Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Legendary American Music Icon Barry Manilow to Tour this Spring

The iconic Barry Manilow is setting out to tour the country this February with a stop right here in Grand Rapids’ Van Andel Arena on April 26.

Regarded as one of the greatest adult contemporary artists of all time in an almost 40-year recording career, Manilow has released an astonishing 16 platinum albums and 14 gold records beyond his numerous Grammy, Tony and Emmy Awards. The singer/songwriter/producer is best known for his string of Billboard hits which include “Could it Be Magic”, “Mandy”, and “Copacabana.”

Tickets are as low as $9.99 with additional prices at $29.99, $49.99, $69.99, $89.99 and $109.99. Tickets go on sale Saturday, January 28 at 10am and can be purchased at the Van Andel Arena and DeVos Place box offices, ticektmaster.com, Ticketmaster outlets or charge by phone: 800-745-3000.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Fan Favorite Red Hot Chili Peppers Coming to Van Andel Arena

The Red Hot Chili Peppers, one of the most popular bands of the past several decades, has announced their first tour since 2007. The group will bring their I’m With You Tour to Grand Rapids on May 26th. This will be the fourth time the band has been to Van Andel Arena since 2000.

Tickets go on sale Friday, January 27 at 10am and are priced at $38 and $58. Tickets can be purchased at the Van Andel Arena and DeVos Place box offices, Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com or charge by phone; 1-800-745-3000.

With lead singer and Grand Rapids-native, Anthony Kiedis, the band has sold over 70 million albums worldwide on their way to seven Grammy Awards. Yet the next honor for the group is perhaps one of the most prestigious in music as they will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April.

The band, known for their funk/rock influence beyond their flamboyant personalities, has berthed multiple hits on the Billboard Top 100 Chart, including “Give It Away,” “Under the Bridge,” “Californication” and “Dani California.” The 2007 world tour was widely accepted as a commercial success—a trend they’re sure to continue. The tour will travel to multiple continents and several countries on the heels of their latest album “I’m With You,” which has been nominated for a Grammy award for Best Rock Album.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

NICKELBACK Roars Back To The Live Stage With Their 2012 North American Tour

Nickelback, one of the biggest rock bands of the past decade known for their extraordinary live performances, have announced their first North American arena tour in two years. The Live Nation-produced tour begins on April 10th in Moline, Illinois at the i wireless Center, making a 39-date trek throughout North America with a date confirmed in Grand Rapids’ Van Andel Arena two days later on April 12. Special guests Bush, Seether and My Darkest Days, join Nickelback on all tour dates.

Tickets go on sale Saturday, January 21 at 10am and are $49.50, $65 and $85. Tickets can be purchased at the Van Andel Arena and DeVos Place box offices, ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster outlets or charge by phone; 800-745-3000.

Fan Club members will be able to purchase tickets beginning on January 13th. Fan Club details can be found at Nickelback.com. Citi® cardmembers will also have access to presale tickets beginning Monday, January 16th at 10:00 am local time through Citi's Private Pass® Program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

Nickelback last toured in 2009 with the extremely successful, “Dark Horse World Tour” where the band performed for nearly 2 million fans with more than 120 shows around the world including stops in Japan, New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom and North America.

With the new tour, Nickelback will perform songs from the recently released seventh studio album, Here And Now, which debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 following its November 21, 2011 release on Roadrunner Records. Propelling Here and Now into the #2 spot were the two hit singles “When We Stand Together” and "Bottoms Up.” Here and Now is also the biggest international release in Nickelback’s history, including a #1 debut in Canada on Universal Music Canada.

Nickelback has achieved a prestigious place in music history having sold nearly 45 million worldwide. Since their 2001 breakthrough hit song “How You Remind Me,” Nickelback has sent 20 singles rocketing onto various Billboard charts. In 2009, Billboard Magazine also named Nickelback “Top Group of the Decade.” Their now classic album All the Right Reasons insured Nickelback an indelible place in rock history, having spent a staggering 112 consecutive weeks in the Top 30 of the Billboard Top 200, certified eight-times platinum in the U.S. and having sold more than 11 million copies worldwide, topping charts in four countries. All the Right Reasons spun off seven multi-format singles and made Nickelback the first band in Nielsen BDS history to send five singles onto the CHR charts.

Thursday, January 5, 2012


During the month of December Brad Paisley and band had several days of tour rehearsals and it was during the stage set-up and rehearsals that Paisley realized the tour begged to have a new name – “Virtual Reality World Tour 2012” presented by Chevy.

“When you see plans and sketches on paper it’s one thing but to actually see it in real life is something else, and that’s what happened to me when we were in tour rehearsals. When I saw the visuals and how exciting and sometimes mind-blowing they were I just felt the tour name needed to reflect what the fans were going to see,” says Paisley. “For two hours each night of the tour they can be taken away from reality - literally.”

The tour kicks-off next week in Grand Rapids’ Van Andel Arena with special guests CMA New Artist of the Year The Band Perry and 2011 American Idol Winner Scotty McCreery. Log on to www.bradpaisley.com and www.livenation.com for on-sale and current information.

The show begins at 7:30PM and tickets are available now for $25, $39.75, and $59.75. Tickets can be purchased at the Van Andel Arena and DeVos Place box offices, ticketmater.com, Ticketmaster outlets or charge: 800-745-3000.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


Multi-platinum selling, GRAMMY®, AMA and 2010 Dove Award-winning Artist of the Year Casting Crowns will extend its massive “Come To The Well” Tour into the spring by adding an additional 44 dates across the U.S., this time featuring special guests singer/songwriter Matthew West and pop-rockers Royal Tailor (both GRAMMY-nominated), along with Christian music newcomer Lindsay McCaul. Following a hugely successful fall run, which included a string of at least 15 sell-out performances, playing before more than 155,000 people, the spring leg of the “Come To The Well” Tour will hit arenas in major markets like Grand Rapids, Orlando, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Birmingham, Oklahoma City, Minneapolis, Houston and many more.

The “Come To The Well” tour will be performing at Van Andel Arena on Thursday, February 16 at 7pm. Tickets are $22.50, $32.50, $52.50, $77.50 and are available for purchase at the Van Andel Arena and DeVos Place box offices, ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster outlets or charge: 800-745-3000.

The tour takes its name from Casting Crowns’ newest studio project, Come To The Well, (released October 18, its first new studio album in two years), featuring the hit single “Courageous,” which was showcased in the recent Sherwood Pictures film by the same title. The week of its release, Come to the Well sold 99,138 copies, making it the highest debut on Billboard’s Top 200 at No. 2. The album additionally topped the Billboard Contemporary Christian Overall chart, while also claiming No. 1 on the iTunes Christian Albums chart and No. 3 on its Overall Albums chart. Lead radio single “Courageous” landed at No. 1 on the iTunes Christian Songs chart and peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard National Christian Audience chart in just 10 weeks.

The “Come To The Well” Tour is partnering with Christian humanitarian organization World Vision (www.worldvision.org). World Vision provides assistance to approximately 100 million people in nearly 100 countries by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. Casting Crowns has helped to generate a total of 52,000 child sponsorships for World Vision to date.

All of Atlanta-based Casting Crowns’ projects are RIAA certified, with a tally of three RIAA Platinum Albums, two RIAA Platinum DVDs, two RIAA Gold Albums and a Gold DVD, holding position as Billboard’s top-selling act in Christian music since 2007. The group also claims two American Music Awards, with six total nominations, three GRAMMY Awards, and 14 GMA Dove Awards.