The Iconic And Grammy-Winning Rock Band Yes Announce 35-date Summer Tour

Throughout 2013, the iconic and Grammy-winning rock band Yes marked a career first by performing a triple-header concert featuring three of their classic albums in their entirety, all in one concert. For 2014, the band is back to rock crowds nationwide with an amazing show. The 35-date summer tour will feature Yes performing–in their entirety–1971’s groundbreaking album Fragile for the first-time ever and a repeat performance from last year’s tour of 1972’s Close To The Edge, followed by an encore of the band’s greatest hits.
Kicking off July 8 in Boston, the tour will then stop at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall July 10 before making its way throughout the Northeast, hitting Wallingford, CT, Westbury, NY, Newport, RI, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and more. Among their many tour stops, Yes will perform in Detroit, Madison, Chicago, Nashville, Louisville, Atlanta, St. Petersburg, Orlando, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Phoenix, Las Vegas, San Diego and San Jose before wrapping August 24 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.
During the encore on the upcoming tour, the multi-platinum progressive rock band–bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, keyboardist Geoff Downes and singer Jon Davison­will also perform material off Heaven And Earth, their new studio album, out July 8.
The album Fragile is considered to be their U.S. breakthrough album peaking at #4 on the Billboard Album charts in the U.S. The RIAA-certified double platinum album has sold over two million copies and features Yes’ hit single “Roundabout” and other classics like “Long Distance Runaround” and “Heart of the Sunrise.” It also marks the band’s first collaboration with artist Roger Dean on cover art, who has designed many of the band’s album covers and logos. The band’s album Close To The Edge­widely regarded as one of the greatest progressive rock albums ever recorded­was on the U.S. charts for 32 weeks, peaking at #3. A Rolling Stone review noted, “Yes’ colors are subtle, almost imperceptible tints, but the main strokes are bold and thick, applied with sureness and natural instinct.” Inspired by Siddhartha and their “state of mind” at the time, the Gold-certified album featuring epic suites such as “Close To The Edge” and “And You And I” was named one of the “100 Greatest Guitar Albums of All Time” by Guitar World (2006).
Tickets will go on sale beginning Friday, March 28. Yes is proud to provide special show packages, which include near-stage seating, a meet and greet with the band, exclusive limited-edition gifts from Yes, and much more. For more information on prices, on-sale dates and to purchase Yes packages/tickets, go to www.yesworld.com.

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KISS and Def Leppard Unite for Summer 2014 Tour

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It’s going to be one rocking summer. That’s because KISS and Def Leppard, two veteran bands with extensive catalogs, are uniting for a summer tour.

KISS, celebrating their 40th year in music and joining the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year, will continue touring in support of their ‘Monster’ album, while Def Leppard recently reissued a special deluxe edition of their underrated 1996 album ‘Slang’ and have been said to be working toward a new album.

The trek launches June 23 in West Valley City, Utah, and currently runs through Aug. 31 in Woodlands, Texas. Tickets for the trek go on sale this Friday (March 21) through the Live Nation mobile app and at LiveNation.com.

Gene Simmons revealed during a press conference that a dollar from each ticket sold will be donated to various wounded warrior organizations. The KISS bassist stated how proud he was of the military who “make freedom possible,” while Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott added, “We’ve got our own wounded warrior here,” referring to the band’s drummer Rick Allen. Both bands have also made it possible for military personnel to have first crack at tickets with a special pre-sale starting Tuesday (March 18) at 10AM local time at Military.com.

KISS / Def Leppard 2014 Summer Tour:

6/23 — West Valley, Utah — USANA Amphitheater
6/25 — Denver, Colo. — Pepsi Center
6/27 — Ridgefield, Wash. — Sleep Country Amphitheater
6/29 — Auburn, Wash. — White River Amphitheatre
7/2 — Concord, Calif. — Concord Pavilion
7/3 — Wheatland, Calif. — Sleep Train Amphitheatre
7/5 — Irvine, Calif. — Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7/6 — Chula Vista, Calif. — Sleep Train Amphitheatre
7/8 — Los Angeles, Calif. — The Forum
7/9 — Phoenix, Ariz. — Ak-Chin Pavilion
7/12 — Austin, Texas — Austin360 Amphitheatre
7/13 — Dallas, Texas — Gexa Energy Pavilion
7/15 — Cincinnati, Ohio — Riverbend Music Center
7/16 — Nashville, Tenn. — Bridgestone Arena
7/18 — Atlanta, Ga. — Aaron’s Amphitheatre
7/19 — Charlotte, N.C. — PNC Music Pavilion
7/20 — Raleigh, N.C. — Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
7/22 — West Palm Beach, Fla. — Cruzan Amphitheatre
7/23 — Tampa, Fla. — MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
7/25 — Bristow, Va. — Jiffy Lube Live
7/26 — Holmdel, N.J. — PNC Bank Arts Center
8/1 — Mansfield, Mass. — Xfinity Center
8/2 — Atlantic City, N.J. — Boardwalk Hall
8/3 — Camden, N.J. — Susquehanna Bank Center
8/5 — Saratoga, N.Y. — Saratoga Performing Arts Center
8/6 — Wantagh, N.Y. — Nikon at Jones Beach Amphitheatre
8/8 — Virginia Beach, Va. — Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
8/9 — Scranton, Pa. — Pavilion at Montage Mountain
8/10 — Hartford, Conn. — Xfinity Theatre
8/12 — Toronto, Ontario — Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
8/13 — Darien, N.Y. — Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
8/15 — East Troy, Wis. — Alpine Valley Music Theatre
8/16 — Tinley Park, Ill. — First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
8/17 — Minneapolis, Minn. — Target Center
8/20 — Des Moines, Iowa — Wells Fargo Arena
8/22 — Noblesville, Ind. — Klipsch Music Center
8/23 — Clarkston, Mich. — DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/24 — Burgettstown, Pa. — First Niagara Pavilion
8/26 — Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio — Blossom Music Center
8/28 — Maryland Heights, Mo. — Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
8/29 — Tulsa, Okla. — BOK Center
8/31 — Woodlands, Texas — Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

HIM Hitting the Road With Anathema, Plot Digital and Physical Album Reissues

HIM TourFinnish rockers HIM return to the U.S. this week to kick off a headlining tour with support band Anathema. The trek launches Friday (March 7) in Hollywood, Calif. and traverses the country before wrapping up March 25 in Houston.

In a recent Australian interview, frontman Ville Valo talked about the band’s ‘love metal’ moniker. “It was to test the sense of humor of metalheads, and rock fans,” Valo says. “Some people take it all too seriously. They should sit down for a while and have a cup of tea and unwind.”

Valo says the description is a bit ridiculous, but that’s by design. “Take your work seriously, but don’t take yourself seriously,” he says. “There was this whole thing when we started out where people couldn’t figure out what box to put us in, where we fit in the scene… But I grew up with Venom, who more or less invented black metal, and Motörhead and the early stages of speed metal.”

Valo continues, “These are all kind of ridiculous terms for music really, so we wanted our own little ridiculous term. Something that meant we could say we were something else as opposed to saying we were a goth band or a metal band or whatever.”

HIM’s latest album ‘Tears on Tape’ was released last year. Early albums from the band’s catalog have recently been digitally reissued, with deluxe versions in multiple configurations to come this summer.

The albums that have been reissued are their 1997 debut ‘Greatest Love Songs Vol. 666,’ 1999′s ‘Razorblade Romance,’ 2001′s ‘Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights‘ and 2003′s ‘Love Metal.’ Also available on iTunes is ‘XX – Two Decades of Love Metal.’

HIM 2014 Tour Dates

3/7/14 — Hollywood, Calif. — House Of Blues Sunset Strip
3/8/14 — Anaheim, Calif. — House Of Blues
3/9/14 — San Francisco, Calif. — The Fillmore
3/12/14 — Chicago, Ill. — House Of Blues
3/13/14 — Cleveland, Ohio — House Of Blues
3/14/14 — New York, N.Y. — Irving Plaza
3/15/14 — Philadelphia, Pa. — T.L.A.
3/16/14 — New York, N.Y. — Irving Plaza
3/18/14 — Atlanta, Ga. — Center Stage
3/19/14 — Orlando, Fla. — House Of Blues
3/20/14 — Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. — Revolution
3/24/14 — New Orleans, La. — House Of Blues
3/25/14 — Houston, Texas — House Of Blues=

Boston Announce 2014 U.S. Tour

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Boston will be hitting the road this summer for the first time since 2012. The band revealed a series of dates to promote their most recent album, ’Life, Love & Hope.’

The ‘Heaven On Earth’ tour kicks off in Hollywood, Fla. on June 5, and wraps up on August 12 in Springfield, Ill. With most of the concerts centered in June, the band will announce more dates as they become final. The complete tour schedule, as it exists now, can be found below.

Boston, featuring guitarist Tom Scholz as the sole original member, are touring in support of ‘Life, Love & Hope,’ which was released last fall and featured the single ‘Heaven On Earth.’ The album, only their sixth in their nearly 40 year career, features the final recordings made with original vocalist, the late Brad Delp.

The band are offering a limited number of exclusive VIP Packages that include premium seating, pre-show party, exclusive merchandise and more. Check the band’s website for complete information.

Recently, Scholz told us a funny-but-painful real-life ‘Spinal Tap’ story that involved him swinging on a rope above the audience and not being able to stop in time. You can read it here.

Boston ‘Heaven On Earth’ 2014 Tour Dates

6/5 – Hollywood, Fla.
6/6 – Clearwater, Fla.
6/7 – St. Augustine, Fla.
6/11 – Chattanooga, Tenn.
6/13 –Biloxi, Mo.
6/14 – Atlanta, Ga.
6/18 – Allen, Texas
6/21 – Chicago, Ill.
6/23 -Toronto, Ont.
6/24 – Detroit, Mich.
6/27 – Bethel, N.Y.
7/22 – Albuquerque, N.M
7/25 – Phoenix, Ariz.
8/2 – San Francisco, Calif.
8/3 – Tahoe, Calif.
8/12 – Springfield, Ill.