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‘Bon Jovi Arena’ Angers Local Vets

Singer Jon Bon Jovi performs on stage earlier this month in Munich, Germany. (AP Photo/dpa, Marc Mueller, file)

A promotional stunt met community resistance Thursday when unhappy military and civic boosters took to the Web and the streets to protest the temporary renaming of the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena to the Bon Jovi Veterans Arena. In celebration of an Oct. 6 concert by rock group Bon Jovi, which was announced early Thursday, the Public Facilities District has temporarily renamed the arena. After the concert, the arena will go back to its former name. But some commenters on local media and the arena’s Facebook page called the move disrespectful and extreme, while others praised the district’s efforts in booking the classic rock band/Kaitlin Gillespie, SR. More here.

Question: Is this situation a total brain cramp on the part of the Public Facilities District? Or do you see logic to its move?

$40k bond for man w/ 125 jail bookings

A repeat offender who has been booked into the Spokane County Jail 125 times remains there on $40,000 bond after appearing in court today.

Kristopher Kenneth Roybal, 34, already faces felony methamphetamine and stolen car charges for cases filed in May and October. He was out of jail on bond when a police officer who knew his licenses was suspended spotted him driving near the Spokane Arena and knew his license was suspended.

Officers found a ring of shaved keys on him after he was arrested, as well as a large purse and vehicle radio that they suspected was stolen. Police say the items were stolen from cars parked outside the Spokane Arena for a Chiefs hockey game.

A search of Roybal's 1994 red Cadillac Seville, which is registered to his mother, revealed bolt cutters, shaved keys, suspected marijuana and methamphetamine and other stolen property, according to the warrant.

Roybal has 14 adult felony convictions and three as a juvenile, all involving drugs, forgery or stolen property. His first felony conviction occurred in 1995, but police say his criminal history spans 21 years. He's been a Crime Stoppers fugitive twice since 2008.

‘Michael Jackson IMMORTAL’ cancels second Spokane show

The second show (Nov. 13) of “Michael Jackson: The IMMORTAL' at the Spokane Arena has been canceled because of unforeseen travel and logistical problems, according to Cirque du Soleil.

The Nov. 12 show will proceed as scheduled.

The official reason for the cancellation was given as follows: “Cirque du Soleil has cited that the time it takes to move the production into a facility, and the time it takes to move out of a facility, has conflicted with travel time between cities on the tour. These unforeseen issues are due in-part to the overall size of the production.”

Or maybe slow ticket sales? That's always a possibility whenever a show is canceled.  Ticketholders for the Nov. 13 show will be contacted by TicketsWest and offered an opportunity to exchange their tickets for the Nov. 12 show. That implies that there were plenty of seats still left.

However, the show does need to get all set up in Eugene for a Nov. 15 show. And I found that a second show in Detroit was canceled a few weeks ago for the same logistical reasons.

By the way, Nov. 13 ticketholders can get a full refund if they prefer.

Michael Jackson “Immortal” seats released

New seats have been released for “Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour,” at the Spokane Arena on Nov. 12, 8 p.m. and Nov. 13, 4 p.m.

These are apparently tickets that have been held back up until now. This is a Cirque du Soleil tribute to Jackson and his “creative world.”

Tickets are $50, $80, $125, $175 and $250 through TicketsWest outlets. 

Get yer $30 KISS tickets

The Spokane Arena has just announced a special deal for tomorrow: $30 KISS tickets, Thursday only.

Here's the full announcement:

WHAT:                $30 Tickets To See KISS In Concert!

WHERE:             Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena

WHEN:                Thursday, June 23 – 12:01AM-11:59PM

 

EVENT:               KISS with Bad City
Friday, June 24 – 7:45PM

 

CALLING ALL KISS FANS!

 

KISS is raising the stakes and challenging Spokane to sell out their show this Friday night!  Hoopfest weekend is here and KISS wants to make sure we kick off the weekend right at the Spokane Arena. Every seat needs a butt…but there aren’t that many tickets left!

 

Every last available ticket in the house is ONLY $30.00 this Thursday ONLY – it doesn’t get any hotter than that.  $30.00 tickets will ONLY be available for purchase on Thursday, June 23 and will ONLY be available online at TicketsWest.com.  Make sure not to miss out on this incredible show and at even more incredible price.

 

KISS is challenging us; now let’s show them why Detroit Rock City has nothing on the Lilac City.

 

KISS will perform at the Spokane Arena on Friday, June 24 with special guest Bad City. On Thursday, June 23 all reserved seat tickets are $30.00 and will only be available for purchase on TicketsWest.com.

Michael Bublé will bubble into Arena

Michael Bublé has been booked into the Spokane Arena on Aug. 10, at 8 p.m.

This popular crooner will be appearing with guest artist Naturally7.

Tickets will be $49.50, $65 and $85, on sale June 17 at 10 a.m. through all TicketsWest outlets.

Elton John Entertains Packed Arena

During the opening song, music director and band member Davey Johnstone joins Elton john in singing “Funeral For a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding” Friday night in front of a sold out Spokane Arena crowd. (SR photo: Colin Mulvany)

Just got in from a happy and celebratory Elton John concert at the Spokane Arena and I thought I'd share a few quick impressions (I'll be writing a full review for Sunday print). Opening Elton stage banter: “Last time I was here I played a solo show. This time we're going to rock out!” Hits left out of this 2 hour 45 minute show: Hardly any, unless you consider “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” to be an Elton John hit (see set list below). Best costume: A couple of guys in the front row wearing pink feather boas. Runnerup, Elton's outfit. which consisted of a black formal tailcoat with embroidered musical notes and a “Music Magic” insignia on the back. Call it Nashville meets Hyde Park/Jim Kershner, Spotlight. More here.

Question (for those who attended the Elton John concert last night): What did you think of the concert?

Elton John To Sing To Sold-Out Arena

The Inland Northwest has enjoyed a long and happy relationship with Elton John. At least, John should be happy with it, from a box-office standpoint. His show tonight at the Spokane Arena sold all 11,000 tickets in three days. And that includes the seats behind the stage. In fact, every time, Reg Dwight (yes, that’s his real name) has appeared in the region, the tickets have gone rocketing out of the box office. This will be the fourth time Sir Elton has taken the stage in the Inland Northwest/Jim Kershner, SR. More here. (AP file photo, of Elton John in concert in Germany)

Question: Are you going to hear Elton John at the Spokane Arena tonight?

Elton John Spokane Concert Sold Out

Tickets to the Elton John concert at the Spokane Arena on April 8 are sold out. It took only three days for all 11,000 tickets to vanish, according to Becca Watters at the Spokane Arena. Tickets went on sale Saturday and only a few single tickets were left by Sunday evening. Those sold out by Monday night. Even the tickets behind the stage sold out. Will another show be added? That's what happened in 2008 when Elton's Pullman show sold out quickly. No word on that, yet, but don't get your hopes up/Jim Kershner, Spotlight. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: Did you buy a ticket to the concert?

Who’s had any success from the Get Motivated event?

We’ve gotten a few calls from folks who attended the recent Get Motivated event, held on Aug. 17 at the Spokane Arena. The event featured some heavy hitters, like Colin Powell, talking about what helps define success, and how to gain success.

The event also included several pitch men who sell a variety of get-rich schemes and plans. All the calls or messages received by Office Hours, so far, have said the Get Motivated event is a long informercial, all designed to upsell products developed by the pitch sales people.

In a desire to be fair, we’d like to hear from people who bought some or any of the products or services available via the event. Tell us what you got and how it’s working out. Send comments to business@spokesman.com and for the subject, write “Motivated.”

Thanks

 

Get Motivated event packs the Spokane Arena

Today’s really really big Get Motivated event continues as we write.

This photo shows we were there. We heard Krish Dhanam first and then “motivational” salesman Bob Kittell came on stage to pitch his get-rich scheme using stock market analysis. That’s Kitell in this photo, shot in bad light from the back of the hall looking down into the main floor. What’s with the Canadian flag up in the corner?

We missed Colin Powell, who spoke very early on and probably is already out of town. A spokesman for the Get Motivated operation said all the scheduled speakers would be on hand.

The Arena was near capacity for the event. Parking around the Arena and in the overflow area of the Spokane Convention Center was hard to find. How to make money during a Get Motivated event? Run the main parking lots.

 

Rudy, Colin Powell, and others will be live at Get Motivated event in Spokane

We’re feeling a bit more motivated about next Tuesday’s mega-event, the Get Motivated session taking place in Spokane.

It’s so big, event organizers have added seating in the Convention Center, so that anyone who can’t or doesn’t want to sit in the Spokane Arena has a second choice.

For event details, go to GetMotivated.com.

We also heard this week that the event DOES include live appearances. None of the seven headliners will appear by satellite, as we earlier feared. A Get Motivated spokesman noted that in some instances, on late notice, a headliner may have to appear by satellite.

But Rudy Giuliani, Gen. Colin Powell, Robert Schuller and others will be in Spokane for the event. Live, not by remote feed, we were told.

Based on past shows, you can expect Powell and Giuliani to appear early in the day, then bug out and head wherever they’re going next.

 

Arena parking lot event fee will be imposed for ‘Get Motivated’ attendees

Those planning to attend the Aug. 17 Get Motivated event at the Spokane Arena can take advantage of available parking in the Arena parking lot, on the east side.

But that parking will be considered event-parking, according to the Spokane Public Facilities District.

The all-day event, featuring video feeds of people like retired General Colin Powell and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, starts around 9 a.m. and lasts through the afternoon.

Parking will be $5 for the day. If you typically use the east lot as a park-and-ride for the Spokane Transit  downtown shuttle, you’ll also have to pay the $5 parking event fee that morning.

If you come in before 6 a.m., you’ll pay that fee when you leave.

For more on the event, go to Getmotivated.com.

NCAA likes to play the numbers game

Purdue’s JaJuan Johnson, right, shoots over MSU’s Delvon Roe.

This falls in the category of Things to Worry About Later, certainly.

The NCAA basketball tournament games coming our way Friday are version 3.0 of March Madness at the Spokane Arena, and soon enough the din from the bleachers will drown out the inevitable bleating that the committee never sends us a top seed (because those No. 1 vs. No. 16 games are always such good theater) and that the hockey team has to start the playoffs out of town. John Blanchette, Spokesman Review

Read more, including Friday’s game schedule and today’s practice sessions here.

Where will you watch the NCAA action? At the Arena? At home? Your favorite watering hole? Is there anyone who will NOT be watching basketball this weekend?