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UFC


It has been quite some time since the UFC had a highly anticipated bout the likes of Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor. McGregor’s popularity has skyrocketed over his last two fights and Aldo is considered to be the best pound for pound fighter in the world. This was going to be a titanic clash, a battle to see if McGregor was going to be the UFC’s next big star or if Aldo was truly the best in the world. Unfortunately, the injury bug reared its ugly head and once again killed a major UFC main event. Aldo suffered a broken rib in training and was forced to pull out of the fight with McGregor. With just over a week left before the fight, Chad Mendes stepped up to take his place, so now it is Mendes vs. McGregor for the Interim UFC Featherweight Championship. While a major disappointment for fans and the fighters, this change could prove to be a major blessing in disguise for McGregor.

To get an idea of how anticipated the original fight was, let’s go back to this past January in Boston. McGregor stepped into the octagon to face off against Denis Siver at UFC Fight Night 59 after weeks of trash talking. McGregor flipped off Siver as they met face to face and once the fight started, McGregor was unstoppable. He moved around the cage showing great poise and patiently waiting for his moment to strike. He pummeled and bloodied Siver for two straight rounds, taking a dominant TKO victory. Sitting in the front row watching the destruction of Siver was UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo. After the victory, McGregor climbed over the cage and was held back by security as he attempted to confront Aldo, making a clear statement that he wanted the next shot at the title.

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Breakup Songs

Just let me wallow in my heartache for a few days!

We’ve all been there -- that one relationship that was seemingly impossible to get over -- it felt like the end of the world. Then, after some time passes and you move on, you look back and laugh at how hopeless you thought you were.

Or maybe breakups are a breeze for you -- been there, done that, onto the next. Not worth crying over spilt milk. Ya live and ya learn.

In any case, there’s a country song for that. It’s like, how do they know exactly how I’m feeling?! You know when you’re driving in the car and that song comes on the radio and the timing is all too perfect because it directly relates to the situation you are currently in? Breakup songs are notorious for that.

1. The "Inevitable" Breakup

Sometimes a breakup happens because, well, it was inevitable. You knew that a summer "fling" had a small chance of working; vacation ends, and it's time to get back to reality. It was good while it lasted.


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"The most beautiful sound in the world," Bono exclaims after walking out onto the 'e' stage and getting the sold out Bell Centre to partake in a sing-along of "Whoa ohs" from "The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)." As he walks to the main stage to join The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr., Bono declares, "It's you!," finishing his thought about the world's most beautiful sound -- as the band explodes into the first song of the night.

U2's latest album, Songs of Innocence, was given away free last year to anybody with an iTunes account, whether you wanted it or not. Unfairly, the band were lambasted for the move, with many iTunes users feeling "violated" that somebody, anybody could put music into their own library (pro tip: Apple users should read the Terms of Service). The release method and subsequent debate ended up overshadowing what is a really, really strong album.

Fortunately for U2, there's no controversy surrounding the iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour -- and the songs off of Innocence are the centerpiece of the show.

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WWE


On the June 15 edition of WWE Monday Night Raw, Brock Lesnar made his return to the ring. Upon his return to the squared circle, he was named the number one contender and will face WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins at WWE Battleground on July 19 in St. Louis, MO. Lesnar’s return was met with much fanfare and he enters right into a feud that many have eagerly anticipated since WrestleMania.

In the pre-determined, sometimes unfairly labeled “fake” sport of professional wrestling, Lesnar is as real as it gets. He is a former NCAA Division I Heavyweight wrestling champion, a former UFC Heavyweight Champion, and a four time WWE champion. He is a special entity; an act that is completely different from the likes of John Cena or anyone else currently on the WWE roster. Cena portrays a real life superhero who fights for honor and admiration against dastardly villains. Lesnar is the polar opposite. He brings a hybrid style of mixed martial arts and amateur wrestling, throwing real punches and tossing other wrestlers around with some of the most physical, painful looking suplexes since the likes of Kurt Angle. Lesnar is a monster who lives up to his nickname – “The Beast Incarnate.” He caters to the adult male fan base and the wrestling fans of old who long for the days of bloodshed and chaos that the industry used to thrive on.

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Are You a REAL Deadhead?

June 23, 2015

The remaining members of the Grateful Dead are playing select shows this summer with Phish front man, Trey Anastasio, to bid a final "Fare Thee Well" to the iconic band. Fans from all over the country are clamoring for tickets, but the question remains, are you a true Deadhead? Find out here.

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Baseball

2015. The year the New York Mets have been building towards over the past few seasons. The turnaround season, the year in which the patience of the team and its fans would finally pay off. The year that the young core of pitching talent would finally come together and bring the franchise to the Promised Land. 2015, the year the New York Mets make their triumphant return to the postseason.

Yet, three months into the year of destiny, the identity of the team remains a mystery. Are they the team many in the Mets organization promised would put the franchise back on the map? Or are they all bark and no bite?

The Mets could not have asked for a better start to the 2015 season. From April 12th through April 23rd, the Mets went on an eleven game win streak, tied for the longest streak in the majors this season. It took until May 8th for both Bartolo Colon and Matt Harvey, the leaders of the Mets starting rotation, to suffer their first losses of the season. At the peak of this amazing start, prior to a series against the Chicago Cubs on May 11th, the Mets were 20-11 and held a strong lead over the favorite Washington Nationals in the NL East. One month in and everything the Mets promised was delivered and then some.

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Warped Tour Fashion Tips

The legendary Warped Tour continues tomorrow in California and will be making its way across the country this summer. Don't forget these simple tips to make the most of your concert experience.

1.) No chains. I know you got those punk vibes, but leave the metal at home. You’re gonna kill someone when you’re crowd surfing and get that caught on a teenager’s eyebrow ring. Feel me?

2.) Sunscreen. Do you want melanoma? I don’t care if it looks stupid for the two minutes you’re putting it on, bring the damn sunscreen and tan another day when your environment is not completely out of your control.

3.) Hair ties. Never know when you’ll need them. Not only do they function as black bracelets for your inner-goth child, but your sweaty neck will thank you when you tie those dreads up in a ponytail. You can even slide one around your beer so you know which one’s yours! Magical, I know.

Warped Tour

4.) Watch. I'm aware - no one wears a watch anymore. Chill. Wouldn’t you rather save your phone battery to snap those selfies and brag about the killer live sets you’re seeing on Facebook? That's what I thought.

5.) Sunglasses. Protect your eyes, playa! Skin cancer can occur in your eyelids, too. Crazy, right? Don't f**k around with that shiz.

6.) Hand sanitizer. Those porta-potties, though.

7.) Poncho. Have you ever been caught in a downpour at an outdoor concert? It's not pleasant, but there's nothing you can do about it, and usually there's nowhere to take shelter. You just have to embrace it. However, if you have a poncho, you can at least partially salvage your comfort.

8.) Extra socks. See #7.

9.) Sneakers. People WILL step on your feet -- hard -- if you're in the pit. Don't wear sandals unless you want your toes smashed. And for the love of god, don't wear heels. You're not impressing anyone, sorry not sorry.

10.) Draw-string backpack. You'll need a light-weight, easily accessible bag for your lighter, cell phone, keys, gum, merch, and the above items. And now, you gucci.


Don't have tickets yet? Don't worry. There are still plenty of Warped Tour tickets available at Ticket Liquidator.

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MLB All Star Game

It's the middle of June, which means a lot of things in baseball. It means that the contenders are pulling away from the pretenders -- and that the pretenders will begin taking inventory and making players expendable on the trade market. Clearly, the St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers, Washington Nationals, Kansas City Royals and Detroit Tigers are very good baseball teams. But that's just five teams -- and even if all five qualify for the playoffs, another five will, too.

Those five teams are very much in it, and there's a lot of teams sort of in it -- the entire AL East and AL West, the New York Mets, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants and a few others. But more importantly, we know that there are teams that definitely aren't in it, and will sell players. Those players could very well shape how the season plays out, and ultimately, who wins the 2015 World Series.

The Philadelphia Phillies are not winning the World Series this year. They aren't making the playoffs this year, and they probably won't make the playoffs next year. 2017 is probably the best case scenario there. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. made a pretty big gaffe last season, when he did not trade Cliff Lee prior to the trade deadline. Now, Lee may never pitch again, and the Phillies will end up with no future assets in return for Lee and his services. That's bad!

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Fish in the Dark

Jason Alexander, best known as the neurotic and stocky George Costanza on Seinfeld, is taking over for Larry David today as the lead role of his Broadway sensation, Fish in the Dark. The main character, Norman Drexel, is Larry David's alter ego - sarcastic and awkward - which Alexander has immense experience with since he played essentially the same person on Seinfeld. Fans are disappointed that the great Larry David has ended his run on stage, but let's not forget the infinite wisdom of George Costanza. If anyone can fill Larry David's shoes, it's him.

1.) "You can stuff your sorries in a sack, mister!"

2.) "These are not scraps. These are the historic remains of a once great society of hair."

3.) "I come from a long line of quitters. My father was a quitter, my grandfather was a quitter. I was raised to fail."

4.) "That's a lot of pressure – ‘make love to me.’ What, am I in the circus?"

5.) "You know what this has to do with? The man in the cape. I bet you he is mixed up in this. I don't trust men in capes."

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