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Florence Welch Can’t Handle Hangovers On The Road

Posted by MTV News On October - 21 - 2011


By Zachary Swickey

Florence Welch, the fiery frontwoman of Florence + the Machine, has admitted to adopting sober living while on tour. The group was an opening act on U2’s record-shattering roadshow this summer, and the demanding schedule required a lot from the singer, which led her to choose sobriety on the road.

Welch explained to UK’s The Sun, saying, “I have stopped drinking on tour. I feel a bit more responsibility for my body and for fans who come to see us. When we toured with U2 it was such a grueling schedule and I had shows every day and I can’t do that with a hangover.”

We’ve seen firsthand how delicate a voice can be with Adele axing two U.S. tours this year due to her crazy schedule, and Welch doesn’t seem keen on running into the same problem as she elaborated, stating, “This is the best job in the world and I don’t want to spoil it. Stopping drinking has made a huge difference in my vocal range too.”

The singer even got a pep talk about performing in high heels from Bono himself: “Bono was great. He gave me advice on how to perform even when I’m wearing huge high-heeled shoes. He told me how to keep my feet on the spot and use my arms.” (Sidenote: Bono is actually known to wear shoes with heels several inches thick due to his short stature, but he’s kind of sensitive about it so don’t tease him).

Check out our recent interview with Welch after the jump for more details about life on the road with the Machine, as well as her culinary skills (or lack thereof).

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Adele’s Tour Cancelation Brings Back Bad Memories Of Other Must-See Tours That Fell Apart

Posted by MTV News On October - 5 - 2011

By Zachary Swickey

Chart-topping songstress of the year Adele is disappointed just as much as us that she’s had to cancel her U.S. tour once again. It’s easy for fans to be upset, considering this is her second scrapped stateside tour, and there’s no immediate mention of rescheduling the dates. Although, it’s understandably imperative that she properly rests her vocal chords because it appears they never fully healed from the first tour cancellation.

Axed tours are always a bummer, especially when it’s from one of the year’s biggest acts, but she’s not the first heavy hitter forced to cancel. From Kanye to the Lollapalooza festival itself, here are five of the biggest tour cancellations that prompted a universal sigh from fans.

Kanye West and Lady Gaga’s “Fame Kills Tour”
Appropriately, Kanye West visited the ladies on talk show “The View” in June 2009 to announce a co-headlining tour with then-rising star Lady Gaga, who was riding high on the success of her debut The Fame. Dubbed “Fame Kills: Starring Kanye West and Lady Gaga,” the tour would have found West supporting his auto-tune disc 808s & Heartbreak, while Gaga would release The Fame Monster EP during the tour. However, following West’s infamous stage-crashing incident with Taylor Swift at the VMAs, the entire production was canceled (only two weeks after it was even official). Various rumors suggested poor ticket sales, creative differences and feuding between the two icons … but they both seem to be doing all right today.

Lollapalooza 2004
Lollapalooza originally called it a day after the ’97 iteration. It seemed to have slowly lost the luster that made it a special, must-see event. Perry Farrell revived the fest in 2003 (along with his group, Jane’s Addiction) with acts such as Audioslave, Incubus and Queens of the Stone Age. A year later in 2004, Perry revised the new Lolla by adding a second day for each date on the tour. The lineup was drool-worthy by today’s standards: Morissey, The Killers, Wilco, The Flaming Lips, Modest Mouse, Danger Mouse, Broken Social Scene, PJ Harvey … to name a few. Somehow despite the bevy of impressive acts, the entire tour was nixed due to poor ticket sales. It would have been the tour’s final year as a traveling road show, since it began setting up shop in Chicago for a single, three-day festival beginning in 2005.

Beastie Boys and Rage Against the Machine’s “Rhyme & Reason Tour”
In what would have been a legendary tour, the Beastie Boys and Rage Against the Machine were set to pair up for a late summer jaunt in 2000. There was a variety of supporting acts on all the dates as well: Busta Rhymes, The Roots, Queens of the Stone Age and At the Drive-In (who would break up soon after). Unfortunately, the much-anticipated tour never came to be as Mike D of The Beastie Boys hit a pothole while riding a bicycle and royally screwing up his arm in the process (he would require intense physical therapy in order to fully recover). Mere months later, Rage frontman Zack De La Rocha sadly announced the demise of his group.

Amy Winehouse’s Comeback Tour
Most are aware that the late Amy Winehouse had a troubling time leading up to her passing. Early this summer, her Euro fans went into a frenzy when she announced a small comeback European tour. After the first two shows consisted of disappointing performances from the singer, she initially pulled out of two festival stops before eventually withdrawing from the tour altogether. Her final onstage appearance came a few weeks later when she joined goddaughter Dionne Broomfield on stage to playfully dance along to The Shirelle’s “Mama Said” just days before her death.

Kings of Leon’s 2011 Tour
Just a few months ago, the late summer tour from Southern rockers Kings of Leon famously came to a halt when singer Caleb Followill walked off stage to “vomit and grab another beer” promising to return for three more songs (which he never did). Even his brothers/bandmates gladly pointed the finger, as KOL bassist Jared Followill told the crowd that fans should “F**king hate Caleb, not us.” The rest of the tour was immediately canceled, and the nix supposedly cost their insurers upwards of $15 million dollars. That’s one costly hangover.

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U2 Still Shattering Tour Records, Gaga And Madonna Not Far Behind

Posted by MTV News On July - 18 - 2011


By Zachary Swickey

As U2 begin to wrap up the last leg of their seemingly never-ending 360° tour, they continue to shatter records and cement their place as the top touring act ever. The tour – which began in Europe two years ago in support of their most recent album, No Line on the Horizon – has currently grossed over $675 million during the over 100-show run with each date selling out consecutively.

Anyone who has caught a glimpse of the 167-foot tall “claw” structure that U2 employs as their stage knows just how massive this production is. It has a ridiculous budget of $750,000 a day, a fleet of 120 trucks, and a 400-person workforce. It takes eight days just to set up and take down the rig, and the group has three (at $40 million per “claw”), so that two can be in the process of assembly on the same night they play another gig. This 360-degree stage scenario allows up to 20 percent more tickets to be sold; therefore, further helping U2 slaughter attendance records from South Africa to the U.S.

To put things into perspective, The Rolling Stones’ 2005-07 A Bigger Bang Tour is the second highest grossing tour ever, raking in over $550 million, but selling a paltry 4.6 million in tickets to U2’s 7 million. Similarly, U2’s average attendance of over 65,000 people more than doubled the Stones’ 32,500. AC/DC’s lengthy return to the road – 2008-10’s Black Ice World Tour; their first jaunt in 7 years – is unsurprisingly the third highest grossing tour of all time.

But what about the ladies? Find out below.

Pop Queen Madonna remains a hot ticket and boasts the fourth highest grossing tour of all time with her Sticky and Sweet Tour. Despite only playing 85 shows, the tour was attended by over 3.5 million rabid fans and took home $408 million. The real road warrior, however, is Cher, who performed 325 shows over the course of four years during her Farewell Tour.

There are very few modern acts that can put up those kinds of big numbers without a healthy catalog of music to fall back on, but Lady Gaga drew fans in droves to her recent Monster Ball Tour. The trek spanned over three years and more than 200 mostly sold out shows, wrapping up in May of this year. Gaga is not wasting any time getting back on the road, and is already plotting her follow up tour, the Born This Way Ball, which will reportedly be even bigger and hit up countries that she missed the last time around.

Did you see U2 on the road? Tell us about the show in the comments below.

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It Seems You Plan On Seeing Britney Spears And Katy Perry This Summer

Posted by John Mitchell On July - 11 - 2011

Some of the biggest artists in music are on the road this summer, and with the season stacked, we in the MTV Newsroom were curious who you were planning to check out. We asked, you responded and the results are … well, they’re pretty much exactly what we’ve come to expect when we ask anything and include the words “Britney” and “Spears” among the possibilities.

In our poll of who you want to see on tour this summer, Spears took the crown – just like she did when we asked what your favorite album of the year (so far) and like she nearly did when we wondered about your favorite song (she fell to Lady Gaga by this much).

Over 56 percent of those polled said they intended to check Spears and Nicki Minaj out on the Femme Fatale tour. Spears’ closest competitor was another pop diva, Katy Perry, whose California Dreams tour we saw a few weeks ago and really enjoyed. So yes, you should probably see her too – especially if you like the color pink. Her show includes a lot of pink things, from cotton candy clouds to a Candy Land-like set.

And despite the poll results, we have another recommendation. We were horrified to learn that no one – as in zero percent of those polled – is planning to see My Morning Jacket. This is a travesty, we say! We were at Bonnaroo in 2008 for MMJ’s epic three-hour set and want to warn that if they come to your town and you don’t check them out, you may be committing a crime against music. Just sayin’!

Check out the poll results below.

Who will you be checking out on tour this summer?

Britney Spears/Nicki Minaj – 56.7%

Katy Perry – 37.08%

Taylor Swift – 5.02%

Rihanna – 0.48%

IDentity – 0.36%

Blink 182 – 0.24%

Lil Wayne – 0.12%

My Morning Jacket – 0%

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NKOTBSB: Highlights From The Izod Center Show

Posted by Jocelyn Vena On June - 14 - 2011

Last night, I saw the Backstreet Boys (for what feels like the millionth time) and New Kids On The Block (for the first time ever!) hit the stage as the amazing boy band hybrid NKOTBSB at the Izod Center in good old New Jersey.

Was I blown away? Why, yes. To be honest, I’m a huge fan of both groups, but really had no idea what I was getting myself into or what to expect. I was curious how these two massive pop acts would make it work. But make it work they did.

It was marvelous to see the New Kids for the first time – I’ve been a fan of theirs for longer than I’d care to admit – and it was amazing to see that BSB still have it. The room swooned for all nine guys, to say the least.

The highlights were many, but there are a few moments that really stood out. When the groups transitioned from “Please Don’t Go Girl” to “Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely” ranks high on the list of awesome moments. So does seeing the shuffle from “The Right Stuff” video live in person. One unexpected track that BSB played was the beloved, often-forgotten ballad “10,000 Promises.” A swoonerific moment, indeed.

But the final medley tops the list. An amazing hybrid of “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” (including the mummy dance) and “Hangin’ Tough,” it was so full of energy and life that I can still hear the screams of excitement in my ears. What other mash-up moment came a close second? When NKOTB joined BSB on stage for “Larger Than Life” to add the chant “N/K/O/T/B/S/B” to the already fun track.

So, when can I see the show again?

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