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1510 Polk Houston, TX 77002 | Downtown/ Midtown | 713-758-7200

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The colossal Toyota Center has become the salvation of superstar music acts such as Metallica, Foo Fighters and Lil' Wayne when they roll into town. When the Rockets and the Aeros are away, the playing surfaces are removed, adding 700 seats on the floor for a staggering grand total of 19,000 possible attendees. The red seats, comfortable even if you're very tall, give a clear shot of the stage no matter where you're sitting. Plus, if you're just too far away, two overhead screens reveal the action onstage. The sound is top-notch, though beware of the seats off to the side, which can experience echo from time to time. But no worries, since it's predominantly a sporting venue, you can rest assured that your next adult beverage is just a quick jaunt up or down the stairs from where you're seated at one of more than 30 bars. The drinks aren't cheap, so bring your mortgage papers. A loan officer is there to help.


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  • Houston News: Basketball
    Now we know what the problem has been for Houston Rocket fans -- they just have not been able to get a clear view of the mediocrity on the court. Problem solved. The Rockets are unveiling...
  • Rocks Off: Aftermath
    Mary J. Blige, D'Angelo Toyota Center September 2, 2012 There's a wildly popular scene in comedian/actor Jamie Foxx's hit late 90s television show, The Jamie Foxx Show, in which he dresses...
  • Music: Show Preview
    After years in the wilderness, neo-soul man D'Angelo returned to the U.S. stage in early June for a late-night set at the Bonnaroo Music Festival. He already had a few European dates under...
  • Rocks Off: Aftermath
    Check out more pics of Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias in our slideshow. Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias Toyota Center Houston August 26th, 2012 "I'm just a simple girl from The...
  • Music: Show Preview
    We feel sorry for people who didn't like the last set of singles from Latin pop superstar Enrique Iglesias. "Tonight (I'm Fucking You)" and "I Like It" were mini-symphonies of overly...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Rod Stewart, Stevie Nicks Toyota Center August 9, 2012 I really wish that Rod Stewart is recording the past few years of tours he's had under his belt, because he's in essence setting the...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Now free from the shackles of his multi-volume Great American Songbook albatross, Rod "The Mod" Stewart tours with a set list full of his own biggest hits plus a few choice covers. He's...
  • Rocks Off: WTF Island
    This is an update to a Rod Stewart birthday blog from the cold and blustery January of this year. Stewart hits town this evening with Stevie Nicks. Today Rod "The Mod" Stewart turns 67...
  • Rocks Off: Live Shots
    "Summer Music Fest" feat. Frankie Beverly & Maze, Patti LaBelle, the O'Jays, Babyface & Tank Toyota Center August 4, 2012 Like a good neighbor, we can always count on soul/funk band Maze...
  • Houston News: Basketball
    Thirty-six years ago this week, avant-garde basketball went away when the American Basketball Association merged with the National Basketball Association. The old ABA (1967-1976) helped...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Aerosmith, Cheap Trick Toyota Center July 30, 2012 It always happens. I go into an Aerosmith show full of hate and distrust of laser-lips Steven Tyler and the Aero Posse and end up...
  • Houston News: Houston 101
    When being interviewed over the last week, newly acquired Rockets guard Jeremy Lin admitted that the use of his last name for Lin-based puns got a little old in New York. In fact, he banned...
  • Houston News: Basketball
    My friends over on the ClutchFans.net bulletin board are fond of the phrase "making a splash" when discussing the team's moves in free agency and when they make trades. When a trade or...
  • Music: Show Preview
    You'd think that after driving recklessly while behind the wheel of a $1.7 million Bugatti on South Beach and then failing a field sobriety test last summer, Flo Rida would want to squash...
  • Houston News: Basketball
    Over the last few weeks -- and, frankly, for quite some time before that -- the name Jeremy Lin has been twisted to fit any number of ridiculous puns (check out HPBasketball's Twitter feed...
  • Houston News: Basketball
    Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the Garden (or GAH-den if you are a New Yorker), it appears the New York Knicks, who appeared to have finally re-captured the imagination of...
  • Houston News: Basketball
    As the Rockets head into summer league play with their ultra-young roster, a question has arisen among fans: what exactly are they going to do with eight power forwards? It's a valid...
  • Rocks Off: Ask an Album
    Dear Rock A Little, So I am a little upset that you have not called me back and accepted for a fifth date. I was falling in love with you, but I guess you didn't feel the same way. Why are...
  • Houston News: Game Time
    The Rockets finished the 2011-12 NBA season with perhaps the top point guard combination in the entire league. Kyle Lowry was a borderline All-Star at midseason and one of the top all-around...
  • Houston News: Basketball
    According to ESPN, Rockets point guard Goran Dragic has agreed to a deal with the Phoenix Suns worth $34 million over four seasons. The Rockets had reportedly realized last week that Dragic...
  • Houston News: Basketball
    Pick two came and went. Then pick five. Then seven and eight and it began to dawn on Rockets fans: For all the talk of trades for Dwight Howard and moving up into the top ten of the draft,...
  • Houston News: Game Time
    I know some people are not all that fond of mock drafts. Me, I like mock drafts. In the same vein of enjoying takeout because I hate to cook, I like reading mock drafts, I just don't like...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Coldplay Toyota Center June 25, 2012 At the risk of obliterating the last remnants of my punk-rock cred, I guess I never really understood all the Coldplay hate. Chris Martin's Ernest Lee...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Van Halen, Kool & the Gang Toyota Center June 24, 2012 We're two songs into last night's sold-out Van Halen show at the Toyota Center when lead singer David Lee Roth spots three comely...
  • Rocks Off: Inquiring Minds
    With more than 70 million records sold, the men of Kool and the Gang stand as some of the most commercially successful funksters of all time. Born in Jersey City, N.J., the band was...
  • Music: Show Preview
    There are still 88 years and six months remaining in the 21st century, but thus far, Coldplay is its most influential band. This is not a statement of opinion, but one grounded in anecdotal...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Van Halen's first new set of material in 14 years, A Different Kind of Truth, is better than it should be. The guys could have slacked off on this and coasted on their legend — however...
  • Rocks Off: 1-2-3-4!
    Van Halen's first new set of material in 14 years, A Different Kind of Truth, is better than it should be. The guys could have slacked off on this and coasted on their legend -- however...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Money in the Bank, the high-stakes ladder match that allows one lucky wrestler to cash in on a WWE Smackdown World Title attempt whenever he wants to, is over. Randy Orton holds the...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    April Fool's Day seems a good day for a match between the Houston Rockets and the Orlando Magic. Yes, the Magic have the second-worst record in the NBA, but the Rockets still needed a late...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    The prospect of a new Muse album (The 2nd Law) was overshadowed by the band's dalliance with dubstep, which was a shame but not surprising in the current musical climate. When one of the...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    It's Alice in Wonderland meets Salvador Dalí in Cirque du Soleil: Quidam, in Houston for a five-day run. Zoé, an inquisitive little girl who's ignored by her busy parents,...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Comedian Gabriel Iglesias narrowly missed being arrested in Arizona. As Iglesias tells it, it wasn't entirely his fault. Iglesias's tour bus got stopped at an immigration checkpoint and...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Classical singers hoping for cross-over success, find the task a daunting challenge. Not so for Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, who has easily earned legions of both classical and pop fans...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Daniel Bryan won his first WWE Championship through the underhanded trick of cashing in his Money in the Bank title shot against an exhausted Big Show. Though he held onto it for a while,...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    LMFAO Toyota Center June 12, 2012 Check out our photos of LMFAO and fans in our slideshow. One imagines it's both easy and difficult being in LMFAO. You write songs about drinking and...
  • Music: Show Preview
    It's 2012, you guys, and if the ship sinks this year, at least LMFAO will die knowing that they tried to rock each and every one of our parties even if we resisted. The duo of Redfoo and...
  • Houston News: Sports
    I'll be the first to admit that while I like the game of baseball and generally keep up with it and the Astros during the season, I'm not an avid fan. I'm certainly not enough of a fan or...
  • Rocks Off: Aftermath
    Nickelback, Bush, Seether, My Darkest Days Toyota Center June 2, 2012 While the rest of the Rocks Off crew at Summer Fest was settling in for a long night of Snoop Dogg, Flaming Lips, and...
  • Houston News: Game Time
    Prior to Wednesday night's game between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics, the 27th annual NBA Draft Lottery took place, or, as Rocket fans like to call it, "a tradition like no other."...
  • Houston News: Game Time
    The plight of the Rocket fan has been well documented in this space. One playoff series win in the last 15 years. Both of the other Texas franchises winning NBA titles within the last five...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Say what you will about Nickelback, those polarizing Canadians know how to write an infectious radio anthem. The multiplatinum-selling group may be one of the most maligned in recent memory...
  • Rocks Off: Aftermath
    Rammstein Toyota Center May 25, 2012 See pics from Rammstein's fire-fueled concert in our slideshow. When the house lights came up at the end of Friday night's Rammstein show, the crowd...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Most people on this side of the world only know Rammstein for their late-'90s fluke MTV hit "Du Hast," but they are much more than that monstrously catchy, secretly emo anthem. Rammstein...
  • Houston News: Game Time
    Maybe it's because he was given official "ambassador" status a couple years ago, perhaps it's because China is one of the few locales left where he hasn't lost a playoff series, but most...
  • Rocks Off: This Just In
    Justin Bieber is coming back. The 18-year-old singer, who is as much a social-media phenomenon and cultural meme as old-fashioned pop star, will bring his Believe tour to Houston October 30...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Drake Toyota Center May 17, 2012 6:57 p.m.: Well, the plan was to be at Toyota Center by now to see opening act 2 Chainz, who has basically become the human form of an Internet meme....
  • Rocks Off: Blow Up Your Video
    Life may begin at 30, but it doesn't get real interesting until about 150. -- Author Unknown One hundred fifty miles per hour, that is. It's true. The feeling of an open road and an open...
  • Rocks Off: Screwston, Texas
    Drake is in concert in Houston tonight. I'm covering the show. And I've been thinking about him a lot. So, 50 questions about Drake: Is Drake for real? Or did he just never stop acting? Is...
  • Houston News: Game Time
    On the evening of May 2, John Granato and I had the opportunity to broadcast a "very special edition" of our show on 1560 The Game live from local restaurant and casino mogul Tilman...
  • Houston News: Basketball
    Another offseason is upon us in Houston. While other teams battle it out in the playoffs, Houston Rockets fans are left to wait until next year...again. With three straight lottery seasons...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    "Look! I can see the Galleria!"Roger Waters Toyota Center May 1, 2012 It really is true what they say: You don't appreciate a performer until he's fired a machine gun at you. They were...
  • Houston News: Cover Story
    In the tunnel next to the lounge under the expensive seats at the Toyota Center this past March, Robert Boudwin ripped the head off of his costume and collapsed to the floor in exhaustion....
  • Rocks Off: Classic Rock Corner
    Rock stars: They're different from us. That's why we love them, and that's why sometimes they can fool themselves into thinking they're Hitler. That, as far as I can tell, is the message of...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Rarely does one find a nugget of truth in reality TV — let alone in I Love the '80s. "If you never got high and watched The Wall, you were never a teenager," lectured one of the show's...
  • Houston News: Basketball
    There's something unholy about a team playing out the string of games knowing it won't make the playoffs. It's even weirder when said team felt its season end with a thud after a horrid...
  • Rocks Off: This Just In
    Canadian rock behemoths Rush are set to close out their upcoming Clockwork Angels tour here in Houston December 2 at Toyota Center. The album, their first studio set since 2007's Snakes &...
  • Houston News: Sports
    The Aeros not only lost game two of the opening round of the Calder Cup playoffs to the Oklahoma City Barons 4-1 on Friday night. They possibly lost goalie Matt Hackett for the unforeseeable...
  • Houston News: Sports
    The Aeros' Calder Cup hopes rest on the shoulders of second-year goalie Matt Hackett. The Aeros lost game one of the opening round series to the Oklahoma City Barons 5-0 last night. That...
  • Houston News: Basketball
    Remember all the warm, fuzzy feelings last week when the Rockets came home from a 4-0 road trip, knocking on the door of a good seeding in the Western Conference playoffs? It appeared this...
  • Houston News: Whatever
    We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's...
  • Houston News: Sports
    The Houston Aeros didn't make things easy this season. The team's been beset by injuries. They've lost important players to the parent Minnesota Wild time and time again. They tied the AHL...
  • Houston News: Basketball
    Photo by Groovehouse This Rockets team, it just sneaks up on you. It's loaded with second- and third-tier players, most of whom would be backups (albeit rotation players) on good teams....
  • Rocks Off: Sonidos y Mas
    Maná Toyota Center April 4, 2012 The last time Maná visited Houston, they sold out Toyota Center two nights in a row. The world's premier rock en español band is on the second leg of the...
  • Houston News: Sports
    The old Paul Simon song goes "the nearer your destination, the more you're slip-slidin' away." He wasn't writing about hockey, but at this moment, there's nothing that applies more to the...
  • Houston News: Basketball
    Throughout the course of this frustrating season, the Houston Rockets have been allowing fans to pick their choices for the starting team of the decade beginning with the 1970s and...
  • Rocks Off: Aftermath
    Winter Jam 2012 feat. Skillet, Sanctus Real, Peter Furler, Kari Jobe, Building 429, Dara Maclean and Group 1 Crew March 23, 2012 Toyota Center Hosted by NewSong and starring Skillet,...
  • Houston News: Sports
    When last we checked in on the Houston Aeros, they had just returned to Toyota Center after a month on the road (having gone 4-7). They went 1-1 on the first two games of a six-game...
  • Houston News: Basketball
    A buddy of mine texted me when news came of the Rockets trade of Johnny Flynn -- the guard with a name like a `40s-era movie star -- and Hasheem Thabeet to Portland for Marcus Camby and a...
  • Houston News: Game Time
    I've mentioned this in previous posts, but one of the most amazing and envy-inducing pictures I've ever seen is a picture on Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey's Mobile Uploads page on his...
  • Houston News: Game Time
    A few weeks ago, I wrote a post where I offered up some proposition wagers for the degenerates in the crowd who like to bet on really obscure things. (Yes, I am gazing into the mirror right...
  • Houston News: Hockey
    When the Houston Aeros last played a home game at Toyota Center, the New York Giants had yet to defeat the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. The Astros had yet to report to Florida for...
  • Houston News: Basketball
    The Rockets are mired in a five-game losing streak and slumping their way towards the NBA trade deadline next week. They lost two overtime heartbreakers to the Clippers and the Celtics and...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Radiohead Toyota Center March 3, 2012 See more photos from Saturday night in our slideshow. Radiohead just doesn't add up. The band has effectively turned its back on the music business,...
  • Rocks Off: The Soundtrack of Our Lives
    While they have notoriously barred the use of their songs in advertising campaigns and initially resisted selling their music on iTunes, Radiohead has been more than willing to lend their...
  • Houston News: Basketball
    We all learned yesterday that the Rockets have fallen to the bottom of the heap when it comes to local television ratings, worse than all but three woeful NBA franchises despite having a...
  • Rocks Off: This Just In
    So this past week I was in Las Vegas for a friend's bachelor party. Standard dude stuff: Plenty of gambling, embittered ATM withdrawals, inordinate amounts of cursing, and the ever-present...
  • Houston News: Game Time
    The Rockets kick off the second half of the 2011-2012 season tonight. I'm not sure how many of you care about this. The acres of empty seats at Toyota Center lead me to believe that fewer of...
  • Houston News: Basketball
    "Scrappy, man. Just scrappy." I was talking with a buddy of mine the other day and that was the phrase that seemed to be uttered by one of us more than once about this current rabble of...
  • Houston News: Basketball
    Tuesday night was the first time in Kevin Martin's career he went scoreless when starting. With an efficient and relatively prolific scorer like Martin, that's not only a rare occurrence,...
  • Houston News: Game Time
    In my season preview for the Houston Rockets, I cited the current portion of the season as the "make or break stretch" for the team -- a six-game road trip against a bunch of...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Think of Michael Jackson: The IMMORTAL World Tour by Cirque du Soleil as the show that Jackson wasn’t able to do. It pays homage to Jackson’s body of work and asks “what...
  • Houston News: Basketball
    Daryl Morey's incessant shuffling of second-rate players over the past few seasons, constantly tweaking and tinkering looking for "assets," came to an almost comical head last week when a...
  • Rocks Off: This Just In
    After her mostly praised Super Bowl XLVI halftime performance - aside from that whole M.I.A. middle-finger thing - Madonna will perform at Toyota Center on Wednesday, October 24, Live Nation...
  • Art Attack: Music
    Michael Jackson, arguably the most famous entertainer that ever lived, had one close friend and confidant, Bubbles the chimp. So, of course, Bubbles has an important role in the Cirque du...
  • Houston News: Basketball
    It's been a tough start for the hapless Rockets. With early injury problems, a trade that didn't happen in the lockout-shortened offseason and a new, unproven coach, it's no wonder the first...
  • Houston News: Cover Story
    It hasn't been making a lot of waves here, given the excitement over the Texans' playoff games, but the NBA season has begun. Of course, if you're a Rocket fan, you know what that means: A...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Some people say that cartoons have gone downhill since the golden days of Disney’s Mickey Mouse and friends. But we point to Phineas and Ferb as proof that it just isn’t so. Now...
  • Houston News: Whatever
    We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's...
  • Houston News: Sports
    To wrap up my year in review of the teams I cover, here's a look back at the 25 most significant moments with the Houston Aeros for the year 2011. 1. The Aeros added veterans Jed Ortmeyer...
  • Houston News: Game Time
    Last add on my post from yesterday about Kris Kardashian Humphries re-signing with the Nets: For those of you who think I was a little too hard on Big Humph (and by my count, there were...
  • Houston News: Game Time
    My excitement for the upcoming NBA season was moderately brimming before yesterday (due in large part to a $50 prop bet I placed a couple months ago on the season starting on or before...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Don’t worry if you’re not in the mood for Scrooge, Santa or the Nutcracker, Cirque du Soleil: Dralion, an excellent family show, arrives in Houston just in time for the holidays....
  • Music: Show Preview
    Jay-Z and Kanye West are arguably the two biggest, baddest rap stars on planet Earth. So when they Team America-ed up for the opulent, plush, very good, but not immediately classic, Watch...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Let's get it all out in the open. Axl Rose, we've been told, is a head case who ran off Slash and Izzy and the rest of his former bandmates with his increasingly erratic and dictatorial...
  • Rocks Off: This Just In
    Now that the Halloween season is officially over, all of you rock nerds can throw this show on your Christmas wish list. Former Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters is bringing his big-budget...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    What do you get when a Latino playboy from Spain joins forces with a Cuban party animal from Miami? The biggest fucking dance party that Houston has ever seen, that's what. The Euphoria...
  • Houston News: Sports
    Four months ago the Houston Aeros stood on the Toyota Center ice stunned. Stunned that they'd lost to the Binghamton Senators. Stunned that the AHL Calder Cup, which has been in their...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Vicente Fernández, Edith Marquez Toyota Center October 1, 2011 If Aftermath were forced to assign Mexican equivalents to famous Anglo and/or American musicians, the list would go like...
  • Rocks Off: This Just In
    There's a date and venue for Axl & friends' Houston show now - Friday, November 4 at Toyota Center. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. next Friday at livenation.com and toyotacentertix.com, or...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Ana Gabriel, Marco Antonio Solis Toyota Center August 20, 2011 Ana Gabriel is the unrivaled queen of Mexican music. Rancheras, mariachi, torch songs, ballads - she does them all with a cry...
  • Rocks Off: This Just In
    Toyota Center's Web site is now listing the Houston date of rap titans Jay-Z and Kanye West's joint tour to promote their forthcoming album Watch the Throne as Monday, December 5, rather...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Katy Perry, Robyn Toyota Center July 29, 2011 See more teenage dream photos in our slideshow. As the current crop of glittery female pop-stars goes, Katy Perry is not as tragic as Britney...
  • Houston News: Basketball
    You're nobody anymore until you've been made the subject of Taiwanese animation. We can't say we entirely get the phenomenon, but the Rockets' Yao Ming joins Al Gore, Charlie Sheen and...
  • Houston News: Game Time
    I have to admit, when I saw the headline that the NBA would be announcing its 2011-12 season schedule, I chuckled out of confusion a little bit. I mean, do you really want to remind your...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj Toyota Center July 13, 2011 Check out pictures of bad girls Britney Spears and Nicki Minaj in our slideshow. So far in 2011, Aftermath has seen Ke$ha, Kylie...
  • Rocks Off: Pop Life
    By William Shakespeare and Craig Hlavaty All the world's a stage, even things like MTV and stuff. And all the men and women merely players, even Fred Durst and that one chick from that one...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Rihanna Toyota Center July 9, 2011 Don't stop the music photos in our slideshow. It may be cutting against the grain to say this, but Rihanna may be the most transgressive pop star out...
  • Music: Show Preview
    What a long, strange trip it has been for Britney Spears and her peanut-gallery observers since 1999's "...Baby One More Time." We've seen the Louisianan starlet pinball between...
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    At 26 years of age, Jermaine Lamarr Cole — better known as J. Cole — is a rapper and producer who, in usual, young-MC fashion, already considers himself to be the next hip-hop...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Maná Toyota Center July 2, 2011 It takes a special combination of hype and talent to sell out a concert, let alone two in a row. In recent memory, only two other artists have been booked to...
  • Music: Show Preview
    It's been a good year for Maná. Drama y Luz, the Mexican rock group's latest album and first studio LP in five years, debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200, eventually taking over the...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    New Kids on the Block, Backstreet Boys Toyota Center June 25, 2011 It's been 25 years since New Kids on the Block emerged on the pop scene, creating an entire generation of maniacally...
  • Rocks Off: This Just In
    Live Nation has just announced that rapper, singer, The Voice judge and Twitter foot-in-mouth expert Cee-Lo Green has dropped off the remainder of RIhanna's "Loud" tour, including the...
  • Music: Feature
    The 1980s was an era of big pants, bigger hair, hairspray and mall tours. It was a decade defined, in part, by manufactured teen sensations such as Boston boy band New Kids on the Block,...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Motley Crue, Poison, New York Dolls Toyota Center June 10, 2011 See mucho pyro, "Titty-cam" requests to Tommy Lee and lots more in our slideshow. "This drink tastes like rank hooker ass,"...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Luis Miguel Toyota Center June 12, 2011 It's 9:10 p.m. and Luis Miguel struts onstage, all smiles and ego. He's 40 minutes late but nobody, including him, seems to notice. He launches into...
  • Rocks Off: Live Shots
    Rocks Off had to run by the (rocks) office this afternoon, so we thought we'd post a few photos from Friday's Motley Crue/Poison/New York Dolls glamstravaganza at Toyota Center while we were...
  • Rocks Off: Playbill
    "I'm dying for rock and roll to become exciting again" Tonight, the grand rock and roll triumvirate of Motley Crue, Poison, and the New York Dolls pulls into the Toyota Center. Each band...
  • Music: Feature
    "Just because we wear lipstick doesn't mean we can't kick your ass!" — Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil Mötley Crüe, Poison and the New York Dolls have all lived...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Luis Miguel is considered by many to be the handsomest man in Latin music. Nay, the handsomest man in the world! And any dude who can count among his conquests Myrka Dellanos, Aracely...
  • Rocks Off: Get Lit
    Anyone who knows this member of Rocks Off will know that he owns most every book written about Motely Crue, or written by a member of Motley Crue. Yes, next to Howard Zinns's A People's...
  • Rocks Off: Naughty Naughty
    A man in our extended family once did something heinous. It was an act that, by any measure, was monstrously inappropriate and very much illegal. When everyone found out what he had done, we...
  • Music: Feature
    Hardest thing about being a rhythm and blues singer today is — well, we can't really say the hardest thing since all the difficulties, by the Jurassic standards of yesteryear, have...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Bon Jovi Toyota Center May 17, 2011 Keep the faith with Bon Jovi and their hordes of Houston fans in our slideshow. It's no easy feat to emerge relatively unscathed from the ruins of the...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    As if he hadn't done enough already, we can add philanthropy to the list of John Bon Jovi's accomplishments. Already world renowned for his music, the rock icon and No. 1 worldwide touring...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Josh Groban Toyota Center May 14, 2011 Josh Groban is an unusual pop star. Unusual for 2011, anyway. One hundred years ago, many "pop stars" as we think of the term today drew their...
  • Rocks Off: Live Shots
    Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band Toyota Center April 30, 2011 If Saturday night was supposed to be Bob Seger's final farewell to Houston on what is reported to be his last go-round...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Ricky Martin Toyota Center April 23, 2011 Ricky Martin is gay. Not Lil B "The Based God" gay, but actually gay. And even though this fact - which Martin revealed to a good deal of media...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Drake, Rick Ross, Bun B, Trae, Yelawolf, Travis Barker & Mix Master Mike, Twist, Shanell, Birdman Toyota Center April 16, 2011 7:22 p.m.: We had not planned on...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Lady Gaga Toyota Center April 8, 2011 See pics of Mama Monster and her minions in our slideshow. Lady Gaga fell off her piano stool Friday night at the Toyota Center, during her newish...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Juanes, Antonio Orozco Toyota Center March 30, 2011 Right on cue at 8 p.m., the Toyota Center house lights go down and the show starts, although instead of Juanes, it's Antonio Orozco that...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Linkin Park, Paper Tongues Toyota Center March 3, 2011 More pics of the Linkin Park concert can be found in our slideshow. "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;...
  • Rocks Off: This Just In
    UPDATE: The show has been rescheduled for March 3, promoter Live Nation said in a press release Tuesday. Sad news for folks holding tickets to tomorrow night's Linkin Park/The Prodigy gig...
  • Rocks Off: Live Shots
    "How long will it be before I get my hearing back?" My girlfriend Cathy's 12-year-old niece, Jade, asked me that question Monday night after the final strains of "Paranoid" had finished...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Ozzy Osbourne Toyota Center January 18, 2011 See pics from last night's show, featuring Ozzy and opener Slash, in our slideshow. For metal fans like Aftermath, Ozzy Osbourne's now...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Ozzy Osbourne Toyota Center January 18, 2011 See more photos of the Ozzman, opener Slash and their fans in our slideshow. How does he do it? Say there's this musician who a) overindulged...
  • Rocks Off: Playbill
    It's the curse of being a fan. You want to hear all your favorite songs, but you know that the artist only has so much time onstage, and what with trying to shill a new album nobody has...
  • Music: Show Preview
    The new year finds undisputed Prince of Fucking Darkness Ozzy Osbourne touring his new album, Scream. It's Osbourne's first disc since 1986's The Ultimate Sin without former...
  • Music: Show Preview
    It's Ursher, baby, and he's hitting up the Toyota Center this week with his panty-dropping brand of R&B and soul-lite. Thirty-two-year old Dallas native Usher Raymond is now seven albums...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Fans of more grown-up R&B — the kind that usually hinges on actual music and real soul as opposed to synthesized computer beats — are in for a treat Saturday at Toyota Center...
  • Music: Show Preview
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