Ten Live Events To Check Out After Football Season Is Over
The Super Bowl is bitter sweet. It’s the biggest sporting event of the year; it’s a game that makes careers, fortifies legacies, and sends players to the hall of fame. On the other hand, it’s the last meaningful game of football for seven months. What are us football fans supposed to do during the spring and summer?
If you’re anything like me, you can only work on your next season’s fantasy team for so long. As for the other sports, they’re nice, but they just can’t fill the void. The NBA is too vapid. Major League Baseball is too long. And the NHL is… well, too much hockey.
Between now and football’s annual rebirth, there are a lot of great live events going down. These won’t replace the pigskin but they will create a pleasant distraction. Below are ten live events that will allow you to forget all about your gridiron blues, at least for a few hours.
“The Boys of Zummer Tour”
You’ve got to hand it to Fall Out Boy and Wiz Khalifa. Instead of changing the “s” in “boys” to a “z” they changed the “s” in “summer” to a “z.” You don’t get that kind of out-of-the-box thinking from bands and rappers anymore—you just don’t. Fall Out Boy and Wiz Khalifa kick off their creatively named “The Boys of Zummer Tour” on June 10 in Camden, New Jersey. It ends Aug. 10 at the Hollywood Bowl. Their opening act is rapper Hoodie Allen (another great name).
Disney On Ice
I wanted to include Disney on Ice’s latest show, Frozen, for a couple of reasons. One, you may want a live event in which you can take the whole family to. Frozen the ice show definitely qualifies as family-friendly entertainment. Second, if you’re like most parents in the free world, you are sick of Anna, Elsa, Olaf, and “Let It Go,” and want nothing to do with this franchise ever again. Well, now that you know it’s out there (and will be for the considerable future) you can do your best to hide it from your kids. Good luck and you’re welcome.
Fleetwood Mac has been on tour since early October. They will continue their trek all the way until the last day of March. Dubbed “On With the Show,” this outing features the classic lineup of Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Christine McVie, Stevie Nicks, and Lindsay Buckingham. The quintet, the same five who made Rumours, hasn’t been together for 16 years. So this tour is kind of a big deal. Unfortunately, they’re done with the West Coast.
The Foo Fighters are touring this summer for two reasons. The first reason is to promote their eighth studio album, Sonic Highway. The second reason is to celebrate their 20th anniversary. In fact, their tour, called “Sonic Highways World Tour,” begins July 4 in Washington, D.C. Their self-titled album dropped on the same day back in 1995. Foo Fighters have 34 concerts planned for North America. Four of them have been booked in stadiums: RFK (July 4), Citi Field (July 16), Fenway Park (July 18 and July 19), and Wrigley Field (Aug. 29).
Kenny Chesney & Jason Aldean
Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean are two of the biggest names in country music. They are also two of the best live acts in the word. Chesney’s first concert of 2015 is on March 26. Aldean’s is on Jan. 31. Chesney is on the road through the end of August. Aldean’s tour stretches into mid-September. Their tours are merging ten times this spring and summer. Promoters are billing it as “Two Tours/One Big Night” and all of their combine tour stops are at football stadiums. For example: AT&T Stadium, Lambeau Field, and the Rose Bowl.
A friend of mine once saw Motley Crüe in concert in Las Vegas. At some point during the show, a couple that wasn’t “Too Young to Fall in Love” was doing so anyways. I can’t promise that you’ll see a live sex act at an upcoming Crüe concert but I can promise you that the crowd will be interesting. Also, 2015 may be the last year you’ll be able to see Motley Crüe live. The band’s final leg of their final tour begins July 22 in Eugene, Oregon. It concludes Sept. 10 in Mexico City. Their career finale is set for Dec. 31 in Los Angeles. The members of Motley Crüe have signed a legal document stating they will never tour under the name “Motley Crüe” after 2015. I don’t believe it either but what are you going to do?
New Kids On The Block
Are you ready to be “Hangin’ Tough?” This spring and summer, New Kids on the Block are getting away from the block to perform more than 40 concerts. Their trek commences May 1 in Las Vegas and terminates July 2 in Buffalo. The original boy band is set to play the big rooms in cities like Los Angeles, Dallas, Nashville, and Atlanta. Also on the marquee for their upcoming “The Main Event Tour” are TLC and Nelly. It will be a night of nonstop hits and forty-year-old men doing choreography.
Straight No Chaser
Straight No Chaser is a decet a cappella outfit from Indiana. Their repertoire is comprised of Top 40 hits and popular songs. In between numbers, mashups, and medleys, the ten men of SNC crack wise and schmooze with the audience. Yes, their concerts are the exact opposite of Slipknot shows, but Straight No Chaser sounds great live and they’re a whole lot of fun. Also, it will pay off in the long run. Getting Straight No Chaser concert tickets will score a bunch of points with your paramour.
This spring and summer you’ll have the opportunity to see the greatest band (post 1980) in concert. U2 embarks on an arena tour of North America on May 14. Right now, the final show on their docket is a July 27th affair at Madison Square Garden. There are 31 shows on their “iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour” itinerary but just 9 cities. Each town, except Los Angeles, will host two, four, or six U2 concerts. L.A. gets five while MSG is the lucky venue that gets half a dozen gigs. The legendary rock band is playing with the innocence idea one night and the experience idea the next. Meaning, you have good cause to see U2 on consecutive nights.
Don’t laugh. The WWE isn’t Shakespeare but it is a whole lot of fun. It’s fun with a capital F-U-N. If you’ve never been to a WWE live event (and you can suspend your disbelief for a couple of hours) you must go. There are three types of WWE shows. There are live Raw shows and Smackdown tapings. These are the company’s weekly televised programs held on Monday and Tuesday respectively. Next are the pay-per-views. These events are usually held once a month on a Sunday and are much bigger than a Raw or a Smackdown. Finally, there are the house shows. Mainly held on weekends, house shows are not taped which allows the wrestlers to play more for the fans than the cameras. WrestleMania 31, the biggest professional wrestling event of the year, is set to go down March 29 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.