Views on pop culture through my eyes

Seeing a performer live is one of my favorite things in life. The roar of the crowd, singing and dancing your heart out, the elaborate staging, choreography, special effects, lighting, great musicianship — I love everything about going to concerts. So who do I want to see in 2014? Read on:Katy Perry

Katy Perry
Katy-cats will be out in full force for her Prismatic World Tour 2014. Starting in the UK in May, it will be sure to hit the US later in the year. Featuring songs including her recent #1 smash “Roar” plus all the old favorites like “Teenage Dream” and “I Kissed a Girl.”

Lady GaGa
Yes, she has taken a few lumps in the media and on the charts recently. But reality is she is an exciting live performer and is sure to come up with another pop spectacle. Lady GaGa’s ArtRave — the ArtPop Ball is sure to keep us entertained and make us fall in love with her again.

Lady Antebellum
Country’s reigning trio takes their signature harmonies back to the road on the “Take Me Downtown” Tour. Supporting the recent deluxe edition of their LP “Golden” along with special guests Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves.

Robin Thicke
Coming off the biggest year of his career thanks to  “Blurred Lines”, Robin will be taking his white-boy soul to arenas along with Jessie J. and DJ Cassidy.

Coming out of her touring retirement and after her Vegas engagement, Cher returns with her “Dressed to Kill” tour in support of her recent album “Closer to the Truth.” I saw her on her “Farewell” tour. But I am not so sure I am going this time… but I am sure it will be a good show.

Miley Cyrus
She has a career! Nobody was talking about her last year. And now she is coming off 2 big hit singles (We Can’t Stop, Wrecking Ball) and a hit album too (Bangerz). I hope that she does some of her old Hannah Montana songs too.

Sting and Paul Simon
Two old-timers touring together for the first time. Both came out of groups: Sting from the Police and Simon from Simon & Garfunkel. Both have long song catalogs and have been known to rework their old songs to new arrangements. It will probably be a 3-hour plus show.

Darius Rucker
Coming off one of the biggest hits of his career as a solo artist with “Wagon Wheel”, the former lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish has had quite a run on the country charts. Supporting acts include: Eli Young Band and David Nail.

One Republic
Ryan Tedder’s group One Republic is heading out on a headlining tour for summer 2014. Besides leading his group, Ryan is an in-demand songwriter and producer. Opening act is The Script (Breakeven [Falling to Pieces], Hall of Fame).

Journey/Steve Miller Band
Classic rock mainstays Journey (Don’t Stop Believin’, Open Arms), and Steve Miller Band (Fly Like an Eagle, Abracadabra) are heading out on a co-headlining tour next summer. Opening act is horn-heavy funk group Tower of Power.

And lastly, a couple of acts I wouldn’t mind seeing on the road:

Duran Duran
They haven’t had a new album in a few years, but they are one of my all-time favorite groups. Great songs like The Reflex, Hungry Like the Wolf, and Wild Boys. They have only gotten better over the years with their performances.

Annie Lennox
I loved her with the Eurythmics, and her solo career was pretty good too. She is an awesome vocalist and a fantastic performer. Such a powerful vocal presence. She doesn’t have to have any new material, just come on tour already!

Tickets are on sale for most of these shows in 2014 already. So who do you want to see on tour next year? I would love to hear from you. And look for me in the cheap seats.

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Comments on: "Concerts I Want to See in 2014" (4)

  1. said:

    Katy Perry tops my list. I love the Prism CD. Sting and Paul Simon are next on my “wanna see” list. They will probably play the Greek Theater or the Bowl Annie Lennox would round out the list. I’d imagine she too will play the Greek or the Bowl. Universal is an option instead of the Greek or the Bowl. Lady Gaga is a favorite, however, I went to see Gaga with you recently. Ticket prices will determine whether I go to see any of them. I try to avoid huge stadiums but Perry and Gaga are most likely to play Staples Center or the Nokia. i don’t like the huge crowds or the traffic. For Perry I may have to accept the big stadium. She has such a large fan base and she is so hot right now. I’m waiting to see the ticket prices.


    • I hope Katy Perry comes to the US this year… I read that the tour will not end till fall 2015. I also heard a rumor she will play stadiums in the US like Dodger Stadium… not Staples. But we’ll see. Only England and Scotland are on sale so far for her. Sting and Paul Simon are already on sale for thew new Forum… not sure they will be coming back for someplace smaller. By the way, Gibson (Universal) is no more! It closed in Sept… to be torn down for the Harry Potter theme park. Lady Gaga at Staples is already on sale… Annie Lennox is just wishful thinking… don’t think she is coming on tour this year.

  2. Marcelo Castilho Rogedo said:

    Nice choice, Daniel….Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Sting, Cher, Miley Cyrus, Sting and Paul Simon, Duran Duran and Annie Lennox….those are the names I can talk a little bit about….Katy Perry…this time I saw some bad reviews about her album…actually, what I know about her, are I Kissed a Girl and Teenage Dream….but she sounds like she can perform very well too. Lady Gaga…I enjoy some of her hits…here in Brazil, seems that the younger generation enjoy her more. Like we have Madonna as an icon. Gaga is the icon of the ones that are now in their 20’s. I also enjoy some of her hits, but never had the idea to go to a store and buy a Gaga CD…Heard she had a good box office in her previous tour. Sting and Garfunkel together? Havent heard about it…I know them, of course. and they performed in Brazil, as far as I know more than once….What about Cher? I thought about getting her latest album….saw it in a famous magastore here. I remember in 1998 her Believe album rocked the world….Oops! I am getting older…Duran Duran reminds me my sisters, that are now around 40, listening them. I think they also came to Brazil, more then once, to perform….And Annie Lennox…I know some of her songs too. One that became a greatest hit here was Sweet Dreams (are made of this)…I know it is actually by the Eurythmics, but she was the lead singer…..

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