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Grateful Dead Milestone Falls to George Strait

Country star plays the largest ticketed show ever in the US

(Newser) - A musical milestone that stood for nearly five decades has just fallen: Country star George Strait drew 110,905 to a concert in Texas over the weekend, the largest ticketed show in US history, reports CNN . The previous record was held by the Grateful Dead, who played in front of...

Fan's Suit Rips Madonna for 'Pornography Without Warning'

Class-action complaint takes singer to task for 'sexual acts,' 'topless women' at concert

(Newser) - Filed today in the "did you know what concert you were going to see" category: A (former?) fan has sued Madonna and Live Nation for what he says was a concert filled with "pornography without warning," with half-naked women, "sexual acts" performed onstage, and uncomfortably warm...

Crowd Expected for Madonna's Tour Finale in Rio: 1.5M
Madonna Makes
History With
Tour Finale

Madonna Makes History With Tour Finale

Singer gave free concert on Brazil beach, which was attended by 1.6M

(Newser) - As predicted, Madonna's final concert of her Celebration Tour set a record, with 1.6 million people attending the free show on Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach Saturday night. Though annual New Year's Eve concerts on the same beach have drawn larger crowds, per Live Nation , Madonna...

Phish's High-Tech Show Bounces Around the Arena for 4 Hours

Bass and drums can be felt through the seats at the Sphere in Las Vegas

(Newser) - Phish opened its four-night stay at the Sphere in Las Vegas on Thursday night with a four-hour show that used the advanced technology in the $2.3 billion arena to deliver a show that even the band's most ardent fans have never experienced before. Co-Creative Director Abigail Rosen Holmes...

Country Star Has Heart Attack After 'Vibrant' 2.5-Hour Set

'Dirt Road Anthem' co-writer, singer Colt Ford, 53, is said to be in 'stable but critical' condition in Arizona

(Newser) - Colt Ford's Thursday show in Arizona this week went off without a hitch, but he's now making headlines for what happened afterward. Per TMZ , the 53-year-old country-rap star put on a "vibrant performance," but the outlet reports he then suffered a heart attack after the show...

Fans Sue Madonna for Starting Concert Late

They say the time on their tickets was 'optimistic speculation' at best

(Newser) - Two Madonna fans in New York who say they were "left stranded in the middle of the night" when a concert finished late are suing the singer, a promoter, and the venue. The lawsuit says all three of Madonna's "Celebration Tour" concerts at Brooklyn's Barclays Center...

Bummed Taylor Swift Fans Get a Reprieve From an Airline

After Friday concert in Buenos Aires was postponed until Sunday, LATAM waived change fees

(Newser) - Travis Kelce made it to apparent girlfriend Taylor Swift's show in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Saturday (and gave her a public smooch ), but others weren't so lucky if they had tickets to Friday night's performance. That show was canceled due to "truly chaotic" weather, per...

The Killers Invited a Fan Onstage, Also Invited Controversy

Frontman Brandon Flowers asked Russian fan to play drums at concert in nation of Georgia, to boos

(Newser) - What one band's frontman may have thought was a well-meaning metaphorical embrace of all the people of the world didn't go over well in one former Soviet state. The Killers are now offering a mea culpa after lead singer Brandon Flowers invited a Russian fan who happened to...

Beyonce's Show Ran Late, So She Paid $100K to Run the Trains

Singer's tour ponied up cash to keep DC Metro running an extra hour after heavy rain, lightning

(Newser) - Taylor Swift isn't the only superstar on tour who's plunking down big bucks to treat her people well: And while Swift's was a gift to the people who work on her tour, Beyonce's was a gift for fans just trying to home from her concert. As...

Union to Taylor Swift: Please Postpone LA Shows

Singer urged to show solidarity with striking hotel workers

(Newser) - Taylor Swift is concluding the US leg of her earthshaking Eras Tour with six sold-out shows near Los Angeles starting Thursday night, but union officials and politicians have urged her to postpone them in solidarity with striking hospitality workers. In an open letter asking the singer to "Speak Now"...

Taylor Swift's Concerts Have Literally Gone Seismic

Activity from Seattle concerts had 2.3 magnitude, beating out 2011 'Beast Quake' at Seahawks game

(Newser) - When commentators say Taylor Swift's concerts are "seismic," they're not simply using a colorful descriptor—they're detailing what appears to be an actual physical manifestation of Swifties' rabid fandom. As part of her Eras Tour, the 33-year-old performer took to the stage at Seattle's...

Object Hits Kelsea Ballerini in the Face During Concert
Country Star Hit During Concert

Country Star Hit During Concert

Kelsea Ballerini assures fans she's OK after being struck in the eye by a thrown object

(Newser) - In the middle of "If You Go Down (I'm Goin' Down Too)," Kelsea Ballerini's concert in Idaho on Wednesday was brought to a halt when something thrown at the stage hit the singer in the face. Fan video shows Ballerini moving away from the microphone as...

Grand Jury Decides Not to Indict Travis Scott

Lawyer says rapper is 'ecstatic' after panel found no crime was committed

(Newser) - A grand jury decided Thursday to not indict Travis Scott or anyone else in the deaths of 10 people at the 2021 Astroworld Festival in Houston. Thousands of people were injured, as well, in the crowd surge . The Harris County grand jury spent the day weighing criminal charges against the...

Taylor Swift Keeps Promise With 44-Song Performance

Reviews praise singer's commitment in first concert of Eras Tour

(Newser) - Taylor Swift promised her fans, bruised by the Ticketmaster debacle , that she would present every aspect of her 10-album career when she took to the stage for her new tour—"a journey through all of my musical eras," she said. In the first concert Friday night in Glendale,...

One Dead After Stampede at New York Rap Concert
At Rap Concert,
'Tragedy of Epic

At Rap Concert, 'Tragedy of Epic Proportions'

2 dead, 8 hurt after stampede at GloRilla event in Rochester, New York

(Newser) - A second person has died after the tragic crowd surge at a Rochester, New York, rap concert Sunday night. She was one of two women previously reported to have been in critical condition following the incident, CNN reports.

Fans Rage Against Ticketmaster After Bad Bunny Concert Fiasco

Ticketholders with real tickets were turned away from Mexico City show due to influx of fake tickets

(Newser) - Bad Bunny, the Puerto Rican rapper and singer known for such hits as "Moscow Mule" and "I Like It," performed in Mexico City on Friday and Saturday night, the final shows on his World's Hottest Tour across North America and Latin America, and he was filled...

Tennessee AG Isn't Shaking Off Ticketmaster's Swift Debacle

Jonathan Skrmetti looking into consumer complaints on Ticketmaster sales for singer's tour

(Newser) - The Ticketmaster fumble on Tuesday during sales for Taylor Swift's Eras Tour wasn't just an annoyance for fans—it was a bungle that's caught the attention of Tennessee's attorney general. At a Wednesday video news conference, AG Jonathan Skrmetti announced that, due to multiple consumer complaints...

Bus Shortage Forces Bands to Cancel, Postpone Tours

'Buses are raising their prices, and bands have to either pay it or lose the bus'

(Newser) - Singer Santigold has canceled an upcoming North American tour, citing major problems in the concert industry—and she's far from the only artist experiencing problems getting back on the road. Demand for live music has surged back to pre-pandemic levels, but shortages of tour buses and soaring costs have...

Post Malone Postpones Show, Goes to Hospital

Rapper reports health issues and postpones Boston performance

(Newser) - Post Malone seemed to be OK after falling onstage during a concert Sept. 17 in St. Louis. After being checked out, he did five more songs, then posted the next day that "everything's good." But it wasn't when the rapper woke up Saturday afternoon, hours before...

The Weeknd Ends Concert on Third Song

Singer tells LA audience he lost his voice when he screamed

(Newser) - Three songs into his Los Angeles concert on Saturday night, the Weeknd called it off. The singer walked offstage in the middle of "Can't Feel My Face," then came back out a moment later, after the lights went up, to say that he wanted to apologize personally...

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