Eagles by the Numbers

October 9th, 2013

One of the most famous bands of all time is coming to American Airlines Center once again; the Eagles. On top of having seven No.1 singles and six Grammy awards they also have the No. 1 selling album of all time “Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975).” The Eagles were the first-ever band to play at American Airlines Center and on October 11th and 12th they will be back once again. Let’s take a look at Eagles by the numbers.

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1- The number of words in the band’s name. Even though “The” is the most used word in the English language, the band’s name is simply, “Eagles.” Another interesting fact —  in this post, the word “the” is used 27 times.

7- Total number of times the Eagles have played at American Airlines Center.

8- The average number of vacation days a full time US employee gets. According to Glenn Frey, the band never broke up. “For the record, we never broke up; we just took a 14-year vacation.” Sounds pretty nice doesn’t it?

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10- Approximately the percent of people who are left-handed in this world. Even though Glen Frey is lefthanded, he plays the guitar with his right hand.

425- The number of dollars it would cost to book a room at the Beverly Hills Hotel on October 12th. The Beverly Hills Hotel is the cover photo for the Eagles album “Hotel California.” There is a Hotel California in Santa Monica. For $204 dollars you can book a room there for October 12th.

908- Number of miles from American Airlines Center to Winslow, Arizona. It would take an estimated $96 in gas for a car that gets 35 miles to the gallon to get there from here. The Eagles helped put Winslow on the map with their song “Take It Easy.” In the song the band wrote a line that says “standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona.”

2,300- The number of carpool “HOV” lane miles in the United States — 70% of these lanes are in California. Although “Life in the Fast Lane” may not be about HOV lanes, they sure do make people’s lives easier. 

Over 100,000- The number of total tickets sold for the previous 7 sold out shows at American Airlines Center.

668,185- The number of dollars Don Henley has donated to political campaigns between 1878 and 2008.

We hope to see you at American Airlines Center October 11th and 12th when the Eagles bring the “History of the Eagles” tour here. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@insideaacenter), Instagram (@insideaacenter), and Facebook (/insideaacenter) for up to date concert and sports information including contests.

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The World of Paparazzi: Are they really that bad?

October 1st, 2013

Written and Interviewed by: James Lewis

Follow the American Airlines Center on Twitter @InsideAACenter for behind the scenes pictures when your favorite artists come to Dallas. Follow Cesar Pena on Twitter @247papstv for exclusive pictures and videos of your favorite celebrities.

       The paparazzi are an instrumental part of the entertainment industry. Without the paparazzi, that favorite “trashy” magazine you read would have no content, comedians would have to think of jokes themselves, and realistically, many celebrities would not be household names.  Even though they play an instrumental part in the entertainment community, they are viewed as having fake jobs and being stalkers. I wanted to explore the paparazzi life more and find out what really goes on.

       Paparazzi have jobs because the market demands celebrity content. Exclusive photos can sell for thousands of dollars, with some getting over $50,000. Like any industry, big money means big competition. That competition has led to many celebrities openly bashing the paparazzi, which has created a negative reputation  for all photographers.  Some of the negativity is warranted.  Trespassing, harassing, and creating a dangerous driving environment is not okay. On the reverse, celebrities know the paparazzi play a vital role in keeping them relevant in a world that demands photos of their every move. Should society dislike a group of people who provide the content they desperately want? Should celebrities making millions of dollars be so bothered by paparazzi? Are paparazzi really that bad?  All of these questions have no right or wrong answer, but when answering them, keep in mind the paparazzi industry is much more complicated than you think.

       Cesar Pena, a New York paparazzo, has slowly become one of the best known and respected paparazzo in the industry. With over 34,000 twitter followers (Update: Cesar now has over 46,000 followers.), a successful YouTube Channel, and now his own website 247paps.tv, he is on his way to changing the paparazzi industry.  Rihanna follows him on Instagram and frequently comments on his pictures how much she misses him. Justin Bieber, who is very open about his dislike of the paparazzi, follows him on Twitter, and recently tweeted him “I’m always in a good mood when people are nice. Thanks buddy for being kind.” (That got almost 34,000 retweets!) Cesar was gracious enough to give an exclusive interview about the paparazzi life to the American Airlines Center and help clear up some myths about the paparazzi industry.

Paparazzi Stalk Celebrities

       Cesar says one of the most common questions he gets is, “Who are you stalking today?” “It is always frustrating when people think I  stalk celebrities.  Almost always, whomever I am shooting knows I will be waiting outside for them. I shoot Sarah Jessica Parker frequently in the mornings; she could leave a different way, but never does. The paparazzi normally work in the same areas. If you go to SOHO chances are you will be seen, but if you want to avoid us, it is not very hard. Paparazzi know where these hot spots are, and celebrities know that paparazzi will be waiting for them. ”

Being a Paparazzo is not a Real Job

       “Most people do not understand everything a paparazzo does. It is ironic because those same people who watch TMZ and read People are the ones saying that being part of the paparazzi is not a real job. I run a small business and between managing other members of the team, establishing solid connections so we get the best shots and selling photos and video around the world, I am constantly working hard. I am a service to the celebrity. More coverage from me, means more coverage around the world, which means a bigger brand for that celebrity.”

Paparazzi are Only Bad

       “Ninety percent of the New York paparazzi take their jobs very seriously. They are respectful to the celebrities, and most of the time, do not deserve negative judgment from the talent. Los Angeles is different because being a paparazzo most of the time is not a career. You do not always have to be respectful because connections are not as important.”

Most Celebrities Hate Paparazzi

       “Most celebrities love the paparazzi. It may surprise you that some of the biggest celebrities are also the biggest paparazzi. They have contracts with photo agencies, where in return for telling them where they will be, they get a large commission from the sale of the photos. When certain celebrities say they do not like the paparazzi because they get nothing for their photos, it is a total lie. If they are not in with the photo agencies, they still gain by being in tabloids, on the Internet and TV shows around the world. Overseas and in L.A. they might experience more harassment, but in New York it is different. Rihanna hugs me, Ariana Grande says she watches my videos all the time, and I am probably the only paparazzo Justin Bieber recognizes. “

Negative Reputation of Paparazzi

       “We definitely do not like to be viewed in a negative light by celebrities. The way we see it is the celebrity needs us just as much as we need them. I do not like the negative connotation at all because I feel like my partners and I respect each celebrity and person, and we do not step over any boundaries. However, I do see the other side of the coin and why celebrities see certain paparazzi as threats, but that is why we are keeping our ‘good guy’ image and displaying it for all to see.”

       After talking with Cesar and “stalking” his work online I found out that he is not your normal paparazzo. Over the last three years, Cesar estimates he has helped over 9,000 fans personally meet their favorite celebrity. Cesar told me “The joy of my job is helping make people’s dreams come true.  Being able to hand deliver a fan to Justin Bieber is something that is truly special.” How does he and his team do it? “We are always positive. Whenever we talk to a celebrity, we try to get to know them on a personal level. We know the drivers and bodyguards and let them know that if it is a bad day to shoot we will leave. This is why we never get umbrellas or bright lights flashed at our cameras; we keep it real and get respect in return.”

       Cesar has been able to create a massive online presence by doing what the fans want, like covering Australian YouTube stars “The Janoskians”. Whenever Cesar has free time, he responds to every tweet he gets. Most of them are similar to this: “Cesar you are the best paparazzo ever. I hate every paparazzo other than you.”

       Personally, I do not think the paparazzi are horrible people, especially after discovering how the industry works. I do think more paparazzi need to have the same attitude that Cesar and his team have. Being respectful has allowed Cesar to become the next big thing in the paparazzi world. 247paps.tv has fans around the world because their idols respect the work Cesar does. Even though other paparazzi, specifically in L.A. and overseas, have no requirement to be respectful to celebrities, it will only help them in the end.

       What do you think of the paparazzi? Did anything in this post change your mind? Feel free to express yourselves (cue the Madonna) in the comment section below. Want more behind the scenes paparazzi information? Visit this link to read the FULL EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with Cesar himself.  To stay up to date on all American Airlines Center events, behind the scenes content, and contests “LIKE” us on Facebook (facebook.com/insideaacenter) and “FOLLOW” us on Twitter and Instagram. (@InsideAACenter)

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The WWE Phenomenon

September 20th, 2013

World Wrestling Entertainment, better known as WWE, has captivated audiences since 1963 when it was initially called the World Wrestling Federation. Throughout the years the likes of Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels, and The Rock, are a few of many wrestlers that have made fans go crazy.

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Currently, the WWE brings in millions of viewers every week between Raw and SmackDown.  This past Monday (Sep. 16th) over 4 million viewers watched RAW. WrestleMania 29 sold over 80,000 tickets and 1,000,000 PPV buys rocketing it to the highest grossing WWE live event ever.  Not everyone is a fan of what some call “Fake Entertainment”, but let’s take a look at why millions disagree and have made WWE a phenomenon to stay.

Captivating Wrestlers:  From wrestlers like the mysterious Undertaker, the widely disliked Triple H, to fan-favorite Daniel Bryan, the WWE throughout the years knows how to get fans talking. The wrestlers don’t stop when they leave the ring — between social media and content on WWE.com, fans have more opportunities to either hate or love them. 

Energy: At WWE events, fans get into the action like a college football rivalry.  Between the trash talking, supporting and mudslinging signs and over-the-top announcers the WWE creates a must-see atmosphere.

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Storylines: Always expect the unexpected; the WWE lives for this. In 2012, fans got to see arguably two of the most popular wrestlers of all time, John Cena and The Rock feud it out. Throwing it back to Wrestlemania 21, Hulk Hogan surprised the world when he returned and saved Eugene.  (Check out the video here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c55oW-D7Y1Y . )

Divas: Pretty girls who can also fight? That is the way to any WWE fan’s heart. The Divas currently star in the hit E! reality show “Total Divas.” For those who have not watched the show, check out the sneak peak here: http://www.eonline.com/shows/total_divas/videos/210334/total-divas-season-1-sneak-peek.)

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WWE Live is coming to American Airlines Center September 28th and tickets are still available. #WWEDallas will feature matches that you will not want to miss. The main event is Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton. After being stripped of the WWE Championship just hours after winning it, neither Daniel Bryan nor Randy Orton was WWE Champion. What will happen when these two former champions are under the same roof?  Dallas will also be treated to a match for the Intercontinental Championship, not a normal match, but a NO DISQUALIFICATION MATCH between CM Punk and Curtis Axel with Paul Heyam. The Miz vs. Fandango is also on the card as well as much more action. Buy your tickets now so you do not miss out on your chance to see The Big Show, Vickie Guerrero, Tons of Funk, The Shiels, The Divas, and many more.

Tickets can be purchased at the American Airlines Center box office or on Ticketmaster with this link: http://www.ticketmaster.com/wwe-live-dallas-texas-09-28-2013/event/0C004AE8F465C958

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Six reasons to attend the Bon Jovi Concert

September 16th, 2013

Fall is quickly approaching and that means chart-topping artists, championship-winning sporting teams, and hundreds of thousands of fans will make their presence known at the American Airlines Center. Deciding what events to attend can be tough. To make your decision a little easier we have compiled a list of six reasons why Bon Jovi should be one of the events you attend this year.

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Bon Jovi has performed over 2,700 concerts in 50 countries over three decades. So that you do not have to do the math yourself,  Bon Jovi has thrilled 35 million fans. Bon Jovi is currently on his Because We Can Tour, and due to popular demand, will be coming back to Dallas on October 16th. Here are six reasons why you should buy tickets to the show.

1) Bon Jovi gives you your money’s worth. You better get a good night sleep before the show because Bon Jovi will make you dance all night long. Bon Jovi does not have an opening band, but instead gives you two-and-a-half to three hours of hit after hit. As Jon Bon Jovi said at his last Dallas concert, “I’ve got 14 albums’ worth of material — I can stay here forever!”

2) Bon Jovi goes back to basics. We all love crazy dance moves, over the top special effects, and glitz, but every once in a while some good ole rock n’ roll is needed. You will not see the band doing crazy backbreaking dance routines or Jon Bon Jovi lip singing. Instead, you will get a high-energy concert that displays what we all love, the music!

3) Living Room Atmosphere. No matter if you are in the upper level or in floor seats you will feel like Bon Jovi is playing to you. Bon Jovi has a reputation for putting on amazing live shows that make sold out arenas feel like a backyard show.

4) You love to sing his songs! From his four number one hits in the 80’s “You Give Love a Bad Name”, “Livin’ on a Prayer”, “Bad Medicine”, and “I’ll Be There For You” to more recent hits, “Have a Nice Day,” and “Who Says You Can’t Go Home,” your vocal cords will be in full use during this concert.

5) Tickets for every budget. Bon Jovi loves its fans and wants to make sure there is a ticket option for everyone. Currently tickets start as low as $19.50, but there are still some great seats available on the floor for those who want that experience.

6) Jon Bon Jovi is Awesome! Jon Bon Jovi appreciates his fans and always gives back. This year he made headlines by donating one million dollars to the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. He also waived his performance fee so financially struggling fans in Spain could buy cheaper tickets to his Madrid concert this past June.

Bonus Video: Check out this video from 2010 of Bon Jovi performing “Livin’ on a Prayer” with Rihanna. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7IW4har0X0&list=TLS8wjvSmkWheInPDJxIkVoN_aHt7r86aC

Bonus Article: Check out this article to read about Bon Jovi’s revolutionary stage design. http://livedesignonline.com/concerts/jersey-boys-bon-jovis-because-we-can-tour

See you October 16th at the American Airlines Center. To purchase your Bon Jovi tickets visit the American Airlines Center box office or buy tickets online at: http://www.ticketmaster.com/bon-jovi-because-we-can-dallas-texas-10-16-2013/event/0C004AB5E7F2FCEA

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One Direction, Millions of Fans

July 19th, 2013

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When you see the words “One Direction” do you immediately think “North, South, East, or West?” If so, then you’ve either been living under a rock or haven’t turned on your radio in a while.  One Direction is the name of the British band that has taken the world by storm since their debut single “What Makes You Beautiful” in 2011.  They will perform at American Airlines Center on July 22, 2013.

Need to know more? After auditioning as solo acts in 2010 for the UK’s singing competition show “The X Factor,” the judges decided to form the five boys—Harry, Liam, Louis, Zayn, and Niall—into a group instead.  Although they ultimately did not win the competition, judge Simon Cowell signed them to a recording contract with his label Syco Records.  One Direction skyrocketed to international success when their first album “Up All Night” debuted in the US at number 1—the first British group to do so.

That’s right, not even the Beatles or the Rolling Stones did that.

With their two studio albums “Up All Night” and “Take Me Home,” One Direction has plenty of chart-topping hits to wow the thousands of fans (who dub themselves “Directioners”) who will be in attendance next Monday night. 

Dallas, are you ready for this British invasion?

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Pearl Jam Tour Announcement

July 12th, 2013

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Dallas is 2,200 miles from Seattle.  However, residents of Dallas will be able to get a taste of the famous Seattle rock scene when world-renowned rock band Pearl Jam performs at American Airlines Center November 15, 2013.  The band has just announced their twenty-four date North American tour.

Tickets go on sale to the public July 27, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. through Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, or charge by phone by calling 1-800-745-3000.

This tour will continue to build excitement for Pearl Jam’s new album entitled Lightning Bolt, to be released October 15, 2013. This will be the band’s tenth studio album—a long time coming for fans since the release of Backspacer four years ago.

Check out the announcement video here and be sure to keep up with all things Pearl Jam using the hashtag #PearlJam2013.

See you here with Jeff, Stone, Mike, Matt, and Eddie on November 15!

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Beyonce’s Tour is More Than a Show

July 3rd, 2013

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How incredible would it be to be able to give back to your community while attending a concert of one of your favorite music artists? Beyonce has made this possible with her #BeyGOOD campaign benefitting Goodwill.

As part of Beyonce’s Global Charity Program, the #BeyGOOD campaign asks concertgoers to bring gently worn clothing items, household goods, and small electronics to donate to the Goodwill truck that will be located just outside of each venue during each of her US tour stops.  For all you Dallasites out there, your chance to donate will be this Saturday, July 6, 2013 outside American Airlines Center.

During this campaign, use the hashtag #BeyGOOD on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to show your support of this one-of-a-kind philanthropic opportunity.  All proceeds will benefit Goodwill and other local charitable organizations.

Be kind. Be charitable. #BeyGOOD.

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Red Bull King of the Rock

June 21st, 2013

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Do you like to drink Red Bull?  Do like playing basketball? Do you like to drink Red Bull while playing basketball?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, YOU should join us at the Red Bulll King of the Rock Dallas Qualifier basketball tournament.  In order to decide who will represent Dallas at the King of the Rock World Finals at Alcatraz Island on September 28, sixty-four players will compete in a 1-on-1 bracket style tournament.  First come, first served.

 Two finalists from this qualifier will advance to the World Finals and will receive an expenses paid trip.

 Here’s what you need to know:

Who: Participants must be 16 years old or older to participate.  Those under 18 must have a parent or guardian present.

Where: Audi Parking Garage at American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave. Dallas, TX 75219

When: Saturday, June 22, 2013

9 a.m.—Registration (no entry fee!)

 10:00 a.m.—Games Begin

For more information, click here.  

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Would You Like A Tour? Asks Drake

June 19th, 2013

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If you ever watched Canadian television, then you probably remember Aubrey Drake Graham as portraying character Jimmy Brooks on “Degrassi: The Next Generation.” Now simply going by the mononym “Drake,” the rapper from Toronto has taken the world by storm with his hit albums “Thank Me Later” and “Take Care.”

Drake recently announced his 41-city North American “Would You Like A Tour?” arena tour in anticipation of the release of his third studio album “Nothing Was The Same” due out later this year.  Special guest artist Miguel will join Drake on the tour—you may recognize him from his hits “All I Want Is You,” “Sure Thing,” and “Adorn.”

The tour begins September 25th in Portland, Oregon, and will be at American Airlines Center on Sunday, November 10, 2013. Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 21 at 10 a.m at LiveNation.com and Ticketmaster.com.

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Eagles Tickets Go On Sale

June 14th, 2013

“Welcome to the Hotel California/

Such a lovely place/Such a lovely face/

They livin’ it up at the Hotel California/

What a nice surprise/Bring your alibis”

Hotel California.  The song that won the Grammy for Record of the Year in 1977. The most well-known song from the Eagles that defined the Californian music scene in the 1970s. Full of metaphors, the song has been interpreted differently; some guess it’s about actual hotels in California or even a mental hospital.  However, writer Don Henley has assured the song is “our interpretation of the high life in Los Angeles.”

Whatever your take on “Hotel California,” it’s just one of the many songs for which the Eagles are known. We at American Airlines Center are thrilled to welcome the iconic rock band onto our stage on October 11, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets go on sale Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.

Bring your parents, your friends, or your coworkers—you do not want to miss the Eagles perform hits like “Take It To The Limit,” “New Kid In Town,” or “Take It Easy.”

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