After not blogging because of vacation, and then being buried by Showcase, I’m back with plenty of new shows to report.
Two are for Erie: Comedian Lewis Black and the children’s show Pajanimals Live!
Black, one of my favorite comedians, will return to the Warner Theatre on Jan. 11. He’s calling this “The Rant is Due” 2013 tour and he ought to have plenty to say, now that the election is in the rear-view mirror. Black has won two Grammy Awards for best comedy album, including “Stark Raving Black,” and has appeared on “The Daily Show” since 1996.
Tickets range from $35 to $65 and go on sale Friday at www.erieevents.com, 452-4857 and at the Warner box office.
Jim Henson Company’s Pajanimals will embark on their first tour, which includes an April 24 stop at the Warner. Tickets go on sale Saturday at the same outlets as above. This show for pre-schoolers airs on NBC on Saturday mornings, and on the Sprout cable network.
Kenny Chesney, Eric Church and the Eli Young Band will play Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field on June 22. Save your dough; tickets don’t go on sale until Dec. 7.
PBS’ “Great Performances” will feature a restored version of the Beatles’ much-maligned “Magical Mystery Tour” on Dec. 14. It’ll be preceded by a one-hour film that looks at the story behind the film, including interviews with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, plus file footage with John Lennon and George Harrison. “Mystery” was so reviled at the time that McCartney went on British television the day after it aired to explain it. The film later acquired a cult following of folks who appreciated its non-linear, surreal approach.
No concert listing in tomorrow’s Showcase, so here is what we have, not including those we already listed above:
DEC. 6. Smashing Pumpkins. Stage AE, Pittsburgh. On sale Nov. 16 at Ticketmsater.
JAN. 9. Jeff Mangum (Neutral Milk Hotel). Babeville, Buffalo. On sale Nov. 15 at tickets.com.
JAN. 14. The Darkness. Stage AE, Pittsburgh. On sale Nov. 16 at Ticketmsater.
JAN. 19. Who’s Bad — a Tribute to Michael Jackson. House of Blues, Cleveland. On sale Nov. 16 at Ticketmaster.
JAN. 21. Morrissey. Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh. Rescheduled from Oct. 23.
JAN. 29. Flogging Molly, Skinny Lister. House of Blues, Cleveland. On sale Nov. 16 at Ticketmaster.
FEB. 2. Blackberry Smoke. House of Blues, Cleveland. On sale Nov. 16 at Ticketmaster.
FEB. 6. moe. Stage AE, Pittsburgh. On sale Nov. 16 at Ticketmaster.
FEB. 17. Matchbox Twenty. Akron Civic Theatre, Akron, Ohio. On sale Nov. 16 at Ticketmaster.
FEB. 19. Passion Pitt, Matt & Kim. Masonic Temple, Cleveland. On sale at www.ticketweb.com.
MARCH 26. Carrie Underwood, Hunter Hayes. First Niagara Center, Buffalo. On sale date TBA.
APRIL 11. Carrie Underwood. Wolstein Center, Cleveland. On sale Nov. 16 at Ticketmaster.
APRIL 25. Taylor Swift, Cleveland. Venue, on-sale to be announced.
JULY 6. Taylor Swift. Heinz Field, Pittsburgh. On sale Nov. 16 at Ticketmaster.
NOV. 15. Gilberto Gil. Byham Theater, Pittsburgh.
NOV. 15. Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds. Town Ballroom, Buffalo.
NOV. 15. Curren$y. House of Blues, Cleveland.
NOV. 16. Pieces of a Dream. Tralf, Buffalo.
NOV. 16. Chris Isaak. House of Blues, Cleveland.
NOV. 16. Gucci Mane, Yo Gotti, Ray Jr. Wolstein Center, Cleveland. On sale at (877) 468-4946, www.wolsteincenter.com.
NOV. 17. Victor Wooten Band. Rockwell Hall, State University at Buffalo, Buffalo.
NOV. 17. Dark Star Orchestra. Town Ballroom, Buffalo.
NOV. 17. Lights. Mr. Smalls, Millvale.
NOV. 17. John Hiatt and the Combo. Bear’s Den, Seneca Niagara Casino, Niagara Falls, N.Y.
NOV. 17. Sold out. The Monkees. Lakewood Civic Auditorium, Lakewood, Ohio.
NOV. 17. Tragically Hip. Seneca Allegany Events Center, Seneca Allegany, Salamanca, N.Y.
NOV. 17. Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience. Carnegie Library Music Hall, Pittsburgh.
NOV. 17. Ultimate Do-Wop Show with Jimmy Beaumont & the Skyliners, Marcels, Edsels, Stormy Weather, Motown Experience. State Theatre, Cleveland.
NOV. 18. The Monkees. Center for the Arts, University of Buffalo, Buffalo.
NOV. 18. Chris Young. Covelli Center, Youngstown, Ohio.
NOV. 18. Carrie Underwood. Bryce Jordan Center, State College.
NOV. 20. Justin Bieber. Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh.
NOV. 20. Yellowcard, the Wonder Years. House of Blues, Cleveland.
NOV. 20. Citizen Cope. Byham Theater, Pittsburgh.
NOV. 21. B.B. King. Benedum Center, Pittsburgh.
NOV. 21. Zeds Dead.House of Blues, Cleveland