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Jubilant ladies were spotted posing in front of the beaming, larger-than-life likeness of country superstar Carrie Underwood emblazoned on the side of a semi a few blocks from KeyBank Center as thousands made their way to the country star's concert on Sunday night. The "Cry Pretty Tour 360" features Underwood and her band, and two female-fronted empowering opening acts: tr…

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It was the night of the drummer: rollicking rock and rolling, spitting-on-the-stage before a solo, testosterone-fueled drumming that was the magnificent surprise of the Chainsmokers' EDM show at KeyBank Center on Saturday night, a stop on their "World War Joy" tour. Among the night's circuslike surprises were flaming drumsticks during the four hours of premium dance and po…

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About halfway though his performance at KeyBank Center on Friday, Phil Collins pulled the chair he’d been sitting on throughout the show right to the edge of the drum riser at the rear of the stage. He bowed his head, placing it inches away from the bass drum, his foot keeping time with the hi-hat, his arms flailing in air-drummer ecstasy to the ride cymbal groove. Collins…

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“Scream for me, Buffalo!” No, that was never going to be a problem for us, Bruce. We’d been waiting for this for a long time. Iron Maiden vocalist and frontman extraordinaire Bruce Dickinson exhorted the faithful packing KeyBank Center on Tuesday evening to make their pleasure known with full force throughout the band’s show. But Dickinson and his fellow Maiden men h…

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Social media is a little weird sometimes. A tweet by Clarence High School alum Maddy Smith featured a still shot from the Instagram story of her friend, Marisa Miosi – confusing enough already, right? – that exulted the perks of being a member at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library. It spread like wildfire, earning nearly 24,000 retweets and more than 200,000 l…

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Post Malone's just-announced "Runaway Tour" will include a stop in downtown Buffalo at 8 p.m. Oct. 6 in the KeyBank Center (1 Seymour H Knox III Plaza). Earlier this month, the Syracuse-born rapper dropped the music video to his latest single "Goodbyes," which is just a taste of the new music he has promised to share later this year. His Grammy-nominated sophomore "Beer…

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When Chris Brown sold out Darien Lake in 2015, the major reaction was just how elite of a dancer the pop/R&B artist proved to be, even approaching Michael Jackson levels. The same energy and moves will be on display when Brown returns to Buffalo, at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 10 in KeyBank Center. Tickets go on sale at noon June 14 at the KeyBank Center Box Office, Tickets.…

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You know you’re at a Twenty One Pilots show when the line for band name-emblazoned merchandise is longer than the beer line. That was the case on Saturday, June 1, as TOP brought its “Bandito Tour” to an uber-packed (mostly with teenaged fans) KeyBank Center, reaffirming the near-obsessive love affair between the beloved emo-indie duo and a fan base that got on board wi…

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British rock icons. Hair metal virtuosos. Fashioners of the anticipatory synth riff, and enablers of the most famous double-Jaguar dance sequence in music video history. The David Coverdale-led Whitesnake has rode those accomplishments to endure through breaks and lineup changes over its more than 40 years of existence. Whitesnake is bringing its “Flesh & Blood” wor…

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Guess who finally made his way to the anxious, pining and adoring Queen City? After two tour date postponements that were to have Justin Timberlake and backup band the Tennessee Kids rolling through Buffalo late last year promoting his release "Man of the Woods," the entourage at long last played a nearly sold-out KeyBank Center on Saturday night. Timberlake reported…

Don’t worry, she’s fine. Ariana is fine, everyone. She’s had a tumultuous year for any person to endure, celebrity or otherwise – the whirlwind romance, engagement, separation and open mockery of her relationship with Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson; the tragic death of ex-boyfriend Mac Miller, with whom she had produced music; and the residual aftermath of the 2…

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It's amazing how one drum solo can prolong an artist's career. Phil Collins, a masterful UK drummer who's also an emotive singer-songwriter, is perhaps best known for "In the Air Tonight," released in 1981 but still a familiar tune roughly four decades later. Collins has announced a Buffalo stop for 8 p.m. Oct. 4 in KeyBank Center as a part of his Still Not Dead Yet …

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At an even 5-feet tall, Ariana Grande appears to be standing on top of the world. Already this year, the 25-year-old pop star won her first Grammy, became the most followed woman on Instagram (147 million followers) and broke the record for most streams in a week (307 million) on the Billboard Hot 200. Grande released her fifth studio album “thank u, next” in Februar…

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“He’s like Kanye West, but on steroids, bro.” I overheard a guy saying this to his concert-mate on the way into Sunday night’s KeyBank Center stop on Travis Scott’s long-running “Astroworld” tour. I ruminated on his words as I waited – and waited – for Scott to take the stage. When he went on around 9:15 p.m., it hit me rather quickly that the guy’s short, pithy desc…

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Commanding of stage, voice, and intersong banter that includes a smattering of adult humor, Michael Bublé played a packed KeyBank Center Wednesday night, part of a tour supporting his 2018 release, "love," his 10th. After a publicized starting time of 8 p.m. sharp (and no opener), the show got rolling after a half-hour delay, ostensibly due to the persistent regional snowf…