*It’s been a few weeks since my last column, and I apologize for leaving everyone out of the loop with concert news.
KEITH URBAN will bring his Light The Fuse Tour 2013, with Little Big Town and special guest Dustin Lynch, to Mohegan Sun Arena for a pair of shows on Friday and Saturday, November 15-16. Tickets are $65 and $85, and will be going on sale Friday, April 5, at 10 am, though TicketMaster, and then at the casino on Saturday morning at 10.
*Mohegan Sun Arena will host FALL OUT BOY on September 5, and tickets will be going on sale this weekend. Tickets are $39 and will be available through TicketMaster.com and vendors on Saturday, April 6, at 10 am; the casino’s box office will be putting tickets on sale as well on Sunday, subject to availability.
*Tickets will also be going on sale Saturday morning for an August 31 show by MAROON 5, with special guest Kelly Clarkson, at The Comcast Theatre in Hartford. Tickets are $19.50 for the lawn, and run from $54 to $93.50 for seating, and will be available through LiveNation.
*Also, ZAC BROWN BAND has been confirmed for a September 1 show at the Comcast Theatre in Hartford, but tickets are not going on sale this week as originally planned.
The show is confirmed, but a new on-sale date will be announced shortly, a representative from LiveNation confirmed earlier this week.
*Also this week, Ives Concert Park promoters made the first announcement for the 2013 Summer Concert Series. The Danbury venue, which announced a partnership earlier this year with The Bowery Presents, will host MOE. with THE WOOD BROTHERS on Saturday, June 1 (tickets are $20 lawn, $35 reserved seating); GOV’T MULE on Sunday, June 2 ($35 reserved, $20 lawn in advance, $25 lawn at the gate); TONY BENNETT on Saturday, July 13 ($36 lawn, $86 reserved); EVERCLEAR, LIVE, FILTER and SPONGE on Friday, July 19 ($20 lawn, $35 reserved); and BRANDI CARLISLE Saturday, July 20 ($25 lawn, $39.50 reserved).
A special two-show ticket has been created for the back-to-back moe. and Gov’t Mule shows on June 1-2. A reserved ticket for both nights will be $50 and a lawn ticket will be $30.
All shows are rain or shine and tickets for these five shows will go on sale at noon on Friday, April 5, at ticketmaster.com.
Additional shows and ticket sale dates are expected “soon,” according to an April 2 press release.
Music-lovers who subscribe to the Ives “Backstage Buzz” e-newsletter will have the opportunity to purchase tickets one day before they go on sale to the public. Visit www.IvesConcertPark.com to sign up.
*NAZARETH had been planning to bring its first tour of the US in five years to Mohegan Sun Arena on Wednesday, June 26. The casino had even posted the show on its website and announced on March 11 that the show was on, with Deborah Bonham to be the evening’s special guest, and that tickets would be going on sale at the end of that week.
This week TicketMaster is listing that show as cancelled, however, and it has been pulled from Mohegan Sun’s website. No explanation is offered on the band’s official website, either.
*Meanwhile, tickets for the following shows have all been put on sale since my last column, and unless noted all are available through TicketMaster:
SHINEDOWN, with special guests Bush and Airbourne, at Mohegan Sun Area on May 3 (all seats $35); BOB SEGER & THE SILVER BULLET BAND, May 4, Mohegan Sun Arena ($75 and $95); ZZ TOP, May 8 at the Toyota Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford ($38 and $48); SOUNDGARDEN, May 17, also at the Oakdale (tickets $35-$75); MÖTLEY CRÜE, May 18 at Mohegan Sun Arena (tickets $59 and $79);
DAVID BYRNE & ST VINCENT, at The Shubert Theater in New Haven, on June 20 (tickets $55 and $65; watch NPR’s broadcast of the September 30, 2012 performance at Strathmore Music Center in Rockville, Md., here); ALICE COOPER and MARILYN MANSON, June 12 at Mohegan Sun Arena ($35); TIM McGRAW, with Brantley Gilbert and Love & Theft, June 28 at the Comcast Theatre in Hartford, tickets through LiveNation ($30.25 lawn, $45 and $70 reserved seats);
HEART, with Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience, July 4 at Mohegan Sun Arena ($35); THE EAGLES, July 18 at Mohegan Sun Arena ($125 and $195); BARENAKED LADIES, with Ben Folds Five and Guster, July 19 at Mohegan Sun Arena ($38); MAYHEM FESTIVAL 2013, featuring Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Mastodon and Amon Anarth, et al, July 21 at The Comcast Theatre ($20.50 lawn, $34 to $63.50 for seats); O.A.R., with special guests Andrew McMahon and Allen Stone, July 26 at the Oakdale ($30 GA pit, $20 seats);
JOHN MAYER, with special guest Phillip Phillips, August 16 at the Comcast Theatre ($36 lawn, $75 seats); and FUN., September 28 at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport ($49.50 reserved seating; general admission floor seating is sold out).
*Finally, for those who want to plan ahead, tickets for a June 15 MATCHBOX TWENTY and GOO GOO DOLLS co-headlining show at Mohegan Sun Arena on August 13 will be going on sale next Friday morning. Tickets are $49 and $69, and will be available through TicketMaster beginning at 10 am Friday, April 12, and then also at the casino’s box office Saturday morning.
Until next week, I’ll be seeing you… on the road.
Questions and comments should be sent to Shannon Hicks c/o The Newtown Bee, 5 Church Hill Road, Newtown CT 06470, or firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the office at 426-3141. Shows listed at clubs are for ages 21 and over unless specified.
APRIL 5 — Eric Clapton at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, The Wallflowers opening; Yes at The MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods, Mashantucket;
April 6 — Boz Scaggs at The Klein, Bridgeport;
April 11 — Toots and The Maytals at The Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield; The Fixx at Fairfield Theatre Company’s StageOne, Fairfield;
April 12 — Three Dog Night at The Ridgefield Playhouse, The Characters opening (rescheduled from November 1);
April 13 — Muse at Mohegan Sun Arena;
April 14 — Diana Krall at The Bushnell, Hartford; Buddy Guy at The Ridgefield Playhouse;
April 19 — Declan O’Rourke at Fairfield Theatre Company;
April 20 — Fleetwood Mac at Mohegan Sun Arena;
April 25 — Average White Band at The Ridgefield Playhouse;
April 26 — Alabama at Toyota Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford; Poco at Infinity Music Hall (performing as trio);
April 27 — Reba at Mohegan Sun Arena;
April 28 — Ridgefield BandJam 2013 at The Ridgefield Playhouse.
MAY 3 — Shinedown at Mohegan Sun Arena, with special guests Bush and Airbourne;
May 4 — Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville;
May 5 — The Smithereens at Fairfield Theatre Company’s StageOne, Fairfield;
May 8 — ZZ Top at the Toyota Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford;
May 9 — Rush at Mohegan Sun Arena; Johnny Winter at The Ridgefield Playhouse (rescheduled from February 9, tickets from original date will be honored);
May 16 — Asleep at The Wheel at Infinity Music Hall, Norfolk;
May 17 — Soundgarden at the Toyota Oakdale Theatre;
May 18 — Brad Paisley at The Comcast Theatre, Hartford, with Chris Young and Lee Brice; Mötley Crüe at Mohegan Sun Arena;
May 24 — Blind Boys of Alabama at Fairfield Theatre Company’s StageOne;
May 28 — New Kids on The Block, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men at Mohegan Sun Arena (also May 29 & 31);
May 29 — New Kids on The Block, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men at Mohegan Sun Arena (also May 31);
May 31 — Luke Bryan with Thompson Square and Florida Georgia Line at The Comcast Theatre; New Kids on The Block, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men at Mohegan Sun Arena.
JUNE 1 — moe. with The Wood Brothers at Ives Concert Park, Danbury;
June 2 — Gov’t Mule at Ives Concert Park;
June 15 — Rascal Flatts with The Band Perry at The Comcast Theatre, Hartford;
June 20 — David Byrne & St Vincent at The Shubert Theatre, New Haven;
June 21 — Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell at The Palace Theatre, Stamford (4th Annual Gala event); Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson at Mohegan Sun Arena;
June 22 — Sting at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville;
June 26 — CANCELLED: Nazareth at Mohegan Sun Arena;
June 28 — Tim McGraw at The Comcast Theatre, with Brantley Gilbert and Love & Theft.
JULY 4 — Heart at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, with Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience;
July 18 — The Eagles at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville; SOLD OUT: Justin Bieber at the XL Center, Hartford;
July 19 — Everclear, Live, Filter and Sponge at Ives Concert Park, Danbury; Bearnaked Ladies at Mohegan Sun Arena, with Ben Folds Five and Guster opening;
July 20 — Big Time Rush at Mohegan Sun Arena; Brandi Carlisle at Ives Concert Park;
July 21 — Mayhem Festival 2013 at The Comcast Theatre, featuring Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Mastodon and Amon Anarth, et al;
July 26 — O.A.R. at the Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford, with special guests Andrew McMahon and Allen Stone;
AUGUST 2 — SOLD OUT: Beyoncé at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville;
August 3 — Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley with Kix Brooks at The Comcast Theatre, Hartford;
August 13 — Matchbox Twenty and The Goo Goo Dolls at Mohegan Sun Arena (tickets on sale April 12);
August 16 — John Mayer at The Comcast Theatre, Hartford, with Phillip Phillips opening;
August 25 — Toby Keith at The Comcast Theatre, with Kip Moore opening;
August 31 — Maroon 5 at The Comcast Theatre, Kelly Clarkson opening;