Adele to perform at AAC in Dallas next fall; tickets on sale Thursday

AdeleAdele, who has a little album you may have heard something about, will bring her amazing voice to Dallas’s American Airlines Center… but it’ll take almost a year. Her tour has just been confirmed at American Airlines Center on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2. Tickets go on sale this Thursday at 10 a.m. The links above will take you direct access on Thursday morning. Good luck!

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Cocktail Friday: Garth Brooks Edition

ManInTheHatGarth Brooks is one of our favorites, so we’re excited he’s in town this weekend for two concerts at the American Airlines Center. Well, we aren’t the only ones. The Texas-themed (and gay owned!) Stampede 66 by Stephan Pyles is happy to have Garth around for a few days, and so came up with this recipe for a cocktail they call The Man In The Hat. Yee-haw!

1.5 oz. High West Double Rye

.5 oz. Pimm’s

.5 oz. Cocchi Vermouth

.5 oz. Texas Honey

2 dashes Fee’s Orange Bitters

Making it: Shake ingredients together and pour over ice in a highball glass. Garnish with orange peel.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Garth Brooks is back, and that’s especially good for gay folks. Here’s why

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It’s been 17 years since Garth Brooks went on a live concert tour that took him to the Metroplex. Well, that drought ends on Sept. 18 and 19, when he will appear at American Airlines Center for two concerts.

If you’re not a country music fan, you might not fully grasp how significant this is. Brooks was a sensation in the 1990s, the biggest country star — and one of the biggest crossover musicians — in history. He was a hit-maker, releasing about a dozen albums (including studio, live and compilation) in less than 10 years. And he scored 13 — 13! — Top 10 singles in a row, including 12 Top 5. And what is significant about that 14th release? It only hit the Top 20, peaking at 12 — still a hit, but not a runaway. The song was called “We Shall Be Free,” and it shocked conservative shit-kickin’, boot-scootin’ country fans at the time. Not only did it promote liberal values (i.e., American values, like freedom of religion and speech), but it also contained the following lyric: When we’re free to love anyone we choose / when this world’s big enough for all different views

Ummm … did Garth Brooks, the biggest music star in history, just come out — in 1992! — in favor of … gay rights?!??

You’re damn right, he did.

Brooks’ sister is openly lesbian, and he may be a country-boy, but he ain’t no bigot. Brooks won over a lot of gay fans with that one … and he paid a price.

For more than a decade, he’s cooled it, rearing children with wife Tricia Yearwood. But he’s back, and he was right: As of now, we all are free to love — to marry — anyone we choose.

I’ll be there. (You can too, starting at 10 a.m. July 24. Click here.)

Below is a performance of the song recorded in Houston last month — just two days after marriage equality.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Tegan & Sara book Dallas concert stop

TS6Last year was a watershed for the lesbian twins Tegan & Sara. After years with a cult following, they released a new album, Heartthrob, with a decidedly pop bent. Suddenly, they became as hip as Justin Beiber became … not. (Hey, we can only handle so many Canadian pop stars at a time.)

The duo just began their North American Let’s Make Things Physical Tour which will run nonstop throughout most of 2014, often in conjunction with Katy Perry’s Prismatic Tour (after all, each of them has kissed a girl and liked it). One of the final stops will be opening for Perry at American Airlines Center — not a bad venue to prove you’re bona fides. The show hits Dallas Oct. 2 and 3.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

REVIEW AND PHOTOS: P!nk at American Airlines Center on Friday

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Confession: P!nk’s had some memorable early singles, but I never really followed her. And when I found out most of the songs I knew weren’t on the setlist, I worried. About two hours after her opener “Raise a Glass,” it’s fair to say I’m a new fan.

American Airlines Center was packed to the ceiling for the pop rebel last night. With a proper mix of grace, edge and dorkiness, she churned out an exciting show that throbbed with energy and lacked any agenda save for getting the party started.

There is nothing more to P!nk than pure entertainment. At least, on stage. The backdrop of several screens with a big central heart was an easily clever way to add excitement to the show that only felt to accessorize the songs rather than distract. The imagery morphed from lush, velvety reds to 16-bit Nintendo-like images (“Walk of Shame”) that made AAC feel like at times burlesque on steroids to a nostalgic video game arcade. And cameras caught the action onstage with varied video effects that added a kinetic energy to an already pulsing show. Even shades of “American Idiot” the musical felt evident during “U + Ur Hand.”

—  Rich Lopez

PHOTOS: Lady Gaga at the American Airlines Center — but not the Round-Up

As most Little Monsters probably know, Lady Gaga is not allowing media photo coverage of her Born This Way Ball, which stopped at the American Airlines Center in Dallas last night. But our Chuck Marcelo went as a spectator and managed to grab some pretty decent shots anyway. Unfortunately, for the first time in three tours, Gaga didn’t show up at the Round-Up Saloon afterward, leading to some hurt feelings since the bar had announced earlier in the day that she would be there. The Round-Up has since pulled its original post advertising Gaga’s appearance. As of this morning, the bar hadn’t posted an official apology, but this thread on its Facebook page seemed indicative of the back and forth:

 

Check out the rest of Chuck’s pics below. To read Rich Lopez’s review, go here.

—  C Marcelo

REVIEW: “Michael Jackson Immortal”

The immense cheesiness of the show is embodied in this overblown campy moment from the show, which is lip-synched.

Michael Jackson Immortal did something no other Cirque du Soleil show has ever done: Bored me.

Cirque truly is a magic-maker, having almost single-handed reinvented the concept of the circus, turning it into something unmissable rather than might-as-well. The trick of Cirque shows is that they combine the simple elegance of feats of athleticism with beauty and muscularity, while employing cutting edge technology in startling ways. Its best shows — Ka and Love, two of the permanent shows in Las Vegas — seamlessly wed plot, engineering and the human form.

Immortal does none of that. Yes, there are some pyrotechnics (the best of these, an indoor fireworks display, comes too little, too late) but the entire production feels conceived as an after-thought, some second-tier acts tacked on to boring choreography and muddled production values.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson Immortal show tonight

Remember the time

Dallas Michael Jackson fans will come close to the real thing tonight thanks to Cirque du Soleil’s tribute to the singer. But this is far beyond any regular tribute show. Cirque brings its thrilling reputation to the game making Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour both a concert and an experience. With the three-year anniversary of his death this week, the show even seems more poignant to his fans. And don’t expect to sit, applause and repeat for this Cirque event. They want to rock with you.

Read more about the show here.

DEETS:

—  Rich Lopez

Coldplay at AAC 06.22

Photos by Rich Lopez/DallasVoice

—  Rich Lopez

Coldplay, Robyn tonight at AAC

Coldplay and the Gang

We like Coldplay enough, but their openers might be the real gem of the shows. The alt-pop/rock of Wolf Gang recalls the exuberance of MIKA with the tenacity of The Shins. Better yet, Robyn brings her Euro pop brilliance back to town in a big way. She kicked Dallas’ butt all on her own last year at the South Side Music Hall. Now she gets to do it big time. Oh, and of course Coldplay headlines.

DEETS: American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave. 7 p.m. Through Saturday. $26.50–$107. Ticketmaster.com.

—  Rich Lopez