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Halloween Playlist

Your average Halloween playlist will include classics like "Thriller" and "Monster Mash," and though they're timeless, you want your party to be better than average. Right? Liven things up with some face-melting horror punk and guitar-shredding metal.

1.) "Runnin' With the Devil" – Van Halen

2.) "Dragula" – Rob Zombie

3.) “Halloween” – Dead Kennedys

4.) “Ghouls Night Out” – Misfits

5.) “The Skull Beneath The Skin” – Megadeth

6.) “Pet Sematary” – The Ramones

7.) “Psycho Killer” – The Talking Heads

8.) “I Was A Teenage Werewolf” – The Cramps

9.) “Boris The Spider” – The Who

10.) “Welcome to My Nightmare” – Alice Cooper

11.) “Highway To Hell” – AC/DC

12.) “Mr. Crowley” – Ozzy Osbourne

13.) “The Number of the Beast” – Iron Maiden

14.) “Children of The Grave” – Black Sabbath

15.) “Transylvania Boogie” – Frank Zappa

16.) “Voodoo Child” – Jimi Hendrix

Ozzy Osbourne © 2002.

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On-Sales 10-23

Here's a list of the hottest events with dates going on sale this week. Our event of the week is Justin Timberlake. J.T. will be touring the country starting in just one month! So, put on your “Suit and Tie” for your favorite ex-NSYNC singer, and buy your Justin Timberlake tickets before they sell out. Christmas is only two months away, so if you want to get some early shopping done for Mom and Dad, consider Fleetwood Mac, Bob Seger, Alan Jackson, Neil Diamond, or Elton John tickets. You can't go wrong with those classics, but if theatre is more their scene, Broadway tickets are always a good stand-by. The Book of Mormon, Kinky Boots, Mamma Mia!, and Wicked are still going strong in the box office and adored by fans all over the world. More tickets to the Garth Brooks World Tour are going on sale tomorrow, so if you've been anxiously awaiting Brooks' return, make sure to secure your seats soon! For tickets to these events and more, head over to Ticket Liquidator.

Concerts

Event

Date

Cities

Alan Jackson Saturday, 10/25/14 Estero, FL; Tampa, FL; Greenville, SC; Brookings, SD; Bloomington, IL; Phoenix, AZ
Bob Seger Saturday, 10/25/14 Toronto, ON; Charleston, WV; Toledo, OH; Pittsburgh, PA; Charleston, WV; Columbus, OH
Elton John Sunday, 10/26/14 Las Vegas, NV
Eric Church Saturday, 10/24/14 New Orleans, LA; Oklahoma City, OK; San Diego, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Las Vegas, NV; Fresno, CA; Sacramento, CA; San Jose, CA
Fleetwood Mac Monday, 10/27/14 Toronto, ON; Nashville, TN
Florida Georgia Line Friday, 10/24/14 Lincoln, NE
Gabriel Iglesias Friday, 10/24/14 Chicopee, MA; Boston, MA
Jason Aldean Friday, 10/24/14 Nashville, TN
Justin Timberlake Friday, 10/24/14 Las Vegas, NV
Katt Williams Friday, 10/24/14 Las Vegas, NV
Katt Williams Friday, 10/31/14 Brooklyn, NY
Luke Bryan Friday, 10/24/14 Grand Rapids, MI; Orlando, FL
Neil Diamond Friday, 10/24/14 Allentown, PA
The Garth Brooks World Tour Friday, 10/24/14 St Louis, MO
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Trey Anastasio

Like the Grateful Dead, most people associate Phish with drugs. In fact, substances are easier to come by in the parking lots of Phish shows than tie-dyed shirts. As journalist Scott Waldman says, “While most of the itinerant herd travels with Phish for the music, every show is essentially an open-air drug market.” However, what newer Phish fans may not know is that lead singer Trey Anastasio is a recovered alcoholic/addict and is currently seven years sober.

In December 2006, Anastasio was pulled over in New York and was charged with 7 felonies, including driving while intoxicated and illegal possession of heroin and un-prescribed painkillers. Choosing drug court over prison, Anastasio went from glorified rock star to indentured servant as he spent the next 14 months doing menial labor like cleaning toilets and fairgrounds. However, Anastasio said the experience brought him back to reality and ultimately rescued him from total self-destruction:

“My life had become a catastrophe. I had no idea how to turn it around. My band had broken up. I had almost lost my family. My whole life had devolved into a disaster. I believe that the police officer who stopped me at three a.m. that morning saved my life.” (Huffington Post)

Though he struggled whilst in drug court, having to move away from his wife and children for over a year and gradually re-gain self-control, he is now a proud graduate and huge proponent of drug court and an active member of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. He has shared his story on Capitol Hill and continues to help raise awareness and funds for National Drug Court, a program that focuses on healing addicts rather than simply imprisoning them.

Anastasio played his first post-rehab show in August 2008 at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Though he reunited with Phish, Anastasio was now harnessing his energy in a more positive and serious direction, playing solo shows and composing various orchestral pieces, performing “An Evening with Trey Anastasio and the New York Philharmonic” at Carnegie Hall in 2009. In a 2012 interview with Rolling Stone, Anastasio said, “I hate drugs. I really do.”

His stance happens to be in direct opposition with the majority of his fans, but there are several groups that have banded together to support sober Phish fans. One of these organizations is the Phellowship, a faction of Phish Heads who choose to remain drug and alcohol free. They have a table set up at most shows with yellow balloons so those who wish to enjoy the music without being under the influence can do so with a supportive group of people. The table also serves as a meeting place in between sets where people can share their own recovery stories.

Anastasio is now fully recovered himself. He is playing with Phish through the end of October then embarking on a solo tour in November. Phish’s Halloween show in Vegas is sure to be a hoot, but if you want to see the music without all of the party, look for the Phellowship table, and remember hugs, not drugs.

Trey Anastasio © 2005 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

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Gudy2Shoes Continues Winning Ways

October 21, 2014

Another week, another win for Gudy2Shoes (115.2). Though Gudy2Shoes didn't have the week's top scorer, Russel Wilson, each of his selections scored at least 10.5 points, including Aaron Rodgers' 24.2 points, and DeMarco Murray's 19.2. With the win, Gudy2Shoes is now up to $150 in discount codes -- all by playing Ticket Liquidator's free fantasy football.

Eli's Sad Face (108.86), The Dinkonator (107.86) and Take It Sleazy (105.76) all finished close to Gudy2Shoes, but were undown by at least one sub-par pick. For Eli's Sad Face, it was Steve Smith (6.7) and Rob Gronkowski (6.8). The Dinkonator also selected Gronkowski, as well as Keenan Allen (5.8) and Martellus Bennett (5.8). Take It Sleazy was undone by Julius Thomas (2.7) and Marshawn Lynch (7.1) -- as well as Gronk.

Despite just scoring 99.2 points this week, Luckness Monster remains in the lead for our $100 discount code, with two weeks remaining in this month's contest. Luckness Monster has racked up 230.94 points over the first two weeks, while Gudy2Shoes is in second at 224.46, with Eli's Sad Face (216.8), Take It Sleazy (213.36) and The Dinkonator (200.92) rounding out the top five.

It's never too late to start playing! Each week, we give away a $25 discount code to the week's top team, and every four weeks, we give away an $100 discount code to the cumulative top-scoring team! At the end of the year, we'll give away a $200 discount code to the season's high-scoring team!

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Florida Georgia Line

Country duo Florida Georgia Line has been openly accepting criticism for their music, a hip-hop inspired country, or what some like to call “bro-country.” Some dismiss their style as a passing fad, that they are too immature and not enough country. The duo, made up of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley, don’t mind though. They have stuck it to the critics with a new album called Anything Goes, which was released last week, and they're embracing the nay-sayers. In a recent interview with the Journal Gazette, Hubbard says, “We're hoping to be criticized, because that means we're doing something big, and that means we're making big moves and we're making history." They’re ready for the haters because for them hate means they’re doing something right. “Honestly, we are kinda buckled up, expecting more criticism, because anything that takes off and anything that is successful, it becomes cool to hate that,” explains Hubbard.

Florida Georgia Line has their own way of describing their musical style. In another interview with Radio.com, Kelleys says, "We're country to the core but we like to incorporate our influences, have a good time and keep it fresh." No doubt their influences include hip-hop acts like Nelly, who combined with the duo to make a popular version of their hit song “Cruise,” a single that went platinum eight times.

Their new album title, Anything Goes, is essentially a mindset for Florida Georgia Line. “For us, especially on this album, we almost said 'no rules' when we were writing these songs,” Hubbard tells the Journal Gazette. “Let's just write this from the heart, what we want to write, what we want to sing and what we want to perform every night. Anything goes, who cares what it is.” This attitude definitely applies to their newest single, “Sun Daze,” which has a line about getting stoned — something you won’t find in a classic country song — and has gotten some negative reviews from critics. Saving Country Music writes, "Florida Georgia Line once again proves its ability to craft an engaging melody to enrapture America’s gullible middle. And the descent of country music registers yet another low water mark." But these viewpoints are seen in a positive light by the duo.

Their latest single, “Dirt,” is also a testament to their “Anything Goes” style, but for a different reason. This song is a sentimental, traditional country-esque tune that pleased even the critics of Florida Georgia Line’s usual work. It’s a step away from what they typically produce, showing that they are indeed up for anything. Kelley says, “It still has a traditional way, but it's done in a fresh, modern FGL kind of way.” The duo describes “Dirt” as a return to who they are and what they grew up listening to. But don’t worry — there are plenty of party songs on the album to make up for it.

Anything Goes is really "a brand thing for us,” they explain to Radio.com - a method for life and especially their tour. Kelley describes it as “Hey, anything goes. There’s no rules. Let’s make it as much fun as we can. A little weird here, a little crazy here.” They’re proud of their new album, which sounds like a mash-up of various styles and sounds. “I think the album as a whole came together in a way where there is something for everybody,” Hubbard adds. “Every song is a little different and it shows different sides of who we are and where we’re at right now. Hopefully there will be no songs that you want to skip.”

Florida Georgia Line’s first headlining tour kicks off January 15th!

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Spooky Events

If haunted houses aren’t your thing, there are still plenty of events that will put you in the Halloween spirit. Here are a few of my recommendations:

1.) Wicked – As one of the most popular musicals of the past decade, Wicked tickets are a great way to celebrate October with the whole family. Share in the story of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, and Glinda the Good in this prequel to The Wizard of Oz. A Tony Award-winning production, Wicked will not disappoint. It may even give you few good costume ideas for Halloween!

2.) Potted Potter – If you’re a diehard Harry Potter fan, then Potted Potter should be a top priority on your Must-See Shows list. Creators Dan Clarkson and Jeff Turner summarize all seven Harry Potter books in just 70 minutes. They even play a game of Quidditch! Their hilarious performance will make you fall in love with those timeless novels all over again, creating magic for fans of all ages.

3.) Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – You’ve probably seen the film version starring Johnny Depp, and although I love Johnny, the theater version of Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is about one hundred times better. The score will be stuck in your head for days and you may think twice about getting a haircut, but this musical thriller is an all-around delight.

4.) Slayer – It wouldn’t be Halloween without a little controversial thrash metal. As one of the “Big Four,” up there with Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax, Slayer is a classic among metal acts. They’re touring the U.S. this fall with Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus, so if you need to mosh it out, Slayer tickets are the way to go.

5.) Phantom of the Opera – This classic Andrew Lloyd Webber musical is the longest running show on Broadway with over 10,000 performances under its belt! The plot involves an opera ghost, an underground cavern, a masquerade ball, and phantom terror, containing just the right amount of fun and fright for the upcoming holiday. Based on Gaston Leroux’s 1910 horror novel, The Phantom of the Opera is a celebrated work worthy of its many awards, so if you’ve never seen it, now’s the perfect time.

6.) Marilyn Manson – Born Brian Hugh Warner, this alternative singer is the champion of all things strange. Marilyn Manson will be performing Halloween night in Hollywood, so if you’re in the area or need a vacation, check him out at the Roxy Theatre! He’s sure to put on an unforgettable show.

7.) Fleetwood Mac – Lead singer Stevie Nicks has long been the subject of mysterious rumors. Though she denies any religious affiliation, she is famous for her long black shawls, mythic lyrics, and haunting voice that have led many to think she practices Wicca. Her music’s copyright label is called Welsh Witch Music, which references Fleetwood Mac’s allusive song “Rhiannon.” She even played a witch on the third season of American Horry Story: Coven. Though her witchy ways are merely gossip, Fleetwood Mac is the band to see this fall.

8.) Evil Dead: The Musical – Based on the cult classic film series, Evil Dead: The Musical is a roaring good time that has generated world-wide productions. Currently on its U.S. tour, Evil Dead: The Musical is a hilarious take on the original films, poking fun at the 1980s franchise of horror movies.

9.) Theresa Caputo – Do you believe in ghosts? Have you ever wanted to speak to someone on the “other side”? Theresa Caputo, star of Long Island Medium, claims to make these spiritual connections. She’s currently touring the country offering her insightful readings to select audience members, and it’s quite a sight to behold. Her personality alone is enough to fill a room, so if you’re curious and want to witness her skills, check her out this season for a ghoulish surprise.

10.) The Rocky Horror Show – Another cult classic, The Rocky Horror Show has been a favorite among many for decades. It was adapted into a film in 1975, but it’s a totally different experience live. Rocky Horror is famous for its audience participation, and you may want to check out a beginner's guide if it’s your first time. You will most likely be marked with a “V” for Virgin, and you’ll find many theater-goers in costume with props in their purses to throw at designated times, including toast, rice, toilet paper, etc. Be prepared for the fourth wall to totally be broken down!

11.) Cirque du Soleil – A true freak show, Cirque du Soleil boasts immensely talented acrobats, actors, contortionists, dancers, and circus performers. There are many shows to choose from, all with equally compelling stories, and I highly recommend seeing at least one of their breathtaking productions during your lifetime.

12.) The Ghost Brothers of Darkland CountyJohn Mellencamp? Stephen King? Sounds interesting, right? Their play, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, is a southern gothic tale that’s sure to send chills up your spine this season. With a killer soundtrack from Mellencamp and a horror plot from King to make you squirm, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County tickets are a great way to spend an autumn night.

13.) Jekyll & Hyde – Based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, the stage adaptation of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is the same thrilling tale in the form of a musical. It is both a study on the dichotomy of good and evil and the ideal gothic fable. Jekyll & Hyde will entertain and forewarn as the story of a mad scientist and the monster within plays out.

14.) Alice Cooper – He’s back! If you want to see a chilling rock show, Alice Cooper is the best choice. Known for his stage antics that have previously included electric chairs, baby dolls, fake blood, and guillotines, Alice Cooper tickets are your best bet for shock rock. His inspiration comes from horror films to produce concerts that are both creepy and theatrical. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is known for his face makeup and loud costumes as well, making his concert an awesome pick for screams this Halloween season.

Alice Cooper © 1991 Sony BMG Music Entertainment

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Events On Sale This Week

Here's a list of the hottest events with dates going on sale this week. Our events of the week are Fleetwood Mac and The Who! Following their 50th anniversary last year, the Who are setting out on their final world tour. It's sure to be epic, so don't miss out on your last chance to see Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend sing classic rock hits like "Won't Get Fooled Again." It's a big week for rock n roll, as Fleetwood Mac announces more tour dates. You don't want to miss Stevie Nicks sing classics like "Go Your Own Way" and "Rhiannon." In addition, Phish's lead singer Trey Anastasio is lining up some solo shows, so if you can't get enough of the jam band scene, pick up Trey Anastasio tickets today for a unique concert experience. Billy Idol is also making a comeback, along with Styx and Neil Diamond. Country music stars Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Melissa Etheridge, and Florida Georgia Line are still going strong, so get some early Christmas shopping done for the country fans in your life. For tickets to these events and more, head over to Ticket Liquidator.

Concerts

Event

Date

Cities

Billy Idol Friday, 10/17/14 Oakland, CA; Detroit, MI; Toronto, ON; Montreal, QC; Vancouver, BC
Fleetwood Mac Monday, 10/20/14 Charlotte, NC; Montreal, QC; Cleveland, OH; Knoxville, TN; Buffalo, NY; Toronto, ON; Atlantic City, NJ; Grand Rapids, MI; New York, NY; Uniondale, NY; Providence, RI; Uncasville, CT; Newark, NJ; Louisville, KY; Charlottesville, VA; Greensboro, NC; Kansas City, MO; Des Moines, IA; Rosemont, IL; Saint Paul, MN; Lincoln, NE; Milwaukee, WI; North Little Rock, AR; Oklahoma City, OK; St Louis, MO; Providence, RI
Florida Georgia Line Friday, 10/17/14 Toledo, OH; Biloxi, MS; Lafayette, LA
Gabriel Iglesias Friday, 10/17/14 Chicopee, MA; Boston, MA
Garth Brooks Friday, 10/17/14 Greensboro, NC; St Louis, MO
Garth Brooks Friday, 10/24/14 St Louis, MO
Jason Aldean Friday, 10/17/14 Bossier City, LA
Katt Williams Monday, 10/20/14 Louisville, KY; Atlantic City, NJ
Luke Bryan Saturday, 10/18/14 Louisville, KY
Melissa Etheridge Wednesday, 10/22/14 Morgantown, WV
Miranda Lambert Friday, 10/17/14 Rockford, IL; Dallas, TX; Spokane, WA; Tacoma, WA
Neil Diamond Friday, 10/17/14 London, UK, Dublin, UK, Manchester, UK; Kanata, ON; London, ON; Toronto, ON; Saskatoon, SK; Calgary, AB; Edmonton, AB; Vancouver, BC
Styx Friday, 10/17/14 Kalamazoo, MI; Las Vegas, NV
Trey Anastasio Friday, 10/17/14 Richmond, VA; Upper Darby, PA; Pittsburgh, PA; Portland, ME; Boston, MA; New York, NY; Binghamton, NY
Trey Anastasio Friday, 10/17/14 New York, NY; Binghamton, NY
The Who Friday, 10/17/14 Duluth, GA; Raleigh, NC; Forest Hills, NY; Tampa, FL; Miami, FL; Jacksonville, FL; Louisville, KY; Columbus, OH; Uniondale, NY; Atlantic City, NJ; Uncasville, CT; Brooklyn, NY; Detroit, MI; Pittsburgh, PA; Newark, NJ; New York, NY; Boston, MA; Washington, DC; Toronto, ON; Kansas City, MO; Minneapolis, MN; Dallas, TX; St. Louis, MO; Nashville, TN; Rosemont, IL; Saskatoon, SK; Winnipeg, MB; Milwaukee, WI; Chicago, IL; Calgary, AB; Edmonton, AB; San Diego, CA; Las Vegas, NV; Los Angeles, CA; Anaheim, CA; Oakland, CA; Portland, OR; Seattle, WA; Vancouver, BC
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Luckness Monster Earns First Victory of Season

October 15, 2014

Luckness Monster won its first game of the season, shattering the record books by scoring 131.74 points in Week 6, earning a $25 discount code to Ticket Liquidator in the process.

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Luckness Monster hit double-digit points on every single player except for Frank Gore (3.8), and was catapulted by TY Hilton's 28.3-point performance. Luckness Monster also selected Peyton Manning (19.74), Matt Forte (27.7) and both Demaryius (18.4) and Julius Thomas (17.1) en route to a huge victory.

Last month's big winner, Gudy2Shoes, finished in second, with 109.26 points. Eli's Sad Face finished in third with 107.94, while Take It Sleazy (107.6) and The Dynasty (99.54) finished in fourth and fifth, respectively.

Here's a look at the top 5 year-to-date standings. Remember, in addition to giving away a $25 discount code each week, we give away $100 for the cumulative four-week winner, and $200 to the season winner!

  • Luckness Monster -- 463.72
  • Gudy2Shoes -- 462.78
  • Eli's Sad Face -- 448.14
  • Dinkonator -- 432.12
  • Rally Monkey -- 426.52

     

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CMA Predictions

October 13, 2014
Country Music Awards

The CMA’s are coming up on November 5th! For the non-country-music fans out there, it’s short for the Country Music Association Awards, which is one of several award ceremonies each year that present country musicians with prizes for their successes. The award categories are: Entertainer, Male Vocalist, Female Vocalist, New Artist, Vocal Group, Vocal Duo, Album, Single, Song, Musical Event, and Music Video. I have broken down the biggest category, Entertainer, to give some predictions of who might win.

Entertainer of the Year

Okay, this is the main award, the most coveted prize for the best overall artist, based on his/her achievements in the past year. The nominees are: Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, and George Strait, of which I think there are three major contenders (Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, and Luke Bryan). Here’s some relevant information on each one, and my general thoughts on who might win.

1.) Miranda Lambert: Miranda has won Best Female Vocalist four years in a row (2010-2013), a huge accomplishment. It’s about time for her to claim the top award. This year Lambert had a huge album, Platinum, which was released in June. The album debuted at No. 1, which gave her the astounding title of being the first artist in history to start his/her career with five No. 1 albums. The album has sixteen tracks, eight of which she helped write, and critics loved it. Platinum got reviews of 86/100, 4/5 stars, 3/4 , and A. Off of that album, she has had two big singles: “Somethin’ Bad,” a duet with Carrie Underwood which became a No. 1 hit (on Billboard’s Country Hot 100), and “Automatic,” which peaked at No. 4 (No. 3 on the Airplay chart). Miranda toured from July - September and will perform again from January - March. I think Lambert is deserving of the prize and might win because she has both hit singles and a fresh, Platinum (hehe) record this year. She is also nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year, which she deserves as well.

2.) Blake Shelton: Blake won this award in 2012 and has won Best Male Vocalist for the past four years, just like his wife Miranda Lambert. He may be the biggest name in country music today, and he deserves to be. Blake holds the record for the most consecutive No. 1 singles (eleven in total), a feat achieved in the past year with his song “Doin’ What She Likes” hitting No. 1 on the Country Airplay chart (No. 3 on the Hot 100). The single “My Eyes” also reached No. 1 (No. 4 on Airplay). His current single, “Neon Light,” has been climbing the charts, and is currently at No. 4 on the Hot 100 (No. 7 on Airplay). His new album, Bringing Back the Sunshine, debuted at No. 1 on both the all-genre Top 200 and the Top Country Albums charts. He just finished a tour that began last year. With him being a country-hit machine and having an all-genre No. 1 album, I think Blake is very deserving of the prize and will probably win. He is also nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year, which he will likely win, though Luke Bryan is a strong challenger.

3.) Luke Bryan: Unlike the first two nominees, Luke has never won Best Entertainer or Vocalist, so his would be a fresh name on the top, at least for the CMA’s. He won Top Country Artist and Top Country Album this year at the Billboard Music Awards and has been nominated for and won several other awards from various sources. In the past year, he has had a few hit singles, including “Drink a Beer,” a hugely popular, yet sorrowful song about remembering a lost loved one, which hit No. 1 on both the Airplay and Hot 100. Others include “Play It Again,” which also reached No. 1 on both charts and “Rollercoaster,” his current single, which is currently No. 1 on the Airplay chart and peaked at No. 5 on Hot 100. Bryan’s most recent album, Crash My Party, came out last year, so he does not have a fresh album, which I think will probably take him out of the running for Entertainer. He was on a big tour the majority of this year though, and given his hit songs and other awards and accomplishments, I think he has a good shot of winning Male Vocalist of the Year, that is if Blake wins Entertainer and they decide to spread the love and give the Vocalist prize to someone else.

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Bog Seger

If you're like me, you often wonder why certain artists and their respective genres of music are so consistently popular. What is that special something that unites fans? Here are a few of my theories concerning Bob Seger and the like:

1.) ‘Merica – Artists like Bob Seger, Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, and Tom Petty have long played the nationalism card when it comes to fame. “Heartland Rock” is the official label of their genre of music, characterized by simple melodies and lyrical concern for the average, blue-collar American. They have become more or less equated with the U.S. of A. But do they all deserve such a distinction? John Mellencamp certainly earned it with Farm Aid, his political protests, and all the charitable work he’s done. But what has Bob Seger really done for the People? Nothing, according to his Wikipedia page, besides autographing a guitar here and there, and it doesn’t matter because we just assume he’s a folk hero since he's associated with the rest of them. (We all know what happens when you assume…)

2.) “I was THERE” – Parents love to talk about their concert nostalgia, especially since they saw these guys in their prime. But part of why these artists are still touring is for that very reason – middle-aged dads are their primary audience. Hell, if Radiohead is still playing when I’m 40, I’ll probably go too. But it detracts from the music. Even though Bob Seger is promoting a new album, that’s not why the majority of his fans are attending his concerts. They want to hear the classics. They want to be “taken back.” They could care less about new material, but will suffer through it just to see “Old Time Rock & Roll” live one more time.

3.) Everyman Image – It’s not a coincidence that these rockers tend to perform in ripped jeans, an unbuttoned flannel, and a red, white, and blue bandana. They want you to think, “Gee, they’re just like us.” But are they really? Of course not. They’re millionaires with tropical vacation homes, and they’ve definitely never worked in coal mines or workhouses. By establishing that discourse with the audience from the start, heartland rock stars pull a smooth marketing move. How can you NOT like someone who looks just like you?

4.) Fan Culture – Bog Seger fans may not be as intense as Springsteen fans, but you get the idea. Heartland rockers incite passion. Bruce has become the face of New Jersey simply because he was born there. Their raspy voices somehow authenticate the struggles of which they sing, and naïve fans eat this up. Everyone wants to belong, and a lot of people identify themselves via music, especially older generations who only felt understood by songs about hard labor and missed connections.

5.) Universal Themes – Besides the working-man-blues, heartland rockers often romanticize other popular subjects that everyone can relate to, like love, high school, smoking in the boy’s room. In “Night Moves,” perhaps Bob Seger’s biggest hit, he sings, “We were just young and restless and bored.” Who hasn’t been? We all reflect on those times when we made out in the back of cars, and artists like Bob Seger capitalize on our attachment to idyllic romantic memories. This is a great strategy, but it in no way makes him a lyrical genius.

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