So this one summer, before New Kids on the Block made all the girls (who are all middle-aged moms now -- meditate on that for a minute) swoon like no other, the dudes did an in-store at the mall in Cheyenne. I was there. My best friend was a DJ at the station presenting the meet-and-greet, and so we stopped by the in-store because why the hell not? The New Kids weren't even close to famous yet, but this being Cheyenne, people still came out in droves to meet them. Keep in mind, nobody knew what they looked like.
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So me and Gooch come strolling in through the back door, where we were summarily greeted by collective gasps and disappointed looks from the crowd. We wondered why until one girl pointed at us to her friend and said, "That's them? God, they're ugly!" She was right: We were no heartthrobs. Well, Gooch wasn't, anyway. When the New Kids eventually showed up, we got a small taste of the Beatles-like reaction the fellas would soon inspire everywhere.
After glad-handing the girls (it was mostly girls), a few of the Kids -- who were rocking rattails, incidentally -- acted like entitled little jerks and, for whatever reason, saw fit to help themselves to some records, thinking that was evidently part of the deal. It wasn't. As I remember it, the store's manager and their manager had words. Good times.
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Anyhow, those kids, who are now grown men, which makes their name seem even more ridiculous, are coming to 1STBANK with Boyz II Men and 98 Degrees. Cougar Town should be in full effect that night. Tickets for the Package Tour (no shit -- that's what it's called) range from $49.50 to $89.50 and go on sale this Friday, March 8, at 10 a.m.
Keep reading to see the other new shows on sale this weekend, including a string of shows from Fray guitarist Joe King.
Joe King from the Fray, whose new single, "Need a Woman by Friday," featuring Trombone Shorty, just dropped last night on iTunes, is playing a string of solo shows, the first of which is slated for Thursday, April 25, at the Bluebird Theater. Tickets ($15-$20) go on sale this Friday, March 8, at 10 a.m. He'll also be playing on Friday, April 26, at the Aggie in Fort Collins, on Saturday, April 27, at the Black Sheep in Colorado Springs, and the Fox Theatre on Sunday, April 28. Tickets for the Fox ($15-$17) show goes on sale this Friday at noon.
Other shows of note this week: Here's a trip in the wayback machine that we actually endorse, Peter Murphy is set to celebrate 35 year of Bauhaus at the Summit Music Hall on Tuesday, July 16. Tickets ($25-$28) for that show go on sale this week.
The Contortionists brings their ferocious brand of metal the Marquis Theater on Tuesday, March 26. Tickets for that one are $10 and also go on sale this week. Also due at the at the Marquis on Tuesday, May 14 is Ra Ra Riot (tickets are $15-17) and Rehab on Thursday, May 23 (tickets are $14-$16).
Former Hootie and the Blowfish frontman turned country-pop pinup Darius Rucker is coming to Red Rocks with Rodney Atkins and Jana Kramer on Thursday, June 6. No word yet on when tix go on sale for that show, but we'll keep you posted. On Friday, May 3, John Prine will be at the Paramount Theatre. Tickets ($44.95-$65) go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m., as do tickets for Michael Franti & Spearhead, due at Red Rocks on Wednesday, July 3. Tickets for that one range from $38.50 to $50.
As we announced last week, Widespread Panic will be at Red Rocks for a four-night stand, from Thursday, June 27, through Sunday, June 30. The shows are part of the band's summer tour after a year-long hiatus. Tickets ($50) go on sale on Saturday, March 9, at 10 a.m.
The Disco Biscuits will be in town for two shows at the Boulder Theater on Thursday and Friday, April 25 and 26, before headlining Red Rocks on Saturday, April 27, with Shpongle and RJD2. The Boulder Theater shows are only available as part of a three-day pass ($107), which are already sold out. A limited amount of single Red Rocks tickets go on sale on today at noon through Ticketfly.
The Contribution: Featuring Tim Carbone, Keith Moseley, Jeff Miller, Phil Ferlino, Matt Butler and Sheryl Renee, Sun., April 28, 8 p.m., $17.50/$25. Joe King (of the Fray): Thu., April 25, 8 p.m., $15/$20. Lola Black: With the Dreaming (members of Stabbing Westward), Glass Delirium and Broken Image, Thu., May 23, 8 p.m., $10/$15.
21st Annual Microbreweries for the Environment: With Juno What?!, Fri., April 19, 8 p.m., $22/$24. Dan Fogelberg Tribute: Featuring Kenny Luna, John Decrenza and, Sheldon Felich, Fri., June 21, 7 p.m.; Sat., June 22, 7 p.m., $28.50. The Disco Biscuits: Thu., April 25, 8 p.m.; Fri., April 26, 8 p.m., Tickets only available as part of a $107 3-day pass with Apr 27 Red Rocks show. Paa Kow's By All Means Band: With Nii Armah Sowah and the 1000 Voices, Thu., April 18, 8:30 p.m., $12/$15.
The Package Tour: Featuring New Kids on the Block, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men, Tue., July 16, 7:30 p.m., $49.50-$89.50.
Bombino: Thu., May 30, 9 p.m., $15. Future: Mon., April 15, 9 p.m., $22/$25. Streetlight Manifesto: Wed., June 26, 7 p.m., $18/$20.
Camera Obscura: Thu., June 27, 8 p.m., $20.
Cusses: With South of France and Rumtum, Tue., April 23, 9 p.m., $5/$8. Now, Now: With the Lonely Forest, Thu., April 11, 8 p.m., $12/$15. Parquet Courts: Wed., June 19, 9 p.m., $10/$12. South of France: Thu., March 28, 9 p.m., $10/$12. The Stone Foxes: With Spirit Family, Fri., April 19, 9 p.m., $11/$15. Woodsman: With Kevin Costner Suicide Pact and Paw Paw (CD release), Mon., April 22, 8 p.m., $10/$12.
John Prine: Fri., May 3, 8 p.m., $44.95-$65. Mariachi Vargas De Tecalitlán: Sat., May 18, 8 p.m., $34-$104.
Bruno Mars: With Ellie Goulding, Mon., Aug. 5, 7:30 p.m.; Tue., Aug. 6, 7:30 p.m., $43.50-$79.50. Disco Biscuits: Sat., April 27, 9 p.m., $107 3-day pass with Boulder Theater shows. Frampton's Guitar Circus: With B.B. King, Peter Frampton and Sonny Landreth, Tue., Aug. 20, 7 p.m., $39.95-$85. Michael Franti & Spearhead: Wed., July 3, 7:30 p.m., $38.50-$44.95. Widespread Panic: Thu., June 27, 7 p.m.; Fri., June 28, 7 p.m.; Sat., June 29, 7 p.m.; Sun., June 30, 7 p.m., $50.
The Elders: Fri., April 5, 8 p.m., $20/$25. Jonathan Butler: Fri., May 24, 7 & 10 p.m., $30-$40. Just For Art & George: With Dee Lucas and Tony Exum, Jr., Fri., April 12, 8 p.m., $20.
Danielle Ate the Sandwich: With Victor & Penny, Sat., June 22, 8 p.m., $14. The Duhks: With The Howlin' Brothers, Fri., June 7, 8 p.m., $18. Tift Merritt: Fri., July 19, 8 p.m., $20.
We're currently tracking the playlists from a number of different shows, including KTCL's Locals Only, The Colorado Sound, an independently produced show that is broadcast all over Colorado, and The Colorado Wave, which is syndicated on a number of stations across the country. Here's what the area's local-centric specialty radio shows were spinning this week.
Elway - "Dear Colorado" Bop Skizzum - "Do You Want It?" My Body Sings Electric - "Oceancrest" Born in the Flood - "In Debt to the Heart" Fierce Bad Rabbit - "You!" Eldren - "Girls" Photo Atlas - "Move It Darling" Vaux - "Are You With Me" Wheelchair Sports Camp - "Where We All Live" Rachel & the Kings - "Fall Down" In the Whale - "Heels" Love .45 - "Don't Ask Me" Skyfox - "Run Away" Medic - "Everything We Have" Centenntial - "Meantime" Single File - "Miss Cherry Lipgloss" Monroe Monroe - "Sleepy Rose" P-Nuckle - "Gas on the Fire" Reno Divorce - "How Long's It Been" Hot IQs - "Duck & Cover" Regret Night - "Dirty Little Secret" DeVotchKa - "All the Sand in All the Sea (live)" Vices I Admire - "Kiss Kiss" Grace Like Gravity - "Dance Yourself Sick" King - "Need a Woman By Friday" Input - "Cardiac Kids" Foxfield Four - "Money" Psychedelic Zombiez - "Babaganouj" Breathe Carolina - "Hello Fascination" Sam Lee - "Secret" Swayback - "Die Finks" Tickle Me Pink - "We Still Dance" Chain Gang of 1974 - "We At the Disco" Apples in Stereo - "Tidal Wave" Epilogues - "King Arthur" Fear Before the March of Flames - "Mouth" Pirate Signal - "Blkhrts" Joshua Novak - "Heart Hits the Wall" Gamits - "How to Escape" Xiren - "Really Working" Bad Weather California - "Let It Shine" Chemistry Club - "Bend to Colors" Air Dubai - "Restless Youth" Starfuzz - "Circles" Beats Noir - "Castaways" Take to the Oars - "Bar Talk" John Common - "Same Scar" Warlock Pinchers - "Where the Hell is Crispin Glover" You Me & Apollo - "Oh My Molly" Heyday - "Somebody to Someone" Five Iron Frenzy - "It Was a Dark and Stormy Night" Nautical Mile - "Give It Up" DORK - "Songwriting for Dummies" 3Oh!3 - "Back to Life"
Sugarloaf - "Myra Myra" The Apples in Stereo - "Seems So" A Boy and His Kite - "Good Men" Lisa Bell - "Walk With Me" Boa & the Constrictors - "I'm Broke" Thief River - "Southern Comfort" Meniskus - "Greed" The Fluid - "On My Feet" Glass Delirium - "Reality" Bonnie and The Clydes - "Feel The Wheels Turn" Jeff Finlin - "My Maybelline" Manuel Lopez Trio - "Searching Out" Jill Sobule - "Supermodel" Acoustic Junction - "Oh Me Oh My" Esther Sparks & the Whiskey Remedy - "Back to Live" John-Alex Mason - "Diamond Rain" Dennis Wanebo - "American Dream" White Water Ramble - "Dear Mr. Bankman" Leftover Salmon - "Baby Hold On" Honkytonk Homeslice - "Texas Town" String Cheese Incident - "Can't Wait Another Day" Fierce Bad Rabbit - "When All You Got Is Worry...Let Go" Flobots - "The Circle In the Square" gogoLab - "Night Watch"
Burn - "Come Back" Jonathan Clay - "Love At War" Next Door - "Suzie Q" Healer - "Awakening" Bettys Not A Vitamin - "Home" The Informants - "Stuck On You" Great American Taxi - "Kali" Hans York - "Inside Out" Tempa & The Tantrums - "You Lost Me" Slow Burning Car - "Slow Burning Car" Vaughan Penn - "Forgive You" Steve Glotzer - "Beso Azul"
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