In the Arena, 8/15

14 Aug

BY TODD HUNT

So now I’m sure that you know what our big announcement was. The Cheetah Girls will be performing in Tupelo for the first time ever on Friday, October 17. Tickets will go on sale next Saturday, August 23, at noon. Also next Saturday, tickets for Sugarland & Kellie Picker will go on sale at 10 a.m. I have a feeling our box office staff will be busy that day…

In other news, Staind, Hinder, Theory of a Deadman, and Sick Puppies will roll into the arena this Saturday, August 16, at 7 p.m. The box office will open at 10 a.m., the parking lot preshow (featuring Killjay and Joan Red) begins at 4:30 p.m., and doors will open at 6 p.m. We still have tickets available for this show, so plan to spend your Saturday night with us.

We’re still working on a few more events for the fall and winter. You guys made some good suggestions with your comments on last week’s blog. We actually had some discussions with Widespread Panic, but couldn’t work out the details. AC/DC would be a great show, as would the Avenged Sevenfold/Buckcherry package. Two genres that we have covered for the near future are country (Sugarland on 10/23, Carrie Underwood on 12/9) and family shows (Disney Live’s Winnie The Pooh on 9/26 and Disney on Ice later this fall).

That’s the news from the Arena next week. Hope to see all of you this weekend at the Staind show!

Until next time,

Todd

10 Responses to “In the Arena, 8/15”

  1. sheenabarnett August 14, 2008 at 8:15 pm #

    Hey Todd,

    Got a question. I noticed you added the Sick Puppies to the line-up.

    Back in the day, you’d have one opening act. Now it seems like most acts (OK, mostly in rock) have at least two.
    Is this a new trend or am I just now noticing it?

    I don’t know about everybody else but I’m still a fan of the one opening act thing. But at the same time, if the ticket prices are high, I’d probably expect more bands.

    OK, I’m starting to ramble. But is this a new trend?

  2. Todd Hunt August 14, 2008 at 9:14 pm #

    It depends on the artist. Older, more established acts tend to do “an evening with”, which means no opener, or just one opening act. Newer acts, who may not have as many hits, will package more bands on the bill to create a bigger, better show. And yes, it also helps justify higher ticket prices. Call it more bang for your buck…

  3. farley662 August 14, 2008 at 9:31 pm #

    Kid Rock, Michael Buble, or a MMA show? UFC is probably too big, but WEC has better fighters IMHO. Uriah Faber is the man!

  4. stangreb August 15, 2008 at 7:23 am #

    What about ticket prices and opening act for Cheetah Girls.

  5. CHAD August 15, 2008 at 9:04 am #

    Widespread would be awsome. Get those details worked out!!

  6. sheenabarnett August 15, 2008 at 10:10 am #

    Thanks, Todd.
    When I was writing my Staind article I spent a lot of time on Billboard and iTunes, remembering some of their biggest hits. They had a lot more than I’d remembered, so I guess I was surprised they’d need THAT many opening acts. Whatever floats their boat though. 🙂

  7. farley662 August 15, 2008 at 11:08 pm #

    How bout Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphy’s or the Pogues? They all have a surprisingly large following. I’d be there to see any of them in a heartbeat. Don’t think you’ve guys have had a punk show.

  8. Todd August 16, 2008 at 9:26 am #

    Michael Buble to the Pogues? Farley, you’re quite the renaissance man! I think that would make for an excellent double bill…

    How’s Aedan?

  9. Amy August 17, 2008 at 9:35 am #

    The concert last night was awesome, i def. rocked out all night long! Sick Puppies was really awesome, and of course i couldnt wait for hinder to get out!!!! it was awesome!!!!

  10. farley662 August 17, 2008 at 6:45 pm #

    He’s doing really well. Gained 6oz’s in 5 days! I have a wide variety of music that I like. I’m really into Irish music now. Aedan really likes the bagpipes, flutes, banjos, and accordions. He gets excited and starts smiling and starts kicking. He really digs the Dubliners, Flogging Molly, an the Pogues. Loves the upbeat stuff. He’s a good little Celtic fella!

    Speaking of the Dubliners, Ronnie Drew passed away yesterday. Very sad.

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