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Ed Sheeran Announces North American Arena Tour Including LA, San Diego, Oakland, Sacramento

By DOTTIE PARIS

Ed Sheeran will be coming back to North America to play 48 dates starting this Summer. Tickets are on general sale Friday, March 17.

A limited number of tickets will be available via a fan presale that starts 10am local time on March 13.

REGISTER HERE before 10 AM ET on March 10 for access to the pre-sale.

His new album is Divide

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES

June 29 || Kansas City, MO || Sprint Center

June 30 || Des Moines, IA || Wells Fargo Arena

July 1 || St. Paul, MN || Xcel Energy Center

July 7 || Toronto, ON || Air Canada Centre

July 9 || Buffalo, NY || KeyBank Center

July 11 || Philadelphia, PA || Wells Fargo Center

July 14 || Uncasville, CT || Mohegan Sun Arena

July 15 || Uncasville, CT || Mohegan Sun Arena

July 18 || Quebec City, QC || Videotron Centre

July 19 || Montreal, QC || Bell Centre

July 22 || Winnipeg, MB || MTS Centre

July 23 || Saskatoon, SK || SaskTel Centre

July 25 || Edmonton, AB || Rogers Place

July 28 || Vancouver, BC || Rogers Arena

July 29 || Tacoma, WA || Tacoma Dome

July 30 || Portland, OR || Mode Center

August 1 || Sacramento, CA || Golden 1 Center

August 2 || Oakland, CA || Oracle Arena

August 4 || Las Vegas, NV || T-Mobile Arena

August 5 || Glendale, AZ || Gila River Arena

August 6 || San Diego, CA || Valley View Casino Center

August 10 || Los Angeles, CA || Staples Center

August 15 || Denver, CO || Pepsi Center

August 17 || Tulsa, OK || BOK Center

August 18 || Dallas, TX || American Airlines Center

August 19 || Houston, TX || Toyota Center

August 22 || San Antonio, TX || AT&T Center

August 25 || Duluth, GA || Infinite Energy Center

August 29 || Tampa, FL || Amalie Center

August 30 || Miami, FL || American Airlines Arena

August 31 || Orlando, FL || Amway Center

September 2 || Raleigh, NC || PNC Arena

September 3 || Charlotte, NC || Spectrum Center

September 5 || Charleston, SC || North Charleston Center

September 7 || Louisville, KY || KFC YUM! Center

September 8 || Indianapolis, IN || Bankers Life Fieldhouse

September 9 || Cleveland, OH || Quicken Loans Arena

September 12 || Omaha, NE || CenturyLink Center

September 15 || Chicago, IL || Allstate Arena

September 17 || St. Louis, MO || Scottrade Center

September 19 || Washington, DC || Verizon Center

September 22 || Boston, MA || TD Garden

September 26 || Pittsburgh, PA || PPG Paints Arena

September 27 || Detroit, MI || Little Caesars Arena

September 29 || Brooklyn, NY || Barclays Center

September 30 || Brooklyn, NY || Barclays Center

October 3 || Columbus, OH || Nationwide Arena

October 6 || Nashville, TN || Bridgestone Arena

EXCLUSIVE: Peter Ascher Tells Musicians ‘Don’t Expect To Make Money Unless You’re Ed Sheeran’

Renowned Music Producer and Manager Says Go Solo

By DONNA BALANCIA

Peter Ascher, famed musician and manager of James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt and who worked with The Beatles, said musicians should not be in it for the money, because there is none.

We asked Ascher the question: How do musicians make money today?

“They don’t,” he told CaliforniaRocker.com in an exclusive interview following his NAMM Show keynote address. “You have to do it because you love it.  You have to be Ed Sheeran. He fills Wembley Stadium and does it all by himself.”

Sheeran is known to appear onstage solo, with a loop pedal and a guitar.

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Bob Lefsetz interviews Peter Ascher – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

‘The Reward is in The Work’

Ascher said the reward is in the work. And his work has been particularly enviable, working with The Beatles’ Apple Records, and managing and producing artists such as Taylor and Ronstadt. Helping them create their albums was a thing of joy, Ascher said.

With Ronstadt, he said, “Linda chose a lot of the songs but she liked folk music.  If the songs were more rock, then I picked them.”

Of his first meeting with Ronstadt, Ascher said, “Kate Taylor told me there was this young girl who sang in short shorts and bare feet, and of course she was incredibly hot. I didn’t sign her on the spot because I was working with Kate Taylor, James’ sister. I helped Linda finish ‘Don’t Cry Now’ then I became her manager.”

Peter Ascher on ‘You’re No Good’

With Ronstadt’s superhit, “You’re No Good,” Ascher said he and Ronstadt both loved the song and they were aware it was a bit hit for Betty Everett.

“We played with the arrangement a lot, and we brought in Andrew Gold and he built the song track by track.”

Sweet Baby James was a superhit album in the late 1970s with great songs. How did the tune, “Suite for 20 G,” which was actually a compilation song, come about?

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Creative producing is the key to having the hit records, Peter Ascher tells Bob Lefsetz – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

‘Sweet Baby James’ and The Rise of James Taylor

“James came to me and said, ‘I haven’t got any more songs, they’re fragments,’ so I told him to string them all together.” Ascher said that’s why you can hear three distinctive parts of the song.  And when the song was finished he got the last 20 Gs he was owed.

Ascher said the rise of James Taylor and the famous album Sweet Baby James was a great accomplishment.

“I had James playing every place I could think of,” Ascher said. “He was becoming popular, ‘Fire and Rain’ was the single that would change our lives.’

How did Ascher manage to do it all?

“I don’t sleep much,” he said.

At the moment, Ascher is working with composer Hanz Zimmer, who’s next big gig will be performing at Coachella. Ascher has also been working as music director on the Steve Martin play Bright Star. The Bright Star album is a contender for Best Musical Theater Album GRAMMY Award.

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