New Kids On The Block will perform at Summerfest on July 2. Tickets for the show are available now. Backing the group will be none other than 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men. These three groups have over 200 million in album sales combined.
New Kids On The Block was a creation of Maurice Starr, who put out a casting call in the Boston area back in 1984. Hundreds of kids tried out, with Donnie Wahlberg being a standout in the crowd. Eventually, the final lineup came to be. It would be Donnie, Danny, Joey, Jonathan, and Jordan.
At first, the band failed to get traction in the Boston area. Starr was convinced that he could take these boys to the top. He did that with the band’s second album titled Hangin’ Tough. The song Please Don’t Go Girl was a ballad that the band put all their efforts into. After a retooling of their accompanying video, the song hit the top of the music charts. The band would go on to find success for the next four years.
As with most “boy bands” their advancing age dictated that their expiration date had come. By 1992, the band was facing allegations of lip syncing. Couple that with the fact that musical tastes were changing, and it seemed that their time had passed. Despite the writing on the wall, the band separated from the “star maker” Mr. Starr, and tried their best to continue as NKOTB. By that time, they were no longer playing huge venues. They are now back once again and on tour with two other great boy bands. Their devoted fans still come out in the thousands.
Summerfest announced another headliner for 2013. It will be none other than Rush on July 4, performing on the Marcus Amphitheater stage. Rush tickets for this Summerfest show are available after February 25. For this event, there will be no free admission to the lawn areas. As always, a ticket to the Marcus Amp. headline show includes admission to the festival grounds.
Clockwork Angels Tour
Rush will be spending most of the summer on the road. Their first Clockwork Angels tour date is set for April 23 in Austin. They will head on over to Europe to perform through mid May to June 21. From there, they come back to America. The second half of their tour starts with a performance at the Giant Center in Hershey PA. Their Canadian portion of the tour will begin on July 6, in Hamilton Ontario. Summerfest runs from June 26 through July 7, with a break on July first and second.
Gallardo had a taste of his future status on the team late in 2012, following the trade of Zack Grienke and the loss of Randy Wolf. Putting-up an impressive eight wins in his final nine appearances of that season, the Mexican native brought the Brewers back within striking distance of the Wildcard race. This effort impressed the Brewers staff enough to entrust him with the top spot in the rotation this year.
It can be said that it was easy to put Gallardo atop the rotation, with his extensive experience as a starter. Throwing nearly 3500 pitches last season; he topped the National League in that category, and was second to just the Mets R.A. Dickey in quality starts throughout the league.
Despite that experience, some critics have questioned the team’s decision to put so much faith in just a single starting ace. With 148 starts in his career, Gallardo bests the Brewers second-most experienced starter, Chris Narveson. The team’s second-most talented starter, and the only other lock for a spot in the rotation according to Roenicke, is Marco Estrada. Estrada has just thirty-two starts under his belt. Beyond that, the Brewers three other contenders, Wily Peralta, Mike Fiers, and Mark Rodgers have only thirty-six starts in the majors between them.
Brewers general manager Doug Melvin states that every one of those starters has the full confidence of the Brewers staff going into camp. Citing an encouraging final few months of 2012, Melvin told reporters that his squad would be ready to compete come April.
Adding credence to the general manager’s words was the above-average outings put up by Gallardo and crew last season. While Gallardo’s performances speak for themselves, Peralta, Fiers, Estrada, and Rodgers combined for winning records in 2012.
The Milwaukee Admirals hockey team and fans welcomed Packers wide receiver Donald Driver to the ice last Friday night. The fourteen year veteran, Super Bowl champion, and Dancing with the Stars winner made a public appearance at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, just a week after announcing his retirement.
Local Milwaukee news stations have been reporting on a group of criminals who are selling fake tickets right here in Wisconsin. This crime syndicate seems to be using computers in public libraries in our area, posting ads on Craigslist, and selling fake tickets. These criminals are working internationally, but locals have also been victims of this group.
Badgers Hockey fans can find great tickets from Ticket King. We carry all the games, both home and away. Sit near the faceoff circle in the lower level, or try your luck behind the Badgers bench. If we don’t have the ticket you need, we can find it for you. For 2013, Ticket King has a Kohl Center suite available for most games. The suite accommodates 16 people.
Badgers Hockey Home Games 2013
The Wisconsin Badgers will take on the Bemidji State Beavers next weekend. The puck drops at 7pm, both nights. Other home games at the Kohl center include:
February 15 versus Minnesota
- February 24 and 25 versus Penn State
Badgers Hockey At The Alliant Energy Center
Wisconsin will play a pair of games at the Alliant Energy Center in 2013. The St. Cloud State Huskies come to Madison on March 8 and 9. Relive the past, and head to the Alliant Energy Center, where the Badgers used to play all of their home games! Ticket King has plenty of seats around the blue line for that weekend. See you at the game!