman Jason Young, before blistering through songs like Teenage Icon, Aftershave Ocean, Post Break-Up Sex and If You Wanna. The group seemed to be having fun as they played little pranks on one another, such as when drummer Freddie Cowan encouraged the crowd to clap in the wrong tempo, messing up a solo performance by bassist Arni Arnason.
COLD WAR KIDS – It wasn’t until the third song – new single Miracle Mile – that the California quintet was able to win over the audience. They continued to hold the crowd’s interest with solid renditions of Hang Me Up to Dry – fans roared at the song’s opening riff – and Louder Than Ever.
BEIRUT – “It’s nice to play at home again,” said Beirut mastermind Zach Condon, referencing his band’s adopted home of New York. Condon’s group, dressed in blazers and dress shirts, was the best-dressed of the festival. Fans embraced the group’s world music-influenced sound as Condon shielded his face from the sun, singing songs like Vagabond, The Akara and Port of Call.
BLOC PARTY – Bloc Party’s tight, passionate performance – plus frontman Keke Orkele’s happy-to-be-there persona – resulted in one of the best sets of the festival. Orkele said the festival visit was the band’s last stop on its American tour, and called New York his “home away from home.” The British indie rockers pummeled through the heavier tracks on their new album, and treated fans to a brand new song called Montreal. Their encore included the mosh-pit-inducing Helicopter and This Modern Love, which left fans sweaty and satisfied once the lights came up.
KANYE WEST – Sunday’s headliner kept fans waiting for 20 minutes, but it seemed like the wait was worth it, as Kanye West treated fans to five new songs from his upcoming album Yeezus. The rapper performed on a fairly minimal stage setup, occasionally using the video screens to show close-ups of his face or an airstrip background. Fans responded best to older tracks like Power, Jesus Walks and All of the Lights, and even West’s awkward a cappella rendition of the Heartless chorus – did he have to do it four times? – couldn’t kill the vibe. Toward the end of the set, he ranted about the music industry, and boasted that his new album wouldn’t have a single on the radio. “At this point, when I listen to radio, that ain’t where I want to be right now,” he said, his voice growing in intensity. “At this point, I don’t really give a f— about outside opinions.”
Queens of the Stone Age have announced a North American tour in support of their brand new effort, …Like Clockwork.
The new two-month-long jaunt kicks off in Toronto on September 10 at the Air Canada Centre, and winds up in Tulsa, Oklahoma on October 9. Tickets for the T.O. date go on sale Friday through Livenation.com and Ticketmaster.ca, and will run you between $34.50-$59.50.
Josh Homme and co. have already booked various dates this summer, including three in Canada — at the Shaw Conference Center in Edmonton on August 7, the Stampede Corral in Calgary on August 8, and a headlining gig at the Squamish Valley Music Festival in Squamish, B.C. on August 10.
…Like Clockwork, the band’s sixth studio album, was released last week through Matador. Guests include Nick Oliveri, Mark Lanegan, Nine Inch Nails rocker Trent Reznor, Elton John, Scissor Sisters star Jake Shears, Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner and Dave Grohl.
Here’s the full leg of North American dates:
9/10 Toronto – Air Canada Center
9/12 Detroit – The Fillmore
9/13 Cincinnati – PNC Pavilion
9/14 Pittsburgh – Stage AE Outdoors
9/15 Columbus – LC Pavilion Outdoor Amphitheater
9/17 Indianapolis – Old National Centre
9/18 Louisville – Louisville Palace
9/19 Charlotte – TWC Amphitheater
9/20 Asheville – Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
10/5 Grand Prairie – Verizon Theatre
10/7 Nashville – Municipal Auditorium
10/8 Fayetteville – Arkansas Music Pavilion
10/9 Tulsa – Brady Theatre
My personal idea of hell is being out to sea with thousands of people you can’t escape.
So, unbelievably – at least to me – New Kids On The Block has hosted a cruise that sees the ’80s Boston boy band hosting fans on a boat FOR FOUR DAYS from Miami to the Bahamas during which they “perform constantly,” New Kid Donnie Wahlberg told QMI Agency recently.
“It’s pretty much non-stop. I think I slept about six hours total (in 2012).”
When asked to explain the vibe, Wahlberg – whose band just played Toronto’s Air Canada Centre on June 7 as part of Canadian tour stops in support of their new album, 10, doesn’t hesitate.
“It’s like spring break on a boat,” he said. “Except it’s about 3,000 women and 200 men. But we’re all adults so it’s not quite that crazy. It’s become a really special event for us because a lot of our fans have jobs and families and lives and responsibilities but they’re adults. They like to take vacations and sort of let their hair down.”
Wahlberg says its like the mother ship is calling them home.
“This has sort of become a thing where our fans just sort of make it a pilgrimage. It’s like a four day ‘let your hair down and just be young and free again’ sort of experience….Every year we sort of think this is the year it’s going to be a disaster and every year it gets better and better.”
The most recent NKOB cruise happened in May of this year.
NKOTB remaining Canadian tour dates:
July 10 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
July 28 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre