Cher Announces End Of Her Three-Year Vegas Residency In February. After three years of headlining her show in Vegas, Cher has announced the final curtain for her shows. The multi-award-winning performer will end her three-year residency at The Caesars Palace’s The Colosseum on February 5, 2011. The show, simply titled “Cher,” boasts the talents of choreographer and director Doriana Sanchez, who brings the singer’s vision to life using 16 dancers and aerialists, videos, special effects, and grand set designs. Cher will have performed around 200 shows during the course of her three-year residency, which began on May 6, 2009. John Meglen, co-CEO of AEG Live/Concerts West said, “Cher is an entertainment legend. We are delighted that she has called The Colosseum at Caesars Palace home for three years. We wish her luck in future endeavors and thank her and the cast and crew for their dedication.” “With each performance as fresh and energetic as opening night, Cher continues to reign among the best of the city’s long roster of legendary talents,” added Gary Selesner, president of Caesars Palace. “Our guests won’t want to miss these grand finale performances.” Tickets for the January 11 through February 5 shows will go on sale September 25.
Aerosmith Adds South American Concerts To Tour Schedule. After questions regarding whether or not they are staying together, one classic rock band is definitely back and ready to rock across the world, and naysayers will have to “Dream On.”
The members of Aerosmith have announced plans to add concerts in South America to their upcoming tour. This marks the first time the band has performed on the continent since 2007. The “Cocked, Locked, Ready to Rock Tour” was originally planned for European locales starting in June, but the South American dates will take place in May. “Back by popular demand with more spit and fire than ever before, we’re coming across the pond and parting the waters as we go,” said frontman Steven Tyler in a press release. Tyler’s stage-related injuries in 2009 led to unease about the group’s future. Disputes between Tyler and the rest of the band were resolved in early 2010. This was not the first time they had changes in the group. Perry left the band in 1979 after nine years with them to form a solo venture. Rhythm guitarist Brad Whitford also left to pursue other interests in 1981. Both returned in 1984 and have since remained part of the lineup. “Enough B.S.,” Perry said. “We’re coming, and everything is going to be set at 11.” Whitford also expressed his anticipation about the tour. “I’m not sure who is happier, the band or the fans,” he said. “Can’t wait to get started.” The tour will include stop-offs in Caracas, Venezuela’s La Rinconada Hippodrome; Bogota, Colombia’s Simon Bolivar Park; Lima, Peru’s Peru/Explanada Monumental; Santiago, Chile’s Estadio Nacional; Buenos Aires, Argentina’s Hippodromo San Isidro; and Sao Paulo, Brazil’s Palmeiras. The group’s Europe concerts will take place in Sweden, England, Greece, Romania, Italy, The Netherlands and more.
Riot police had to fire tear gas canisters into the crowd who threw rocks during clashes with officers hours before the gig started in a park in the capital.
One police officer was reportedly injured in the fighting, and had to undergo facial surgery as fans without tickets tried to get into the Simon Bolivar Park on Saturday.
The official police report said about 25,000 people attended the concert but the disturbance was due to “embarrassing acts perpetrated by a group of malcontents who wanted to enter without tickets”.
It added that 40 of the 111 people arrested remained in custody and would have to pay for damage to traffic lights and signs.
Authorities are now debating whether Bogota should host any more heavy metal concerts in future.
Iron Maiden have yet to comment on the rioting which police had under control by the time they came on stage.
The band resume their South American tour on Tuesday with a date in the Ecuadorian capital of Quito.
Australia’s Sound Relief concerts sold more than 100,000 tickets after going on sale today (March 4), raising upwards of $7.5 million Australian ($4.8 million) for the country’s main bushfire and flood appeals.
The March 14 concerts will be staged simultaneously at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the Sydney Cricket Ground, headlined by an international bill of past and present stars including Kings of Leon, Coldplay, Midnight Oil, Jack Johnson and Split Enz.
A consortium led by legendary local promoter Michael Chugg, ARIA Awards producer Mark Pope and Homebake promoter Joe Segreto is handling the Sydney leg, which will cater to 50,000 ticket holders. Local impresario Michael Gudinski will oversee the Melbourne event, which has raised its capacity to 73,000 guests.
Tickets for each show cost $75 Australian ($48.50). All the profits from the Melbourne leg will be donated to the Red Cross Victorian Bushfire Appeal, while money raised from the Sydney concert will be split 50-50 to benefit the bushfire appeal and the Premier’s Disaster Relief Fund Appeal, in support of victims of the Queensland floods.
The staggering opening ticket sales figure means roughly 30,000 of the 130,000-plus tickets were still available between both venues at the close of business hours on Wednesday.
Every year it seems as if we get more and more big-name acts in our backyard. That was blaringly obvious this year with traffic jams in Sullivan County, courtesy of the Jonas Brothers, Rascal Flatts and Maroon 5 at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. Other huge acts that graced the HV with their presence included Blondie, Tony Bennett and Todd Rundgren.
1. The Jonas Brothers, Aug. 14, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel — The most anticipated concert for the tweens and high school-aged girls this summer, the Brothers Jonas had girls and their parents standing outside early in the morning and caused a bit of an uproar when they started later than expected. The sold-out concert came equipped with pyrotechnics and levitating platforms, and the trio of heartthrobs didn’t disappoint their adoring younger fans. The night ended with stage sprinklers going off on the band’s instruments, which cut the encore short but didn’t dampen the vibe.