In the Arena, 1/16

15 Jan

BY TODD HUNT

Hope that you guys had a chance to experience Cirque du Soleil’s “Saltimbanco” last weekend. It was certainly unlike any other show we’ve hosted in the past! We are in talks with the show about a return engagement, though it will probably be two years or more before our schedules mesh.

Upcoming shows include WWE, Disturbed, Jeff Dunham, Monster Jam, Winter Jam, and the Harlem Globetrotters. We’ve been working the phones looking for other entertainment options for later in the year but right now it looks like a slow spring/summer for concerts. A handful of major acts (Kenny Chesney, Dave Matthews, Keith Urban/Sugarland) have announced tour dates; unfortunately Tupelo was not a stop for any of them this year.

That leads us to the ever-popular question: who would you like to see in 2009? We would have gladly accepted calls from any of the acts listed above, but our venue and market size can be limiting for certain acts. Post your comments here and give us your thoughts.

 

Until next time,

Todd

28 Responses to “In the Arena, 1/16”

  1. Matt January 16, 2009 at 8:09 am #

    Tupelo needs to get as many shows in here as possible. The local businesses and area tourist attractions can use all the help they can get with the economy in the shape its in. I would love to see the following bands play Tupelo: Foo Fighters, Metallica, Tool (although not on tour), Chevelle, Candlebox, Alice in Chains, Pinback, Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, and Chris Cornell.

  2. amy January 16, 2009 at 9:51 am #

    Taylor Swift would be an awesome show! I would also love to see a great R&B show come to Tupelo also!

  3. stangreb January 16, 2009 at 10:08 am #

    Bring back Avenged 7 ,Fold. Taylor Swift,Jonas Bros. I’m sure there is somebody out there who remembers where they started(in small arenas). 9500 seats isn’t too small when you get everybody in there. I realize they are used to playing to 15-25,000, but give me a break they need to realize that music is for everybody and not just the big cities. You are doing a very good job getting shows here and keep up the good work.

  4. Kim January 16, 2009 at 10:54 am #

    I would love to see Nickelback and 30 Seconds to Mars and Foo Fighters and Smashing Pumpkins.

  5. Carla January 16, 2009 at 1:52 pm #

    I grew up in the 70’s and 80’s…any of the following groups would thrill me: Styx, Journey, Def Leppard, Foreigner, or The Lou Gramm Band (former lead singer for Foreigner). They cover all the Foreigner hits, according to their website. Also, Kenny Loggins would be awesome.

  6. tupeloalan January 16, 2009 at 3:42 pm #

    I would like to see the Zac Brown Band. I really like their song “Chicken Fried.” Not sure how much demand their is for them, but I thought I would throw it out.

  7. Shaneomac January 16, 2009 at 9:09 pm #

    I think you need to get the AI summer tour

  8. Steve January 17, 2009 at 6:20 am #

    Kiss is touring again this year so it would be great to have them back in Tupelo again. Also, Motley Crue’s tour begins next month as well.

  9. brandedsons January 18, 2009 at 11:01 am #

    It’s my new years res. to get out to more live shows this year! 1 a week!

  10. sheenabarnett January 18, 2009 at 11:45 am #

    Ah, Todd, we’ve talked and talked about my ideas…:)

    But I thought of this earlier this morning — what about Joel McHale, the comedian who hosts “The Soup” on E!? He’s one of my favoritest people ever and I’d love to see him somewhere like the Arena.

  11. JRAY January 18, 2009 at 1:12 pm #

    Country Music – Taylor Swift would be awesome to see live.

    Entertainment/Sports – TNA Wrestling PPV would work perfect in the BCS Arena for its size.

    Rock – Weezer (this is probably impossible to get them because the closest i have ever seen a date was atlanta)

    I would also like to see Story of the Year (favorite band)

    Metal – Killswitch Engage would be a good for a metal show

  12. farley662 January 18, 2009 at 5:03 pm #

    A good big name country talent. Chesney, Paisley, Urban, Rascal Flatts, or Montgomery Gentry. Seem to be leaning more towards the female artists in the near past.

  13. Walt January 19, 2009 at 7:53 am #

    Entertainment for children. The Disney shows and the circus were very entertaining for my kids.

  14. schulz5 January 19, 2009 at 9:33 am #

    More concerts on weeknds. No one in current times can afford to take off work to “recover” from a midweek concert.

  15. TupeloReb January 19, 2009 at 12:27 pm #

    Ha, yes let’s get kiss back to Tupelo so Don Wilemon and his merry band of idiots can put us in the national spotlight looking like a bunch of backwood hicks.

  16. Anita January 19, 2009 at 2:03 pm #

    Talking about the economy, I would like to see lower prices so everyone would be able to attend the shows at BCSA. Even though the Arena is located in the center of Tupelo, most of the people who live here have never even been in the Arena to see a show because of the outrageous ticket prices. I would like to see a discount for the people who live and work here, after all we are the local tax payers, the main supporters of the BCSA.

  17. sheenabarnett January 19, 2009 at 5:28 pm #

    Another idea — what about an all-day showcase or festival of NeMiss artists? I think a lot of folks would LOVE a lot of the local musicians in this area if they had good chance to sit down and really listen to them. And I’m sure the musicians would appreciate the exposure.

  18. Bill January 19, 2009 at 8:24 pm #

    I remember when the arena first opened it seemed like we getting some of the best shows in the country. Why can’t we do the same thing again. It seemed like we were having great concerts every month. Some big country names would be great along with some of the newer rock bands.

  19. Punkin January 19, 2009 at 9:07 pm #

    I would love to see some R & B artists such as Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Rhianna, Chris Brown, etc. Rappers: Lil Wayne, T-Pain, T.I. But we all know Tupelo will never let them come. When Young Buck came a few years ago, they had a heart attack and tried to arrest everyone. Stop being so bias and racist. Barack is President now so let it go.

  20. Bill January 19, 2009 at 9:43 pm #

    We need to have more major rock bands. Dave Matthews, Metallica, Nickelback, etc. Cross Canadian Ragweed would be a great choice. They have a large fan base in this area. There just aren’t enough acts coming here. Seems like its the same thing every year. The Arena needs to be busy all the time.

  21. Edwin McDaniel January 19, 2009 at 9:51 pm #

    Hello Todd and thanks for asking us for suggestions. I would like to see more like in the line of Cher,Tina Turner,Faith Hill,Madonna, etc..
    We have to go to Memphis,Atlanta, Miami to see these folks, more of a variety of artists and not only country,wrestling acts. Thank-you.

  22. MVSUgrad January 20, 2009 at 6:44 am #

    It is strange that you ask this question, b/c some associates and I were just discussing the fact that Tupelo offers limited entertainment options for the 30 & up African-American age bracket. I would love to see artists such as Alicia Keys or John Legend perform at the BCS Arena, only to name a few. I classy jazz concert would be ideal as well. Also, Tupelo was once in the running to host the Southwestern Athletic Tournament. Why was this “hospitality is our talent” was excluded ? With the many state of the art venues and facilities that our great city is home to, I feel it is unfortunate that any time an individual wants to enjoy this type of entertainment, we have to travel to Memphis, Atlanta, Nashville or Columbus.
    I feel that the current acts that we do receive is due to a biased decision making process. Keep in mind that there are some open- minded individuals in this great city, who truly feel that a certain population of Tupelo are intentionly excluded.

  23. Penny Holder January 20, 2009 at 10:58 am #

    Taylor Swift
    Jonas Bro
    Larry the Cable Guy
    Jeff Foxworthy
    Clique Girlz
    Mercy Me
    Shane & Shane
    Reba
    Dave Ramsey
    Demi Lovato
    Women of Faith

  24. Guy January 20, 2009 at 9:12 pm #

    Like others have said; we had great shows early on with The Eagles,Elton John ect… Please get more Big name Rock and Country…

  25. jimmy January 20, 2009 at 11:05 pm #

    get HEART. ann and nacy wilson

  26. Donna Lancaster Newby January 21, 2009 at 1:36 am #

    How about Beth Moore, Women of Faith, and Christian entertainers such as Mercy Me, The Newsboys, Stephen Curtis Chapman? Or maybe some of the Southern Gospel concerts that are usually in Jackson, TN like the ones that Frank Arnold does. (http://wwwfrankarnoldpresents.com)

    http://www.abrahamproductions.net puts on some Southern Gospel shows in Gatlinburg that are fantastic. There were 17 groups performing in the August 2008 concert.

    I think that Sheena Barnett had a great idea concerning the Festival of Northeast Mississippi
    Musicians or even Festival of Mississippi Musicians? The day could be divided into types of music with like groups performing within a certain time.
    I would love to hear Charlie Pride sing again!

  27. sheenabarnett January 21, 2009 at 2:51 pm #

    me again 🙂

    NO DOUBT!

    Come on, Todd, don’t make me beg!!

  28. Bud, Jr. January 22, 2009 at 9:56 pm #

    I would like to see Taylor Swift. Taylor and Kellie Pickler are going to start touring together I belive in April 09. That would be a great show!!!

    I also would like to see Big & Rich.

    Also it would be great to see Three Doors Down and Kid Rock again

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