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Lady Gaga Is Playing Dive Bars

Singer goes back to her roots in a dramatic way to promote new album

(Newser) - Lady Gaga is choosing the intimacy of dive bars over arenas to showcase songs from her new album, Joanne. She'll appear at a handful of bars beginning this week as a nod to the album's "raw Americana" vibe and her start, Gaga and tour partner Bud Light... More »

Cat Stevens Doing First US Tour Since 1976

He's hitting 6 cities in North America in December

(Newser) - New Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Cat Stevens is taking the "Peace Train" back on the road. He announced yesterday that he'll do a six-city concert tour in North America this December, his first series of shows in the US since 1976. His conversion to Islam... More »

Broke Music Lovers' Savior: Kid Rock?

Tickets to his summer concerts cost just $20

(Newser) - Kid Rock is taking a stand against the ridiculously high cost of attending a big concert, by charging fans just $20 to attend the shows on his summer tour. "I'm lucky enough that I can afford to take a pay cut," he explained when making the announcement.... More »

Rolling Stones Rock Tiny LA Club

Jagger & Co. rock intimate venue ahead of '50 and Counting' tour

(Newser) - They've sold out stadiums around the world for decades, but the Rolling Stones got ready to kick off their 50th anniversary tour last night in a decidedly more intimate venue: A small club in Los Angeles' Echo Park neighborhood. "Welcome to Echo Park, a neighborhood that's always... More »

'Reinvented' Nine Inch Nails Will Tour: Reznor

Band's farewell tour was 4 years ago

(Newser) - Four years ago, Nine Inch Nails played a farewell tour—but the band isn't saying goodbye yet. The band, including new guitarist Adrian Belew and bassist Eric Avery, is planning to tour this year and next. "The first shows will begin this summer, followed by a full-on arena... More »

Lady Gaga Postpones Shows Over 'Chronic Pain'

Calls it a show injury, plans to be back for gig Tuesday

(Newser) - Lady Gaga is postponing three performances because she's suffering from synovitis, or "severe inflammation of the joints," according to her Twitter account. She's delaying shows in Chicago, Detroit, and Hamilton, Ontario, the BBC reports. "To the fans in Chicago Detroit & Hamilton I hope you... More »

Fiona Apple Cancels Tour Because Her Dog Is Dying

Makes announcement in four-page letter

(Newser) - Fiona Apple has canceled the South American leg of her tour because she needs to be home to take care of her dying 14-year-old dog, People reports. Apple made the announcement in a four-page, handwritten letter that will have anyone who's ever loved an animal tearing up. In it,... More »

Rocking at 50: Stones to Tour Again

Mick Jagger and the gang announce 4 dates in US, UK

(Newser) - You can't always get what you want—but if your desire is to attend a Rolling Stones concert this might be your lucky day. The legendary band said today it would return to the stage this year with four concerts in Britain and the US. The shows will take... More »

Email Trove Reveals 'Drunk, Despondent' Jacko

Singer was 'emotionally paralyzed mess': promoter

(Newser) - Another side to the story of Michael Jackson's final months is emerging, thanks to 250 pages of emails obtained by the Los Angeles Times . They reveal concerns over a singer plagued by "paranoia, anxiety, and obsessive-like behavior," as the director of Jackson's planned London shows wrote... More »

Jackson 5 Launch Tour as 4

16-city event is first time they've toured together since 1984

(Newser) - Tonight, four of the Jackson brothers launch their first tour together in nearly three decades—without their biggest star. Preparing for their "Unity" tour has been an emotional experience for Marlon, Jermaine, Tito, and Jackie after Michael's death, they tell the AP . "The brothers don't know... More »

Tupac Ready for Tour

'This is just the beginning, says creator

(Newser) - The wildly popular virtual Tupac that debuted at Coachella is ready to hit the road. Representatives for Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg are discussing plans for a concert tour involving the rappers and Tupac, sources tell the Wall Street Journal . A tour might only include the trio, or could involve... More »

Guess Who Made the Most Concert Money This Year?

Bon Jovi—and not just in North America

(Newser) - Yep, it’s definitely time to give Bon Jovi some respect : The band boasts the highest grossing concert tour of the year—worldwide. Pollstar ranks the top five touring acts of 2010, via the Los Angeles Times :
  1. Bon Jovi: $201.1 million.
  2. AC/DC: $177 million.
  3. U2: $160.9 million.
  4. Lady
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Lady Gaga Stomps Santa Claus

'I hate the holidays,' says concert shock mistress

(Newser) - Is nothing sacred, Lady Gaga? Apparently not. Poor Santa Claus took a stiletto heel to the head at the singer's Monsterball London concert, reports the Telegraph . Someone tossed the small stuffed Santa onto the stage and Gaga first tried to bite its head off, à la Ozzy Osbourne. But the... More »

Gaga to Bring Corpses on Tour

Just when you thought she couldn't grab any more attention

(Newser) - How could Lady Gaga possibly get even more outlandish? Easy: Bring corpses on stage. Gaga plans to team up with scientist Gunther von Hagens, the doctor who famously preserves dead bodies for the Body Worlds exhibition, for next month’s Las Vegas stop on her Monster Ball tour. “Gaga... More »

Chris Brown Barred from UK

Singer's visa rejected because of assault

(Newser) - Chris Brown has been told he isn't welcome in the UK because of his assault conviction. The singer's visa application was rejected by British authorities, forcing him to cancel a tour of the UK and Ireland just days before it was suppposed to begin, the BBC reports. The singer was... More »

10 Ways to Save Whitney's Awful Tour

The former diva really needs some help

(Newser) - Whitney Houston’s comeback tour is a disaster. Her voice is giving out (she blames a bad air conditioning unit), and critics say she’s not even close to regaining her former glory. How can she step it up? Ami Angelowicz offers a 10-step plan, on The Frisky :
  • Hire Justin
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The Business Genius of the Grateful Dead

Biz school studies the power of passion, early social networking

(Newser) - Barry Barnes saw the Grateful Dead 194 times during the band's 30-year-long run, which ended when Jerry Garcia died, in 1995. But his passion hasn't died, and Barnes, now a business school professor, uses the Dead as a case study in what he calls "strategic improvisation" and very early... More »

Boy George Mulls Reviving Culture Club

'80s hitmakers may reunite for 30th anniversary

(Newser) - Boy George is considering getting the Culture Club together again to mark the band's 30th anniversary. The singer says he's still on good terms with his former bandmates, who last played together for a one-off gig in 2002. "I don't know if it would be a prolonged thing,"... More »

Concert Earnings Defy Recession

Big-name acts, up-and-comers see modest rise in attendance

(Newser) - Concert tours remained surprisingly strong this year despite the weak economy, with slightly more people heading out to see their favorite acts than in 2008. Gross revenue held steady at $1 billion for the period from May 1 to Sept. 1, matching earnings a year earlier. Big-name acts like Kenny... More »

Inside Gaga's 'Delicious' Tour

Lady Gaga talks new album The Fame Monster and The Monster Ball concerts

(Newser) - Lady Gaga's upcoming tour is more than just a series of concerts—it's a pop-electro opera, "a truly artistic experience that is going to take the form of the greatest post-apocalyptic house party that you've ever been to," she tells Rolling Stone. The Monster Ball launches Nov. 27,... More »

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