When it comes to the legacy of Paul McCartney, there's not too much the famed Beatles member can do that would really add to his eminence in music. But at 73 years old, McCartney is definitely not showing any signs of slowing down anytime soon. In addition to the numerous collaborations with other artists he's partaken in this year, McCartney has kept busy playing a number of shows around the world, from selling out arenas to packing festival stages. It turns out McCartney isn't quite ready to call it a year yet, as the icon recently announced he's adding more U.S. tour dates in 2015.
Back for an encore
McCartney has added four more U.S. performances and one stop in Toronto to his "Out There" tour, giving fans one last chance to catch the legend live this year. The tour is slated to pick back up starting October 13 in Columbus, Ohio, with concerts also confirmed in State College, Pennsylvania, Toronto, Detroit and Buffalo. These stops in general seem to reflect McCartney's attempts to provide some more intimate shows for fans, and his gigs in State College and Buffalo will mark the first time McCartney has ever performed in those cities.
In an interview with Esquire, McCartney scoffed at the thought of retirement, confirming his commitment to music and the fans for as long as he lives.
"Sit at home and watch telly? That's what people do, man. Gardening, golf… no thanks," McCartney told Esquire earlier this year. "Occasionally, I do think, "You should have got fed up by now, you should be jaded." My manager, who I don't have any more, glad to say, suggested quite a long time ago that I retire at 50. He sort of said it's not a good look. I went, "Oh, God, he could be right." But then I still enjoy writing, I still enjoy singing. What am I gonna do? You see so many people who retire and then immediately expire."
McCartney clearly has no intentions of quitting music anytime in the near future, and his recent collaborations with other artists signal that he's not hesitant to try and deliver new material aimed at the younger generations. Earlier in 2015, McCartney worked alongside Kanye West and Rihanna, teaming up for the song "FourFiveSeconds," which peaked at No. 4 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 charts. He also headlined this year's Lollapalooza, where his set featured everything from Beatles classics to a surprise appearance from Alabama Shakes lead singer Brittany Howard. One thing's for sure: now is the time to catch McCartney live, as he hasn't made any recent statements regarding another tour in the future.
With so many successful Hollywood hits lately, it's easy to forget exactly how Kevin Hart first rose to prominence. It took years of working the stand-up circuits on the East Coast for Hart to get noticed, but since taking to the stage over 15 years ago, he's turned into one of comedy's leading men on the silver screen. Fresh off 2015 hits like "The Wedding Ringer" and "Get Hard," Hart is now spending the rest of the year getting back to where he feels most at home - the stage.
'What Now? Tour'
Earlier in 2015, Hart announced he would embark on roughly a dozen shows across the U.S., calling it the "What Now? Tour." The tour recently kicked off in California and will conclude in late August in Hart's hometown of Philadelphia. As if anyone was questioning the comedian's current popularity, the "What Now? Tour" is projected to be the highest grossing stand-up tour in 2015 - even with Hart only having performed a few shows so far. While tickets are still available for many of the upcoming arena performances, Hart has already sold an estimated $35 million in advance ticket sales.
Hart's trademark energy on stage is still a staple of his stand-up performances, but early reviews of the shows on this tour indicate that the funnyman is implementing more material that discusses how he handles fame and the pressures of family life. While there are more conventional themes and subjects intertwined in his set, Hart also devotes some time to detailing strange encounters with various animals, including "circling sharks, a gangsta raccoon and surprise orangutan attacks," according to a review from the Contra Costa Times of his recent performance in San Jose, California.
From 5K races to football practices
Hart seems to be spending the latter half of 2015 taking time off from the big Hollywood productions and getting a little fun in. Besides the stand-up tour, Hart has been spotted all over the place, from running 5K races in Boston and Brooklyn to working out with Louisiana State University football coach Les Miles. While it might be a bit difficult to catch him out and about in public, there are still plenty of tickets available for his upcoming shows, which stop in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and multiple cities in Texas.
When it was announced earlier this year that Marilyn Manson and Smashing Pumpkins, two of the most legendary 90's alternative rock acts, would be headlining a 2015 tour, many had no idea what to expect. While both Manson and Pumpkins' frontman Billy Corgan have penned incredible anthems of angst and despair throughout their respected careers, the meshing of Manson's industrial-influenced goth rock with Corgan's layered distortion pedal jams seemed like an odd couple at first. But recent reviews of the two's early shows on their current 2015 U.S. tour indicate that the pair could be a match made in heaven for Generation X and millennial rockers alike.
The End Times Tour
Manson and Corgan have labeled their joint venture concerts as The End Times Tour, and have dozens of shows scheduled all across the country. They currently played a few concerts in California, where early reviews indicate that both Manson and Corgan's setlists feature a strong mixture of well known classics and new anthems off of both artists' recent albums and projects. For Manson, his stage theatrics and antics remain the same as most of his previous tours, with all the flashing strobe lights, frightening visuals and walking on stilts you can handle. Reviews from the California shows highlight that Manson blends in some of the singles off his 2015 album The Pale Emperor as well as his most popular tracks such as "The Beautiful People" and "The Dope Show."
While the music sounds just as roaring and powerful as it did when it first burst onto the 90's alternative scene, perhaps what's flourished the most for both Manson and Corgan over the years is their own personal relationship. Many reports had indicated that after the two had established a bond of admiration for one another in the beginning of their careers, a growing disdain seemed to grow between them over the past decade, resulting in the two not speaking to each other for several years. However, during a joint press conference announcing their tour this year, Corgan described their current relationship as one of mutual respect for one another, despite whatever happened in the past.
"Whatever we had in the beginning we still have," Corgan said at The End Times Tour press conference. "It's a mutual respect, or love, or admiration. It's like brothers. We understand each other in a way that very few people understand us in the world."
Both acts are set to play more than a dozen shows to round out their tour for the rest of summer 2015.