Archive for: June 2012

Red, White & You – Top 10 Fireworks Shows in Arizona

This country was founded on the principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of a great fireworks spectacular! Here is a list of the best of what the state has to offer, and remember don’t try this at home as fireworks are illegal in the state of Arizona and my buddy Roger Clyne said it best “Everybody knows that the world is full of stupid people.”
July 3rd     Independence Day Music Festival    Salt River Fields    Scottsdale

Country music superstar Miranda Lambert brings her beautiful voice and body to Scottsdale for an Independence Day spectacular sure to delight the entire family with a pre-party starting at 3pm and concert gates opening at 5:00; boasting the Valley’s largest fireworks show. Miranda Lambert is the reigning Queen of Country music with all four of her albums going platinum and has been awarded Female Vocalist of the Year from both the Country Music Association & Academy of Country Music. If her music accolades were not enough, she was also named one of People magazine’s Most Beautiful People & Maxim’s Hottest Women of Country. Joining Miranda will be a flashback name from the 90’s – Darius Rucker, former front-man for Hootie & the Blowfish. In 2008, Rucker released Learn to Live on Capitol Records Nashville and it was a smash with 3 number one singles. Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, I assume that country music has always been a part of him.

July 3rd     Red, White & Boom Community Fireworks    Ahwatukee Country Club
The Ahwatukee Red, White & Boom Festival is a FREE family event located at the Ahwatukee Country Club, 12432 South 48th Street, Phoenix on July 3 from 3-10 p.m. This year, festival goers can look forward to the bright lights of patriotism in an environment overflowing with family friendly activities, entertainment, food, beer, wine and local vendors showcasing their products. On hand will be a Kid’s Water Zone, a Hot Dog Eating Contest, over 40 vendors with food, beverages, beer, wine and more! Live entertainment will be provided by Arizona native & rising star Casey Lee Smith from 3-5pm, a singing competition opened to everybody Ahwatukee Idol from 5-6pm and Radio Disney Rockin’ Road Show from 6-9 p.m. The Radio Disney Road Crew will keep the party hopping with music, interactive games and prizes all centered on family friendly fun as they count the night down until it’s time for fireworks at 9 p.m.

July 4th     A Star Spangled Spectacular     Arizona Pavilions     Marana
The metropolitan Tucson area has grown so much and while the traditional fireworks display at the Tucson Convention Center will still be going on, the City of Marana has put together quite the event in the northwest corner of the city. With festivities beginning at 6pm, the Quarry Pines Golf Club will have a live blues band, jumping castles for the kids, a beer garden for the adults, grass seating, ice cream and a food court for everybody! Food and beer to be provided by Nana’s Kitchen and Native New Yorker with great beer specials. Down the road at Crossroads at Silverbell Park, they will be screening a movie after dark and will also have plenty of youth activities, games and concessions. Both places will have a great vantage point to see the fireworks spectacular that starts at 9pm.

July 4th     A Star Spangled Shoot-Out    Rawhide Western Town    Chandler

Rawhide Western Town

One of my favorite places in the Valley is Rawhide Western Town & Steakhouse. I loved it when they were up in North Scottsdale, but since they made the move down south to the Gila River Indian Reservation, it is so much better! This year’s celebration has it all including cowboys, gunfights, food, fun, family and fireworks! Attractions & Entertainment include live music throughout town, a strolling balloon artist for kids (and adults), action packed performances and an incredible aerial fireworks display. The $10 admission charge includes all attractions as well as the fireworks display. Military and Gila River Indian Community members receive a dollar off admission and children 5 and under are free.

July 4th     Celebration in the Pines     Green Valley Park     Payson
If you are looking to escape the heat of the Valley or Tucson, head on up to the cool pines of Payson. Voted the Best Small Town in Arizona and nestled along the majestic Mogollon Rim – Payson, Arizona comes alive in patriotic colors during its 4th of July Celebration. Be sure to bring your chairs, a picnic basket and blanket, or grab some food from one of the vendors that will be on hand and enjoy a day of fun. The fireworks show & games are all FREE to the public. Beginning at 1pm, there will be games for the kids including sack races, egg toss and the almighty tug of war. Live music will be provided by Phoenix rock/folk band the Technicolors from 7-9pm when the fireworks will take center stage sky. A free shuttle service will run from Payson High School to Green Valley Park. The busses will begin at 5:30 pm and after the show they will return you to the school.

July 4th     Flagstaff Fourth     Several Locations     Flagstaff

Flagstaff has always been a little different than the rest of the state and their Independence Day celebration is no different. The entire city celebrates the Fourth at different areas throughout the day. Beginning at 9am in downtown Flagstaff is the 16th Annual 4th of July Parade with over 100 entries. At noon, be sure to head over to Wheeler Park for an entire day of food, music & family fun including four bands, a food court, jumping castles and crafts for the kids. If you are so inclined, at 3:30 pm the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra will be at the Pepsi Amphitheater in Fort Tuthill, so bring your lawn chairs & blankets and enjoy a stirring, celebratory red, white & blue concert. Once the sun starts setting, it is time for fireworks! The Flagstaff Mall and Marketplace in conjunction with the City of Flagstaff present a Fire-Safe Fireworks show at 9pm but encourage you to show up early to pick out your spot.

July 4th     Tempe Town Lake Festival     Tempe Beach Park     Tempe

Fireworks from Mill Ave. Bridge

Along the picturesque Tempe Town Lake just north of downtown Tempe will be giant fireworks spectacular. Pre-sale tickets are $5 and can be purchased at Fry’s Food stores throughout the Valley. Day of tickets will be $8 each or 2 for $15, military members with valid ID and children 12 and under are FREE. For those looking to make a lovely evening out of it, there is the Sally’s B-B-Q VIP Garden. Tickets are $60 and include a seat witha great view of the show, an awesome dinner of either pulled pork or chicken sandwich with beans, chips, fruit and a chocolate pretzel wand. Two drink tickets are also included and can be redeemed for beer, soda or water. The gates open at 5pm and their will be ton of things for everybody in the family to do. There will be an area called the Family Fun Fest which will offer a FREE inflatable village, not just a jumping castle here and there but an entire village! Also in the area will be a variety of rides, a rock climbing wall, face painting, relay races and many other specialty entertainment items including the Splash Playground. A food court will also be on hand with favorites like dogs, burgers, Macayo’s Mexican food, roasted corn, fry bread, snow cones & ice cream. For those looking for an adult beverage, fret not, there will also be a beer garden to cool you down. Live music will be provided by five bands running the gamut from folk to reggae before and after the fireworks show. The Color Guard from Luke Air Force Base will also be on hand for a ceremonial presentation of the colors and a patriotic F-16 flyover at 7:30 pm and the fireworks begin around 9:20pm.

July 4th     Fabulous Phoenix 4th     Steele Indian School Park Park     Phoenix
The state’s most widely attended festival is aptly held in the heart of the state, downtown in the capitol city of Phoenix at Steele Indian School Park at 3rd Street & Indian School. If you are looking for a truly family oriented festival where no alcohol will be allowed or served, this free event that runs from 6 to 10 p.m. is right up your alley. Featuring three stages of live local entertainment, free inflatable rides and activities in the Kids Zone, Classic Car exhibit, a “Hurricane Beach” area where participants can cool off, and a spectacular Patriotic Program complete with an F-16 flyover. The fireworks display begins at 9:30 p.m. Visitors also can purchase food from more than 50 food and beverage vendors, and enjoy free community information booths and displays. Make sure to bring your lawn chairs or blankets for lawn seating. You are permitted to bring coolers with food and non-alcoholic beverages, but make sure to leave the glass containers at home. The lake and dog park will be closed for the event so no fishing or pets will be allowed.

July 4th     Tucson’s ‘A’ Mountain Fireworks     Tucson Convention Center     Tucson

It was rumored that the annual traditional fireworks display on Tucson’s ‘A’ mountain put on by the City of Tucson was going away. Thankfully, for many Tucsonans, the free show will go on as scheduled. In the past, thousands have descended upon the Tucson Convention Center for a great view of the spectacular. This year, there will be many food vendors, a beer garden and the Southern Arizona Mustang Club will have a classic car show.

July 4th     All American Festival     Peoria Sports Complex     Peoria

Peoria Sports Complex

This one sounds like a blast for those on the Northwest side of the Valley of the Sun. There will be three stages of music; Chevellon on the Country stage, Vintage Rocket on the Rock stage and Radio Disney on the Kid’s Stage. There will also be two water zones of refreshing fun including a snow slide with 12 tons of snow! For the adventurous types, there will be zip-lining and a mechanical bull for you to try. Just when you thought that was all, there is also inflatables, face painting and a rock wall for the kids and Sonic will be sponsoring a foot-long hot dog eating contest. Concessions and beer will be available for purchase or you can bring a cooler with food and/or non-alcoholic beverages. It will be first come, first serve festival seating on the grass so bring your lawn chairs and blankets but leave any portable canopies at home and be marveled by an F-16 flyover at 7pm and the fireworks around 9:15pm. Admission is only $5 for those 13 years and older,12 and under are FREE.

Celebrate Father’s Day in Style

Happy Father's Day

The days of giving Dad a tie are over. Father’s Day is overshadowed annually by Mother’s Day, but it is no less important so take the next 2 weeks to figure out how to take care of the man that taught you how to work a ratchet set or scared away all your boyfriends.

Friday

Scotch Tasting Event– The Stone Rose Lounge at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is offering a scotch tasting with Johnnie Walker master distiller from 5-7pm. The $25 cost covers the tasting as well as his drink of choice.

Friday and Saturday

Father-Daughter Tea– Every little girl growing up has her tea parties and it is always in the back of her mind that maybe, one day Daddy will join her tea party. The Ritz Carlton at the Biltmore makes that dream a reality by offering seatings at noon and 3pm for father and daughter to enjoy each other’s company over finger sandwiches, scones & maybe a crumpet or two. All daughters will receive a fresh bouquet of flowers and Dad will receive a commemorative framed photo of his little princess.

Barbecue Basics

Saturday

Barbecue Boot Camp– Even if your Dad knows how to man his grill, this class at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North on Saturday the 16th will make him forget he knows everything just to attend. Dad will learn the secret to sauces, rubs and special techniques from Executive Chef Mel Mecinas and Executive Sous Chef Jesse Hansen. Also included in this “smokin” deal is complimentary beer from a local brewery, specialty on site hand-rolled cigar as well as golf tips from the pros at Troon North.

Sunday

4th Annual Big Band Concert and Dance– This event is the one that means the most to me…since my father loves jazz music, I am sure that he would love this event at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort on Sunday the 17th from 3-7pm. The former front man for Count Basie, Dennis Rowland will front the Extreme Decibel Big Band and play familiar tunes from Frank Sinatra & Sammy Davis, Jr. Tickets for this fundraiser to promote jazz education are $30 in advance and $35 at the door or spoil him with a room for only $129 a night which comes with $100 credit to be used for food, beverages or spa services. That’s a grand-daddy of a deal if I ever heard one.

Arrowhead Grill Free Steak – For those looking for a great cut of meat at an even greater price – FREE; I would make reservations now for Arrowhead Grill in Glendale. Executive Chef Charles Schwerd is giving away 25 free steaks for lunch and 25 for dinner for Dad with the purchase of an entree. But wait, there’s more…this is a $28 Delmonico steak; he uses the century old recipe from the posh Park Avenue Delmonico Hotel in Manhattan.

Delmonico Steak Oscar

Rockin’ R Ranch Dinner & Show – If your father has more of a hankerin’ for the Old West, saddle up to this deal in Mesa. Guests will receive a chuck wagon style dinner and a show from the local Western music and comedy act, Rockin’ R Wranglers. The party also includes an old-fashioned gunfight near the OK Corral.

Free Prime Rib Dinner– If Dad prefers a prime rib to the aforementioned steak, Rawhide at Wild Horse Pass is offering a free eight-ounce prime rib with all the fixins’ for all Dads. No minimum purchase required, just show up and ask for your Father’s Day Prime Rib – you’ve earned it!


I See Bicycles, Burritos and Beer …OH MY!

Le Tour de Tempe

I think Baz Luhrmann said it best in 1999 when he said “make sure to wear sunscreen.” For those that have endured Arizona summers, you have undoubtedly experienced the agonizing pain & discomfort from not wearing enough sunscreen. With the heat in full force in the Valley of the Sun, if you plan on being outdoors for any extended period of time, I suggest that you lather on the white stuff with an SPF of at least 35.

One such event that brings together odd fellows Beer & Bicycles is this Sunday’s “Le Tour de Tempe” an annual pub crawl wherein the participants can cover a larger territory being that they are on bikes as opposed to the traditional crawl. Sponsored by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and starting at the Tavern on Mill at 10:30 am, avid cyclers and beach cruisers alike can pay $10 for a pint of Sierra Nevada, a breakfast burrito, a goodie bag of Sierra Nevada shwag and will be entered into the grand prize drawing for a VIP trip to the Brewery in Chico, CA.

Clocking in at just under 10 miles, this trip should be a blast and stopping at some great places along the way. After leaving the Tavern on Mill, bikers will cruise along Rio Salado Parkway and run into Cadillac Ranch in the Tempe Marketplace. This Rock n’ Roll meets the Wild West bar & restaurant has a mechanical bull & the largest projection screen in the East Valley.

The next stop on the tour 2 miles due south is the old Tempe Tavern.  Originally built in 1918 as the White Dairy Barn, it has been a local favorite neighborhood bar with live music and rustic charm.

Tempe Tavern

Staying on Apache Blvd, the tour stops at one of my old college haunts, the Vine Tavern & Eatery The raucous college bar brings back memories of crazy karaoke Wednesday nights swinging from the rafters and drinking HUGE steins of beer.

Heading even further south, the tour stops at Boulders on BroadwayA bicycle friendly bar & restaurant that focuses on craft beer with over 30 beers on draft and another 70+ in bottles, this place is a perfect place to relax and get a great pizza.

Heading back north to one of my all-time favorite bars not only in Tempe, but in the country – Casey Moore’s Oyster House. Casey’s is a historic Tempe landmark hidden in the neighborhood just southwest of the Mill Avenue district at Ninth & Ash. Two huge patios, a fish pond, great beer, fresh oysters & plenty of bicycle parking make this location difficult to leave.

Casey Moore's Oyster House

Finishing up the tour where it started, the bikers head back to Mill Avenue to The Tavern on Mill, this venerable bar & restaurant offers something for everybody in its huge huge 7,000 square foot space including two large patios, 32 large screen TV’s showing sports and/or music videos. This place is the happening spot on Mill Avenue and will will the perfect place to rest after a long day in the sun. The grand prize trip to the Sierra Nevada Brewery will be given away at this final destination, so if you want the prize, you need to show back here. I don’t make the rules, I just write about them…but trust me on the sunscreen.

Jane’s MF’in Addiction

When I arrived at the Tucson Music Hall and received my ticket, I was delighted to see my section was MF…naturally, I thought I was in the hardcore section so I was stoked. Upon speaking to others, it became evident that everybody was in the section – Main Floor. Needless to say, it was a great MF’in concert.

 

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The theater goes dark and the ominous “Welcome to the Machine” by Pink Floyd begins playing and green chaser lights cut through the dense smoke and the spectacle that is The Great Escape Artist is underway. They begin with Underground from their latest album and ripped right into one of my favorites – Mountain Song. Perry then made some quips about the Arizona heat and that made me proud to say that I am a true Desert Denizen and didn’t really notice the heat.

The extravagance of the show was above & beyond anything I have seen in a while with dancing burlesque girls & three 8-foot screens showing the creepiest of the creepy at any given time including several bondage scenes and plenty of ass-smacking during “Ted, Just Admit It…” to prove that Sex is Violent and Nothing’s Shocking.

They mixed up the setlist quite well with four songs each off of their major hit albums Nothing’s Shocking & Ritual de lo Habitual while playing three off their new release with Chip Away & Whores off of their self-titled album & Just Because off of Strays.

The coolest part of the show for me was after playing Ted… they had a stage change and brought out couches, kettle & steel drums and played relaxed songs Twisted Tales & Classic Girl… I felt I was transformed from a concert hall to a living room. Of course,  the crowd went ballistic once they heard the banging on the steel drum to perform the Kettle Whistle version of Jane Says. They finished with Ocean Size and came back for a two song encore including Whores and Stop!

The band seem so into the crowd and were clean, crisp and right on target when it came to playing the new songs as well as the old. Perry & Dave were quite interactive with the crowd, high-fiving, shaking hands and even allowing a female admirer to dance with Perry for a good 30 seconds before she gave him a kiss and walked off stage on her own accord. All in all, I was so glad to see them last night because the past two times I have seen them, Perry was so zonked out that he couldn’t remember his name much less the lyrics to his songs and that was truly a shame. A great show although I would have loved to hear classics like Three Days, Pigs in Zen, Had a Dad and my all-time favorite song that I have never heard live, I Would For You.

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Jane’s Addiction in Tucson 5/31/12

Top 10 AZ Summer Concerts

Now that the Memorial Day weekend has past us, it is time to prepare for the time of year that only a true desert dweller could love – summer. I have lived here off and on for the past 30 years and Arizona summers are a badge of honor and thus we are rewarded with great summer music. I have listed some of the most special upcoming summer shows so get out and enjoy your reward!

May 31st Jane’s Addiction Tucson Music Hall Tucson

The psychedelic & progressive rockers Jane’s Addiction return once again to the road after both a “Farewell Tour” in 1991 and a “Relapse Tour” in 1997. The band’s ground-breaking and oft-banned music once again has taken the charts by storm with only their fourth studio album in 25 years with The Great Escape Artist.   The band hasn’t toured since 2009 and 2003 before that so make sure to make the trek to Tucson to see the iconic blend of Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro & Stephen Perkins.

June 9th          Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers    Rocky Point, Mexico

These homegrown Arizona rockers once again make their trek south of the border and invade the “Sleepy drinking town with a fishing problem.” This will be the 21st time over the past 11 years that Roger & the boys will double or triple the population of Puerto Penasco for the weekend. Originally from Tucson and a graduate of ASU, Roger pens some of the most original songs about the dusty borderlands of our beloved Arizona. There is a running theme through most of his songs – drinking & partying with friends – so head on down to Arizona’s beach, it is safer now down there than it has ever been and relax with a cold beer in your hand and your feet in the sand.

June 16th       Van Halen    US Airways Center              Phoenix

The veteran rockers return to the road once again this summer with yet another shuffle of the band’s lineup. With the release of A Different Kind of Truth, the band’s first studio album in 14 years, original members Eddie & Alex Van Halen are joined by the prodigal lead singer David Lee Roth and Eddie’s son Wolfgang playing bass guitar. This is Roth’s third stint as the Van Halen lead singer after the band broke up in 1985 and was kicked out again in 1996 after a brief stint together. Roth rejoined the group in 2006 but once again the band went on hiatus after original bass player, Michael Anthony was removed from the website and band in 2007. After struggles with arthritis and visits to rehab, Eddie and Van Halen returned with Wolfgang on the bass guitar and began writing Truth. There are only 11 concert dates in June and if you would like to see this current lineup, I suggest you see them on this tour because with such big personalities, you never know how long they’ll stay together.

June 28th       Van’s Warped Tour        Camelback Ranch              Glendale

Over 80 bands on eight different stages will delight the eyes & ears of the younger generation in a sweat fest on the grounds of Glendale’s Camelback Ranch. With 100°+ temperatures and throngs of tweens, Millennials & Gen X’ers clinging to their youth; this will definitely be the “hottest” concert of the summer. Featured bands on the bill include All-Time Low, Taking Back Sunday, New Found Glory, The Used & Yellowcard. This Festival runs the musical gamut with not only rock & alternative bands but also explores the genres of metal, electronic, punk, hardcore, hip-hop, ska & reggae. If you are looking for an eclectic blend of music and people, you will not do any better than the Van’s Warped Tour, but remember to stay cool & hydrated with free filtered water stations, shade areas, misting stations and even a slip & slide.

July 3rd           Summerland Tour 2012  Comerica Theatre   Phoenix

The first of the 90’s reunion band tours to hit the beautiful, downtown theatre on the day before Independence Day. The Summerland Tour has super groups Everclear, Sugar Ray and Arizona’s own Gin Blossoms. One-hit wonders Lit & Marcy Playground fill out the bill and will make Sex & Candy your Own Worst Enemy. Everclear is working on having their 7th studio album Invisible Stars available by the time the Summerland Tours embarks in late June. Sugar Ray is still promoting their latest 2009 release Music for Cougars and apparently branching into a new demographic with an album by that name. Tempe’s original Mill Avenue band Gin Blossoms have been touring with three original members and two personal friends of mine Scotty Johnson on lead guitar & Scott Hessel on drums; two great musicians and even better guys, go support them for the good of Arizona.

July 3rd      Independence Day Music Festival   Salt River Fields   Scottsdale

Country music superstar Miranda Lambert brings her beautiful voice and body to Scottsdale for an Independence Day spectacular sure to delight the entire family with gates opening at 5:00 and boasting the Valley’s largest fireworks show. Miranda Lambert is the reigning Queen of Country music with all four of her albums going platinum and has been awarded Female Vocalist of the Year from both the Country Music Association & Academy of Country Music. Her second album, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend won Album of the Year from the CMA’s and her third album Revolution was bestowed with the prestigious title from both the CMA & ACM. If her music accolades were not enough, she was also named one of People magazine’s Most Beautiful People & Maxim’s Hottest Women of Country. Joining Miranda will be another flashback name from the 90’s – Darius Rucker, former front-man for Hootie & the Blowfish. In 2008, Rucker released Learn to Live on Capitol Records Nashville and it was a smash with 3 number one singles and was the first African-American with a #1 song on the country charts since Charley Pride in 1983. In 2009, Rucker was awarded the CMA’s Best New Artist and his sophomore album proved that he has found his niche in country music with 2 additional number-one songs.  Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, I assume that country music has always been a part of him but just recently tapped into the talent and we are thankful for that.

July 7th           Willie Nelson                                   Fox Theatre              Tucson

The “Red Headed Stranger” returns to Tucson at the newly renovated Fox Theatre on the weekend following the Independence Day holiday and I, for one am excited. A renowned author, actor & activist; Willie Nelson is a living legend and an iconic figure in the outlaw country genre. The Country Music Hall of Famer has garnered numerous #1 singles & albums; Best Male Artist & Entertainer of the Year awards as well several Grammy awards.  Country Music Television recently named him the #4 on their list of Greatest Men of Country Music and Rolling Stone magazine listed him as one of the Greatest Singers of All Time. I am assuming that the theatre will need to be fumigated after this show as he is one of the foremost proponents of marijuana legalization.

July 25th        Last Summer on Earth Tour         Comerica Theatre   Phoenix

The second installment of 1990’s super groups continues with the Last Sumer on Earth Tour with venerable rockers Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd & the Monsters & Cracker. The Ladies, a three piece band for over 20 years recently added a fourth member and will be supporting their newest album All in Good Time. Blues Traveler have seen the ups & downs of rock music stardom and have re-emerged with a stronger, more connected bluesy rock feel with a slimmer, healthier front man John Popper. Colorado’s Big Head Todd & the Monsters has one of the most dedicated fan bases in music today due to their incredible live shows. They are one of those bands that have a truly unique sound that defies classification other than great music. On a personal note, I had the opportunity to hang out & party with Johnny Hickman of Cracker last year in Rocky Point and he is nothing short of amazing. He is a blazingly intelligent songwriter and critical thinker that puts his heart, mind & soul into his songwriting & performing. Cracker is one of the most experimental bands out there dabbling in Americana, alternative rock, country, punk & classic rock. This shows promises to bring back many college memories for me, hopefully not the black-outs.

August 10th     The Tour 2012   Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion   Phoenix

This is the big one, harkening back to sold out stadiums across the country and the world in the 70’s & 80’s, two of America’s best loved rock bands are touring together and will arrive in Phoenix to sufficiently rock your face off.  Rock & Roll soldiers KISS have been rocking & rolling all night for close to 40 years and continue to put on an ostentatious show with their flamboyant costumes and elaborate stage show usually including fire breathing, blood spitting & pyrotechnics. Original band members Paul Stanley & Gene Simmons are joined by Eric Singer & Tommy Thayer who wear the stage makeup of original members Peter Criss & Ace Frehley respectively. Mötley Crue has been playing with all the original members since 2007 and released a new album Saints of Los Angeles to critical but not commercial acclaim. With nine albums, numerous #1 singles and millions of fans worldwide that love the bad boys of rock & roll, this show will be sure to be a rollicking ride with plenty of big hair, acid washed jeans and a fair share of nudity, attractive or not.

August 29th               Neil Diamond           US Airways Center                          Phoenix

I am not sure if there a better way to end the summer then with a concert from one of the most successful artists of all time in a great location like that of US Airways Center. I have seen several concerts there including the opening night of the center for Metallica’s seminal Black album tour. This venue will allow music lovers of all ages to enjoy the classic tunes of the songsmith who was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984 and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. His music was the soundtrack of my childhood as my mother was a big fan of his music and I challenge you to find somebody who doesn’t sing along when they hear “Sweet Caroline.”