Mariah Carey at Nokia last night

Remember when Mariah Carey was a hot mess a few years ago? I don’t think she’s quite done with that whole stint just yet. Last night’s show had “train wreck” written all over it. And then “sinking ship” graffiti-ed over that!

The show was scheduled to start at 7:30 with opening act RydazNrtist. We didn’t make it in time for that but heard they were on and off the stage in no time. We arrived maybe a nickel after 8 p.m. With Michael Jackson’s greatest hits blaring over the speakers, the crowd seemed in an OK mood. That is until the crowd started to realize that both CDs of MJ’s hits were sounding like they would be played to completion. The air in the room was filling with frustration and after one MJ track too many, Nokia filled with aggressive booing by the entire audience. And then the lights went out. Although the audience then switched into screaming applause, the move felt more like a way to stifle the booing than building anticipation.

FYI – the above video is NOT from last night.

—  Rich Lopez

Concert notice: Chelsea Handler comes to Nokia in April

Sassy comedian and late night talk show host Chelsea Handler announced today she is embarking on a tour to support her third book, Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang. And thankfully, that tour is going to stop in North Texas. Her tour comes to the Nokia Theatre in Grand Prairie on April 24.

That’ll be quite a week for funny ladies with big gay followings. Kathy Griffin performs that Monday before at the Meyerson. Comedy overkill never looked more inviting.

Tickets are priced between $45–$69 and go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m..

—  Rich Lopez

Concert notice: Mariah Carey brings her 'Angels Advocate' tour to Nokia in February

LiveNation released Mariah Carey’s itinerary for her Angels Advocate tour yesterday and it includes the DFW area. Carey will play the Nokia Theatre February 18, just in time for a slight post-Valentine’s celebration.

If you’re a very special member of Honey B. Fly, the official MC fan club, go to Carey’s site for ticket pre-sale info. Otherwise, tickets go on sale Friday, Dec. 18 at noon and will run you between $59–$150. Visit LiveNation.com or Ticketmaster.com to order.

The video above is from her last concert in Dallas back in September ’06 at American Airlines. Not sure why she’s not returning to as big a venue. Seriously, if Pink can fill the place, I’m certain Carey still could.

—  Rich Lopez

Some LiveNation ticket sales to benefit LifeBeat

LiveNation, a company that produces, markets and sells live concerts, has announced that a portion of all ticket sales tomorrow — Dec. 1, World AIDS Day — will be donated to LifeBeat — The Music Industry Fights AIDS, LIFEbeat- The Music Industry Fights AIDS, ” a national non-profit organization dedicated to reaching America’s youth with the message of HIV/AIDS prevention.”

LiveNation has several concerts coming up here in DFW. Go here for a list. There’s Aventura and 311 this week at Nokia Theatre in Grand Prairie, and The House of Blues Gospel Brunch, Trivium with Chimairia, White Chapel and Dirge Within, Eric Hutchinson, Davy Knowles and Back Door Slam, Sister Hazel and Underoath, all at House of Blues Dallas.

And that’s just the list through Dec. 13! So find your favorite upcoming concert and get your tickets online tomorrow. Buy your ticket at LiveNation.com and a portion of the ticket price goes to LifeBeat, start at 12:01 a.m. tomorrow.

—  admin

Judas Priest (and not Whitesnake) at Nokia Theatre last night

Note to bear admirers: go to legendary ’80s heavy metal concerts. Eye candy for days. I’ll get to that in a bit.

It was disappointing to drive into Nokia’s parking lot and see a sign that Whitesnake had canceled. As a former pseudo-metalhead of the ’80s (sans mullet), I was excited about this double bill. Whitesnake has some pop sensibilities to their rock while Judas Priest are simply titans in heavy metal but both are iconic. Fortunately, Judas Priest made up for the loss. And basically kicked everyone’s ass in the nearly full venue.

The crowd itself was raucous from beginning to end. Middle-aged men rocked in the parking lot to music blaring from their cars. Ladies who should reconsider leather pants and hair bleach loitered in the smoking area. The inside lobby was a sea of black t-shirts displaying the Priest and every other hard rock band out there. Men were drunk already off their plastic cup beers and ladies were making their dates buy them a shirt. The concert hadn’t even begun and it was already loud and rowdy.

Rob Halford
Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford  proved gay men can rock hard too last night at Nokia.

—  Rich Lopez