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There is simply nothing more thrilling, nothing more breath-taking and nothing more other-worldly than being at the same place that your favorite artist is performing. Never in your life could you have imagined ever being that close to them, even if they are a tiny speck on the stage. Hearing music live while it flows through their fingertips or vocal chords makes it one of the most unique experiences you will ever encounter. The moment is fleeting, but yet it stays with you in the form of memories that last a lifetime. This is the magic of live entertainment, and it is happening all around you.

Concerts have held a power over us for decades. Whether it comes in the form of an enormous outdoor festival like Woodstock that lasts several days or a small intimate venue with the artist or band and 50 members in the audience like Jazz combos, concerts deliver a mood that can’t be replicated any other way. Concerts have the ability to bring people together from all corners of the world, making them as diverse and exciting as they can be. It is the proximity to the artist, the atmosphere and the heart-pounding performances that make purchasing concert tickets worthwhile.  




Top 5 Summer Concerts of 2008
  1. Dave Matthews Band

With over 50 current dates beginning in May and ending in September, Dave Matthews Band is sure to be the concert to attend this year. There are plenty of chances, so be sure to get Dave Matthews Band concert tickets for this incredible group.
  1. Jimmy Buffett

Want to get away? It’s easy! Jimmy Buffett has the ability to transport you to a different time and place where things slow down and all you really need is an ice-cold beverage to make the summer complete. Jimmy Buffet concert tickets always go quickly, and with only 25 dates announced so far from April to October there’s a good chance you’ll miss out if you don’t hurry!
  1. John Mayer

There have been over 20 announced shows for John Mayer’s summer tour, and John Mayer concert tickets are sure to please. Check out the number of venue’s he’s performing at and make sure you enjoy his latest album Continuum live in concert.
  1. Kenny Chesney

This incredible country icon has over 40 dates listed beginning in March and continuing on through to September. If country is your favorite, Kenny Chesney concert tickets are just about the only way to go to get the best music an bring.
  1. Radiohead

Beginning in May and running through October, Radiohead concert tickets will bring their hits straight to a city near you. Of the 47 dates announced, there is sure to be one of them that will hit a venue near you. Concert tickets are still available for purchase, so don’t miss out on Radiohead this summer




Top 10 Grossing Tours of 2007

1. The Police ($212 million)
The Police split in the summer of 1986, and rumors of a Police tour circulated during early 2007. Sting’s official website declared that commemoration for the band’s 30th anniversary was sure to take place, but the level of the band’s involvement was yet to be determined. On January 22, 2007 a punk magazine known as Side-Line announced that The Police would reunite for the Grammy's, but that the trio would also be reuniting to mark their 30th anniversary and tour worldwide. It wasn’t until Billboard magazine confirmed the rumors that people stopped pinching themselves and started purchasing Police concert tickets. The tour has continued through 2008, and the trio has dates scheduled all over Europe. However, The Police announced that once they are finished touring they will break up once again, so this may be the last chance to get concert tickets to see them together live.


2. Genesis ($129 million)
Genesis is an English rock band that was formed in 1967 consisting of band members Peter Gabriel, Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks, Steve Hackett, Ray Wilson and Phil Collins. Each member achieved a measure ) of success as solo artists. Rutherford, Banks and Collins announced the Turn it On Again: The Tour on November 7, 2006 to take place during the summer of 2007. June 2007 was the start date for the summer tour in Helsinki, Finland. It consisted of 50 shows in the United States, Canada and Europe. Genesis concert tickets are no longer available, but one can hope they will reunite once again to create more incredible hits.


3. Justin Timberlake ($126.8 million)
Justin Randall Timberlake may have gotten popular through the boy band sensation NSYNC, but fans of Timberlake would argue that his true career began when he went solo. His first solo album Justified sold seven million copies worldwide, but it was his second album that got the most attention. FutureSex/LoveSounds, released in 2006, brought Justin Timberlake six Top 20 hits. He was the first artist to achieve this feat since 1991 when Michael Jackson did so with Dangerous. Justin Timberlake oncert tickets will feature a concert with song such as “SexyBack,” “My Love” and “What Goes Around…Comes Around.” Unfortunately, the tour ended in December 6, 2007 and another tour hasn’t been announced with Timberlake focusing on his acting career. With rumors of Timberlake working with Madonna on a number of songs, there is a chance he will tour again in the near future.


4. Kenny Chesney ($71.2 million)
Kenneth Arnold Chesney has produced more than 30 Top Ten singles on the Billboard’s Hot Country chart. Out of those, 13 of them were No. 1. After Kenny Chesney released his Greatest Hits album in 2000, concert tickets to his shows were already selling out after the first couple days. His latest album, Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates, is the basis for his 2008 summer tour called “The Poets and Pirates Tour.” Big country names like LeAnn Rimes and Keith Urban will also perform. The first date was scheduled on April 26 at the Williams-Brice Stadium in South Carolina. With Kenny Chesney’s popularity (number 4 on the top ten biggest concerts of 2007) it seems that Kenny Chesney concert tickets will be a hit.


5. Rod Stewart ($70 million)
Roderick David Stewart is known for his numerous hit singles and six consecutive number one albums. He’s had 62 hit singles, 24 of them appearing in the Top Ten and six peaking at No. 1. Although he’s performed since the late 1960’s, Stewart won his first Grammy in 2004 with the album Baby, It’s Cold Outside with a duet with Dolly Parton for the title track. His 2007 tour boasted 92 sellout shows around the world making him one of the top-grossing musical artists to date. His 2008 tour will showcase Stewart’s musical hits across four decades of his musical career and with his many hits in 2007, concert tickets for this next tour are sure to be the hottest item money can buy.


6. Cirque du Soleil’s Delirium ($59.4 million)
When people see the words Cirque du Soleil, the first thing that usually comes to mind is acrobatics. With the creation of Delirium, Cirque hoped to change that traditional view of a “circus” and put the focus more on a musical interpretation. Thi show was designed for different arenas, making it a show that can travel without having to “bring” the venue by using specially designed tents. It features two screens on each side of the stage which allows the performers to slip on and off the stage, even when there is a full audience on all sides of the show. It also features 45 musical artists and remixes of more than 21 Cirque songs. The last performance of the show was in London, England on April 20, 2008. Another tour has not been announced yet, but when it is, be sure to get Cirque du Soleil Delirium concert tickets.


7. Roger Waters ($53.2 million)
Best known for his career with Pink Floyd from 1965-2006, George Roger Waters is credited as Pink Floyd’s main songwriter after the departure of Syd Barrett in 1968. Waters was also the creative mastermind behind the conceptualization of the albums, from The Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here, to Animals and The Final Cut. Waters was also credited for the symbolism of Pink Floyd (such as the Pink Floyd Pigs). In 1990, Roger Waters staged the largest concert to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall, known as The Wall Live in Berlin, and was done entirely at Waters’ expense. His latest tour, “The Dark Side of the Moon Live Tour,” began the summer of 2006 and continued through 2007 and into 2008. Many believe that once the run in 2008 is over, Waters will take a break from touring, so be sure to get Roger Waters concert tickets before the tour is over!


8. Tim McGraw/Faith Hill ($52.3 million)
This husband and wife team is known far and wide in America’s mainstream, yet a vital part in the country scene. Samuel Timothy Smith and Audrey Faith McGraw toured together in 2006 for their “Soul2Soul Tour.” Concert tickets for this tour quickly sold out, making it the fastest-selling concert event of the year. The high demand for tickets forced the couple to add 15 cities to their tour list to help accommodate fans. The couple contributed all of the proceeds from their New Orleans concert to the hurricane relief in the Gulf Coast after the damage from Hurricane Katrina. Within 30 minutes of the tickets becoming available, all 17,000 seats were sold out. The two are currently not touring together, but concert tickets to see Tim McGraw perform with Jason Aldean are currently available.


9. Christina Aguilera ($48.1 million)
Christina Marie Aguilera’s first experience singing professionally was her appearance on the talent show Star Search on March 15, 1990, performing the Etta James song “A Sunday Kind of Love.” Although she lost the competition, Christina Aguilera didn’t take it as defeat. In 1993, Aguilera appeared on the Disney Channel’s The New Mickey Mouse Club along with other big names like Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling and Keri Russell. She was selected to sing “Reflection” from the 1998 Disney movie Mulan. Her last tour, Back To Basics Tour, was in support of her third album Back to Basics, and ran from November 17, 2006 through July 27, 2007. Many fans missed out on Christina Aguilera concert tickets to the Back to Basics tour, one considered to be Aguilera’s most extravagant tour of her entire career.


10. Rascal Flatts ($41.6 million)
Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney make up this trio of country-pop stars. Their first touring began in the fall of 2002 and they were named among the top 25 tours of the year to attend. Their next tour drew over a million people to their 79 shows, and brought in nearly twice the revenue as the previous tour at $46.2 million. Their shows boast laser lights, videos and pyrotechnics to enhance the concert atmosphere. Concert tickets for Rascal Flatts are available for a number of shows during the summer of 2008, with the last date on October 5th, 2008. There’s a chance they’ll extend the tour since they have a history of being in high demand, but be sure you’re in the front row with Rascal Flatts concert tickets now!



The Hannah Montana Phenomenon

Daughter of the famous country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, Destiny Hope Cyrus became interested in an entertainment career at the age of nine. Her father was on a television series in Canada called “Doc” where she played a character named Kylie. Although prior to 2007 she had never taken formal singing lessons, this childhood star took to it like a moth to the flame.

Prior to the shows debut on March 24, 2006, Michael Poryes (co-creator of the show) sought out to find the perfect girl for the title role. Miley (childhood nickname) Cyrus auditioned originally for the part of the best friend Lilly Romero (which was later changed to Lilly Truscott), but producers of the show felt she would be better suited for the title role. Other finalists for the Hannah Montana show included Jordan McCoy and pop R&B singer JoJo (who rejected the role). Cyrus tried out for the main role (which then was called Zoe Stewart/Alexis Texas) and got the part. Interestingly, her father plays her character’s father on the show. After being cast as Hannah Montana on the Disney Channel, Cyrus became an overnight sensation.

On top of the already skyrocketing ratings for the show on the Disney Channel, Hannah Montana concerts have also been extremely popular, with Hannah Montana tickets selling out at every venue. Some concert tickets were found scalped for thousands of dollars. Parents like the fact that Miley is a role model for kids, given that so many teen stars went a negative route. Concert tickets to see Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana are currently unavailable, but since she is still young and at the prime of her career, there are plenty of chances that she’ll be back in action before long.

 
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