Mariah Carey Announces 'Angels Advocate' Concert Tour Dates

by Noiz 15. December 2009 10:53


Mariah Carey Announces 'Angels Advocate' 2010 Tour Dates

 
from http://www.americansuperstarmag.com
 
 
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Mariah Carey has announced plans for her first major concert tour in three years.
 
The pop diva will embark on a national "Angels Advocate" trek beginning Dec. 31 at New York's Madison Square Garden. Along the way, the two-month long concert run will stop in 19 cities, ending Feb. 27 at the Pearl Concert Theater in Las Vegas.
 
The tour's opening act will be RydazNrtist, a new R&B group signed to Credible Entertainment, the label of Carey's husband, Nick Cannon.
 
Presale tickets will be available for members of Honey B. Fly, the official Carey fan club, for all show dates. Mariah Carey tickets for most of the tour will go on sale Dec. 19.
 
The "Angels Advocate" run is the first major tour by Carey since 2006's "Adventures of Mimi: The Voice, The Hits, The Tour." It is in support of Carey's latest album, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel.
 
Earlier this week, Carey debuted the music video for her new single, "H.A.T.E.U."

Among the large cities Mariah will be visiting on this tour include Chicago, Boston, and Toronto.

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Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck in North America in 2010

by kel 14. December 2009 04:21

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Legendary guitarists Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck have announced three North American tour dates together for early 2010. Though they've known each other since the 1960s and have often played the same festivals and sessions, the duo teamed up earlier this year in Saitama, Japan in one of the only actual collaborations they've ever done. “Eric and I played together in Japan earlier this year and had a blast. Since then we have been in regular contact and talked about doing a similar show for our fans. Looking forward to the show in 2010,” Beck offered.

London will host two warm-up dates prior to Clapton and Beck playing New York's Madison Square Garden on February 18. Though specifics on the concert's format haven't been released, it's expected that each artist will play a full set of their own and come together for a big finale segment. Tokyo concert-goers were treated to collaborative tunes like "Outside Woman Blues," "Brown Bird," "Wee Baby," and "Want To Take You Higher."

Both players also share a history as members of the Yardbirds. Clapton departed the band in 1965 in protest of the group's move away from a blues base and toward a more pop sound. His replacement: Jeff Beck, who was ultimately fired from the band in 1968. Both musical titans, of course, went on to have successful careers in other bands and as solo artists. Beck is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, while Clapton is the only three-time inductee.

The shows are already being billed as one of the 'must-see' concerts of the decade. After New York, Clapton and Beck will make their way to Toronto on February 21.

Although this is his first partnering with Beck, Clapton's not new to historical pairings, having recently completed a tour with Steve Winwood. Speaking about the upcoming dates, Clapton mused, “I’ve always considered Jeff Beck to be one of the finest guitar players around. He’s a friend, a great guy, and a truly gifted musician. We had such a fun time in Japan that it seemed natural to play together again.” For the third date in the triple-header, Clapton and Beck hit Montreal on February 22.

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Alabama, Florida, Ohio State Headline 2009 College Football Bowl Season

by Noiz 10. December 2009 14:03
Alabama, Florida, Ohio State Headline 2009 College Football Bowl Season
College Bowls

The college football bowl season begins in earnest Dec. 19 with the New Mexico Bowl and the St. Petersburg Bowl and culminates Jan. 7 with the Citi BCS National Championship Game in Pasadena, California.  There are 33 bowl games in all.

College football fanatics will tell you every matchup is intriguing.  They will argue that even the minor bowls like the Independence Bowl or the Outback Bowl can provide plenty of thrills and excitement.

That may certainly be the case but while we are crossing our fingers hoping for a classic college football moment from Sun Bowl or the Alamo Bowl we can rest assured that the five bowl games previewed below will be anything but disappointing.

Las Vegas Bowl
#14 Brigham Young vs. #18 Oregon State
December 22, 2009 - 8:00pm ET
Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas NV
ESPN

This game not only features two top ranked teams it also showcases two tremendously talented backfields.  Oregon State quarterback Sean Canfield has thrown for 3,103 yards and 21 touchdowns while running back Jacquizz Rodgers has 1,377 rushing yards and 20 TD's.  BYU quarterback Max Hall has thrown for 3,368 yards and 30 scores as teammate Harvey Unga has rushed for over 1,000 yards in just 184 carries.  This is the fifth year in a row BYU has been ticketed to play in the Las Vegas Bowl.

Rose Bowl
#7 Oregon vs. #8 Ohio State
January 1, 2010 - 4:30pm ET
Rose Bowl, Pasadena CA
ABC

It's the granddaddy of all bowl games and one of the few that still has clout.  If you can't make it to the National Championship game the Rose Bowl is a fine consolation.  The year's edition features a couple of "O" schools, No. 8 Ohio State and on No. 7 Oregon.  The Buckeyes haven't played in the Rose Bowl since 1997 while the Ducks have been kept away from Pasadena since 1995.  Ohio State has won all seven of these schools' previous get-togethers including the 1958 Rose Bowl.  Oregon wants the nation to know there's another power house in the Pac-Ten besides USC.

Sugar Bowl
#3 Cincinnati vs. #5 Florida
January 1, 2010 - 8:30pm ET
Superdome, New Orleans LA
FOX

If you thought CBS drooled over Tim Tebow just wait until Fox gets their chance to slobber all over Mr. Perfect.  This matchup of No. 5 Florida versus No. 3 Cincinnati will be Mr. Tebow's swan song.  Emotions will definitely be running high as the Gators try to ensure Tebow goes out a winner in the 76th Sugar Bowl.  Lost in the Tebow victory lap is a very good Cincinnati team.  Not only are they the alma mater of Florida head coach Urban Meyer, but they are also a perfect 12-0.  Can the Bearcats bring respect to the Big East?  Or will the departure of head coach Brian Kelly to Notre Dame be too big of a distraction?

Fiesta Bowl
#4 TCU vs. #6 Boise State
January 4, 2010 - 8:00pm ET
Cardinals Stadium, Glendale AZ
FOX

If you're not furious that these two teams are playing one another you either hate underdogs or you're the athletic director at a BCS school.  TCU and BSU should be playing Iowa and Georgia Tech, who are matchup in the FedEx Orange Bowl.  Now we understand the thrill of seeing unbeatens battling in the Fiesta Bowl but what we really want to see is the so-called little guys knock off two BCS schools.   This is the first time a BCS game, other than the championship, has featured undefeated teams.  Boise State and their vaunted offense are 13-0 while TCU and their dominate "D" are 12-0.

BCS Championship Game
#1 Alabama vs. #2 Texas
January 7, 2010 - 8:00pm ET
Rose Bowl, Pasadena CA
ABC

Technically it's not a bowl game.  Then again it's technically not a national championship game since the NCAA does not crown a champion at college football's highest level.  Of course, we're splitting hairs.   The title game is tradition versus tradition as No. 1 Alabama faces off against No. 2 Texas. These teams haven't played one another in over 30 years.  This also marks the first time since 2005 that two undefeated teams clashed in the BCS national title game.  Texas won that game but if they had trouble with Nebraska's defense in the Big 12 championship just wait until they get a load of Alabama's.

Honorable mentions:

Boston College takes on USC in the Emerald Bowl on Dec. 26.  Can the Trojans salvage their season with a bowl win?  Here's a mind boggling accomplishment, for the past seven years USC has played in a BCS bowl.  Not as awe inspiring but still an impressive feat, BC is making their 11th straight bowl appearance.

The Insight Bowl, held in Tempe Arizona on Dec. 31, has Iowa State taking on Minnesota.  Aren't both these teams from the Big Ten?  Anywho, the Cyclones were 2-10 last year but are now in a bowl game thanks to first year head coach Paul Rhoads.  We know.  We Know.  Iowa State is in the Big 12 they just sound like a Big Ten team.

No. 19 Oklahoma State takes on Ole Miss in the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 2, 2010.  This is probably the most prestigious bowl game outside of the BCS.  Both schools had similar seasons:  started in the top ten, disappointing early loses, rallied, and then finished regular season with loss to rival.  Keep an eye on Mississippi's Dexter McCluster he could become first SEC player with 1,000 yards rushing and 500 yards receiving in one season.

They are adding extra seats for the Gator Bowl scheduled to go down in Jacksonville, Florida on Jan. 1, 2010.  It's not that fans are clamoring to see #16 West Virginia demolish a banal 6-6 Florida State team.  It's because everyone wants to see Seminoles head coach Bobby Bowden walking the sidelines for the last time.  The legend retires after the game.  College football, especially Florida State football, will never be the same.

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Black Eyed Peas To Embark On 100-Date World Tour

by Noiz 9. December 2009 21:39
Black Eyed Peas To Embark On 100-Date World Tour
 

The Black Eyed Peas have announced a 100-date world tour for 2010.  Some say that's an impressive itinerary while others say that's 100 dates too many.

Fans (if they have any) can get tickets to see the Black Eyed Peas perform in BostonChicago, and Dallas--just to name a few of the unlucky cities.

The E.N.D. World Tour 2010 launches Feb.  4 with a Black Eyed Peas show in Atlanta.  The North American leg concludes April 11 with a Black Eyed Peas show in Vancouver, B.C.  It's the hippity hoppity band's first full scale tour of the States and Provinces in nearly four years.

Highlights of their ambitious trek, apart from when they're not performing on stage, will be a Black Eyed Peas concert Feb. 24 in New York and a March 3 Black Eyed Peas show in Philadelphia.

After polluting the New World with their tragically generic sound, the Black Eyed Peas jump over the pond to plague the ears of Europeans.

Their tour, produced by AEG Live, is said to be a U2-style show.  It will be interesting to see how the Black Eyed Peas accomplish this feat since none of them really play an instrument... or sing... or entertain.

"How do you get to the U2 level? Right now that's what we're looking at," will.i.am told the Los Angeles Times. "...In the music industry there's a depression, there's a drought.  And we have proved that we can survive and lead the way, even in this climate.  And the only way to go now is up, to U2."

Of course one of the surefire signs that a band hasn't reached "U2 level" is saying they've reached "U2 level."

The Black Eyed Peas have the unusual mix of hipness, catchiness, and prudence.  They are one of the few musical acts (and we use that term lightly) that can play The Jay Leno Show, The Today Show, Saturday Night Live, and the MTV Music Video Awards.

They are cool enough for the kids, safe enough for the parents, and commercial enough for The Man.

This past year only solidified B.E.P's place as America's most prosaic band.  The Peas' singles "Boom Boom Pow" and "I Gotta Feeling" held the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for a combined 26 consecutive weeks.

Their album, The E.N.D., has sold 1.39 million unites since its release in early June.   E.N.D. is an acronym for "energy never dies."  However, when you hear the album you'll be shouting "end" in a completely different context. 

The E.N.D., as well as the two aforementioned singles, have been nominated for six Grammy Awards including Album of the Year and Record of the Year ("I Gotta Feeling").

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