Monday, March 25, 2013

The Eagles To Close Out Summerfest 2013 On July 7

The Eagles Summerfest show
The Eagles come to the Marcus Amphitheater on July 7, during Summerfest 2013.  Fans of the band will be treated to hit songs that go all the way back to their first album, created in 1973.  Eagles tickets go on sale this weekend.  The band performs on the final night of Summerfest. Will the original band come back together for this tour?

Don Henley and Glen Frey will certainly be part of this tour. Some would say that that Joe Walsh is "almost" an original member, because he has been in the band for a very long time.  True fans of the band have to give a nod to three members that will not be on this tour.  Those three men are Bernie Leadon, Don Felder and Randy Meisner.  Don Felder jumped on board in 1974, so he's pretty darn close to an original member of the band.  Bernie Leadon was certainly an original member, and so was Randy Meisner.  Glen Frey and Don Henley became the face of the band as the years rolled on, but their best selling album was made up of songs that were created by the original members.

The rock and roll lifestyle isn't for everyone, and the grind of touring is what drove Randy Meisner out of the band.  As for Leadon, he didn't like the direction that the band was taking.  He loved the country music aspect of the group. The rest of the group was ready to move towards rock.  Something had to give, and it was Leadon who gave in.  If you play their first album, and the album titled The Long Run back to back, you will certainly notice that the country sound is long gone by 1980.  The Eagles had evolved, and that certainly didn't make their fans unhappy. They came out in droves when the band got back together in 1994.  Since that time, the Eagles have managed to put together great tours, but little new music.  The band released a pair of new songs for the 1994 tour, but those songs were part of a live album that featured songs from the past.

The Long Wait For Long Road Out of Eden

The Long Road Out of Eden came out in 2007. It was an album made up of new material.  As for songs charting, the album got some traction on "Adult Contemporary" radio stations, but no single song from the disk cracked the top 100 on the US charts.  Long Road Out of Eden sold close to five million copies world wide, so it would seem that their die-hard fans we happy to pick up the disk.  As for getting radio airplay, that's a different story.          

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Will Bucks Spoil Miami Heat's Quest For Longest Win Streak?



Bucks versus Heat
The Miami Heat beat Milwaukee on two counts Friday night. Defeating the Bucks at the BMO Harris Bradley Center was first, and, by doing so, overtaking Milwaukee's claim to the third-longest win-streak in NBA history. Winning twenty straight in 1970-71 (as well as their only NBA title,) the Bucks had only been out-done by two teams since then. Just a season later, a star-studded Lakers squad put up thirty-three wins in a row.  In 2007, the Houston Rockets managed twenty-two.

Beyond the continuation of their winning ways, Friday's game had a special significance for the Heat. Miami was embarrassed by a hard-hitting Bucks team that bested them by nineteen points when the pair met in December. Heat head coach Eric Spoelstra told reporters after Friday's game that he had spent extra time with his players watching footage of that December meeting, hoping to instill some kind of anger. Following the win, Miami's Dwayne Wade confirmed that sense of vengeance, and added that the game was just another stop on the team's tour of revenge.

Wade and company have most recently tied the Rockets win-streak, and analysts around the league are debating the possibility of a new all-time record. Others are more excited about a chance at back-to-back titles. History shows that teams with unusually substantial win-streaks during the season have about a fifty-percent chance of winning a title. History also points to teams such as Houston who finished their record setting year just third in their division.

Most of us expect veterans Dwayne Wade and LeBron James to lead the Heat to within striking range of the Lakers record. Those two have improved their play in March, putting a combined sixty points per night on the board. Lesser-known players like Joel Anthony and Mario Chalmers have also stayed consistent down the stretch. Players like Chris Anderson have reinvigorated the bench.

Back in Milwaukee, the Bucks got one back on Sunday with an afternoon win against the Magic. The loss to the Heat remains poignant though, as the teams have become pseudo-rivals this season, splitting their two meetings thus far.

Bucks Might Spoil Heat Win Streak

The pair could increase the drama in the next few weeks, depending on how far Miami gets in its quest to thirty-four wins. Should the Heat win-out to tie the Lakers at thirty-three, their chance at a thirty-fourth win would come on an April ninth game against the Bucks in Miami. The meeting would be a kind of league-déjà vu; coming forty-one years after the Bucks halted Bill Shairman's Lakers in Milwaukee.  Could Milwaukee be the team that goes on to spoil two record win-streaks? 

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Brewers Tickets Opening Day | Brewers April Schedule 2013

Brewers Opening Day Tickets
Brewers fans love opening day at Miller Park.  To many, that first game in Milwaukee marks the start of spring. Fans scramble for tickets, and hope for great tailgating weather.  Miller Park is filled to capacity that day.  The next game? Let's just say that there are low priced Brewers tickets available for the day after opening day. Why not take advantage of that opportunity? Ticket King has great seats for all home Brewers games.  From the bleachers to the diamond box seats, we have it all.

The Brewers host the Colorado Rockies for three games, starting on April 1.  The Arizona Diamondbacks come to Miller Park for a three game series April 5-7. The Cubs host the Brewers for three games, then it's off to St. Louis.  The Brewers come home on April 16, and face the San Francisco Giants for three games.


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Zac Brown To Play Alpine Valley June 8

The Zac Brown Band returns to Wisconsin this summer, opting to perform at Alpine Valley. The date is set for June 8.  As of now, there is no opening act listed.  Their latest album titled Uncaged has won a Grammy, and the band will be sure to play tracks from all three of their records.  Keep in mind that the band has been around since 2002, but released their first major label album in 2008.  Their first two efforts on disk were released independently.

In 2006, they put out "The Foundation."  As luck would have it, the album hit number two on the Billboard country music charts.  Their 2008 big hit on that album is titled "Chicken Fried." Just one year later, four more songs from that same disk also charted on the top five. Foundation has since gone triple platinum. The band is up for a pair of ACM awards.  One is for Top Vocal Group, while the other is for their video supporting the song titled "The Wind."



 

Friday, March 1, 2013

Tom Petty Summerfest 2013 | Petty Performs In Milwaukee On June 28

Tom Petty Summerfest 2013
Tom Petty is coming back to Summerfest in 2013.  That makes show number 13 at the Marcus Amphitheater for Mr. Petty, and his fans could not be happier. He loves coming to town for the Big Gig.  The show is set for June 28. Tom Petty Summerfest 2013 tickets go on sale later this month.

What was Tom Petty's first song to hit the top 100?  It was titled Breakdown, and it came out 36 years ago.  The band's second effort reached more listeners, with songs like Listen To Her Heart, and Don't Do Me Like That. Five years later, Mr. Petty teamed up with Stevie Nicks.  Their song titled Insider, off the Hard Promises album cracked the top 20, and went gold.

On of Mr. Petty's more interesting diversions was when he spent time as one of the Traveling Wilburys.  The Wilburys got together, just to record one song for George Harrison.  They had so much fun, that they decided to make an album. In 1989, Petty went back to work with his Heartbreakers, releasing Full Moon Fever.  That disk contains the songs Free Fallin' and Runnin' Down A Dream.  Petty has gone on to host his own radio show, and he continues to perform live with The Heartbreakers from time to time.