From Iggy to Manilow, something for everyone in 2015


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Among the concert offerings lining up for music fans in 2015, there are shows for the young as well as the young at heart.

For the former group, Australian (by way of the U.S.’s “Dirty South”) rapper Iggy Azalea is undertaking a two month tour (with Nick Jonas of Jonas Brothers fame) of primarily American arenas, with a single weave into Canada (Toronto’s Air Canada Centre on May 3) along the April and May route.

Azalea (born Amethyst Kelly in Sydney) stood bestride American music charts like a Colossus of yore in 2014, scoring her first Billboard No. 1 hit in the summer (as well as the general nod for “Song of the Summer”) with Fancy, a collaboration with British vocalist Charli XCX; a second single, Black Widow featuring Rita Ora, topped out at No. 3.

She also appeared on Ariana Grande’s release, Problem, as a featured artist; the track reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time Fancy peaked at No. 1, making Azalea the first artist since The Beatles to hold the top two spots on the chart with debut releases.  Later Azalea would join Jennifer Lopez for a re-release of Booty, which would get to No. 18.

At the other end of the spectrum, musical veteran Barry Manilow is undertaking what he calls “One Last Tour.”  The iconic singer-songwriter will be on the road for several months, beginning in early February of the year in Omana, Neb., finishing in his home city of Brooklyn, N.Y. in mid-June.  Along the way, he’ll be visiting a number of arenas in the Midwest, as well as the West Coast and Northeast,

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