Cake performs May 9 in Waterbury. (Photo by Tim Jackson)
John McCrea was delighted when his band Cake’s most recent album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart in 2011, but not for the reasons you’d expect.
“We don’t really fetishize victory so much,” he says by phone from California, before starting a tour that comes to Waterbury Wednesday, May 8. “We’re all about our process and all about our work. That said, it was great, and it was fleeting, and it was followed up the the realization that it was the lowest No. 1 in history, which was perfect for us.”
“Showroom of Compassion” topped the chart with sales of just 44,000 copies, at the time the lowest total to reach No. 1 since Billboard adapted a more accurate means of trackign sales in 1991. (By contrast, ’N Sync set the record for most sales in a week with 2.4 million copies of “No Strings Attached” in 2000.) Cake’s turn at No. 1 sparked dire talk about how the record industry is something akin to a jet plane spurting flames from its engines as it spirals into the side of a mountain. Frankly, that doesn’t disappoint McCrea either, though he drew a different lesson from the release of Cake’s first album since “Pressure Chief” in 2004.
David Lee Roth shows his flexibility Saturday when Van Halen performed at Mohegan Sun. The band returns July 7. (Nick Caito/CTNow.com)
Rejoice, Van Halen fans, for the band kicks off the second leg of its “A Different Kind of Truth” tour July 7 at Mohegan Sun. Ky-Mani Marley opens. Tickets go on sale Saturday, April 21, at 10 a.m. for $135 and $110. Stevie Nicks is there July 12; tickets go on sale Friday, April 20, at 10 a.m. for $59 and $39. Tickets are available via www.ticketmaster.com.
Country singer Jason Aldean performs with Luke Bryan July 13 at Comcast Theatre in Hartford; tickets go on sale Friday, April 20, for $73.50 for reserved seats and $40.75 for the lawn, including services fees. Tickets are available via www.livenation.com.
MGM Grand at Foxwoods has finally gotten around to setting ticket prices for Fiona Apple’s performance there June 22, and what do you know: at $50, $40 and $30, they’re right in line with prices for her performances June 23 in Holyoke and June 29 in Danbury. Tickets for all three shows go on sale Friday, April 20, at 10 a.m.
Members of Kiss and Motley Crue announced their summer tour at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on March 20, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
For those of you who want to paint your faces like kabuki demons and shout at the devil — and you know who you are — you’re in luck: Kiss and Mötley Crüe are co-headlining what they’re simply calling “The Tour,” which wraps up Sept. 23 at Comcast Theatre in Hartford. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 23, at 10 a.m. for $151 for a VIP Package; $90.50 and $50.50 for reserved seats; and $30 for the lawn (or four lawn tickets for $108), via www.livenation.com.
Face painting seems rather less likely when Crosby, Stills & Nash performs June 16 at Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford; tickets go on sale March 30 at 10 a.m. for $76, $56 and $46 via www.livenation.com.
Cake plays May 9 at the Palace Theater in Waterbury; tickets go on sale Saturday, March 24, at 11 a.m. for $50, $40 and $35 via www.palacetheaterct.org.
Ben Harper plays an acoustic show Oct. 7 at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton; tickets go on sale Friday, March 23, at 10 a.m. for $45 and $35. Tickets are available via www.nbotickets.com.
Just in case you missed them last year at Gathering of the Vibes, Jane’s Addiction returns to Connecticut March 7 for a performance at the Palace Theater in Waterbury. Tickets go on sale Saturday, Jan. 14, at 10 a.m. for $58, $48 and $38 here.
The on-again, off-again ’90s alt-rock band has been on again since 2008, when the seminal lineup — Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro, Stephen Perkins and Eric Avery — reunited to perform at the NME Awards USA. Avery left in 2010, just before Jane’s Addiction, with bassist Chris Chaney, hit the studio to record the group’s fourth LP, last year’s middling “The Great Escape Artist.”