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Frankie Beverly has announced his retirement and revealed the schedule for his farewell tour with Maze , titled “I Wanna Thank You.”

The five-city tour kicks off in Atlanta on March 22. That show will feature El DeBarge and Chaka Khan as special guests and a yet-to-be-announced after party. The tour will also visit Alabama, Chicago, and Houston before concluding in Los Angeles on May 12.

After wrapping up the dates, Beverly will travel to Philadelphia for a street renaming ceremony. Philly is the city where Maze, initially known as Raw Soul, began in 1970.

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“I want to share with my lifelong fans and associates that I’ll be going out on the road one last time, then retire,” Beverly said to Billboard . “Thank you so much for the support given to me for over 50 years as I pass on the lead vocalist torch to Tony Lindsay. The band will continue on as Maze Honoring Frankie Beverly. It’s been a great ride through the decades. Let the music of my legacy continue.”

Beverly’s farewell is organized in conjunction with = the Black Promoters Collective (BPC). “Since the 70s, the legendary Frankie Beverly has blessed us with timeless hits such as ‘Happy Feelings,’ ‘Golden Time of Day,’ ‘Joy and Pain,’ and the seminal party starter ‘Before I Let Go,’” BPC CEO Gary Guidry told Billboard .

“His music has contributed to the soundtrack of our lives by enriching our experiences with his soulful melodies. We are honored to join forces with him on his farewell tour.”

Among Beverly and Maze’s early mentors was none other than the legendary Marvin Gaye . After relocating to San Francisco and meeting Gaye in 1971, the group began touring as his opening act. Gaye was also the person who suggested that Raw Soul change its name to Maze.

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Frankie Beverly and Maze I Wanna Thank You Tour: March 22 — State Farm Arena — Atlanta, Ga. April 6 – Mobile County Fairgrounds — Mobile, Ala. April 13 – Toyota Arena — Houston, Texas April 27 – United Center — Chicago, Ill. May 12 – Kia Forum — Los Angeles, Calif. July 6 — Dell Music Center — Philadelphia, Pa.

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The music and songs Maze made was really really a hit today and back in the seventies. There isn’t any music today that make you feel comfortable and laid back like music back in the day. Mr. Beverly you will always be an icon and one of my most favorite groups. Thank you for knowing and touching hearts. Be blessed and continue to enjoy life.

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March 14, 2024 at 4:49 pm

We need maze to come to Michigan like Detroit or Flint mi or Saginaw mi to make going out with a nice concert our home town in Michgan

March 23, 2024 at 12:36 pm

OMG – what happened to the DMV – (DC, MD, VA, area)? I am so disappointed…enjoy your retirement Frankie – you so well deserve to relax and take GREAT care of yourself. We all will miss you on stage with that famous – WHITE CAP! Peace and Blessings.

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Beverly’s final tour trek is being produced by the Black Promoters Collective (BPC). “Since the ‘70s, the legendary Frankie Beverly has blessed us with timeless hits such as ‘Happy Feelings,’ ‘Golden Time of Day,’ ‘Joy and Pain’ and the seminal party starter ‘Before I Let Go,'” BPC CEO Gary Guidry tells  Billboard . “His music has contributed to the soundtrack of our lives by enriching our experiences with his soulful melodies. We are honored to join forces with him on his farewell tour.”

Among Beverly and Maze’s early mentors was Marvin Gaye. After relocating to San Francisco and meeting Gaye in 1971, the group began touring as the R&B/pop legend’s opening act. In fact, it was Gaye who suggested that Raw Soul change its name to Maze. Maze went on to record for Capitol and later Warner Bros., releasing a series of hit albums and singles between 1977 and 1993.

Pre-sales for Frankie Beverly & Maze’s I Wanna Thank You Farewell Tour begin Feb. 15 with sales to the general public starting Feb. 16. Get your tickets info  here . See the full tour itinerary below:

  • March 22 — State Farm Arena — Atlanta, Ga.
  • April 6 – Mobile County Fairgrounds — Mobile, Ala.
  • April 13 – Toyota Arena — Houston, Texas
  • April 27 – United Center — Chicago, Ill.
  • May 12 – Kia Forum — Los Angeles, Calif.
  • July 6 — Dell Music Center — Philadelphia, Pa.

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The Frankie Beverly and Maze “I Wanna Thank You” Tour will start in familiar territory for the legendary band - New Orleans on Friday, November 3rd, 2023.

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R&B music legends Frankie Beverly and Maze, known for classics such as “Before I Let Go”, “Happy Feelin's” and the longtime fan favorite, “Joy and Pain”, will embark on a nationwide tour for 2023 – 2024.

“We had such a great time playing at the New Orleans Jazz Fest last spring and that concert was sold out,” Mr. Beverly states. “So we decided to start our new tour in the Crescent City for those who missed us earlier this year and go from there.”

The Frankie Beverly and Maze "I Wanna Thank You" 2023-2024 concert schedule

11/3/23 - New Orleans, LA - University of New Orleans

11/25/23 - Hampton, VA - Hampton Coliseum

12/2/23 - Grand Prairie, TX - Texas Trust CU Theatre

12/23/23 - Atlantic City, NJ - Boardwalk Hall

1/13/24 - Oakland, CA - Oakland Arena

1/27/24 - Los Angeles, CA - KIA Forum

2/3/24 - Charlotte, NC - Spectrum Center

2/24/24 - Washington, DC - Capitol One Arena

3/8/24    - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center

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4/13/24 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center

4/26/24 - Chicago, IL - United Center

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(February 13, 2024) Well, we knew that one of our all-time favorite groups, Maze feat. Frankie Beverly, was beginning the "I Wanna Thank You Tour." But what we didn't know is that that tour is now being billed as the group's  Farewell Tour.  The flyer posted by the group on Instagram for the opening concert on March 22 in Atlanta, featuring support from Chaka Khan and El DeBarge, clearly lets us know that this may be the last time to see this iconic act live.

This follows the creation last year of TMF (The Music Forever) , a touring and recording band consisting of former members of Maze, which is remaining active.

By any measure, one of the most talented but criminally underappreciated self-contained bands of the past half century, Maze's ability to fuse soul and jazz with an irresistible groove and intelligent lyrical content has gained for the members an extremely loyal following among Soul music fans and great respect among their performing peers, but little attention in the pop music world. And Maze has been the official band of virtually every family picnic for more than forty years. 

The band, led by the 77 year old Beverly, promises that other dates for the tour will be announced soon. Here are the dates we know so far:

March 22: State Farm Arena — Atlanta, Ga. April 6: Mobile County Fairgrounds — Mobile, Ala. April 13: Toyota Arena — Houston, Texas April 27: United Center — Chicago, Ill. May 12: Kia Forum — Los Angeles, Calif. July 6: Dell Music Center — Philadelphia, Pa

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Frankie Beverly, lead vocalist for the soul band Maze, has announced his retirement and a final tour to commemorate his 50-year music career.

The I Wanna Thank You Farewell Tour will kick off March 22 at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, followed by five additional stops — including the Kia Forum in Los Angeles on May 12.

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“I want to share with my lifelong fans and associates that I’ll be going out on the road one last time, then retire,” Beverly said in a statement to Billboard magazine . “It’s been a ride through the decades. Let the music of my legacy continue.”

Beverly also said he would “hand the microphone” off to Tony Lindsay, the former lead singer of Santana. When Beverly leaves, the band’s name will change from Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly to Maze Honoring Frankie Beverly.

Beverly’s farewell tour is produced by the Black Promoters Collective.

“His music has contributed to the soundtrack of our lives by enriching our experiences with his soulful melodies,” the coalition’s Chief Executive Gary Guidry told Billboard. “We are honored to join forces with him on his farewell tour.”

Tickets for the opening show in Atlanta went on sale Friday at 7 a.m. Pacific. Sale dates for the other tour dates have yet to be announced.

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Maze (formed in 1970) is an American soul, R&B, funk and quiet storm band, often known as Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, based out of San Francisco, California, U.S.

Originally from Philadelphia, singer-songwriter, producer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist Frankie Beverly, formed Raw Soul in 1970. The group recorded a number of singles with limited success and subsequently moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1981, where the group was introduced to Marvin Gaye. Before long Raw Soul became a huge success, were invited to tour in support of Gaye, and at his recommendation changed their name to Maze in 1976.

The same year, thanks to Mr. Gaye’s persuasion with the label, Maze signed with Capitol Records and released their debut album “Maze featuring Frankie Beverly” in 1977. The album was certified gold and earned the group a considerable fan base, aided by the singles “Happy Feelin’s”, “While I’m Alone” and “Lady of Magic”. At this time singer and rhythm guitarist Beverly was joined by lead guitarist Wayne Thomas, keyboard player Sam Porter, percussionist and backing vocalists Ronald “Roame” Loary and McKinley “Bug” Williams, and drummer Billy “Shoes” Johnson.

Maze’s sophomore album “Golden Time of Day” featuring the No. 9 R&B hit “Workin’ Together” was followed by “Inspiration” in 1979. Both these albums and all subsequent releases have been certified gold, and reached similar positions in U.S. Billboard 200 and U.S. R&B charts, which speaks volumes to the band’s consistency and devoted following. “Joy and Pain” was released in 1980, followed by “We Are One” in 1983, which marked Maze’s introduction into the UK charts reaching No. 38 and selling-out eight shows at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, UK.

Maze’s subsequent album “Can’t Stop the Love” in 1985 was the band first chart-topping U.S. R&B album, led by the singles “Back In Stride” and “Too Many Games”. In 1989 the band moved to Warner Bros. and released the album “Silky Soul”, which also found its way to the top of the R&B chart. Around this time the group proved popular with rappers who sampled a number Maze’s songs. “Back to Basics” was released in 1993, which the group supported with an extensive tour schedule.

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All I can say is, I love me some Frankie Beverly and Maze!! I just turned 54 year old and had decided the next time I see him, I will get a ticket close to the stage. My partner made it possible. He's anticipating my passing out from excitement at the concert. Everyone who knows me, are aware of my obsession with my favorite artist. His music has always been therapeutic for me. As I'm typing the radio is on and guess what song just came on, "Joy and Pain". I love me some Frankie!!❤❤❤❤

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Amazing Maze crew will fill you up. I have been entertained by them through the years from mid 70's. I can't remember the count. They will still give you your money's worth. Frankie such a talented composer of hits that still sounds brand new. His voice has become raspy through time and usage but he don't miss a beat. The audience makes sure of that by singing along. Frankie Beverly and Maze are one of a kind. They are iconic...

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I saw Maze feat. Frankie Beverly for the 1st time last night in Kalamazoo Mi. It was Aaahmazing! I absolutely loved the passion in his vocals and the sincerity of each song. My hubby & I had an awesome date night & I haven't stop playing their music all day!

Thanks Mr. Beverly & the entire Maze band & crew for giving us 40+ years of great music & such a wonderful evening!

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Great show! Well worth the money. Frankie Beverly & Maze leaves you musical appetite full! I've seen them in the 80's at the circle stat theatre in San Carlos Ca. And also in Oakland at the Fox theatre with Robin Harris (Bay bay kids) as an opening act. After all these years there's no decline in their performance.

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Absolutley perfection

I'm speechless. I could feel the power of love the whole evening! The BAND ,FRANKIE BEVERLY and the people around me...with love and peace. We were part of the Band while singing on the dancefloor every minute with him

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Frankie Beverly is Wonderful! His voice is getting raspy, however, We Fans know how Every Song!We Sing & dance right along with him! I've seen Maze So Many times,I have lost count! The Band gets Everyone Up and dancing! We had a Great time! Maze is a treasure!

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Very good show, people in Detroit helped Frankie Beverly sing his greatest hits. 71 yrs young and still touring. He thanked God for his musical influences and experience. Unique Detroit knows how to sing and dance

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Frankie Beverly will the road one last time. The legendary R&B singer has announced his I Wanna Thank You Farewell Tour.

The five-city engagement kicks off March 22 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, and will conclude May 12 at Kia Forum in Los Angeles, California. 

Beverly will be joined by fellow legendary singers Chaka Khan and El DeBarge at his Atlanta stop.

The AMEX presale tickets are available now through Thursday, Feb. 15, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The promoter, venue and local presales will also be available on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. ET using the code: BPC. 

Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, Feb. 16, at 10 a.m. ET.

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The tour will mark Beverly’s final run of shows with his band Maze before he retires later this year after a five-decade career.

Fans can expect Beverly to perform all his hits, including “Happy Feelin’s,” “Back In Stride,” “Joy & Pain,” “Golden Time of Day” and “Before I Let Go.”

The latter song, which appeared on 1981’s Live in New Orleans , was famously reimagined by Beyoncé at her culture-shifting Coachella set in 2018. Bey’s version later appeared on  Homecoming: The Live Album , released in April 2019. 

The band will continue to tour as Maze Honoring Frankie Beverly, with Tony Lindsay stepping in as the lead vocalist.

Last month, Beverly received the Living Legend Award at the 2024 Urban One Honors , filmed in Atlanta. The ceremony, which included other honorees such as Dionne Warwick and Chlöe, airs Sunday, Feb. 25, at 8 p.m. ET on TV One.

See Frankie Beverly’s final tour dates below.

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Frankie Beverly & Maze  I Wanna Thank You Farewell Tour  Dates

Mar 22 – Atlanta, GA @ State Farm Arena

Apr 6 – Mobile, AL @ Mobile County Fairgrounds 

Apr 13 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Arena 

Apr 27  – Chicago, IL @ United Center

May 12 – Los Angeles, CA @ KIA Forum

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Frankie Beverly and Maze ‘I Wanna Thank You’ Tour 2024

The Frankie Beverly and Maze “I Wanna Thank You” Tour will start in familiar territory for the legendary band – New Orleans on Friday, November 3 rd , 2023. “We had such a great time playing at the New Orleans Jazz Fest last spring and that concert was sold out,” Mr. Beverly states. “So we decided to start our new tour in the Crescent City for those who missed us earlier this year and go from there.” 

The Frankie Beverly and Maze “I Wanna Thank You” 2023-2024 concert schedule is as follows:

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11/3/23 – New Orleans, LA – University of New Orleans

11/25/23 – Hampton, VA – Hampton Coliseum

12/2/23 – Grand Prairie, TX – Texas Trust CU Theatre

12/23/23 – Atlantic City, NJ – Boardwalk Hall

1/13/24 – Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena

1/27/24 – Los Angeles, CA – KIA Forum

2/3/24 – Charlotte, NC – Spectrum Center

2/24/24 – Washington, DC – Capitol One Arena

3/8/24    – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center

3/22/24 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena

4/13/24 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center

4/26/24 – Chicago, IL – United Center

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FRANKIE BEVERLY & MAZE CO-STARRING CHAKA KHAN WITH EL DEBARGE

Frankie Beverly is hitting the road one last time with Maze on his Farewell Tour, co-starring Chaka Khan and with El DeBarge, stopping at the United Center on April 27, 2024!

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  • Date June 14 , 2024
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After more than 50 years of creating and performing his classic hits,  Frankie Beverly, frontman of Maze, has announced his Farewell Tour.

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Toyota Center is excited to welcome Frankie Beverly: Farewell to Frankie on April 13th! After 54 years, nine gold albums and numerous hits including “Before I Let Go” Frankie Beverly, frontman of Maze, has announced his Farewell Tour. Don't miss Frankie Beverly & Maze, The O'Jays and El DeBarge coming to Houston this spring! 

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Your parking pass for the Toyota Tundra garage will load like a ticket with a barcode to be scanned as you enter the garage.

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AXS Mobile ID tickets are digital and cannot be printed for venue entry.

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No, tickets must be scanned through the AXS App.

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Yes. However, we recommend that you transfer tickets to each person attending the event.

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Please bring a valid photo ID and the card you used to purchase the tickets to the Toyota Center box office.

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Toyota Center encourages fans to travel light and not bring bags. Bags that are 5.5” x 8.5” or smaller will be screened through an expedited visual process. Bags that are larger than 5.5” x 8.5” but smaller than 14”x14” x 6” will be scanned through additional screening process and/or x-ray machines that will likely require a longer wait. Medical bags and parenting bags are permitted and are the only bags larger than 14” x 14” x 6” that will be allowed. Toyota Center does not allow any backpacks inside the building or any bags that are shaped like a backpack. This policy is subject to change at any time. 

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Jun 22 , 2024

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  • Date Jun 22 , 2024
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The Frankie Beverly & Maze Farewell Tour comes to Enterprise Center on June 22 with The O'Jays and The Whispers!

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May 25 , 2024

Maze ft. Frankie Beverly & The Mighty O'Jays

One last time.

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Maze featuring Frankie Beverly & The Mighty O'Jays take New Orleans One Last Time on May 25 with special guest The Whispers .

ABOUT FRANKIE BEVERLY Frankie Beverly & Maze will in retire July of this year after more than 50 years of creating and performing his classic hits.This final jaunt across the country is with musical legends and contemporary superstars demonstrates why they are the perfect fit for the “Silky Soul Singer,” who was just recently bestowed with the Urban One Living Legend Honor by TV One-along with Dionne Warwick, Mary J. Blige, gospel music super producer Donald Lawrence and Chloe. Frankie Beverly will complete the tour with several major city stops. Beverly is embarking in this farewell tour before slowing down to enjoy life in his California Bay Area home. After decades of circling the globe many times with his arsenal of hits—“Back In Stride”, “Happy Feelin’s”, “We Are One”, “Southern Girl”, “Golden Time of Day”, “Joy and Pain” and of course the unofficial anthem for family reunions and get togethers-”Before I Let Go"—Frankie Beverly and Maze still receive glorious reviews from fans across the country. While the awards earned prior, such as the 2012 BET Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2006 Rhythmand Blues Foundation Pioneer Award for Individual Artist, aren’t the reason why Beverly performs, it is honorable that he’s been recognized as one of the greatest to ever take the stage. Now, Frankie Beverly is doing it ONE LAST TIME LIVE IN NEW ORLEANS, for the fans.

ABOUT THE O'JAYS The O’Jays After more than 60 years electrifying people all over the world, the Mighty Legendary O’Jays, are set to embark on their final farewell tours well! Featuring Eddie Levert, Walter Williams, and Eric Nolan Grant as the trio join together on stage in their carefully curated ensembles to sing and dance the night away spanning over 60 years, the tour is cleverly named after their 1974 single, “Love Train.” The O’Jays’ coveted catalog includes 10 No.1 singles including “For The Love Of Money,” “Use Ta Be My Girl,” and “Family Reunion,” nine platinum albums, ten gold albums and 12 more iconic projects. Back in 2005, the O’Jays were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame before becoming the 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award recipients at the BET Awards and being inducted into the R&B Music Hall of Fame in 2013.

ABOUT THE WHISPERS The Whispers are in the annals of R&B history, the Whispers have earned a solid and memorable position as one of the world's longest-running vocal groups. Celebrating over 55 years in the industry, they are the cream of soul, embellishing smooth ballads and upbeat dance favorites. As one of the premier soul groups to ever grace the stage, their musical success can be attributed to an ingenious balance of soul, jazz, pop, disco and blues to the delight of millions of fans. They have had thirty-three top ten hits and twenty Billboard charted albums over a spanof five decades. The Whispers began their legendary career in 1964 when they first organized at Jordan High School in Watts, California, producing a string of hits continuing over the last five decades such as "It Seems Like I Gotta Do Wrong," "And the Beat Goes On," "Rock Steady, ""It's a Love Thing," and "A Song For Donny." They have emerged as the leading romantic singers of their generation, racking up one gold album after another, and charting 46 Billboard hits. They are arguably one of the most celebrated balladeer groups of all time.

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Fujii Kaze is going on tour in 2024, with tickets selling fast as he travels to perform across the United States. While his upcoming concert series only features a few shows, there are a few avenues for how to buy Fujii Kaze tickets to his 2024 performances.

Beginning shortly after the release of the hit song "Overflowing," Fujii Kaze is traveling to the United States for some highly anticipated concert dates this spring. His brief U.S. tour begins on May 30 in Los Angeles at the United Theater and concludes on June 3 in New York City at the Apollo Theater. Therefore, the opportunities to see the viral singer perform live in the U.S. this year are limited.

After Fujii Kaze's last tour rapidly sold out, tickets for this year's U.S. performances are, as expected, going fast. With the "Fujii Kaze and the Piano" 2024 US Tour arriving on the heels of his new song release, this year's concert series offers a fresh experience for those waiting to see the "Shinunoga E-Wa" singer-songwriter live.

We've got you covered if you're looking for how to get tickets to Fujii Kaze's U.S. concert tour. Here's our breakdown of the Fujii Kaze and the Piano tour schedule, purchasing details, and original and resale ticket price comparisons. You can also browse ticket and concert specifics at your leisure on StubHub and Vivid Seats .

Fujii Kaze 2024 tour schedule

Fujii Kaze's U.S. tour only consists of four concert dates, which resulted from adding two additional shows to the tour's original number. The Fujii Kaze and the Piano tour will see the singer perform two shows in Los Angeles in May before quickly heading to the other side of the country. Fujii Kaze's 2024 US tour will conclude after his two shows in New York City on June 2 and 3.

All concert times are listed in local time zones.

How to buy tickets for Fujii Kaze 2024 concert tour

Since tickets to the Fujii Kaze and the Piano US tour went on sale on March 12, the remaining original tickets are extremely limited in quantity. Tickets to Fujii Kaze's New York City performances were initially being sold on Ticketmaster. In contrast, his Los Angeles tickets were sold on AXS, but all four shows are now completely sold out of original passes.

As such, the only way to buy tickets for Fujii Kaze's 2024 US tour is through verified resale ticket vendors. While some resale tickets are still being sold through Ticketmaster and AXS, many are available on sites like StubHub and Vivid Seats for Fujii Kaze's upcoming sold-out concerts. The latter two vendors may offer more variety in available seating options.

How much are Fujii Kaze tickets?

Considering the Fujii Kaze and the Piano US tour is completely sold out of original tickets and only includes four shows, it shouldn't be surprising that the tickets are relatively expensive. While standard seats were originally much cheaper for those who got early access in the presale queue, Fujii Kaze's 2024 tour tickets are now much more pricey on resale sites.

The demand for tickets is high, and the cost of available resale tickets reflects this. Furthermore, ticket prices to see the Japanese songwriter live in the United States still vary by date, location, and seat location for each show.

On StubHub , the cheapest remaining tickets for Fujii Kaze's 2024 tour range from $250 for his May 30 show in Los Angeles, CA, to $495 for his June 2 performance in New York City, NY. Vivid Seats offers comparable prices for resale tickets, with the least expensive passes beginning from $249 to $559 for the same dates and locations.

So far, Fujii Kaze hasn't announced any VIP packages for his US concert dates in 2024. However, some premium seats, such as the orchestra section, are still available on verified ticket resale sites for his Los Angeles and California performances.

Who is opening for Fujii Kaze's tour?

Fujii Kaze will not have an opening act for his 2024 tour. On his website , his concerts in the United States are being promoted as a "One-Man Show," highlighting the intimate nature of the shows with just Fujii Kaze and his fans.

This means that once the showtime begins, he will be the one who arrives onstage. The concert length is listed as lasting from 8:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m., but his shows' full duration and ending time are still subject to change.

After performing four concerts in the United States, Fujii Kaze will continue his 2024 tour with two additional international shows. So far, the artist has confirmed that he will play two shows in Japan on August 24 and 25 at Nissan Stadium.

According to the artist's website , details about his Japan shows and ticket specifics will be announced on May 10, 2024. It's still unclear if an opening act will be announced for his upcoming Nissan Stadium shows in Japan.

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She left the CIA in frustration. Now her spy novel is racking up awards.

I.S. Berry scored rave reviews and awards for her literary debut, “The Peacock and the Sparrow,” a novel mined from her time at the CIA.

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She felt each boom like an electric jolt as she was trying to sleep in her Alexandria, Va., apartment.

It was August 2006, and Ilana Berry was then a 30-year-old Central Intelligence Agency case officer. Outside, construction crews were beginning work on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, knocking down the old expanse to make way for a new six-lane roadway.

But each rumble threw Berry off the steady anchors of time and place, hurling her back to her last year stationed in war-rocked Baghdad. There, she had spent sleepless nights alone in a trailer as insurgent mortars and rockets screamed into the Green Zone, the central area of the Iraqi capital where the American military, diplomatic and intelligence staffs were housed.

“I remember waking up and having the worst panic attack of my life,” she recalled. “I called my parents to say that we are all under attack.”

To cope, Berry began tracking when the crews would do demolitions and set an alarm for herself to stay awake. She began writing, caging the emotional fallout of her time in Iraq into the tidy frames of sentences. That writing would kick off a sequence of events that would pit her against the agency’s bureaucracy and end in her resignation.

But it would also start her second act as a celebrated, award-winning novelist — one that would be eventually be invited back to the CIA.

Berry applied to join the CIA while attending law school at the University of Virginia, believing it would combine her interests in international relations and intelligence work with her sense of patriotic mission.

Raised outside D.C., she was a 1994 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. She spent time in the Balkans after graduating from Haverford College, an experience that led to a position as an intelligence analyst with the Defense Department. “I loved the work of intel, and I wanted to make it my career,” Berry said. “So the CIA is the place to go, right?”

After being accepted, she trained at Camp Peary near Williamsburg, Va., known as “The Farm.” Much of that training was about logistics — how to conduct surveillance, how to know if you are being surveilled. But the more in-depth psychological elements made Berry wonder if she was in the right place.

“Your whole training is basically how to find people’s vulnerabilities,” Berry said. “What are their motivations? Is it flattery or vanity or revenge, or do they hate their boss? That was never an easy fit for me.”

But Berry graduated with high marks and volunteered to be stationed in Iraq for a year-long assignment. She arrived in 2004 as doubts were beginning to stain America’s initial reasoning for toppling Saddam Hussein’s regime. Among the CIA team, there was a growing realization that there were no weapons of mass destruction in the country — the main justification for the U.S.-led coalition’s invasion.

Berry found that the CIA trailers didn’t have the armored protections or safety protocols in place like their military counterparts. But when she advised CIA headquarters about the danger, she was ignored, she said.

“We weren’t taking the precautions that we should have been,” Berry said. “And it was clear we knew we weren’t.”

One specific incident left Berry with doubts about the CIA’s mission. She got a tip from an Iraqi informant about a possible suspect involved in the 2003 truck bombing of the U.N. Baghdad headquarters that left 22 people dead, including the commissioner for human rights at the time. Berry’s tip led to the suspect being taken into custody, but he claimed he was not involved. Still, he was carted off to a detention facility. Berry later heard from other officers that they were unsure of his guilt, and she worries he may have been wrongfully pulled into the maze of America’s post-9/11 detention system.

In response to Berry’s allegations about her time in Iraq, a CIA agency spokesperson did not address specific complaints or allegations but said the agency “is absolutely committed to fostering a safe, respectful, and equitable workplace environment for all our employees, and we have taken significant steps to ensure that, including strengthening the Agency’s handling of issues when they arise.”

The living conditions. The murky mission. All that seemed to Berry to fuel rampant alcoholism at the CIA station. “Baghdad really screwed me up,” she said.

Her tour done but still living with the emotional aftershocks in Virginia, Berry kept writing. “My goal was never to publish my account of Baghdad,” she said. “It was to make sense of what happened.”

She had volunteered to go next to Afghanistan and was enrolled in Farsi-language classes. During that time, Berry volunteered to the agency that she had been writing about her experience.

According to agency regulation, all current and former CIA employees must submit any writing they plan on releasing to the CIA’s Publication Classification Review Board, which determines whether a potential book or screenplay or writing contains classified information. After the agency learned Berry was working on a memoir, she submitted the manuscript.

When her writing came back, it was covered in redactions that Berry felt made little sense. “They redacted my height and weight,” she said. “They redacted the color of the sky. These are clearly things that are not classified.”

Berry felt the pushback was all due to the unflattering light the account showed the agency. Her complaints in Iraq had already begun to hurt her prospects at the CIA. Her follow-up assignment in Afghanistan was pulled. She channeled her frustration into an appeal over her manuscript.

“I fought every single redaction, if for no other reason than to stick it to them that this was wrong,” she said.

Mark Zaid, a D.C. attorney who regularly represents CIA officers and helped Berry with her appeal, said he believes the board’s difficult responses were tied to the protective stance the agency assumed at the time. “There is a deep-seated paranoia and ignorance among security officers,” he said. “Their internal processes are geared for damage control, no matter whether there is damage or not.” Zaid later hired Berry into his law firm as an of counsel attorney.

In response to questions about Berry’s past conflicts with the review board, an agency spokesperson said the “CIA does not comment on details regarding specific prepublication reviews.” The spokesperson added that “the Board is open to authors’ requests to reconsider content they believe is unclassified.”

Eventually, the review board agreed with most of Berry’s appeal and removed most of the redactions from her manuscript.

By then, she had already resigned from agency, frustrated with the fight and her experiences in Iraq. She was married and a new mother. Though she had won the right to publish her account, she no longer wanted her own story — and the trauma and personal doubt she had put in writing — out there.

Write what you know

Despite her clash with agency, piling the mixed feelings about her time as a spy into a memoir reminded Berry how much she enjoyed writing. As she launched herself into a new career as an attorney and later followed her husband to Bahrain in 2012, Berry kept at it. Now it was fiction, but Berry found all her sentences echoed back to her time in Iraq.

The pages that would eventually become “The Peacock and the Sparrow,” a novel featuring a weary CIA officer caught in the turbines of Middle Eastern political change, include themes mined straight from Berry’s time at the agency. Its first lines plunge a reader into the morally ambiguous head space Berry learned in her training. “It was the ability to please that you learned as a spy: smoking a cigarette, offering compliments you didn’t mean, falling down drunk from having accepted too many vodkas,” Berry writes.

The novel’s CIA protagonist, Shane Collins, faces the same indifference from higher-ups that Berry said she saw in Iraq. She funneled the same problematic behavior she witnessed — the drinking, the war-zone infidelities — into her main character. The gnawing doubts about the guilt of the bombing suspect also popped up as a plot point.

Perhaps the most surprising element in her new work as a novelist was how easy it was to submit the manuscript to the review board. They demanded no significant redactions.

“Time had passed, and I had built up a good relationship with the board,” Berry said.

Berry’s debut novel, “The Peacock and the Sparrow,” was released by Atria Books in May 2023 under the pen name I.S. Berry. The book was feted by both the New Yorker and NPR on their annual lists of the best books of the year. This month, the novel also won the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Allan Poe Award for best first novel by an American novelist, a significant industry award whose past recipients include Viet Thanh Nguyen and Tana French.

Even with that acclaim, Berry was still surprised when the CIA invited her to speak with Invisible Ink, a group of agency employees who are also writers.

“I was not exactly a poster child for the place,” Berry said. “But they assured me they valued authenticity over filtered plaudits, which were words I never thought I’d hear.”

Last September, Berry was sitting in her car in the ocean of parking spaces sprawling outside CIA headquarters in Langley, Va. Even with her invitation, she felt “nervous as hell,” she said. “I did feel like it was a family reunion where I was estranged from my family.”

But Berry then met her agency contact, a member of Invisible Ink, who had asked her to come and speak. She was taken into a conference room where she spoke to about a dozen current agency staff members to discuss writing, publishing and working with the agency’s review board.

As she was leaving, Berry was asked to film a video about the career paths of officers after the agency. She agreed.

“This was such a formative part of my life,” she said. “They are people who have had that same singular experience as me.” Going back to the CIA, Berry said, “felt like I had rebuilt this broken bridge.”

In the meantime, she’s working away on a new novel. It’s another spy tale.

A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Berry visited Invisible Ink last February. It was last September. The article has been corrected.

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Revisiting the Yankees’ 1990 ‘Bronx Zoo,’ an MLB visiting clubhouse tour and more ‘Sliders’

Yankees George Steinbrenner wades through a sea of media after agreeing to resign by August 20th as controlling owner of the New York Yankees for his dealings with an admitted gambler in violation of Major League Baseball.   (Photo by Bettmann Archive/Getty Images)

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If you ever meet John Blundell at a cocktail party, know this: you’ll never be able to top him for crazy life stories. When Blundell was 18 years old, in 1990, he cleaned up cougar pee from the clubhouse carpet at Yankee Stadium. That’s a true statement begging for follow-ups.

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“It’s not like a cat going to the bathroom — it’s more like a horse,” said Blundell, a bat boy then and MLB ’s vice president for communications now. “I remember seeing it and thinking, ‘I know whose job this is going to be.’ But the Yankees clubhouse has the best cleaning supplies in the land. I made sure I sopped it all up, sprayed it, scrubbed it, vacuumed it — good as new the next day.

“And the amazing thing was, six years later, that urine was replaced by champagne. So that carpet withstood a lot — good and bad.”

The slapstick, sobering 1990 season led, improbably, to a Yankees dynasty. The story of that year, “Bronx Zoo ’90: Crime, Chaos and Baseball” debuted Thursday on Peacock as a three-part documentary.

It is based on a New York Post series by Joel Sherman, a columnist who serves as consulting producer. Sherman, a beat writer in 1990, reexamined that team during the COVID-19 shutdown in 2020, deep into the Yankees’ current run of 32 consecutive winning seasons.

“If there’s one group I wish could see it, it would be Yankee fans 35 and younger, just as a reminder that there is no divine right for the team to be good,” Sherman said. “Because they don’t know; they’re complaining when the team loses in the ALCS. But I’m here to tell you, I covered them when they were the worst, just a total embarrassment on and off the field.”

The looming suspension of owner George Steinbrenner — who had paid $40,000 to a gambling addict named Howie Spira for damaging information on Dave Winfield — was the off-field backdrop for a team that would lose 95 games, most for the franchise since 1912.

When word of Steinbrenner’s ban trickled out during a game in July, the crowd in the Bronx responded with a standing ovation. That’s how reviled Steinbrenner was at the time for turning a proud franchise into a laughingstock.

Pascual Perez, his prize free agent that winter, blew out his shoulder in a punitive bullpen session after reporting late to spring training. In June, Steinbrenner fired Manager Bucky Dent in Boston, the site of Dent’s triumphant homer in 1978. In July, Andy Hawkins threw a no-hitter in Chicago — but lost by the absurd score of 4-0.

There were highlights, too, like the showdown between multi-sport stars Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders and the slugging of rookie Kevin Maas. But the presence of outfielder Mel Hall — a de facto centerpiece with Winfield traded and Don Mattingly injured for much of the summer — was a disturbing symbol of how badly the Yankees had allowed their brand to be tarnished.

Hall was the one who brought the cougar cubs into the clubhouse (Blundell remembers Claudell Washington herding them into the sauna), and he was arrested after the season for keeping them as pets. The next season, Hall would torment the rookie Bernie Williams, calling him “Zero” and moving the shy, awkward Williams to tears.

But for all of that, Hall was committing far more sinister crimes in the summer of 1990, and for years later. He was sexually involved with a 15-year-old girl that season and lived with her and her family in Fairfield, Conn. The pair’s prom picture actually appeared in the Yankees’ yearbook.

Hall’s behavior was part of a pattern , and in 2009 he was finally convicted — in Texas — on three counts of aggravated sexual assault and two counts of indecency with a child. Now serving a 45-year sentence, he offered no apologies for the 1990 relationship in a prison interview for the documentary.

“Well, you gotta understand this, a lot of people look at it as she was much younger and I was much older, OK?” Hall says in the documentary. “But in retrospect if you look at, now, life here, and some of the stars and movie stars, the age difference is about the same. So that’s just how I look at it. Maybe we were just ahead of our time at that time.”

Hall’s girlfriend from 1990, Chaz Easterly, testified against him in the 2009 trial and speaks at length in the documentary. For all of the riveting interviews director D.J. Caruso collected — with Spira, Don Mattingly, Brian Cashman, Buck Showalter, and many more — her storyline is the most powerful.

Hall’s crimes are the true tragedy of the 1990 Yankees. The unanswered question is how the organization somehow saw fit to keep him for two more seasons, and why it took nearly two more decades to put him away.

“That was part of my healing, that he did have to pay,” Easterly says in part 3. “He will not be known as a Yankee. He’ll be known as an abuser and a pedophile. But I remember thinking, ‘It’s not enough for what he did.’ He stole innocence and childhood. And you heal, but it changed you.”

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Meet the Mariners’ Mr. 1,000

It might not be the dream of every kid in Central Florida to grow up and one day become the 1,000th player in the history of the Seattle Mariners. But it happened to Kirby Snead , and he’s just fine with that.

“It’s not really anything I thought about until they told me,” Snead said the other day, by phone from Seattle. “But it’s pretty cool. Getting up here has been fun.”

Snead, 29, started the season with Triple-A Tacoma and made his Mariners debut last Wednesday in Minnesota. With it, he became the 1,000th player in the history of the franchise, which began as an expansion team in 1977.

When the Mariners returned home last Friday, Snead found an on-field celebration waiting for him. A few alumni, each with a number around his neck, joined in the festivities — and like Snead, they’re unlikely to be confused with, say, Ken Griffey Jr.

Bucky Jacobson (No. 505), Charlie Furbush (644), Danny Farquhar (677) and Kristopher Negron (823) lined up behind a table with four sheet cakes, decorated with a 1, 0, 0 and 0. They presented Snead with a special jersey and welcomed him to the not-so-exclusive club.

Pregame, the @Mariners put together a fun celebration for Kirby Snead, who became the 1,000 Mariners in history when he debuted for the team in Minnesota. He’s joined by former M’s Bucky Jacobsen, Charlie Furbush, Danny Farquhar, and Kristopher Negrón. #TridentsUp pic.twitter.com/jKzHPPgtQg — Circling Seattle Sports (@CirclingSports) May 11, 2024

“I know they had the four cakes for me, but I didn’t actually get a piece of it,” Snead reported. “But the jersey with ‘1000’ and my name on it, that was kind of cool. I’ll get to keep that forever.”

Snead, who has made three scoreless outings through Thursday, also has his own poster, at least online. The Mariners crafted a spoof of the movie poster for Bernie Mac’s “Mr. 3,000,” with Snead leaning on a bat beneath “Mr. 1,000” in script.

“I think my mom is trying to get it printed somewhere, so she might have one ready for me when I get home in the offseason,” said Snead, who lives in Gainesville, Fla. “It’s been kind of crazy. I didn’t think it was going to be that big of a deal, but it’s been awesome. I’m super appreciative of all the people here.”

Two other teams have welcomed their 1,000th player this season: the Milwaukee Brewers (reliever Jared Koenig ) and Kansas City Royals (reliever Colin Selby ). But leave it to the franchise that once brought you “ Funny Nose Glasses Night ” to make it a spectacle — the Mariners have also come up with “ Hot Dogs From Heaven ” and in-game salmon races this season, with a return of “Jay Buhner Buzz Cut Night” scheduled for June 13.

“We definitely like to do goofy stuff,” said Tyler Thompson, the Mariners’ senior manager for experiential marketing and game entertainment. “We see ourselves as a little bit different up here.”

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Jesse Chavez on MLB clubhouses

Jesse Chavez seemed unlikely to ever set foot in a major-league clubhouse, let alone dozens of them. Chavez, who turns 41 in August, entered pro ball as a 42nd-round draft choice of the Texas Rangers in 2002 — and he’s still here, relieving for the Atlanta Braves .

As the oldest player in the National League, Jesse Chavez had a fitting response when asked recently to name his favorite MLB clubhouse: “Any one with a nap room,” he said, laughing by his locker at Citi Field. Chavez travels with hip-high recovery boots for his legs, and when he puts them on, he figures, why not doze off?

In his waking hours, though, Chavez is a keen observer. He’s played for nine teams (including three separate tours with Atlanta) and pitched in 34 ballparks, retaining vivid memories of each clubhouse.

Some are close to the action, like in Milwaukee, where the clubhouse door opens directly to the dugout. Others are distant, like the old Metrodome in Minneapolis, with 33 stairs and a hallway separating the clubhouse and dugout. Some offer cheesesteaks (Philadelphia), others offer haircuts (Miami) — and some (like Anaheim, Chavez says) need an overhaul.

Here’s a five-stop, behind-the-scenes tour from an enduring right-hander :

Wrigley Field, Chicago : “That’s a maze. You don’t want to forget something up there. And you’ve got to watch your head, too. I got a blown save there once — it stinks that you can get a blown save when you get an out, giving up somebody else’s run — but I had one, and I was (upset). I was going up the tunnel to go get mad in the clubhouse, and boom — I stovepiped my head. Hit it pretty bad and turned right back around, like, ‘Can’t be mad no more.’”

Comerica Park, Detroit : “When I got hit on the shin last year, it was in Detroit. That was the worst — oof. I couldn’t put any pressure on my leg, and it ended up being a microfracture. They have a lot of stairs there, and the (chair lift) didn’t work, so (coach) Sal Fasano had to carry me up. I’m 180. He could carry me up there with one arm. Maybe one finger.”

Nationals Park, Washington : “In the lunchroom, they have these old photos. We actually take all the young kids on the team in there and try to guess each one. They’ve got a little lounge area, a TV room with a couch, it’s nice. They’ve got good memorabilia in there too, but they took a lot of it out when people started taking things.”

Progressive Field, Cleveland : “We play Golden Tee all the time at home, and in Cleveland they have all those games. If you want, they have a full book of Nintendo and Super Nintendo games. You can buy the consoles from (the clubhouse manager) and he’ll bring the games to you the next day.”

Oracle Park, San Francisco : “ Luis Gonzalez once put a golf ball in the chili pot, just to see if it would still be there on getaway day — and it was. And then I guess when they went back to play them again, sure enough, it was still in there. Now, on top of the chili pot, there’s a golf ball.”

Off the Grid

A historical detour from the immaculate grid, rick ferrell, hall of fame catcher.

Baseball history offers plenty of examples of mistaken identity. Yankees manager Aaron Boone was ejected last month for something a fan said. In 1965, the owners were set to consider a former Air Force secretary, Eugene Zuckert, as commissioner — and wound up with William Eckert, an Air Force General with a similar-sounding name, instead. And who knows what hijinks the Canseco twins, Jose and Ozzie, pulled when they played together in Oakland.

Fear of mistaken identity kept me from choosing Rick Ferrell on last Sunday’s Grid, which asked for a Hall of Fame catcher. I wasn’t sure if it was Rick or his brother, Wes, who’s enshrined in Cooperstown. It’s Rick, I learned — but, as legend has it, perhaps it was meant to be Wes.

Researchers at the Hall of Fame could not confirm that a mix-up in the 1984 Veterans’ Committee vote gave Rick Ferrell a plaque — but they couldn’t deny it, either. In his meticulously sourced Hall of Fame study, “The Cooperstown Casebook,” Jay Jaffe writes that committee members were either confused about which Ferrell they elected, or “a vote-swapping scheme designed to prevent hurt feelings due to a shutout went awry”.

However it happened, Rick Ferrell made it in. He was a very good player : a strong-armed, eight-time All-Star who batted .281 for the Red Sox , Browns and Senators. But he hit just 28 homers in more than 7,000 plate appearances — while Wes hit 38 homers in just 1,345 plate appearances, with a .280 average.

And Wes, ahem, was a pitcher: a six-time 20-game winner for Cleveland and the Red Sox, he earned 190 victories from 1929 through 1938. The two pitchers with more wins in that stretch, Lefty Grove and Carl Hubbell, are in the Hall, as are Red Ruffing and Lefty Gomez, who rank fourth and fifth on that list.

Wes’ prime coincided with an offensive boom, and his 4.04 career ERA would be the highest in the Hall. Perhaps it’s just as well, then, that he didn’t make it — and while Rick did, few people remember him now. Of the 81,000 or so who played last Sunday’s Grid, only .3 chose Rick Ferrell as their Cooperstown catcher.

Classic clip

Lance parrish on “diff’rent strokes”.

We all know the spoils of a World Series championship: the ring, the parade, the winner’s share. Sometimes you even get a commemorative book deal, like Lance Parrish, who wrote “The Enchanted Season,” with Tom Gage, about the Detroit Tigers’ last championship in 1984. It comes out next month from Triumph Books.

For true World Series glory, though, is there any topping a guest appearance on “Diff’rent Strokes”? Hmm — maybe don’t answer that. But do enjoy this clip from 1985 of Lance helping Mr. Drummond coach youth baseball. There’s no resolution to this storyline, and that ragtag team doesn’t look too athletic.

But you’ve gotta admit: Lance is rocking a really sweet warm-up jacket.

(Top photo of George Steinbrenner facing the media after agreeing to resign in July 1990: Bettmann Archive / Getty Images)

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Tyler Kepner is a Senior Writer for The Athletic covering MLB. He previously worked for The New York Times, covering the Mets (2000-2001) and Yankees (2002-2009) and serving as national baseball columnist from 2010 to 2023. A Vanderbilt University graduate, he has covered the Angels for the Riverside (Calif.) Press-Enterprise and Mariners for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and began his career with a homemade baseball magazine in his native Philadelphia in the early 1990s. Tyler is the author of the best-selling “K: A History of Baseball In Ten Pitches” (2019) and “The Grandest Stage: A History of The World Series” (2022). Follow Tyler on Twitter @ TylerKepner

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