Depeche Mode 2009 North America Tour Dates

Cities and dates for the group’s 2009 North American concert tour are:

Friday, July 24th, 2009
Toronto, ON
Molson Amphitheater
On sale: March 13th, 2009

Saturday, July 25th, 2009
Montréal, PQ
Bell Centre
On sale: March 14th, 2009

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009
Washington DC, MD
Nissan Pavilion
On sale: March 13th, 2009

Friday, July 31st, 2009
Boston, MA
Comcast (Great Woods)
On sale: March 21st, 2009

Saturday, August 1st, 2009
Atlantic City, NJ
On sale: March 21st, 2009

Monday, August 3rd, 2009
New York, NY
Madison Square Garden
On sale: March 16th, 2009

Monday, August 10th, 2009
Seattle, WA
Key Arena
On sale: March 21st, 2009

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009
San Francisco, CA
Shoreline Amphitheater …
On sale: March 15th, 2009

Friday, August 14th, 2009
San Diego, CA
Cricket Wireless Amphit…
On sale: March 13th, 2009

Sunday, August 16th, 2009
Los Angeles, CA
Hollywood Bowl
On sale: March 15th, 2009

Monday, August 17th, 2009
Los Angeles, CA
Hollywood Bowl
On sale: March 15th, 2009

Thursday, August 20th, 2009
Santa Barbara, CA
County Bowl
On sale: March 14th, 2009

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009
Las Vegas, NV
Pearl Concert Theater a…
On sale: March 21st, 2009

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009
Phoenix, AZ
US Air
On sale: March 14th, 2009

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009
Salt Lake City, UT
E Center
On sale: March 21st, 2009

Thursday, August 27th, 2009
Denver, CO
Red Rocks
On sale: March 14th, 2009

Saturday, August 29th, 2009
Dallas, TX
On sale: March 21st, 2009

Sunday, August 30th, 2009
Houston, TX
Woodlands Pavilion
On sale: March 14th, 2009

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009
Atlanta, GA
Lakewood Amphitheater
On sale: March 14th, 2009

Friday, September 4th, 2009
Tampa, FL
Ford Amphitheater
On sale: March 13th, 2009

Saturday, September 5th, 2009
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Bank Atlantic
On sale: March 13th, 2009

Calling Out the San Diego Chargers

I am on the Board of Directors for Orange Little League and thought it would be cool to get a silent auction together to raise funds for field renovations. I sent out donation request letters to local sports teams for autographed or game used items to be used for the silent auction at Orange Little League’s Pancake Breakfast on February 21st. Last week I received a rejection notice from the San Diego Chargers stating that they receive thousands of requests from all over the country and since they can’t accommodate all of them, they focus on helping those in need in the San Diego community.

I was a bit miffed thinking they could have provided a simple 8×10 photo ($3 cost) signed by a player but I accepted their explanation that they only donate to the San Diego Community. Today I was quite peeved when I read in the OC Register that the San Diego Chargers have signed a deal with the Wasserman Media Group to market Southern California’s only NFL Team in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. They are trying to get them to help sell luxury suites and club seats to fans in LA and Orange Counties. I live in Orange County and have attended a Chargers game every year since 2000. I find it pretty sad that they want to take our money but they can’t help our community. I guess this goes to show what kind of organization the Chargers truly are.

Chargers Rejection Postcard

FYI, the Kings also sent a rejection postcard too. I guess we are not in LA as Arte Moreno seems to think we are 😉

Kings Rejection Letter

FYI, so far the Angels have stepped up by donating a signed Juan Rivera major league baseball and the Dodgers have donated 4 vouchers good for tickets to a game next season. The silent auction is on February 21st at the Orange Little League Fields. Stop by if you’re interested in bidding. We will have other great items as well.

London Calling

I just found out this week that Morrissey is playing at the end of May in his hometown in Manchester and also in London. He is playing in London the same week (and night) as Depeche Mode. That would be quite a week to catch Morrissey and Depeche Mode in London.

It should be quite a year for music I like. Depeche Mode releases a new album in April and U2 releases a new album in March.

Thank You Vets!

I wanted to send a big thank you to all of the veterans that have served our country especially one in particular, my Dad. Thanks for all you’ve done for your country and all you’ve done for me.

We just attended a concert by Gary Puckett last weekend and he makes an effort to thank the veterans for their service. He plays a great song called “Home” that he dedicates to them and acknowledges all of the vets at the concert. It was a great show and a great time. Davy Jones from the Monkees also performed. That was quite interesting as well. A very entertaining evening. Below is a pic of my Dad from Gary Puckett’s show in Las Vegas earlier this year.

Gary Puckett and Bob Rohm

12th W for Saunders, 34th Save for K-Rod

I was lucky enough to attend the Angels game today and sit in the second row behind the A’s dugout. I was so happy with the seats that I took 330 photos! Below is a photo that has the same background as one I took of Christian earlier this week. It is Christian’s favorite player, a left-handed first baseman just like him.

Casey Kotchman

Interesting photo from the game of Napoli using Kotchman’s bat:

Mike Napoli

Here is K-Rod closing out the ninth inning and getting his 34th save:

Francisco Rodriguez

Angels Baseball Clinic

I am fortunate enough to be able to work flexible hours and attend events such as the one I went to today with my son. The Angels coaching staff and broadcaster Jose Mota donate their time to put on a baseball clinic for Angels season ticket holders. I went with my son and took some photos of the event. He had a great time and got a ball signed by Mike Butcher (former Angels player and current pitching coach). Below are the photos:

Steve Soliz discussing fielding.

Steve Soliz and Christian Rohm

Mickey Hatcher rolling Christian a ground ball.

Mickey Hatcher at Angels Clinic

Jose Mota discussing baserunning.

Jose Mota and Christian Rohm

Pitching Coach Mike Butcher and Christian

Mike Butcher and Christian

My favorite pic of the day.

Christian Rohm at Angel Stadium

No-Hit Loss

I attended the Angels game at Dodger Stadium tonight with my son. We watched the Angels no-hit the Dodgers but lose the game. Jered Weaver and Jose Arredondo combined to no-hit the Dodgers. I took some photos of them before the game. There is also a photo of my son and I in front of the scoreboard with the zero hits. It was a bittersweet ending to see the Angels no-hit the Dodgers but actually lose.

Ironically, MLB supposedly changed the definition of a no-hitter a few years back and this game supposedly doesn’t officially qualify as a no-hitter. It doesn’t really make sense since a pitcher can pitch a complete game shutout in a 5 inning game when rained out. Either way my son and I witnessed our first ever no-hitter whether MLB wants to call it one or not. I was happy that I got to share the moment with my son. MLB cannot take away the memory of us sharing in it together.

A Comic Legend Passes

Comic legend George Carlin passed away today from heart failure. In 1991, I celebrated my 21st birthday in Laughlin, Nevada. I went to see George Carlin perform at the Riverside Casino and had a great time. I went with my friend Jeff Ford and we ordered a bucket of beers at the performance. It was quite a thrill to order the bucket of beers and see a show since I had just turned 21 five days before the show. The performance was hilarious and I still think of many of the jokes that were said that night.
George Carlin was a great entertainer and I ended up catching additional performances of his over the years. I even went to watch a taping of his television show. He peformed recently near my house but it was my wife’s birthday and she didn’t want to attend. I wish I had a chance to catch that performance. He is a legendary entertainer and will truly be missed.

Below is the ticket from my first Carlin show, five days after I turned 21 years old.

Missed Them by 2 Weeks!

The Angels will play their first ever games in Philadelphia this weekend. I returned from my first trip to Philly two weeks ago. They have a great ballpark and I was fortunate enough to catch three games there. Hopefully the Angels can win three games there 😉 Below is a picture of my from seat (2nd row behind the vistor’s dugout).

Unfortunately Ken Griffey Jr. didn’t play in the game. He was only one home run shy of hitting 600 home runs. Only Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Mark McGwire, and Sammy Sosa have hit 600 home runs.