Ticketmaster Birmingham Bowl Cancelled

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To quote Queen: “Another one bites the dust.”

ESPN Events has cancelled yet another of the bowl games that it owns and operates. The network announced Sunday, it has cancelled the Ticketmaster Birmingham Bowl. This year would have been the 15th year the bowl was played.

Ticketmaster Birmingham Bowl Executive Director Mark Meadows said in a prepared statement, the cancellation was due to the continuing trend of teams opting out of the “bowl season” for the 2020-21 college football season.

“We have made the difficult decision to cancel the TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl,” said Meadows. “As the inventory of available teams lessened, our ability to stage the game was compromised. We will direct our focus to next year’s bowl, and look forward to staging the game in the 2021 season.”

The Ticketmaster Birmingham Bowl was scheduled to take place Jan. 1 at Legion Field. It is now the 13th bowl game canceled this season and third this month. The current list of cancelled games is noted below.

  1. Bahamas Bowl (C-USA vs. MAC)
  2. Celebration Bowl (MEAC vs. SWAC)
  3. Fenway Bowl (AAC vs. ACC)
  4. Hawaii Bowl (AAC vs. Mountain West)
  5. Holiday Bowl (ACC vs. Pac-12)
  6. Las Vegas Bowl (Pac-12 vs. SEC)
  7. Los Angeles Bowl (Pac-12 vs. Mountain West)
  8. Pinstripe Bowl (ACC vs. Big Ten)
  9. Quick Lane Bowl (ACC, Big Ten, MAC)
  10. Redbox Bowl (Big Ten vs. Pac-12)
  11. Sun Bowl (ACC vs. Pac-12)
  12. Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl (AAC vs. WAC)
  13. Ticketmaster Birmingham Bowl (SEC vs. AAC)

Early this week, it was announced that the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl — another bowl owned and operated by ESPN Events — was canceled.

According to information provided to the media, the cancellation happened as a result of COVID-19 restrictions enacted in the Southern Methodist University (SMU) football program.

As a result of the game’s cancellation, SMU’s planned opponent, the University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA) will now play in the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl. The game is scheduled to take place at 3:30 p.m. ET on Dec. 26 on ABC. UTSA’s opponent for the game will be announced in the coming days.

Clint Overby, Vide President of ESPN Events, shared disappointment at the announcement, and offered consolation to audiences and fans in a prepared statement.

“While we are disappointed in having to cancel the game, our top priority is the health and safety of all parties involved,” said Overby. “We wish SMU, their student-athletes, coaches and administrators well during this time.”

Fans who bought tickets for the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl will receive full refunds automatically. Refunds could take as much as five business days to receive.

Tuesday’s announcement was the second this month involving cancellation of one of this season’s bowl schedule. The cancellation of the Las Vegas Bowl was announced early this month due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The game was scheduled to be the first college football bowl game to ever take place in the recently constructed Allegiant Stadium, which is the home of the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders. It was set to feature a matchup of teams from the Pac-12 and Southeastern Conference (SEC).

Las Vegas Bowl Executive Director John Saccenti was quoted at the time as saying he hoped the bowl would be able to be played next season.

“Unfortunately we will have to wait another year to present the Las Vegas Bowl in its new home,” said Saccenti. “This was a difficult decision but the right one considering that our game was founded nearly three decades ago to help drive tourism to the Entertainment Capital of the World during the month of December. We are looking forward to making our bowl week bigger and better than ever in 2021.”

Larry Scott, Pac-12 Commissioner shared Saccenti’s hopes for next year’s Las Vegas Bowl in his own comments.

“The Pac-12 is disappointed for our teams and fans that the Las Vegas Bowl has been forced to cancel this year’s game,” said Scott. “We look forward to next year’s game, which promises to be a fantastic national stage in one of the world’s best football stadiums, to showcase Pac-12 football.”

SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey also expressed his disappointment at the announcement.

“We are disappointed the Las Vegas Bowl has been cancelled for the 2020 football season and will miss the opportunity for SEC student-athletes to experience an exciting new venue,” said Sankey. “We have no doubt the Las Vegas Bowl will be a great part of the future SEC bowl lineup and look forward to our partnership in the years ahead.”

The 2019 Las Vegas Bowl featured a matchup of the Washington Huskies and then No. 19 Boise State Broncos at Sam Boyd Stadium. Washington won the game 38-7.

The Las Vegas Bowl and Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl are two of 17 total bowl games that are owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN.

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Allman Brothers Band Announces 50th Anniversary Show

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The Allman Brothers will celebrate its 50tth anniversary in March.

The band will mark the anniversary with a musical celebration March 10 at Madison Square Garden.  Pre-sales for the once-in-a-lifetime event start Jan. 7. Public sales start Jan. 10 through Ticketmaster.

Produced by LiveNation, the Allman Brothers’ anniversary concert will unite Jaimo, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Oteil Burbridge, Marc Quinones, Duane Trucks and Reese Wynans with special guest Chuck Leavell.  The concert will mark the first time in more than five years that the musicians have performed live together.

Haynes made note of that span of time having passed in a recent interview.

“Hard to believe it’s been five years since our final show at the Beacon,” he said.   “We had all talked about doing a final show at Madison Square Garden, which never came to fruition.  What a great way to honor 50 years of great music and fulfill that wish at the same time.”

Burbridge echoed Haynes’ comments with his own statement.

“I’m so glad to get the chance to pay tribute to 50 years of the enduring music of The Allman Brothers Band,” he said.  “I’m blessed to have been part of their story.  It’s gonna be a night to remember.”

Derek Trucks expanded on the comments made by his fellow musicians with his own statement.

“From the Fillmore East to the Beacon, NYC has always been a spiritual home for the Allman Brothers,” he said.  “So it only feels natural to honor uncle Butch, Gregg, Berry, Duane and all the other brothers and sisters we have lost along the way here at MSG.  I’m excited to get to play these songs with Jaimoe and the Brothers one last time to celebrate 50 years of this music.”

Portions of the proceeds from the upcoming concert will benefit The Big House in Macon, GA.  which is the band’s official museum.  The facility previously was the band’s home from 1970-73.

More information on the Allman Brothers Band’s upcoming Madison Square Garden concert is available online at:

 

Website: http://allmanbrothersband.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/allmanbrothers

 

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Details Announced For Second Annual Fort Rock Festival

Courtesy:  Ashton-Magnuson Media

Courtesy: Ashton-Magnuson Media

Organizers of the Fort Rock Festival have announced the details for the annual hard rock music festival.  This year’s festival is scheduled for Saturday, April 26th.  It will be held at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida.  The list of this year’s performers includes: Seether, Theory of a Deadman, Black Stone Cherry, Sick Puppies, Trivium, Skindred, The Pretty Reckless, KYNG, Nothing More, Twelve Foot Ninja, and a bunch more.  Veteran hard rock act Korn will share headlining duties at this year’s festival with Five Finger Death Punch.

When asked about performing at this year’s festival (its second) 5FDP drummer Jeremy Spencer spoke on behalf of the band. He expressed the band’s excitement in being invited to headline the show and what it means to play along with some of 5FDP’s favorite bands, and for its fans in Florida.  “5FDP is incredibly excited to be part of the kickoff of the World’s Loudest Month,” he said.  “Having already ‘rocked’ Rockville, this will be our first time bringing it to Fort Myers. We are blessed to have so many fans in Florida that made it possible for the band to step up as a festival headliner standing beside giants like Korn and Rob Zombie! Thank you, Florida. See you all soon!”  Festival co-producer Clay Bush of Danny Wimmer Presents shared the excitement of all of the bands in speaking about the festival celebrating its second year.  “After a great first year, we couldn’t be more excited to return to JetBlue Park with an amazing band lineup and fantastic partners,” Bush said.

Photo Credit: Chad Martel Photography

Photo Credit: Chad Martel Photography

Organizers are offering audiences a special limited time discounted ticket pre-sale from Tuesday, January 28th – Thursday, January 30th.  During this short sale, a limited number of discounted general admission tickets will be available for purchase.  Each day’s prices are listed below (plus fees). Passwords can be obtained for the pre-sale online at http://www.RevolverMag.com and http://www.FloridaWeekly.com.

Tuesday, January 28: $29.50

Wednesday, January 29: $39.50

Thursday, January 30: $45.50

Regularly priced General Admission tickets will go on sale Friday, January 31st at 10a.m.ET at http://www.FortRockFestival.com and via all Ticketmaster outlets.  General Admission tickets start at $49.50 and VIP tickets start at $99.50 each.  Prices increase February 10th. Tickets can also be purchased at all Pita Pit locations for $50, with no service fees.  A limited number of discounted General Admission tickets for the military will be available for just $29.  They can be purchased online at http://www.govx.com.

The Fort Rock Festival is the opening concert of a series of concert festivals produced by Danny Wimmer Presents and AEG Live.  Also among that list of concerts presented by Danny Wimmer Presents and AEG Live is are: Rock on the Range and Carolina Rebellion.  It is also part of the kickoff of the World’s Loudest Month and the Florida kickoff along with Monster Energy’s Welcome to Rockville.  It is sponsored by Monster Energy, Jack Daniels, Jagermeister, and f.y.e.  More information on the Fort Rock Festival is available online at http://www.FortRockFestival and http://www.facebook.com/fortrockfestival.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.