Today’s recap includes concert dates, festival lineups, end-of-tour reports and more as compiled by TicketNews on December 23, 2008.
Today, we take a closer look at the impact the economy is having on some of the industry’s biggest names. On one hand, 50 Cent has admitted losing millions in the stock market and has had to slash the listing price of his Connecticut mansion due to a slow housing market. On the other hand, Madonna has officially been named the top-grossing solo act ever, having earned a total of more than $280 million during her recently completed Sticky & Sweet Tour.
The 15th annual Vans Warped Tour has announced more than 50 acts to its 2009 lineup, including Bad Religion, NOFX, Less Than Jake, Flogging Molly and more. … Actor Andy García will perform in an one-off supporting spot for comedian George Lopez, who is performing a seven-show holiday engagement at the Nokia Theatre at LA Live in Los Angeles, CA. … Rising indie stars Ra Ra Riot will launch a new round of tour dates in 2009, including a benefit concert with Regina Spektor and a run of shows with Tokyo Police Club.
Those are the complete stories for the day. Read on for the latest itinerary updates from several other touring artists in brief.
The Alan Parsons Project has outlined plans for a 2009 tour with dates scattered throughout the year. Parsons and his five-man Project backing band currently have eight cities marked for the jaunt, which kicks off January 15 at The Grove in Anaheim, CA. The next show isn’t set until July 16 at the Blues Festival in Ottawa, ON, with the remainder of the dates falling in line through a September 11 concert at Ameristar Casino. Other highlights include an August 7 gig at Humphrey’s in San Diego, an August 14-15 run at John Ascuaga’s Nugget in Reno, NV, and a September 9 concert at Potawatome Casino in Milwaukee, WI.
Young Dubliners are also looking far into 2009 with their 19-show run. The schedule begins on February 15 with a concert at Snoqualmie Ballroom in Snoqualmie, WA, with more gigs following through an August 15 appearance at Hunter Mountain Celtic Fest in Hunter, NY. The Celtic rock group also has shows set for March 4 at Belly Up in Aspec, CO, March 14 at the Key Club in Los Angeles, CA, June 5-6 at Sands Casino Beerfest in Reno, NV, June 20-22 at the Fort Collins Irish Festival in Fort Collins, CO, and August 7 at Gramercy Theater in New York, NY.
Gin Blossoms will be on the road early next year with a number of shows across the U.S. The first date on the books is set for a February 13 concert at The Bouquet in Boise, ID, with more concerts following through a June 4 Tribute to Judy Collins at Redrocks Amphitheatre in Denver, CO. Other confirmed dates include California House of Blues performances on Feburary 19 in West Hollywood and February 20 in San Diego.
The Nadas currently have a total of 15 concerts booked for 2009, 10 of which are in the folk rock band’s native Iowa. The tour has shows lined up from January 24 at Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO, through an August 13-15 run at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. Other highlights for the jaunt include a February 4 show at Schuba’s Tavern in Chicago, IL, a February 6 concert at Vito’s in Iowa City, IA, a March 29 session at Rhythm Room in Phoenix, AZ, and an August 1 performance at Rock the Block in Cherokee, IA.