Mar 31, 2010 | 4:09 pm
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ed heads to houston
Global pop superpower Ed Sheeran is no stranger to ridiculous math: He boasts more than 3 billion listens for the hookup anthem “Shape of You” and more than 2 billion streams for the wedding favorite “Thinking out Loud” on Spotify.
The 31-year-old Brit, who has sold more than 150 million records worldwide, is sure to draw equally big numbers when he brings his new, symbol-laden “+ - = ÷ x” Tour (pronounced “The Mathematics Tour”) to Houston on May 13, 2023 at NRG Stadium. The NRG show is Sheeran's only other Lone Star State stop; he opens the tour in Arlington on May 6, 2023 at AT&T Stadium, in a move that secures major bragging rights for Texas Sheeran fans.
Ticket registration for the tour is now open online and runs through 9 pm Sunday, October 9. Verified presale through Ticketmaster is set to run from 10 am Wednesday, October 12 through Thursday, October 13; general public ticket sales start at 10 am Friday, October 14.
Sheeran’s stop comes after his record-breaking, 2018 DivideTour in 2018, which officially became the most-attended and highest-grossing tour of all time. The multiple Grammy winner will be joined by multi-platinum artist Khalid, rapper/singer-songwriter Russ, Dylan, Cat Burns, Maisie Peters, and Rosa Linn on select dates of the tour, which wraps on September 23at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.
The Mathematics Tour is the first trek to support “=,” Sheeran’s newest album that unsurprisingly debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 — his fourth album to do so, for those keeping score. Standout singles include “Bad Habits,” and follow-up hit “Shivers.”
A mainstay on TV and now movies, Sheeran made a memorable appearance in the Beatles-inspired film Yesterday, scored a cameo as a Lannister soldier in the HBO juggernaut Game of Thrones, and two uncredited roles in Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker.
Fans can catch the singer-songwriter on the small screen this week on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on October 13, and Good Morning America the next day on October 14.
ken's top tv
Didn’t Rolling Stone publish its 100 Greatest TV Shows of All Time list just a few years ago? Yeah, it was 2016, and the Top 5 were:
No. 5: Seinfeld.
No. 4: Mad Men.
No. 3: Breaking Bad.
No. 2: The Wire.
No. 1: The Sopranos.
Now, just a handful of years later, Rolling Stone is back with an updated 100 Greatest TV Shows compilation. This time, the Top 5 are:
No. 5: Fleabag.
No. 4: The Wire.
No. 3: Breaking Bad.
No. 2: The Simpsons.
No. 1: The Sopranos.
Rolling Stone explained that it needed to do another 100 Greatest list because we’re in the middle of a truly “Peak TV” era, with more “radical change” in the past eight years than between the arrival of TV after World War II (the “big one,” according to Archie Bunker) and 2016.
Why a new list now?
The magazine describes the current state of TV as “game-changing, side-splitting, tear-jerking, mind-blowing, world-building, and genre-busting.”
They left out limousine-riding, jet-flying, kiss-stealing, and wheeling-dealing. Also bar-arguing and click-baiting, which I suspect this exercise was really all about. Everybody has their (TV’s preferred pronoun) own personal list of greatest TV shows. There’s no accounting for taste.
While I’ve given up on the Academy Awards, I rarely have seen any of the nominees for Best Picture, I am all about TV. I watch a lot, I mean it’s on constantly in my house. It’s on all night in my bedroom.
True story: one year my friend Sean and I, plus a few friends, decided to ride the MS150 weekend charity bike ride. We had two rooms reserved for Saturday night in La Grange. We decided to have one room for psychologically disturbed people dependent on keeping the TV on all night, and the other room for normal people.
Sean, a guy named Jeff, and I said goodnight and went into the all-night TV room. Then the unspeakable happened. Around midnight, Jeff got out of bed, walked to the TV and hit the off button. Oh no, what just happened?
Sean and I sprung up in our beds like The Undertaker. We had a look of panic on our wide awake faces. It was a restless night in a silent room, alone with our thoughts. That’s never good, and we had 80 miles to pedal the next day.
Rolling Stone claims that they polled dozens of TV producers, actors, critics, and editors to compile its “one hell of a list.” What do they know about TV? I’m a pure, cold-blooded TV watcher and I’ve never heard of some of these shows. And I was the newspaper’s daily TV columnist for several years in Houston.
Now just because I’ve never watched a show or never heard of it, doesn’t mean it doesn’t belong on this list. There’s only so many hours in a day, and there are 500 different shows currently in production on American TV. Bruce Springsteen has a song, "57 Channels (And Nothing’ On)."
Supposedly, you can buy a cable package with 120 channels but you really only watch five most of the time. Here’s mine in no particular order: ESPN, news (I flip between CNN, Fox and MSNBC), AT&T SportsNet (Astros and Rockets), Tennis Channel, and HBO.
If YouTube is a channel, that makes my list. I get ready for bed around midnight and think I’ll watch youtube for 20 minutes to fall asleep. I type in “Karen” or “first amendment audit” and next thing it’s 7 am.
Head-scratchers in the Greatest list
Here are some of the shows that made Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest but are a mystery to me: I’m Alan Partridge (1997-2002 on BBC), Party Down (2009-10 on Starz), and Halt and Catch Fire (2014-17 on AMC).
I disagree with some of the rankings, too. Rolling Stone has Roots at No. 29 (should be higher), 30 Rock at No. 20 (lower), All in the Family at No. 21 (higher), Saturday Night Live at No. 18 (should be higher, but after this year’s opener, maybe lower), Parks and Recreation at No. 30 (lower), The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson at No. 91 (much higher), and Halt and Catch Fire at No. 55 (lower).
Ken's true Top 5
I shouldn’t argue about Rolling Stone’s Top 5 because they’re acclaimed shows, just not one of them makes my Top 5. Here’s mine:
No. 5: Astros games
Bruce Springsteen is wrong. There can’t be nothin’ on when the Astros play 162 games a year, plus the post-season. I’ve got a feeling that Mattress Mack is going to be cutting a lot of refund checks this year. Astros 2022 World Series champs!
No. 4: Late Night (and the Late Show) with David Letterman
Mostly the early savage years, before he had a child and before his heart surgery. Fun fact, I once read a feature about him (happened to be in Rolling Stone) that said Letterman’s office walls were bare except for one framed newspaper review of his show. I asked Jeff Martin, a Late Night staff writer and Kinkaid High School grad, is that true? He said yes.
I wrote that review.
No. 3: The Office
Note: The American version with Steve Carell. When Comedy Central runs an Office marathon … there goes my Saturday afternoon.
No. 2: Seinfeld
I used to think I was weird because I’ve pretty much memorized entire scripts from Seinfeld. Then I discovered so have my friends. It’s the best network comedy ever. Favorite episode: "Festivus." Favorite character: George Costanza.
No. 1: Curb Your Enthusiasm
Nothing, not a movie or book or play or standup comic, has ever made me laugh as much as Larry David’s brilliant comedy on HBO. When Curb arrives with a new season, I am in front of the TV at 9 pm on Sunday nights. Then I call friends and we discuss the show. Then I watch the episode again on DVR because I missed some jokes because I was laughing too hard the first time.
All the TVs
A popular Dallas-based sports bar has set its sights on Houston. BoomerJack’s Grill & Bar will open locations in Webster and Katy.
Located in Webster Town Center near I-45 and NASA Parkway and near Katy Asian Town at I-10 and the Grand Parkway, respectively, the new BoomerJack locations are expected to open next spring. They’ll join more than a dozen locations across the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
“I have been asked for many years when to expand BoomerJack’s outside the DFW area,” owner Brent Tipps said in a statement. “I am confident that in the Greater Houston metro, Webster and Katy will seize the BoomerJack’s culture and welcome it as the city’s ultimate game day spot.”
Both locations will feature BoomerJack’s signature backyard-style patios with roll-up garage doors and wall-to-wall TVs. In Webster, the patio will offer both a shipping container bar and fire pit tables. Inside, expect a large video wall and “racing-inspired art,” according to a release.
Katy will feature two fire pit community tables on its 3,600-square-foot covered patio. Inside, look for a 32x9-foot video wall that will feature a 16x9-foot television screen with four adjacent 90-inch screens.
In addition to offering enough TVs to show every game, BoomerJack’s also takes pride in its food. Dishes are prepared fresh daily, including a wide array of sauces and dressings. Highlights include fried pickles, skillet queso, and a double-double smash burger topped with bacon, American cheese, bacon jam, and black pepper mayo.
Locations feature an extensive selection of draft and packaged beers alongside a full bar. Daily drink specials, lunch specials, and other offers have earned BoomerJack’s a reputation for affordability. They’re also known to be kid and dog friendly.
BoomerJack's is part of Tipps's restaurant group On Deck Concepts. The Hurst-based company also operates lounge concept Sidecar Social and Bedford Ice House, a live-music venue.