The Fans Have Spoken: GRAMMY®-Nominated Artists The Chainsmokers To Release Debut Album

DUO TO KICK OFF 40 CITY ‘MEMORIES: DO NOT OPEN’ ARENA TOUR THIS SPRING

BRAND NEW SINGLE “PARIS” MAKES TOP 10 DEBUT ON BILLBOARD’S HOT 100

NOMINATED FOR THREE GRAMMY® AWARDS INCLUDING ‘BEST NEW ARTIST’

NEW YORK, Jan. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — GRAMMY®-nominated artist/producer duo The Chainsmokers left it up to their fans to decide whether or not they’d release an album, and the clamor has been heard across the world. In response to popular demand, the duo has announced that they will release their debut album this year via Columbia / Disruptor Records.

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The album news comes alongside the announcement of The Chainsmokers’ biggest ever tour to date. The 40 city Memories: Do Not OpenNorth American arena tour kicks off on April 13 in Miami, FL and will stop in major cities across the U.S. and Canada before wrapping in June – see full list of tour dates below. Multi-platinum artist Kiiara will join The Chainsmokers as special guest on all dates. Every ticket purchased online for the tour includes a copy of The Chainsmokers’ forthcoming debut album.

AT&T is sending customers to the front of the line with AT&T priority pre-sale ticket access beginning on Tuesday, January 31 at 10AM via the AT&T THANKS program. For complete pre-sale details visit att.com/frontoftheline. Citi® is the official credit card of the ‘Memories: Do Not Open’ Tour. Citi cardmembers will have access to pre-sale tickets beginning Thursday, February 2 at 9AM through Citi’s Private Pass® program. For complete pre-sale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com. The general on-sale begins Friday, February 3 via Ticketmaster. For additional tour and ticket information please visit http://www.thechainsmokers.com/shows.

The album and tour announcements come hot on the heels of the release of The Chainsmokers’ brand new single “Paris.” The song, which USA TODAY notes “has all the makings of their next huge hit,” immediately shot to the #1 spot on iTunes’ Top Songs chart upon release and debuted at #7 on Billboard’s Hot 100, marking the duo’s fourth track to reach the Top 10 and their highest first week entrance on the chart to date. The song features vocals from Drew himself and serves as the follow up to their previous smash hit “Closer,” the biggest #1 song in 2016. The beachy lyric video for “Paris,” directed by Rory Kramer and shot on location at Casa Malca in Tulum, Mexico, features Instagram model Alexis Ren and is already approaching 60 Million views.

The Chainsmokers are up for three GRAMMY® Awards this year in the Best New Artist, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance (“Closer” Featuring Halsey) and Best Dance Recording (“Don’t Let Me Down” Featuring Daya) categories. The GRAMMY® Awards will air on Sunday, February 12 at 8/7c on CBS.

THE CHAINSMOKERS ‘MEMORIES: DO NOT OPEN’ TOUR DATES
NOTE ** Live Nation Dates, www.livenation.com
April 13 Miami, FL American Airlines Arena
April 14 Tampa, FL Amalie Arena**
April 15 North Charleston, SC North Charleston Coliseum**
April 18 Charlottesville, VA John Paul Jones Arena**
April 20 Bridgeport, CT Webster Bank Arena**
April 21 Albany, NY Times Union Center**
April 22 Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena
April 25 Cleveland, OH Wolstein Center**
April 26 Cincinnati, OH U.S. Bank Arena**
April 27 Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena
April 28 Madison, WI Veterans Memorial Coliseum
April 29 Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena**
April 30 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena**
May 2 West Valley City, UT Maverik Center**
May 4 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center
May 5 San Francisco, CA Bill Graham Civic
May 6 San Francisco, CA Bill Graham Civic
May 8 San Diego, CA Valley View Casino Center
May 9 Glendale, AZ Gila River Arena
May 11 San Antonio, TX Freeman Coliseum**
May 13 New Orleans, LA Smoothie King Arena
May 16 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
May 17 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
May 18 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center**
May 19 Memphis, TN FedEx Forum
May 20 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
May 23 Columbia, SC Colonial Life Arena**
May 24 Raleigh, NC PNC Arena**
May 25 Hampton, VA Hampton Coliseum
May 26 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
May 30 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre**
June 1 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
June 2 Boston, MA TD Garden**
June 3 Philadelphia, PA Liacouras Center**
June 4 Philadelphia, PA Liacouras Center**
June 7 Providence, RI Dunkin Donuts Center
June 9 Queens, NY Forest Hills Stadium
June 10 Queens, NY Forest Hills Stadium

SOURCE Live Nation Entertainment

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John Mayer’s “The Search For Everything” World Tour To Launch March 31 2017

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 30, 2017 GRAMMY Award®-winning singer/songwriter JOHN MAYER is launching his Search for Everything World Tour on Friday, March 31 in Albany, NY at the Times Union Centre.

This tour marks the first solo trek for Mayer since 2014 and will be sweeping through arenas across North America and Europe in the spring before concluding on Friday, May 12 at The O2 in London, England.

Each concert on the tour will be comprised of full band, solo acoustic and John Mayer Trio sets of music. A full listing of tour dates can be found below.

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Tickets will go on sale beginning Friday, February 3 at 10 AM through livenation.com. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday, January 31 at 10 AM through Thursday, February 2 at 10 PM. Every ticket purchased online for The Search for EverythingWorld Tour, includes a physical copy of the forthcoming album.

The first wave of music from The Search for Everything was released Friday, January 20, and went straight to #1 on iTunes. It consists of the recently released track, “Love on the Weekend,” as well as three brand new songs, “Moving On and Getting Over,” “Changing, and “You’re Gonna Live Forever in Me. The Search for Everything, which Mayer began recording in 2014 at the famed Capitol Studios in the Capitol Records building in Hollywood, will be released in its entirety this spring.

The Search for Everything World Tour dates:
FRI 31-Mar Albany, NY Times Union Center
SAT 1-Apr Montreal, QC Bell Centre
MON 3-Apr Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
WED 5-Apr New York, NY Madison Square Garden
THU 6-Apr Washington, DC Verizon Center
FRI 7-Apr Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
SUN 9-Apr Boston, MA TD Garden
TUE 11-Apr Chicago, IL United Center
WED 12-Apr Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center
FRI 14-Apr Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
SAT 15-Apr St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
MON 17-Apr Edmonton, AB Rogers Place
WED 19-Apr Vancouver, BC Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
FRI 21-Apr Inglewood, CA The Forum
SAT 22-Apr Las Vegas, NV T-Mobile Arena
WED 3-May Amsterdam, NL Ziggo Dome
FRI 5-May Herning, DK Jyske Bank Boxen
SUN 7-May Stockholm, SE Ericcson Globe
MON 8-May Oslo, NO Spektrum
TUE 9-May Copenhagen, DK Royal Arena
FRI 12-May London, ENG The O2

A limited number of exclusive ticket packages will be available starting Thursday February 2nd at 10am local. Select packages include premium tickets, meet & greets, and a backstage tour. For more information, visit johnmayer.com/tour.

SOURCE Live Nation Entertainment

Amazing band THE1975 on America tour staring April 9

The 1975 announce today that they will return stateside this spring for a North American headline tour in support of their #1 US and UKsophomore album, I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it (Dirty Hit / Interscope Records).

The UK art-pop quartet will kick off their headline tour on April 9 in Mexico City and hit major cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Detroit and Boston.

The band will headline New York’s legendary Madison Square Garden on June 1 (see full listing below).

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An artist ticket pre-sale for the show begins Wednesday, January 25 at 10 am local time. Tickets will be available to the general public beginning Friday, January 27 at 10 am local time. Pre-sale and general tickets can be purchased at www.the1975.com/live.

The band, who is nominated for two Brit Awards, will perform at the ceremony next month.

The current single, “Somebody Else,” is Top 10 at Modern Rock Radio, while the video has racked up more than 15 million views. Watch it HERE.

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“2016’S most progressive pop-rock album” Entertainment Weekly
“the rock stars we deserve” NPR
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“Masterpiece” The Fader
“Stunning” Spin

SPRING HEADLINING TOUR DATES
April 9* Mexico City, MX Pepsi Center
April 11* Guadalajara, MX Patio 2 Auditorio Telmex
April 12* Monterey, MX Auditorio Banamex
April 15 Allen, TX Allen Event Center
April 17* Austin, TX ACL Live at Moody Theater
April 18* Austin, TX ACL Live at Moody Theater
April 19* Tulsa, OK Brady Theater
April 21 El Paso, TX Abraham Chavez Theatre
April 22* Mesa, AZ Mesa Amphitheatre
April 23 Tucson, AZ Tucson Music Hall
April 25 San Diego, CA Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
April 27 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre
April 28* San Francisco, CA Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
April 30 Seattle, WA WaMu Theater
May 1 Vancouver, BC PNE Forum
May 3 Boise, ID CenturyLink Arena
May 5* Salt Lake City, UT The Great Saltair
May 6 Denver, CO Fillmore Auditorium
May 9 Kansas City, MO Starlight Theatre
May 11* Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
May 12 Bethlehem, PA Sands Bethlehem Event Center
May 16* Milwaukee, WI The Eagles Ballroom
May 17 St Paul, MN Roy Wilkins Auditorium
May 19* Lancaster, NE Pinewood Bowl Amphitheater
May 22 Detroit, MI The Fillmore
May 23* Rochester, NY Main Street Armory
May 25 Ottawa, ON Richcraft Live at Canadian Tire Centre
May 26* Montreal, QC Plaine des Jeux (Parc Jean Drapeau)
May 26-28* Boston, MA Boston Calling Festival
May 28* Glens Falls, NY Glens Falls Civic Center
May 30* Niagara Falls, NY Rapids Theatre
May 31* Niagara Falls, NY Rapids Theatre
June 1 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
June 3* Columbus, OH Express Live!
June 2-4* Cincinnati, OH Bunbury Music Festival
* Not a Live Nation performance

by Live Nation

Rod Stewart And Special Guest Cyndi Lauper To Join Forces For One Of Summer’s Most Anticipated Tours

– Tune-In for Rod & Cyndi Together This Week on the TODAY Show, Watch What Happens Live & Access Hollywood –
– Tickets on Sale Friday, January 27 at LiveNation.com

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Two of music’s most acclaimed artists and powerhouse live performers will tour together this summer when Rod Stewart is joined by special guest Cyndi Lauper for an 18-city tour beginning Thursday, July 6. Produced by Live Nation, the tour begins Thursday, July 6 in Florida and includes stops in New York, Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, Texas and more. They will give fans a first look into their tour during joint interviews on the TODAY show and Watch What Happens Live on January 25 and Access Hollywood on January 27. For more information on the tour, please visit LiveNation.com.

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Stewart and Lauper have been awarded nearly every industry award and honor for their incomparable catalog of hits and activism, among them Grammy and American Music Awards, two inductions into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the ASCAP Founders Award for songwriting and a knighthood for Stewart; and an Emmy and Tony Award for Lauper.

Tickets go on sale Friday, January 27 at www.livenation.com. Citi cardmembers can take advantage of a special pre-sale opportunity beginning on Tuesday, January 24 at 10:00 am local time. For complete pre-sale details visit: www.citiprivatepass.com.

July 6 Hollywood, FL — Hard Rock Live *
July 8 Tampa, FL — Amalie Arena *
July 9 Tuscaloosa, AL — Tuscaloosa Amphitheater *
July 12 Camden, NJ — BB&T Pavilion
July 14 Bangor, ME — Darlings Waterfront Pavilion
July 15 Mansfield, MA — Xfinity Center
July 18 Wantagh, NY — Jones Beach Theater
July 19 Bristow, VA — Jiffy Lube Live
July 21 Bethel, NY — Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
July 22 Saratoga Springs, NY — Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 25 Holmdel, NJ — PNC Bank Arts Center
July 28 Cuyahoga Falls, OH — Blossom Music Center
July 29 Rochester, NY — CMAC PAC *
Aug. 1 Clarkston, MI — DTE Energy Music Theater
Aug. 4 Cincinnati, OH — Riverbend Music Center
Aug. 5 Tinley Park, IL — Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
Aug. 11 Dallas, TX — Verizon Theater
Aug.12 Houston, TX – Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land

* Tickets for Hollywood, FL (July 7); Tampa, FL (July 8); Tuscaloosa, AL (July 9) and Rochester, NY (July 29) are available at www.ticketmaster.com

Sir Rod Stewart is one of the best selling artists in the history of recorded music with 200 million records sold worldwide. With his signature voice, narrative songwriting, trendsetting style and passionate live performances he’s transcended all genres of popular music, from rock, folk, soul, R&B, new wave, and even the Great American Song Book; making him one of the few stars to enjoy chart-topping albums throughout every decade of his five decade-long career. As a singer and songwriter his hits include “Gasoline Alley,” “Every Picture Tells a Story,” “Mandolin Wind,” “You Wear It Well,” “The Killing of Georgie,” “Tonight’s the Night,” “You’re In My Heart (The Final Acclaim),” “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?,” “Young Turks,” “Forever Young,” “Hot Legs,” “Infatuation” and the indelible, “Maggie May.” Stewart’s performed for millions of fans on all seven continents, even holding the record for the largest-ever free concert, for an estimated 4.2 million in Rio de Janeiro on New Year’s Eve in 1996. In addition to touring, his Las Vegas residency, “Rod Stewart: The Hits,” at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace has remained one of the hottest tickets and best reviewed shows since its launch in 2011. He’s earned countless of the industry’s highest awards, among them; two inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the ASCAP Founders Award for songwriting, New York Times bestselling author, Grammy™ Living Legend, and in 2016 he officially became “Sir Rod Stewart” after being knighted by Britain’s Prince William at Buckingham Palace for his services to music and charity.

Cyndi Lauper is a Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award-winning artist who, after 30 sterling years and global record sales in excess of 50 million albums, has proven that she has the heart and soul to keep her legion of fans compelled by her every creative move. With her first album, She’s So Unusual, Lauper won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist and became the first female in history to have four top-five singles from a debut album. With a string of unique follow-ups, Lauper has continued to push her own boundaries, exploring electronic dance music, American standards, the Memphis blues and, with her latest studio album Detour, country classics from the ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s which features collaborations with some of country music’s most-celebrated artists including Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, and Alison Kraus. In recognition of her ongoing contribution to music, Lauper was inducted into the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2015.

Trump 20 /01/2017 opinion piece by Bob Lefsetz

I couldn’t watch.

People have been sending me notes all day, about Trump’s speech, about the few people in attendance.

I lived through the election of Nixon. The sixties had brought so much positive change, we thought it was impossible to retreat. But the truth is, we didn’t.

We’ve got gay marriage.

For now, you can get an abortion.

And believe it or not, in many states marijuana is legal, amazing that we had a black President before that, but both were unthinkable back then.

But the truth is, socially we live in a very liberal country. Democratic principles win in the end. It’s just that the sixties ended and greed became good and there was a tear in the fabric of our nation far exceeding the gap between hippies and rednecks, it’s between the rich and the poor, and I don’t know how we find our way out of this.

And the funny thing is you can be educated and poor. Elite in thinking but empty of wallet.

But what drove the revolution, what drove change back in the sixties, was art.

Art is our only savior.

And if you noticed, very few artists wanted to show up at the inauguration. And that’s a start. Because a true artist has a backbone, will not do what’s expedient, but knows that character is everything and what you choose not to do is oftentimes just as important as that which you do.

But art has become about money. My inbox is filled with musicians bitching. And I’ll argue all day long that no one should go to bed hungry, or without a roof over their head, but I’ll also say that not everybody is entitled to make a living as an artist, but I will say that living is worthless without art.

Everybody’s looking over their shoulder, at what the other person’s got. And they want theirs. Whereas artists are singular, they march to the beat of their own drummer. And the power of the individual…

Can never be overstated.

I’m not saying all corporations are evil, but most are. People love Apple, but it doesn’t pay taxes, not many anyway. And when confronted with this fact, the Cupertino majordomos just point their fingers at the other guy, and say he’s doing it too. Kinda like the “artists” who make me-too music. We’ve had enough of that.

They rolled up radio and added a ton of commercials yet it’s a dead format for music anyway, kinda like MTV, but once upon a time it had power, they both had power, I believe that young people’s minds were opened by the music television service, they saw people of different colors, different sexual orientations, and they came to the conclusion…that we’re all the same under the skin.

But when things are going badly, you need a scapegoat.

In Germany, it was the Jews.

In America, it’s the capitalists who stole the jobs. Then again, these same finger-pointers venerate the capitalists. And if that doesn’t make your head spin, you know which newspaper to trust, but suddenly it’s every man for himself.

That’s what America has turned into, a nation where it’s every man for himself. Safety nets are for losers and need to be eviscerated and you’d better not take my job, not if you’re an immigrant, not if you’re an environmentalist…

Once upon a time we were all in it together, or at least it felt that way.

Now you wonder if anybody’s on your team, if anybody will be there when you need a helping hand.

And if you think protest and news pieces will bring down Trump…

They would have brought him down already.

But art?

Art can topple him. Not overnight, but in time.

People don’t have time to watch the news, but they go to the movies.

Hip-hop kills on streaming services, the right anti-Trump song could be…

But we’ve been hearing for years that bands are brands. You’re a mini-empire.

No, that’s completely untrue. You’re an artist, that’s it, the rest is trappings.

Artists lent their hand to the Dakota Pipeline protests…

Artists voiced their concerns about transgender rights in North Carolina…

And they made a difference. Hell, at least most people know what “transgender” means now, and that’s a start.

We could be on the eve of destruction. But when one heard Barry McGuire’s voice come out of the transistor, you felt like someone was speaking for you, someone had your back, and for others…they could finally see the truth of the situation.

Believe me, most people were for the Vietnam War before they were against it. It’s fine to change your mind. It’s the mark of an educated person.

So…

The public does not believe in Washington.

Most don’t believe in Fox.

But they do believe in Beyonce and Jay Z and the more stories you read about artists speaking truth to power, the more blowback there is, the more you know they’re doing it right.

Hell, Toby Keith showed up in D.C., but none of the rest of the supposedly right wing Nashville acts did. They don’t want a stain on their image, ain’t that a switch.

So I don’t know exactly where it goes from here, but there’s got to be some way out of this place, said the joker to the thief.

And Bob Dylan was the product of a long history of folk music, of protest music. And if you listen to his old records you’ll see they’re closer to hip-hop than they are to the Beatles, he’s almost talking the words, at a mile a minute. And Ice-T and the rest of the rappers were right about the police and…

We’ve still got a tradition of speaking the truth, it might be buried under a bit of detritus, but…

If we can inspire artists to create something undeniable…

The business people will fall in line.

And then the public will rally.

And when you unite the people behind a message, nothing can stop them, nothing.

We are in charge, we, the people. And we pay fealty to artists. We spread the word online.

We’re just waiting for instruction.

Help us out, speak the truth, illuminate the situation, tell us what to believe and what to do.

Because we’re hungry to know.

And we’re depending upon you.

BY Bob Lefsetz

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A read on Donald Trump by Bob Lefsetz

This is a classic case of disruption. And until the Democrats recognize this, change their strategy, they’re doomed. Talking about the popular vote is no different from record labels saying customers preferred CDs in the era of Napster. Trump won with a new playbook appealing to a broad swath of the public and until the left wing wakes up and adjusts its plan it will not succeed.

Then there are those who think it’s the same as it ever was. That shenanigans were employed and all the markers pointing to a sea change don’t apply, because politics never changes, wrong. First we had Brexit, then we had Trump, now people are laughing at the World Economic Forum, the elites lost control, and now they keep circling the wagons whilst telling us they’re right and one would laugh if it weren’t so scary.

Clayton Christensen tells one to beware of servicing the same old audience.

The Democrats decided to appeal to Wall Street and Silicon Valley and took for granted that minorities would vote for them, believing the disadvantaged had no other choice.

Christensen also says the disruptor is laughable at first, inadequate, but it keeps getting better until it triumphs. Donald Trump is laughable, and he continues to be, but he appealed to people who felt they were not being listened to and they voted him into office.

Who were these people?

The left-behinds. The ones who used to have high-paying blue collar jobs, the ones who used to be in unions. And you can say a vote for Trump is worse for them, but they were ready to upend the table to get attention, because no one was listening to them.

And the response from the left wing elite?

They’re idiots! The left wing cannot stop denigrating the Trump voter, at the same time blaming it all on someone else. All those stories about the advantaged voting for Trump… The Donald won because of Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin, where jobs are scarce and there’s economic depression, not that this was unknown, for years touring acts have avoided the Ohio Valley, because people don’t have enough money, they just went where the bucks were.

The left wing went where the bucks were.

And ran the wrong candidate.

The establishment is always blindsided. Blame Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Blame the entire Democratic Party apparatus. They couldn’t see the disaffection with Hillary, they couldn’t see the Bernie Sanders groundswell. People wanted anybody but her, and they didn’t want Joe Biden, they wanted an outsider. To this date the Dems can’t admit they’ve lost touch with their base. Once again, the disruptor is imperfect at the advent, Bernie was too old and a socialist and…that didn’t stop him from almost getting the nomination.

And then Trump kept rolling over his competitors. How come no Democrat got scared, why did they think this could never happen to them?

And in the general election, the Democrats played by the old rules. It’s all about the ground game, which Trump didn’t have. You play civilly, while Trump is bloviating everywhere. It didn’t work, now what?

The news…

You can print the truth in the “New York Times” all day long, it won’t make a difference. It’s not that people didn’t know about Trump’s faux pas, they didn’t care! The right wing has decimated the reputation of the “Times,” however unfairly. But to think it can be resuscitated…

The move to make MSNBC a left wing outlet, to compete with Fox, was a masterstroke. The only problem is television does not control the debate. The internet has been here for decades, and the left wing, although it features numerous blogs, has been left behind.

Did you read any of Hillary’s tweets? Spoken like a robot from “Westworld,” only with less personality. Everybody’s addicted to their phones and the left is oblivious.

The Donald knew it was all about immediacy. With his Twitter account. Direct access to millions. And what do the Democrats do? Laugh and complain!

He’s on to something here folks. Where is the left wing Twitter account everybody is talking about? It doesn’t exist. The Democrats are like a rock band in the age of hip-hop. Remember Geffen Records? Toast of the town and then death when it wasn’t in black music.

And the left is just waiting for the musicians to wake up. But Trump knows they never will, that they do not matter, that they’re business people, with less acumen than he has. Today’s artists color inside the lines while he’s all over the place, kinda like Van Halen with the brown M&M’s. You want a story that can spread, even if the truth is contrary to what the public believes.

And Trump knows it’s about star power. Anybody in the music business will tell you it’s less about talent than star power. But the Democrats ran Hillary Clinton because it was her turn? It’s like trying to get Donnie Wahlberg to number one today, it just can’t happen. Times change.

So how did the music industry reverse its fortunes?

First of all, it denied there was a problem for a decade, blamed piracy on its audience, unaware of the perspective of consumers.

Consumers were sick and tired of overpaying for one good track on a CD, when they got an alternative, they employed it. But the fat cats in the industry thought they were entitled to the CD paradigm forever. They didn’t even use Napster, they didn’t understand its advantages. The left wing refuses to walk in the Trump voter’s shoes. All the Democrats can do is cross their arms and say Trump voters are idiots, not understanding that they’re worried about their jobs and sick and tired of the left wing playing to special interests that don’t include them. And this applies to all of Washington, the average person thinks the government is both corrupt and ineffective, that’s why they went for an outsider, why Trump overran all his competition. Where is the outsider on the left? Well, there’s kinda one, Elizabeth Warren, who is not afraid to bark back and takes no prisoners, but just like the Republicans, the Democrats are scared of her, do not rally around her, they let her stand on her own. And she’s 67. Who is next?

And then Steve Jobs got the music industry to take a risk, with the iTunes Store.

No one is making the Democrats take a risk, they continue to live in an echo chamber.

And then came Daniel Ek and Spotify. Illustrating that disruption always comes from the outside.

The young Democratic voter demonstrated this, by supporting Bernie, but he was ignored. But he will rise again. In a party that does not want to hear his message.

And, of course, it could be a she too. But there you go again, Democrats. So busy playing by rules most don’t care about that you’re marginalized.

Human rights are important. As are gender rights. Everybody should be protected. But if this is your main message, you’re screwed. Everybody was lining up with hosannas that we would finally have a woman President. Sometime, we will. But Hillary was a bad candidate. The public had no problem electing a black man, it’s the person, not the color or the gender. But it’s easier to blame it on sex than look at the real issues.

The Democrats are a rearguard party that have lost touch with their principles. They used to be for the working man, the downtrodden, their goal was to lift everybody up. Now they’ve left these same people behind, and they turned on them.

This is not about fake news. This is not about the Russians. Why the left refuses to look at itself, I do not know. Instead of reading the “New York Times” they should be studying business, the aforementioned Clayton Christensen, then again, the “New Yorker” famously printed an article saying disruption does not exist.

Hogwash.

The truth is the rich have gotten richer and jobs are disappearing and it’s only getting worse. And the disaffected are not looking for platitudes, but solutions. And the left wing is proffering few.

Yes, Obama passed health care. Yes, if it disappears it will be to the detriment of millions. But the person working for a living just can’t make it here anymore. Kinda like that James McMurtry song, wherein he catalogued the travails of the working class. Once upon a time that was a left wing number, but now “We Can’t Make It Here” is the story of the right. How they’re working at Wal-Mart without any upward mobility. Meanwhile, the elite Democrats are laughing at them.

But the people who elected Trump do not see him as an elite. They know he’s flawed, but they’re counting on him to make change. Look at the voters, not the man they put in office. And know that there’s nothing wrong with protests, stand up for your rights, but you’ve got to admit you played it wrong and start over employing today’s tools, getting ahead of the populace.

But the Democrats refuse to do this.

By Bob Lefsetz

Live Nation – Def Leppard Announce North American Tour With Poison and Tesla, Set to Kick off on April 8th in Manchester, NH!

NEW YORK, Jan. 12, 2017 Fresh off winning their fan voted Classic Rock Magazine Album of the Year award, Def Leppard announce they will return to the road this spring for a three month run across North America. The Live Nation promoted outing will storm through cities across parts of the U.S. and Canada. This new leg of dates follows the groups massive 70+ city 2016 tour and is set to kick off on April 8th in Manchester, NH and wrap on June 25th in Indianapolis, IN. Joining Def Leppard on select dates are Poison and Tesla. Please see full tour routing below. Tickets will go on sale on January 20th and 21st at LiveNation.com. Def Leppard Rock Brigade Concert Club presales begin on January 17th also at LiveNation.com.

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Front man Joe Elliott says, “We’re thrilled to be able to take this tour to cities we didn’t play in 2016. The demand for us to return, or rather extend the tour was phenomenal! There’s a great buzz around the band right now and we’re loving the fact that we can do this with the latest album being so well received.”

In conjunction with the announcement of their North American tour, Def Leppard also premieres the live video for “Animal” via Brave Words. Click here to view, we encourage you to post and share! The live video clip is from the band’s recently announced concert film, And There Will Be A Next Time – Live From Detroit which will be released on February 10th in partnership with Eagle Rock Entertainment. Click here to purchase.

Guitarist Phil Collen says, “Our last full concert DVD, excluding Viva! Hysteria, was 1987’s in the round in your face which was shot on video. We felt an updated version was way overdue so here it is, the brand new Def Leppard concert experience!”

With two prestigious Diamond Awards to their credit, Def Leppard—Joe Elliott, Phil Collen, Vivian Campbell, Rick “Sav” Savage and Rick Allen—continues to stand tall in the music industry and deliver some of the most iconic rock melodies and memorable anthems of all time. Most recently, their 2015 self-titled album featured singles “Dangerous” and “Let’s Go” which premiered via RollingStone.com and hit #1 on the Billboard Top Rock Albums Chart.

The tour also marks the first time in over 5 years that Poison will tour with all original members. Members including Bret Michaels, CC DeVille, Bobby Dall and Rikki Rockett. Poison has sold over 40 million records and is set to perform some of its greatest hits including Nothin’ but a Good Time, Every Rose has its Thorn, Talk Dirty to Me, Unskinny Bop and Something to Believe In.

Front man Bret Michaels says, “I could not be more excited. I know all of us will give one thousand percent on stage and we are looking forward to performing our hits together. I personally could not be more thankful for the three generations of fans and I love the music of Def Leppard and Tesla. This will be an amazing night of rock and roll.”

April 8, 2017 Manchester, NH SNHU Arena
April 10, 2017 Montreal, QC Bell Centre *
April 12, 2017 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
April 14, 2017 Baltimore, MD Royal Farms Arena
April 15, 2017 Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum
April 17, 2017 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
April 19, 2017 Green Bay, WI Resch Center^
April 21, 2017 St Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
April 22, 2017 Sioux Falls, SD Sanford Premier Center
April 24, 2017 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena
April 26, 2017 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center **
April 27, 2017 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
April 29, 2017 Ft Myers, FL Fort Rock ***
April 30, 2017 Jacksonville, FL Welcome to Rockville ***
May 2, 2017 Tuscaloosa, AL Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre
May 3, 2017 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre
May 5, 2017 Charlottesville, VA John Paul Jones Arena
May 6, 2017 Charlotte, NC Carolina Rebellion ***
May 24, 2017 Lincoln, NE Pinnacle Bank Arena
May 26, 2017 Pryor, OK Rocklahoma ***
May 27, 2017 San Antonio, TX River City Rockfest ***
May 29, 2017 Colorado Springs, CO Broadmoor World Arena
May 31, 2017 Bozeman, MT Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
June 2, 2017 Edmonton, AB Rogers Place *
June 3, 2017 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome *
June 6, 2017 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena *
June 7, 2017 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena
June 9, 2017 Seattle, WA White River Amph
June 10, 2017 Portland, OR Moda Center
June 12, 2017 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
June 14, 2017 Ontario, CA Citizens Bank Arena
June 16, 2017 San Diego, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
June 17, 2017 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
June 19, 2017 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
June 21, 2017 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center **
June 22, 2017 St Louis, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
June 24, 2017 Chicago, IL Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre^
June 25, 2017 Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Music Center
* Def Leppard only
** Def Leppard and Poison only, no Tesla
*** Def Leppard festival dates
^ Green Bay, WI and Chicago, IL on sale February 10
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