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Photos: Simple Plan and Sum 41’s “Blame Canada” Tour Invades The Rave in Milwaukee

Pop punk legends, Simple Plan and Sum 41, brought their co-headlining tour to The Rave in Milwaukee, WI on Saturday night.

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Simple Plan’s Pierre Bouvier performs in front of fans at The Rave’s Eagles Ballroom on Saturday, May 14, 2022 (Photo by Dan Garcia).

Two decades removed from a couple of pop punk’s most pivotal LP’s, Simple Plan’s No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls and Sum 41’s All Killer No Filler, the Blame Canada Tour was born to bring some nostalgia to audiences across the continent.

Last night, Milwaukee was the next lucky city to experience a night brought to fans from the Canadian punk legends, and perhaps the most exciting lineup for fans of the genre since the Warped Tour made its exit from the live music world. And with such a great lineup, we of course had to capture photos of some of our favorite moments from the entire night.

Check out our favorite photos from the Blame Canada Tour’s Milwaukee stop below and get tickets for the remaining dates of the Blame Canada Tour at Simple Plan’s official website here.

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Check Out Our Photos from Hog Fest 2022 with Three Days Grace, Lilith Czar & More

Thousands of Milwaukee biggest rock fans filled the Fiserv Forum on Friday night to enjoy performances from Godsmack, Three Days Grace, Lilith Czar, Asking Alexandria and Wage War.

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Lilith Czar performs at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI for Hog Fest 2022.

102.9 The Hog (WHQG-FM) brought some of the most exciting names in rock music, new and old, to Milwaukee’s Fiserv Forum for a memorable night of live music. Hog Fest 2022 saw performances from rock legends Godsmack, as well as a number of other great bands and artists like Lilith Czar, Three Days Grace, Asking Alexandria and Wage War.

The epic roster of performers was not something to miss and had something for everyone, making Friday night easily of Milwaukee’s biggest rock concerts since live music returned to Wisconsin.

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Photos: John Mayer Kicks Off 2-Night Chicago Residency at the United Center

John Mayer brought his headlining Sob Rock Tour to the Windy City for back-to-back sold-out performances on Thursday and Friday night.

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John Mayer brings his Sob Rock Tour 2022 to the United Center in Chicago, IL on Thursday, April 28, 2022 (Photo by Dan Garcia).

In support of his eight studio album, Sob Rock, John Mayer brought his massive headlining arena tour to the house that Michael Jordan built for back-to-back sold-out performances for some of his biggest Chicago fans.

The “New Light” singer kicked off and ended his Thursday night performance with some of the LP’s best tracks, with cuts from and album of some of his career songs sprinkled throughout the 19-track set list. From start to finish the evening was full of highlights and we were there to capture some of our favorite moments.

Fans can visit Ticketmaster.com for tickets and more information on the remaining dates of the Sob Rock Tour.

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5 Can’t Miss Chicago Concerts in April: Olivia Rodrigo, John Mayer & More

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As the last snowflakes melt throughout the city, the live music scene is gaining momentum in Chicago, paving the way for what will certainly be an epic festival season in the summer. And while we can’t wait for festivals like Lollapalooza, the Windy City Smoke Out and more, there are some amazing shows coming to Chicago this month and at some historic venues.

From a couple big nights at the United Center with John Mayer, to Olivia Rodrigo’s highly anticipated 2-night residency at the Aragon Ballroom which sold-out in seconds, there are some huge shows coming to a venue near you in April.

Check out our list of the 5 can’t miss concerts in Chicago in April!

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Photos: Conan Gray sells out The Rave’s Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee

Conan Gray proved he is on a path to stardom with his headlining performance, selling out one of Milwaukee’s largest venues.

Conan Gray brings his 2022 world tour to the Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee on March 30, 2022 (Photo by Dan Garcia).

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Pop music’s Conan Gray is on a fast track to stardom. Since the release of his 2020 debut, Kid Krow, Gray’s following has increased exponentially. Last night’s performance, which was initially scheduled for one of the smaller rooms in the venue was quickly upgraded to The Rave’s Eagles Ballroom, one of the biggest venues in Milwaukee. Not only was the show upgraded to a larger room, but last night’s show was for a sell-out crowd of Gray’s most loyal fans.

And from the moment the Texas native stepped on staged, performing his upbeat track “Wish You Were Sober”, it was obvious why the show was a sell-out, even on a weekday night. Fans sang every word, from the hits like “Maniac” and “Heather” to the B-sides from Kid Krow like , which are great tracks in their own right. Unless it was a dad or boyfriend in attendance as a chaperone, no one at Wednesday night’s performance was a casual Conan Gray fan. However, even many of the +1s in the crowd left as big fans thanks to Gray’s infectious personality and stage presence.

Although Gray was performing slightly under the weather and with some production limitations due to the size of the stage, none of the above mattered and would not have been noticeable without Gray sharing things with his fans between songs. Highlights of the night included the set’s encore performances of “Heather” and “Maniac”, the slowed down moments with “Astronomy” and “The Story” and even when Conan helped a fan ask her date to prom.

Conan Gray’s success was inevitable and he’s the epitome of a born star. He’s bigger today than he was when the tour began a month ago and when he returns to Milwaukee, last night’s huge sell-out performance will seem intimate in comparison.

Fans can visit Conan Gray’s official website for tickets to the remaining dates of his headlining tour. The Conan Gray World Tour 2022 resumes tonight at The Armory in Minneapolis.

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Photos: Bad Bunny kicks off sold-out 3-night residency at Chicago’s Allstate Arena

Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny celebrated his birthday in Chicago on Thursday night with the first of three sold-out shows at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL.

Bad Bunny performs at the Allstate Arena on March 10, 2022 (Photo by Dan Garcia).

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Latin trap rapper Bad Bunny is one of the biggest artists in the world. You may only hear him on Top 40 stations domestically when he teams up with artists like Cardi B and Drake, but when it comes to live shows, no one can fill a room like the 28-year-old superstar.

Bad Bunny’s success was further validated this week as the “I Like It” rapper performed for three sold-out crowds in Chicago at the Allstate Arena, as part of his El Último Tour Del Mundo (in support of his third solo LP of the same name). And if three arena shows wasn’t enough, Bad Bunny is returning to the city this summer for a massive headlining stadium show at Soldier Field. You can get your tickets for the forthcoming performance now at Ticketmaster.

With one of the biggest names in music coming to town, and while celebrating his 28th birthday, fans couldn’t wait another moment for Bad Bunny to hit the stage on Thursday night. And it wasn’t just any ole’ stage, as Bad Bunny performed on a literal transformer that went from a big rig semi truck with pyro to a stage that lowered toward the crowd in the middle of the arena floor.

Opening with his 2020 record, ‘Booker T’, the huge wrestling fan and part-time WWE wrestler got the night started with a banger. Bad Bunny continued the first half of his sets with a number of records from his latest album.

Through the second act of the night, Bad Bunny performed a huge selection of tracks from his career, giving fans everything they wanted and more with a 30+ song setlist, including tracks like ‘La santa’, ‘Vete’ and ‘Volvi’ (his collab with Aventura) to name a few.

All in all, Bad Bunny proved to us everything we already knew. He is one of the biggest rappers in the world and he is a performer before anything else. His songs are great and beloved by many but the performance of his songs is as important as the recordings. While many rappers mail in their live shows with 20 songs and a basic stage, Bad Bunny puts time, effort and plenty of money into his shows, and we can’t wait to see what he has in store for his stadium tour this summer.

Bad Bunny’s tour resumes this weekend with his remaining Chicago performances, you can pick up tickets for his remaining tour dates here.

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5 Can’t Miss Chicago Concerts This March: Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny, Billie Eilish & More

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With COVID-19 cases down, mask mandates being lifted throughout the city, and one of the busiest months for live music in a long time, March is a dream for any music fan in the city of Chicago.

From huge arenas shows with Dua Lipa and Bad Bunny, to slightly smaller but equally anticipated shows, like Conan Gray at the Aragon Ballroom, there are many concerts coming to Chicagoland that fans are counting down the days for.

Check out our list of the 5 can’t miss concerts in Chicago in March!

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Photos: Tyler, the Creator brings the “Call Me If You Get Lost” Tour to Milwaukee’s Fiserv Forum

In support of his 2021 album of the same name, rapper Tyler, the Creator brought his “Call Me If You Get Lost” tour to the Fiserv Forum on Thursday night.

Tyler, the Creator brings his headlining arena tour to the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI on February 24th, 2022 (Photo by Dan Garcia)

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Tyler, the Creator’s “Call Me If You Get Lost” tour is one of the most anticipated tours of the season. With an impressive lineup of artists, including Tyler, the Creator, Kali Uchis, Vince Staples and Teezo Touchdown, the CMIYGL tour is a must see and has something for everyone.

From Teezo Touchdown’s opening set to Tyler’s closing performance of “RUNITUP”, Thursday evening was full of highlights and can’t miss moments and we sent a photographer to the show to capture it all!

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Check Out a VR Metaverse Gallery of Tyler, the Creator’s “Call Me If You Get Lost” Tour

We brought Tyler, the Creator’s headlining arena tour to the metaverse for an immersive virtual reality experience.

Tyler, the Creator performs at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI on February 24, 2022. (Photo by Dan Garcia)

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Traditional photo galleries are so 2021, so we took our favorite images from Tyler, the Creator’s massive “Call Me If You Get Lost” tour and brought it to the metaverse. So take your VR headset or even your computer or cellphone and get lost in a virtual art gallery showcasing our favorite moments from Tyler’s headlining tour.

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Review: Gracie Abrams shines at the Metro in Chicago

The Los Angeles singer-songwriter brought her “This Is What It Feels Like” tour to a sell out crowd at the Metro.

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Although the Metro has long been one of Chicago’s most popular venues, hosting emerging acts and established headliners alike for decades, last night was perhaps the last time you’ll see Interscope‘s rising pop artist, Gracie Abrams, perform for such an intimate crowd. While selling out the iconic venue is no small-feat, Abrams is on a fast-track to stardom and is already scheduled to return to Chicago this April for 10,000 fans, in support of Olivia Rodrigo with two sold-out shows at the Aragon Ballroom. If her calendar is any indication, the Los Angeles singer-songwriter is set to have her biggest year yet and she will only validate the high expectations that both the industry and her fans have for her promising career.

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