Crowds flock to Liacouras Center to see Fall Out Boy

Fall Out Boy’s “Save Rock and Rock Roll” tour brought crowds from around the state to the Liacouras Center Sunday night, where the band performed with Twenty One Pilots and Panic! at the Disco.

Outside the arena, where the doors opened at 5:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. concert, Sam Tocket, and her friend Megan Presta, both 19, waited to see their “favorite childhood band” for the first time.

However, it wasn’t the main act that brought the two Douglas Education Center students from outside Pittsburgh to Philly.

“I really came to see Twenty One Pilots to be honest,” Presta said.

Farther down the line, University of Pennsylvania students Emma Kaufman, a 21-year-old senior, and Joanna Heinz, a 20-year-old junior, said they were pleased to not have to travel far to see the band.

“We used to listed to Fall Out Boy when we were younger and we were pretty pumped to see they were coming [to Philadelphia],” Kaufman said.

While Heinz said she was excited to hear songs off of the band’s newest album, which is also the tour’s namesake, Kaufman said she wanted to hear the older ones that she listened to when she was younger, including “Sugar, We’re Goin Down.”

The concert is the fourth stop of the 15-city tour continuing through September.

John Mayer holds special concert at Liacouras Center

Before John Mayer played a single note at July Fourth’s “WaWa Welcome America!” Festival, some of Philadelphia had already heard his performance on North Broad Street.

Mayer held a final dress rehearsal to an invite only crowd at the Liacouras Center while broadcasting the performance on SiriusXM Tuesday night.

Those that were invited to the rehearsal received the free tickets by entering a lottery on SiriusXM’s website. Jared Jones, a fan of Mayer and a former Temple student, found out about the ticket lottery via Mayer’s Facebook page and won tickets the day of the event.

“I’ve always loved John Mayer,” Jones said, “so of course going I had the highest of expectations and he did not disappoint.”

Mayer mostly played songs from his latest albums “Born and Raised” and “Battle Studies,” the former being the album he will promote in his coming national tour starting Saturday. Mayer also played the new songs “Paper Doll” and “Dear Marie” from his album, “Paradise Valley,” which has yet to be released.

“[Mayer’s] guitar skills continue to amaze me,” Jones said, “the show was amazing.”

Mayer will perform in the Philly area again on August 23 at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ.

Crowds await Green Day at Liacouras Center

Despite the fans that arrived at 4 a.m. awaiting Green Day’s concert at the Liacouras Center tonight, most have already taken refuge from the wind, leaving coolers and chairs in their place.

Some troopers remain in line, braving the gusts, though having arrived at 10 a.m., maybe a more reasonable hour.  Gillian Malkin, 16, came with her parents, Marjorie and Lance from East Brunswick, NJ, while friends, Dylan Tracy, 20, Dana Terry, 21, and Vikki Schermund, 38 came together, also from Central Jersey.

Lance Malkin says, “I’ve been fans of theirs since 1994 now, and we decided to let Gillian skip school today so we can rush the stage.”

Liacouras Center to receive HD screen

The Liacouras Center will upgrade its fan experience with a series of high definition video screens for the start of the 2012-13 men’s basketball season.

The upgrade will include four Diamond Vision, HD screens measuring 7 feet high and 10 feet wide that will replace the current center-hanging structure and face each side of the court.

The HD screen will be used to display live-action replays, player introductions and real time game stats. The center-hang structure will be complemented by an LED ribbon system that will spread across the 200 Level façade.

The move, made possible by a multi-year agreement between Temple and ANC Sports Enterprises, was made in preparation for the Owls’ move to the Big East conference at the start of the 2013-14 season.

Philly Roller Girls to bout in Liacouras Center

The Philly Roller Girls announced on their website last Thursday, April 19, their plan to host four bouts this summer and fall at the Liacouras Center – July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 8 and Nov. 10.

PRG co-general manager Jocelyn Jenik said in the article that the venue move from Class of 1923 Arena will allow the league the potential to host more spectators. “It’s a venue that will allow us to bring derby to more fans, which is important in a sports-minded city like Philadelphia,” she said. “The Liacouras Center is a dream venue for us.”

Students at Temple tried to start a derby organization registered through the university last Spring 2011, but were not granted Temple affiliation after Campus Recreation capped the limit on sports clubs, citing lack of funding and personnel resources.

In an April 2011 article, Director of Campus Recreation Steve Young told The Temple News that even if the cap were to be lifted, associating roller derby with Temple would be “pretty shaky.” He said an analysis of the liability, risk management and safety would be conducted.

“As a prudent administrator in an educated environment, does it make sense to give these students more support to go and do something pretty foolish?” Young told The Temple News. “Now, I’m not saying roller derby is foolish, I’m saying there’s a place for it where they do it downtown. It doesn’t have to be a Temple thing.”

The students involved still stay active in the derby world without a Temple affiliation by volunteering at local matches and holding group workouts.

“Don’t call it a rave”

Tomorrow, the Liacouras Center will warm the hearts of house music listeners, as it hosts the first Dayglow experience North Philadelphia has ever seen.

Dayglow, “the world’s largest paint party” is described as a unique entertainment experience that combines music, art, and dancing into one large venue. With gallons of neon paint shooting from cannons all over the crowd, aerialists flying high above, laser shows and an incredible performance from famous DJ Sidney Samson, it is bound to be a great time.

Tickets went on sale over a month ago, and sold out in a matter of minutes. Because of this, another Dayglow experience will be hosted on Friday, Sept. 16.

Folk rock legend Bob Dylan to play Liacouras Center

Temple’s own Liacouras Center has played host to some high-profile events since it opened. Perhaps one of the biggest will be on November 9, when folk rock god Bob Dylan and his band take the stage. Tickets will go on sale Monday, October 12 at 10 a.m.

A seemingly immortal force in American music, Dylan has been recording albums for over four decades, becoming one of the most prolific songwriters in history. His songs have been covered by the likes of Jimi Hendrix, U2, Dave Matthews Band and hundreds more artists.

This is sure to be a once-in-a-limetime concert the likes of which Temple has never seen.

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