Top 5 Concerts
Paul McCartney: Madison Square Garden│New York, NY│September 15th
Paul McCartney is making his way through the Empire State this week. After performing two nights in New Jersey, McCartney will perform two shows at Madison Square Garden before heading to Brooklyn for two nights. He then finishes next week in Syracuse and Uniondale. It’s safe to say if you’re a McCartney fan, there are plenty of options for shows. McCartney is on his “One On One Tour” and remembered 9/11 during his recent show at Newark’s Prudential Center.
Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band: Mohegan Sun Arena – CT│Uncasville, CT│September 16th
Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band continues their tour in Connecticut this weekend. The tour goes until late October. The unique aspect of the Silver Bullet Band is the sheer size: 14 pieces in total including backup singers. Seger is still as middle-age cool as ever, rocking his casual t-shirts and sneakers in a manner that says “I know, and I don’t really care what you think about it.”
Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood: Denny Sanford Premier Center│Sioux Falls, SD│September 16th
Garth Brooks is coming to South Dakota. The country singer and wife Trisha Yearwood is performing for a handful of dates in Sioux Falls. Saturday consists of an afternoon and night show, and he will pick his Sioux Falls run up again next weekend. Sioux Falls is so amped on Brooks, that articles are even stating the hope for a business boost when he comes into town due to concert travelers and big-event buzz.
Ed Sheeran: Allstate Arena│Rosemont, IL│September 16th
Ed Sheeran is performing two nights at the Allstate Arena in Illinois. Saturday’s show is his second of the two. Sheeran brings his loop pedal skills and boyish charm throughout the U.S. this year for his indoor arena tour segment. This follows the release of ÷ earlier this year. His loop pedal skills make for an entertaining show, as fans see him literally building up the beats and songs live as he performs. Sheeran still remains casual when he performs, donning t-shirts and jeans that show off his colorful tattoo sleeves.
Like past tours, Sheeran also has a tendency to come out in whatever sports gear is important to the city. NFL, NBA, it doesn’t matter. It shows the support for the city’s culture and pride, and Sheeran always draws a big reaction when he walks out in his jersey of the night.
Bruno Mars: KFC Yum! Center│Louisville, KY│September 19th
Bruno Mars is performing at indoor arenas throughout the country, as well. This is for his “24K Magic Tour” that his Louisville next Tuesday. He has been called the ultimate live performer of this generation with choreography, funk, and entertaining plot twists that put him at another level on the road. The high-energy spunk is what made Mars stick out in the industry. His band the Hooligans make for excellent musicians that continue to accompany Mars years into his career.
What’s In Tune: New Music
Foo Fighters│Concrete and Gold
Foo Fighters released their new album Concrete and Gold today. Dave Grohl, the drummer of Nirvana and the lead singer and guitarist of Foo Fighters, declared that this album would be much different. Greg Kurstin, known for his production work with icons Beyoncé, Adele, Sia, and more, produced Concrete and Gold. The pop direction made fans nervous leading up to the release, as musicians constantly try to find the balance between progression and remaining true to their artistic identity. This is the band’s newest album since 2014’s Sonic Highways.
Grohl is set to make a record that sounds different from any other Foo Fighters record to date. Early critics believe that this is a softer side of the band with a little pop influence from Kurstin that cannot be heard on previous records. However, that does not mean that it totally loses its rock touch. Paul McCartney plays drums on “Sunday Rain,” demonstrating an intersection of rock generations. Justin Timberlake contributed vocals after running into the band at the studio, and this in itself shows Foo Fighters’ openmindedness to the success of modern-day pop music in their new album. In addition, R&B star Shawn Stockman from Boyz II Men also contributes guest vocals.
Whether or not Concrete and Gold is as unique as Grohl markets it; that’s up for personal opinion. It certainly brings another iteration of Foo Fighters to 2017, an age where Grohl impends on 50 and still stands as a figurehead for rock music – rock music that grabs the pop mask in a clever disguise.
Concrete and Gold Tracklist:
3. “Make It Right”
4. “The Sky Is A Neighborhood”
5. “La Dee Da”
6. “Dirty Water”
8. “Happy Ever After (Zero Hour)”
9. “Sunday Rain”
10. “The Line”
11. “Concrete and Gold”
What’s In Tune: Television Appearances
Andy Grammer dropped a new single with Lunchmoney Lewis titled “Give Love,” and they will perform it on The Tonight Show.
Demi Lovato│The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon│September 18th
Demi Lovato will release her new album Tell Me You Love Me on September 29nd, and she just released the tracklist on Thursday.
Rudimental featuring James Arthur│The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon│September 19th
Rudimental is an English band, and they’re performing with James Arthur (“Say You Won’t Let Go”). They collaborated on the song “Sun Comes Up” that just dropped, and they will perform in on The Tonight Show.
Little Big Town and Kacey Musgraves│The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon│September 20th
Blondie│Late Night with Seth Meyers│September 21st
Blondie is performing on Late Night with Seth Meyers; the band dropped their new album Pollinator earlier this year.
Gucci Mane has had a busy 2017, and he keeps rolling with his recent release of Mr. Davis.
The Killers are dropping their new album Wonderful, Wonderful next Friday and will perform on The Late Show preceding its release. The Killers have dropped multiple singles leading up to the release.
Imagine Dragons dropped their new album EVOLVE in June 2017, and they’re set to begin touring in support of the album.