Goo Goo Dolls to Play Two Central Florida Shows in August

Goo Goo Dolls to Play Two Central Florida Shows in August

Multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated band Goo Goo Dolls are heading out for a summer tour that will include two Central Florida stops in Orlando and St. Augustine this month.

The band is touring in support of their newest release, Boxes, which hit stores May 2016. The lead single, “So Alive,” was the #1 most added song at Hot AC radio upon release.

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Imagine Dragons and Nate Ruess to Play #AllIsOne Orlando Benefit at Hard Rock Live

Imagine Dragons and Nate Ruess to Play #AllIsOne Orlando Benefit at Hard Rock Live

This Wednesday, June 22, the Hard Rock Live will host the All Is One (#AllIsOne) Orlando Unity Concert to benefit the OneOrlando Fund for the victims of last weekend’s Pulse tragedy.

Headlining this benefit concert will be Imagine Dragons (“Radioactive,” “Demons”) and Nate Ruess (“Nothing Without Love,” also a member of Fun).

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Goo Goo Dolls to Play Central Florida in August 2016

Goo Goo Dolls to Play Two Central Florida Shows in August

Multi-platinum band Goo Goo Dolls are heading out on a summer tour that will include two Central Florida stops in Orlando and St. Augustine this August.

The band is touring in support of their newest release, Boxes, which hit stores May 6, 2016. The lead single, “So Alive,” was the #1 most added song at Hot AC radio upon release.

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Korn Brings 20th Anniversary Tour to Hard Rock Live Orlando October 15, 2015

Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum musicians Korn are come to rock Central Florida at the Hard Rock Live in Orlando on October 15, 2015.


The tour is in honor of the 20th anniversary of their self-titled debut album, Korn, which the band will be performing in its entirety. Released in May 1994, the album featured the singles “Blind,” “Shoots and Ladders,” “Clown” and “Need To.”

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Out and About: Billy Idol Still Fierce During Hard Rock Live Show

I first saw Billy Idol live in 1984, on a tour date in Madison, WI. It was the summer of “Rebel Yell” and “Flesh For Fantasy,” and he and Steve Stevens ruled the stage cranking out hit after hit, sneer after sneer.

Billy Idol and Steve Stevens at Hard Rock Live Sept 23 2015

Fast forward to September 23, 2015, at the Hard Rock Live in Orlando, and it was like 31 years ago. Idol and Stevens together on stage, performing hit after hit, and it felt so good!

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Chris Hardwick Brings His Funcomfortable Tour to Central Florida for Two August Shows

Chris Hardwick, the crowned King of the Nerds, is bringing his Funcomfortable Tour to Central Florida in August for two shows in Orlando and Tampa.

Chris Hardwick

Hardwick is the creator of popular pop-culture site Nerdist, which has branched out over the years to podcasts, video, and more. He is also host of TV shows like AMC’s “Talking Dead” and Comedy Central’s “@Midnight with Chris Hardwick,” an actor/writer/producer/musician/voice artist, and a regular moderator for panels at the annual Comic-Con.

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Whitesnake to Rock Central Florida for Three Dates in August

Legendary hard rock group Whitesnake are coming to Central Florida for three dates at the beginning of August.


They will be at the King Center in Melbourne on August 1, at the Hard Rock Live Orlando at Universal CityWalk on August 3, and at the Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on August 6.

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Russell Brand to Bring Messiah Complex Tour to Hard Rock Live Orlando on September 21, 2013

Russell BrandComedian Russell Brand will be going out on tour this fall, and he’ll be bringing the laughs and craziness to Orlando’s Hard Rock Live on September 21, 2013.

Dubbed the Messiah Complex tour, Brand will spend the evening dissecting various social and religious figures as only he can. The show looks at the importance of heroes in this age.

Asked about the show, Brand himself states, “I am going to tour The World (our one, Earth) with Messiah Complex, causing bother and excitement and offering opinions that have not been either solicited or thought through.”

Tickets for the show are $59.50 and $74.50, plus tax, and are on sale via Ticketmaster, or you can save the TM fees and buy at the Hard Rock Live box office.

Hard Rock Live is located at Universal Orlando CityWalk.

Here is a promotional video Brand put together to announce the tour:

Anthony Bourdain Will Bring His Guts to Glory Tour to Hard Rock Live on April 26

anthonybourdainInternationally known chef, author and television host Anthony Bourdain will be touring this spring, and he will be making an appearance at the Hard Rock Live on April 26, 2013.

This is no cooking tour, though. Bourdain will spend the evening talking about his life, his work, and his travels. He will even field questions from the audience. He promises the show will be completely uncensored.

Bourdain is best-known for his TV shows, No Reservations and The Layover, as well as his new gig on the food competition show, The Taste. He also has a new series that will air on CNN in 2013.

His best-selling written works include, Kitchen Confidential and Medium Raw. He recently launched his own publishing line with Ecco, Anthony Bourdain Books, an imprint of HarperCollins. His first titles will be released in early 2013. He has also contributed to many publications, including Bon Appetit, Gourmet, and Food Arts magazine.

Tickets for Bourdain’s Guts to Glory Tour are priced at $55 and $65 (plus tax and service fees).

There will also be a limited number of VIP tickets available, that include seats in the first two rows, a limited edition tour poster and VIP laminate, as well as exclusive access to a post-show meet-and-greet featuring complimentary hors d’oeuvres (by Orlando’s acclaimed Cask & Larder restaurant) and photo and signing opportunities with Anthony Bourdain. VIP tickets are $150 (plus tax and fees).

All tickets are available online, by phone at 407-351-5483, and at the Hard Rock Live box office. Doors open at 8pm.

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Crosby, Stills & Nash To Open 2013 Tour in Orlando on May 5

crosbystillsnashThey earned rave reviews for shows on their 2012 tour, so Crosby, Stills & Nash have decided to continue touring in 2013. The opening date of the first set of shows will be in Orlando on May 5.

For more than 40 years, CSN have been one of the most influential groups in music. Their timeless songs and amazing harmonies have earned them countless accolades, including awards and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Orlando show will take place at the Hard Rock Live, and will kick off a string of southeast U.S. dates before they head over to Europe for the summer.

Tickets start at $76 for reserved upper balcony and go up to $151 for the first 2 rows and balcony tables. To purchase tickets visit the Hard Rock Live box office or Ticketmaster.

The Darkness Bring Hot Cakes to Hard Rock Live on January 11, 2013


Multi-platinum British hard rock act The Darkness is returning to the states in 2013, and the second show of their new “Let Them Eat Cakes” tour will be at the Hard Rock Live on January 11.

The band first hit it big in the early 2000’s, with songs like, “I Believe in a Thing Called Love.” Then, due to the excesses of fame, the band broke up.

Time, and chance circumstances, put the band members back together, and the results are evident in the new music they’ve created.

The Darkness are touring in support of their new CD, Hot Cakes, their first since reforming.

Tickets to the show are $25 (general admission), and are available online or at the Hard Rock Live box office.

Here is the first video off of Hot Cakes, for the song “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us”:

Creed’s Scott Stapp to Play Acoustic Velvet Sessions at Hard Rock Hotel in Orlando on December 13

For those who’ve never been there, the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando has an almost monthly concert series called Velvet Sessions. They bring in classic pop and rock bands to play for the evening and have a pre-show with free cocktails and such.


Well, if you’ve always wanted to check out a Velvet Sessions show, but weren’t sure if you wanted to pay the $30 or so for a ticket, you might want to check out the show this week.

It’s a bit of a twist called “Acoustic Sessions” and instead of a full band, it features a musician or band in an unplugged-style concert.

Scott Stapp will be the acoustic artist for December 2012. He hit the charts several times with his band, Creed. Among the band’s radio staples are “With Arms Wide Open,” “My Sacrifice,” “Higher,” “One Last Breath,” “What’s This Life For,” “My Own Prison.”

The show will take place, Thursday, December 13, at 9pm.

In addition to being a stripped down version of the normal Velvet Session concert (but no less fun), this show differs because it’s completely free, as long as you don’t mind standing in the back. Of course, because it’s free, drinks won’t be, but there will be cash bars and cocktail service for the evening, and discounted parking at the hotel ($5 for self-parking; $10 for valet).

There are also tables available, if you want reserved seating. $40 will cover a table for two and $60 will cover a table for four. Reserved tables include complimentary first round of drinks (house wine, house liquor, domestic draft or soda) and complimentary valet or self parking.

For reservations and more information, call 407-503-2402.

Orlando Concert Highlights for December 2012

A lot of great music coming to Orlando in December. Here are our picks for the ones you should check out:

December 01 – Everclear with Eve 6 – The Social
Both Everclear and Eve 6 hit the charts in the late 90s and early 2000s. The former with songs like “Santa Monica” and “I Will Buy You a New Life.” The latter with songs like “Inside Out” and “Here’s to the Night.”
Tickets: $20 – $35

December 01 – Fuel with Filter and Lit – House of Blues
Fans of late 90s alt-rock will enjoy these three bands, all which had hits on the charts during that decade. Fuel hit the charts several times, most notably with “Hemorrhage (In My Hands).” Filter rocked the charts with “Hey Man, Nice Shot,” and Lit also had several hits including “My Own Worst Enemy.”
Tickets: $23

Metalocalypse: Dethklok

December 02 – Richard Marx – Plaza Live
In the late 80s and early 90s, Richard Marx was king of the pop power ballad. He has had 13 of his songs hit #1 on the charts and he’s sure to play all of them and more during this show.
Tickets: $39.50

December 04 – Metalocalypse: Dethklok – House of Blues
Another of the WJRR “Blizzard of Rock Series,” this show features the fictional band from the Cartoon Network animated series. Think of this as Spinal Tap for the death metal crowd.
Tickets: $38.50

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Orlando Concert Highlights for September 2012

A lot of great music coming to Orlando in September. Here are our picks for the ones you should check out:


… Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias …

September 2 – Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias – Amway Center
Two of the biggest names in Latin pop are hitting the road together and the tour brings them to Orlando this month. Get your dance shoes on for this show.
Tickets: $27.50-$147

September 2 – K92 All-Star Acoustic Jam – Hard Rock Live
Country artists like Sara Evans, Uncle Kracker, Lonestar, and Thompson Square, will take the stage in a concert to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House.
Tickets: $39-$65

September 2 – Pepper with The Supervillains – House of Blues
This American reggae band has toured with the likes of 311 and The Wailers, and this year they were one of the Warped Tour headliners. Orlando’s The Supervillains opens the show.
Tickets: $27.50

September 6 – (hed)PE – The Social
(hed)PE have mixed socio-political lyrics with hardcore rock music into hits for over a decade. This all-ages show is sure to turn the venue into a mosh pit down front.
Tickets: $20

September 7 – Owl City – The Beacham
Owl City, also known to friends and family as Adam Young, ruled the airwaves four years ago with the song “Fireflies.” If you want a concert full of feel good pop tunes, this is it.
Tickets: $22-$32

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May 2012 Concert Highlights for Orlando

May 2012 is a busy month for musical artists bringing their tours through Orlando. Here’s our picks for shows to check out:

May 3 – The Fray – Hard Rock Live – $41.50-$76.50
This American band is often compared to England’s Coldplay due to the use of the piano as the lead instrument in their sound. They are currently touring for their third CD, Scars andStories.

..|: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

May 3 – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Amway Center – $35-$85
Hailing from nearby Gainesville, Florida, Petty and his band have spent the last several decades helping to shape the sound of American rock’n’roll. In 2002, they were inducted into the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame for doing so. They don’t tour very often anymore, so this is a rare chance to catch them live.

May 4 – All American Rejects – The Beacham – $25/$40
This pop punk band behind hits like “Gives You Hell” is back together and touring. Opening forthem is A Rocket To The Moon.

May 4 – Nickelback – Amway Center – $44-$88.50
Everyone claims to hate them, but their songs still dominate the charts and radio airplay, so they are laughing all the way to the bank. Also on this tour are Bush, Seether and My Darkest Days.

May 4 – Rusted Root – Plaza Live – $20 advance/$25 day of
One of the biggest jam bands to come out of the 90s, Rusted Root just celebrated their 20th anniversary together. They’re still going strong, with a new CD called Fortunate Freaks, due in stores this summer.

May 6 – Megadeth – Hard Rock Live – $30-$60
Forming Megadeth after a short stint with Metallica, frontman Dave Mustaine elevated his band to the top ranks of the metal genre. Don’t miss your chance to rock out to one of the original masters of the mosh pit. Lacuna Coil opens

May 7 – Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators – Hard Rock Live – $30-$45
He rose to fame as lead guitarist of bands like Guns ‘n’ Roses and Velvet Revolver, but even on hisown, Slash has command of the six-string that makes others weep in envy. He has a brand new CD due in stores later this month.
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