Daily Archives: September 22, 2017

Ed Sheeran Plots 2018 Stadium Tour

Ed Sheeran will return to North America for a stadium tour in 2018. The trek begins August 18th at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California and wraps November 10th at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

Sheeran announced the 15-show tour on his Instagram, noting the concerts were just the “first batch.” The run includes stops in Seattle, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Dallas and New Orleans and, notably, a return to St. Louis for a concert at Busch Stadium September 6th. Sheeran recently canceled his sold-out show at St. Louis’ Scottrade Center due to safety concerns stemming from protests over the acquittal of police officer Jason Stockley in the 2011 shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith.

Tickets for Sheeran’s stadium trek go on sale October 20th. Pre-sale begins October 16th and fans can register for early tickets via Sheeran’s website.

Sheeran still has a handful of dates left on his massive 2017 North American tour, which wraps with a two-night stand in Nashville, October 6th and 7th. In March, the singer-songwriter released his third studio album, Divide. The record has spawned two Top 10 hits, “Castle On the Hill” and “Shape of You,” which went to Number One.

Ed Sheeran 2018 Tour Dates
August 18 – Pasadena, CA @ Rose Bowl Stadium
August 25 – Seattle, WA @ CenturyLink Field
August 30 – Toronto, ON @ rogers Centre
September 6 – St. Louis, MO @ Busch Stadium
September 15 – Foxboro, MA @ Gillette Stadium
September 22 – East Rutherford, NJ @ MetLife Stadium
September 27 – Philadelphia, PA @ Lincoln Financial Field
October 13 – Kansas City, MO @ Arrowhead Stadium
October 17 – Fargo, ND @ Fargodo
October 20 – Minneapolis, MN @ U.S. Bank Stadium
October 27 – Dallas, TX @ AT&T Stadium
October 31 – New Orleans, LA @ Mercedes-Benz Superdome
November 3 – Houston, TX @ Minute Maid Park
November 7 – Tampa, FL @ Raymond James Stadium
November 10 – Atlanta, GA @ Mercedes-Benz Stadium

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Beyonce Denies Infringement Allegations in 'Formation' Lawsuit

Beyoncé denied a slew of copyright infringement allegations in a new response to a lawsuit filed by the estate of Anthony Barre, better known as the late New Orleans rapper and YouTube sensation, Messy Mya. In February, the estate sued Beyoncé for $20 million over samples of audio from Barre’s YouTube clips, which were featured in the video for the Lemonade single, “Formation.” 

Barre’s voice can be heard three times in the “Formation” video saying, “What Happened at the New Orleans,” “Bitch, I’m back by popular demand” and “Oh yeah, baby, I like that.” Barre’s estate claims the samples infringe on the copyright of two of his YouTube videos, “A 27-Piece Huh?” and “Booking the Hoes From New Wildin.” Barre, best known for his YouTube videos, was shot and killed in New Orleans in 2010.

In April, Beyoncé’s legal team filed a motion to dismiss on the grounds of fair use. However, a judge denied their plea in July, ruling that while the audio snippets were short, they were of “qualitatively significant” use.

In their new filing, Beyoncé’s legal team invoked an array of defenses, claiming the singer had been “granted a license permitting” her to use the audio clips and arguing the use of the audio was “reasonable and justified.” 

A representative for Beyoncé did not immediately return Rolling Stone‘s request for comment.

Beyoncé’s new claim also argued again that the Barre estate had no case because the audio snippets were too short (about six seconds in total) and Barre’s voice was a minor part of the song. The filing also claimed the copyrights on the Messy Mya videos “were invalid or were invalidly registered.” At one point Beyoncé’s lawyers even argued: “Plaintiffs’ claims in whole or in part are barred by the First Amendment.”

Outside of the ongoing legal battle, Beyoncé gave birth to twins in July and has recently been heavily involved in hurricane relief efforts after Hurricane Harvey devastated her hometown of Houston. 

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El programa nacional de educación musical de Toyota y la VH1 Save The Music Foundation culmina en una presentación de subvenciones con una actuación por Imagine Dragons

http://rockbands.net/wp-content/blogs.dir/3/files/2017/09/Toyota_Corp_Red_Logo.jpg?p=captionLAS VEGAS, 22 de septiembre de 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Toyota, la VH1 Save The Music Foundation y el Life is Beautiful Music & Art Festival, a los se sumó la banda de música rock oriunda de Las Vegas, Imagine Dragons, ganadora del GRAMMY, presentaron a tres escuelas del…


Watch Jackson Browne's Poignant Cover of Gregg Allman's 'Melissa'

Jackson Browne honored his late friend and collaborator Gregg Allman with a cover of the Allman Brothers Band‘s “Melissa” during the first night of the Laid Back Festival in Holmdel, New Jersey Thursday. Allman founded the traveling festival in 2015.

Browne delivered a faithful interpretation of the beloved Eat a Peach track, singing the tune in a low voice tinged with wanderlust, nostalgia and a little bit of heartbreak. Browne and his bandmates came together for some beautiful harmonies as well, while their arrangement floated with sweeping pedal steel, delicate guitar and an appropriately wistful organ.

Browne and Allman first became friends in the late Sixties, when Gregg and his brother Duane were fronting their pre-Allman Brothers outfit, Hour Glass. Hour Glass recorded the Browne-penned song, “Cast Off All of My Fears” for their debut album, while later Allman rearranged Jackson’s song, “These Days,” for his 1973 solo LP, Laid Back. The pair also famously covered “Melissa” for the 2014 tribute album/concert, All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs and Voice of Gregg Allman.

Allman died in May of complications from liver cancer. Following his death, Browne penned a touching tribute, writing, “He was a blues singer first, and he was so natural, and so soulful, that when he sang songs that were written in a major scale, he found all the most soulful and expressive passages through those changes.”

Browne will perform at the next two stops on the Laid Back Festival, which take place September 23rd at the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford, Connecticut and September 24th at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater in Long Island, New York. 

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Fans Criticize Foo Fighters' Ticket Policy in London

A week before the Foo Fighters‘ show at London’s O2 Arena on Tuesday, Kate Coulson – a risk manager for a nearby bank – bought two tickets for the show on StubHub for $965. The price was steep, but she wanted to give her husband, Paul, an early birthday present. But the couple were surprised when, after they arrived and made it through security, they were asked to present their IDs. When neither ID matched the name on the Foos tickets, they were sent to the box office, where they were told they wouldn’t be getting in. “It was just awful,” says Coulson. “And there were hundreds of people in the same boat, and people were genuinely really upset. I really love them. It was horrible.”

They weren’t alone. The Coulsons were two of about 200 Foo Fighters fans who, after buying from resale websites like StubHub and Viagogo, were turned away from the venue for not having IDs that did not match the names displayed on tickets, a new requirement that was an attempt to stave off ticket resellers. The venue argues that the stipulation”was clearly stated at the time of announcement and was explicitly noticed at the point of purchase.” But many fans didn’t get the message. “Not the ideal time to start enforcing that rule,” a fan tweeted. “[It’s] only the fans that miss out.”

In a statement, the Foos were unrepentant about the policy, saying only that they were “frustrated and saddened” that some fans who’d bought “bogus tickets from these unscrupulous outlets” couldn’t get in. 

But some fans argue that the outlets they bought tickets from were not necessarily “unscrupulous.” StubHub is a legitimate, official O2 partner that stations ticket machines throughout the arena, and many fans who bought via the site say they were not made aware of the rule. “We don’t think this is fair at all. Lots of innocent people, if you will, were denied entry,” says Aimee Campbell, a spokesperson for StubHub, which quickly issued refunds for all purchasers who didn’t get into the show. “It was happening not just from people who purchased on resale sites, but also people whose brother bought tickets, and somebody went at the last minute.” 

A concert-business source with knowledge of the show says 200 tickets out of a total of 20,000 in attendance is a small price to pay for highlighting a venue’s no-scalping policy. “The promoter really wanted to cut down on the touts,” says the source, using the British term for scalpers. “Unfortunately, people didn’t pay attention to what was going on, and certainly none of the brokers were very interested in dissuading their own sales, so they probably just ignored it and figured everybody would not ask for a refund.”

As the $8 billion resale market continues to grow, certain artists have become more aggressive in fighting against scalping. Earlier this year, Eric Church canceled 25,000 ticket sales because his managers determined them to be purchased by brokers. Bruce Springsteen and Taylor Swift are using Ticketmaster’s new Verified Fan system to weed out resellers for their upcoming tours.

The band and venue’s explanation did not sit well with Jinky Espanol, a University of East London psychology student, bought her ticket in advance for more than $300 and took a three-hour train from her home in Norfolk, England. O2 security denied her entry because she’d purchased her ticket from Viagogo, and her name was not on the ticket. For a few anxious minutes, she was in line at the box office, on the phone with Viagogo and searching for new tickets on Facebook.

Espanol got lucky—another fan sold her a ticket for $90. Her original seat was in the front row, and this one was “near the roof,” but she was able to get in. “It wasn’t fair,” she says. “I was there early and they turned me away—and later in the evening, they let me in, even though the name on the ticket was not the same. Which is ridiculous.”

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Justin Bieber: 'I Am Willing to Stand Up' for Black Lives Matter

Justin Bieber, who has largely abstained from political discourse on social media, posted a black-and-yellow text graphic reading “Black Lives Matter” to his Instagram with a lengthy caption about the movement. The post comes one week after the pop star appeared on the Hand in Hand telethon supporting hurricane relief. 

“I am a white Canadian and I will never know what it feels like to be an African American,” Bieber wrote. “But what I do know is I am willing to stand up and use my voice to shine light on racism, because it’s a real thing and it’s more prevalent now than I have ever seen in my lifetime,” he wrote. “We are all God’s children and we are ALL EQUAL.”

In late July, the “Sorry” singer canceled the remaining 15 shows on his Purpose World Tour. “I’m sorry for anyone who feels, like, disappointed or betrayed, it’s not in my heart,” Bieber told TMZ at the time. People reported that the singer was “super exhausted” after 18 months on the road.

Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun, appeared on CBS This Morning Thursday and reassured fans that the singer would eventually open up about why he pulled latter part of his tour and also supports the artist’s decision.

“Look, I think he’ll decide to tell people when he’s ready of what exactly happened,” Braun said. “But I think he was making a decision, like he said, to protect himself. But he’s 23 years old, now. And if he makes a decision as a man, as long as he’s willing to listen to opinions and hear people out – if he has true conviction – I’m willing to have his back.”

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Review: Macklemore Eschews Deep Thoughts for a Good Time on 'Gemini'

Macklemore’s first post-fame LP minus longtime partner Ryan Lewis finds the Seattle MC unburdened by stardom or the social concern that turns his woke anthems into online firestorms – “I’m a motherfuckin’ icon/Boots made of python,” he raps on “Willy Wonka,” a creeping track with Offset of Migos. Partying tunes like the funky “Firebreather” sometimes feel like not much more than a rich white guy bragging. But Macklemore’s trademark awkward humanity comes through on “Good Old Days,” a reflection on aging (with Kesha), and “Church,” a thank-you letter to making it that’s warm, vivid, earnest and earned. 

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Review: The Killers Are Cockier Than Ever on First Studio LP in Five Years

The title of the Killers’ first LP in five years is sly, with its echo of the “wunnerful, wunnerful” signature of iconic “champagne music” accordionist Lawrence Welk, another shameless crowd-pleaser critics loved to shade. But what do we know? The Killers have made a huge career as bombastic rock magpies working the border between flamboyant earnestness and full-on camp, strategically declining full residency in either locale. What’s great about Wonderful Wonderful, though, is that they seem in on the joke, doubling down on their hugeness fetish while wink-winking their way to the bank.

Asalways, they bite from the best. The goofily self-aggrandizing “The Man”rides Kool and the Gang’s “Spirit of the Boogie” groove whilefrontman Brandon Flowers declares himself a “household name.” “Outof My Mind” is an Eighties meta-hit that never was, with Flowers pleading,”Take the needle off the record, I can’t stand another chorus!” whilename-dropping Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney (“a heavy name to drop,”he stage-whispers). The anti-Trump gestures in “Run for Cover” arewelcome, but the less-arch bits grate, perhaps knowingly. The U2-Springsteen-NewOrder triangulation “Life to Come” is exasperatingly solemn untilFlowers urges, “Drop-kick the shame!” Hell, he sure has, and it’sserved him well. 

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