August 24, 2015 |
Lincoln Financial Field doesn't usually sell out for a guy so short. Next Sunday, 53,000 people will head to Chip Kelly's house to see Kevin Hart - the diminutive comedian, standing tall at a reported 5 feet, 4 inches, who was born and raised in North Philadelphia - become the first comedian to headline, and sell out, an NFL stadium. (Not just any NFL stadium, but the stadium of his hometown team. "Here's the good thing about being an Eagles fan: It can only get better," Hart said by phone.
August 21, 2015 |
A slender youngster, perhaps 8 or 9 years old, put a backhander into the net and was immediately rewarded with a fist bump from former Flyer Bob "Hound" Kelly on Wednesday morning inside the Wells Fargo Center. "Nice shot, bud," Kelly said. The youngster's smile seemed to stretch the length of the rink. There were lots of smiles as 40 at-risk and special-needs participants took part in a street-hockey clinic overseen by Kelly, Flyers community-relations manager Jason Tempesta, and three of the organization's promising prospects: Sam Morin, Shayne Gostisbehere, and Anthony Stolarz.
August 18, 2015 |
THE SOUL is one step away from its third ArenaBowl appearance in four years. In its way, however, is the AFL's most imposing defensive player and one of the league's most dangerous teams. Shortly after the Soul (16-3) dispatched Cleveland, 47-35, on Saturday, Jacksonville (11-8) went into Orlando and lumped up the surging Predators, 55-33, setting up Sunday's American Conference Championship Game at the Wells Fargo Center (5 p.m., CBSSN). This is the fourth meeting between the Soul and Jacksonville.
August 14, 2015 |
The 76ers will open the regular season on the road for the second consecutive year. This time, it will be a homecoming for second-year power forward Nerlens Noel. He'll lead the Sixers against the Boston Celtics in an opener at TD Garden on Oct. 28. Noel's hometown of Everett, Mass., is less than four miles from the arena. The Sixers will play seven of their first 12 games at home before spending 18 of their next 24 on the road, including six straight away games. The NBA announced its schedule Wednesday.
July 25, 2015 |
Shania Twain delivered a thrilling, career-spanning concert when her Rock This Country tour stopped Wednesday at Wells Fargo Center. It was a bittersweet night for her fans, though, because they knew they'd never see the "Queen of Country Pop" wrap her fingers around a microphone, throw her hair back, look up to the heavens, and belt out the big hits - or any songs - on stage again. This was the last time. Ever. If we believe the announcement Twain made on Good Morning America earlier this year - and it's reasonable to be skeptical, since many artists retire, and then come back for one last cash-grabbing hurrah - this is the 49-year-old Canadian's final tour.
July 23, 2015 |
Forget that Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid is expected to miss next season due to a bone in his right foot being broken - again. If you go to a game, you'll at least find a new player at the food concession: Lee's Hoagie House. The Southampton, Bucks County-based chain has reached a deal for the next year to operate two stands at the Wells Fargo Center for all events - sports, entertainment and other, including the Democratic National Convention in July 2016, said Jon Waxman, corporate vice president of Lee's Hoagie House Franchise Group.
June 30, 2015 |
For all their success - a Grammy and several other big music awards; chart-topping Billboard music - Imagine Dragons, like Rodney Dangerfield, get little respect. The band has been called "lite" so many times that it's getting stupid. The "other Las Vegas rock band" (they're certainly not the Killers) has been called Radiohead-lite, U2-lite, and Coldplay-lite, the last being the worst insult because Coldplay itself is U2-lite. The quartet's big show at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday occasionally showed why Imagine Dragons is held in flippant contempt, along with many reasons to give them props.
June 28, 2015 |
Two words best summarize the career-spanning performance the three Canadian dudes collectively known as Rush delivered Thursday evening at a sold-out Wells Fargo Center: extraordinary production . From the complex music (presented in reverse chronological order over two sets, plus an encore) to the lasers to the hilarious interstitial video elements, the band marked its 40 years (41, really) with a show that felt like a heartfelt thank-you to its fans. Those fans are even receptive to new stuff, a tricky area most classic rock bands fear to tread.
June 27, 2015 |
Union carpenters, embroiled in a long-standing dispute with the Pennsylvania Convention Center, have promised not to interfere with the 2016 Democratic national presidential convention in Philadelphia unless . . . . . . Unless the Democratic National Committee holds events at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. "Our protests will not impact any DNC guests, affiliated groups, or visitors to Philadelphia that week in any venue where our union members are contracted to work," union leader Edward J. Coryell wrote in a letter sent Thursday to the Rev. Leah Daughtry, pastor of House of the Lord Church in Washington, and party-appointed chief executive of the convention.
June 26, 2015
SOUL AGENDA Who: Tampa Bay (6-6) at Soul (11-2) When: Tonight, 7:30 Where: Wells Fargo Center (19,500). TV/Radio: None. On the web: ESPN3.com, Soul.ArenaFootball.com/AllAccess Line: Soul -7 1/2 About the Soul: Rolled Tampa, 71-27, on May 23. It was the worst loss in franchise history . . . Quarterback Dan Raudabaugh leads the league with touchdown passes (86) and yards (3,711) and is second in completion percentage (66.7). He has thrown nine interceptions in 454 attempts.