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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | October 31, 2012
Taylor Swift, one of the only musicians still capable of going platinum in a week, will headline Washington's Verizon Center on May 11 and 12. Swift, whose new album “Red” will debut at the top of the Billboard 200 next week with 1.2 million copies sold, will bring Ed Sheeran along as the opening act. Since he sings on the “Red” track “Everything Has Changed,” Sheeran seems like a practical choice. Tickets go on sale Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. Local fans will have to head south to see the six-time Grammy winner, as there are no current plans for Swift to stop in Baltimore.
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By Ellie Kahn and For The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2014
Strolling within a mile radius of Verizon Center Wednesday night must have made for an unusual sight: Thousands of young girls walked in the same direction - donning royal blue, synthetic wigs - and hoisting posters that read “Roar” and “It's my birthday” and “KatyCats.” Wednesday night marked pop queen Katy Perry's second night in D.C. for her Prismatic World Tour (she played here Tuesday, and kicked off the tour in North Carolina over...
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2013
Rap superstars have been busy making announcements lately (Jay-Z's "Magna Carta Holy Grail" album announcement commercial during last night's NBA Finals and Kanye West's "Yeezus" album release come to mind). Toronto's Drake joined the headline-grabbing party this morning by announcing a 41-city North American tour titled "Would You Like a Tour?" Auto-tune savant Future and R&B leg-dropper Miguel will also perform. A Baltimore date was not announced, so the closest option for fans will be Verizon Center in Washington on Oct. 31. Tickets ($59.75-$109.75)
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Sports Digest | May 15, 2014
NBA playoffs Wizards confident despite poor home playoff record The Washington Wizards are 1-3 at Verizon Center in the 2014 playoffs, winning only in Game 4 against the Chicago Bulls, but they believe they can fend off elimination again tonight and upset the top-seeded Indiana Pacers, who lead their Eastern Conference semifinal series, 3-2. "Definitely, we feel like we can finish this," backup big man Drew Gooden said. "We know, you guys know and they know this series could be the other way around, with us leading.
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November 26, 2009
The funeral for Washington Wizards owner Abe Pollin will be held Friday. The team said Wednesday that a public memorial service will also be held Dec. 8 at Verizon Center. Pollin died Tuesday at the age of 85. Team spokesman Matt Williams said Pollin suffered from corticobasal degeneration, a rare brain disease. President Barack Obama issued a statement paying tribute to Pollin, who bought his NBA franchise in 1964. "Abe believed in Washington, D.C., when many others didn't - putting his own fortune on the line to help revitalize the city he loved," the president's statement said.
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Sports Digest | May 15, 2014
NBA playoffs Wizards confident despite poor home playoff record The Washington Wizards are 1-3 at Verizon Center in the 2014 playoffs, winning only in Game 4 against the Chicago Bulls, but they believe they can fend off elimination again tonight and upset the top-seeded Indiana Pacers, who lead their Eastern Conference semifinal series, 3-2. "Definitely, we feel like we can finish this," backup big man Drew Gooden said. "We know, you guys know and they know this series could be the other way around, with us leading.
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By Sarah Kickler Kelber | September 7, 2006
Mariah Carey Divalicious singer Mariah Carey brings the Adventures of Mimi tour to Verizon Center tonight at 8. Reggae star Sean Paul is also billed. Verizon Center, formerly MCI Center, is at 601 F St. N.W., Washington. Tickets are $19.50-$125 and are available through Ticketmaster at 410-547-SEAT.
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March 9, 2006
Good morning --Abe Pollin -- We're still getting used to the name Verizon Center. At least we can still call it the Phone Booth.
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By LaKaiia Williams | October 5, 2006
Eric Clapton Eric Clapton and the Robert Cray Band will be at the Verizon Center on Tuesday. The Grammy-award winning rock star recently released his first studio album in almost five years, collaborating with J.J. Cale. The show is 7:30 p.m. at the Verizon Center, 601 F St N.W., Washington. Tickets are $45-$125 and can be purchased at 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.
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By Aaron Chester | October 11, 2007
With its sophomore album It Won't Be Soon Before Long under its belt, Maroon 5 performs at Verizon Center on Tuesday. Considered to be lyrically deeper than the band's first album, Maroon 5's second release exhibits Adam Levine's high-pitched vocals coupled with a techno-funk sound that is reminiscent of 1980s pop. Verizon Center is at 601 F St. N.W., Washington. Tickets are $40.50-$50.50. Call 410-547-7328 or go to ticketmaster.com.
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Sports Digest | January 14, 2014
NBA Wizards owner Leonsis explains arena roof leak Washington Wizards owner Ted Leonsis wasn't in attendance Saturday at Verizon Center for his team's fourth straight home loss, but he did address roof leaks that contributed to two delays totaling 57 minutes in a 114-107 loss to the Houston Rockets. "The big freeze this past week might have created a small fissure in roofing materials, and as the rain came on and some ice was melting, some water was able to seep in," Leonsis wrote on his personal blog, "Ted's Take.
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Lori Sears and The Baltimore Sun | November 15, 2013
I'll admit it from the get-go: I'm an Elton John nut. I love the man, his music, his melodies, his voice. So let me start not at the beginning, but at the end of last night's concert at the packed Verizon Center in Washington. When the show was over, I started replaying the highlights of the concert in my head. And I began thinking of the songs that he didn't play. I wasn't dwelling out of regret or disappointment, but rather out of amazement. He could have played another three-hour concert of the songs that he didn't perform.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2013
At first, it sounds as if the band is just tuning up. Mick Jagger honks out a call on his harmonica. Guitarist Mick Taylor responds with a blues run. Ron Wood twiddles between a couple of notes. Then Keith Richards lands the haymaker opening chords to “Midnight Rambler,” Charlie Watts crashes his way in on cymbals and drums and the long-running locomotive that is the Rolling Stones roars to full, satisfying life, careening down the rails, popping rivets, threatening to jump the tracks.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2013
Rap superstars have been busy making announcements lately (Jay-Z's "Magna Carta Holy Grail" album announcement commercial during last night's NBA Finals and Kanye West's "Yeezus" album release come to mind). Toronto's Drake joined the headline-grabbing party this morning by announcing a 41-city North American tour titled "Would You Like a Tour?" Auto-tune savant Future and R&B leg-dropper Miguel will also perform. A Baltimore date was not announced, so the closest option for fans will be Verizon Center in Washington on Oct. 31. Tickets ($59.75-$109.75)
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By Lexie Mountain and Midnight Sun contributor | April 10, 2013
I have to admit that even though "Second Hand News" is a great way to kick off a night of what was clearly going to be hit after hit of A+, No. 1, solid-gold Fleetwood Mac tunes, hearing Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks sing the first few measures put a little stone in my throat. Lindsey sounded ragged and rough: Did he give too much to Madison Square Garden the night before? Perhaps over-carousing? Does Lindsey deign to carouse? And Stevie, oh Stevie, the top range of her uniquely fluid yet meaty voice clipped.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | October 31, 2012
Taylor Swift, one of the only musicians still capable of going platinum in a week, will headline Washington's Verizon Center on May 11 and 12. Swift, whose new album “Red” will debut at the top of the Billboard 200 next week with 1.2 million copies sold, will bring Ed Sheeran along as the opening act. Since he sings on the “Red” track “Everything Has Changed,” Sheeran seems like a practical choice. Tickets go on sale Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. Local fans will have to head south to see the six-time Grammy winner, as there are no current plans for Swift to stop in Baltimore.
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By BROOKE NEVILS | October 12, 2006
The movie star and highest-selling female recording artist of all time will perform tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at Washington's Verizon Center. The only artist to have received Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe, Cable Ace and Peabody Awards, Streisand is sharing the stage with international opera sensation Il Divo. The Verizon Center is at 601 F St. N.W. in Washington. Tickets are $100-$735, and are available by calling 410-547-SEAT or visiting ticketmaster.com.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | September 6, 2012
RANDOM UPDATE: The infamous all-meat dress Lady Gaga wore to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards will be displayed in a new exhibit, opening Friday, at the National Museum of Women in the Arts , according to the Associated Press. The meat has been dried and painted to resemble the raw meat's original color. -- Lady Gaga's "The Born This Way Ball" will make its way to North America next year, according to Live Nation. On Feb. 25, 2013, Gaga will perform songs from her first three releases at Verizon Center in Washington, according to a link the singer-songwriter posted to Twitter earlier today.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2012
No longer a boy, perhaps not yet a man but most definitely a pop phenom, Justin Bieber will bring his headlining "Believe" tour (named after his upcoming album) to Verizon Center on Nov. 5, according to a press release. Tickets go on sale June 2 at 10 a.m. at all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com or via phone at 800-745-3000. Members of Bieber's fan club can log onto bieberfever.com (seriously) at noon today for presale tickets. Carly Rae Jepsen, the young singer with the current song of the summer ("Call Me Maybe")
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