Wednesday, December 17, 2008
I heard the last concert at the Xcel Energy Center totally rocked and I know AC/DC tickets would make a great gift for my brother, but I am not sure how much money I am willing to spend. If you went to the last AC/DC St Paul show leave me a comment and let me know if it was worth your money!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
The site also lists past events so the next time me and my buddies are reminiscing and thinking “When was Springsteen here?” We can check the past events list on St Paul Concert Tickets (the boss was at the “X” on March 16th this year and last year on November 2nd, by the way).
I am betting Bruce Springsteen will be back at the Xcel Energy Center the fall/winter of 2009 as well. He is putting together a new “Working on a Dream” album that will be released in January and he is playing at the Super Bowl Halftime Show on February 1st. I wouldn’t be surprised if that wasn’t his official 2009 Springsteen Tour kick-off event. Keep checking my Xcel Energy Center blog for more updates. If Bruce Springsteen is going to be playing at the “X” I will be the first to know!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Jingle Ball Artists:
Rihanna tops the bill for this special holiday treat
Chris Brown will make a special guest appearance
T.I. will MC and Rap for the fans
David Archuleta will woo the ladies with his sweet sound
Boys Like Girls will rock out with a short set
Lady GaGa will impress with their dance moves and grand piano
Shontelle will get the crowd warmed up with new music
You can bet that Twin Cities teens will be flocking to the St Paul Xcel Energy Center and will be staying out extra late on a school night to enjoy all that these pop artists have to offer. This is a popular “holiday show” for teens and young adults and you can bet that the best seats will sell out fast. There are still Front Row Jingle Ball tickets available from online ticket brokers like Ticket King. Check it out.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I am not sure if an arena conversion is life threatening, but it will be interesting to see our hometown Xcel Energy Center get recognized on a national show. The show airs Wednesday nights at 8:30pm.
The rest of this week is hockey for the Xcel, no dangerous transformations there, just keeping the ice temperature at a cool 32 degrees or less.
Have a great Thanksgiving! I am thankful to live in a city that has such a fine entertainment facility like the Xcel Energy Center.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
Trans Siberian Orchestra will put on two shows at the Xcel Energy Center this year on Sunday, December 7 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m – I think going to the 3pm show and then heading out to dinner after ward would be the perfect way to spend a Sunday in December! If you have been to the Trans Siberian show before, leave comments so others will know how great of an experience TSO really is!
Sunday, November 2, 2008
To say that this Roy Wilkins Auditorium ticket was hard to find is a great understatement. There was not a single person outside selling tickets or a single ticket left at the box office. The whole concert sold out in 3 minutes. I wondered why they booked it at such a small venue, but the I realized that the Timberwolves had a game and the WCHA Gopher games were being held at the Xcel Engery Center. Timberwolves tickets and Xcel Energy Center tickets did not have the supply and demand problem that the Beastie Boys tickets did. The show was awesome, I am so glad that I got to go!
Jack Black and Kyle Glass's band, Tenacious D opened the show. They are truly a band I did not think I would ever get the chance to see. Since Jack Black makes movies full time now there is not a lot of tiem left for The D to tour and record. They played all their jams and they even came out and did a cover of "Under Pressure" with Ben Harper. Ben Harper was also a suprise. Usually a very acoustic folky sound, he played with a full band and really rocked the house down. It was a nice segway to the Beasties Boys! Mix Masxter Mike started their set showcasing some of his mad DJ skills which was followed by "Super Disco Breakin."
I sat thorugh all the jams like, "Sure Shot," "Pass the Mic," Body Movin," "Intergalactic," "No Sleep til Brooklyn," and "Sabatoge." As a sat there my eyes truly could not believe what a I was seeing and my ears could not believe what I was hearing.
I will post pictures from the show (I took about 100!) soon. I couldn't help myself sitting in the front row of the balcony - center.
Friday, October 17, 2008
AC/DC will be at the Xcel Energy Center on Sunday November 23rd as part of their 42 stop North American tour to support Black Ice. These rock ‘n roll pioneers are sure to shake the Xcel Energy Center all night long. Fans across several generations love the group and are going to be flocking to the AC/DC concert wearing their back in black t-shirts.
I would love to go to this show, but tickets are not cheap. Ticket King has tickets in the front row of the upper deck (which would be sweet) for $170 per ticket. I would love to hear all the classics like “Highway to Hell” live – these guys have been around for awhile, but they still know how to rock! I may have to convince my buddies to splurge on a ticket with me and head over to the show – I know I have a ratty old AC/DC concert t-shirt in the back of the closet some where.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Of course, ticketmaster is the first place that most people think of, but a lot of times they are sold out and you can never talk to a real person, everything is automated. Besides I can never remember to log-on exactly at 9am or 10am to get tickets to my coveted event.
I have heard a lot of horror stories about Ebay so I don’t even want to try that, but I have tried Craigslist (hasn’t every one?) and have not had much luck getting tickets. Several times the tickets had already sold and they forgot to take the ad off. Three times the person never emailed me back and once the person never met me when they said they were going to. Plus I have noticed a lot of the tickets for sale are just Internet companies posting on craigslist. That takes too much time – it was exhausting even writing about it.
The next choice is the million ticket brokers out there. With the explosion of the Internet it seems there are hundreds of ticket selling websites out there. I prefer to use an online site that also has a store front, like Ticket King St Paul. They have an office just half a block from the Xcel Energy Center so I can pick up my tickets when I want and I don’t pay shipping fees and they don’t charge extra service fees at check-out so the price you see on their website is the price, no % fees at the end. I respect that.
Of course, you can take the chance and buy from scalpers on the street the night of the show/game, but I am just one of those nervous people that isn’t willing to risk my seat location until minutes before the curtain opens / puck drops. No thanks.
Perhaps I should add a 6th choice of the Xcel Energy Center box office, but I have never used them because it’s not convenient.
Leave me a COMMENT on how you find your Xcel Energy Center tickets!
My mother won tickets to the Rascal Flatts concert from the local country radio station and gave them to my sister and me so we could have a night out on the town and it was quite a night! We sat in section 115 which normally would be so-so seats, but since the Rascal Flatts stage was enormous and included large catwalks that came all the way out to the edge of section 115, the seats were actually pretty good.
I am a huge Taylor Swift fan and her opening act performance did not disappoint. I hate to even call it an opening act because a lot of the crowd was there primarily for her (including me). There were tons of tween girls decked out in their Taylor Swift shirts and skinny jeans. Taylor sang all her top songs, but she didn’t sing Oh, My, My which is one of my favorite songs – I guess she can’t sing them all. I would 100% buy Taylor Swift tickets, she is amazing.
Rascal Flatts had a cool stage set-up with really high-tech graphics/light show. My sister and I both agreed we had forgotten how many “popular” songs they had and how we knew the words to every Rascal Flatts song. The Xcel Energy Center was totally packed and everyone was on their feet the entire time, my feet were killing me! LOL!
Celebrity sightings: My friend Cortney over at style and sports claims she saw Minnesota Wild players James Sheppard and Josh Harding at the show. Minnesota Vikings players came out on stage after the Flatts show, I saw Jared Allan for sure and I think Bernard Berrian and two others that I couldn’t quite make out from my section 115 seats – LOL!
After the show we called my parents to Thank them for the tickets, my mother was already in bed, but my dad was up watching some car race on TV and I think he appreciated our enthusiasm and thoughtfulness to call. If you have never been to a concert at the Xcel Energy Center, you are missing out – buy Xcel Energy Center tickets today and get out to St Paul for a guaranteed good time.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Opening for Rascal Flatts will be young country superstar Taylor Swift. You can bet the X will sell out fast to screaming young teen girls who want to rock along with Swift. She may not be as big as Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus, but she is close. Swift, a 17-year old singer/songwriter has enjoyed incredible success with her self-titled debut, topping both the country album and song charts and nearly every teen girl can sing along to her songs on command.
If you don’t know a young teen girl to tell you all about Taylor Swift, then I can almost guarantee you have heard of Rascal Flatts. The group has sold more than 16 million copies of their first five albums and scored 19 top 10 country radio hits. This years Rascal Flatts tour will be called “Bob That Head Tour 2008.” So don’t miss the chance to bob your head at the Xcel Energy Center on October 10th – Buy Rascal Flatts tickets today!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Check out the Minnesota Wild Schedule.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
George Michael Tickets
The second performer to hit the Xcel Energy Center in July is none other than Neil Diamond on July 19th and 20th. This two show event is sure to bring a lot of Neil Diamond fans to St Paul. With a four-decade long career that has seen more than 125 million records sold worldwide, Neil Diamond is a legendary performer. Everyone knows the song “Sweet Caroline” and you can bet there will be thousands singing along at the Xcel Energy Center. Neil Diamond also has a unique stage set-up that looks like he will have two small wing sections on either side of the stage. This leads me to believe that he will have a center section that juts out a bit and will give fans a great opportunity to see this old crooner at work.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
If you can't see the New Kids, don't worry because there are plenty of boy band revivals happening in the Twin Cities. The Backstreet Boys will be performing at the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand on August 23rd. The questions will be, which boy band one will sell more tickets? New Kids on the Block or the Backstreet Boys? It's a good old fashioned battle of the boy bands. Buy your tickets today!
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
Here is one of the opening bands, Modest Mouse:
All in all REM played a really good set. REM played a lot of selections from their new album, as well as fan favorites like "Fall on Me" (my favorite one of the night) and they closed the show with "Man on the Moon."
As usual Michael Stipe's banter was politically charged inbetween almost every song. He praised Obama and declared that he would be voting for him this November.
To me though, Modest Mouse stole the show. They didn't play any of their 'hits' like "Float on" and "The Ocean Breathes Salty" they stuck to fans only favorites like "Satin in a Coffin" and "Bury Me With It"
Next time REM comes to town be sure to get your Xcel Energy Center tickets fast, because the show was only a half house concert making less tickets for such a fun show!
Thursday, June 5, 2008
I remember being about 10 years old and hiding under my seat while in the theatres watching Jurassic Park. It’s safe to say that animated, fully-functioning dinosaurs are a lot scarier than reading about them in text books. I have always thought dinosaurs were interesting, and even considered paleontology as a major, but once I figured out that I’d be in the desert all day, digging in the heat, I wasn’t too stoked.
Walking with Dinosaurs seems like it would be a lot like Jurassic Park; minus the ravenous, blood-thirsty reptiles (and Jeff Goldblum) and more like a really cool museum exhibit that’s been brought to life. Originally, Walking with Dinosaurs was a BBC documentary series that won numerous awards and became popular in the United States when it debuted on the Discovery Channel. The show has done extremely well, as it should, considering it costs about $9.4 million to put together. When it was announced that the show would be coming to the Xcel Energy Center St Paul, many Minnesota residents scooped up Walking with the Dinosaurs tickets. I would be interested in sitting close and center because I’ve heard the detail of the dinosaurs is excellent and other reviews say the plant-life they use for scenery is realistic. If you want great seats, check out local ticket brokers like Ticket King St Paul. With an office right by the Xcel Energy Center, Ticket King is convenient for picking up tickets and since they are local, the prices are reasonable and you are supporting a locally run business.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
I see Neil Diamond is the spotlight event on the Ticket King St Paul site. He must still be big.
Neil Diamond July 19th tickets start at $190
Neil Diamond July 20th tickets start at $120
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Coldplay has been around for the last ten years. Prior to the release of their album, Parachutes, Coldplay had put out a few EP’s in the UK and tacked on a new drummer. I remember when their single, Yellow, was in heavy rotation on the airwaves here in America; I thought Coldplay sounded an awful lot like a hybrid between U2 and Oasis. Come to find out, the band takes a heavy influence from bands like U2 and Oasis, on and off the stage. After a minor falling-out between the band members, the foursome decided that the band would be best run as a democracy and that all profits would be split equally amongst the band members and anyone who engaged in hard drugs would be fired.
Coldplay also has made great strides in donating their time, money and effort to combat global problems like fair trade, hunger, and poverty. So, for me, Coldplay is one of the best all-around bands that are touring this summer and front man (Chris Martin) is married to Gwyneth Paltrow and has two adorable kids; Apple and Moses. How cool can you get? Coldplay Xcel Energy Center tickets will certainly move fast...especially with all of that economic stimulus money floating around!
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
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Wednesday, April 30, 2008
What is even more exciting for this event is that the opening bands are some of my favorite acts to see as well! Keeping in their college radio tradition, bands Modest Mouse and The National will open the show. R.E.M. are smart by doing this because it will bring a larger, younger fan base to the Xcel Energy Center show.
The new R.E.M. “Accelerate” album is critically acclaimed and is selling better than REM’s past few attempts. REM will no doubt run down their extensive greatest hits with songs like, “Radio Free Europe,” “Man on the Moon,” “Everybody Hurts,” “Losing my Religion,” and “Crush With Eyeliner” just to name very few! REM has been a band for over 20 years and certainly has one of the most extensive catalogs.
Tickets go on sale May 11th, 2008. Xcel Energy Center tickets are going to go fast for this hot summer show – REM shows have sold slow in the past, but with a lineup like this, the REM concert tickets are sure to sell out as fast as the Vote For Change Tour did years ago.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
George Michael, scheduled for July 7th, is sure to draw fans from out of the metro area and possibly out of state since the Monday show is at the tail end of the July 4th weekend. The George Michael tour, is in support of his new 2 disc greatest hits album which features on disc “For Living” and the second “For Loving.” George Michael concert goers will be able to rock out to favorites like “Wake Me Up Before you Go-Go,” “Faith,” “Freedom ’90,” and “Father Figure.” Buy your George Michael tickets today!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Every point matters as the NHL Playoff race heats up. The Minnesota Wild fate in the NHL Playoffs will come right down to the last game. Buy Minnesota Wild Tickets today and catch the last Minnesota Wild regular season game at the Xcel Energy Center. Or buy a Minnesota Wild Playoff home game ticket to be present in the Wilds postseason.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Usually what happens in situations like this is they enforce the ordinance at the beginning but then they realize that the are fighting an uphill battle and simply spot enforce it. If they actually start arresting regular fans, I am sure that the ordinance will be changed. Why shouldn't a Minnesota Wild Season Ticket holder be able to sell there extra Wild Tickets on the Xcel Energy Center Property
Monday, March 17, 2008
Xcel Energy Center tickets for this show were not in demand to the extent of his show in November, but a difficult ticket to come by none the less. The stage set up was just like last time - the 360 degree stage which has no obstruction. There is no backdrop or amplifiers in the way, it's just a stage and the band!
My favorite song from last night was "Reason to Believe" from Nebraska. I wish I could get my ears on a copy of that live - he adds an old blues tune to it and makes the slow, acoustic ballad a loud and rocking jam that got the crowd on their feet! Last time the crowd was treated to many classics from The Boss's extensive catalog like "Jungleand" "Badlands" just to name a few and a lot of his new songs as well like "Radio Nowhere" and "Summer Girls."
For being 58 years old, Springsteen is not showing his age one bit - I can't wait to see him again!!
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
If you bought general admission tickets and you want to get into the front section of the floor, you need to be at Gate 1 at 2pm to get a wristband. You then need to be at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium at 5:15pm to line up for the lottery system. A select number of GA ticket holders will be selected to be in the front pit section. It will be an all day affair to get selected, but I am guessing the die hard Bruce Springsteen fans won’t mind.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Besides hockey, the Xcel Energy Center has a long list of concerts to woo Minnesotans in the month of March. Bon Jovi for two days, Bruce Springsteen and the Blue Man Group. Be sure to check the Xcel Energy Center schedule for all the dates and times and order your Xcel Energy Center tickets early because St Paul is going to be hopping the month of March!
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
The state of the art show is sure to be a hit with Minnesotans and includes an eight piece band that takes the audience through a hi-tech interactive concert. The show is almost hypnotic and if you missed the Blue Man Group last year, you won’t want to miss them again! Order Blue Man Group tickets today! The Xcel Energy Center St Paul is the best place to see them without dealing with airport security and turbulence.
Friday, February 22, 2008
The Xcel Energy Center also hosts the boys state high school tournament from March 5th through 8th. The top boys games sell out every year and high school hockey fans must resort to aftermarket ticket-sellers like Ticket King if they want to be a part of the tournament. Minnesota is known as the state of hockey and we are the only state that has this much excitement and interest at a high school level. Minnesota has set several attendance records for high school hockey and will continue to draw large crowds into the Xcel Energy Center for high school games. If the teams are from large communities like Edina or Bloomington, you can bet that Minnesota State High School Hockey tickets will be in high demand! See ya at the tourney!
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
The contest asks folks to "get creative and film short videos that show why they love their hometown - the people, places, icons and scenery that make it a special place." Online voters and a panel of judges will select the best footage, and it will air when the band performs "I Love This Town" in concert. Besides your claim to fame, there will be prizes of signed CDS and special Bon Jovi tickets that will let you see the show from the stage. Videos must be submitted three days before the concert date so get busy! For full details, see BonJoviLovesMyTown.com.
If you don’t win tickets, local ticket brokers like Ticket King can get you great seats to both shows.