Stadium of Fire Announcement




Stadium of Fire, Fri July 4


The show features Miley Cyrus and The Blue Man Group with host Glenn Beck. More info...

**NOTE**


 The 1000 presale tickets sold out in a matter of minutes. Your next chance to buy tickets is Friday, April 4 at 5:00 p.m. More info...

LENN: All right, I don't know who scheduled this, but this is not the day to do this because it's April 1st and I want to be very clear. This is not an April Fool -- because when I tell you what the announcement is, you are going to go, uh-huh, sure. And tomorrow may be too late for me to verify. Nope, now it's April 2nd and I can tell you that it is no joke. But we have an announcement.

Last -- in fact, let me bring -- can we bring Brad up, please? Is Brad on the phone? Brad?

PELO: I'm with you, Glenn. How are you?

GLENN: Very good.

PELO: Great to be with you.

GLENN: You are the -- what are you? The senior executive producer?

PELO: That's what they call me.

GLENN: Of America's Freedom Foundation and the Stadium of Fire.

PELO: The Stadium of Fire specifically, yes.

GLENN: You asked me last year if I would host the Stadium of Fire. It is the largest stadium fireworks show in the country.

PELO: Correct.

GLENN: And it is -- I have never seen anything like it. I have never been that close to fireworks, I have -- I've never seen anything like it. It is absolutely amazing, and it's on July 4th in Provo, Utah at the BYU stadium.

PELO: That's right. And it's taken 28 years to make the fireworks that close but they're there.

GLENN: I thought there were times that I was going to be set on fire. I really did. And there were a lot of people in the stadium that probably was hoping for that, but -- and fortunately didn't happen. So you asked me again to host it this year, which I'm just thrilled and honored to be a part of it. Last year you had Brooks and Dunn performing, correct? Was that --

PELO: That is right, yeah, Brooks and Dunn.

GLENN: Brooks and Dunn.

PELO: Great show.

GLENN: This year, and we're going to announce right now who is coming to the Stadium of Fire. Tickets -- well, the last time that this individual did a show, the performance last month had 72,000 seats at Reliant Stadium in Houston and it was sold out in a couple of minutes. This year you probably have the hardest ticket to get. You now have how many seats available for this particular performer? How many seats?

PELO: Well, we're going to try and make maybe up to 50,000. Right now we can verify 48,000 seats that we'll have available.

GLENN: Okay. And the tickets go on sail Friday?

PELO: Friday at 5:00.

GLENN: And the performer at the Stadium of Fire this year is Miley Cyrus. She plays Hannah Montana on -- I don't need to tell you. If you know who she is, then you are going, oh, my gosh. And if you know who she is, it's because you know your children are going to say, "Oh, my gosh" and you're going to have to get tickets and they sell out within a couple of minutes. So that's who's going to be performing on Fourth of July at the Stadium of Fire.

You also have the Blue Man Group that are performing, and they're fantastic. And then me. So --

PELO: And you are the best part, Glenn.

GLENN: (Laughing). Yeah. Well, actually, you know what? It's really cool. Because of Fourth of July it is -- I have been to the Fourth of July fireworks at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., I've seen the fireworks in Philadelphia, I've seen them in New York, I've seen them in Boston. I have never seen fireworks like this before. And more importantly, I have never been in a place that is not afraid to say, man, it's great to be in America and it's great to be an American and this is what it's all about. And actually the theme this year is what, Brad?

PELO: I am an American.

GLENN: It doesn't go any deeper than that. "I am an American." And do you want to reveal at all anything that you're planning?

PELO: Well, let me say this, and this is really an important element to our show and that is that our event, Stadium of Fire, is broadcast to the military throughout the world, at all the military bases, ships at sea. This is our sixth year having been invited to be a part of every military men and women's Independence Day celebration, and it's very special to us because we're honoring not just the sacrifices of our forefathers who on July 4th put it on the line but we're honoring the sacrifice and the men and women who are doing it for us every single day, and we bring them in via satellite, they are watching us live, we're actually watching them live. We have uplinks around the world, we have an opportunity to talk to them, perform for them and it just brings a special moment into the stadium.

GLENN: It is the most spine-tingling American thing I have ever seen or been a part of. It is absolutely amazing and so proud to be a part of it again, Brad. And again the Miley Cyrus tickets for the Stadium of Fire, this is July 4th, Provo, Utah. They go on sale this Friday. They will be sold out quickly.

Now listen. Before the word gets out to everybody, we have taken a block of 1,000 tickets ourself and we are going to offer up for presale right now at GlennBeck.com 1,000 of these seats, but we want you to be able to, you know, as a bonus for listening to the program, be able to get these seats in advance. I'm telling you they will be gone. If they're not already gone, they will be gone shortly. You can find them at GlennBeck.com. You look in the headlines section. It says Stadium of Fire exclusive Glenn Beck presale. You click on that, maximum of 25 tickets. Please, you know, don't be a -- if you're a scalper or something, please stop this and just let regular people buy these. And you use -- when you get onto the website to buy them, you use the code "GLENNBECK," all one word. That's the code to buy the tickets. That's a presale that's on sale now. The regular tickets go on sale on Friday, Stadium of Fire. If you have never been, if you are anywhere around there. We're building our vacation around this quite honestly. We go on vacation right after. It is the best thing you can do with your family if you want to celebrate the Fourth of July in America. Stadium of Fire in Provo, Utah. Brad, thank you so much.

PELO: Pleasure to be with you, Glenn.

GLENN: Thank you so much. You should go, Stu.

STU: Tomorrow we find out -- obviously just a prank. It's April Fool's. Why is Miley Cyrus going to appear somewhere with you? That's crazy.

GLENN: Glenn Beck, Miley Cyrus and the Blue Man Group. Come on.

STU: You hosted this last year. It was a huge event. I've never seen you come back from something that impressed.

GLENN: I've never been that impressed. I've never, ever been that impressed. And it is -- it sits right in the canyon. It sits right by the mountains and so you're in this bowl, you know, where they play football and you're in the stadium and the mountains are all around you and then the fireworks kick off at the end after this amazing concert. Last year it was Brooks and Dunn. Then the fireworks kick off and I'm telling you, I mean, you can ask Adam. Because he was standing backstage with me. We actually had to stand underneath the rigging of the stage because the stuff was coming down on top of us. It's -- the fireworks are so close and so amazing and they go on -- they did, I think it was -- I don't want to quote the number. I think it was like 10 minutes, maybe 13 minutes and I said, this is amazing. And he said, yeah, but now they really kick in. I said, what? He said, yeah, this is the first half of the fireworks. The second half Disney paid for. And he said, so now the Disney part kicks in. And it was -- I mean, it was nonstop. It was incredible.

STU: You are the guy, you used to go -- you go to all the big cities' fireworks and everything else. And New York, I remember you --

GLENN: Never seen anything like this.

STU: That's amazing.

GLENN: Stadium of Fire. The tickets are on sale now at GlennBeck.com. Presale, only 1,000 tickets. They go on sale for the general public on Friday. You can grab them just by going to GlennBeck.com.

It's never too early to start your Christmas, Hanukah, or Kwanzaa shopping. Or even birthday gift shopping. Especially if that special someone in your life is a Democrat. Because at last count, pretty much all the Democrats are now running for president. And that means there has never been a wider selection of official candidate merchandise to choose from. Whether you're into environmentalism, feminism, classism, socialism, or just plain love, there is a smorgasbord of classy items that you and yours will treasure forever... or at least until the next presidential election.

We have browsed each of the candidates' online stores, so you don't have to (it only took us three months). We have curated only the finest items from each of the Democrats running for president of the United States of America. Without further ado, here is your handy progressive gift guide – or maybe your what-not-to-gift guide.

First, the bargain basement options. Hurry! Time is running out to grab your Beto bandana, or your Delaney pack of golf balls, because at this point Stu has as much of a chance as these guys of getting the nomination.

Tom Steyer, for example – is he still in the race?


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There's way too much Tom here. That shirt's got more Toms than a Caucasian dentists' convention.

For the slightly more moderate Democrat in your life, perhaps they'd like to join the "Yang Gang"…

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Andrew Yang is a lock for Math Club president…


https://shop.yang2020.com/collections/apparel/products/math-hat


But for actual president? Well, I wouldn't make plans for how you're going to spend your $1,000-per-month Yang allowance just yet.

If you happen to be shopping for your dog, may I suggest this lovely "Dogs for Delaney" dog collar…


https://store.johndelaney.com/products/dogs-for-delaney-collar


John Delaney's definitely going to secure the canine vote with this kind of outreach. As for any human votes, that's another question entirely.

How 'bout this tastefully understated "Natural Canvas" Michael Bennet tote to remind you he's also still here?...


https://store.michaelbennet.com/michael-bennet-for-america-natural-canvas-tote/


Then again, it's a tote. So, it'll end up on the floor of your closet and you won't have it with you until that one random moment when you're out somewhere and you really need a tote bag. Just like Democrats will really wish they had a moderate when we're in the middle of the socialist nightmare of their creation.

Captain Planet himself, Jay Inslee recently dropped out of the race, but don't let that stop you from picking up what may be the greatest single item sold by anyone in this race…


https://store.jayinslee.com/elvis-the-elves-the-mystery-of-the-melting-snow-by-jay-inslee/


A children's book called Elvis & the Elves: the Mystery of the Melting Snow. Written and illustrated by Governor Jay Inslee. Talk about a whodunnit – how could that snow possibly be melting? Spoiler alert: it's because of evil, white, patriarchal capitalism. And Donald Trump.

Then there's the candidate who thinks you're a moron that can't pronounce his last name: Steve Bullock...


https://shop.stevebullock.com/collections/apparel/products/emoji-t-shirt


Get it? Bull. Lock. Oh, so that's how you say the name that sounds exactly how it's spelled.

There's another candidate who also thinks you need help pronouncing his last name…


https://store.peteforamerica.com/collections/apparel/products/boot-edge-edge-t-shirt


And he is definitely right about that. So, thank you, Pete "Boot Edge Edge." That helps.

Just outside the bargain bin section, but just barely, are candidates like Julian Castro and his "El Presidente" t-shirt…


https://store.julianforthefuture.com/julian-castro-loteria-card-white-tee/


When your last name's Castro, do you really want to go with a weird drawing of yourself as if you're a classic Latin American dictator on a postage stamp?

If you prefer a little "dark psychic forces" battling in your candidates, you'll love Marianne Williamson's "Turn Love Into a Political Force" rally sign…


https://store.marianne2020.com/collections/signs/products/love-rally-sign


"Turn Love Into a Political Force" would be an even better title for a Marianne Williamson album of 80s cover songs. And if you think I'm joking, then you haven't heard Bernie Sanders' classic 1987 folk album, We Shall Overcome. That's not a joke. Well, it is a joke, but it's also a very real thing.

Now, just a quick pause to consider the peculiar baby-wear that way too many candidates are selling…

…including Elizabeth Warren's trans-pride flag onesie. Let me get this straight – we can't force any gender on a child, because that's just cruel. But we can force a political advertisement on a baby? How do we know that baby is actually a Biden or Warren fan? The child may not even be a Democrat or a Socialist at all. That baby might self-identify as a Libertarian, or Republican, or even worse – a moderate Democrat.

Now to the premium items from the premium candidates. Elizabeth Warren – the candidate with the most honesty in her advertising…


https://shop.elizabethwarren.com/collections/apparel/products/impolite-arrogant-women-make-history-unisex-t-shirt

-AND-

https://shop.elizabethwarren.com/collections/drinkware/products/strong-american-unions-mug


Warren's merchandise reflects the woman herself – cold and humorless (watch her "This isn't funny" clip from the last debate here at the 4:27 mark). I'm sure she's really fun once you get to know her. Then again, maybe not.

Speaking of serious women, Kamala Harris wants to be president very badly for you, the people, as you can tell from her "For the People" poster…


https://store.kamalaharris.org/poster-for-the-people/


At $29.99 though, she's sure not charging "people's" prices. Of course, she might be having to pay royalties to a certain someone for riffing on their poster. Just saying.

For the race's number one socialist, there's a whole lot of capitalism going on in Bernie Sanders' campaign. He sells so many delightful items that it's hard to choose. But we did anyway. The most random item is this hundred-dollar, black, "Art of a Political Revolution – Artists for Bernie Sanders Coaches Jacket"…


https://store.berniesanders.com/collections/apparel/products/artists-for-bernie-coaches-jacket


Coaches across the land will be clamoring for this one. You know, since coaches are such a strong Bernie-socialist demographic.

If that's a little over your budget you might consider a "Feel the Bern" fanny pack, to help store all those government freebies you'll get from Bernie…


https://store.berniesanders.com/collections/apparel/products/feel-the-bern-fanny-pack


This is the only context in which you'll ever want to hear "feel the burn" and "fanny" in the same sentence.

And finally, from front-runner Joe Biden, we have this fine "Women's Fitted Biden Polo." Which is just about the best polo description ever…


https://store.joebiden.com/collections/apparel/products/biden-polo-womens-fit


It promises the kind of snug approach that Biden loves to provide women. Even when they don't ask.

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.

The Hong Kong protesters flocking to the streets in opposition to the Chinese government have a new symbol to display their defiance: the Stars and Stripes. Upset over the looming threat to their freedom, the American flag symbolizes everything they cherish and are fighting to preserve.

But it seems our president isn't returning the love.

Trump recently doubled down on the United States' indifference to the conflict, after initially commenting that whatever happens is between Hong Kong and China alone. But he's wrong — what happens is crucial in spreading the liberal values that America wants to accompany us on the world stage. After all, "America First" doesn't mean merely focusing on our own domestic problems. It means supporting liberal democracy everywhere.

The protests have been raging on the streets since April, when the government of Hong Kong proposed an extradition bill that would have allowed them to send accused criminals to be tried in mainland China. Of course, when dealing with a communist regime, that's a terrifying prospect — and one that threatens the judicial independence of the city. Thankfully, the protesters succeeded in getting Hong Kong's leaders to suspend the bill from consideration. But everyone knew that the bill was a blatant attempt by the Chinese government to encroach on Hong Kong's autonomy. And now Hong Kong's people are demanding full-on democratic reforms to halt any similar moves in the future.

After a generation under the "one country, two systems" policy, the people of Hong Kong are accustomed to much greater political and economic freedom relative to the rest of China. For the protesters, it's about more than a single bill. Resisting Xi Jinping and the Communist Party means the survival of a liberal democracy within distance of China's totalitarian grasp — a goal that should be shared by the United States. Instead, President Trump has retreated to his administration's flawed "America First" mindset.

This is an ideal opportunity for the United States to assert our strength by supporting democratic values abroad. In his inaugural address, Trump said he wanted "friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world" while "understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their interests first." But at what point is respecting sovereignty enabling dictatorships? American interests are shaped by the principles of our founding: political freedom, free markets, and human rights. Conversely, the interests of China's Communist Party are the exact opposite. When these values come into conflict, as they have in Hong Kong, it's our responsibility to take a stand for freedom — even if those who need it aren't within our country's borders.

Of course, that's not a call for military action. Putting pressure on Hong Kong is a matter of rhetoric and positioning — vital tenets of effective diplomacy. When it comes to heavy-handed world powers, it's an approach that can really work. When the Solidarity movement began organizing against communism in Poland, President Reagan openly condemned the Soviet military's imposition of martial law. His administration's support for the pro-democracy movement helped the Polish people gain liberal reforms from the Soviet regime. Similarly, President Trump doesn't need to be overly cautious about retribution from Xi Jinping and the Chinese government. Open, strong support for democracy in Hong Kong not only advances America's governing principles, but also weakens China's brand of authoritarianism.

After creating a commission to study the role of human rights in U.S. foreign policy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote last month that the principles of our Constitution are central "not only to Americans," but to the rest of the world. He was right — putting "America First" means being the first advocate for freedom across the globe. Nothing shows the strength of our country more than when, in crucial moments of their own history, other nations find inspiration in our flag.

Let's join the people of Hong Kong in their defiance of tyranny.

Matt Liles is a writer and Young Voices contributor from Austin, Texas.