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On November 20, 2012, superstar rock band Bon Jovi announced dates for the band's 2013 U.S. tour, as well as the title and release date of the band's first album in over two years.
Bon Jovi, which previously announced the Canadian dates on their 2013 Because We Can tour, will be playing mostly arenas during the band's U.S. leg of its 2013 World Tour. The North American tour dates are set to begin February 9, 2013 with a concert in Uncasville, CT, and wrap up in July 25, 2013 in East Rutherford, NJ. This will be the band's first tour together since 2010, as the ensuing years have seen band members focus on their solo work with solo albums and film and television appearances.
The year 2012 will go out with a bang for Coldplay fans. The band will play three concerts at the end of December, including one at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, on New Year's Eve. They will share the stage that evening with Brooklyn native Jay-Z.
This will be the second time Coldplay and Jay-Z have shared a New Year's Eve stage in the U.S. in the past three years – the first time was a 2010 New Year's concert in Las Vegas, NV. During that concert, musicians such as John Mayer, Beyoncé, and Kanye West, all took the stage as guest performers, according to SPIN. Coldplay and Jay-Z have also performed together in London this year, according to Coldplay's official website, during the Closing Ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games.
The Legends Classic featuring Georgetown, UCLA, Georgia, and the top ranked Indiana Hoosiers takes place today and tomorrow at the newly opened Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Games begin at 5:30 p.m. EST.
Each team warmed up for the championship round with two regional games. Indiana took on North Dakota State first with an 87-61 win, and then cruised to a 99-45 win over Sam Houston State in their second game. While Georgia found itself in a fight with Youngstown State losing 68-56 followed by another battle against Southern Miss, a game that ended with a 62-60 overtime loss for the Bulldogs. UCLA took on UC Irvine in a game that headed to overtime and resulted in an 80-79 win for the Bruins. In the second game of the week James Madison proved to be no match for Norman Powell and No. 13 UCLA, losing 70-100.
The Chase will come to an end on Sunday, November 18 when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series visits Homestead-Miami Speedway for the Ford EcoBoost 400.
Brad Keselowski enters the finale in the driver's seat with a 20-point lead over five-time champion Jimmie Johnson. In order to clinch his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title, Keselowski must finish 15th or better. He can finish 16th so long as he leads one lap, or finish 17th and lead the most laps and still secure the title, regardless of Johnson's performance.
Roundabout Theatre Company's "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," a Broadway revival, officially opened on November 13, 2012 at Studio 54. The zany musical is set to run through February 10, 2013. Charles Dickens passed away before he finished his last novel, therefore taking the whodunit murder mystery with him to the grave. Rupert Holmes turned the novel into a musical with various endings, and allowed the audience to decide who the murderer is.
The Roundabout Theatre Company originally scheduled the opening date on November 29, but pushed it up to November 13, previews still began on October 19.
The inaugural season for the Brooklyn Nets has gotten off to a fair start in regards to action on the court. Including the preseason games, the Nets have won seven out of their twelve games, with four of those wins taking place in their brand new home stadium at the Barclays Center. Regardless of the recent victories, fans throughout the tri-state area may not yet be convinced of the hype surrounding the team's much anticipated move from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The Brooklyn Nets have still not managed a sell-out for any of their home games, leaving open seats scattered throughout the $1 billion arena.
The recently-constructed Barclays Center boasts 18,200 seats for sporting events. The Nets' first preseason home game was against the Washington Wizards on Monday, October 15, and the team was able to draw a crowd of 14,219 for their debut in Brooklyn. According to the New York Times, Coach Avery Johnson said, the fans "were terrific," and when the Nets are able to draw in bigger crowds, "it's going to be crazy." Basketball fans and New York residents may still be on the fence. The Nets are ranked last in attendance, according to ESPN's statistics, averaging 13,061 spectators at home games so far in 2012.
The dominance of ticketing giant Ticketmaster was dealt a blow on Monday, November 12, 2012, with the official announcement that AEG and eBay, the owner of secondary ticketing titan StubHub, will be teaming up to sell tickets to AEG's more than 100 worldwide venues.
One of the world's premiere sports and entertainment presenters, AEG has spent the past several years adding high profile venues throughout the United States to its already impressive cache, as well as launching AXS Ticketing, its very own primary ticketing site for the venues under AEG's control. AXS Ticketing is currently the sole source for primary tickets for AEG owned venues such as London, England's O2 Arena, Kansas City, MO's Sprint Center, and the recently added Target Center of Minneapolis, MN. Los Angeles, CA's Staples Center is expected to make the transition to AXS Ticketing in early 2013.
Goviva, one of the most trusted sources for once-in-a-lifetime, unique experiences and travel packages, has reworked their identity and will now offer more than just sports and entertainment experiences.
Formerly known as Elite Experiences, the company was predominantly known for their Super Bowl packages that included things like access to the Maxim party, a pregame tailgate party, and an autograph session with NFL players. Goviva president Robert Tuchman knew from the company's inception that he wanted a new name that truly represented the brand. The team finally settled on the name "Goviva," which comes from the Latin phrase that means, "to live life," because the Goviva's unique experiences are created to inspire people to do just that.
Up and coming band, Passion Pit, is scheduled to begin their 2013 tour. The band is set to kick off 2013 in Norfolk, VA at the NorVA on February 5. It will wrap up a series of North American tour dates in Salt Lake City, UT at The Complex on March 2.
Following the first performance in Norfolk, VA Passion Pit has scheduled to play at Madison Square Garden on February 8. They will also play venues such as the Agganis Arena in Boston, MA on February 9 and the Kool Haus in Toronto, ON, February 16, according to the band's website. Following the North American schedule, the band will journey south of the equator with scheduled performances in Brazil and Chile.
Country superstar Kenny Chesney will be hitting the road again in 2013 for his No Shoes Nation tour. Chesney took to No Shoes Radio this morning, November 8, with the announcement. There have been 17 stadium dates confirmed thus far, and the tour is scheduled to kick off in Tampa, FL on March 16 from Raymond James Stadium.
The 17 stadium tour dates span the United States with stops at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, TX; CenturyLink Field in Seattle, WA; Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA; GeorgiaDome in Atlanta, GA; and MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ among others. The tour is currently scheduled to run through August 24 when Chesney will perform at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA.