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May 2018

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TAYLOR SWIFT!

Taylor Swift’s Stadium Tour plays the Rose Bowl May 18th and 19th

TAYLOR SWIFT!

  • By RICH ANDREW

She had bad blood with Katy. Got in trouble with Kanye. These days, her reputation precedes her, but she’s here to set the record straight — a record that debuted at No. 1 on the charts, a record that has gone triple platinum, joining Adele as the only other artist to sell two million copies in the US in the last two years, making this her sixth album (out of six) to pull off such a feat. Say what you want to about this Regina George, but Taylor Swift knows how to stay Queen Bee.

Despite the barrage of social media bullets she’s taken to her squeaky clean image, Taylor fires back with pop — pop — after pop hit, masterfully wielding the music as her weapon of choice. By adding an electronica edge, this songstress leans into her darker side to elucidate just how she’s been enduring fame and all its misfortunes. The first track asserts power with Ready For It?, and while Dress may be her sexiest song to date, Call It What You Want and Getaway Car battle it out for pop song perfection, undeniably putting Taylor at the peak of her lyrical prowess.

With Camila Cabello and Charli XCX as the opening acts, the Reputation Stadium Tour is slated to start in Arizona and end in Auckland. Taylor takes to the stage on May 8th — and as the song goes, Baby, let the games begin.

Reputation Stadium Tour” hits the Rose Bowl on May 19th.

SEP7IMO DIA!

SEP7IMO DIA by Cirque du Soleil @ The Forum

SEP7IMO DIA!

  • By ARLENE WINNICK

Cirque du Soleil meets tribute rock concert in their latest show, Sep7imo Dia – No Descansaré (The Seventh Day – I Will Not Rest), a celebration of the iconic Argentinian band Soda Stereo, the first Latin rock group to achieve worldwide success and notoriety. Get ready for Cirque du Soleil at its very best – they just get better and better with each show. Sep7imo Dia is clearly driven by the incredible musical legacy of Soda Stereo and trust me it doesn’t matter if you don’t know their hit songs (from the 1980 and 90’s), their music is infectious, innovative, inviting… and loud.

Though the music drives the show, the story focuses on a 15 year old who finds comfort, freedom and power in the band’s music. The action is non-stop — breathtaking acrobatics, high flying acts — with the performances reaching new heights of ‘choreographed’ danger, excitement and amazement. Adding to the visual spectacle are the psychedelic costumes, outrageous makeup and dazzling hairstyles (which play a key role in some of the acts) that will leave you in awe. As a homage to Soda Stereo’s loyal fans, many of the acts originate and come through the audience creating an incredible sense of immediacy and intimacy with the performers – beware of giant fish tanks, roaring bonfires and enormous tires!

 Sep7imo Dia is the fourth musical tribute from the company having done successful shows with the music from The Beatles, Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley.

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James & Sheryl!

James Taylor with Sheryl Crow plays the Hollywood Bowl May 31st

James & Sheryl!

  • By Dennis Petrone

Legendary singer-songwriter James Taylor & His All-Star Band with special guest Sheryl Crow are set to take the stage at the Hollywood Bowl on May 31 as part of their highly-anticipated, limited engagement, coast-to-coast summer tour. The longtime collaborators have been performing since Taylor released his 17th studio album, Before This World, in 2015 and Crow released her 10th studio album, Be Myself, late last year.

Talyor, a five-time Grammy Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, is expected to perform some of his greatest, best-loved hits from his career spanning nearly 50 years including “Fire & Rain,” “You’ve Got A Friend” and “How Sweet It Is.” With 9-time Grammy Award winner and pop-rock-blues music diva Sheryl Crow at his side, fans are counting on favorites from her songbook including “All I Wanna Do” and “If It Makes You Happy.”

Taylor recently connected with a whole new generation when he recorded and released a duet with up-and-comping singer-songwriter Charlie Puth. Their song released, written by Puth, “Change,” is from Puth’s second album due out this month and was recently debuted at the March For Our Lives rally in DC. While the Taylor-Crow concert is sure to attract plenty of the musicians’ longtime fans, music-lovers of all ages should consider it as one of their visits to the world-famous Hollywood Bowl’s always-on-point, always-amazing summer season lineup about to kick off.

For details and purchase tickets, click here.

Paul Simon!

Paul Simon Homeward Bound The Farewell Tour hits Hollywood Bowl May 22nd and 23rd

Paul Simon!

  • By Dennis Petrone

Paul Simon — yes, the Paul Simon — is about to embark on what he’s calling, he’s farewell tour, “Homeward Bound” from the world-famous Hollywood Bowl on May 16. At 76 years old, the legendary songwriter, recording artist and performer has earned loyal fans across the 50-plus span of his career in every generation. From his earliest recordings with duo Simon & Garfunkel in which he wrote most of the music in the late 1960s to his release of his 13th solo studio album in 2016, Simon has been earned his place as a cornerstone in the American songbook.

Fans of all ages are no doubt hoping to hear all his solo hits, especially “Me & Julio Down By The Schoolyard” (1972), “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover” (1975), “Still Crazy After All These Years” (1976), “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes” (1983) and “You Can Call Me Al” (1986). Not to mention favorites from his Simon & Garfunkel days like “Mrs. Robinson” (1967) and “Bridge over Troubled Water” (1970). With so many hits, Simon’s only challenge may be that the Hollywood Bowl still technically have closing hours.

Simon has 16 Grammy Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2001, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2006 Time selected his as on of their “100 People Who Shaped The World.” The Hollywood Bowl has its usual always-on, always-amazing summer season line-up planned, but if you only one performance there this year, it’s a no-brainer, make it Paul Simon’s farewell tour. If not, you may regret it.

For more details and purchase tickets, click here.

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