Toyota Center Preps for a December to Remember


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Queen B at Toyota Center in July
Outside possibly Lady Gaga -- who announced her own Toyota Center appearance Tuesday, a July 16, 2014, "artRAVE" -- and Katy Perry, no one in pop moves the barometer any more than Beyoncé and Timberlake. Next Tuesday Jay Z's wife will make her second appearance in Houston this year, following a July date that quickly sold out. This adventure is also sold out, with some fans thankful to even get a chance to snag a few nosebleed seats. But her selling out a second show in five months, in her hometown, seems relatively easy.

Same for Timberlake, whose "comeback" album The 20/20 Experience debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts in March with a staggering 968,000 copies sold. His appearance may go back to an old business deal he signed with Live Nation following his 2007 world tour behind the FutureSex/LoveSounds album, but you'd be hard-pressed to find fans who want to relive the *NSYNC glory days, either.

In terms of rap acts, one member of The Throne has seen his tickets going faster than the other.

"Tickets to Jay Z's show were flying," reveals Mann. "We sold the second-most presale tickets only to Los Angeles."

This news isn't much of a shock, given Jay Z's near-universal praise and past Houston connections. Every show here since he opened the neighboring House of Blues in 2008 has carried its own weight and cachet, almost as momentous as any of his hometown New York shows.

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The wild card, as he often seems to be these days, is West, who at press time still had a few tickets available for Saturday's show with Kendrick Lamar. Much of the word surrounding his tour has not been on his actual performance but his antics, such as stopping a recent Tampa show due to lighting. And who could forget his last solo tour stop in Houston in 2008, which he called to a halt due to a side monitor going out?

Curiosity should always lead you to a West show far faster than, say, Timberlake and Jay Z. Those men not only shared a stadium tour this past summer but seem so straitlaced onstage that anything out of a normal set list would be a shock. Meanwhile Beyoncé is queen, with no bar she cannot topple - even a highest-single-ticket price of $250.

But either way, economically December could rate as the biggest concert month in Toyota Center's history. It may go down as the most talked-about month as well.


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Kanye is here on Saturday, not Sunday. Great article!

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