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Ten years or so since people started saying, “This might be the last chance to see him… ,” Willie Nelson is returning to the Twin Cities for another Mystic Lake Casino concert May 16. Tickets go on sale Saturday for $49 and $59 via MysticLake.com or 952-496-6563.
Country music's great mystic man, who will turn 82 just a couple weeks before the show, is playing the casino in Prior Lake just a day after he co-headlines the Starlight amphitheater in Kansas City with Beck.
He put on two shows at Mystic back in 2010 and returned to town in 2013 to play the Minnesota Zoo amphitheater, all performances that suggested he isn’t slowing down (though his Family band with sister Bobbie Nelson has lost several members and has been in flux on recent tours). Last year, ol’ Willie even earned a black belt in the Korean martial art GongKwon Yusul. Here's to 10 more years.
In other concert news:
*The fact that few people know where the concert site is did nothing to dampen the sales of the First Avenue co-promoted Alabama Shakes and Father John Misty concert May 30 on Hall's Island, all 8,000 or so tickets for which sold out in under an hour last Friday.
*Poppy alt-rock throwbacks Third Eye Blind and Dashboard Confessional will pair up for an outdoor show in town at Cabooze Plaza on June 28. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon via LiveNation.com at prices not yet announced.
*The Tragically Hip, aka Canada’s Pearl Jam, will return to First Ave on Sept. 21 on tour marking the reissue of its best album, 1993’s “Fully Completely.” Tickets go on sale Friday at noon through eTix.com for a loonie price of $42.50 (is the Canadian dollar doing well or what?).
*Rock the Garden’s 2015 lineup will be announced Tuesday around 4 p.m. starting with an on-air roll-out at 89.3 the Current (we’ll post it here soon afterward). The annual party outside Walker Art Center is on again for two days, June 20-21, and based on the unconfirmed names we’ve heard so far, it should indeed rock.
Due to an emergency in one of the band members’ family, Nickelback has postponed tonight’s Target Center concert. A makeup date has already been set for July 25, a Saturday night. All tickets for tonight’s show will be honored on the new date, and more tickets will be available via AXS.com and the arena box office. More info is available on Target Center's site.
The Canadian hard-rockers also postponed Thursday night’s performance in Omaha. Nothing on their website or Twitter account more directly addresses the reasons for putting off the shows nor points to more postponements.
Just a few months after welcoming the biggest country music star of the ‘90s out of retirement, Target Center will welcome back that decade’s biggest female country singer, Shania Twain – who’s calling this her last go-round.
Twain announced a July 28 date at the Minneapolis arena, tickets for which go on sale March 13 at 10 a.m. for $46-$136 through AXS.com or the arena box office. Her first local gig since 2004, it falls about halfway through her 48-city tour, which she’s calling the Rock This Country Tour.
“"This is my last tour, so I'm going to make the most of it," Twain, 49, said on “Good Morning America” while announcing the shows Wednesday. "I want to go out with a bang."
The Canadian singer still holds the record for the top-selling country music album of all time -- and best-selling album of any genre by a female artist -- with 1997’s “Come on Over,” which sold more than 40 million copies worldwide with hit singles such as “You’re Still the One” and “Man! I Feel Like a Woman.” She went on hiatus after a 2004 tour and battled her way through vocal problems until this past December, when she made her comeback with a series of shows at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas -- akin to how fellow ‘90s goliath Garth Brooks came out of retirement.
Unlike Brooks, though, Twain won’t be turning her Target Center date into a marathon, as she’s scheduled to perform in Moline, Iowa’s iWireless Center two nights before and Allstate Arena outside Chicago the night after Minneapolis.
With her latest album, “Piece by Piece,” arriving Tuesday via a strong industry buzz and media blitz, Kelly Clarkson announced a summer tour that will bring her to Xcel Energy Center on Aug. 4. Two theater-level acts with strong Twin Cities followings, Pentatonix and Eric Hutchinson, will open the show. Tickets go on sale March 21 at 10 a.m. for $29.50-$99.50 via Ticketmaster and the arena box office.
Clarkson, 32, was the first winner on Fox TV’s “American Idol” and remains the only champ from the show besides Carrie Underwood to sustain her or his popularity. The Texan pop singer, who became a mom last summer, hasn’t performed in town since 2011, when she headlined KDWB’s Jingle Ball.
Tuesday's Clarkson announcement follows Monday's big news of another Madonna date at Xcel Center.
After selling out for the first time last year with 30,000 tickets sold, the Soundset Festival is sticking with the same winning formula for its eighth annual installment, scheduled May 24 at Canterbury Park in Shakopee. The lineup announced today includes the usual mix of hip and hot rappers on the verge, such as J. Cole, Big Sean and Logic; local favorites like Atmosphere, Brother Ali, Dessa and Sean Anonymous; veteran acts Ice Cube, Ludacris and Dilated Peoples, and envelope-pushing newcomers a la Vince Staples, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib and Vic Mensa.
Here’s the full list of performers:
Atmosphere / J. Cole / Ice Cube / Big Sean / Ludacris / Logic / Yelawolf / Dilated Peoples / Clockwork Indigo (Flatbush Zombies & the Underachievers) / Brother Ali / Vic Mensa / Aesop Rock with Rob Sonic & DJ Abilities / Dessa (of Doomtree) / DJ Jazzy Jay / Hopsin / Smif-N-Wessun (20 year anniversary of “Dah Shinin’”) / DJ Babu / Freddie Gibbs & Madlib / Vince Staples / Watsky / DJ Eclipse / deM atlas / DJ Supreme / B. Dolan / Father / SonReal / G.L.A.M. / Chester Watson / Sa-Roc / Sean Anonymous / Manny Phesto / Freez with DJ Willie Shu / Set the Smith / DJ Lean Rock / DJ Stage One / DJ Adatrak / DJ Str8reppin / Hosted by Sway Calloway, St. Paul Slim and J. Pratt
The lineup lacks a current mainstream-crossover name that might attract top 40 fans like Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg and Macklemore in past years. However, J. Cole did land a No. 1 record last year with “2014 Forest Hills Drive.” Ice Cube hasn’t had a hit in 25 years, but he’s obviously well-known as a movie star today and could be rightfully recognized as a rap giant again with the upcoming biopic on N.W.A. set to hit movie theaters later in the summer.
Regardless, the individual acts' star power seems to take a backseat to the festival's own unique persona each year. And anyway, the fest literally can't get any bigger (30,000 people seems to be the comfortable capacity level for the festival grounds). This year's show will have a special local angle to it as it falls on the 20th anniversary of Rhymesayers Entertainment, the pioneering Minneapolis label behind the fest.
Tickets go on sale Saturday at 11:00am through www.ticketweb.com and Fifth Element record store in Uptown. General admission tickets start at $62, and a VIP goes for $140. Stay tuned to the Rhymesayers and Soundset Twitter and Facebook accounts for details on pre-sale access.
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