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Why Were 10 American Idol Concerts Cancelled?

Every year after “American Idol” has filmed its last episode and a winner has been declared, the remaining top ten contestants embark on a tour. Typically it travels all over the United States and takes up most of the summer. And tickets are sold months ahead of time, typically when the show is at its peak ratings, just before the winner is announced. All was on track to go the same way this year, until producers were forced to cancel the first ten shows altogether.

The question people are asking now, is why? Especially those who have already purchased tickets for those ten dates from June 29 — July 14. A spokesperson for the tour released a statement stating,

“Due to production scheduling changes, the American Idol 2013 tour will now begin on July 19 and go through the summer until August 31. The Idols look forward to performing in 30 venues across the country.”

What the spokesperson fails to mention is what exact ‘production scheduling changes’ were necessary. And that’s led many to believe that there were no changes at all; except that the television show did surprisingly badly this year, and drew in some of its lowest ratings ever.

For a full listing of tour dates that are going on as planned, you can find them listed on the TicketSupply.com.

Epic Battle Between Blackhawks and Red Wings Reaches Game 7

For the second time in a row, the Chicago Blackhawks faced elimination and got the job done against the Detroit Red Wings. Chicago’s 4-3 win in Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals extended the series to a deciding Game 7 in Chicago on Wednesday night.

The Blackhawks needed three third period goals to get the win, but Michal Handzus, Bryan Bickell and Michael Frolik delivered. The Blackhawks managed to overcome a 36-23 faceoff disadvantage and a 38-28 shot disadvantage to pick up the win, in part due to Corey Crawford’s 35 save performance in goal.

The Blackhawks have gotten strong play from Crawford throughout their playoff run, as he has a 1.78 goals against average and a .936 save percentage. Offensively, Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp have combined for 20 points. Hossa has five goals and five assists, while Sharp has six goals and four assists. Duncan Keith, as usual, has provided an offensive boost from the blueline with one goal and eight assists. Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, two of the Blackhawks biggest stars, have been a bit quieter in the post season. Kane has two goals and seven assists, while Toews has one goal and five assists. They’ll hope to break out a bit more in Game 7.

Jimmy Howard has posted a 2.49 goals against average and .923 save percentage in goal for the Red Wings, while Henrik Zetterberg, Damien Brunner, Pavel Datsyuk, Daniel Cleary and Johan Franzen all have three goals ore more. Zetterberg has three goals and eight assists, while Brunner has five goals and four assists. Datsyuk has three goals and six assists, while Cleary has four goals and five assists.

The winner between the Blackhawks and Red Wings advances to take on the Game 7 winner between the Sharks and Kings in the Western Conference Finals. There is little in sports more exciting than a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, so don’t miss out on your chance to see one live. Tickets are still available, but likely to go fast for this major event.

Matteo Manassero Becomes Youngest to Win PGA BMW Championship

It was the end of the day on Sunday at the Wentworth Club in Surrey, England. Simon Kahn, Marc Warren, and Matteo Manassero were all tied after England’s own Lee Westwood turned a two-hole lead into ninth place. The stakes were high, as the winner automatically wins qualification into the U.S. Open next month. And not only was Manassero trying to avenge the past, after suffering his own collapse during the same tournament two years ago; he was also trying to make history. In the end, he did.

Going into the playoff round all were tied at 10-under-278. But when Marc Warren of Scotland was out after the first playoff hole, it left just Kahn and Manassero still on the course. Neither was going to give in easily, and it took until the fourth playoff hole for Manassero to finally beat out Kahn, and win his fourth European Tour title. He also avoids playing the U.S. Open qualifying round at Walton Heath course on Monday.

Along with the win, Manassero also becomes the youngest player in history to win the PGA BMW Championship, but just by a matter of days. Manassero goes down in the record books as being 20 years and 37 days old; while Bernard Gallacher of Scotland, 20 years and 97 days old, once held the title of the youngest winner in the BMW Championship.

Is Adele Going to Vegas?

What do you do when you’re an international mega-singer and, after having just had a baby, you don’t want to travel but you do still want to perform? Take up a residency in Vegas, of course! That’s just the predicament that Adele is currently faced with, and it’s one that she’s not only considering, but that would make a lot of sense.

It was in October of 2011 that Adele had to cancel a bunch of tour dates after continual vocal cord hemorrhages risked significant and permanent damage to her voice. She had only been back on the glamor circuit performing for less than a year when she gave birth to her baby boy and announced that she was going to focus on motherhood, although she wasn’t taking a hiatus. At the time she said she was still going to be working on her third album, but that she wouldn’t be touring until at least after its release.

Now, Adele and her fans may have the best of both worlds, as it’s rumored that the British soul singer is headed to Vegas for a residency there.

“Adele is at the top of the Vegas hit list, and she’s seriously considering it as an option,” MTV reported. “She wants to get back to performing but doesn’t want to go on the road so soon after becoming a mum. A Las Vegas residency would mean she could settle in with her family and record her third album all at once.”

Adele has reportedly already started on plans for both. Back in April OK! Magazine reported that she was back in the studio already recording her third album; and it’s also been said that she’s talking to Elton John about doing a residency — someone who’s no stranger to it himself. According to those reports, Sir Elton has highly encouraged Adele to take the residency, and to start performing again.

Do you think Adele will end up in Vegas? Will you go see her if she does?

Where is Beyonce’s Album?

Back in January Beyonce delighted fans by announcing that she was going to be releasing a new album, and that it would be called Mrs. Carter. After her powerful Super Bowl performance (that did not blow the power out in the Superdome,) she announced that there would also be a tour to go along with it. Following in the footsteps of artists before her, as well as her past studio albums, fans were led to believe that the album would be out before the tour began. Now though, Bey is on the road; and there’s still no new album among their playlists. So, where is Beyonce’s album?

At first the singer announced that the album may be delayed because she was having a hard time finding a “killer lead track” to release. But months later, two tracks have been released — Nuclear, as well as Bow Down/I Been On — and they were incredibly different from Beyonce’s typical style. And fans didn’t like it. Claiming different things, such as the fact that she sounded much angrier than she has on albums past; and that the style resembled Rihanna’s too much.

And according to an insider, the fact that those two songs fell flat are the reason for the delay on the album as a whole.

“No one thought that both records would fall flat,” says the anonymous source. “They were supposed to be her biggest two songs off the album. It’s back to the drawing board. More recording until they get a great album.”

So who knows how long that could be. The good news for fans going to see Beyonce as she travels around on her world tour is that they might be the very first ones to hear some new music!

Heat and Pacers Play for Eastern Conference Crown

The Miami Heat host the Indiana Pacers Wednesday night at 8:30 EST to kick off the Eastern Conference Finals, with a good bit of trash talk going back and forth between the two sides prior to the start of the series.

Most of the conversation has centered around comments by Pacers head coach Frank Vogel and Heat star LeBron James. After beating the Knicks to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals, Vogel called the Heat, “the next team that’s in our way and that’s how we’re approaching it.”

James took umbrage to those comments, perhaps bending them a little bit (or having a reporter bend them in a question) in order to create some bulletin board material.

James said, “We’re not just another team. I don’t understand what he’s saying, but we’re not just another team. It’s not true.”

James continued, saying, “He said we’re just another team in their way. We’re not just another team. We’re a great team. We’re very confident.”

James suggested that the Pacers better be prepared for more than just another team, but Vogel was quick to point out on Monday that he never referred to the reigning champs as such.

“Sorry sports world, the words ‘just another team’ never came out of my mouth,” Vogel said. “Great respect for [LeBron James] and the champs. Looking forward to [a] great series.”

These two teams met last season, with the Pacers pushing the Heat to six games before Miami prevailed en eventual route to the NBA Finals and a championship.

During the regular season, the Pacers took two out of three from the Heat. They did so largely by slowing down the pace of the games and hitting the boards hard, taking more than 33 percent of the offensive boards and nearly 58 percent overall.

The catch is that the Heat don’t want to run up and down the floor and won’t push the tempo too much in that fashion, but they would like to see more possessions then they had in the regular season.  Find out which tempo and team will prevail and get your tickets today for the Eastern Conference Finals!

Beyonce Kicks Off Tour in California and Las Vegas Next Month

Beyonce will start her summer tour on June 28 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where she’ll also be performing on July 1. In between, Beyonce will be taking a trip up to Las Vegas to play at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Beyonce Knowles-Carter will then head out on a tour that runs until August, when she wraps it up with three straight shows at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. In between, Beyonce will perform in Texas, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Canada, Massachusetts, Philadelphia, New Jersey, North Carolina, Washington D.C. and Connecticut.

While Knowles-Carter hasn’t released an album since 2011, with her last single dropping in 2012, she still has plenty of big hits to perform. Those include 2009’s “Halo,” “Sweet Dreams,” “Ego,” and “Run the World (Girls).”

Beyonce’s most recent number one hit on the United States chart was “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” back in 2008. She also hit the number three spot that year with “If I Were a Boy.”

Other number one hits include “Irreplaceable,” “Check on It,” “Baby Boy,” and “Crazy in Love.” Expect Knowles-Carter to perform all of those along with other top hits, such as “Déjà vu,” “Ring the Alarm,” “Get Me Bodied,” and “Diva.”

Knowles-Carter has won a total of 17 Grammy Awards, which leaves her beyond only Alison Krauss and Aretha Franklin for the most decorated female artist in the history of the Grammys. She’s also been nominated for Best Actress by the Golden Globe Awards, for her work in Dreamgirls.

A multi-talented performer, Knowles-Carter’s skills go beyond singing and acting, as she’s also a talented dancer who is sure to show off some of her moves in concert.

Beyonce is one of the most beloved artists worldwide, with more than 118 solo albums sold Internationally and about 13 million in the United States. She’s also able to take credit for about 50 million additional sales through the records of Destiny’s Child, which she was a member of.

Don’t miss out on your chance to see Beyonce Knowles-Carter this summer, as all of her shows are likely to be sold out. Get your tickets now!

Josh Groban is Going on Tour!

Josh Groban released his sixth studio album, All That Echoes, back in February of this year, and fans were eagerly anticipating that a tour would soon follow. They haven’t been disappointed. Josh just announced that he is in fact going on tour this year, and that it’s going to be unlike anything he’s ever done before.

Groban’s “In The Round” tour is just that — a tour that places Groban on a revolving stage so that he can interact and be “in the round” with his fans — all of his fans. Or at least those sitting within the first two or three rows of the stage.

“It has been a vision of mine to do a tour in the round for a while now,” Groban said in a press release. “It was just a matter of when was the right time. I have always had moments during the show where I walked through the crowd and interacted with the fans. I felt that now was the time to bring it all together. I can’t wait to bring music from throughout my career, great fun and new experiences to my fans.”

The “In The Round” tour kicks off on October 2 in Boise, Idaho and from there Groban will travel to 22 different cities, wrapping the tour up in Dallas, Texas on November 13. Some of the biggest cities he’ll be visiting are Seattle, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Toronto, Montreal, Pittsburgh, and Tampa, just to name a few. Tickets for Groban’s tour are now on sale, so be sure to get yours today!

Rangers and Bruins Continue Playoff Runs in Conference Semifinals

Both the New York Rangers and the Boston Bruins are battle tested this playoff season after going to the brink in the first round. The Bruins beat the Maple Leafs in seven games, needing two late goals in the third period of Game 7 to force overtime.

Milan Lucic scored with 1:22 left and Patrice Bergeron scored 31 seconds later to send the game to overtime, then Bergeron delivered again just over six minutes into the extra session.

The Rangers didn’t need quite as exciting of a game to seal their series against the Capitals, with a road Game 7 win in convincing fashion, 5-0.

The Bruins will have home ice, with the series opening Thursday, May 16 and Game 2 slated for Sunday, May 19. The Rangers host Games 3 and 4 at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, May 21 and Thursday, May 23. If necessary, Game 5 will be in Boston on Saturday, May 25. Game Six would be in New York on Monday, May 27 and Game 7 would be back in Boston on Wednesday, May 29.

The Bruins have received strong goaltending from Tuukka Rask in the playoffs, with a 2.49 goals against average and a .923 save percentage. David Krejci has led the offensive attack with five goals and eight assists, while Nathan Horton has four goals and three assists. Milan Lucic has been a setup man with two goals and seven assists, while Zdeno Chara has a goal and seven assists from the blue line.

Henrik Lundqvist has been brilliant in goal for the Rangers with a 4-3 record, a 1.65 goals against average and a .947 save percentage. If King Henrik continues playing at this level, the Rangers could beat any team in the league. Scoring has been their bigger challenge, with no playing having scored more than two playoff goals. Derick Brassard, Carl Hagelin, Brian Boyle, Arron Asham and Derek Stepan each have two goals. The Rangers scored one goal or less in four of the seven games in the series against the Capitals.

Don’t miss out as two of the league’s best fan bases meet up in front of raucous crowds; get your tickets soon.

Stanley Cup Playoffs Update

The first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs is just wrapping up for most and is already for some. And just like every good playoff series, each of them has had their intense moments of both victory, and defeat.

The Detroit Red Wings were looking to pull ahead of the heavily favored Anaheim Ducks in their game last night, and all the way into overtime it looked as though they just might do it. In the end, it was the Ducks that won and they now take that series 3-2.

Also ahead 3-2 in their series is the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Los Angeles Kings as they look to knock the St. Louis Blues out of the competition on Friday night. And not surprisingly given the dynamic regular season they had, the Chicago Blackhawks are also up 3-1 in their series facing off against the Minnesota Wild.

But while the Red Wings, the Blues, and the Wild all look to extend their season just a bit longer, the same cannot be said for the Vancouver Canucks, who were swept out of the West by the San Jose Sharks.

In the East things seem to be a bit more even-keeled. The series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders is surprisingly tied at 2-2; as is the series between the Washington Capitals and the New York Rangers.

Sadly, after much celebration that the Toronto Maple Leafs finally made the playoffs after a long nine year wait, they quickly fell behind the Boston Bruins and are now struggling to hang onto a 3-1 series. They too will see if they can hang on Friday evening.

Two of the Leafs’ biggest rivals are also playing each other in the East, the Ottawa Senators and the Montreal Canadiens. That series is currently 3-1, and Montreal will look to stay in the game on Thursday night.

Who do you think is moving onto round two in the Stanley Cup Playoffs? And who will move onto the Finals?

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