If there were one word for the Campus Activities Board’s concerts at Homecoming and Tigerfest this year, it might be “unpredictable.” Scheduled headliners Keri Hilson and Wale dropped out of the October Homecoming concert three weeks ahead and were replaced by Lupe Fiasco.
On Monday evening, Bridget Chase, assistant director of programming for student activities, got a call she was hoping not to receive. Metro Station, the scheduled opening act for Tigerfest on April 25, has broken up.
“Our middle agent called me to let me know and my first thought was ‘He’s got to be kidding,'” she said.
The band’s label, Columbia Records, has not yet responded to a request for comment.
In 2009, the band lost bassist Blake Healy and drummer Anthony Improgo. The band was most recently a two-man lineup featuring guitarist Trace Cyrus (half-brother to Miley) and singer Mason Musso. Announced as Tigerfest performers just two weeks ago, the pop-rock band would have opened for N.E.R.D on the Burdick Field stage.
However, Chase noted, Towson had not yet signed a contract with the band and that they were in a binding process as the final agreement was hammered out.
“We didn’t have any reason to think it was a disaster. It was the usual process,” she said.
From here, Chase and CAB are searching for a band that will be available that weekend and on the East Coast. Unfortunately, she said, that means most of the bands from CAB’s survey earlier this year are already booked.
“As we’re surveying students, those bands are taking dates as we’re doing that,” she said. “We’re going to see who else is out there who is not booked on that date. We really want to get a good name, obviously.”
Chase said she is taking the change with a sense of humor, however.
“Maybe it’s a funny year in the concert world for schools,” she said. “It has been an interesting and challenging year.”
Boys Like Girls, All Time Low, Metro Station, and Katy Perry will be performing at this years mtvU Video Music Awards as well as some Six Flags Theme Parks.
Six Flags, the world’s largest regional theme park company, and mtvU, MTV’s 24-hour college network, are joining forces this summer to offer red hot college favorites Boys Like Girls, All Time Low, Metro Station, and Katy Perry for the mtvU Video Music Awards Tour at Six Flags. The tour will take place at Six Flags theme parks across the nation, and will lead up to the blowout “2008 MTV Video Music Awards” show at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles on Sunday, September 7th.
This year the tour has alternating line-ups that will feature bands like Boys Like Girls, who have a long and successful track record with mtvU, including a win for “Breaking Woodie” at the “2007 mtvU Woodie Awards,” and a featured spot on the 2007 mtvU VMA Rookie Showcase. The band has also reached the #1 spot on MTV’s Total Request Live, was a key act on the 2007 Vans Warped Tour and spent more than forty weeks on the Billboard Heatseekers Top New Artist chart. Another leading breakout group, All Time Low, has garnered many successes including the #1 streamed video on MTV.com, filmed live at the 2008 mtvU Campus Invasion Music Festival, and four videos now in the top ten on mtvU.com. In addition, their video for “Dear Maria Count Me In” has been streamed over 3 million times on MySpace.
Other bands joining the tour are Metro Station, whose single, “Shake It,” is currently the #2 alternative track — and in the top 5 overall — on iTunes, and Katy Perry, who will perform her hit song “I Kissed a Girl,” now the #2 track on iTunes and #1 pop track on iTunes, this Friday on MTV’s new music series, “FNMTV Premieres”¦”
The mtvU Video Music Awards Tour at Six Flags builds on the success of last year’s inaugural concert series, where previous mtvU “Breaking Woodie” winner, Plain White Ts, belted out “Hey There Delilah” ““ last year’s #1 pop hit and summer anthem ““ all across the country. Six Flags visitors were also treated to memorable performances from Secondhand Serenade and mtvU’s 2007 Best Music on Campus Artist of the Year, Bamboo Shoots. Six Flags is the definitive spot for thrilling rides and fantastic entertainment, and the music floored more than 22,000 fans over five concert dates at the parks””quickly establishing the mtvU Six Flags series as a breeding ground for some of the summer’s best emerging music.
“We’re excited to be partnering again with Six Flags this year,” says Chris McCarthy, VP mtvU Marketing and Strategic Development, “and to bring MTV’s marquee Video Music Awards to the parks””gearing fans up for the big show. With the rebranded tour, theme park goers will be entertained by a much greater array of today’s biggest and emerging music talents.”
“Six Flags is the summer destination for the hottest acts in music and we are thrilled to include the mtvU Video Music Awards Tour as another addition to the great entertainment value we offer our guests,” said Dan Weinberg, VP, Entertainment for Six Flags.
The mtvU Video Music Awards Tour at Six Flags will be featured at the following parks this July and August:
7/23 & 9/1 – Six Flags Fiesta Texas – San Antonio, TX
7/25 & 8/31 – Six Flags Over Texas – Arlington, TX (Dallas metro)
7/27 – Six Flags over Georgia – Atlanta, GA
8/5 – Six Flags St. Louis – St. Louis, MO
8/19 – Six Flags America – Bowie, MD (Baltimore/D.C. metro)
8/20 – Six Flags Great Adventure – Jackson, NJ (Philadelphia metro)
8/21 – Six Flags New England – Agawam, MA (Boston metro)
Admission to the concerts are free with park admission and are first come, first served. Discounted student tickets are also available. For more information, log on to vmatour.mtvU.com, or visit www.sixflags.com and click on your participating park.
Boys Like Girls & Good Charlotte will be heading out on tour with summer on The Soundtrack of your Summer Tour. Joining them on tour will be Metro Station & The Maine. Check out the dates for the tour below.
Boys Like Girls/Good Charlotte – Soundtrack Of Your Summer Itinerary
Tue 7/8 Chicago, IL Congress Theatre
Wed 7/9 Milwaukee, WA The Rave
Thur 7/10 Des Moines IA Val-Air Ballroom
Fri 7/11 Denver, CO The Fillmore Auditorium
Sat 7/12 Salt Lake City, UT Salt Air Theater
Mon 7/14 Seattle, WA Showbox SoDo
Tue 7/15 Portland, OR Roseland Ballroom
Thur 7/17 Berkeley CA Berkeley Community Theatre
Fri 7/18 Anaheim, CA The Grove
Sat 7/19 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
Sun 7/20 Alpine, CA Concerts in the Park
Mon 7/21 Mesa, AZ Mesa Amphitheater
Thur 7/24 Houston, TX Verizon Theater
Sat 7/26 Baton Rouge, LA Dixie Landin’ Theme Park
Tue 7/29 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall
Wed 7/30 Orlando, FL House of Blues
Thur 7/31 Boca Raton, FL Mizner Park Amphitheatre
Fri 8/1 St. Augustine FL St. Augustine Amphitheatre
Sat 8/2 Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues
Sun 8/3 Richmond VA 18th Street – Shockoe Bottom
Wed 8/6 Indianapolis, IN The Lawn at White River
Thu 8/7 Detroit MI The Fillmore at State Theater
Fri 8/8 Cleveland OH Time Warner Cable Amp.
Sat 8/9 Cincinnati OH National City Pavilion
Sun 8/10 Charlotte NC Amos’ Southend
Wed 8/13 Toronto ON Kool Haus
Thu 8/14 Montreal QC Metropolis
Fri 8/15 Lowell MA Tsongas Arena
Sat 8/16 Uniondale NY Nassau Coliseum Parking Lot
Sun 8/17 Poughkeepsie NY Mid Hudson Civic Center
Wed 8/20 Philadelphia PA Festival Pier @ Penn’s Landing
Thu 8/21 Jackson NJ North Star Arena @ Six Flags NJ
Metro Station‘s new video for “Control” can be seen below. Catch them out on the road this spring, tour dates are below.
3/28/2008 SEATTLE-TACOMA, WA NEUMO’S
3/29/2008 PORTLAND, OR WONDER BALLROOM
3/30/2008 SAN FRANCISCO, CA THE FILLMORE
4/1/2008 SANTA CRUZ, CA THE CATALYST
4/2/2008 CHICO, CA SENATOR THEATRE
4/3/2008 SPARKS, NV NEW OASIS
4/4/2008 LAS VEGAS, NV THE JOINT
4/5/2008 TEMPE, AZ MARQUEE THEATER
4/6/2008 IRVINE, CA VERIZON WIRELESS AMPH. (THE BAMBOOZLE LEFT FESTIVAL)
4/8/2008 ALBUQUERQUE, NM SUNSHINE THEATRE
4/10/2008 AUSTIN, TX LA ZONA ROSA
4/11/2008 DALLAS-FT. WORTH, TX HOUSE OF BLUES
4/12/2008 OKLAHOMA CITY, OK BRICKTOWN BALLROOM
4/13/2008 HOUSTON, TX MERIDIAN
4/15/2008 MIAMI-FT.LAUDERDALE, FL REVOLUTION
4/16/2008 ST. PETERSBURG, FL STATE THEATRE
4/17/2008 ORLANDO, FL HOUSE OF BLUES
4/18/2008 ATLANTA, GA THE MASQUERADE
4/19/2008 MEMPHIS, TN SKATEPARK OF MEMPHIS
4/20/2008 CINCINATTI, OH BOGARTS
4/21/2008 GRAND RAPIDS, MI THE INTERSECTION
4/23/2008 ST. PAUL, MN STATION 4
4/24/2008 MILWAUKEE, WI THE RAVE
4/25/2008 CHICAGO, IL HOUSE OF BLUES
4/26/2008 DETROIT, MI ST. ANDREWS HALL
4/27/2008 COLUMBUS, OH NEWPORT MUSIC HALL
4/29/2008 NORFOLK, VA THE NORVA
4/30/2008 BALTIMORE, MD RAMS HEAD LIVE
5/1/2008 PHILADELPHIA, PA FILLMORE @ TLA
5/2/2008 EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ MEADOWLANDS SPORTS COMPLEX (HOODWINK FESTIVAL)
5/3/2008 EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ MEADOWLANDS SPORTS COMPLEX (THE BAMBOOZLE FESTIVAL)
5/4/2008 WORCESTER, MA THE PALLADIUM
5/6/2008 CLEVELAND, OH HOUSE OF BLUES
5/7/2008 ST. LOUIS, MO THE PAGEANT
5/8/2008 OMAHA, NE THE SLOWDOWN
5/9/2008 ENGLEWOOD, CO GOTHIC THEATRE
5/10/2008 S. SALT LAKE, UT AVALON THEATER
Be sure to check out these bands that are currently gaining a lot of attention that we previously featured on our “On The Rise” section, The Dangerous Summer and Metro Station. The Dangerous Summer‘s new EP will be out August 21st on Hopeless Records, and Metro Station will be on some big tours this fall including Just Surrender, Motion City Soundtrack, Mae and Anberlin.
Interpol’s new album Our Love to Admire is another solid album, as is the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s new EP Is Is which features songs written during touring for their first record. As for upcoming releases look forward to Minus the Bear’s Planet of Ice, slated to hit August 21, and the nation-wide tour to follow!