By Jen Kucsak
10 Must-See Summer 2014 Concerts
You’ll never guess who is going to replace Neil Patrick Harris in ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ on Broadway
Neil Patrick Harris is saying goodbye to “Hedwig.” While that makes us sad, it also makes us quite excited because Tony nominee Andrew Rannells will take his place for a limited eight-week engagement beginning on August 20th. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the 35-year-old actor, Rannells was the star of Broadway’s “Book of Mormon” and currently plays Hannah’s ex-boyfriend, the adorable Elijah, on HBO’s Girls. But is he the perfect fit? We think so. You see, Rannells has a history with Hedwig: he previously played the role in a 2001 production in Austin, Texas. So what’s next for Neil Patrick Harris? He recently told People, “Hopefully, some much-needed rest. I’m ready for a little bit of downtime,” adding, “after August, I’ll be all up in waffles.”
MTV VMAs Relocates to California for 2014
Although we’re not quite sure how the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards will top last year’s ceremony (we’re talking to you, Miley) we do know one thing – this year’s show will take place at The Forum in Inglewood, California, on August 24th, making it the first major awards show ever at the venue. The city’s mayor, James T. Butts, said in a press release, “I am thrilled to welcome the MTV Video Music Awards to the Forum in Inglewood,” adding, “Since its reopening in January, the ‘Fabulous’ Forum has become the destination for music lovers in Southern California. A truly historic location, and home to some of the greatest concerts and sporting events, the Forum is back, better than ever and ready to shine for decades more.” The forum has recently hosted shows by Justin Timberlake and Kings of Leon. After opening in 1967, it was also the home court for the Los Angeles Lakers for more than 30 years, not to mentionthe host tolegendary music acts such as the Rolling Stones, Madonna, Led Zeppelin and Nirvana, just to name a few. So what will happen this year at the VMAs? We’ll just have to wait to find out.
10 Must-See Summer 2014 Concerts
- Beyoncé& Jay Z
What:Mr. and Mrs. Carter’s On The Run Tour
When: June 25 – August 5
Why We Want to See It:This tour is a must-see, just for the sole purpose of seeing never-before-seen home videos of their top-secret wedding and mugshots of celebrities like Justin Bieber, 50 Cent, Tupac, Diddy, Robert Downey Jr., Russell Brand and even HOVA himself (all of which areused as background visuals).
- Katy Perry
What:The Prismatic Tour
When:June 22 – October 10
Why We Want to See It:From inflatable dresses to backup dancers dressed like cats, this tour sounds like a bigger spectacle than a Lady Gaga concert.
- Justin Timberlake
What:(The never ending) 20/20 Experience Tour
When:July 9 – August 12
Why We Want to See It:Well, incase you didn’t see it the first time, now is your chance to see it… again. (JT originally started this tour back in November 2013 and just can’t seem to let it go).
4. Eminem and Rihanna
What:‘The Monster’ Tour
When:August 7 – August 22
Why We Want to See It:Because it’ll be like Jay Z and Beyoncé’s tour, only badder, and probably with a lot less clothing thanks to Rihanna.
When:August 1 – October 12
Why We Want to See It:If anybody saw her perform at the Grammys last year, her dance moves looked more like a T-Rex impersonation. We know she’s no Britney Spears in the dance department, but it’s sure to make for some amusing antics.
What: Native Tour
When:May 28 – August 30
Why We Want to See It:OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder is probably one of the greatest songwriters of our generation, with a résuméthat reads like a who’s who of the hottest artists over the past decade, such as Adele (“Rumor Has It”), Leona Lewis (“Bleeding Love”), Beyoncé (“Halo”), Jennifer Lopez (“Do It Well”), andKelly Clarkson (“Already Gone”). Who wouldn’t want to see his band in concert?
7. One Direction
What: The ‘Where We Are’ Tour
When:August 1 – October 5
Why We Want to See It:Their Aussie opening act, 5 Seconds of Summer, who are equally just as dateable, is giving us double the fun for this sexy tour.
8. Paul McCartney
When:July 5 – October 30
Why We Want to See It:One of the freaking Beatles… enough said.
9. Aerosmith and Slash
What:Let Rock Rule
When:July 10 – September 12
Why We Want to See It:If this were 1987, this would be cool. Who are we kidding, it’s still pretty awesome.
10. Jimmy Buffett
When:April 19 – August 21
Why We Want to See It:Who wouldn’t want to scream at the top of their lungs to “Wasted Away Again In Margaritaville”?