Although the summer tours are over, that doesn’t mean that classic rock artists have packed it in for the year. Yes, November in the Phoenix area will see plenty of major acts play for the kids or the kids at heart with artists such as Selena Gomez, Drake and Pearl Jam. But for those of you that like their music rock and classic, there are some outstanding shows on tap. Here’s a few you can spend your retirement money on.
MEGADETH, October 30, 2013, 7:00 p.m., Arizona State Fair, Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix, AZ. A pre November show with the pioneers of the thrash metal movement. This time they are supporting their latest album, 2013’s “Super Collider.” Earplugs are optional. Admission is free with fair admission but reserved seats run $20 plus fees and are available through Ticketmaster.
QUIET RIOT AND LITA FORD, November 8, 2013, 8:00 p.m., Wild Horse Pass Ovations LIVE! Showroom, Chandler, AZ. Cum on Feel the Noize. A week should be plenty of time for your hearing to return after seeing Megadeth. Although popular Quiet Riot vocalist Kevin DuBrow passed away, you can still bang your head to these 1980’s headliners. As for Lita Ford, she once was a Runaway but now her kisses are deadly. Tickets are priced at $25 and $39 plus fees and are available in person, by phone or online at the Wild Horse Pass Casino box office. Ticket discounts are available for those with an active Gila River Casinos Players Club card.
AMERICA, November 9, 2013, 8:00 p.m., Wild Horse Pass Ovations LIVE! Showroom, Chandler, AZ. If mellow is more your cup of tea, then it’s probably easier to drive to this show rather than being in the desert on a horse with no name. And don’t take the Ventura Highway or else you’ll end up with all the other lonely people. This show is selling out fast. Available tickets run from $27-$37 and are available in person, by phone or online at the Wild Horse Pass Casino box office. Ticket discounts available for those with an active Gila River Casinos Players Club card.
PETER YARROW AND NOEL PAUL STOOKEY OF PETER, PAUL AND MARY, November 9, 2013, 8:00 p.m., Mesa Arts Center, Ikeda Theater. If I had a hammer, well I’d be in construction rather than writing about this show. Despite Mary Traver’s death in 2009, Peter and Paul still leave on a jet plane and bring their popular folk rock sound to the masses, answering the question of where have all the flowers gone. You might even hear tales of little Jackie Paper and his dragon, Puff. Frolicking in the autumn mist is encouraged. Tickets available through the Mesa Arts Center, either in person, by phone or online and through Ticketmaster.
TESLA, November 9 and November 10, 2013, 8:00 p.m., Talking Stick Resort Showroom, Scottsdale, AZ. Science geeks might be disappointed, this isn’t a tribute to the inventor, Nikola. But it is a tribute to the hard rocking history of this Northern California band. Modern day cowboys might be singing a love song while on heaven’s trail. Seats run from $65 to $100 plus fees and are available through the Talking Stick Resort box office or Ticketmaster.
GEORGE CLINTON & PARLIAMENT/FUNKADELIC, November 15, 2013, 8:00 p.m., Talking Stick Resort Showroom, Scottsdale, AZ. One of the founders of funk, P-Funk has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, so it counts as classic rock. You won’t need your flashlight to do that stuff, but it’s likely that you may tear the roof off that sucker as you give up the funk. You’ll be up for the down stroke as it’s a general admission, standing room only concert. All tickets are $45 plus any fees and are available through the Talking Stick Resort box office or Ticketmaster.
BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS, November 16, 2013, 7:30 p.m., Chandler Center for the Arts. Surprise your special someone and make them so very happy. No need to go down gamblin’ as this year BS&T aren’t at a local casino. It may not be the original lineup from the early days, but the musicianship is as dizzying as a spinning wheel. Tickets are available through the Chandler Center of the Arts box office or Ticketmaster.
PAT BENATAR & NEIL GIRALDO, November 21, 2013, 8:00 p.m., Wild Horse Pass Ovations LIVE! Showroom, Chandler, AZ. You should be all fired up and better run if you want to gobble up tickets for this show. After all, you belong and will feel invincible after watching this heartbreaker still amaze with her voice. Remaining tickets run $53 or $43 for this show and are available in person, by phone or online at the Wild Horse Pass Casino box office. Ticket discounts available for those with an active Gila River Casinos Players Club card.
AMBROSIA, FIREFALL & POCO, November 23, 2013, 8:00 p.m., Fort McDowell Casino, Fountain Hills, AZ. A triple bill of 1970’s and 80’s soft rock chart toppers. How much will you feel Ambrosia’s being the biggest part of you? Are you the woman that Firefall has always dreamed of? Do you have a crazy love in the heart of the night for Poco? Tickets are $41.75 and are available through Ticketmaster or through Fort McDowell Casino.
KOOL & THE GANG, November 29, 2013, 8:00 p.m., Talking Stick Resort Grand Ballroom, Scottsdale, AZ. Last time they were in Phoenix, they opened for Van Halen. If you’ve ever been to a wedding, you’ve danced to their “Celebration.” Their “Hollywood Swinging” might have been one of disco’s first hits. Given their infectious groove, you may not be sitting much, but seats run from $45 to $100 plus any fees and are available through the Talking Stick Resort box office or Ticketmaster.
B.B. KING, November 30, 2013, 7:30 p.m. Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, AZ. No matter what he may say, the thrill is never gone in seeing this legend perform. One of the greatest guitarists of all time, the king of the blues might coax a note or two out of Lucille. Tickets are priced from $48 to $88 plus any fees and are available in person, by phone or online at the Celebrity Theatre box office.
LOVERBOY, November 30, 2013, 8:00 p.m. Talking Stick Resort Showroom, Scottsdale, AZ. Everybody’s working for this weekend. At least Mike Reno and company are. They may no longer be kids, but they’ll still be hot tonight. Who knows, you might be a lucky one after the show in the casino. Tickets are priced from $40 to $65 plus any fees and are available through the Talking Stick Resort box office or Ticketmaster.