Archive for March, 2010

Lady Gaga Returns with Monster Ball Tour

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Lady Gaga

With the release of her second album, The Fame Monster, pop’s leading diva, Lady Gaga set off on an extensive tour in late 2009. She will be returning to North America for the second leg of “The Monster Ball Tour,” set to kick off at the Bell Centre in Montreal on June 28th.

Over her relatively short career, Lady Gaga has quickly become an international pop sensation. Known for her bold, eccentric style and integration of innovative on-stage technology, she brings a fresh look to the world of pop. (more…)

Tom Petty Take Mojo on the Road

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

Classic rock band, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, begin an extensive tour in May in promotion of their newest album, Mojo, which is set to release this spring. Mojo is the highly anticipated twelfth release from the group and the first in eight years.

Going strong since the seventies, these rock icons continue to make relevant music three decades into their career. Known for their great live performances, Petty has enlisted some big name special guests to accompany the Heartbreakers on tour as opening acts. (more…)

Simon and Garfunkel Announce North American Tour

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Simon and Garfunkel

The legendary duo, Simon and Garfunkel, have announced an exciting North American tour beginning in April, covering eight dates in Canada. Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel began collaborating in grade school, writing their first tunes together during the doo-wop era. They formed the band Tom and Jerry, and had a hit called “Hey, Schoolgirl” in 1957.

Little did they know that the harmonies they were crafting then would eventually carry them into the prolific sixties as frontrunners of the folk phenomenon.

Songs like “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Scarborough Fair,” “Mrs. Robinson,” and “Sounds of Silence” placed Simon and Garfunkel in the forefront of public consciousness, and brought success on a massive scale. (more…)

Reba McEntire Hits the Road in March

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Reba McEntire

As the most successful female country music artist ever, it is easy to understand how Reba McEntire gained the nickname “Queen of Country.” Over her thirty-three year career, Reba has sold more than fifty million albums, had fifty-seven top ten singles, and received the “Top Female Vocalist” award from the Academy of Country Music seven times.

Reba has seen success as an actor, author, and singer, but asserts that fame hasn’t changed her. She still sees herself as the same country girl who grew up in a rodeo family, and remains true to her roots.

In an interview, Reba said. “It is real life with me. I am not the glamorous person people may think I am. People who know me know I’m not… One of the reasons my music has lasted as long as it has is because I am a person that they can relate to and my music is what they can relate to.” (more…)

Martina McBride on Shine All Night Tour

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Martina McBride

Country music diva, Martina McBride, got a modest start on her rise to stardom. Raised on a farm in Kansas, McBride grew up in a musical household. As soon as she could talk, she was singing along with classic country tunes. By the time she was eight, she was performing on stage with her father’s country band.

McBride moved to Nashville in 1989 with one goal in mind, to make a name in the traditional country music world she had grown to love.

Her first break came while working as a roadie for Garth Brooks. Brooks promised McBride a spot as his opening act as soon as she pulled off a record deal.

McBride did just that. Her debut album, The Time Has Come, was released in 1992. That same year, she opened for Garth Brooks and various other top country acts. Critics praised the album, but it did not receive much commercial success. (more…)

U2 on 360 Degrees Tour

Monday, March 8th, 2010

U2

The concept of U2 and the band itself was formed before the members of the group had much of a grasp on their instruments. In what has become a signature of the band, they realized early on that playing music is more of a platform to convey a message to an audience than it is a display of great talent.

Although they did become exceptional musically, they clung to the idea that they could use their music to spread a message. Over the years, they have donated heavily to an array of charitable groups through benefit concerts and campaigns, using their fame to highlight organizations that try to improve the world. (more…)