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Entries in Missoula concerts (3)

Thursday
Jan182018

Keith Urban to make Western MT stop on new '18 tour

image from www.keithurban.net (MISSOULA)- Country superstar Keith Urban will include a Missoula tour stop when he hits the road in 2018, with a single show scheduled for early this fall. 

Rumors of the show had been circulating for several weeks, and promoters made the official announcement this morning.

Urban will appear in the Adams Center on September 29th, with opening act Kelsea Ballerini. Tickets will go on sale through GrizTix, the Adams Center box office and the usual outlets next Friday, January 26th at 10 a.m. 

Urban, who was born in New Zealand, rose to prominence in Australia with the release of his first album in 1991. He made his solo American debut in 1999, selling millions of records in the following years with hits like "Days Go By", "Better Life" and "Somewhere in My Car". In addition to being an accomplished guitarist who has played on other stars' recordings, he's also been a judge on the final seasons of "American Idol." 

Urban's "Graffiti U" tour will support his new album, kicking off in St. Louis on June 15th with 58-shows in the U.S. and Canada through November. 

Monday
Apr282014

McCartney coming to Missoula

(MISSOULA)- He's arguably the most recognized musician in the world, and now Paul McCartney is coming to Missoula. 

Promoters announced this morning that the legendary musician is including an August 5th stop at Washington-Grizzly Stadium on August 5th as part of his world wide "Out There" tour which is currently underway. University of Montana officials say its the first time the former Beatle and best-selling solo artist will perform in Missoula. 

Tickets will go on sale Friday, May 9th at the GrizTix box office and be sold through the usual GrizTix outlets. Ticket prices weren't immediately announced.

“I first heard of Paul McCartney when I was in the fifth grade watching the Ed Sullivan show.  What an honor to have this legend perform in Washington-Grizzly Stadium,” says University of Montana President Royce Engstrom. “It will be the entertainment event of a lifetime! I am proud of our team that worked to make this happen at UM.”

McCartney's show is the largest musical event to come to the stadium since the Rolling Stones performed there several years ago. 

Saturday
Jan262013

Rascal Flatts rocks Missoula

(MISSOULA)- For over three hours last night, Western Montanans came face-to-face with the powerhouse that is modern country music, driven by power guitar riffs, cover versions of old rock 'n roll standards, brilliant LED light displays and precious few cowboy hats.

And they couldn't have been happier.

Over the past decade, country music has gone through another of its many transitions, with new stars that were raised on a legacy of music by The Eagles and Lynyrd Skynyrd and driven to new performance levels by the explosive Garth Brooks more than 20-years ago. And last night's concert at the Adams Center served up three prime examples of today's version of would have been known as "country rock" a few decades ago.

Leading the charge was the trio Rascal Flatts, a hit-making franchise that has produced an astonishing 26-singles, all of which have made the Top 20 or higher, with a dozen hitting #1 since they broke out only a dozen years ago. 

It's been a half-dozen years since Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and James Otto had performed in Missoula, and the gap gave them even more hits to wow the adoring crowd, which ranged from teens and young adults to 50-somethings who appreciate the band's hard-driving energy combined with power ballads. Those ballads venture far beyond the usual "cheatin' and drinkin' songs" to topics like a young girl's fight with cancer and the importance of self-esteem.

But above all this was a party night for Rascal Flatt's broad fan base to sing along with songs about small town friends, family and road trips, including their cover of "Life is a Highway." That movie theme, often criticized by fans of Tom Cochran's original, came complete with footage of Pixar's "Cars" on the massive screens and a little girl called up to sing a few lines and wave to fans.

The opening acts created nearly as much excitement for the crowd of several thousand. Newcomer Kirsten Kelly delivered several powerful numbers to get the energy started for the night, and the audience got a rare treat of also hearing The Band Perry, a brother-sister group that is poised on the edge of superstardom. The Perrys delivered a flawless performance which is an example of the new, nitro blend that's more American "roots" music than pure country, with a rocking version of Queen's "Fat Bottom Girls" and their recent hit "Better Dig Two" with it's haunting, creepy tale of a wife's obsession with her new husband. 

All three acts came on stage for the finale of the old Grand Funk hit "We're an American Band", a fitting cap on a night that shows "country" music may in fact be about what's really "American" music instead of just the rhinestones of the past. 

The tour was set to continue in Billings Saturday night.