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9 Tours You Have To See Before 2014 Ends Richie T |
08/07/2014 | Filed In: Salt Lake City | Concert | Fall | Fall Out Boy | Paramore | The Offspring | Bad Religion | Pennywise | Stiff Little Fingers | The Aquabats | Coheed & Cambria | Big Ass Show | Anberlin | Relient K | Black Keys | Yellowcard | Memphis May Fire

9 Tours You Have To See Before 2014 Ends

Summer may be coming to a close, most of the summer concerts are coming to an end, but that only means that it is time to get ready for fall tours. Some of the best concerts in Salt Lake City happen in the fall and we’re not just saying that because the Big Ass Show is happening in the fall this year. Here is a taste of what to expect for the rest of the year:

1. Fall Out Boy & Paramore: Monumentour Where: UCCU Center When: Wednesday, August 13th Pop-punk giants Fall Out Boy and Paramore have joined forces to present the Monumentour with their friends New Politics. The tour started June 19th in Connecticut and will end August 17th in Concord, California; which makes Salt Lake City one of their final stops. Expect big things from this tour since both bands are coming off of the biggest album releases of their careers. Fall Out Boy with Save Rock and Roll, which contains one of the highest played songs of 2013 “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark(Light Them Up).” And Paramore with their most commercially successful album yet, Paramore, with the two massive singles “Still Into You” and “Ain’t It Fun”; with the latter song spending seven straight weeks as #1 on Billboard. You can get tickets here.

2. The Offspring, Bad Religion, Pennywise, & Stiff Little Fingers: The Summer Nationals Tour Where: The Complex (Rockwell) When: August 26th Back in 1994, Epitaph Records sponsored the Summer National, a three day soldout event at the Hollywood Platinum. This event was led by The Offpsring, who at the time just released the monstrous album Smash, alongside Bad Religion and Pennywise. Now the boys are back at it again, but instead of doing a three day stint in southern California, they are taking the Summer Nationals across the nation. And they are bringing their friends Stiff Little Fingers along for the ride. The Offspring will be playing their iconic album, Smash; which features the hits “Come Out and Play” and “Self Esteem” and still holds the record for the highest selling independent album. They will play their other classics as well. You can get your tickets here.

3. The Aquabats! 20th Year Anniversary Tour Where: The Depot When: September 5th The Aquabats are back in action and saving the world this year with their 20th year anniversary Tour. The band will be celebrating 20 glorious years of their special brand of world-saving, cartoony, ska/punk music. The last time they were in Utah was on the 2013 Vans Warped Tour, in which they spent the better part of their set beating up dudes in cactus costumes on stage and throwing water balloons at the crowd. If you are looking to get into the ska scene, then this is the perfect show for you. You can get tickets here.

4. Coheed & Cambria Neverender IKSSE:3 Tour Where: The Complex (Rockwell) When: September 12 This year marks the 10th year anniversary of Coheed & Cambria’s sophomore album, In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3. They will be playing the album in its entirety, from start to finish. The tour start September 5 in Riverside, California and end October 7th in Atlanta, Georgia. They will be bringing Thank You Scientist as support. You can buy tickets here.

5. X96 Toyota Big Ass Show Where: Gallivan Center When: Saturday September 27th You didn’t think we’d skip over the Big Ass Show did you? The Big Ass Show bands are Neon Trees, A Day To Remember, Phantogram, Capital Cities, Broods, Nightmare and The Cat, and Priory (with more bands to be announced). When A Day To Remember came to Salt Lake City last year on their House Party Tour, the band went across the crowd in a giant hamster ball, had giant pillars of smoke going off behind them, shot giant cannons of confetti into the crowd and pulled off many of theatrics. There’s no telling what kind of shenanigans they will pull of at the Gallivan Center this year. Neon Trees have also upped the production value of their shows on their last tour, the Pop Psychology Tour, with a crazy colorful stage and elaborate lighting designs. Capital Cities was also a favorite of last year’s show, amazing the crowd with their choreographed dance moves. You can get more details on the bands here and where to purchase the $9.60 tickets that go on sale Friday. You can purchase normal priced tickets here.

Jeremy McKinnon of A Day To Remember last fall on their "House Party Tour"

6. Anberlin: The Final Tour Where: The Complex (Rockwell) When: Friday October 17th Yes, unfortunately, Anberlin is calling it quits this year. The band announced this news earlier this year, saying that 2014 will be the last year of Anberlin. However, they aren’t leaving without one last world tour. Salt Lake City will be on the last leg of their world tour, but only because they are saving the best for last, right? Do not miss out on Anberlin’s final show in a city that they have heralded as their favorite city for years. The band has stated there will be one special guest in certain cities. So, there is a possibility that this will be an Anberlin only show. Tickets go on sale Friday. You can purchase them here. Richie T just spoke with the guitarists of Anberlin, during Warped Tour, you can view it on Meet The Bands.

7. Relient K: Mmhmm 10 Year Anniversary Tour Where: The Complex (The Grand) When: November 5th This year also marks the tenth year of Relient K’s breakout album, Mmhmm, which took the band from obscurity and launched them into the spotlight with hits such as “Be My Escape” and “Who I Am Hates Who I’ve Been.” They will be playing this record in full, from start to finish and are bringing Blondfire and From Indian Lakes as support. You can get tickets here.

8. Black Keys Turn Blue World Tour When: Wednesday, November 12 Where: Maverik Center

It’s not often that giant grammy-winning rock acts stop by in Salt Lake City. However, The Black Keys have made sure to put us on their map. They will tour in support of their new album, Turn Blue, and Jake Bugg will be playing as their support. They announced the tour as a mock-infomercial via a Mike Tyson tweet. You can get tickets here.

9. Yellowcard & Memphis May Fire When: Wednesday, November 12 Where: The Complex (Rockwell)

You don’t see two bands from entirely different genres co-headline a tour together very often, but pop-punkers Yellowcard and post-hardcore rockers Memphis May Fire are determined to make it work. Yellowcard is out to support their new album, Lift A Sail, which they are claiming is their most ambitious and hardest albums yet and Memphis May Fire released the biggest and best selling album of their career, Unconditional. They are bringing Emarosa along with them, who is also coming out with a new album, titled Versus. Richie T sat down with the boys from Yellowcard during the Vans Warped Tour to talk about their new album, you can listen to it on Meet The Bands. You can get tickets here.

There are, of course, many more concerts coming to Salt Lake this fall. You can check it out by clicking the concert tab here on our website. What shows are you looking forward to the most?

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Ten Bands that We Were "Thinking" About For the Big Ass Show Richie T |
08/05/2014 | Filed In: X96 | Big Ass Show | Nickelback | Creed | Daughtry | Anberlin | U2 | Taking Back Sunday | Foo Fighters | Red Hot Chili Peppers | Blur | Kid Rock

Ten Bands that We Were

Now that we have announced the lineup for the X96 Toyota Big Ass Show. Here are some artists that we “thought” about inviting but, unfortunately, just couldn’t make it.

1. Nickelback One of our employees suggested Nickelback… we had to let him go. 2. Creed *See Nickelback* 3. Daughtry Let’s be honest with one another here, you would only show up to sing that one song about coming home. Aren’t people over American Idol artists? 4. Anberlin The boys of Anberlin are currently heading overseas to say goodbye to their Australian, European, and other friends across the globe before heading back to the states for one last time. The thought of saying goodbye to one of their favorite cities earlier than intended was too much for them. Instead, they’re sticking us on the end of their final tour. Expect to see them October 17 at The Complex. 5. U2 Bono, The Edge, and the other guys were too busy writing new music, writing other superhero musicals and saving the world. They couldn’t be bothered to make an impromptu stop in Utah. 6. Taking Back Sunday They just played two soldout back-to-back shows with The Used three months ago! What more do you want from these guys? 7. Foo Fighters Dave Grohl has been way too busy with his new HBO series Sonic Highways and working on a new album for the Foo Fighters. He’s also been seen swimming with the otters, so the man has a lot on his plate.

Dave Grohl finds peace among these furry aquatic animals.

8. Red Hot Chili Peppers The chili peppers are locked away in their studio working on new music and doing who knows what else. Unknown sources have told us that they won’t make contact with anyone, except the pizza man, until the new album is complete. 9. Blur But only on the condition that they would play Song 2 in loop. They wouldn’t go for it. 10. Kid Rock?

  

If you missed it, here is the BASH lineup: A Day To Remember, Neon Trees, Phantogram, Capital Cities, Broods, Nightmare and The Cat, and Priory. There are more artists that will be added to the lineup within the next couple weeks!  

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Imagine Dragons makes history on Billboard Hot 100 todd | Program Director
02/12/2014 | Filed In: Imagine Dragons | Radioactive | Billboard | Hot 100 | Night Visions | X96 | Big Ass Show

Imagine Dragons makes history on Billboard Hot 100

They started out as a humble band playing in little venues in Provo, and now Imagine Dragons have reached super-star status. That's not an easy thing to accomplish in the world of entertainment, and it rarely happens to a band on their debut album. They've been selling out concerts all over the world, and their album Night Visions is about to go double-platinum.

Imagine Dragons are currently tied for having the longest run on the Billboard Hot 100 with their song "Radioactive." It's been on the chart for 76 weeks and will likely surpass the song it is tied with next week. (That song is "I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz, in case you are curious.) Two years ago, most of us didn't know anything about Imagine Dragons, but they've worked hard and have pretty much taken over the world.

And it couldn't happen to a nicer band. We appreciate everything they've done for us and our listeners and we are excited to see their continued success.

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The 17th Annual X96 Toyota Big Ass Show (RECAP) Magallanes90 | Promotion Director
08/14/2013 | Filed In: X96 | Big Ass Show | Neon Trees | The Used | AWOLNATION | Imagine Dragons | Grouplove | Eve 6 | The Wombats |

The 17th Annual X96 Toyota Big Ass Show (RECAP)

"The 17th Annual Toyota Big Ass Show! If You Weren't There, Start Crying Now..."

Written by Ami Chopine

Because you missed the biggest party of the year. It included scary face painting from Castle of Chaos, food, skater and biker tricks, food, man sized plastic runabout balls on water, beer, and of course food. Even Waldo made an appearance. But what we were really there for was the music and meeting the bands. Buying an album from Graywhale guaranteed a meeting. Here is a quick recap of the bands that played.

I caught Shrink the Giant before when they were competing for the BASH 2012 opening spot at Battle of the Bands in Graywhale, and they did equally as well in the bigger venue. If I want to be a rock star, I think need to grow my hair down to my waist for epic hair flipping. Wow. That takes a lot of energy, and the music wasn't half bad either. Their lyrics are fun and their music shows sophistication beyond their youth.

The secret to weight loss is to buy a guitar, rock it with a couple of thousand people, and then smash it. This workout works best if you do it several times a week. But seriously, as one twitterer put it, Dead Sara was siiiick. Emily Johnston has skills and a fantastic voice. It's good to see a woman powering it up.

Life tastes sweeter when it's wrapped in accents from Liverpool. I think every girl's heart beat a bit faster with every word The Wombats spoke or sang. But it wasn't just words that moved the crowd. This band played their instruments with passion and owned the stage, giving us a set with clean sound and a great show.

A crew cut, some colorful arms, and a voice to match. It was a Situation Infatuation with Eve 6. I didn’t get to see these guys much, but a lot of people did.

Imagine Dragons is a band that knows what it means to be men. Real men. The kind of warriors that aren't just wearing shining armor. They're living it. They've been to the bleak battlefield, wielded their instruments with power, and raised the standard. And then, when I watched them with their fans at a meet and greet they were totally sweet and kind. Like I said. Real men. But there's a problem with watching Imagine Dragon's in concert. Their albums are just shadows of the real thing, tiding their audience over until they can catch another live show.

Sadly, I missed Grouplove's set, but I did get to see them at the meet and greet. Besides having great fun on stage (or so I'm told) and in their videos, these artists are full of class. In an environment where they have the time, they really talk with and engage their fans. Before they came in, when my mustached husband asked if I wanted a pic with the band, I shrugged a non-committal no. Whatever. And yet, after seeing the band, yeah. I wanted to be Itchin' on a Photograph with them. Dude. Corny. Sorry.

Who knew that Orem could generate such an emo band like The Used? With a sound and lyrics that scrape out a hollow in the soul whether they're shreaking or crooning (and they do both equally well), The Used have turned anger and pain into a reason to jump in the air, pump some fists, and lay down some money for a CD.

Neon Trees gave us the grand finale. I’d been looking at those neon animal print balloons all day. They were delivered at the end of a set full of intense glitz with a more epic rock sound than their recorded music. Tyler has some serious charisma. He’s blond this month with an amazing studded leather jacket, and Chris Allen had purple hair that matched the atmosphere of their stage show. Orem's music scene appears to be some kind of primordial soup, with all the right stuff to generate some great music.  

Two stages of live music featuring:

 

Neon Trees The Used Grouplove Awolnation Imagine Dragons Eve 6 The Wombats Dead Sara And more… READ MORE | COMMENTS

My Big Ass Show Adventures Todd Nuke 'Em | Program Director
10/10/2011 | Filed In: Big Ass Show | Panic! At The Disco | Brogan Kelby | King Niko | Ransom Wydner | Tyler Glenn | Neon Trees

My Big Ass Show Adventures

Another Big Ass Show is in the history books, and I am thankful to everyone who attended. My day started out with a bit of a jolt when I heard that Brendan Urie of Panic! At The Disco was sick with malaria and wasn't going to be there. I have to give that band credit for making sure the show went on. They recruited a few friends to cover for him, including local musican Brogan Kelby, and  Ransom Wydner from King Niko. Brogan got to sing "The Ballad of Mona Lisa" and Ransom sang "Nine in the Afternoon." Thanks to everyone for staying to watch the performance even though Brendan wasn't there. Tyler Glenn (another local) from Neon Trees got to sing a few songs with them, and it turned out to be a special event. Brendan Urie is sad that he coulndn't attend, and the band will get back to Salt Lake in full force just as soon as possible. I was particularly thrilled to see Panic's bassist Dallon Weekes take over the lead vocals on a few songs and then treat us to an acoustic version of The Brobecks tune "Love At First Sight." 

Another special moment was Switchfoot's performance of "Dare You To Move" when Jon Foreman invited Brogan Kelby onstage to play his guitar and sing along. We had mentioned to the band how important that song was to Brogan and that it really helped him get through some rough times. They were thrilled about it and invited him to play it with them. What a great bunch of guys! The performance was truly amazing, and I've  posted a couple different camera angles (from fans) of the song.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvUkZvNoA6g&sns=fb

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dKdAVuj-eE&feature=share

 

It was a special day, and we thank you for your continued support!  

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