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Sugarland to let fans plan set list on new tour. Your request?

In April, Sugarland will launch its In the Hands of the Fans tour, which will allow fans to determine each city’s set list. “THEY will make the requests that will help form the set list and guide the show,” singer Jennifer Settles says in the announcement. “Through texts, handwritten signs, the Internet (Twitter, Facebook, etc) phone calls made during the show and selections directly from the stage, the fans will become the conductors as well as the audience. If it’s on one of our records or if we’ve played it on a stage it is fair game.”

My first thought: This is a smart play for the band, which took a PR hit earlier this month when its legal team, defending against a negligence suit filed after the fatal Indiana State Fair stage collapse last summer, claimed “some or all of the plaintiffs failed to exercise due care for their own safety” and further that “some or all of the plaintiffs knowingly and voluntarily assumed and/or incurred the risk of injury to themselves.” (The band’s manager Gail Gellman attempted to clarify, saying: “Sadly when a tragedy occurs, people want to point fingers and try to sensationalize the disaster. The single most important thing to Sugarland are their fans. Their support and love over the past nine years has been unmatched. For anyone to think otherwise is completely devastating to them.”)

My second thought: A musician once told me that when he asks for requests from the stage, he’s pretty much just waiting for someone to yell out the name of the song he wanted to play next anyway. That takes a little bit of the fun out of it, but Sugarland’s penchant for performing covers live should actually make this interesting.

So what songs would/will you request? My top pick: READ FULL STORY

Fiona Apple will play at least eight live shows this year -- find the details here

A lot has happened since we last heard from the talented, complicated Fiona Apple. Her most recent album, Extraordinary Machine, was released all the way back in the mists of 2005.

Since then she’s largely retreated from the spotlight, leaving patient fans to make do with musical descendants (or poor Xeroxes, depending on your point of view) Lana Del Rey and the like. But no more!

If your location and Ticketmaster deftness plays in your favor, you’ll get to see the singer-songwriter live for the first time in, well, a while.

Apple is slated to play two dates at this year’s South By Southwest festival in Austin, Tex., this year. (If you can’t make it, we’ll be there and let you know how they go.) And after that, she’ll embark on a short six-date tour through Chicago and a slew of key cities along I-95; according to her site, tickets for all dates go on sale this Friday.

But don’t worry, rest of America: there will likely be many more opportunities to see Fiona live, especially considering she’s supposed to have a new album to promote this year (fingers crossed). For now, though, here are the dates announced so far:


Dave Matthews Band announce 2012 summer tour

Daveheads, lend me your ears! (And your car, because I’m gonna need a ride.) The boys will, once again, rightfully be back in town.

After the Dave Matthews Band‘s unprecedented touring hiatus in 2011 (which resulted in a four-stop Caravan mini-tour, instead of the road-happy group’s typically packed summer schedule) the Grammy-winning jammers announced they will be embarking on a 39-stop tour across North America. DMB bassist Stefan Lessard tweeted to fans early Wednesday morning, “Start getting excited!”

This week in ridiculous tour riders: Kanye West and M.I.A.

Whatever you thought of M.I.A.’s Super Bowl outing, one thing is for certain: it could’ve gotten weirder.

The web’s premier celebrity-shamer The Smoking Gun has dug up a copy of what it claims is M.I.A.’s tour rider, and it’s a bit of a doozy, even by M.I.A.’s high-doozy standards.

On the list? Let’s see, we’ve got some bottles of Vitamin Water, a few trays of European cheese and “quality chocolates,” a high-speed internet connection.

Hmm, anything else? Oh yeah, we almost forgot about the three women between the ages of 20 and 25 to dance on stage wearing full-body burkas. And the burkas should be provided by the venue, naturally.


Madonna announces 2012 world tour: What do you want to see?

On the heels of her halftime performance at the most watched Super Bowl (and, indeed, TV program) of all time, Madonna has announced a tour that will cover five continents — including, yes, her own.

Her Madgesty’s first foray on the road since 2008′s Sticky & Sweet tour will begin May 29 in Tel Aviv, and the European leg will finish on Aug. 21 in Nice, France, with North American dates (including a final stop in Miami) yet to be announced UPDATE: Find the stops, beginning Aug. 28 in Philadelphia, here.

After Sunday’s Gladiator-cum-varsity-pep-squad-cum-choir-loft monstrosity (unlike EW critic Ken Tucker, I was not bowled over), we’re left to do wonder: What will Madonna pull out this time? Below, some ideas — good, bad, and otherwise — for the tour. READ FULL STORY

Guns N' Roses announce club-tour dates

The lasting images from the peak of Guns N’ Roses’ reign are all epic: The massive stadium crowds, the white leather suits, the entirety of the “November Rain” video.

It’s difficult to consider them as a club band, and yet just like all big bands before them, they had to start somewhere.

In an effort to remind the world that Axl & Co. used to be, uh, smaller, Guns N’ Roses announced that they will play a series of shows at small venues in February. The centerpiece of the run will be a stop at New York’s Webster Hall, which only holds about 1,200 people for rock shows and was the site of a notorious GNR show taped by MTV in 1988.

Back then, the club was called the Ritz, which is what it will be re-christened when Axl and his band of merry men take the stage on Wednesday, Feb. 15.

The rest of the run shakes out like this: Two other New York shows (Roseland Ballroom on Feb. 10 and Terminal 5 on Feb. 12), then shows at the House of Blues in Chicago (Feb. 19), the Fillmore in Silver Spring, Md. (Feb. 23), and the House of Blues in Atlantic City (February 24). Presale tickets go live on Tuesday, Jan. 31, for the New York shows, with the rest of the lot on sale this Wednesday, February 1.

Axl is hardly the first rock giant to book a back-to-the-start run in smaller venues:


Coachella 2012 -- Are you excited?


For some time now, Austin’s South by Southwest has been the festival where bands big and small alike make newsworthy announcements, debut reformations, tease long-awaited releases, and otherwise create waves and headlines.

But now that the lineup for this year’s Coachella Music and Arts festival in Indio, Calif., has been announced, it’s starting to look like SXSW might have a worthy challenger out west.


Van Halen back on the road again in 2012


Next year will represent the 40th anniversary of the founding of Van Halen, and what better way to celebrate four decades of strumming and strutting than with another tour and a new album?

Such is the case for the four men of Van Halen: Guitarist Eddie Van Halen, drummer Alex Van Halen, bassist Wolfgang Van Halen, and singer/dancer/bon vivant David Lee Roth. The band last hit the road in 2007, which was the first time the Van Halen brothers had teamed up with Roth since the ill-fated (and extremely short-lived) reunion in 1996. The return of the band’s original (and best) singer remains tempered by the absence of bassist Michael Anthony, whose backing vocals and wild-eyed personality were sorely missed on the last tour (he was always a remarkably great foil for Roth on stage; Wolfgang, Eddie’s son, always looked like he was in Van Halen against his will).

The band’s 2012 trek, which was announced via their official website this morning, doesn’t have any specific dates yet, though the first batch of tickets will go on sale on Jan. 10. The year promises to be a busy one, as the band is close to completing a new album, its first since 1998′s awful Van Halen III (with Extreme singer Gary Cherone on the microphone), and also the first with Roth since 1984 (though Roth did contribute vocals to two new songs on 1996′s Best Of Volume I).

What better way to celebrate yet another Van Halen return than with a wacky promotional video featuring lots of crazy Roth dancing, some of the band’s biggest hits, and a heaping helping of confetti? Enjoy your late Christmas gift below. READ FULL STORY

The Beach Boys to reunite with Brian Wilson for 50th anniversary tour and album

The Beach Boys offically announced today that they are reuniting with founding member and chief songwriter Brian Wilson for a 50th-anniversary tour and album.

The 50-date international tour will kick off in April with a headlining performance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and the reunited lineup has already recorded several songs for the new album, including a new version of their 1968 hit, “Do It Again.”

The album will be released next year by Capitol and is being produced by Brian Wilson. Capitol/EMI also plans to commemorate the Beach Boys’ half century-long career by releasing a new hits collection and career-spanning box set. READ FULL STORY

Jared Leto on Thirty Seconds to Mars' record-breaking tour: 'It's been the journey of a lifetime'

Tonight’s gig at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom marks a momentous occasion for Thirty Seconds to Mars. Not only is the band wrapping up an international tour, they’re also breaking the Guinness World Record for  most shows performed during a single album cycle. Over the last two years, the band has circled the globe several times to promote their gold-certified third album, This Is War. “We’ve been virtually everywhere — not only once but twice and sometimes three times,” said frontman Jared Leto. “It’s been the journey of a lifetime.” From his hotel in Antwerp, Belgium, Leto spoke with EW about returning home after two years on the road, the social concert experience Mars is launching at tonight’s concert, their forthcoming live concert film, and what else is in store for 2012.


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