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  1. Kanye West Playing Fewer Dates as Australia's Big Day Out Downscales

    November 14, 2011 1:40 PM EST It's almost three months until the Big Day Out rolls on for another season, but the famous Australasian festival brand has already had an action-packed week. Ken West, newly confirmed as BDO's sole-promoter, has announced that Kanye West ...

  2. Perry Farrell Talks Art, Commerce, Lollapalooza; Compares Himself With Axl Rose @ BB Touring Conf (Video)

    November 11, 2011 3:48 PM EST Shortly after Perry Farrell's Keynote Q&A on Thursday (Nov. 10) with Billboard Editorial Director Bill Werde at our Touring Conference - which included talk about Perry's history, Lollapalooza, Jane's Addiction and his vision fo ...

  3. U2, Journey, Taylor Swift Among Winners At 8th Annual Billboard Touring Awards

    November 10, 2011 9:30 PM EST U2, Journey, Kenny Chesney, Perry Farrell and Taylor Swift were among the winners at the 8th annual Billboard Touring Awards, held at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. Top touring industry award honorees included Live Nation (Top Promoter), C3 Pres ...

  4. Jake Berry, Tour Manager for U2's 360 Tour, Talks Difficulties (400-Ton Stage) and Rewards at Billboard Touring Conference

    November 10, 2011 10:35 AM EST Jake Berry, a tour producer with more than thirty years of experience, describes leading the U2 360° Tour as the most difficult, and rewarding, project he's ever undertaken. "It was the longest production load out that I've ever exp ...

  5. Backbeat: Jay-Z, Kanye West Get Platinum Awards for 'Watch the Throne' at Madison Square Garden

    November 08, 2011 4:37 PM EST From left: Kanye West, Island Def Jam Group President & COO Steve Bartels, Jay-Z, Universal Republic & Island Def Jam Chairman & CEO Barry Weiss celebrating the worldwide success of "Watch the Throne" backstage at Madison Squ ...

  6. Eminem Adds Third Date, Janet Jackson Cancels More Dates, Odd Future Dropped: Aussie, New Zealand Touring Bits

    November 07, 2011 4:14 PM EST Australia's summer season should be another hot one for concert goers, if recent artist announcements is anything to go by. Eminem has added a third date to his brief stadium tour this December. Lil Wayne will join Slim Shady on stage and pla ...

  7. Odd Future Dumped From Festival Over 'Homophobic' Lyrics

    November 04, 2011 8:10 PM EDT Hip-hop collective Odd Future has been dropped from the lineup of the Big Day Out's Auckland, New Zealand date after promoters faced pressure from local activists over the group's homophobic lyrics. The Auckland City Council, which owns ...

  8. Bon Jovi, Take That, U2, Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Usher Finalists For Billboard Touring Awards

    November 02, 2011 4:06 PM EDT six-time winner Kenny Chesney for his Goin' Coastal tour; http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz ...

  9. Big Day Out's Long-Time Promoters Ken West and Vivian Lees Split

    November 01, 2011 8:42 AM EDT The two promoters behind Australia's colossal Big Day Out festival tour are going their separate ways. Ken West and Vivian Lees are calling time on a partnership which spans 20 years, and more than 100 BDO shows. West, who is based in Sydney, ...

  10. Web Trends: Web Ablaze with R.E.M. Breakup, Radiohead Tour

    September 21, 2011 5:38 PM EDT Google Trends: 14. r.e.m. People are searching about R.E.M. announced breakup. Twitter Music Trend: #REM : People are talking about R.E.M.'s announced breakup. Michael Stipe : R.E.M. member who is speaking about the group's breakup. Digg ...

  11. Elaborate Outdoor Concerts Amp Up Safety Concerns, Calls For Regulation

    August 18, 2011 8:27 AM EDT CHICAGO (AP) - When thunderstorms slammed New York's Central Park before this summer's highly anticipated Black Eyed Peas concert, officials made the rare decision to call off the event. Tens of thousands of fans were livid, but safety e ...

  12. Rock in Rio 2011's Sellout, by the Numbers

    August 15, 2011 10:19 AM EDT Rock in Rio 2011's Sellout, by the Numbers Brazil's renowned music festival has come back to its homeland for the first time since 2001 and has done so in a big way. Rock In Rio Returns Home Rock in Rio 2011 edition will be held over sev ...

  13. Chris Brown Tour Dates Revealed; T-Pain and Kelly Rowland on the Bill

    August 10, 2011 7:00 PM EDT Chris Brown will kick off his F.A.M.E. tour in Toronto on Sept. 12 and he's taking T-Pain, Kelly Rowland and Tyga along for the cross-country ride that will bring the R&B star to his native Virginia, as well as Los Angeles before ending i ...

  14. Australia's Soundwave Revolution Tour Canceled After Unnamed Headliner Pulls Out

    August 10, 2011 2:20 PM EDT Australia's inaugural Soundwave Revolution tour, featuring Van Halen, Alice Cooper and Bad Religion, was abruptly canceled this week. The brainchild of promoter AJ Maddah, the five-city tour was intended to kick off next month. However, news ...

  15. Can Australia's Overheated Festival Market Continue?

    August 02, 2011 11:23 AM EDT Maybe, just maybe, there is some growth left in the Australian festivals market. It's a theory being tested by the team behind the resoundingly successful Soundwave event, a hard rock and metal event which has grown into a five-date national ...

  16. Jay-Z and Kanye West Reschedule 'Throne' Tour (Report)

    August 02, 2011 11:04 AM EDT The Jay-Z/Kanye West collaboration 'Watch the Throne' hits iTunes in a week (Aug. 8) and brick-and-mortars a week after that, but fans eager to see them in person will have to wait until late October to take in their live show, according ...

  17. Kings of Leon Cancel Entire U.S. Tour

    August 01, 2011 4:41 PM EDT Kings of Leon announced the cancellation of their U.S. tour following an onstage meltdown at a performance in Dallas on Friday night (July 29). Frontman Caleb Followill walked offstage after claiming he was too hot to perform, and the band subsequ ...

  18. U2's '360' Tour Gross: $736,137,344!

    July 29, 2011 4:15 PM EDT The Claw from U2's all-time record-setting 360 Tour (Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImang.com) Tomorrow night in Moncton, N.B., U2 will perform the 110th and final show of its monster 360 tour, wrapping up not only epic technological and musical achi ...

  19. Jay-Z and Kanye West, A.K.A. 'The Throne,' Announce Tour

    July 25, 2011 8:31 AM EDT A week after debuting their new single, "Otis," off "Watch the Throne," Jay-Z and Kanye West are joining forces to form the group 'The Throne' and announce their 'Watch the Throne Tour,' kicking off on Septe ...

  20. Sony Studios Wants Subpoena For Michael Jackson Footage Quashed

    July 23, 2011 1:55 PM EDT Sony studios on Friday asked the judge hearing Michael Jackson's manslaughter trial to throw out a subpoena for footage of the singer's final rehearsals after a defense attorney said earlier this week that reviewing them was "a big ...

  21. Shaquille O'Neal and AEG Announce First All-Star Comedy Jam Tour

    June 15, 2011 2:33 PM EDT O'Neal and AEG Partner for Comedy Tour In his first venture since retiring from the NBA, Shaquille O'Neal, with partner AEG Live , will launch an All-Star Comedy Jam Tour of more than 20 cities, beginning in September. O'Neal is pre ...

  22. Blink-182, My Chemical Romance Lead 2011 Honda Civic Tour

    May 23, 2011 8:00 PM EDT Blink-182 and My Chemical Romance will lead the lineup of the 10th annual Honda Civic Tour, which is scheduled to visit North American amphitheaters this summer/fall. Support acts on the 40-plus-date trek include Manchester Orchestra, Rancid and M ...

  23. Mana Sells Out Three L.A. Shows in Hours, Will They Break Their Own Touring Record?

    May 01, 2011 12:25 PM EDT In a matter of hours, Mexican rock band Mana sold out the three shows at Los Angeles' Staples Center which kick off their U.S. Tour. Mana's first show, slated for June 23, sold out less than an hour after tickets went on-sale at 10 a.m. ...

  24. 'American Idol' -- Reteamed With AEG -- Announces Season 10 Tour Dates

    April 28, 2011 9:53 PM EDT "American Idol" season 10 is gearing up to take the show on the road this summer. The "American Idols Live!" tour kicks off July 6 in West Valley City, Utah and will hit 45 dates before wrapping up September 9, in Rochester, N. ...

  25. U2 Breaks All-Time Tour Gross Record In Brazil

    April 20, 2011 6:56 PM EDT When U2 broke the all-time tour gross record in Brazil on April 10, the second performance of a three-night stand at Morumbi Stadium in Sao Paulo, the band entered history in dazzling fashion. The three-show total was $32,754,065, according to Bil ...

  26. Mana Announces Global Trek In Support of 'Drama y Luz'

    April 18, 2011 7:21 PM EDT Mexican rock act Maná has announced a world tour to coincide with the release of its latest album, "Drama y Luz." Several years since the group's last major tour, Maná returns with a new show that begins June 16 at Coliseo de Puerto ...

  27. U2's '360' Is Officially The Most Successful Tour Of All Time

    April 11, 2011 10:58 AM EDT As projected by Billboard.biz last week, U2's "360" officially became the most successful tour of all time , Live Nation announced today. Sunday night's sold-out show at Morumbi Stadium in Sao Paulo pulled U2 past the previous ...

  28. Nicki Minaj Confirms Talks To Join Britney Spears Tour

    April 08, 2011 1:11 PM EDT Femme Fatales: Will Nicki Minaj (right) open for Britney Spears? (Photo: Getty Images) Nicki Minaj confirmed that she is in talks to join Britney Spears' forthcoming tour, as reported in Billboard.biz last week. MTV News spoke with Minaj befo ...

  29. Perry Farrell: Free Jane's Addiction Track Coming Wednesday, New Album Due Aug. 23

    April 05, 2011 7:26 PM EDT With the first ever Lollapalooza Chile in Santiago now in the books, Perry Farrell's focus turns to his band, Jane's Addiction, which will offer the first single off its upcoming album as a free download tomorrow on the band's websi ...

  30. Nicki Minaj In Discussions to Join Britney Spears Tour

    April 01, 2011 1:55 PM EDT Femme Fatales: Will Nicki Minaj (right) open for Britney Spears? (Photo: Getty Images) Sources say that Nicki Minaj is in discussions -- but not confirmed -- to support Britney Spears on the latter's upcoming tour after Enrique Iglesias abrup ...

  31. Robbie Robertson Returns To TV, But No Concerts or Festivals Planned

    March 31, 2011 8:15 PM EDT Robbie Robertson, who has performed only one concert in the last 35 years, has no intentions of taking to concert stages after making his first television performance in more than a decade on April 5-6. "I made a movie saying I'm gonna p ...

  32. Britney Spears To Tour With Enrique Iglesias This Summer

    March 29, 2011 6:55 AM EDT Britney Spears will announce on ABC's "Good Morning America" today that she will tour North America with Enrique Iglesias, Billboard.biz has learned. Today is the official release date of Spears' seventh studio album, "Fem ...

  33. Love Parade Follow-Up: Why Little Has Changed in German Concert Industry

    March 21, 2011 11:41 AM EDT 's Love Parade: Many German concert promoters believe the industry is sufficiently regulated. (Photo: Getty Images) Very little has changed in Germany's concert industry since the tragic events of July 24, 2010 when 21 people died an ...

  34. Katy Perry to Kick Off 'California Dreams' U.S. Tour in June

    January 19, 2011 12:00 AM EST Katy Perry announced the North American dates for her California Dreams 2011 world tour during a live chat on Facebook Wednesday afternoon (Jan. 19). The pop star will bring her "Teenage Dream" and "One of the Boys" hits to the ...

  35. Kenny Chesney Announces New Tour Dates

    January 13, 2011 12:00 AM EST After taking 2010 off from touring, Kenny Chesney will return to the road in a big way in 2011 -- the singer announced 41 new arena and amphitheatre dates on his Goin' Coastal tour. These dates, along with 10 previously announced stadium show ...

  36. Iron Maiden To Play U.K. Arena Shows

    November 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Iron Maiden has confirmed a U.K. arena tour for next summer, which will be the culmination of its Final Frontier World Tour. The Live Nation tour kicks off at Glasgow SECC on July 20, and also calls at Aberdeen AECC P&J Arena, Newcastle Metro ...

  37. U2, Lady Gaga, Metallica, Swift Take Top Honors At Billboard Touring Awards

    November 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U2, Lady Gaga, Metallica and Taylor Swift capped off huge touring years by taking home the major awards at the 2010 Billboard Touring Awards, held tonight (Nov. 4) at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers. Rush and Jack Johnson were also honore ...

  38. Ticketing Sites Tumble As Take That Goes On Sale

    October 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Massive demand for Take That's 2011 tour saw several U.K. ticketing sites crashing today as fans clamored for the chance to see the re-formed pop group. Tickets for the band's 14-date U.K. summer tour went on sale this morning at 9am GMT ...

  39. U2 To Play Nashville For First Time In 29 Years

    October 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT After announcing additional dates in Australia, New Zealand, Mexico City and South Africa, Billboard.biz confirms that U2 will take its record-breaking 360 tour to Nashville's Vanderbilt Stadium on July 2 of next year, the band's first t ...

  40. U2 To Wrap European Leg In Rome

    October 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT After postponing its second North American leg due to back surgery for frontman Bono, U2 is back in fine form and wraps the sold out second European leg of the record-breaking 360 tour tonight at Olympic Stadium in Rome. The band will take a break ...

  41. Glastonbury 2011 Sells Out

    October 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The 2011 Glastonbury festival has sold out within hours of tickets going on sale. Tickets for next year's U.K. event, due to be held June 22 to 26 at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, went on sale 9am BST yesterday morning (Oct. 3) and sold out ...

  42. Former Jackson Manager Seeks Financial Records

    September 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson's final business manager asked a judge to unseal detailed financial records from the singer's estate, arguing that the sealing of the documents could prevent him and other creditors from being paid. Business manager Tohme ...

  43. Big Day Out Touring Fest's Line-Up Unveiled

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Tool, Rammstein, Iggy and the Stooges, M.I.A and LCD Soundsystem lead a formidable line-up for the 2011 Australasian Big Day Out touring festival, details for which were announced today (Sept. 28). Among the big-name domestic contingent will be Gr ...

  44. U.K. Tour Update: Usher, James Blunt, Big Boi

    September 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Usher has announced his first U.K. tour in six years. He will play five arena dates as part of his "OMG" tour. The tour, which is promoted by AEG Live, will call at Manchester MEN Arena, Birmingham NIA, Glasgow SECC, Liverpool Echo Ar ...

  45. Australia's Homebake Fest Off In 2010

    August 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT One of Australia's best-recognized festival brands Homebake will skip a year, the apparent victim of a headliner shortage. Australia's super-competitive festivals market is experiencing a dearth of top-shelf international and domestic ta ...

  46. Live Nation Launching In Australia With U2, Jay-Z

    August 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation Australia's hugely anticipated first assignment will feature the biggest band in the world and the No. 1 hip-hop artist on the planet, Billboard.biz can reveal. The promoter giant's newly formed Australian affiliate is behind ...

  47. Sarah McLachlan Taking Lilith Fair Down Under

    August 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Despite a stuttering run in North America, the Lilith Fair tour is heading to Australia. Lilith co-founder Sarah McLachlan will headline the all-female lineup, which will visit these shores in October for a five-date tour. Multiple-ARIA Award nomi ...

  48. U2 Set To Resume 360 Tour In Italy

    August 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT All indications are that Bono is ready to rock and fully recovered after back surgery that sidelined him for two months. Now, U2 is set to crank up its massive, record-setting 360 tour tomorrow night in Turin, Italy. “Things have gone very, very w ...

  49. U2 Tour Dates Rescheduled

    July 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The 16 U2 360° tour dates in the U.S. previously postponed due to Bono's back surgery have been rescheduled for Spring/Summer 2011, with all tickets being valid at the rescheduled performances. The 2010 European tour, which was not been affec ...

  50. Free Buffett Beach Show Draws Crowd On Oil Coast

    July 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Tens of thousands of people dressed in Hawaiian shirts and parrot hats sang and danced on a broad beach at a free Jimmy Buffett concert meant to show not all the tourists are covered in oil on the Gulf Coast. The July 11 show, which was telecast l ...

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