Chicago Cheers For Another American Idol In Chicago – Daughtry

Sears Centre – Hoffman Estates, IL

The suspense for Daughtry was intense. From the moment the lights first came on and we heard the Batman Theme song start, we knew this was gonna be a good show. Too bad there was a drunken crazed hippy chic that was distracting me throughout the entire show with her acid dancing in her short shorts, oversized tank top & long nappy blonde hair. But I digress. Daughtry rocked out some of his top hits and even did a few covers. Daughtry brought us back to the 80’s with songs from Phil Collins to Billy Idol. Jason Wade from Lifehouse even made a cameo on stage to sing Home. Chris Daughtry make light of coming from a small town of 100 people and knew he wanted to go places. He even joked about his Uncle owning a gas station in town but still had to pay. Everyone showed up for Daughtry! The crowd was filled with screaming teenagers, mothers & fathers. This American Idol really brought out families out for a night full of Rock. Overall it was very fitting to see Daughtry in Hoffman Estates after Lee DeWyze’s win on American Idol from Wednesday night.

Daughtry/Lifehouse 2010 Tour Dates After The Jump:

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Lifehouse Hits The Road With “Smoke & Mirrors”

Sears Centre – Hoffman Estates, IL

Honestly I have never been a huge Lifehouse superfan or anything but I do like a few of their songs, mainly from back in the day, but I have to say they put on a heck of a show! I have to point out that they sound just as good live as they do on disc. In this day and age of digital recordings with Auto-Tune it really boggled my mind how awesome Jason’s voice is live. Lifehouse is out on tour with Daughtry promoting the band’s new album “Smoke and Mirrors” that was released on March 2nd. Lifehouse performed hit songs like “First Time,” “Whatever It Takes” and “Hanging by a Moment” while throwing in some new stuff off the new album. Wade talked about growing up in a 30ft trailer in a town made up of 300 people and having dreams of making it big someday. That is where the inspiration for the song Smoke & Mirrors came from. The highlight of the show was when Wade swaggered out off the main stage into the arms of starstruck fans. It was an incredible sight to see.

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Cirque du Soleil’s Alegría Illuminates the Stage at Sears Centre

Cirque du Soleil’s Alegría
The Sears Centre – Hoffman Estates, IL

Alegría means “jubilation” in Spanish and I walked into the show not knowing what I was getting into. I’ve only heard the great love of Cirque du Soleil shows from friends who’ve seen the larger Las Vegas shows. When Cirque’s Alegría hit town I jumped on the chance to witness it for myself.

Alegría’s characters are made up of Kings’ fools, minstrels, beggars, old aristocrats and children, along with the clowns.  The story is about the hand off of power throughout time. It evolves from ancient monarchies to modern democracies.

Alegría is currently running a 7 performance residence at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, IL, and if you are anywhere near Hoffman Estates or Chicago please take this chance to see a Cirque show up close and personal. The Sears Centre is ideal for Alegría because of the smaller size of the venue. We were lucky to have fantastic seats but even those further away could still see and appreciate the sheer beauty of the show.

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Hoffman Estates Officials Take Control of Sears Centre

According to The Daily Herald, Hoffman Estates officials confirmed Monday they’re in talks to take over the $60 million, 11,000-seat Sears Centre arena off the Jane Addams Tollway at Route 59. When the Sears Centre was proposed, Hoffman Estates officials acknowledged they’d have to take control of the arena if it didn’t live up to expectations.

Now, less than three years after it opened with a Duran Duran concert, what was then called a worst-case scenario is likely to become reality.

They call the move unwelcome but necessary to keep the facility open, and they vow to do everything possible to keep the taxpayers off the hook.

“This isn’t good news,” Mayor William McLeod acknowledged. But he said that with a different marketing and management strategy, the arena can be the asset it was intended and remain a linchpin for more new development.

Officials hope to reach a deal with private owners MadKatStep LLC by October and said the ball’s in its court to “propose an exit strategy,” McLeod said.

Though a steady stream of big-name acts and minor-league sports teams have played the arena, revenues haven’t lived up to the village’s hopes, and several teams that made the Sears Centre home have folded, the latest being Chicago Storm soccer and Chicago Shamrox lacrosse.

Village officials hope to do better by hiring a national arena management firm. McLeod said three of the biggest have already expressed interest.

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All Hail to the Heroes from Gym Class

Gym Class Heroes
Sears Centre Arena
Hoffman Estates, IL
April 10, 2009

Gym Class Heroes Sears Centre ArenaTravis McCoy (vocals, MC)

I have seen Gym Class Heroes so many times in the past three years that I don’t even want to put the effort into trying to count them all! But no matter what, I never seem to get tired or sick of seeing the boys in Gym Class Heroes live in concert. The band’s live show doesn’t change much, but who cares? The flag boy or “hype man” is still there waving the GCH flag, as that seems to be his only talent. Fortunately, the foursome from upstate New York can now afford to take additional band members out on the road with them. Personally, I like it that way because then the music sounds fuller and there are more instruments from the original recordings of the songs represented (piano, keyboards, synth, etc.). The music is catchy as hell and great to dance to and sing along with. Case in point: take one listen to the GCH song “Clothes Off!” if you have not already. I’m pretty sure you will not get that song out of your head for the remainder of the day or even week! It’s THAT good.

More of the review and photos of Travis, Disashi, Eric, and Matt from Gym Class Heroes after the jump…

Other favorite Gym Class Heroes songs I’m a fan of (and which you should be too) include: “Cookie Jar,” “The Queen And I,” “Guilty As Charged,” and “Papercuts.” At the concert last Friday night, as part of the “I Am Music” tour, GCH performed the aforementioned songs plus many more. One of them being their biggest hit to date: “Cupid’s Chokehold.” The only reason why I am no longer a fan of that song is because it has been played to death on the radio. It’s the song that the “radio fans” know – the only song they know to be exact.

Gym Class Heroes also performed “Peace Sign/Index Down” off of their latest (and third) album The Quilt. Many tracks off of The Quilt feature guest appearances by some pretty big names. And even though none of those guests were at this show, GCH performed them anyway. “Cookie Jar” was the first single released from The Quilt and features The-Dream. “Peace Sign/Index Down” features Busta Rhymes. “Guilty As Charged” features Estelle. “Clothes Off!” features Patrick Stump from Fall Out Boy, as does “Cupid’s Chokehold.”

Gym Class Heroes Sears Centre ArenaEric Roberts (bass)

Gym Class Heroes Sears Centre ArenaDisashi Lumumba-Kasongo (guitar, vocals)

Gym Class Heroes Sears Centre ArenaMatt McGinley (drums)

Gym Class Heroes Sears Centre ArenaTravis McCoy (vocals, MC)

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