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FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The one and only Cher, whose phenomenally successful ‘Dressed to Kill’ Tour was postponed for several weeks due to the star’s recent illness, has now confirmed the newly rescheduled date for Fort Wayne:

Thursday January 15, 2015 – Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

Previously purchased tickets for the October 27 show will be honored on this new date, and ticket holders should keep their original tickets.  Fans that are unable to attend the new date can obtain a refund at point of purchase.

The Grammy, Oscar and Emmy winning star is on the mend and already in rehearsals to continue her stunning extravaganza which began last March in Phoenix and played for 49 shows across the US. The D2K Tour has received some of the greatest reviews of the legendary star’s career.

This second leg will include a totally new wardrobe which was created in collaboration with long time designer Bob Mackie and according to Cher is “more incredible than ever.”  Cher’s current CD “Dressed to Kill” debuted at No. 3 on Billboard’s Pop Charts and includes the No. 1 dance hit “Woman’s World.”



FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Cher is on the mend from her recent illness but her doctors have advised  that her recovery will take longer than previously expected. As a result, the hugely successful D2K  Tour, which has already completed 49 remarkable shows, will start back up in Lubbock, Texas on November 9th.   A new schedule of all upcoming D2K tour dates will be officially announced on CHER.COM next week, which will include newly rescheduled dates for the postponed shows. 

Previously purchased tickets for the October 27 show at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum will be honored on the new concert date, which will be announced sometime in the coming week.

“The initial viral infection affected her kidneys  which has delayed Cher’s recovery time.  Cher’s doctors have advised her to extend her rest period and expect her to make a full recovery,” commented her spokesperson.

Commented Cher:  “I want to thank all my fans for their good wishes, patience and prayers.  The doctors assure me that I will be totally well by November 9th and ready to perform my show. I’m truly sorry that I can’t get on the stage sooner.  But, the good news is that I’m on the mend and feeling better every day. I can’t wait to see you all.  I’ll be ‘Dressed to Kill’ in my unbelievable new Bob Mackie gowns and promise you an unforgettable night.”


Five Finger Death Punch & VOLBEAT on October 7 at Memorial Coliseum




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FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Global rock heavyweights FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and VOLBEAT announced today on their Facebook pages (5FDP Facebook and Volbeat Facebook) that they’ve joined forces to bring fans one of the biggest rock tours of the year. Special guests on the tour will be HELLYEAH and NOTHING MORE.

Tickets for the Fort Wayne show at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, on Tuesday, October 7 will go on sale this Friday, May 9 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets will be available at the Memorial Coliseum Ticket Office, online at or charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000.

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, undoubtedly one of the most relevant and successful rock bands globally, dominated 2013 with the releases THE WRONG SIDE OF HEAVEN AND THE RIGHTEOUS SIDE OF HELL ─ VOLUME 1 and VOLUME 2. Both volumes debuted on the U.S. Billboard album chart at #2 (more notably, within a four-month period) and in the top ten mainstream charts all across the globe. The two albums feature two #1 radio hit singles (Lift Me Up” featuring Rob Halford of Judas Priest and “Battle Born”) and have combined sales of over 600,000 units to date. The multi-million selling rock titans’ current single, “The House Of The Rising Sun” is their 13th consecutive top ten hit at Active Rock Radio. Watch the video here: USA TODAY proclaimed VOLUME 2 elevates the group “…to the top of its game. Offering more than blind rage, though there’s certainly plenty, the songs live in the tension implied by the album’s title—aware of the implications of lashing out, ready to accept the consequences” (11/19/13). Following Australia’s Soundwave Festival and shows across Japan and South East Asia, the band just concluded a sold out European headlining tour. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH is Ivan Moody (vocals), Zoltan Bathory (guitar), Jeremy Spencer (guitar), Jason Hook (guitar) and Chris Kael (bass).

VOLBEAT’S OUTLAW GENTLEMEN & SHADY LADIES has sold more than 300,000 copies in the U.S. according to Soundscan, alongside hundreds of thousands of digital singles. The Danish quartet received their first Grammy Nomination in the “Best Metal Performance” category for “Room 24” (Volbeat Featuring King Diamond), and won Germany’s Echo Award for “Best International Alternative Act.”   The band’s repertoire has become a staple at Active Rock radio, cementing their  relevance with five consecutive #1 singles at the format.  Their latest “Dead But Rising” is entrenched in the Top 5, on its way to the peak of the chart.  Overseas, OUTLAW GENTLEMEN & SHADY LADIES has been certified platinum in their home country of Denmark, alongside Germany and Austria, with gold sales in Finland.

Since forming in Copenhagen in 2000, Volbeat has released five studio albums, and two live offerings that have turned the band into superstars, collecting platinum discs and prestigious awards making them one of the most talked about bands around the world.  OUTLAW GENTLEMEN & SHADY LADIES, debuted at No. 1 in the band’s home country of Denmark alongside Canada, Germany, Norway, Switzerland and Austria. The new release saw a debut at No. 2 in Finland, No. 4 in the Netherlands and Sweden, and No. 9 in The United States.  Volbeat is Michael Poulsen (vocals/guitar), Anders Kjølholm (bass) and Jon Larsen (drums), joined by former Anthrax/The Damned Things guitarist Rob Caggiano, who produced the new album with longtime Volbeat co-producer Jacob Hansen.

The upcoming tour marks Volbeat’s fifth visit to North American this album cycle.  This past year, the band has been one of the largest touring draws on the European continent headlining both festivals and an arena tour, and they appeared at the major Japanese festival Summer Sonic 2013 in both Tokyo and Osaka.  Cumulatively, Volbeat has performed for over a million fans since the current album was released.

After roughly eight years, three albums, countless tours as headliners and as participants on “can’t miss” festival bills and hundreds of thousands of albums sold, HELLYEAH is making their biggest and boldest statement yet with BLOOD FOR BLOOD (out 6/10/14). The lineup of Chad Gray (Mudvayne), Vinnie Paul (Pantera), Tom Maxwell (Nothingface) and Kyle Sanders (Bloodsimple) bring the sound their fans have been waiting for with the help of producer, Kevin Churko (Ozzy Osbourne, Five Finger Death Punch, In This Moment). They’ve exchanged some of the party-centric, good time sounds of past efforts for pure metallic fury and emotional introspection.  The single “Sangre Por Sangre (Blood For Blood)” hit the Top 30 after only 2 weeks at rock radio. They pushed themselves to new limits, dared to embrace change and to take risks with their music by just doing what comes naturally.

Hailing from San Antonio, NOTHING MORE is part schizoid System Of A Down weird-isms, part Mars Volta-esque prog rock freak out, part effortless pop nous, they seamlessly barrel from churning headbang to skyscraping chorus and back again in the blink of an eye. They are equally able to dial down their bluster into deft moments of crystalline beauty when the mood takes them. Their self-titled album (out 6/24/14) that includes their Top 10 radio single “This Is The Time (Ballast)”, is a gut-punching blend made all the more powerful by a keen lyrical sophistication and philosophical undertone, which marks them out from their contemporaries.

For FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH                                      For VOLBEAT:

Libby Coffey x224,                             Steve Karas
Mitch Schneider x235,                 SKH Music
Aaron Feterl x237,                                 917-420-0728


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WWE Returns to Fort Wayne with WWE Live

Fort Wayne, IN – For the first time this year, WWE returns to Fort Wayne with WWE Live! On June 15, at 5:00pm, see your favorite WWE supestars including Danial Bryan, Sheamus, Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, Erick Rowan, and many more! (Card subject to change).

Tickets go on sale Saturday, April 12 at 10:00am. Prices start at just $17.00 and are available at the Memorial Coliseum Ticket Office, charge by phone at 1-800-745-300. and online at

Find more WWE action on Facebook and Twitter, and follow the excitement with hashtag #WWEFortWayne.


Mad Ants Clinch Playoff Berth

Playoff Tickets Available March 31st

FORT WAYNE, IN (March 27, 2014) –The Fort Wayne Mad Ants presented by the Lutheran Health Network have officially clinched a berth into the 2014 NBA Development League playoffs.

With five regular season games remaining to be played, the Mad Ants currently sport the D-League’s best record at 29 wins and 16 losses, which is also good for a new franchise win record. The Mad Ants qualified for the postseason for the first time in franchise history during the 2012-13 season when the team finished the regular season with a 27-23 record. They were defeated by the Santa Cruz Warriors in the first round of the playoffs.

The Mad Ants opponent, as well as game dates and times, for the first round of the playoffs will be determined following the conclusion of the D-League regular season which will wrap up on Saturday, April 5th.

Tickets for the Mad Ants first round playoff home game will go on sale on Monday, March 31st at 1:00pm ET and will be available at the Memorial Coliseum ticket office.

Enjoy $1.00 beer and soda during the first round home playoff games.

About the NBA Development League:
The NBA Development League is the NBA’s official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers, and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. Featuring 17 teams, including 14 with direct affiliations to NBA franchises, the league offers professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. Twenty-four percent of players in the NBA at the start of the 2013-14 season boasted NBA D-League experience. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. Fans can watch all NBA D-League games on

Winter Jam 2014 Tour Spectacular Details Announced

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Winter Jam 2014 Tour Spectacular concert event will be at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on Thursday, March 20, featuring 10 bands for just $10 at the door. Winter Jam is known as the world’s largest Christian concert touring event. No advance tickets are required.

This annual event has a history of selling out the arena. Due to other events in the building, all fans arriving early for Winter Jam will be waiting in line, outside in the parking lot. Doors to the arena will be opened sometime after 5:30 p.m. The concert will start at approximately 7:00 p.m. There will be no overflow space available this year.

For more information about Winter Jam, visit For more information about the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, visit

Jake Owen ‘Days of Gold’ Tour on May 1 at Memorial Coliseum

            FORT WAYNE, Ind. – For chart-topping vocalist Jake Owen, 2013 was filled with golden times; earning his fourth consecutive #1 with “Anywhere With You,” drawing a crowd of over 20,000 for a Nashville summer block party, releasing his new album DAYS OF GOLD, crossing over one million Twitter followers and touring with Jason Aldean.

This spring Jake will celebrate with his fans on his second major nationwide headline run – JAKE OWEN’S DAYS OF GOLD TOUR 2014 – as officially announced from the ESPN tailgate party stage at the BCS National Championship January 6th.

The tour will stop at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Ind. on Thursday, May 1. Tickets will go on sale to the public on Friday, March 14 at 10:00 a.m. at the Memorial Coliseum Ticket Office, any Ticketmaster outlet, online at or charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000.

Kicking off March 20 in Brookings, SD, the DAYS OF GOLD TOUR will go through October and wrap in Jake’s hometown of Vero Beach, FL. The 55-city plus tour features Parmalee and The Cadillac Three.

“I love throwing parties! This tour is going to be one big party and everyone is invited,” shares Jake. “I’ve been lucky enough to be on the road and learn from incredible artists like Chesney, McGraw, and Aldean. I’m really proud of this tour and can’t wait for the fans to see what’s in store. The first night can not get here fast enough!”

“Ain’t no party like a Jake Owen party,” raves Country Weekly on the singer’s live show. To get this party vibe going, Jake will release his new single “Beachin’” to country radio in February. The song, along with the hit single “Days of Gold,” is featured on his current album DAYS OF GOLD, available everywhere now.

Since releasing the chart-topping album, BAREFOOT BLUE JEAN NIGHT, Jake Owen has emerged as one of country music’s leading vocalists. The gold-certified RCA Nashville project delivered four consecutive No. 1 hit singles, including the multi-week chart-toppers; the DOUBLE PLATINUM title track and PLATINUM “Alone with You,” and GOLD-certified hits “The One That Got Away” and “Anywhere with You.” His energetic live show and captivating songs have landed him coveted opening slots with Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw and his first headlining tour, CMT ON TOUR JAKE OWEN: THE SUMMER NEVER ENDS 2012, which made CMT history for the most sold-out shows in a row for the annual nationwide tour.

For on sale dates and more, visit, on Facebook at, and follow him on Twitter @jakeowen.

About Parmalee

Stoney Creek Records’ Parmalee is a family band comprised of brothers Matt and Scott Thomas, cousin Barry Knox and life-long best friend Josh McSwain. Parmalee, named for the band’s hometown in North Carolina, recently dominated the country radio charts with the two-week #1, GOLD-selling single “Carolina.” Parmalee’s Top 40 debut country radio single, “Musta Had A Good Time” was voted #1 by fans for four consecutive weeks on SiriusXM The Highway¹s “Hot 30 LIVE”. Both songs appear on Parmalee’s debut country album, FEELS LIKE CAROLINA, in stores now.

About The Cadillac Three

The Cadillac Three is a high-energy trio who describes their sound as “country fuzz.” Composed of three Nashville natives – Jaren Johnston (Guitar & Lead Vocals), Kelby Ray (Bass Steel Guitar, Dobro, Acoustic & Vocals) and Neil Mason (Drums, Percussion & Vocals) – all three guys have weathered wild adventures as a Country group with a rockin’ edge. They have opened for acts like ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Eric Church and Eli Young Band. Johnston is known for penning two #1 smashes – Keith Urban’s “You Gonna Fly” and Tim McGraw’s “Southern Girl” as well as several other tunes for acts like Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans and Dierks Bentley. The band appeared on ABC’s hit drama “NASHVILLE” in late 2012 and their music has been featured on CBS’s “CSI Miami” and two CW shows – “Vampire Diaries” and “Heart Of Dixie.” The Cadillac Three has released their gritty first single, “The South,” to Country radio and has sold10,000 downloads in the first week of release.


Outdoor Sports, Lake & Cabin Show whisks away winter blues Jan. 24-26

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Northern Indiana’s ultimate outdoor-turned-indoor experience—the 5th annual Outdoor Sports, Lake & Cabin Show— returns Friday Jan. 24 through Sunday, Jan. 26, spanning 108,000 square-feet of the Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Avenue.

“In the dead of winter, people wait for the harsh weather to break and grow tired of being cooped up for months,” said David Marquart, director of operations for Coliseum Productions. “Our show gives them something to look forward to—whether it be a trip, new gear or ‘toy’— and it’s a great way to explore the outdoors in one central place.”

From the adrenaline junkie and athlete to the traveler and remodeler, the show ties in outdoor interests for all seasons, plus offers entertainment and activities for the whole family.

Over 150 exhibitors will feature the latest products and services relating to biking, hiking, camping and fitness, hunting and fishing, boats and watersports, vacation and travel, recreational vehicles and motorsports, and cottage living.

In its fifth year, here’s five top reasons outdoor enthusiasts should head to the show:

Interactive, family fun. Two large fishing ponds stocked with hundreds of bluegill will host several contests as well as a Fishing Derby fundraiser, which costs just $4, but a portion of proceeds benefits St. Jude’s Hospital. Live bait and fishing poles will be provided.

Children can also get a dose of the beach and feel the sand between their toes at the 400 square-foot indoor beach, sponsored by WAJI.

Away from the water, Ehlerding River City Harley-Davidson will offer free simulated motorcycle rides, and novice hunters can learn to shoot a precision air rifle for just $5. The fundraiser led by Gregg Rice, coach of the state champion Bishop Dwenger Rifle Team, and one of only two USA/NRA Level 3 rifle coaches in the state of Indiana, will benefit The X Count and help fund their way to becoming a USA Shooting Certified Training Center.

Children under the age of 18 can experience the “thrill of the hunt” by learning to shoot 3-D targets like elk, mountain lion, bear and even a dinosaur. Participants will be eligible to win a Mathews Genesis Bow from the Northeast Indiana Chapter of Safari Club International.

Retro Kustom RVs, a business that personalizes old Americana RVs with airbrushed themes, will have a one-of-a-kind 1971 Winnebago Family Truckster on display replicating a combination of Clark Griswold’s green station wagon and Cousin Eddie’s ragged motor home from the popular movie “National Lampoon’s Vacation.” Characters from the movie will also make an appearance for photo ops.

Lumber “Jack & Jill” Shows. For the second consecutive year, STIHL Timberworks Lumberjack Shows will entertain audiences daily with a speed climb 45-feet high, ax throwing, chopping, log rolling, cross-cut sawing, hot sawing and chainsaw carving contests, but with new women competitors known as “lumberjills,” featuring one currently ranked as top 10 in the world for women’s professional log rolling.

The group will perform at 5, 6:30, 8 p.m. Friday; 11:30 a.m., 3:30, 5:30 p.m. Saturday; and 12:30, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Fort Wayne firefighters will face-off in an amateur competition Saturday at 1:30 p.m., and WOWO evening news anchor Kayla Blakeslee will test the waters in a log rolling contest.

In the past, the group has been seen on ABC’s “Wide World of Sports,” ESPN’s “Jeep Trails,” Discovery Channel’s “The Travelers,” MTV’s “The Real World” and “Road Rules,” and the Outdoor Life Network.

Convenience. The expo saves consumers time, and takes the hassle out of driving all around Fort Wayne and even further to scope out price points and products, Marquart said. It’s the No. 1 place to start exploring, and consulting with experts face-to-face.

In fact, a 30’x40’ 25,000-galloon try-before-you-buy lagoon will allow sportsmen to take kayaks or canoes for a test spin. Guests can walk through and explore a fully furnished pre-built oak cabin home, too. “It’s not something you’d typically find in the heart of Fort Wayne!” Marquart said.

Affordability, and deals. Besides a plethora of exhibitor show-only specials and RV blowout sale, outdoor enthusiasts shouldn’t have to spend more than $7 to attend, which is valid all weekend.

Cost is $10 for adults, but a $3 off VIP discount is available on Early bird registrants can skip registration lines and are entered to win a trip to St. Petersburg, Fla., courtesy of Rock104.

Coupons are also available at Fort Wayne area Gander Mountain and Dick’s Sporting Goods stores, and Ehlerding Motorsports prior to the show. Anyone attending the Mizpah Shrine Circus Jan. 23-26 also receives $3 off admission with a ticket stub, not valid with combined offers. Children 12 and under are free. Coliseum parking is $5 in the main lot.

All guests receive Dick’s Sporting Goods coupons and can enter to win thousands of dollars worth of door prizes given away every hour.

Free seminars. Throughout the weekend, local and national experts will share valuable tips, demonstrate proper techniques and feature Indiana Wild exotic animals in 30-minute sessions on three stages. The topics and full schedule will be available on the show’s website closer to show time.

The show is open Friday, noon to 9 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information and updates on the schedule of events, log on




INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 8, 2014) – It’s back!  Hoosier Millionaire is back!

The beloved Hoosier Millionaire Scratch-off game is back and on sale now statewide!  The 25th Anniversary Edition offers two ways to win, instantly up to $75,000, and as a contestant on the live game shows happening around the state through August.

Hometown favorites Tony Lamont and Mark Patrick will conduct events around the state to kick off the game, with stops in New Albany/Jeffersonville, Evansville, Indianapolis, Terre Haute, Fort Wayne and South Bend.

Launch events are scheduled for10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 9 at Sav-A-Step on Veteran’s Parkway in Jeffersonville; 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9 at Thornton’s on North Burkhart in Evansville, 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 13 at Marsh on 96th Street in Fishers, 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13 at Kroger on State Road 41 in Terre Haute; 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14 at Kroger on Coventry Lane in Fort Wayne, and 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14 at Martin’s on South Bend Avenue in South Bend.

The popular Lamont and Patrick will return as hosts of the live show events which will be making stops in six cities around the state this spring.

The locations of the six Hoosier Millionaire live game shows are:

• Evansville, The Centre Theatre, March 27
• Fort Wayne, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, April 17
• Terre Haute, Hulman Center, May 15
• New Albany, The Riverfront, June 19 
• Elkhart, The Lerner Theater, July 24
• Indianapolis, Indiana State Fair, August 16

The televised Grand Finale event, the seventh show, will also take place August 16 in Indianapolis at the Indiana State Fair.

For a chance to be selected as a contestant on the six live show events, players may enter their non-winning Hoosier Millionaire tickets at or at one of the six live show events.  Each live show will feature six contestants: five will be selected through mylottery second chance drawings and one contestant will be selected from the audience!

The winner from each of the six live shows will then be a contestant on the televised grand finale where he or she will compete for a chance to be the next Hoosier Millionaire!

Additional details and official rules regarding how to be a contestant are available at

Twenty-five year legacy…

The Hoosier Millionaire Scratch-off was the very first Hoosier Lottery ticket.  When the Hoosier Lottery launched almost 25 years ago, on October 13, 1989, more than 8 million Hoosier Millionaire tickets were sold in the Lottery’s first 24 hours.

Two weeks later, when the Hoosier Millionaire Show debuted on TV, a Hoosier tradition was born. Tuning into The Hoosier Millionaire Show quickly became a Saturday night ritual for millions of Hoosiers. The show was one of the nation’s top-paying game shows on TV and was consistently at the top of its time slot for the duration of its run on the air from Nov. 1989 to Dec. 2005.

Over the show’s 16-year run, thousands of Hoosiers won big money on the show and 191 millionaires were created.

The Hoosier Lottery plans to celebrate its 25th anniversary, and the return of Hoosier Millionaire game, with dozens of interactive Hoosier Millionaire events and promotions at retailers in all corners of the state throughout the spring and summer.

To keep up with the latest Hoosier Millionaire promotions and events, Hoosiers can visit and follow Hoosier Lottery on Facebook and Twitter.

Watch a “new” episode every Saturday night at 7 p.m. on YouTube!

Beginning January 11 Hoosiers can relive their favorite Hoosier Millionaire moments and view whole episodes of classic Hoosier Millionaire Shows on the Hoosier Lottery’s YouTube channel.  A  different episode will be available every Saturday night at 7 p.m. Eastern.

Hoosier Millionaire fans can also visit YouTube to find out What Does Lamont Say?

Since the Hoosier Lottery’s inception in 1989, through April 30, 2013, the Hoosier Lottery has contributed $517.2 million to police and firefighter pension funds, $705.1 million to teachers retirement, and $3 billion to the Build Indiana Fund. Retailers have earned $1 billion in commissions during that time. In addition, Hoosier Lottery players have won $9.2 billion and retailers have earned $1 billion in commissions and bonuses.

The Hoosier Lottery reminds all players to play responsibly. Must be 18 or older to play.  Gambling Addiction Referral Line: 800-994-8448.

ABOUT THE HOOSIER LOTTERY: Hoosier Lottery distributions benefit every county throughout Indiana. Each fiscal year, the Hoosier Lottery contributes $30 million to local police and firefighters’ pensions, and $30 million to the Teacher’s Retirement Fund. In fiscal year 2012, $147.6 million in Hoosier Lottery earnings helped reduce motor vehicle excise taxes by 50 percent.

To learn more about the Hoosier Lottery, visit and follow on Facebook and Twitter.