Friday, December 31, 2010

Sunday, January 16th vs. Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver CanucksOn Sunday, January 16th, 2011, the Vancouver Canucks will be visiting the Xcel Energy Center to take on the Minnesota Wild. The Vancouver Canucks are the biggest rival to the Minnesota Wild and both play in the Northwest Division. They have been bitter rivals since the 2003 playoffs when Minnesota rallied back to defeat the Canucks in 7 games. The games are always intense and exciting when these two teams meet up. Purchase your Minnesota Wild tickets today with Ticket King! Hurry up though because tickets are going fast!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Minnesota Wild New Year's Eve Game

Mikko KoivuThe Minnesota Wild are battling the Nashville Predators on New Year's Eve Day at the Xcel Energy Center on December 31st, 2010. The game is a great way to celebrate the New Year and get the night started. The game starts at 5 PM and provides as an appetizer for those people looking to celebrate New Year's Eve. Tickets are going fast though and fans will have to purchase tickets quickly if they want to go. Purchase your Minnesota Wild tickets today with Wild Tickets!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Taylor Swift at the Xcel Energy Center

Speak NowTaylor Swift recently announced her concert dates for June 14 and 15 at the Xcel Energy Center. The 20-yr old country-pop star will be touring 19 countries, with 87 shows on her Speak Now World Tour. After touring in Asia and Europe in February, Swift will make her way back home to the States.

Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" album has been one of the year's hottest sellers. You can be sure her concerts will sell fast as well! Stay tuned for more on TSwift's 2011 June appearance at the Xcel Energy Center.

Remember, if you are interested in TSwift tickets, buy EARLY. Swift attracts a wide demographic of listeners and tickets will go extremely fast.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Minnesota Wild vs. Detroit Red Wings Sunday, December 26th

Detroit Red WingsOn Sunday, December 26th, the Minnesota Wild will go up against the Detroit Red Wings at the Xcel Energy Center. The Detroit Red Wings are annually one of the strongest teams in the NHL, with Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, Nicklas Lidstrom, Brian Rafalski, and Johan Franzen. The Detroit Red Wings are consistently one of the best teams in the league. They won the Stanley Cup 3 seasons ago, finished runner-up 2 seasons ago, and were defeated in the Western Conference playoffs last season. What a better way to celebrate the holiday season than to attend a Minnesota Wild vs. Detroit Red Wings game!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Thursday, December 16th - Minnesota Wild vs. Ottawa Senators

Daniel AlfredssonThe Minnesota Wild are on the road for 3 straight games against the Phoenix Coyotes, Los Angeles Kings, and Anaheim Ducks. They return home on Thursday, December 16th against the Ottawa Senators. The Ottawa Senators have Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson up front. Both players are dynamic scorers and have been household names in Ottawa. The Minnesota Wild will be fighting all season long for a playoff spot and will need to win as many games at home as they can.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Rascal Flatts Concert at Xcel Energy Center on January 21, 2011

Rascal FlattsOn Friday, January 21, 2011, the hit country band Rascal Flatts will be performing at the Xcel Energy Center. The band consists of Jay DeMarcus, Gary LeVox, and Joe Don Rooney. The Rascal Flatts have been performing since 2000 and are based out of Columbus, Ohio. The Rascal Flatts have released 7 studio albums and have gained worldwide recognition as one of the most popular country bands of all time.

The Rascal Flatts have released twenty-seven singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including ten Number Ones. They have won numerous awards across the board for country music. They have also been widely considered as one of the best live performance artists. Don't miss your chance and see the Rascal Flatts live at the Xcel Energy Center! Purchase your Rascal Flatts tickets today!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Friday December 3rd vs. Calgary Flames

Jarome IginlaOn Friday, December 3rd, the Minnesota Wild will play the Calgary Flames at the Xcel Energy Center. The Minnesota Wild and Calgary Flames have had some classic battles over the years and are division rivals. The Calgary Flames are still captained by Jarome Iginla, one of the most respected players in the NHL. What a great way to have fun on a Friday night, attending a Minnesota Wild-Calgary Flames game at the Xcel Energy Center! Get your Minnesota Wild tickets from Ticket King!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Linkin Park at Xcel Energy Center on January 28

Linkin ParkLinkin Park is coming to the Xcel Energy Center on January 28th, 2011! The American Rock Band has sold over 50 million albums worldwide and have won 2 Grammy Awards. Their albums include Hybrid Theory, Meteora, Minutes to Midnight, and A Thousand Suns. A Thousand Suns was released on September 8, 2010. Linkin Park has been one of the most popular bands in the alternative rock and rap rock since Hybrid Theory came out in 2000. Purchase your Linkin Park tickets today!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Minnesota Wild vs. Anaheim Ducks - November 17th

Minnesota Wild vs. Anaheim DucksMost Minnesota Wild fans remember the Anaheim Ducks. Beside the Vancouver Canucks, the Anaheim Ducks pose as the biggest rival. They knocked out the Minnesota Wild in the 2003 Western Conference Finals as well as in the 1st round of the 2007 playoffs. Many Minnesota Wild fans probably remember Brad May sucker-punching Kim Johnsson for no reason. On Wednesday, November 17th, the Minnesota Wild will face off against the Anaheim Ducks. Purchase your Minnesota Wild tickets with Ticket King!

Monday, November 8, 2010

November 20th Minnesota Wild vs. the New York Rangers

Marian GaborikOn November 20th, 2 former Wild favorites will be making their first appearance at the Xcel Energy Center. Derek Boogard and Marian Gaborik are both on the New York Rangers and will be back to the Minnesota Wild's home. The game will be highly anticipated and most fans can't wait to see the players back in Minnesota. Get your Minnesota Wild tickets today at Ticket King!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Minnesota Wild vs. San Jose Sharks

The Minnesota Wild will host the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night at the Xcel Energy Center. The San Jose Sharks have superstars Joe Thornton, Danny Heatley, and Patrick Marleau. That top line stayed together for the Winter Olympics when Team Canada won the Gold Medal in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Minnesota Wild will be looking for a win after losing to the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night. Get your Minnesota Wild tickets at Ticket King!

Monday, October 25, 2010

The Minnesota Wild Have 5 Straight Home Games

State of HockeyThe Minnesota Wild will have 5 straight home games from Monday, October 25 to Friday, November 5. Here are the games:

Mon, Oct 25 vs Los Angeles Kings 7:00 PM
Thu, Oct 28 vs Washington Capitals 7:00
Sat, Oct 30 vs Chicago Blackhawks 7:00 PM
Tue, Nov 2 vs San Jose Sharks 7:00 PM
Fri, Nov 5 vs Calgary Flames 7:00 PM

Get your Minnesota Wild tickets with Ticket King today!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Minnesota Wild Win Home Opener

Xcel Energy CenterThe Minnesota Wild won their home opener on Thursday night, defeating the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 in front of a sold-out crowd at the Xcel Energy Center. Mikko Koivu had 3 points, including 2 second period goals. He played exceptionally well and was the best player on the ice. It was the 9th straight home opening win at the Xcel Energy Center. The Wild will play the Columbus Blue Jackets at home on Saturday night.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Opening Night: Thursday, October 14th

Cal Clutterbuck

On Thursday, October 14th the Minnesota Wild will play the Edmonton Oilers. It is opening night at the Xcel Energy Center so Minnesota Wild fans come out and support your team! The Minnesota Wild have some high end players with Mikko Koivu, Cal Clutterbuck, Brent Burns, Marek Zidlicky, Matt Cullen, Guillame Latendresse, and Niklas Backstrom. The Oilers finished last season with the worst overall record and as a result, received #1 pick Taylor Hall. Let's go Wild!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Xcel Energy Center Is Back to Hockey Central

Mikko KoivuThe Minnesota Wild are back in action. Currently in the middle of their preseason schedule, the Minnesota Wild are ready to take the ice for the 2010-2011 NHL season. In hockey, every season there are surprise teams and teams that come out of nowhere to contend for the Stanley Cup. The Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers are two examples of teams that both were in the Stanley Cup Finals just years after finishing with the 2 worst records in the league. The Minnesota Wild have the talent to compete, they just need to go out and prove it! Visit Ticket King for your Minnesota Wild tickets today!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Minnesota Wild Preseason is Coming Up

Martin Havlat of the Minnesota WildThe Minnesota Wild will be starting their preseason on September 22nd against the St. Louis Blues at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. That's only 9 days away! The preseason will conclude on September 30th against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Xcel Energy Center. The team will start the regular season in Finland against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Minnesota Wild will look to capture the Northwest Division in the Western Conference and a playoff birth. Purchase your Minnesota Wild preseason tickets today!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

2011 Hockey Day Minnesota Complete Schedule

Hockey Day MinnesotaHockey Day Minnesota is slated for February 12, 2011 this year. Like tradition, hockey will be on all day on FSN North as it will show Minnesota high school hockey, college hockey, AHL hockey, and NHL hockey.
High school games will start with outdoor games at Moorhead:
Game 1: Wayzata vs Roseau
Game 2: Moorhead vs Hill-Murray
AHL hockey
Houston Aeros vs. Peoria Rivermen at Xcel Center - 2:30 pm
NCAA hockey
Minnesota Gophers vs. Denver Pioneers - Mariucci Arena at 7pm
NHL hockey
Minnesota Wild vs. St. Louis Blues - Xcel Center 9 pm

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Dave Matthews Band on September 15th

On September 15th, the Dave Matthews Band will be performing at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The Dave Matthews Band plays with a soft rock/alternative rock/classical/jazz/and hip-hop vibe. The Charlottesville, Virginia group consists of Dave Matthews, Carter Beauford, Stefan Lessard, and Boyd Tinlsey. They have been performing since 1990 and their last 5 albums have reached Gold Status and #1 on the US Charts. They won one Grammy Award in 1997 for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo for their hit single "So Much to Say." Buy your Dave Matthews Band tickets today!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Lady Gaga Next Week at Xcel Center!

Lady Gaga AlbumLady Gaga will be performing on Monday, August 30th and Tuesday, August 31st at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. If you haven't bought your tickets yet it's still not too late! Lady Gaga is considered one of the best performers in the music industry, with her never know what's going to happen next attitude. Her charisma and spunk have helped her become a global icon and YouTube legend (3 of her videos have over 1 billion views). Purchase your Lady Gaga tickets today!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

October 24th - Disney Live: Mickey's Magic Show

Disney Live: Mickey's Magic ShowOn October 24th, Disney Live: Mickey's Magic Show will be performing at the Xcel Energy Center. The performance will have professional illusionists for a magical production on stage. The performance will consist of numerous magic tricks and illusions, as well as everyone's favorite Disney characters. Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald, Goofy, Cinderella and her Fairy Godmother, Alice in Wonderland, the Mad Hatter, Jasmine, Belle, and Snow White will all be there! Purchase your tickets today to see Disney Live: Mickey's Magic Show!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Top Wild Games of 2010-2011: November 17, Anaheim Ducks

Ducks-Wild fightOver the course of 82 games, there are many "big" games and "important" ones. On November 17, the Anaheim Ducks travel to the Xcel Energy Center for what can be called an old-fashioned "rivalry" game. Outside of the division with Vancouver, Colorado, and Calgary, the Anaheim Ducks are the Minnesota Wild's biggest rival. Twice have the Anaheim Ducks knocked out the Minnesota Wild in the playoffs, in 2002-2003 and 2006-2007. Furthermore, in 2006-2007 there was some cheap shots taken at Minnesota, with enforcer Brad May punching Kim Johnsson and knocking him out of the playoffs. The atmosphere is always intense and the Ducks have some notable players in Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Bobby Ryan, and Teemu Selanne.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Top Wild Games of 2010-2011: October 28, Washington Capitals

Washington Capital star Alexander OvechkinOn October 28th, the Washington Capitals will visit the Xcel Energy Center. The Washington Capitals have one of the most exciting teams in the NHL, with Alexander Ovechkin, Mike Green, Nicklas Backstrom, and Alexander Semin on the roster. They play a fast paced and up tempo style, lighting the lamp frequently. Alexander Ovechkin is the most exciting player to watch in the league and has shown it since he was a rookie. He was the MVP of the league 2 seasons ago and will most likely contend for it the next decade. The Minnesota Wild will have to play a sharp game to defeat the Capitals and can expect an intense atmosphere.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Top Wild Games of 2010-2011: October 30, Chicago Blackhawks

Andrew Brunette and a Chicago Blackhawk player tangled up The Chicago Blackhawks are the defending Stanley Cup Champions. Not long ago, the Blackhawks were a bottom cellar team with little publicity in the NHL. Well, that has all changed now. On October 30, the Chicago Blackhawks will battle against the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center.

With Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane up front, the Chicago Blackhawks have as much talent and depth at forward as anyone in the league. They also have Norris Trophy winner Duncan Keith on defense. Minnesota will look at Chicago's model of rebuilding and hopefully someday attain the same success they have had. Martin Havlat and Cam Barker are two players on the Minnesota Wild that will be looking to factor in the game, as they are two former Chicago Blackhawks.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Top Wild Games of 2010-2011: November 20, New York Rangers

Former Minnesota Wild Captain Marian Gaborik Over the next few weeks, I will write about the games I am most looking forward to for the Minnesota Wild. The first game I will start off with is November 20 against the New York Rangers at the Xcel Energy Center. The New York Rangers are not the most glamorous team in the NHL, I get that. What this game does bring is two former Minnesota Wild fan favorites back to the Xcel. Marian Gaborik and Derek Boogaard were two of the most popular players for the Minnesota Wild at one point.

Until Marian Gaborik had his falling out with the staff and decided to sit out games because of injury, he was the consensus face of the franchise. Derek Boogaard was a crowd pleaser with fights and big hits right up until he entered free agency. The New York Rangers offered him a contract he could not refuse this offseason. For those reasons, I am looking forward to the New York Rangers at the Xcel Energy Center on November 20th.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Xcel Energy Center Awarded 2012 Hockey Regionals

NCAA Hockey LogoAlthough the Xcel Energy Center will host the 2011 NCAA Men's College Hockey Frozen Four in April, it was announced this week that the Xcel Energy Center will also be hosting the West Regional semifinals for the NCAA Tournament in March of 2012. It will be the 4th consecutive year that the Twin Cities will be the host of a Men's college hockey NCAA tournament event. The last time the Xcel Energy Center hosted the Frozen Four, the Minnesota Gophers won the tournament in 2002. Go Gophers!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Jonas Brothers Cancel St. Paul Concert

The Jonas Brothers
Last week, the Jonas Brothers announced they will not be visiting the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on September 8th like initially planned. The trio has cancelled other concerts in the United States and have added international ones in Mexico, South America, and Europe. Other concerts cancelled include Milwaukee, Seattle, and Phoenix. The Disney-sponsored band gained its popularity from the Disney Channel network and have sold over 8 million albums worldwide. The band consists of brothers Joe, Nick and Kevin. The brothers hail from New Jersey.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Two Concerts for Lady Gaga at Xcel Energy Center

Lady Gaga
Clear your calendars at the end of the summer, not just for the Minnesota State Fair. On August 30th and 31st, Lady Gaga will be putting on two shows at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The pop star has been known as one of the best performers in the music industry, always keeping fans on the edge of their seats. Forbes Magazine just listed the artist as #4 on the 100 Most Powerful and Influential celebrities in the world. Also, Time Magazine named Lady Gaga on the Time 100 Most Influential People in the world earlier in 2010. She has sold over 15 million albums worldwide. Her 2 worldwide hits of 2010 are "Telephone featuring Beyonce" and "Alejandro". She has won 2 Grammy's, while being nominated for 6.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

2010-2011 Wild Season Approaching

Antii Miettinen skates in on a shootout
Okay, maybe the 2010-2011 NHL season isn't right around the corner but for Wild fans it feels pretty close. Even though the Chicago Blackhawks claimed Lord Stanley just two weeks ago, the Minnesota Wild have been finished since early April. The Wild will begin the NHL regular season on October 7th against the Carolina Hurricanes in Finland, which is only 105 days away for those of you counting at home. The team will be starting their preseason on September 15 in St. Louis against the Blues. However, there is an important event for the Wild this weekend which will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The Staples Center will be hosting the NHL Draft and will offer another opportunity for the Wild to add another piece to the puzzle. Analysts predict the Wild will select a forward, a position the Wild could use to help the offense out. Perhaps the Wild will draft another Marian Gaborik, which would be just what Wild fans would like to see. Either way, October 7th will be approaching before we know it and the Wild will be underway for their quest of the cup.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Xcel Energy Center Events Calendar has back to back summer concerts scheduled, causing logistical problems for Xcel Energy Center Events Staff

When it comes to summer concert venues in the Twin Cities, the Xcel Energy Center tops the list this year for great concerts in almost every genre. However, in order to be at the top of the Twin Cities Concert Venues list, it takes some work… work that the Xcel Energy Center Staff is getting prepared for already. Setting up, sound checking and making sure a concert goes well takes lots of behind the scenes work and on June 21st and June 22nd the Xcel Energy Center is going to be doing double duty. The Xcel Energy Center Events Calendar features Sting on June 21st followed up the next night by Tom Petty, meaning that the Xcel Energy Center will have to re-set, re-sound check and basically re-everything in a span of 24 hours. Patrons of the X are confident however that it shouldn’t be a problem for the venue, “The X is awesome, I’ve never had a bad experience there” was the praise one frequent concert attendee had to say. Tickets are still available for the Sting Concert and the Tom Petty Concert, make it worth the Xcel Energy Center Staff’s time and buy concert tickets to sell out both shows!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Heading to a Summer Concert at the Xcel Energy Center, plan ahead to Park near the Xcel Energy Center

Parking ramps like this one can be found near the Xcel Energy Center
Heading to a Summer Concert at the Xcel Energy Center? You will have to plan ahead if you want to park near the Xcel Energy Center. Parking near the Xcel Energy Center is less about getting to the Xcel Energy Center and more about leaving the Xcel Energy Center. Parking near the Xcel Energy Center means parking in city ramps and surface lots, it also means walking. So my advice is, instead of thinking how close to the Xcel Energy Center can I park... think about where you will want to leave downtown St. Paul at. If you are going to drive into St. Paul on W 7th think about parking a little farther away to avoid the traffic after an Xcel Energy Center event. If you are leaving on 94W you may want to park in a parking ramp off of Kellogg. No matter where you are going, parking near the Xcel Energy Center is better if you plan ahead!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Looking for Xcel Energy Center Tickets? Ticket King St. Paul just a few doors down is an excellent alternative

With a jam-packed Xcel Energy Center Events Calendar this summer, getting Concert Tickets to all of the shows at the Xcel may seem like a daunting task but don't worry. One of the best kept semi-secrets in the Twin Cities is Ticket King.

Ticket King is a local ticket broker that specialized in the best seats for all concert, sporing and theatre events in the area. No matter what the box office says, it ain't sold out till Ticket King is sold out. Conveniently, for Xcel Energy Center Fans... the Ticket King St. Paul office is located just across Kellogg on W 7th Street. In between Eagle Street Grille and other small shops, Ticket King St. Paul is perfectly located for picking up Xcel Energy Center Concert Tickets.

If you had your eye on a show from the Xcel Energy Center Concert Schedule but the box office is sold out, don't fret stop in to the Ticket King St. Paul store and talk to the Ticket Queens!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Hold onto your hats Tweens, the Jonas Brothers Tour is coming to the Xcel Energy Center for a JO Bros Concert!

The Jonas Brothers as featured on the Jonas Brothers Concert Posters from the 2010 Jonas Brothers Summer Tour
Thats right girls, the Jo Bros will be stopping at the Xcel Energy Center as a part of their Summer 2010 Tour. The Jonas Brother and Demi Lovato will be touring to promote their new movie Camp Rock 2: the final jam. The Jonas Brothers have told the press they are eager to get back on the road and give back to the fans that have made the mulit-platinum superstars.
Unique to the Xcel Energy Center Jonas Brothers Concert will be the Iron Range Grill Parents Room. Instead of having to buy a tickets to accompany minors to the Jonas Brothers Concert, parents of tweens at the show will be able to drop their kids off at the Xcel Energy Center and go to the Iron Range Grill inside the venue to eat and wait for the Jonas Brothers Demi Lovato Concert to be over. At the end of the JO Bro's show, their kids can meet them on the main concourse.

Jonas Brothers Tickets are selling really fast, if you plan on taking your tween Buy your Jo Bros Tickets today!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Metal Band Tool coming to the Xcel Energy Center for a July Concert

Tool Concert Live

If you think garage and handy-work when you hear the word Tool, then you have clearly never experienced the exhilarating sounds of Tool, the alternative metal band. Tool is an alternative metal rock group that often is described as art rock or a performance band. The band emerged in the 1990’s and has topped the charts and the award shows several times.

The Tool Concert will be Thursday July 1st at 8:00 p.m. This will be Tool’s fourth appearance at the Xcel Energy Center and Tool Tickets are likely to sell out fast since the band has a huge LOYAL following. Don’t miss your chance to see Tool live. Tool is touted as one of the most innovative and creative metal bands of our time.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Roger Waters brings "The Wall" to the Xcel Energy Center for a once in a lifetime concert experience

Roger Waters The Wall
Rock legend Roger Waters, the co-founder and lead songwriter for influential rock group Pink Floyd will be at the Xcel Energy Center on October 27th at 8:00 p.m. as a part of the 30th anniversary tour of the release of "The Wall".

"The Wall" was released in 1979, was the top selling album of 1980 and is still one of the US Top 5 Selling albums of all time. When it was first released press hype was huge surrounding the legendary sound the album offered. The New York Times (March 2, 1980) declared that “’The Wall’ show remains a milestone in rock history, it will be the touchstone against which all future rock spectacles must be measured."

Don't miss your chance to see Roger Waters of Pink Floyd as he brings "the Wall" to the Xcel Energy Center on October 27th.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Simon and Garfunkel Xcel Energy Show RESCHEDULED! If you have Simon and Garfunkel Tickets read this

Simon and Garfunkel on stage
A friend of mine has Simon and Garfunkel Tickets for the Simon and Garfunkel Concert at the Xcel Energy Center and just passed along to me that the show has been rescheduled. I just want to keep spreading the word, nothing is worse than being really pumped to go to a show only to get there and realize that you are the only person who did not realize that the show details had been changed. So let me say this again, the Simon and Garfunkel Xcel Energy Center concert has been RESCHEDULED!

The new show will be July 12th at 8:00 pm.... so for all of you who were planning on coming down to the Xcel Energy Center this Saturday to catch a little "bridge over troubled water" DON'T! You will have to wait listening to the "Sounds of Silence" until July 12th when the dynamic duo Simon and Garfunkel will be at the Xcel Energy Center.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Calling all Star Wars Fans! Star Wars in Concert comes to the Xcel Energy Center

Concert Poster for Star Wars In Concert
Calling all Luke, Leia, and Jedi fans... The Star Wars Saga has been translated into a concert. Start Wars: In Concert, features a full symphony orchestra and choir, accompanied by specially edited footage from the films displayed on a three-story-tall, high-definition LED super-screen.

Star Wars creator George Lucas told reporters, "We’ve taken the key themes from the music and cut together all the images that fit with each theme, so you can really get a sense of how the music played into the images."

Star Wars fans will LOVE Star Wars: In Concert. The unique mix of music, props and film creates a one of a kind experience that can not be duplicated anywhere else. Star Wars: In Concert will be at the Xcel Energy Center on Sunday July 11th at 3:00 and 7:30... tickets will be on sale soon, don't miss your chance to see Star Wars: In Concert!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Guitar Rock Legend Carlos Santana comes to the Xcel Energy Center to kick off the Santana Summer Tour

Carlos Santana on stage playing his guitar
If you consider yourself a music insider at all, you know that Carlos Santana is one of the most gifted guitarists in the industry, along with popular and commercial success, Carlos Santana has created a name for himself as on the most technically gifted musicians of our time.

Despite not having released an album since his last smash hit "Supernatural", the Santana Summer Tour is already generating lots of buzz. The "Universal Tone Tour 2010" will kick off in Saint Paul, Minnesota at the Xcel Energy Center before heading across the Midwest and Canada for the summer and then landing on the east coast in late July.

The Universal Tone Tour 2010 Santana Concerts will be a veritable hit list of Santan's greatest hits. For the decade anniversary of "Supernatural" Carlos Santana and the Santana Band released and Legacy Edition of the album including 11 unheard bonus tracks, if you want to be able to jam to all of the songs at this summer's Santana Concert at the Xcel Energy Center, make sure that you go out and get the CD now.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Lady Gaga adds a second concert in St. Paul, round two to get your Lady Gaga Concert Tickets

Monster Ball Tour promotional photo of Lady Gaga and backup dancers After all of the Lady Gaga Tickets sold out almost immediately for the Xcel Energy Center Lady Gaga Concert, the queen of pop added a second show. Lady Gaga will now be performing at the Xcel Energy Center on Monday August 30th and Tuesday August 31st, both shows will be at 8:00 with doors opening at 7:00.

Lady Gaga has been quoted saying, "it's more of a musical and less than a concert." With the Monster Ball Concert (Musical) rolling in late summer, Lady Gaga fans have lots of time to prepare for what some people are calling the concert event of the year in St. Paul. The Lady Gaga Concerts at the Xcel Energy Center by far will be some of the biggest ticket spends for summer concerts this year. If you are even thinking about going to the Lady Gaga concert buy your tickets NOW... the second Lady Gaga Concert will be extremely popular and will likely sell out as well.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Ra Ra Rahhhh: Lady Gaga Comes to the Xcel Energy Center

Lady Gaga on the red carpet
If you don't know who Lady Gaga is, you should. The tecno-eclectic-popstar-glittery clad Diva is quickly becoming the most easily recognizable face in music, of all time. Lady Gaga blends pop beats and melodies with techno mixing and her own brand of crazy in a way that has the entire world begging for more.

Gaga recently announced a 31 stop second leg of her "Monster Ball Tour" the tour which swept across Europe selling out arenas everywhere, will spend the summer and fall snaking across the US and Canada spreading what Lady Gaga describes as, "a story, and the story is that me and my friends are in New York and we're going to the Monster Ball, and we get lost."

The Monster Ball Tour will promote Lady Gaga's "The Fame Monster" album the follow up to "The Fame" Gaga's debut album. Between the 2 albums Lady Gaga has released 5 singles: "Just Dance," "Pokerface," "Love Game," "Paparazi," and "Bad Romance". If you make it to no other concerts this year the Xcel Energy Center Lady Gaga Concert should be the one show you go to

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Sting Comes to the Xcel Energy Center

Sting coming to the Xcel Energy Center
The Xcel Energy Center is the place to be in the Twin Cities if you want to go to great concerts. With everything from Taylor Swift, to John Mayer, to James Taylor, to Lady Gaga, the Xcel Energy Center has booked a great Spring/Summer Concert Schedule.

Recently added to the list of concerts and by far one of the biggest names: Sting. Rock superstar Sting will be at the Xcel Energy Center Monday June 21st at 8:00. Accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Sting will perform his most popular songs re-tooled with symphony arrangements. Some of the hits that the Sting Summer Tour will re-arrange include: “Roxanne,” “Next To You,” “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” and “Every Breath You Take,” along with solo hits like “Englishman in New York,” “Fragile,” “Russians,” “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You,” “Fields of Gold” and “Desert Rose.”

The Sting Xcel Energy Center Concert is one not to miss, with lots of great shows and concerts in St. Paul this spring and summer make sure you leave room in your budget and on your calendar to see Sting Live!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Mark it on your calendar: Simon and Garfunkel at the Xcel Energy Center

Simon and Garfunkel on Stage

Folk-rock music legends Simon and Garfunkel will be at the St. Paul Xcel Energy Center on Saturday May 8th at 8:00pm.

The duo became famous in the 50's and 60's and blew up with hits like "The Sound of Silence" and several songs off of "The Graduate" soundtrack including "Mrs. Robinson" the now iconic song about the ultimate cougar. Recently, Simon and Garfunkel released "Live 1969" a compilation of some of their most well known music performed live, semi-acoustic and semi-eclectic.. the album is like the duo eclectic and timeless.

This will be the 3rd time Simon and Garfunkel have been to the St. Paul Xcel Energy Center, every show of theirs is a hit... don't miss your chance to see them live performing decades worth of music.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers coming to the Xcel Energy Center

Tom Petty of the Heartbreakers on stage after a concert
Rock-legend Tom Petty is slated to perform at the Xcel Energy Center on June 22nd at 7:30. Tom Petty Tickets have been selling like crazy for this concert proving that whatever the Xcel Energy Center is doing to promote their concerts over the lacking Target Center concert schedule is working.

Though most people would argue that Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers do not really need to be promoted at all. Over their decades long career, they have released hit songs like: Mary Jane's Last Dance, Won't Back Down, Want it All, and You Don't Know How It Feels. This Tom Petty Concert Tour will promote the band's latest album Mojo.

If you are planning on going to the Tom Petty Concert at the Xcel Energy Center, you better buy your tickets now before they are all sold out!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Looking for something to do while it rains all weekend? Head to the Xcel Energy Center for the Minnesota High School Hockey Tournament

High School Hockey Teams pre-game on the ice at the Xcel Energy Center
The snow may be melting and spring may be right around the corner but Hockey season is still in full swing at the Xcel Energy Center with the Minnesota High School Hockey Tournament this weekend.

The Minnesota High School State Hockey Tournament started on Wednesday with the Class A teams playing quarterfinal games. Class AA played quarterfinals on Thursday. Today both classes play semi-finals. Third place and the Minnesota High School Championship Game will be on Saturday.

Minnesota High School Hockey Tickets are required for all games. Although the Xcel Energy Center has High School Hockey Tickets, they are releasing them just before game time, making the X a very chaotic place to be. A friend of mine, who went on Thursday told me that he went to Ticket King, just a block from the Xcel on 7th Street and purchased Minnesota High School Hockey Tickets with no line and no hassle. If you are planning on coming downtown for the tournament, keep Ticket King in mind!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Minnesota Wild Hockey returns to the Xcel Energy Center after the Olympic Break

Minnesota Wild Player on the ice at the Xcel Energy Center
Minnesota Wild fans are eagerly awaiting the return of the Minnesota Wild roster to the Xcel Energy Center.

After the 2010 Winter Olympics Break, the NHL is preparing to start regular season play again this week. Before returning from up north, the Minnesota Wild will play the Calgary Flames on Wednesday in Calgary and then the Edmonton Oilers in Edmonton, Canada on Friday. Sunday the Xcel Energy Center will welcome the Minnesota Wild players back home as the MN Wild skate against the Calgary Flames on their own ice.

This past week the Xcel Energy Center saw high school hockey action with the Minnesota Girl's State Hockey tournament.

Get your Minnesota Wild Hockey Tickets today and don't miss the Wild's homecoming game!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Fan Favorite Dave Matthews Band comes the Xcel Energy Center for a DMB Concert in September

Dave Matthews on stage at his last Summer TourThats right... everyone's favorite summer soundtrack band is coming to the Xcel Energy Center in September.

Dave Matthews Band will be at the Xcel Energy Center September 15th as part of the 2010 DMB Summer Tour. The tour will promote their latest album "Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King" which features some of the last work from Dave Matthews Band member LeRoi Moore who passed away.

The Dave Matthews Band Concert at the Xcel Energy Center will feature Black Joe Louis and the Honeybears. DMB is known for their live performances, and are toted as one of the few groups who is still better live than in the studio. With over 17 million concert tickets sold, Dave Matthews Band is noted by Billboard and Pollster as the Top Selling Touring Artist of the decade.

Dave Matthews Band Tickets tend to sell out quickly, don't forget to check with local ticket brokers if you don't end up with DMB Concert Tickets

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Black Eyed Peas Xcel Energy Center

Black Eyed Peas Xcel Energy CenterThe Black Eyed Peas are coming to the Xcel Energy Center on March 22nd . The Black Eyed Peas fresh off a win from the 2010 Grammys for the Best Pop Performance for “I Gotta Feeling”, will be in the St. Paul touring on their E.N.D. Tour.

The Energy Never Dies Tour is an 100 stop World Tour that will feature LMFAO and Ludacris. The E.N.D. Tour is the first time since the 2006 Monkey Business Tour. Black Eyed Peas band members,, Taboo and Fergie are eager to get on the road an promote their multi-platinum number one album “The E.N.D.”

Hit Black Eyed Peas songs to look forward to on this tour are: “Imma Be”, “I Gotta Feeling”, “Boom Boom Pow”. The party-vibe sound of the END record will make this Black Eyed Peas Concert more like going to a Dance Club than standing in an arena. One way to even further the dance club vibe, is to buy a General Admission Floor ticket, which will get you up close and personal with the Black Eyed Peas and allow you to have space to dance. A General Admission Floor for the Black Eyed Peas Concert is sure to be a great time and feel more like a huge party than a concert.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Do you have tickets to an Xcel Energy Center Event? Looking for Hotels near the Xcel Energy Center...

Inside a standard hotel room with two beds
There are lots of upcoming events at the Xcel Energy Center that have big draws for out of town visitors. There are lots of hotels in Downtown St. Paul that are SUPER convenient to get to from the Xcel Energy Center.

The first and most apparent choice for Xcel Energy Center visitors is the Holiday Inn St. Paul Rivercenter. Located right across the street from the Xcel Energy Center, concert goers or Wild Game attendees who are not familiar with the area at all should feel comfortable knowing that great restaurants, the Xcel Energy Center and ticket broker Ticket King who has great Xcel Energy Center Tickets to almost every event are within easy walking distance.

Other hotels near the Xcel Energy Center include: The Saint Paul Hotel and the Crowne Plaza St. Paul Riverfront Hotel.

For Xcel Energy Center guests who are a bit more comfortable with the downtown St. Paul area there is also a great Embassy Suites in Downtown St. Paul that is a bit farther from the Xcel Energy Center but is near several other great sites.

Don't let lack of hotel knowledge be the reason you don't make it to the Xcel Energy Center!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Bon Jovi Concert Dates annouced, two Xcel Energy Center Bon Jovi Concerts

Bon Jovi Promo Photo
Updated Xcel Energy Center Concert News:

Bon Jovi added a second St. Paul Concert Date to his tour after overwhelmingly popular sales for the first Bon Jovi Concert. The two Xcel Energy Center Bon Jovi Concerts will be back to back on April 7th and 8th.

For more information check out my post from earlier this winter: Bon Jovi Information

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

WCHA Final Five dates set for the Xcel Energy Center

Inside the Xcel Energy Center at the WCHA Final Five Tournament
It's that time of year again, Hockey Season is creeping towards a close and tournament dates are being set. The WCHA Final Five sponsored by Red Baron is being hosted at the Xcel Energy Center this year. The Red Baron WCHA Final Five at the Xcel Energy Center will be the Thursday March 18th through Saturday March 20th, game times vary depending on the day.

The WCHA Final Five will feature a quarter-final game, two semi-final games, a third place game and a WHCA Final Five Championship Game. Tickets to all of these games will sell out fast due to lots of Minnesota schools being on Spring Break over the tournament. Don't miss your chance to watch some of the best college hockey around, buy WCHA Final Five Tickets today!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Music Legends Carole King and James Taylor come to the Xcel Energy Center

James Taylor and Carole King on stage
The Troubadour Reunion Tour featuring legends Carole King and James Taylor is coming to Saint Paul and the Xcel Energy Center on May 25th at 8:00. The two iconic musicians are blending their voices and talents for a tour that will feature both of them solo and together.

Joining King and Taylor on tour will be their original bandmates guitarist Danny “Kootch” Kortchmar, drummer Russ Kunkel and bassist Lee Sklar, famous in their own right as “The Section.” Also joining The Section will be: Rudy Guess, Robbie Kondor, Arnold McCuller, Kate Markowitz, and Andrea Zonn.

James Taylor and Carole King are known for there melodic voices and impressive song writing ability. Both have written Top 40 hits and have spent time on top of the charts. The Troubadour Reunion Tour will be a once in a lifetime performance of two of the greatest singer-songwriters of their time. Don't miss James Taylor and Carole King!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Looking for Restaurants near the Xcel Energy Center, West 7th Street Area provides lots of great eateries

Street View from W 7th of the Xcel Energy Center
The Xcel Energy Center is host to lots of great sporting, music and theatrical events every week. As the official home of the Minnesota Wild, during the hockey season it seems like there are always people in and around the arena. With the multitude of people who show up on West 7th and Kellogg Street in Saint Paul to attend events at the Xcel Energy Center it may seem like a daunting challenge to find somewhere to eat that won't have you waiting in line for hours and hours...

I would like to suggest a few of my favorite Restaurants near the Xcel Energy Center that always have fast service and great food. The first and obvious choice is the Eagle Street Grill, although the extreme proximity to the Xcel Energy Center can make this bar and grille a bit busy, the food is amazing and there are lots of great drink specials. If you are looking for a lighter option the chef salad there is one of the best in the city.

Another great place to grab a burger and or a brew before attending something on the Xcel Energy Center Event List is McGoverns. McGoverns is located on West 7th just a block away from the Xcel Energy Center.

A third a total local favorite for MN Wild fans who work in the St. Paul area is Cossetta's... a mix salad, pizza, pasta and sandwiches served deli style and Delicious. My personal favorite is the peperoni pizza or the lasagna.

If you are in a hurry, you can always grab arena food inside the Xcel Energy Center and eat in your seat... For wild games I love a big beer and a hotdog with all of the fixings.

No matter which Xcel Energy Center area restaurant you go to, a night in the W 7th Street area is always a good time!

Monday, January 11, 2010

John Mayer and Battle Studies Tour will stop at the Xcel Energy Center

John Mayer on the Red Carpet
Love him, hate him, think he is a tool... it is undeniable that John Mayer is a mega-star. John Mayer fans stand in line for hours upon hours hoping to get the best tickets, catch a glimpse of John or just hear him sing. His records have all sold millions of copies and he is internationally known as a heartthrob.

The newest John Mayer album, "Battle Studies" is selling like crazy and the hit, "Who Says" is all over the radio right now. The Battle Studies Tour is one of the most anticipated this year, blending classic John Mayer hits like "Your Body is a Wonderland" and new music like his duet with Taylor Swift.

The Battle Studies Tour featuring John Mayer will be stopping in St. Paul at the Xcel Energy Center on March 2nd. Concert Doors for the John Mayer show will open at 7:00. Reggae-funk rockers Michael Franti & Spearhead will open the show.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

World's Toughest Rodeo comes to the Xcel Energy Center for two nights

One of the WTR cowboys on the dirt at a World's Toughest Rodeo Show
Looking for a way to get in touch with your downhome roots? Need an excuse to wear Cowboy Boots and a Cowboy Hat? Look no farther... The World's Toughest Rodeo is coming to the Xcel Energy Center on January 29th and 30th.

The World's Toughest Rodeo is a combination of talent, adrenaline and luck. Watch from the seats of the Xcel Energy Center as some of the world's best cowboys ride, rope and wrangle. The World's Toughest Rodeo lineup includes: bull riding, bareback, saddle bronc and barrel racing exhibitions. Cowboys and Cowgirls alike use the World's Toughest Rodeo Tour to prove they have what it takes to be called the best in the west.

Following Saturday Nights World's Toughest Rodeo Show, Randy Houser the hit country music star will perform as part of the "Party on the Dirt" concert series. Randy Houser is best known for his smash hit "Boots On" which was an anthem of summer country last year. His new single "Whistlin' Dixie" looks like it will enjoy the same success.