Kiss has just announced a 19-date Canadian run for this summer. The New York City legends will kick off their summer trek on July 5th in Victoria, British Columbia and, as of now, wrap things up on August 16th in Orlando, Florida. Pollstar posted that the tour will take in stops in Vancouver, British Columbia; Edmonton, Alberta; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Ottawa, Ontario; and Montreal. In addition to the tour-closing final date in Orlando, the only other U.S. show is set for July 20th in Cadott, Wisconsin at Rock Fest at Chippewa Valley Festival Grounds.
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CHECK IT OUT: Kiss performing "Crazy, Crazy Nights" live in Tokyo on April 22nd, 1988:
Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania is the first sports stadium in the United States to install a Urinal Gaming System in their bathrooms. The park is host to the LeHigh Valley IronPigs, an affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. The GM of the IronPigs Kurt Landes, said, "These games are sure to make a huge splash." (UPI)
A gay NFL player is seriously considering publicly coming out in the next few months, with the intention of continuing his football career after doing so, CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman is reporting. Such an announcement would be a milestone, marking the first time an active player in a major American team sport publicly says that he's gay. Freeman, who doesn't himself know who the player is, said that the athlete's concern isn't the reaction from teammates, but possible harm he might suffer from homophobic fans. Free agent linebacker Scott Fujita, who is himself straight but has been publicly supportive of gay rights, told CBSSports.com, "I honestly think the players of the NFL have been ready for an openly gay player for quite some time now. Trust me, the coming out of a player would create much bigger waves outside the locker room than inside. . . . Even those who raise personal objections to homosexuality, some of whom are good friends of mine, would still be able to coexist and accept a gay teammate."
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Although he's still knocking them dead night after night on the road, Bob Seger definitely sees his touring days winding down sooner than later. Seger, who plays Winnipeg's MTS Centre tonight (March 13th), told QMI Agency, "I'm definitely nearing the end. I can't see myself doing this when I'm 70 and I'm going to be 68 in May. I've had a wonderful, wonderful run and my audiences have just kept coming and it's really nice but all good things have come to an end. . . Of course if the (new) album takes off -- in this day and age, I haven't got a clue -- but if does, then we might tour another year, we'll see." Seger expects to release his new album sometime later this year.
CHECK IT OUT: Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band in 2013 performing "Mainstreet" live in Toledo:
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Ten Years After guitarist Alvin Lee died on Wednesday (March 6th) at the age of 68. A message from his family announcing his death was posted on his website (AlvinLee.com), stating: "With great sadness we have to announce that Alvin unexpectedly passed away early this morning after unforeseen complications following a routine surgical procedure. We have lost a wonderful much loved father and companion. The world has lost a truly great and gifted musician."
For most of the rock generation, Lee -- and his sticker filled cherry red Gibson 335 -- will always be remembered for Ten Years After's show-stopping performance of "I'm Goin' Home" from the 1969 Woodstock movie and soundtrack, along with the band's sole Top 40 hit and FM rock staple, 1971's "I'd Love To Change The World" which peaked at Number 40. Ten Years After formed in 1966 and took its name to commemorate the year in which Elvis Presley broke worldwide -- 1956.
CHECK IT OUT: Ten Years After performing "I'm Goin' Home" live at Woodstock in 1969:
CHECK IT OUT: Ten Years After's 1971 hit "I'd Love To Change The World":
The 3-D action movie Jack the Giant Slayer, based on the Jack and the Beanstalk story, debuted in first place at the weekend box office. But the film, which stars Nicholas Hoult, Ewan McGregor, Ian McShane and Stanley Tucci, and cost close to $200 million to make, took in just $28 million in its debut weekend, coming in below expectations.
The comedy 21 & Over, about a guy who gets dragged out by his two best friends for a celebration that turns into debauchery on the night before he has his medical school interview, debuted at Number Three. It stars Miles Teller, Skylar Astin, Justin Chon, Sarah Wright and Francois Chau.
Opening in fourth place was the horror sequel The Last Exorcism Part II, which picks up where the 2010 original film left off. It stars Ashley Bell as Nell, who's found scared and alone in rural Louisiana and brought to New Orleans to start a new life. But the evil force that once possessed her is back with a new plan. Julia Garner, Spencer Treat Clark and Louis Herthum co-star.
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A clip of First Lady Michelle Obama doing "mom dancing" moves with Jimmy Fallon on his Late Night show Friday (February 22nd) went viral over the weekend, with the Internet loving how Mrs. Obama made the silly moves look good. The skit, a take-off on the popular video "Evolution of Dance," was called "Evolution of Mom Dancing," and showed both Fallon and Obama dressed as suburban moms doing dance moves like: "Go Shopping, Get Groceries"; "Driving the Station Wagon"; "Oh My God, I Love This Song"; and "Where's Your Father (Get Him Back Here)." It ended with Mrs. Obama doing the "The Dougie" -- which she famously pulled off a couple of years back -- as Fallon walked off stage. The first lady appeared on Fallon's show to promote her "Let's Move" anti-childhood obesity campaign, which marked its third anniversary this month.