Backstage Week Of 12/19/2016


Facility GM Jack Larson welcomes Carrie Underwood to Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minn., prior to her sold-out show Oct. 17. (Xcel Energy Center)

The staff welcomes Chase Rice to Five Flags Center in Dubuque, Iowa, Nov. 18. L-R: The venue’s Kelly Sprietzer, Justin Pergande, Ali Levasseur, H.R. Cook, Rice, Shaun Rice (no relation) and Julie Griffin.

Five Finger Death Punch is presented with a commemorative breast cancer awareness guitar prior to taking the stage at Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, S.D., Nov. 12. With the band are the venue’s Blake Gothier (2nd from L) and Chris Semrau (R).

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood play four shows at Richmond Coliseum in Virginia Nov. 11-13. With them are SMG’s Hope Parkin and venue GM Dwight Johnson. (Amber Searls/SMG Richmond)

Macon City Auditorium’s Tyler Gambrell (L) and Monty Jones Jr., welcome Kirk Franklin to the Georgia facility Oct. 21.

Venue execs Meredith Collier, Mia Hatter-Woods, Duane Randall and Lori Shapiro and Live Nation’s Randy McElrath and Emily Simonitsch thank Maná for a sold-out show at AT&T Center in San Antonio Nov. 4.

Venue exec Tom Alexander presents Shinedown with some local goodies before the band’s show at the Tacoma Dome in Washington Nov. 5.

Stevie Nicks’ “24 Karat Gold Tour” rolls in to Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla., Nov. 2. Welcoming her are Live Nation’s Neil Jacobsen and the venue’s Kevin Preast. (Scott Audette/Amalie Arena)

Yellowcard brings its “Final World Tour” to the Electric Factory in Philadelphia Nov. 12. With the band are the venue’s Kelsey Degnan and Reid Benditt. (Marc Kaniper)

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