Top 5 Concerts
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Staples Center│Los Angeles, CA│March 7th
Red Hot Chili Peppers continue to plow forward for their “The Getaway World Tour.” The next stop: Glendale, Arizona. A string of dates on the West Coast follow this show before the tour heads back to the East Coast.
Twenty One Pilots & Judah and the Lion: KFC Yum! Center│Louisville, KY│March 5th
Twenty One Pilots are ending their “Emotional Roadshow World Tour” in Kentucky. This show is the last of the huge tour, and Twenty One Pilots don’t perform again until festival time in May. For any fans who haven’t gotten a chance to see the show, this is your last chance!
It was an eventful start to 2017 for the pop duo, as their Grammy win and tour sparked a successful first few months. Hopefully, the time off will allow for the release of new music. Twenty One Pilots’ last album was Blurryface in 2015. The video below is from their YouTube channel that documents a bit of what the latter part of the tour was like:
Elton John: Matthew Knight Arena│Eugene, OR│March 4th
Elton John is on a brief tour in March before his Vegas residency begins again in May. His first show is March 4th in Oregon. “Elton John: Behind the Piano Tour” has North American stops only in March before the international leg begins in April. After his Vegas run in late April and early May, he travels to Europe then Australia for the other international legs of his tour, filling up the rest of 2017. Therefore, these U.S. tour dates are the only chance to see him live in 2017 before he performs abroad.
Billy Joel: Madison Square Garden│New York, NY│March 3rd
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo: Chris Stapleton│NRG Stadium│Houston, TX│March 9th
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo begins March 7th and ends March 26th with a show every day. Each night is a new star performing, and the event is held at Super Bowl LI’s NRG Stadium in Houston, TX. Arguably one of the biggest stars of the March event is Chris Stapleton. Stapleton begins his own tour in late spring titled “All American Roadshow Tour” before opening for Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers during the summer. He has a big year ahead of him, and his performance at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo will be a good peek into what his upcoming shows will sound like. Each Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo concert starts after the last rodeo event, and the start times vary day-to-day.
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is so much more than the concerts. The main event, as the name implies, is the rodeo and livestock aspects that bring fans together. In addition to the judging contests, auctions, and animals, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo hosts activities such as the Bar-B-Que Contest, Rodeo Run, Parade, and Wine Show. There are certain days of the almost month-long expo that focus on certain causes such as Armed Forces Appreciation Day and First Responders Day. Therefore, music is just one aspect of the huge event.
What’s In Tune
After an entire year away from social media and the spotlight, Ed Sheeran surprised his fans on January 1st of the New Year with the promise of new music. He quickly dropped two songs, “Castle on the Hill” and “Shape of You.” They don’t sound remotely alike, as the first finds company with +‘s simplicity, and the latter sounds similar to the pop vibe of X. Ed Sheeran did this intentionally, as he believed he needed to release two to demonstrate how diverse the album is. If he had only released one, everyone would think the entire album would sound similar. A smart, bold move.
I personally prefer less production, less back beats, and less fluff in music. Sometimes a singer’s vocal talent and instrument more meaningful than all the works. Therefore, I hope Ed Sheeran still sticks to his creative man-and-his-guitar-(and-loop-pedal) approach in this new album. In addition, Ed Sheeran dropped a SB.TV video of him playing another new song “Eraser” earlier this week as a celebration of seven years since he debuted his song “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You” on SB.TV.
Just as candid as his song seven years ago, “Eraser” took us back to the Ed fans know and love. The Ed who sings about realness: the ugly and the upsetting to the point where the listeners feels like he or she really knows him. “Eraser” is about the downsides of being a famous musician, and its candid nature truly makes the listener feel like Ed Sheeran has not forgotten his + days even though “Shape of You” argued otherwise.
Ed Sheeran dropped his first album in three years titled ÷ today. The lead up started in on January 1st when he announced new music after returning to social media. After his mega world tour for X, Ed Sheeran laid low and quit social media for all of 2016. It’s refreshing to see stars step out of the spotlight when their music isn’t new or their tour is not in motion. However, now that his music is set to be released, Ed Sheeran has made the rounds on the talk shows. The Tonight Show is known for its great musical performances, and I hope to hear something other than “Castle on the Hill” or “Shape of You” now that the album is out. Hopefully, an announcement for the U.S. leg of the tour will shortly follow.
Father John Misty│Saturday Night Live│March 4th
Father John Misty dropped Pure Comedy recently, and his SNL performance will surely highlight why this underdog is consistently strong in the music industry. He has been part of many indie bands, but his solo pop/rock music has set him on a successful route, working with chart-topping artists over the years.
Sting│The Late Late Show with James Corden│March 8th
Sting started his “57th and 9th World Tour,” and his stop on The Late Late Show will surely discuss the new album, tour, and Oscars nomination for his song “The Empty Chair.” Sting is rock legend, and it will be fun to see what goofy Corden does for his episode appearance.
J-Lo will also be on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live later in the week.
Rascal Flatts is on The Ellen Show in support of their new single “Yours If You Want It.” The country group has been around for years, and the lead singer’s high-pitched voice makes them a recognizable, successful group throughout the new millennium.
— Rascal Flatts (@rascalflatts) February 21, 2017
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill│The Ellen DeGeneres Show│March 6th
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are gearing up for a huge “SOUL2SOUL World Tour” that starts in April. The tour name follows other tours that the country power couple has done that have been tremendously successful. Therefore, the pressure is on. The tour will continue until October.
Remy Ma has been all over the news. Her beef with Nicki Minaj seems to keep getting worse. Remy Ma released a diss track “Shether” clapping back at Minaj for Minaj’s possible Remy Ma reference in her new single with Gucci Mane titled “Make Love.” However, there is more going on than her back-and-forth issue with Minaj. Remy Ma and Fat Joe dropped Plata O Plomo in 2017. Their appearance on The Wendy Williams Show will certainly be to promote their new music.