Broadway Shows

Broadway shows refer to the most premium form of theatrical performance (both musicals and plays) staged in the theatrical district of Broadway (namely Midtown, and the theaters in and around Times Square). Not all theaters in that area qualify as Broadway theaters. This classification is determined by the terms and conditions of the Actors Equity guild. The 39 large theaters that qualify as Broadway theaters and stage Broadway shows have a capacity of 500 or more seats.

Broadway shows have tremendous mass appeal and are generally produced by professional production houses like Fox, the Walt Disney Company and the Schubert Organization, and theater groups like Manhattan Theatre club. They are extravagant shows involving expensive production and rely heavily on commercial success; they are mostly performed by stage artists. However, with the huge popularity they command have even movie actors are roped in easily for premium shows.

The Broadway shows are the mother of the American musical theater and have achieved worldwide popularity. Their mass popularity has drawn actors from foreign lands to perform at Broadway shows. People from across the globe vie for a sneak peek at a Broadway show. It is the most popular tourist attraction and engagement in New York. There are many touring Broadway shows across the country. Tickets to premium shows are available at premium prices.

For those not stationed in Broadway or the deal hunters’ online booking, Broadway clubs for subscribed tickets, and various other options are available. The official website for Broadway information, www.livebroadway.com, provides exhaustive information regarding these shows. Some other websites that provides online information are www.ebay.com, www.newyork-lasvegasshows.bz. and www.playbill.com. Playbill is a club that provides various benefits and free information, news to its members, and discounted and subscribed tickets to popular shows. Acclaimed Broadway shows are bestowed Tony Awards.

Some popular Broadway shows running this season are The Phantom Of the Opera, Wicked, The Lion King, Hairspray, Mama Mia, Chicago, and The Producers. Famous TV show host Oprah Winfrey showcased her first Broadway production, “The Color Purple”. The shows range from musicals, dramas, comedies, contemporary shows, family shows and many more. However, children below six years of age are not usually permitted to attend such shows.

British Rock? Bloc Party!

Since their latest album, A Weekend In The City, was released in February, Essex indie-rock superstars, Bloc Party, have enjoyed a year of major highs. They have followed up their success with a wide-ranging tour, performing at high-profile gigs such as Live Aid, Glastonbury, Reading/Leeds, SXSW, and the Austin City Limits music festival.

For a band that’s only been together for five years and released just two full-length albums, Bloc Party have managed to create a significant amount of fuss in the music press. Leveraging all the distribution and marketing tools available, the band made up of Kele Okereke (vocals/guitar), Russell Lissack (guitar), Gordon Moakes (bass), and Matt Tong (drums), have managed to place their songs in prominent video games, commercials, re-mix discs, movie, and television soundtracks. This exposure and viral marketing tactics appears to have paid off.

Silent Alarm, their 2005 debut CD, was met with considerable critical acclaim and was voted by NME as 2005’s Album Of The Year. It went platinum in the UK, peaking at number 3 in the album charts. Bloc Party made inroads in the American market as well, with a 4-5 star rating in Rolling Stone Magazine and hitting a respectable (for a previously unknown indie rock outfit) number 114 on the Billboard album charts, ultimately pushing worldwide sales for Silent Alarm past the one million mark.

Music journalists initially tended to lump Bloc Party in with other British new-wave inspired dance rock outfits like Franz Ferdinand, but soon agrees there was something more to them. Spin magazine had this to say about front man Okereke: “there’s something so engaging about the urgent songwriting of Kele Okereke, the band’s irrepressible front man that hints at longevity beyond this particular British invasion. With his piercing emotional explorations and edgy political banter, Okereke possesses more charisma in one of his floppy dreadlocks than any number of feuding indie-rock singers put together.”

There was a remix of Silent Alarm in 2005, as well as several EPs exclusive to Japan, but in February 2007 Bloc Party was back with a sophomore release that proved they weren’t going to go down as one-hit wonders.

A Weekend In The City made it to number 2 in the UK album charts and in the first week of sales, 48,000 disc sales notched them the number 12 spot on the American Billboard album charts – a significant improvement from the peak of 114 on their first outing!

Taking the band in a new direction, the new CD makes it more difficult to draw direct comparisons to previous bands (Gang of Four, The Cure and Blur were frequently brought up after the release of their first album), and shows a band more comfortable with itself, growing into its potential.

There were concerns that early leaks of the new album might impact sales – a copy made its way onto file-sharing networks three months before its official release – and the band took the unusual step of posting samples of the entire album on their MySpace site.

Expect to hear more from Bloc Party, and if you get the opportunity to catch them in concert during this tour, don’t miss it.

Discography (Original Releases Only)
2004: Bloc Party (EP)
2005: Silent Alarm (#3 UK)
2007: A Weekend In The City (#2 UK)

KISS

KISS Concerts 2015

KISS is the infamous, legendary Rock N Roll band that started in the 70’s and is celebrating their 40th Anniversary World Tour this year. Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer make up the awesome sound for this World Tour. If you’ve never seen KISS you should try and make their show as it is one you’ll never forget.

KISS recorded their first album, KISS, in 1973 and started touring. The original KISS members were Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley and Peter Chriss. By 1974, their outrageous outfits and fire-breathing stunts on stage were taking notice.

Gene Simmons (bass) had his face painted as a Demon, Paul Stanley (rhythm guitar) as a Starchild with a huge star painted around his eye, Space Ace was Ace Frehley (lead guitar) and Peter Chriss (drummer) was painted like a cat for his rough childhood and having nine lives.

KISS continued to put out albums and perform live and by 1976, the world was anticipating the KISS concert experience; fire-breathing acts, drums levitating, shooting rockets, never before seen light show.

KISS took the stage and blew everyone away. They performed at Madison Square Garden, New York, to a sold out show in 1977 and had the KISS comic book released by Marvel Studios. 1977 was a great year for the band as they broke record audiences made by the Beatles all over the world.

Peter Chriss, drummer, leaves the band in 2001 and Eric Singer steps in. In 2002, Ace Frehley refuses to perform in Jamaica and quits the band, Tommy Thayer takes over as lead guitarist.

The KISS band has had its’ troubles through the years but the members have always had the fans in their best interests. KISS has the largest and loyal fan base in the history of Rock-N-Roll. After their World Tour they are Hosting The KISS Kruise on the beautiful Norwegian ship Pearl for their fans. It will sail on October 30 from Miami, FL to Ochos Rios, Jamaica. Thanks KISS.

It’s 2015 and KISS is performing their 40th Anniversary World Tour; starts in Bogota, Columbia on April 10, Ecuador on the 12th, Chile the 14th, Argentina the 16th, Uruguay the 18th, Brazil the 20, 21st & 23rd. That’s just the beginning!

They’ll take a month off and start performing in Germany at the end of May and continue throughout Europe. The last show is in New Zealand October 16th. These guys are rocking hard this year! Check out their website for the complete itinerary…..it’s exhausting just reading it.

3 Benefits of a European Vacation Package

Frankly, there are literally hundreds of benefits of a European vacation package.These can range from the latest modern transportation, to the horse drawn cart for transportation. From the highest mountains to the flat farm lands. Housing can range from the cheapest hostels to the most expensive 5 Star accomadations, known on this planet.

However, we are going to concentrate on three benefits that can be found regardless of the europen vacation package you select.

Diverse Cluture

Every country that you visit on your European vacation will have a different culture and language. But one of the benefits of each of these cultures, that many of the natives speak English fluently. Which gives a common bond for all that visit.

A great many of these different countries are so diversied as to be the most modern, to the more traditional and “old ways society. You can find yourself gazing up at a monsterous skyscrapper one minute and then walking into a pub that has not changed except for the adding electricity and sanatation facilites.

Every country has its own traditions and laws, thus making traveling through Europe and adventure every day.

European Weather

From the wind blown slopes of Scottland to the snow covered mountains of Switzerland the weather in of itself can add adventure and excitment to your holiday. It’s not unusual to find yourself on a sunny beach in the Medeterian, then catching a flight to snow ski in the Alps during a snow storm.

Best Benefit of All…Food and Drink

If you like to eat and the majority of people do, you will be able to find every kind of cusine in the world. From the 5 Star Resturants to “Mom and Pop” sidewalk cafes you can find what you like. And yes as much as I hate to say it you can even find fast food from Tacos to McDonalds.

But there is one last benefit of a European package I want to mention. You can roll all of the above into one fantastic vacation in a very shot time. Go For It!