UFC 152 Tickets on sale now, Rory MacDonald takes verbal shot at BJ Penn

Tickets to UFC 152 in Toronto – which takes place September 22, 2012 at the Air Canada Centre – are now on sale, but the first shot has already been taken months before the first fight’s even taken place.

Earlier this week, up-and-coming welterweight fighter and Toronto native Rory MacDonald openly questioned fellow fighter BJ Penn’s commitment to preparing for their scheduled bout at UFC 152:
From MMAMania.com:

“No, that’s on him he is worried about TriStar. I don’t care about that, I fight for myself and that’s it. I am not worried about that. He is all upset because Georges whooped him, but, I am going to hurt him even worse, so. I am training for the best B.J. I am just preparing myself to be the best version. I am going to come out evolved, I am going to be in shape, explosive and exciting like I always do. I am going to be very technical and I am going to be on point. I don’t know where B.J. is at. You know, he didn’t even show up to this. He is dropping out of the VADA testing. Last time I saw him he looked really out of shape. I don’t know where his head is at in this, but, he better get serious or I am going to hurt him very badly.”

BJ Penn is coming out of retirement to face MacDonald, and this will be Penn’s first UFC bout since getting pummeled by Nick Diaz in UFC 137. It’s clear that MacDonald – one of UFC’s brightest young stars – is taking this fight seriously; do you think Penn will show up to play?
MacDonald vs Penn is only one of many big-time match-ups scheduled on the UFC 152 fight card, which includes the flyweight title match between Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson, as well as the co-main event between middleweights Michael Bisping and Brian Stann.
Be sure to get your tickets for UFC 152 and catch all the action in the octagon this September live at the Air Canada Centre! At ShowTimeTickets.com, we’ve got your ticket in to the best events – We Are Never Sold Out!
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Texting fan gets called out at Iron Maiden concert

You might be allowed to bring your cell phone with you at a concert, but don’t let yourself get caught texting with it. At a concert in Indiana last week, Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson called out a fan in no subtle terms who had apparently been texting for much of the night.

From the Sault Star:

The rockers were performing at the Klipsch Music Center in Indianapolis when Dickinson spotted an audience member texting throughout much of the band’s set and called him out for his rude behaviour.

Pausing midway through the track Wasted Years, he shouted, “Oh, for f—‘s sake, the man (in) the white shirt, you’ve been texting for the last three f—ing songs! You’re a w–ker!”

The crowd roared with approval and the 53-year-old then carried on with the show.

Have you ever been annoyed by fans glued to their phones?

As for Iron Maiden, they continue their Maiden England North American tour with gigs in Western Canada this week before heading along the American West Coast to close out their concert dates. We’ve got tickets to all of Iron Maiden’s remaining gigs; don’t miss out!

UFC 152 Toronto presser features flyweight title fight between Benavidez, Johnson

by Kat

Days after UFC 149 in Calgary set new gate records, the preliminary fight card was announced today for the UFC 152 event at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre on September 22nd, 2012. The main event will feature the first-ever flyweight championship bout between Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson. Accompanying that fight on the main event will be a middleweight match between Michael Bisping and Brian Stann.
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Bob Dylan announces North American tour with Mark Knopfler

By Kat

In conjunction with his latest album Tempest (which is set to release on September 11th), Bob Dylan announced that he and guest artist Mark Knopfler will tour North America later this fall. The sweeping new tour is Dylan’s first North American arena trip since 2006, and is in addition to dates that were already announced for smaller venues that ended September 8th.

You can read the full news release from Rolling Stone here.

Tickets to any of Bob Dylan’s new tour dates are available on ShowTimeTickets.com, even if the show is sold out at the box office! Continue reading

David Beckham to play tonight at sold-out BC Place against the Whitecaps

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David Beckham may not have been selected to play at the London Olympics, but his loss has definitely been the box office’s gain as tickets for the hotly-anticipated match between the LA Galaxy and Vancouver Whitecaps are all sold out. Beckham – fresh off an impressive two-goal performance against the Portland Timbers – will play at BC Place for the first time since 2007 when the Galaxy and Whitecaps faced off in a friendly.
Tickets are sold out at the box office, but you can still get tickets to see David Beckham play the Whitecaps tonight with ShowTimeTickets.com! We are never sold out!

Ed Sheeran to play at Vancouver Queen Elizabeth Theatre October 4th

By Kat

Photo: Vancity Buzz

Vancouver fans of British muscian Ed Sheeran will have their chance to see him on his 2012 North American Tour on October 4th, 2012. His concert – originally scheduled for the Commodore Ballroom – has now been moved to the much larger, all-ages venue of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. You can get your Ed Sheeran tickets for his Vancouver date and gigs throughout his North American tour with ShowTimeTickets.com.

“Share it Maybe” with Cookie Monster?

You’d have to live under a pretty big rock to not have heard – and be able to un-hear – Carly Rae Jepsen’s ridiculously-catchy single “Call Me Maybe”. It’s still up right up the top of the radio charts, and the official music video has garnered well over 15 million views.

Well you can chalk up another cover of the song to add to the collection that’s currently floating out there on YouTube (in company with Justin Bieber, the Miami Dolphins cheerleading squad, U.S. President Obama…it’s a big club!). Cookie Monster of Sesame Street has chipped in (pun intended) with his version of the song:

Cute and creative? Or should the song be put to bed already?

Of course, Carly Rae Jepsen has a lot more to offer than just her one single. Her second album Curiosity was released earlier this February, and she’ll be accompanying Justin Bieber on his BELIEVE tour that kicks off this September, starting in Glendale, Arizona. Tickets to all their concert dates can be purchased through ShowTimeTickets.com.

Jay-Z to Open New $1 Billion Barclays Center with Trio of Concerts

By Joyce

The new home of the Brooklyn Nets will be opened on September 28 with the first of three concerts by hip-hop mogul Jay-Z. As part-owner of the Brooklyn Nets, Jay-Z is the natural choice to open the new $1 billion Barclays Center. Other events scheduled at the new venue include:

October 2 – New York Islanders vs New Jersey Devils (preseason)
October 3 – Journey
October 11 & 13 – Barbara Streisand
October 22 – Rush
November 12 – Justin Bieber
December 26 – WWE

Check out our listings for a full list of events for the Barclays Center.

Skrillex interviews with Rolling Stone

By Kat

Electronic dance music is the latest big thing on the music scene, and there aren’t too many musicians hotter than Skrillex nowadays. His schedule includes huge outdoor gigs such as Bonnaroo, Bumbershoot and the Budweiser Made in America Festival, and he continues his summer appearances with dates across Canada this July:

July 13 – Toronto (Historic Fort York)
July 14 – Ottawa (Ottawa Bluesfest/Lebreton Flats)
July 15 – Montreal (Parc Jean-Drapeau)
July 18 – Calgary (Shaw Millennium Park)
July 22 – Vancouver (Pacific Coliseum)

Be sure to check us out for tickets to Skrillex’s 2012 summer gigs!

Recently, the man himself had a chance to sit down with Rolling Stone to talk about the rise of electronic music and his role as arguably the most recognizable artist in the genre:

Rolling Stone: Q&A: Skrillex on the Future of Dance Music and Pitfalls of Fame

Come on Down! The Price is Right comes to Vancouver!

The Price is Right! – a mainstay on the TV game show scene for over 55 years – is back on stage in the Lower Mainland this week!
priceisrightliveThe Price is Right Live! is a stage show version of the popular American game show. Contestants are drawn from the audience and have the chance to play popular games such as Plinko and Cliff Hangers. Contestants even have the chance to spin the big wheel in the Showcase Showdown.
You can get in on the action when the tour is at the River Rock Casino in Richmond from July 12-21, or at the Red Robinson Show Theatre in Coquitlam from July 26-29! We’ve got tickets to all The Price is Right Live shows; can you make it all the way to the final Showcase?