After issuing the year's biggest album by a long shot, Adele announced what will likely be 2016's hottest concert tour Monday — and it starts in St. Paul.
The British hitmaker's North American tour will kick off with a pair of Xcel Energy Center shows July 5 and 6. Tickets go on sale Thursday at 10 a.m. via Adele.com, Ticketmaster and the arena box office for $39.45-$147.
Adele's third album, "25," has already sold 5 million copies in its first three weeks. The concert industry waited with bated breath as she deflected in interviews any commitments to touring, but she came through with a 56-date itinerary. This will be her first tour in five years. Her last trek — which also came to the X — saw postponements due to a strained voice.
Adele wasn't the only big 2016 tour announced Monday with a St. Paul date: Australian hard-rock heroes AC/DC also announced a new itinerary that will take them back to Xcel Center on Feb. 14.
AC/DC's tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. for $115-$140 through Ticketmaster and the arena. The band is also performing at the Fargodome a night earlier, Feb. 13. After the release of "Rock or Bust" last year, guitarist Angus Young and singer Brian Johnson carried on without Angus' brother, guitarist Malcolm Young, whose health is in decline, and without drummer Phil Rudd, who was charged in a murder plot in Australia.
Palmer is on People's 'Hall of Shame'
Twin Cities dentist Walter Palmer, who drew global scorn but no criminal charges in Africa for killing a beloved lion with a crossbow last summer in Zimbabwe, was given a prominent splash in the latest issue of People magazine. In the magazine's year-end double issue that features its "25 most intriguing people of 2015," Palmer dominates the "Hall of Shame" page for "the killing of a certain majestic lion," the article noted. The page labels Palmer as "DENTIST the MENACE" in red letters below photos of him and Cecil the lion. Six others made the list, including Kim Davis, the clerk in Kentucky who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
on Broadway: Josh Groban is making his Broadway debut next year in a musical inspired by Leo Tolstoy. Groban will play Pierre in "Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812," a musical by Dave Malloy that dramatizes a 70-page melodrama at the center of "War and Peace." The musical premiered at New York's Ars Nova in 2012 and is now playing at Harvard's American Repertory Theater.