Green Day to play Austin360 Amphitheater in September
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Green Day will play an arena/amphitheater-sized venue in Austin for the first time ever on Sept. 8, performing at Austin360 Amphitheater as part of a national tour announced Monday morning.
Tickets, $30-$89.50, go on sale noon Jan. 13 at austin360amphitheater.com. Catfish & the Bottlemen, a hit at the 2016 Austin City Limits Music Festival, will open the show.
It’s the group’s first Austin show since a 2013 South by Southwest set at ACL Live. (Green Day’s side-project garage band, Foxboro Hot Tubs, played Rachael Ray’s party at Stubb’s during SXSW 2014.) In November 2011, the band played a secret show at Red River nightclub Red 7 (now Barracuda), one of a handful of surprise small-venue shows around the country where they tried out new material.
Earlier in its career, the group played Austin venues including Liberty Lunch, Austin Music Hall, the original Emo’s, and the Back Room (where the current Emo’s now stands). The Bay Area punk-pop group is touring behind its 2016 album "Revolution Radio," which hit No. 1 upon its release in October.
— Peter Blackstock
The XX coming to ACL Live in May
After popping up on the lineup for the Coachella music festival in California, British indie pop band the XX also made headlines for teasing their North American tour by surprising fans with mailed invites to U.S. gigs. Then we got the full itinerary for their "I See You" tour, named after their new album. It includes a stop at ACL Live on May 10. Tickets to the show will run from $45-$50, and they go on sale 10 a.m. Jan. 13 at acl-live.com.
— Deborah Sengupta Stith
Olympians to compete at Pro Swim Series in Austin this weekend
Swim fans, prepare to geek out.
USA Swimming’s arena Pro Swim Series heads to Austin this weekend, and that means a chance to glimpse some top Olympic swimmers in the water.
The three-day, six-session meet runs Jan. 13-15 at the Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center at the University of Texas. Daily preliminaries begin at 9 a.m. with finals at 6 p.m.
The lineup includes Ryan Held, who won a gold in the 4×100 freestyle relay team at the Rio Olympics, Josh Prenot, who won a silver medal in the breaststroke in Rio, and Amanda Weir, Hali Flickinger and Jacob Pebley, who all competed in the Rio Games.
The meet is the first of five stops of the 2017 arena Pro Swim Series.
For ticket information, go to usaswimming.org/events. Use the code AUSTIN at checkout and get a free ticket for every two tickets you purchase.
— Pam LeBlanc
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