By Zachary Swickey
Chart-topping songstress of the year Adele is disappointed just as much as us that she’s had to cancel her U.S. tour once again. It’s easy for fans to be upset, considering this is her second scrapped stateside tour, and there’s no immediate mention of rescheduling the dates. Although, it’s understandably imperative that she properly rests her vocal chords because it appears they never fully healed from the first tour cancellation.
Axed tours are always a bummer, especially when it’s from one of the year’s biggest acts, but she’s not the first heavy hitter forced to cancel. From Kanye to the Lollapalooza festival itself, here are five of the biggest tour cancellations that prompted a universal sigh from fans.
Kanye West and Lady Gaga’s “Fame Kills Tour”
Appropriately, Kanye West visited the ladies on talk show "The View" in June 2009 to announce a co-headlining tour with then-rising star Lady Gaga, who was riding high on the success of her debut The Fame. Dubbed “Fame Kills: Starring Kanye West and Lady Gaga,” the tour would have found West supporting his auto-tune disc 808s & Heartbreak, while Gaga would release The Fame Monster EP during the tour. However, following West’s infamous stage-crashing incident with Taylor Swift at the VMAs, the entire production was canceled (only two weeks after it was even official). Various rumors suggested poor ticket sales, creative differences and feuding between the two icons … but they both seem to be doing all right today.
This weekend at Atlanta's Philips Arena, Taylor Swift was joined on stage for a pair of surprise duets. On Saturday, during the first of two sold-out shows, Swift shared the spotlight with Usher to perform his hit "Yeah!" and the following night got an assist from newly free T.I. Late in her show Sunday night, Swift introduced the rapper by singing the chorus to his song, "Live Your Life." He then joined her on stage to wild applause to perform his track while Swift sang the chorus – performed on the record by Rihanna – alongside him.
(Even stranger was the crowd backstage at Swift's Sunday night show in Atlanta. Not only was T.I. shooting the breeze before hitting the stage, but Nelly and Young Jeezy were there too.)
This isn't the first time a guest has joined Swift on her "Speak Now World Tour." The Grammy-winning country diva has been bringing her famous friends on stage to perform with her throughout her tour and rather than have them join her for one of her songs, Swift often lets her superstar guests shine and instead joins them for one of their songs.
Who else has partnered with the Speak Now superstar for a surprise concert appearance, read on to find out. Read More...
By Rya Baker
An upfront is a strange animal. By (loose) definition, it's a meeting in late May hosted by television network executives to entice advertisers into buying ad time during the network's shows, both old and new, and wooing press into writing about said programming.
Last night, Vice, the growing media empire that started some 17 years ago as a free, Montreal-based magazine, did things a little differently at their "Full Frontal Vice" party. In addition to celebrating the acquisition of the domain name www.vice.com (which was once, yes, a porn site), a short film was screened displaying the company's new journalistic endeavors, which will be featured on the company's new Internet HQ along with content being parsed to such global partners as the Huffington Post in the US and The Guardian in the UK. An HBO show, set to go into production this fall, was also announced.
Sure, press was there (hi!) and men in suits made appearances, but also on hand at Brooklyn's One Hanson Place were strippers, a brief presentation given by Vice CEO Shane Smith on how the company's growth was inspired by the business model of Internet porn, and some big bands (and one Boss) came through to help the celebrations. Read More...
Photo Credit: BSKphoto.com for Electric Zoo
By Nick Philippou
This past weekend, Randall’s Island again played host to an eclectic fusion of electronic dance music at one of New York’s fastest growing music festivals – Electric Zoo. Headlined by the likes of Tiësto, David Guetta and Armin van Buuren, dance music’s elite conducted their own brand of symphony to a melting pot of an estimated 85,000 fans over three days and nights at summer’s last official hoorah. With international artists spanning multiple stages across the massive concert grounds, killer sets were by no means hard to come by, but we have narrowed it down to five of the most noteworthy acts that graced the main stage and put their mark on NYC’s dance music monster.
Armin van Buuren
Sunday’s finale featured Armin van Buuren, the reigning king of trance, directing a triumphant, crowd-pleasing closing set to the weekend. AVB fired off a barrage of his international smash-hit tracks like ”Full Focus” and ”Silent Hearts,” featuring BT mixed against Simon Patterson’s “Latika” before powering through Eric Prydz’s remix of Dépêche Mode’s “Personal Jesus.”
He teased an early ending at 10:50 PM, leaving the stage after “In and Out of Love” seemingly closed his set. Then moments later, an echoing chant of “we want more” was answered by a red and white firework-filled spectacle, choreographed to the beats of AVB’s “This Light Between Us,” to close the weekend.
Photo Credit: BSKphoto.com for Electric Zoo
By Akshay Bhansali
A few thousand dance music enthusiasts ferried out to New York’s Governors Island this perfectly sunny Saturday to take in a special collection of house music sets courtesy of Pacha NY and Size Records. And at the finale of the eight-hour party, a familiar conclusion was reaffirmed – when Steve Angello comes to New York, he doesn’t do it quietly.
Carl Louis & Martin Danielle, hometown hero Junior Sanchez, and rising star Thomas Gold took on opening duties for the sold-out crowd of close to 5,000 fans. The night’s headliner, Swedish House Mafia's Angello, took the stage around 9PM and fired off over a blazing two-and-a-half hour set with full-on LED lighting and pyrotechnics. MTV News was given an exclusive look from the stage. Take a Look!
Angello got a tremendous rise early in his set with Swedish House Mafia’s possible next single (which has a working title, but we aren't at liberty to reveal just yet). Read More...
On Friday night, Beyonce headlined the final of four sold-out dates at New York’s Roseland Ballroom. The intimate shows were by all accounts a huge hit, giving fans exactly what they wanted – a nice mix of old hits and new favorites (after running through tunes from her Destiny’s Child days, she moved on to her solo smashes before performing the entirety of her acclaimed new album, 4).
One fan who was in the audience Friday night has become something of a fixture at major pop events recently: Paul McCartney. The Beatle has revealed himself to be quite the fan of contemporary pop; in addition to Beyonce on Friday, McCartney was spotted getting down at Lady Gaga’s “Monster Ball” show at Madison Square Garden earlier this year (check out video of McCartney at Gaga’s show here).
Seems Macca likes pop divas almost as much as we do!
Couldn’t make it to see Britney Spears on her massive Femme Fatale world tour? Well, it looks like MTV Video Music Award-nominated pop princess might be swooping in to save the day.
Over the weekend, Miss Spears tweeted up a storm from her concert stop in Toronto, letting fans know that the show was being filmed in 3D for on-demand service EpixHD as well as a concert DVD.
She did not reveal when the show, which wraps up its U.S. leg in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Aug. 25 before moving to Saint Petersburg, Russia, in September, would air or when the DVD would be available. We have reached out for comment, so check back throughout the day for the latest on Britney’s big concert DVD.
In addition to packing stadiums and arenas around the world for teenage dream-like concerts featuring her own songs and a procession of big set pieces from a wedding march to snowfall and a balcony that flies out over the audience, Taylor Swift is turning heads on her current "Speak Now" tour by performing oddball covers.
Sometimes, they're keyed to whatever city she's in, such as her choice of Fall Out Boy's "Sugar, We're Going Down" in Chicago this week. (FOB are from Chicago, BTW.) It added to a list that already included Pink's "Who Knew" (in Philadelphia), Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" and Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer" (New Jersey), Eminem's "Lose Yourself" (in Detroit), Justin Bieber's "Baby" and Alanis Morissette's "You Learn" (Toronto) and the Dixie Chicks' "Cowboy Take Me Away" (with Chicks member Martie Maguire in the house.)
So, we looked at Taylor's upcoming tour schedule and came up with a week's worth of suggestions of tunes she could take on, as well as a few that the good girl would probably shy away from: Read More...
By Danielle Genet
This blog is posed as a question for a reason. What’s with fans storming the stage at concerts recently? We want answers!
In the past, it was more common for fans to throw their love on stage in the form of flowers, teddy bears and even bras. The performers would show their love back through hand-to-hand contact that used to drive crowds wild. However, it now seems that fans prefer to throw themselves on stage. If performers today were to reach their hands out into the crowds they’d most likely be pulled in. In case you aren’t tuned in with recent happenings, artists like Avril Lavigne, Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears, Justin Bieber and even Lady Gaga to name a few, have all been interrupted mid-show by a crazed fan.
Do the fans come in with preconceived motives or are they just overcome with so much emotion they can’t control themselves? It’s worth it to note that only the most persistent make it all the way (and suffer the consequences). After all, the fan has many bodies and barricades to break through before even making it to the stage.
The problem is, the fan’s on-stage presence stops the show cold and scares the entertainer – and gets the fan immediately ejected from the show and often arrested. It’s a stupid thing to do, it certainly doesn’t endear a fan to the object of their affection (you look like a crazy person!) and it ruins things for the thousands of others in attendance at the show. Read More...
By Zachary Swickey
Several shots were fired during a confrontation at an outdoor music festival featuring funk act George Clinton as the headliner, leaving one person dead and wounding three others.
The fight occurred around 10PM at an intersection near Luke Easter Park in Cleveland, Ohio, where the “Unity in the Park” music festival was taking place. Authorities are on the lookout for a male suspect who pulled out a handgun and fired it into a group of people Saturday night. So far no arrests have been made.
“It was a large fight. Somebody in the crowd produced a handgun and fired several times,” Sgt. Sammy Morris told the Associated Press.
A 16-year-old boy passed away from a gunshot wound to the head, and a 20-year-old woman was critically injured with a wound to the neck. A statement from police also states a 14-year-old boy and 23-year-old man were also hospitalized, both with a gunshot wounds to their legs. All victims were taken to Cleveland’s MetroHealth Medical Center, where the neck wound victim remains in critical condition. Read More...