On the evening of October 27th, Hard Rock Live at Universal Studios Orlando CityWalk was the site of the much-awaited return to Central Florida of Alice in Chains, and it was an incredible night.
Alaskan-born chanteuse Jewel will be bringing her current Picking Up the Pieces tour to Central Florida in March for two shows in Orlando and Clearwater.
The singer-songwriter-actress-author first broke on the music scene in 1995, with her debut album Pieces of You. The album had several hit singles, including “Who Will Save Your Soul,” “You Were Meant for Me,” and “Foolish Games,” and went on to become one of the best-selling debuts of all time.
Get ready to rock Central Florida! Punk pioneer Billy Idol is bringing his “Kings & Queens Of The Underground Live” world tour to the Hard Rock Live Orlando on Wednesday, September 23.
If you’ve ever turned on the radio, then you know who Billy Idol is. The rocker fronted the pioneering British punk band Generation X from 1976 until 1981.
Shortly after that, he returned to America and connected with guitar genius Steve Stevens for a musical partnership that would spawn several hits over the next three decades, including “White Wedding,” “Rebel Yell,” and “Cradle of Love,” among others.
When a band is made up of musicians that you’ve loved in other bands, you expect it to be good. Such was the case when I saw The Dead Daisies at the Hard Rock Live Orlando on August 3.
The band opened for Whitesnake, and I really enjoyed their set. They came out and started off with the high energy track, “Mexico,” off their new album, Revolución.
Musical comedian “Weird Al” Yankovic will be bringing his Mandatory World Tour to Central Florida for three shows in Orlando, Melbourne, and Clearwater in August.
“Weird Al” Yankovic started out as a shy accordian-playing teenager sending in homemade tapes to the Dr. Demento Radio Show. Now in his fourth decade of performing he has another hit album to his credit, 2014’s Mandatory Fun, which is the first comedy album to debut at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, and it nabbed him the Best Comedy Album Grammy.
Whitesnake is a band most people associate with the late 80s/early 90s hard rock scene, but truth is the band is still touring and recording. They also still have a huge following of fans, as the Hard Rock Live Orlando was packed on August 3.
Their newest release is this year’s The Purple Album, and it is an homage to the band Deep Purple, which Whitesnake’s David Coverdale sang in during the 70s. The set-list was a mixture of songs from that album as well as classic Whitesnake hits.
Multi-platinum rock band Alice In Chains will be bringing their tour to Central Florida for one show on Monday, August 10, at the Hard Rock Live Orlando.
The band rose to international fame as part of the Seattle grunge movement of the early 1990’s. The band sold millions of albums and was a mainstay on radio and MTV with songs like “Man In the Box,” “Would?,” “Rooster,” and “I Stay Away.”
If you’re planning to catch Whitesnake on one or more of their upcoming Central Florida dates, get to the venue early because you’re not going to want to miss the openers, The Dead Daisies.
The band features bassist Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake), keyboard player Dizzy Reed (Guns N’ Roses), guitarist David Lowy (MINK, Red Phoenix), lead guitarist Richard Fortus (Guns N’ Roses, The Psychedelic Furs), vocalist John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, RATT), and drummer Brian Tichy (Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol).
On the heels of releasing a 25th anniversary box set, 311 are embarking on a summer tour that will bring them to the Hard Rock Live on July 26.
311’s blend of rock, reggae, hip hop & funk has helped them build a devoted fan base that has stuck with them since their first show in 1990. They broke through on the charts with their third self-titled album in 1995. Since then nine consectutive 311 studio releases have peaked within the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 albums charts.
This past Sunday evening, Hard Rock Live Orlando was THE place to be for the kickoff of The Very Best of Celtic Thunder Tour 2015 in North America. The 3,000-seat venue was sold out with “Thunderheads” (as their fans are called) who were more than ready to hear “the boys”, Ryan Kelly, Neil Byrne, Emmett O’Hanlon, Colm Keegan, Keith Harkin and Special Guest Artist (and former founding member) Damian McGinty do what they do best.
Orlando’s Hard Rock Live venue at Universal Orlando will be the first stop of Irish singing and performance group Celtic Thunder as they kick off their “Very Best Of Celtic Thunder Tour 2015” on Sunday, February 8th, with a 7pm concert. The tour will visit 45 cities across the United States and Canada through the month of April.
Celtic Thunder first formed in 2007 and has since performed coast to coast tours of the U.S. and Canada eight times and Australia three times, performing at more than 800 shows, as well as releasing 11 albums. The current group, composed of Colm Keegan, Keith Harkin, Ryan Kelly, Emmett O’Hanlon and Neil Byrne, will be joined by Guest Artist Damian McGinty (former Glee star), who is a past member of Celtic Thunder.
Via CitySurfing Orlando, I had the opportunity to interview Ryan Kelly, one of the original members of Celtic Thunder, as the group prepares to open their tour in The City beautiful.
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CSO: Good morning Ryan and thank you for your time today. I know you’re busy preparing for your arrival in Orlando as the first stop of your “Very Best Of Celtic Thunder Tour 2015” on February 8th. Can you tell me what the “Very Best Of Celtic Thunder Tour 2015” is? How would you describe it? Is it a collection of all your best songs and performances?
Ryan Kelly: Yeah, pretty much that is exactly it. We’ve been on the road now, I think it’s 7 years touring, and this really is a combination of the best songs. There are a lot of songs from back in our first shows of 2008, plus a lot of the songs we’ve done over the last 2 years and it all comes together in this best of Celtic Thunder.
One of the things we’re excited about that makes this a “Best Of” tour as well is that we’re bringing back Damian McGinty, which is a massive thing for us to have Damian back. I’m sure most people know about his involvement with the Glee Project and how great that was and it’s just a big thing for us to have Damian back and give him a chance to sing these songs again with us.
CSO: That sounds great! Have you been to Orlando before?
Ryan Kelly: Yeah, we’ve been to Orlando a few times, actually, over the years. Orlando has been part of our tours from the very beginning, but this is our first time playing the Hard Rock so that’s new and exciting for us. We’ve played all over Florida over the years, it’s always been a big state for us and starting off in Orlando can’t be a bad thing for us at all. <chuckling>
Do you love hit songs from the 80s like “Hold Me Now,” “Things Can Only Get Better,” and “Walking on Sunshine”? If so then, like me, you’ll want to check out the Retro Futura Tour that will be hitting the Hard Rock Live Orlando on September 10.
The tour features Tom Bailey of Thompson Twins, Howard Jones, China Crisis, Ultravox’s Midgeure, and Katrina of Katrina and the Waves joining together to perform their greatest hits. The Orlando show seems to be the last on this leg, so they should be in fine form.
Monáe’s newest release finds her teaming with artists like Miguel, Erykah Badu, Solange, Esperanza Spalding, and even the legendary Prince, on songs that weave hip hop, soul, 70s funk, gospel, jazz, and rock into a unique sound.
This sound has already garnered her six Grammy nominations. She also guested on the hit song “We Are Young” by the band fun., and she is a CoverGirl spokeswoman.
Tickets for her all ages Orlando show are $27.50 – $45, and are available online and at the box office.
To get you in the mood, here is Monáe with Badu performing “Q.U.E.E.N.”:
The band formed in 2001, but it wasn’t until the 2004 release of their self-titled debut that they reached the masses with their funky pop rock sound that owed more to the 70s-era disco, glam rock and NYC clubs than the current music scene.
Since then, they’ve achieved critical acclaim and recorded with legends like Elton John.
They released their third album, Night Work, earlier this year and will be playing the Hard Rock Live Orlando on April 7, 2011.
Tickets are priced at $25 and $35 (plus tax and fees) and go on sale this Friday, November 19.
Here’s the video for their one of their first hits, “Take Your Mama.”