Coachella. Summerfest. Warped Tour. Lollapalooza. It's summertime, and the only thing better than hitting a summer music festival is surviving that summer music festival! The elements can sure conspire against you, but not to worry! We've put together a special survival guide just for you, music fan! Follow these steps, and this summer's festivals will be the best yet.
When the Red Hot Chili Peppers first burst on the pop music scene in the late 1980s, they were unlike anything anybody had ever seen. With a frenzied energy led by frontman Anthony Keidis and a sound that mixed funk, rap and rock, they hopped on stage wearing nothing but tube socks on their private parts and changed the game.
The original lineup of the Chili Peppers, led by Kiedis and bassist Flea, played throughout California during much of the mid-80s, but it was not until guitarist John Frusciante joined the band in the latter half of the decade that their career began to take off.
In 1989, the band released Mother's Milk, their first album with Frusciante on guitar and Chad Smith on the drums. The foursome proved to be the formula for success, as the album was a substantial hit thanks in large part to its cover of the Stevie Wonder track "Higher Ground" along with the funk-infused single "Good Time Boys." Over the next several years, RHCP became known for their one-of-a-kind live shows that not only featured unmatched energy, but often included Flea playing on stage with nothing but his bass covering him in all his glory.
The Chili Peppers became a household name with the release of Blood Sugar Sex Magik in 1991. The album, a critical success, included what remain some of their best hits such as "Give it Away," "Breaking the Girl," "Suck My Kiss" and "Under the Bridge," which unquestionably remains the band's anthem. "Give it Away" highlighted the band's alternative rapping style that Kiedis is known for.
Despite the success, Frusciante left the band due to personal struggles and in his absence, it was hard to recreate the talent and soul he brought to the band. After making it through the 90s, Frusciante rejoined the band at the end of the decade just in time to help them release their much-heralded comeback, 1999's Californication.
Californication marked a new era for the band and included some of their most commercially successful tunes. Along with the album's title track, "Scar Tissue," "Otherside" and "Road Trippin" all were substantial hits.
During the 2000s, few rock bands were bigger than the Chili Peppers. Along with Californication, 2002's By The Way remains an underappreciated masterpiece while the 2005 double album Stadium Arcadium was one of the most ambitious projects of the decade. The 2011 effort I'm With You marks the band's tenth studio album and represents a whole new starting point.
Though Frusciante has since left the band to pursue a solo career, the core of the band (Kiedis, Smith and Flea) remains steady, and with the talented Josh Klinghoffer in Frusciante's stead, the recent Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame inductees are hitting the road (and the air) to tour throughout Europe and the United States. So whether you reside in Gelsenkirchen, Germany; Sofia, Bulgaria or Houston, Texas, check out the RHCP's tour schedule and see when the legends are hittin' up a venue near you so that you can grab your Red Hot Chili Pepper concert tickets now.
Even before Christopher Nolan gave Batman a reboot with his critically acclaimed "Dark Knight" trilogy, the Caped Crusader already had risen to iconic status. Regardless of who played Batman, whether it be the campy turn of Adam West, the over-the-top portrayal by Val Kilmer or the more pensive slant offered by Christian Bale, the hooded crime-fighter still retains a place in pop culture history.
The story of Batman has been told in various types of media including movies, TV series, video games and even cartoons, but it got a new look when Batman Live launched last summer. The stage show proved to be quite popular upon its initial release and has been making its way around the globe ever since.
Batman Live offers a bit more of a unique glimpse into the story of Bruce Wayne and his secret identity. Much like how Nolan's "Batman Begins" examines his origins, Batman Live looks at how the crime fighter came to be, starting with the murder of his parents at the hands of masked gangsters.
Once he has transformed into Batman, Bruce Wayne becomes the guardian of Dick Grayson, whose parents were also murdered much like his own. Eventually, Bruce shares his secret identity with Dick, and the two team up to form Batman and Robin.
But our heroes are not the only ones with plenty of stage time in Batman Live. After all, what would the Dynamic Duo be without a long list of villains? Although the main antagonist is The Joker, fans will see everyone including Catwoman, the Riddler, the Penguin, Poison Ivy, Two-Face and Scarecrow, just to name a few.
Each production of Batman has added its own unique take on the character, whether it be Tim Burton's darkly comical version or George Clooney's more tongue-in-cheek portrayal. Batman Live also offers an unusual twist on the story by adding a few elements audiences have never seen before.
Where TV, movies and video games all focus on action, Batman Live includes more theatrical and circus elements to create a stage show that rivals similar productions such as Cirque du Soleil.
It's always good to reinvent longstanding stories, and Batman Live certainly does just that. While it provides a new look at the Caped Crusader, it still holds all the appeal of the comic book hero. The international hit had its world premier in Manchester, England, and will begin its United States tour on September 5, 2012. Debuting at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, the acrobatics packed show will feature many of the original supporting cast members on its U.S. leg, including celebrated performer Stefan Dermendjiev. Having originally trained as a circus performer in his native Bulgaria, Dermendjiev is known for his strength high-level of acrobatic skill. He brings to the U.S. tour the experience of the whole European tour.
Whether you are looking for family fun or a date night attraction, set your sights on this amazing show! Purchase your Batman Live tickets now!
All aboard one the of the most innovative music festivals of the decade! The Railroad Revival Tour is more than just a gimmicky money maker but rather a celebration of American traditions. The iconic train has long served as a symbol of progress, freedom and music. This tour acknowledges the connection between music and railways spanning back its creation in the Industrial Revolution.
Willie Nelson, Band of Horses, Jamey Johnson and Reilly & Friends serve as this train’s conductors. The well-crafted lineup is a perfect complement to the tour with Nelson’s legendary Texan sound and a crew of performances that feed off his home-town feel. On October 20, 2012, the whistle is blown and sixteen 1940s boxcars make their way through Memphis, Oklahoma City, Tempe and San Pedro before they arrive in Oakland, California.
The tour became an instant sensation in 2011 when the idea premiered across American railroads. After selling out shows across the good ol’ US of A, the tour is back again. Thousands of people crowd around the fairgrounds until hearing the train roar on in and surround them with music. With a fresh lineup and a restoration of American spirit, this tour is bound to be a success. Don’t miss your stop; check out the Railroad Revival tour today!
It's hard to imagine the rock world without The Who. Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle, Keith Moon and Pete Townshend helped define an era of popular music and brought arena rock to the masses. While Moon and Entwistle have since passed away, The Who still put on a great show and they undoubtedly have a place among music royalty.
The Who came around at a time when the British invasion was just starting to take off. The Beatles had already made their mark on the United States and the Rolling Stones were well on their way to becoming international stars. The Who's 1965 album My Generation, brought a hard rock edge to the scene that few had heard before and would be a staple of the band for much of their career.
This may not be your generation, but this tune resonates with every generation that has followed:
The next few years saw The Who solidify their place atop the rock music world. The 1969 rock opera Tommy broke new ground for albums as an art form and features some of the band's most iconic tunes including "Pinball Wizard." It also spawned a film that included performances from the likes of Elton John, Tina Turner and Eric Clapton.
But they certainly did not stop with Tommy. In 1971, they released what is regarded as not only The Who's best album, but among the best albums of all time - Who's Next. The record, and its iconic (if somewhat uncouth) cover, includes many of their biggest hits. "Baba O'Riley," "Behind Blue Eyes," "Going Mobile" and "Won't Get Fooled Again" are just a few of the tracks, but almost every song is a classic.
In the years since Who's Next, The Who has dealt with their fair share of tragedy and turmoil. Moon passed away in 1978 and the band broke up in 1982, but it wasn't long before they were back with a vengeance and introduced to a whole new generation of fans.
Today, The Who remains in the pantheon of rock acts. Though some may identify them purely for their work lending theme songs to various CSI spin-offs ("Who Are You," "Won't Get Fooled Again" and "Baba O'Riley") it's hard to find anyone who can't rock out to the boys from London.
For much of the last two decades, there have been no country music stars bigger than Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw. Separately, they have each sold tens of millions of records and racked up hit album after hit album. Now the two iconic singers have teamed up for the Brothers of the Sun Tour; crisscrossing the country and bringing one of the best shows in music to 19 different cities.
Whether you're more a fan of Chesney's Tennessee twang on songs such as "Keg in the Closet" and "Young," or prefer McGraw's more wistful, ballad-driven catalogue, it's hard to deny both of their places in the pantheon of country music performers. In fact, both Chesney and McGraw consider one another great friends, yet this marks just the first time in the last 10 years the two performers have hit the road together. Before the tour kicked off on June 2 in Tampa, Florida, it was clear both were excited to get going.
"Our friendship was forged on the road, so it's going to be a blast heading out with Kenny again," said McGraw in a statement. "We'll be having as much fun on stage as the fans will be having in the audience."
A quick look at each singer's resume reveals how instrumental they are to the country music industry. Since Chesney's 1994 debut In My Wildest Dreams, he has arguably been the most consistent musician not only in country, but in the whole industry. He has earned numerous Academy of Country Music Awards along with an astonishing 20 number one hits on the country charts. With timeless tunes including "Summertime" and "Don't Blink," he has continued to produce popular tracks well into the 2000s.
As for McGraw, his track record is just as impressive. He released his self-titled debut in 1993, but it was his sophomore album Not a Moment Too Soon that set him down the path to stardom. The record vaulted to the top of the Billboard 200 chart and was the best selling album of 1994. Since then he has gone on to sell approximately 40 million albums and has proven to be among the most versatile talents in the industry.
The Brothers of the Sun Tour may already be underway, but it has a number of future dates already set. McGraw and Chesney will be visiting the likes of Indianapolis, Cleveland and New Orleans before wrapping up the tour on August 25, 2012, in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
His given name may be Reginald Dwight, but much of the world knows him better as Elton John. For much of the last four decades, few performers have been as consistently popular and prolific as he has, and tickets for the upcoming Elton John tour are a hot item. Though well into his 60s, Elton John puts on as good a concert as anyone and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Though he got his start in the early '60s as a member of the R&B band Bluesology, Elton John emerged as a solo performer toward the end of the decade. His breakthrough came with his sophomore self-titled album, which was his first exposure to an American audience. The 1970 release included a number of popular tunes, but it is perhaps best known for "Your Song," which is recognized as one of his most well-known tracks more than 40 years after it initial release.
Since his breakthrough, Elton John has not been far from the spotlight. He was one of the biggest performers in the world throughout the 1970s with songs like "Levon," "Tiny Dancer," "Crocodile Rock," and "Rocket Man" all making their mark on the popular music scene. By the time the 80s rolled around, he had firmly established his place among the biggest names in the industry and had also earned a reputation as a dynamic performer.
In the years since then, Elton John has expanded his career well beyond stage. He has been an avid composer, perhaps most notably for his work on the soundtrack for Disney's The Lion King and the musical Aida, both of which earned him numerous accolades. In 1997, he reached new levels of popularity when his updated version of "Candle in the Wind" sold a record 33 million copies.
Though he is not quite at the level he was in his prime, Elton John remains a popular act. As of June 2012, he has an astonishing 56 top 40 singles and earned six Grammy Awards. His 31st studio album, The Diving Bird is set for release in 2013. Currently touring throughout Europe, he returns to the United States for a string of performances in September before closing out the year in Las Vegas.
Ask anyone who was around during the early days of the Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync, and they'll probably tell you that boy bands are dead. They'd be mistaken, however, as One Direction has breathed new life into the pop sub-genre, and have taken the music world by storm.
The five-member group is comprised of Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson, and has enjoyed a relatively unique path to stardom. Each of the five members applied as solo contestants on the hit UK talent show X-Factor. Though each of them were talented in their own right, judge Nicole Scherzinger of the Pussycat Dolls came up with the idea for the five of them to form a group, and it seems to have paid off.
After coming together, One Direction managed to tear through the competition, and eventually finished third overall. Although they did not come home with the crown, they garnered enough exposure and soon signed a record deal with stardom coming soon afterward.
The quintet released their debut studio album, Up All Night, in September 2011. It turned out to be a big hit in the United Kingdom, where it debuted at number two on the charts and went on to be the fastest-selling album of that year.
The album wasn't just popular among fans, it was somewhat successful in the critical sphere as well. In particular, album's lead single "What Makes You Beautiful," went on to take home the Best British Single crown at the 2012 Brit Awards.
While much of their success has been in the United Kingdom, they are not unheard of in the states. In fact, One Direction landed a spot on the April 7 episode of Saturday Night Live, certainly not a small feat for a band of upstart performers.
Perhaps most impressive is the relatively short time it's taken One Direction to embark on extensive tours. They launched their own headlining tour shortly after the release of Up All Night, and although it started in the UK and Ireland, the group announced North American leg for summer 2012.