May 4th is always an interesting day for me. I usually wake up on a spring morning and hear the birds, think about my day and head off to work. But, eventually, the thought that it is May 4th creeps into my mind.
I was a young boy in NE Ohio when the shootings occurred. I remember being sent home from Edgefield Elementary (the radicals, after all, were coming) in the middle of the day. I remember how quiet it was in the house. I remember the whispers between my parents. My mom was a Kent State grad and she had a sister at the school at the time of the shootings. It was a somber and long day.
The scenes on the evening news and in the local paper were shocking, even to a young boy. And, the realization that the National Guard fired into unarmed students was upsetting even to me. I still shake my head about that to this day and it is probably one of the reasons I’ve been a pacifist for my entire life. The violence served no purpose but to end the lives of people with hopes and dreams.
To this day there is a candlelight vigil to honor the victims. There are speeches. There are memories. There are throats that tighten as people get choked-up.
*Interesting note - of the four fatally shot students, only two of them were actually attending the anti-war rally (which was in protest to Nixon’s bombing of neutral Cambodia). The other two just happened to get in the way of a stray bullet.
This Sunday at 11am PT Brendon’s sharing one of his favorites, The Blue Album by Weezer on Beats 1 Gratitude. Listen here.
If you don’t have your tickets to the Weezer and Panic! At The Disco Summer Tour 2016, get yours:
June 10 - The Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (Tickets) June 11 - Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Amphitheater* (Tickets) June 12 - New Orleans, LA @ Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square (Tickets) June 14 - Miami, FL @ Bayfront Park Amphitheater (Tickets) June 15 - Tampa, FL @ Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheater (Tickets) June 16 - Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood Amphitheatre (Tickets) June 19 - Daniel Island, SC @ Volvo Cars Stadium (Tickets) June 20 - Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion (Tickets) June 21 - Raleigh, NC @ Walnut Creek Amphitheater (Tickets) June 22 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater (Tickets) June 24 - Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live (Tickets) June 25 - Canandaigua, NY @ Constellation Brands(Tickets) June 26 - Scranton, PA @ Pavilion at Montage Mountain (Tickets) June 28 - Gilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook (Tickets) June 30 - Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater (Tickets) July 01 - Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center - SOLD OUT July 02 - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center (Tickets) July 03 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE - SOLD OUT July 05 - Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion (Tickets) July 06 - Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre (Tickets) July 08 - Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre - SOLD OUT July 09 - Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest - Marcus Amphitheater (Tickets) July 10 - Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre (Tickets) July 12 - Noblesville, IN @ Klipsch Music Center (Tickets) July 13 - Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater - SOLD OUT July 15 - Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion (Tickets) July 16 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Zoo Amphitheater* (Tickets) July 17 - Rogers, AR @ Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion (Tickets) July 19 - Maryland Heights, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre (Tickets) July 20 - Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre (Tickets ) July 22 - Brandon, SD @ Badlands Motor Speedway* (Tickets) July 23 - Council Bluffs, IA @ Harrah’s Hotel & Casino Council Bluffs - Stir Cove* - SOLD OUT July 24 - Englewood, CO @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre (Tickets) July 26 - Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre (Tickets) July 28 - Burnaby, BC @ Festival Lawn at Deer Lake Park (Tickets) July 29 - Redmond, WA @ Marymoor Park - SOLD OUT July 30 - Troutdale, OR @ Edgefield - SOLD OUT July 31 - Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre* (Tickets) August 02 - Phoenix, AZ @ AK-Chin Pavilion (Tickets) August 03 - Chula Vista, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre* (Tickets) August 05 - Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl - SOLD OUT August 06 - Irvine, CA @ Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre - SOLD OUT
THE GOSPEL TOUR w/ WALK THE MOON, Magic Man*, Youngblood Hawke^
7/18 - Magna, UT @ The Great Salt Air (Tickets)* 7/22 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Eagles Ballroom (Tickets)* 7/23 - Indianapolis, IN @ Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park (Tickets)* 7/25 - Chicago, IL @ FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island (Tickets)* 7/27 - Rochester Hills, MI @ Meadow Brook (Tickets)* 7/29 - Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion (Tickets)* 7/30 - Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion At Nautica (Tickets)* 8/1 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE (Tickets)* 8/2 - Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun (Tickets)* 8/3 - Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion (Tickets)* 8/5 - New York, NY @ The Theater at Madison Square Garden (Tickets)* 8/6 - Toronto, ON @ TD Echo Beach (Tickets)* 8/8 - Toms River, NJ @ Pine Belt Arena (Tickets)* 8/9 - Philadelphia, PA @ Festival Pier (Tickets)* 8/10 - Baltimore, MD @ Pier 6 Pavilion (Tickets)* 8/12 - Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center (Tickets)^ 8/13 - Charlotte, NC @ The Uptown Amphitheatre at The Music Factory (Tickets)^ 8/15 - Boca Raton, FL @ Mizner Park Amphitheatre (Tickets)^ 8/16 - St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre (Tickets)^ 8/17 - Atlanta, GA @ Chastain Park Amphitheatre (Tickets)^ 8/19 - The Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (Tickets)^ 8/20 - Austin, TX @ The Moody Theater (Tickets)^ 8/22 - Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom (Tickets)^ 8/23 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Zoo Amphitheatre (Tickets)^ 8/26 - Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre (Tickets)^ 8/27 - San Diego, CA @ SDSU Open Air Theatre (Tickets)^ 8/28 - San Jose, CA @ San Jose State Event Center (Tickets)^ 8/31 - Portland, OR @ Edgefield^ (Tickets)^
May 1 | Little Rock, AR | Verizon Arena * May 3 | Oklahoma City, OK | Chesapeake Energy Arena * May 4 | Wichita, KS | INTRUST Bank Arena * May 6 | Grand Rapids, MI | The DeltaPlex * May 7 | Detroit, MI | Masonic Temple Theatre * May 8 | Mississauga, ON | International Centre - Arrow Hall * May 10 | Montreal, QC | Bell Centre * May 11 | Albany, NY | Times Union Center * May 15 | Columbia, MD | Merriweather Post Pavilion * May 16 | New York, NY | Central Park SummerStage * May 19 | Nashville, TN | Ascend Amphitheater * May 20 | Duluth, GA | Infinite Energy Arena * June 3 | Louisville, KY | KFC Yum! Center % June 4 | Cleveland, OH | Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica % June 5 | Columbus, OH | Express Live % June 7 | Chicago, IL | UIC Pavilion ^ June 9 | Milwaukee, WI | BMO Harris Pavilion ^ June 10 | Minneapolis, MI | U.S. Bank Theater at Target Center % June 11 | Madison, WI | Coliseum at Alliant Energy Center % June 14 | Calgary, AB | Stampede Corral % June 15 | Edmonton, AB | Shaw Conference Centre % June 17 | Vancouver, BC | PNE Forum % June 18 | Portland, OR | McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheater % June 19 | Seattle, WA | WaMu Theater | Get Tix Now % June 21 | Los Angeles, CA | Shrine Auditorium | Get Tix Now ^ June 22 | San Diego, CA | Valley View Casino Center ^ June 23 | San Francisco, CA | Bill Graham Civic ^ June 25 | Las Vegas, NV | The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino % June 26 | Phoenix, AZ | Gila River Arena %
* support = Bronco % support = Twin Peaks ^ support = TBD