December 28, 2012 |
Madonna was queen of the world in 2012, at least as far as touring pop music performers, delivering the highest-grossing concert tour of the year and raking in nearly $300 million at the box office worldwide, according to Pollstar, the concert-industry tracking magazine. Madonna's MDNA tour visited 67 cities for 88 performances that grossed $296.1 million, an average of $4.4 million a night, Pollstar's data shows. Her average ticket price was just over $140, far from the priciest concert tickets of the year.
May 19, 2012 |
When Pink Floyd first took its concept album "The Wall" to the concert stage more than three decades ago, even lead singer and chief songwriter Roger Waters couldn't imagine a day when rock music might get any bigger. But 32 years later, his magnum opus about the battle between individual freedoms and authoritarian oppression has magnified beyond Waters' own expectations of yore. Now the man who once excoriated the voluminous expansion of the rock concert experience has helped institutionalize it. "I famously hated playing to large numbers of people and playing in stadiums," Waters, 68, said from a tour stop in Austin, Texas, earlier this month.
September 13, 1992 |
Art rock. Pink Floyd. "Dark Side of the Moon." You can tell a lot about your view of Roger Waters by your reaction to those terms. As the creative force of Pink Floyd from the late 1960s through the mid-'80s, Waters pioneered the kind of musical and theatrical experimentation that set the tone for progressive rock. It was a movement that some saw as an ambitious realization of rock's creative potential, and others as a pretentious betrayal of rock's earthy instincts.
May 5, 2010
Hollywood Bowl Phoenix, Grizzly Bear and Girls, Sept. 18; Vampire Weekend , Beach House & the Very Best, Sept. 26; Pavement, Sonic Youth and No Age, Sept. 30 (now) Staples Center Shakira, Oct. 23 (Fri.); Roger Waters ' "The Wall," Nov. 29 (Mon.) Walt Disney Concert Hall Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, July 23 (Sat.) Honda Center Aventura, June 23 (now); Roger Waters' "The Wall," Dec. 13 (Mon.) The Orpheum Natalie Merchant , Aug. 13 (Sat.
April 30, 2008 |
The critical information inquiring minds want to know about the giant stage prop that disappeared during Roger Waters' closing performance Sunday night at Coachella isn't so much where it is now but exactly how a two-story inflatable pig masterminds a daring escape in front of tens of thousands of fans in the first place. Festival organizers are offering a $10,000 reward plus four lifetime passes to Coachella to whoever engineers the safe return of said plastic porker by contacting them at lostpig@coachella.
November 16, 2011
A list of upcoming concerts across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Roger Waters, May 19 (Fri.) Staples Center Jay-Z and Kanye West, Dec. 11 (Fri.) The Forum Guns N' Roses, Dec. 21 (Mon.) Gibson Amphitheatre KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas with Blink-182, Dec. 10 (Wed.); Big Time Rush, Feb. 18 (Sat.) Honda Center Rammstein, May 17 (Sat.) The Satellite Just an Animal, Nov. 22; New York Night Train Soul Clap and Dance Off, Dec. 6; Lost Lander, Dec. 8 (now)