The last time The Lumineers played Stage AE (August 2012), they had opening duties for Old Crow Medicine. A lot of has changed in a year, not only with the Lumineers but with the nature of pop radio.
The little acoustic tune “Ho Hey” got the band on Top 40 radio with Ke$ha, Bruno Mars, et al, up to No. 3 on the charts and two Grammy nominations.
Apparently, when you get on Top 40, people are surprised when you show up for a gig and can actually play. Singer Wesley Schultz told AP this week, “I can tell you that when we play live and when we sometimes go out in the audience, the reaction to just playing your instruments without any help, without any amplification or tricks, that surprises people in kind of a funny way because you’d think that most people would assume you could play your instruments and how it would sound. But they’re caught off guard, I think. People are used to things that are overproduced or slick or glossy, and this isn’t any of that.”
The Lumineers tonight at Stage AE is sold out, so a ticket is going to require some negotiation with the scalping crew outside.
A couple other concert notes:
* The Breeders are heading out on a tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of “Last Splash,” the 1993 album that brought you “Cannonball.” The second show on that tour is going to be at Mr. Smalls on May 3. Tickets are going on sale Friday here
* It’s been a while since we’ve seen the smart Monkee. Mike Nesmith, who gave up his folk-rock career in 1965 to join the Pre-Fab Four, will make a rare Pittsburgh appearance at Carnegie Library Music Hall in Munhall on April 9 ($25-$45 at LibraryMusicHall.com).
* Mumford & Sons don’t have any shows scheduled for Pittsburgh, but you can catch them this summer about four hours away. The British folk-rock stars will headline the 2013 Mumford & Sons Gentlemen Of The Road Stopover in Troy, Ohio (north of Dayton).
The lineup is
Aug 30 - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Aug 31 - Mumford & Sons
With guests to join over the weekend: Old Crow Medicine Show, The Vaccines, Half Moon Run, Those Darlins, Willy Mason, Bear’s Den, plus more
Tickets and camping will be available this Friday at 11:00 AM exclusively at GentlemenOfTheRoad.com.
The Super Bowl halftime show has turned into a 12-minute commercial for an upcoming tour, so it’s no surprise that Beyonce’s spectacle was followed by the announcement of the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, the first time she’s hit the road since her since 2009’s I Am ... World Tour.
Not that it matters to Pittsburghers. Although Destiny's Child's retirement tour rolled through the Mellon Arena in 2005, Beyonce has yet to bring one of her solo tours here, and this one isn't coming either.
Pittsburgh has never been considered a hot market for R&B and dance-pop, which is why we haven't seen much of Rihanna or Mary J. Blige. Usher and Madonna came and drew well here. Chris Brown did not, although he's a different story altogether.
As for Beyonce, would the Super Bowl performance have sent you dashing for Ticketmaster, or will you be scrambling to get tickets in Detroit or Philly?
It was obviously just a snapshot of what she'll be doing on tour and, if Madonna is our guide, it might not even resemble it visually. For me, the game, despite the great finish, was painful to watch because of who was in it, and Beyonce did little to salvage the situation. Beyonce, unquestionably, has one of the best voices in her genre, but this wasn't about vocal quality or soulfulness. It seemed more like a jazzercise class, if that's what they still call it, with some really hot dancers.
She said, after the inauguration controversy, that she would sing live at the Super Bowl. It's hard to believe there wasn't a backup track because it sounded as processed as it looked. Like the Madonna halftime, it was filtered to resemble a video or movie of a live performance.
If you want the real B, here are the dates:
The Mrs. Carter Show Tour dates:
» 6/28 - Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
» 6/29 - Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
» 7/2 - San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion at San Jose
» 7/5 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energy Arena
» 7/6 - Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
» 7/9 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center
» 7/10 - Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
»? 7/12 - Atlanta, GA @ The Arena @ Gwinnett Center
» 7/13 - Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
» 7/15 - Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
» 7/17 - Chicago, IL @ United Center
» 7/18 - St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
» 7/20 - Detroit, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
» 7/21 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
» 7/22 - Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
» 7/23 - Boston, MA @ TD Garden
» 7/25 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
» 7/26 - Atlantic City, NJ @ Boardwalk Hall
» 7/27 - Charlotte, NC @ Time Warner Cable Arena
» 7/29 - Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
» 8/2 - Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun
» 8/3 - Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
Go to her site for more details.
Green Day is the Best Punk Rock Band of All Time ... Yes, Green Day.
That's according to the readers of Rolling Stone.
With this, Rolling Stone has now given us a list that rivals the 2000 beauty in which the Backstreet Boys' "I Want it That Way" was named the No. 10 "Greatest Pop Song of All Time"
In this case, RS asked its readers to vote in an online poll, and that was the result. It runs right next to a poll that names Madonna's as the Greatest Super Bowl Performance.
If I were an editor at RS, I seriously would have considered ditching the whole idea once those results came in. Even Green Day should be embarrassed to be sitting atop of The Clash, Sex Pistols, Ramones and Stooges, the bands that created the template for that sound and image.
Beyond that, any band that has one of its albums adapted into a Broadway musical should be automatically disqualified from being on any list of the Best Punk Bands of All Time.
On my first read, I skipped the intro which notes, What we didn't count on were fan site Green Day Authority and the band's official site at GreenDay.com both posting the link and asking fans to vote for Green Day – which gave the group a significant boost in the final tally.
Does that mean we can just skip Green Day and start at No. 2. That makes The Clash the Greatest Punk Band of All Time, a choice that not many people are going fuss over.