David Lee Roth's maniacal grin at Van Halen's spring show at Mohegan gave no inclination that the band would cancel half its tour. (NICK CAITO)
What we all knew was coming has been officially announced- Van Halen’s concert at Mohegan Sun is definitely not happening.
The news first came at the end of May that the concert was postponed along with half the band’s tour. One can imagine David Lee Roth and the Van Halen family probably haven’t been getting, though there’s been no official word if that was the reason for canceling the tour.
Mohegan was holding out hope that the concert would be rescheduled, saying the concert was ‘postponed’ and not canceled.
Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias at an April news conference announcing a summer tour that stops July 26 at Mohegan Sun. (Photo by Mario Anzuoni/REUTERS)
Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias co-headline July 26 at Mohegan Sun; tickets go on sale Friday, May 18, at 10 a.m. for $135 and $95. The Wanted performs Aug. 24; tickets go on sale Saturday, May 19, at 10 a.m. for $30. Jethro Tull leader Ian Anderson is there Oct. 4, performing Tull’s 1972 album “Thick as a Brick” in its entirety, then following it with “Thick as a Brick 2.” Tickets go on sale Friday, May 18, at 10 a.m. for $35. This year’s American Idol Live! tour, featuring finalists from the TV singing competition, hits Mohegan Sept. 2; tickets are $71 and $61. Tickets are available via www.ticketmaster.com.
Duran Duran performs Aug. 24 at MGM Grand at Foxwoods; tickets go on sale Friday, May 18, at 10 a.m. for $75, $65 and $55 via www.foxwoods.com.
Girl Talk headlines Aug. 18 at Mountain Park in Holyoke; tickets go on sale Friday, May 18, for $25 via www.nbotickets.com.
Florence Welch looked a little out of place on stage at Mohegan Sun Friday, but it wasn’t the venue so much as the era: the titular head of Florence & the Machine has the eternal air of someone who exists in a time all her own.
Welch and her eight-piece band swept through 70 minutes of songs from their two albums, emphasizing tunes from last year’s “Ceremonials.” Their music is ornate and dramatic, with quiet passages giving way to lush crescendos swelling beneath Welch’s voice.
She appeared first in silhouette behind an art deco-style screen on a platform at the back of the stage, then drifted down a staircase to the microphone. With her red hair worn up, and clad in a flowing cape ruffled by the breeze from fans positioned on either side of her, she sometimes resembled a Victorian ghost. The effect carried over to her singing, though she could dispel it in an instant, shifting from breathy, gossamer tones to full-throated power on “Cosmic Love” and raising her voice above intertwining backing harmonies over a propulsive beat on “All This and Heaven Too.”
Blink-182 has canceled a performance May 18 at Mohegan Sun, citing an emergency tonsillectomy for drummer Travis Barker, who’s recovery time is expected to extend beyond the remainder of the dates on the tour.
Brian Wilson, center, rejoins the Beach Boys for a 50th-anniversary tour coming to Mohegan Sun. (Photo by Robert Matheu)
There were two sides to the Beach Boys: the sunny, pop half that contributed to a vision of white-capped waves and beach parties in the early ’60s, and an experimental side that helped define psychedelia and landed the band in neck-in-neck competition with the Beatles — and yielded “Pet Sounds” — later in the decade.
Fans will hear some of each when all the surviving 1960s members of the Beach Boys celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary on a tour that stops Saturday and Sunday at Mohegan Sun.
The outing marks the first time that Brian Wilson has toured with the Beach Boys since the late ’70s. So why now?
“I think it’s a natural thing,” singer Mike Love says by phone from California, with Wilson. “It’s 50 years.”
The Allman Brothers Band coheadlines with Santana July 28 at Comcast Theatre in Hartford.
The summer schedule is filling up.
For starters, the Allman Brothers Band and Santana coheadline July 28 at Comcast Theatre in Hartford, one of just six dates nationwide the groups are playing. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 4, at 10 a.m. for $93.50, $63.50, $53.50, $43.50, $33.50 and $23.50 for reserved seats and $21.50 for the lawn. Tickets are available via www.livenation.com.
One Direction opens a U.S. tour May 22 at Mohegan Sun; tickets are $59.50, $49.50, $39.50 and $29.50. Demi Lovato performs with Hot Chelle Rae June 30 at Mohegan Sun; tickets go on sale Friday, May 4, at 10 a.m. for $34.50. Linkin Park headlines this year’s Honda Civic Tour with Mute Math Aug. 12 at Mohegan Sun; tickets go on sale Friday, May 4, at 10 a.m. for $69.50 and $49.50. The Zac Brown Band plays a pair of dates Aug. 31 and Sept. 1; tickets go on sale Saturday, May 5, at 10 a.m. for $97 and $77. Tickets are available via www.ticketmaster.com.
They’re not summer shows, but Carrie Underwood plays a pair of Connecticut dates later this year: Sept. 15 at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport and Nov. 10 at XL Center in Hartford. Tickets for both shows go on sale May 24 at 10 a.m. via www.ticketmaster.com. No word on Bridgeport prices, but Hartford tickets are $65, $55 and $45.
One Direction opens a U.S. tour May 22 at Mohegan Sun.
Those cheeky lads in One Direction are so confident of their staying power that they’ve already booked a headlining tour for next summer — that is, 2013 — but you needn’t wait that long to see them: The English boy band starts this summer’s tour May 22 at Mohegan Sun, an announcement that came a little too late to be in the running for the summer arts guide running Sunday.
Anyway, tickets go on sale Saturday, April 28, at 10 a.m. for $59.50, $49.50, $39.50 and $29.50, via www.ticketmaster.com.
The band began in 2010 when the five members — Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson — applied as solo acts for the seventh season of Britian’s “The X Factor.” When they didn’t make the cut, they were put together in what became One Direction. They finished third on the show, signed with Simon Cowell’s record label (and Columbia in the U.S.) and released their debut, “Up All Night,” last year.
The album has been a considerable success, hitting No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart in the United States, and charting on two dozen other pop tallies around the world. One Direction played MGM Grand at Foxwoods earlier this year, opening for Big Time Rush. The group also appeared on “Saturday Night Live.” In other words, there’s pretty much no question that any tween girl you know is conversant about the band, its songs, the members’ likes and dislikes and which one has the blond hair. (It’s Niall. We think.)
Don’t look back, Justin Bieber — One Direction might be gaining.
The Scorpions rock you like a hurricane July 9 at Mohegan Sun. (Photo by Marc Theis)
Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band performs June 26 at Mohegan Sun; tickets go on sale Friday, April 27, at 10 a.m. for $185 and $135. Veteran German hard-rock band the Scorpions is there July 9; tickets go on sale Saturday, April 28, at 10 a.m. for $40. Marc Anthony, singer and songwriter Marco Antonio Solis and pop singer Chayanne bring their “Gigantes” tour Aug. 9 to Mohegan; tickets go on sale Thursday, April 26, at 10 a.m. for $155 and $125. Tickets are available via www.ticketmaster.com.
Willie Nelson performs June 18 at the Shubert Theater in New Haven; tickets go on sale Friday, April 27, at 10 a.m. for $100, $78, $68 and $58. Tickets are available via www.shubert.com.
Gov’t Mule performs with moe. June 24 on the new Festival Stage at Comcast Theatre in Hartford; tickets go on sale Friday, April 27, at 10 a.m. for $32.50. Five Finger Death Punch is there Aug. 15 with western Massachuetts band Killswitch Engage, Trivium, Pop Evil, Emmure and God Forbid; tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. for $33.50. Tickets are available via www.livenation.com.
Jackson Browne brings his acoustic tour with Sara Watkins Aug. 1 to Mountain Park in Holyoke; tickets go on sale May 4 for $76, $56 and $46, via www.nbotickets.com.
Dig out your ugliest Hawaiian shirt and find the car lighter adapter for your blender: Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band perform June 26 at Mohegan Sun. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 27, at 10 a.m. for $185 and $135 via www.ticketmaster.com.
Buffett’s calling his latest tour “Lounging at the Lagoon,” and it accompanies a CD/DVD set recorded last October in Las Vegas. The king of the Parrotheads has also just released “Volcano — Live 2011,” his first digital album, containing live versions of songs from his 1979 album “Volcano.”
If that’s not enough Buffett for you, and if you’ve burned out on Angry Birds or Draw Something, he also has an online game called “Margaritaville,” which a press release describes as “an island virtual world filled with music, adventure and the Margaritaville lifestyle.”
In addition to being king of the Parrotheads, Buffett might just be the king of merchandising, too.
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