Thursday, 29 October 2009

In The New Year At London's O2 Arena, Justice To Ring

At London's O2 Arena Justice have been added to the bill at Ministry of Sound's massive New Years Eve extravaganza. The French duo join a line up that recently boasts Deadmau5, Plump DJs, Eric Prydz, Example, Dave Spoon and Calvin Harris. Ministry of Sound NYE Live runs from 9pm to 6am, while Radio 1 will be broadcasting proceedings from midnight to 5am. Tickets cost £75 for standing and £50 for seating and are available via the Gigwise Gig Tickets section now. VIP packages are also available.

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

'Michael Jackson Exhibition Preview'

A crystal glove worn by Michael Jackson at the 1983 Grammies is pictured at the Michael Jackson: At the O2 Arena official exhibition in London, Britain, 26 October, 2009. The Michael Jackson exhibition makes its debut 28 October for a three month run at the O2 Arena. London is the first of only three cities to host the exhibit. EPA/ANDY RAIN

Friday, 23 October 2009

WHITNEY HOUSTON launches European tour dates in support of global chart-topping album I Look To You. The O2 announced as only London date of tour.

Whitney Houston launches European tour dates in support of global chart-topping album I Look To You. The O2 announced as only London date of tour.

On the heels of her critically acclaimed, internationally chart-topping album I Look To You, Whitney Houston announced today the UK leg of an eagerly anticipated European tour, which finishes at The O2, the only London gig of the tour, on Sunday 25 April. This will be Whitney's first major tour in more than 11 years. The concerts will be the must see shows of this decade as Houston returns to the stage to perform classic hits alongside her latest songs. I Look To You will be released in the UK on October 19, just one day after a massive appearance on the hit program The X Factor.

"This is my first full tour since the My Love Is Your Love tour and I am so excited to be performing for my fans around the world after all this time. I am putting together a great show and cannot wait to perform the songs from my new album I Look To You along with some of your favourites," said Whitney Houston.

Her European tour will see her perform in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium as well as the UK, with territories to be announced shortly.

In the twenty-five years since she recorded her history-making debut album, Whitney Houston has become a superstar, a legend, an icon. One of the bestselling female artists of all time, she has sold over 140 million albums worldwide and is the most awarded female artist in history with 411 awards to her name. Her longtime producer Clive Davis encouraged her to record her recent release I Look To You which has topped charts across the world.

Bon Jovi returns to The O2

THERE GOES THE NEIGHBOURHOOD - Bon Jovi IS MOVING IN! The World's Biggest Live Band Take up Residence at The O2 - The Only European Bon Jovi shows in 2010
With over 120 million albums sold, countless awards and stellar stadium shows year after year, Bon Jovi have little more to conquer.

So it is with great excitement that the No. 1 touring band in the world announce they are moving to London for summer 2010 for a residency at The O2 arena.

Part of their globe trotting The Circle Tour, named after their forthcoming album, the band will set off in the spring of 2010 in the US, while the London residency will start June 2010.
After Bon Jovi opened The O2 on 24 June 2007, the now famous The O2 residencies have become synonymous with the biggest acts in the world.

Bon Jovi are as big as they come, while other artists of their generation slow down, the New Jersey natives are hitting their peak. They are ranked as Billboard's #1 top-selling tour of 2008 worldwide, release new album The Circle on November 2 with an incredible documentary When We Were Beautiful. First single from the album, We Weren't Born To Follow, is receiving massive radio support in the UK, including from Radio 1 and Radio 2.

With a live DVD of the band's acclaimed dates at Madison Square Garden to come on 23 November and the When We Were Beautiful book on 3 November, it is a great time to be Bon Jovi.

Alongside those 120 million albums sold, the band have performed more than 2,600 concerts in over 50 countries for more than 34 million fans. Bon Jovi is at their best when they are on the move and that is truer now than ever before.

Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, David Bryan and Tico Torres are preparing to spend nearly two years spanning the globe, including landmark shows as the first musical act to play at The New Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey on 26 & 27 May.

They announced their World Tour today at the venue's parking lot with a secret gig to over 5,000 fans to mark the stadium's grand opening. That was just the start of an amazing two years ahead for Bon Jovi, one of the greatest live acts on the planet. London is in for a treat.
AEG Live's Rob Hallett, promoting for the residency, comments:"When Jon Bon Jovi opened The O2 with the words, 'Hello London, welcome to your new home,' little did he realise that we were already plotting to make it his new home! Bon Jovi are the best live band in the World. This one could run and run."

Paul McCartney to play The O2 arena in London for the first time.

Following a sellout stadium tour of the US this summer, Paul McCartney today announces his first European Tour since 2004, “Good Evening Europe”. This December will see Macca play seven special arena shows across Europe, culminating with his first ever public performance at The O2 arena in London, which will be his only UK date of this year. Other firsts on this tour will include shows at Berlin’s O2 World venue and Dublin’s The O2. Paul’s legendary live performances are a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience. The audience gets to re-live some of the greatest moments in music from the last 40 years, many of which have become the soundtrack to living.

The O2 arena in London will host Paul’s final show of 2009 where he will bring the year to an end on a high. This will be his ONLY live show in the UK this year! Paul’s last UK show was a massive sellout concert at Anfield Stadium in 2008. At the time the Liverpool Echo wrote, “If Anfield had a roof, Macca would have blown it off.” The O2 arena does have a roof so it’s set to be a massive night of excitement and rock n’ roll Macca style! Although this is Paul’s first public performance at The O2 he is very familiar with the venue. In 2004, before The O2 was up and running as the world’s greatest music venue, Paul used the Millennium Dome (as it was known then) for rehearsals for his massive stadium “04 Summer Tour” which ended with Paul headlining the Glastonbury Festival which has gone down in rock history as the greatest festival moment ever. Although his rehearsals at the Millennium Dome were meant to be top secret, he was soon rumbled when a near by resident complained about the rock n’ roll noise upsetting his cat!

Before Paul reaches The O2 he will be visiting Hamburg, Berlin, Arnhem, Paris, Cologne and Dublin all this December.

Speaking about the tour, Paul said: "This is my chance to bring our current show home to where it all began. Starting in Hamburg, ending in London and rocking everywhere in between. I'm very much looking forward to ending the year on a high."

David Campbell, CEO of AEG Europe, owners and operators of The O2: “Paul McCartney is the dream act. I am absolutely thrilled that dream has now become a reality for The O2 and this true British music icon will play the building. It doesn’t get much better than this.’
What a year 2009 has been for Paul. He kicked it off by teaming up with Dave Grohl to perform “I Saw Her Standing There” at the Grammys, where he was also nominated for two awards. In April, Paul performed in New York at the David Lynch Foundation’s benefit concert, “Change Begins Within”. He was joined on stage with Ringo Starr for a special finale. Paul also headlined the Coachella Festival (his first US festival appearance) and performed a show to mark the opening of The New Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, a gig which sold out in seven seconds, setting a new sales record with tickets selling at a rate of 600 a second! July 11th took Paul to Halifax, Nova Scotia for his first ever concert there, which took place on the Halifax Commons. The mayor of Halifax described the show as the largest and most exciting concert in its 260 year history.

Following Halifax, Paul embarked on a five-week tour of the US; ‘Summer Live ‘09’. The tour commenced with the inaugural run of shows at New York’s Citi Field Stadium, which was the site of the former Shea Stadium where The Beatles made history in 1965 when they played a concert that set the precedent for the modern day stadium rock show. Critics hailed the Citi Field performances, seen by over 120,000 people, as the concert experience of a lifetime. The tour concluded in Dallas on the 19th of August.

For those of you who won’t be able to make it to one of the European shows this Christmas you can re-live the Macca magic with ‘Good Evening New York City’, a multi-disc CD/DVD featuring performances recorded at New York’s Citi Field from Paul’s ‘Summer Live ‘09’ tour.