Going to a Concert in the Autumn .

When the air is cooler and smells like crisp sour apples, you will know that fall has arrived. Fall season starts in September and ends in December. There are plenty of activities that you can do, and that includes going to a concert.

Here’s a brief guide to attending a Fall concert. To view a complete guide to seeing and planning a concert in the Fall of 2018, go here.

Planning Your Fall Concert

It can be hard deciding which concert to attend so here are some tips.

Decide which musical genre and artist you like first. Go to your favorite artist’s website. It will show you the upcoming concert tour and schedule (if they are planning on touring). You may also want to check out your favorite artist or band’s social media presence such as their Twitter feed or Facebook page for upcoming tour information. You can also check out the top 20 autumn national concert tours in 2018 here.

What To Bring and Not Bring

To Bring:

  • Tickets – Without this, there will be no concert for you.
  • Wallet and ID – You must have these in case of emergency situations.
  • Fully charged phone – You will be taking a lot of pictures, so make sure you have a fully charged phone.

Not to Bring

  • Jewelry
  • A large bag
  • Dangerous Objects
  • Weapons

What to Wear

  • Comfortable and fashionable – hit that sweet spot and you’re good to go!

Fall Festivals

Here are some of the festivals this Fall 2018.

  • Austin City Limits 2018 – October 5 – 7 and 12-14 in Austin City, Texas
  • Grandoozy – September 14-16 in Overland, Denver
  • Hear.Now. Festival – September 29-30 at North Beach of Asbury Park, Asbury, New Jersey.
  • Voodoo Music + Arts Experience – The Voodoo Music + Arts Experience is now in its 17th year in New Orleans.

Halloween Night Concerts

There are a lot of things to do on Halloween. Usually people go trick or treating or go to a party. Maybe even a costume party? But did you ever consider going to a concert on Halloween night? It can be the perfect night out. Dress up and enjoy Halloween night in a unique way by seeing a live show.

You will definitely look forward to your next Halloween once you attend a Halloween Concert. These are the artists that will be performing on Halloween Night on October 31.

  • Backstreet Boys at Planet Hollywood’s Zappos Theatre in Las Vegas
  • Celine Dion at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas
  • Danzig at the Fillmore in Denver
  • Phish at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas
  • Lady Gaga at Park Theater, Park MGM, Las Vegas.

For a full list of concert tours and festivals this fall, go here.

Taylor Swift Will launch 5th Concert Tour Before Turning 30

Taylor Swift turns 28 on Dec. 13, 2017.  Less than five months later, on May 8, 2018, she’ll launch the fifth concert tour of her career.

Taylor Swift’s Reputation Stadium Tour” begins in Glendale, Arizona at the University of Phoenix Stadium.  From there she goes to Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California on May 12; the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California on May 18 and May 19, CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington on May 22; Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver on May 25, and Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois on June 1 and June 2.

Taylor Swift concert

Europe is next.  The continent will host half a dozen Taylor Swift concerts.  She returns to the States on June 30 for additional stops—destinations include Philadelphia, Atlanta, Nashville, and New Orleans.  She has two concerts plotted in Toronto on Aug. 3 and Aug. 4.

The second leg of her North American jaunt is scheduled to end Oct. 6 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.  Keep an eye on Taylor’s Twitter feed for additional U.S. shows.

She’ll finish the fall with five gigs in Australia and New Zealand.  Those dates are sure to produce some fodder for her Instagram account.

When it’s all said and done, Swift will be far south of 30 and a veteran of five major concerts tours—an impressive feat.

Yet, how does it stack up to the accomplishments of other divas?  Below, Musicology-101 looks at the touring resumes of five other legendary female singers.

Beyoncé

Although she toured in 2003 and 2004, Beyoncé’s first official worldwide solo outing occurred in 2007.  It started when she was 25.  “The Beyoncé Experience” spanned 97 dates and supported her second studio offering, B’Day.

Her very first solo tour, “Dangerously in love Tour,” consisted of just 10 dates, all in Europe.  It received little love from critics.  In 2004, she participated in “The Verizon Ladies First Tour” with Alicia Keys, Missy Elliott, and Tamina.

Due to “Dangerously’s” short length, and “Ladies First’s” crowded marquee, we decided to highlight “The Beyoncé Experience.”

Queen Bey’s former group, Destiny’s Child, embarked on three headlining tours as well as several more in support.

Britney Spears

Britney Spears was just 17 when she undertook her first headlining odyssey, “…Baby One More Time Tour.”  Her itinerary featured 56 concerts.

Spears’ fifth pilgrimage went down in the middle of her 23rd year.  It began March 2, 2004 and ended June 5, 2004.  In total, Spears endured 54 performances in Europe and North America.

She was on the road again promoting her fourth studio album, In the Zone.  If you’re wondering why her studio albums and concert treks are off, Spears toured twice behind …Baby One More Time.

Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera turned 20 in the middle of her first headlining campaign, “Christina Aguilera in Concert Tour.”  Her schedule included six legs and 82 shows.

Her inaugural concert circuit started in mid-May of 2000 and ended Feb. 1, 2001.  Headlining acts included a bunch of artists you’ve never heard of, and one you have, Destiny’s Child.

How old was Aguilera during her sixth concert voyage?  We’ll let you know when it happens.

The diva has only hit the road four times.  Her last roadie was from November of 2006 through October of 2008.  It started a month before her 26th birthday.

Madonna

Madonna was 26 when she launched her first musical crusade.  “The Virgin Tour” spanned from early April to early June of 1985.  The trek supported her first two albums: her self-titled debut and Like a Virgin.

Critics were “meh” on the production but fans bought concert tickets in droves.  And why wouldn’t they?  Her opening act was The Beastie Boys!

Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey’s initial headlining tour, if you can call it that, was just six shows long.  It started on Nov. 3, 1993 and ended on Dec. 10, 1993.  Carey was 24.

Her fifth headlining excursion, “Charmbracelet World Tour,” lasted from mid-June of 2003 through late February of 2004.  She turned 35 the following month.

The “Charmbracelet World Tour” grossed more than $6 million and was #83 on Pollstar’s top 100 concert tours of the year.

There is some debate as to when Carey was born, 1969 or 1970.  For this article, we choose the 1969 date.

Andrea Bocelli Continues Classical Music’s Long Line of Successful Recording Artists

If you’re in Europe this fall, you might want to set aside an evening and catch an Andrea Bocelli concert.

According to Bocelli’s website, the tenor will be performing in Jordan on Sept. 18, Amsterdam on Oct. 14, and Krakow on Nov. 11—just to name a few of his upcoming gigs.

While Bocelli performs all over the world, there’s certainly no better place to hear and see him then in Europe, the birthplace of opera.

The Zalgiris Arena in Kaunas, Lithuania, where our hero will be on Nov. 4, sounds like a venue and city that should host an Andrea Bocelli performance—Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland does not.

Yet, Bocelli is scheduled to croon at QLA on Dec. 1.  It’s the first of seven dates that the then 59-year-old singer has planned for the United States in the final month of 2017.

From Cleveland, Bocelli’s tour takes him to Detroit on Dec. 3, Chicago on Dec. 6, Philadelphia on Dec. 8, and Washington D.C. on Dec. 10.  His final two dates are plotted for Dec. 13 and 14 in New York City at Madison Square Garden.

If you thought Quicken Loans Arena was bad, when he’s in Detroit, Andrea Bocelli tickets will be collected at Little Caesars Arena.

That’s not right.

Can’t they change the name of that venue for the day he’s there?  Maybe call it “Aria Arena” or “Arioso Arena?”

Andrea Bocelli should not have to apply his craft inside a building named after mediocre pizza (I wanted to say bad pizza, but let’s face it, pizza is never bad).

Why am I praising Andrea Bocelli so much?  Isn’t he that singer that everyone’s great-aunt likes?

Andrea Bocelli sings opera—more specifically light opera or pop opera (or as I like to call it “popera”)—but he’s definitely not stuffy or boring.  He has an angelic voice and regardless of what type of music you normally enjoy, seeing Bocelli live will blow your mind.

Besides being a bona fide artiste, Bocelli is insanely successful.  Sure, classical music isn’t duking it out with hip hop for the number one genre in young people’s music collections, but don’t assume Bocelli lacks an audience.

He’s probably the best-selling classical artist of all-time.

In the industry, Bocelli is referred to as a classical crossover artist.  The term, coined in the 1980s, describes operatic music that’s been popularized as well as popular kinds of music performed in an operatic or symphonic style.  The term also applies to collaborations of operatic stars with artists from other forms of music.

Classical crossover artists generally dominate Billboard’s Classical Albums chart.

Whatever you call Bocelli, classical or classical crossover, there are few artists in his genre that have ever come close to matching his commercial success.

Bocelli has reportedly sold more than 80 million albums worldwide.  That would put Bocelli in the same stratosphere as Van Halen, The Doors, Barry Manilow, and Tom Petty.

I wrote “would” because Bocelli is not actually on the same list as those aforementioned artists.  Bocelli suffers from a phenomenon known as a lack of certified sales.

The trend hinders artists with large fan bases outside of the United States and/or English-speaking countries—artists like Charles Aznavour, Scorpions, and Gloria Estefan.  Although the phenomenon does affect artists like Cliff Richard, Dolly Parton, and Tom Jones.

A dearth of certified sales opens the door for detractors to say that Bocelli really hasn’t sold a lot of albums.  There is, however, historical precedent that classical artists, namely operatic singers, know how to sell albums.

Luciano Pavarotti probably had the title of best-selling classical artist before Bocelli.  The rotund Italian recorded operatic music for more than half a century and was a member of the popular group Three Tenors with Plácido Domingo and José Carreras.

Pavarotti died in 2007 at the age of 71.

Before Pavarotti there was “La Divina,” the Greek-American soprano Maria Callas (1923 to 1977).

Although her off-stage antics, and an affair with Aristotle Onassis, is what people usually remember about her, Callas did amass a collection of studio recordings that filled 39 albums.  They have since been remastered at Abbey Road Studios.  Callas’ catalog includes Aida, Madama Butterfly, and The Barber of Seville.

Callas’ recordings were very successful and helped make her one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.  She’s arguably the bestselling female classical artist of all-time.

Of course, the big difference between Bocelli and Pavarotti/Callas is the former doesn’t act (besides a few roles here and there).  He just sings arias and similar music.  Pavarotti and Callas typically starred in the operas they recorded.

Long before Bocelli, Pavarotti, and Callas, classical music’s biggest name was Enrico Caruso (1873 to 1921).

During the first two decades of the 20th century, Caruso made around 260 commercial recordings.  He made his recordings for the Victor Talking Machine Company which later became RCA Victor.

His first recordings were made in a hotel room in 1902.  For all of Caruso’s career, his recordings were done through mechanical processes.  The first electronic recording issued to the public didn’t occur until 1920, the last year of Caruso’s career.

When Caruso began putting his voice to wax, many of his contemporaries scorned the new technology.  That all changed when they saw the copious amounts of money he was making from his recordings.

Caruso recordings propel him to become one of the world’s first “global media celebrities.”

He was also one of the first radio stars.  Caruso participated in the first public radio broadcast in the United States.

The cool thing about the four classical artists mentioned in this article is you can still listen to their recordings and that includes Caruso.  Granted, his recordings are pretty rough, but they hold up amazingly well for being a hundred years old.

Obviously, the only classical performer mentioned in this article you can still see live is Andrea Bocelli.

Justin Bieber’s or his Fans’ Apathy Responsible for Canceling Purpose World Tour?

Justin Bieber has cancelled the last 14 concerts of his massive “Purpose World Tour.”

Of the 14 scratched shows, only one was a sellout.  Most concerts still had 5,000 to 12,000 tickets available on the secondary ticket market and many sections within each venue had yet to be sold on the primary market.

Seven of the cancelled concerts were in the United States, two were in Toronto, and two were planned for Tokyo.  He also had one concert scheduled in Hong Kong, the Philippines, and Singapore.

Promoter AEG Presents isn’t sweating the cancellation.  After all, Bieber played more than 150 dates and made a boatload of money.  We’re talking north of the $200 million mark.

By the way, Bieber is 23.

AEG, Bieber, and manager Scooter Braun are all saying the right things.  Braun insinuated on Instagram that the cancellation had something to do with Bieber’s well-being.

Bieber apologized to his fans and said he was exhausted.  CNN said it was “due to unforeseen circumstances.”  TMZ said he “rededicated his life to Christ.”

Insiders believe Bieber overestimated his popularity by trying to play stadiums at the end of his tour and without releasing new material.  He released Purpose in 2015.

There is another possibility.  That possibility is Bieber’s immense disinterest caught up with him.

If you read reviews, the singer appeared to be disinterested for most of his tour.

The Guardian proclaimed: “That’s Justin Bieber in 2017: distant…”

The Willamette Week made this observation of his show in Portland, Oregon: “…it was hard to feel like we haven’t been getting catfished this whole time.”

An Australian reviewer noted that Bieber “managed to look bored.”  The reviewer’s counterpart in Dublin asked, “Can I blame [Bieber] for phoning it in?”

Perhaps the most demanding critique came from Now Magazine’s Kevin Ritchie: “Bieber only seemed fitfully engaged throughout the 90-minute-plus set of song.”

In past eras, these kinds of reviews would have destroyed a performer’s career.  Nowadays, where your status as a celebrity is more important than your voice, no one seems to care.

Bieber fans seem content just to be in the same zip code as their hero.  They don’t care if he’s not giving one-hundred percent.  At least they were able to live-Tweet their concert experience and pick up a tour t-shirt.

So, are Bieber fans finally starting to care?  Is that why he was struggling to sell tickets?

Well, his last concert was July 2 in London.  He played to a sold-out audience, just like he had for his entire tour.  That’s right, every single show of his “Purpose World Tour” was a packed house.

I find it hard to believe that between July 2 and July 29, his fans suddenly woke up to his jaw-dropping nadir of vapidness.

His lack of new material, and the fact that he toured the U.S. just a year ago, probably had more to do with the cancellation then any uprising by his fans.  Add exhaustion and religious awakening to the mix and you have a recipe to terminate 14 concerts.

James Taylor and The Beatles, the Connection

When you see James Taylor in concert, you’ll be experiencing more than a performance from a great talent.

You’ll be seeing one of the bestselling artists of all-time and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of fame.

You’ll get to hear one of popular music’s best male voices.

You’ll be seeing the man who didn’t invent, but defined and popularized the “singer-songwriter” meme. You know that guy who sings and plays guitar at your local coffee shop? He’s doing James Taylor.

Bottom line, you’ll be seeing a living legend.

James Taylor Carly Simon, Yoko Ono and John Lennon in New York City on January 18, 1977. From http://www.meetthebeatlesforreal.com/2014/09/john-james-carly-and-yoko.html

You’ll also be seeing a performer who has a direct connection to the greatest popular music act the Earth has ever known, The Beatles.

In the late 1960s, drugs, depression, and vocal cord surgery forced James Taylor to seek a change of scenery. The North Carolinian moved to England.

There, he recorded a demo. A friend of a friend was able to get that demo to Peter Asher. At the time, Asher was the head of A&R (artists and repertoire) at Apple Records.

For those of you who don’t know your Fab Four history, that was The Beatles record label.

Asher played Taylor’s demo to Paul McCartney and George Harrison. They loved what they heard and James Taylor became the first non-British artist signed to Apple Records and Peter Asher became his manager. James Taylor has been performing live concerts and making albums ever since.

The Beatles

Taylor recorded what would be his first album in late summer and early fall of 1968. He was recording the album at the same time The Beatles were recording The White Album—no pressure there.

McCartney played bass and Harrison added backing vocals (although he didn’t receive a credit) on Taylor’s classic “Carolina in My Mind.”

During the recording of his debut album, Taylor began using heroin and methedrine… again. He went back to rehab and eventually into a psychiatric treatment facility located in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

He was hospitalized when Apple released his album (December of 1968 in the UK and February of 1969 in the United States). Critics loved his debut platter but his inability to promote it, because he was hospitalized, hurt sales.

Then, in late 1969, he broke both hands and feet in a motorcycle accident. Despite the injury, and being unable to perform, he signed with Warner Bros. Records.

His association with The Beatles was over.

There’s another direct Taylor-Beatles connection. One of the songs on the demo given to Paul and George was “Something in the Way She Moves.”

George used the title as the first line of his song “Something.” George’s song eventually went to number one.

Taylor never thought George plagiarized him. He also says the ending of “Something in the Way She Moves” borrows from the ending of The Beatles “I Feel Fine.”

In the words of JT, “What goes around comes around.”

James Taylor in the seats at Fenway Park

It’s not a direct connection to The Beatles but it is a connection to John Lennon and the darkest day in rock history.

In December of 1980, Taylor lived in the building next to John Lennon and heard the five shots fired during the assassination. Even more disturbing, Taylor had a run-in with Lennon’s killer, Mark David Chapman, the day before.