They call August the dog days of summer, but looking at the upcoming classic rock concerts scheduled in the Phoenix area for August, there are no dogs. Now that you’ve enjoyed your summer vacation, here are some ideas of where to go to escape the summer heat in August.
August 1, 2014 8 p.m. .38 SPECIAL at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe. Hold on, either loosely or otherwise. These wild eyed Southern boys will be rockin’ into the night. Tickets are general admission and run $43 in advance of the show.
August 1, 2014 8 p.m. SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators at the Talking Stick Resort Grand Ballroom in Scottsdale. The former Guns N’ Roses guitarist will welcome you to the jungle plus play a few numbers from his solo years. Ticket prices range from $60-$100, plus fees. VIP packages also available.
August 2, 2014 7:30 p.m. CHICAGO and REO SPEEDWAGON at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix. Two of Illinois’ finest bands do their snowbirding a little early and come to town in the summer. Chicago just released “Chicago XXXIV (Now)” but can still make you smile with songs from their old days. REO will keep on loving you if you are willing to roll with the changes. Tickets range from $52.00 -$126.00, plus fees.
August 4, 2014 8 p.m. DEEP PURPLE at the Talking Stick Resort Grand Ballroom in Scottsdale. These highway stars wrote “Smoke on the Water.” Do you really need another reason to go see them? Ticket prices range from $60-$150, plus fees.
August 8, 2014 8 p.m. DR. JOHN at the Talking Stick Resort Showroom in Scottsdale. He is the sound of New Orleans. If you want to be in the right place at the wrong time, then spend an evening with this Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member. Ticket prices range from $45-$100, plus fees.
August 12, 2014 8 p.m. PAUL MCCARTNEY at the US Airways Center in Phoenix. The knighted, former front man for Wings just came out with a new album, “Out There.” You’ll get to hear songs from that album as well as a few selections from a band he was in 50 years ago, The Beatles. Yeah, yeah, yeah. This one is sold out unless you are able to spring for some special packages that run from $650 to $2000 per ticket.
August 12, 2014 7:30p.m. YES at the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa. If you prefer Yes over Paul McCartney or couldn’t get tickets to see Sir Paul, then getting to watch Yes perform two albums in their entirety, “Fragile” and ‘Close To The Edge” isn’t a bad way to spend the night. Yes will also play music off their newest album, “Heaven and Earth.” In a roundabout way this will allow you to see all good people. Tickets are priced from $250 for a meet and greet, to $55 plus fees. You can even buy dinner tickets to dine before the show.
August 15, 2014, 8 p.m. PETER FRAMPTON at the Wild Horse Pass Ovations LIVE! Showroom in Chandler. He came alive and never stopped. “I want shoes, show me the way,” sang my college roommate. It’s better to hear the correct lyrics in person. Ticket prices run from $75-$150.
August 23, 2014 8 p.m. THE FAREWELL TOUR OF QUEENSRYCHE STARRING GEOFF TATE at the Talking Stick Resort Showroom in Scottsdale. It might be silent lucidity, but the two touring versions of Queensryche have settled their differences and singer Geoff Tate gets one last tour using the Queensryche name. This one is showing as sold out, likely because tickets are only $25
August 29, 2014, 8 p.m. GREAT WHITE and SLAUGHTER at the Wild Horse Pass Ovations LIVE! Showroom in Chandler. You might be once bitten, twice shy if you’re up all night with these two 1980’s “hair bands.” Ticket prices run from $23-$58, plus fees.
August 30, 2014, 8 p.m. LOST 80’S LIVE at the Wild Horse Pass Ovations LIVE! Showroom in Chandler. If you watched MTV back in the 1980’s for the music videos, you might remember groups such as A Flock of Seagulls (“I Ran”), Animotion (“Obsession”) or Men Without Hats (“Safety Dance”). These groups and more comprise the Lost 80’s Live tour that will play in Chandler. Come on, it’s a chance to see “Safety Dance,” performed live. Ticket prices run from $44-$90, plus fees.
Tickets for the above listed shows can be purchased at the following locations:
Talking Stick Resort: Tickets for shows at Talking Stick Resort can be purchased online through ticketmaster.com, in person at the Talking Stick Resort box office and by phone at (480)-850-7734. Further information can also be obtained from Danny Zelisko Presents.
Wild Horse Pass Casino: Tickets for shows at Wild Horse Pass Casino can be purchased online through the Wild Horse Pass Casino website, by phone at 1-800-WIN-GILA Ext. 7370, or in person at the box office. Players Club Card discounts are available when purchasing in person at the box office.
Marquee Theatre: Tickets for shows at the Marquee Theatre can be purchased online through Lucky Man Concerts.
Comerica Theatre/US Airways Center: Tickets for the Live Nation shows at these facilities are available through ticketmaster.com, with information found on Live Nation.com.
Mesa Arts Center: Tickets for shows at the Mesa Arts Center are available through the Mesa Arts Center Box Office, either in person, by phone at 480-664-6500 , or online at boxoffice.mesaartscenter.com. Information can also be obtained through Live Nation.
Don’t feel like springing for the big bucks to see the original artists? Check out August’s tribute band shows.
Casino Arizona’s lineup includes tribute bands for Duran Duran, Pink Floyd, The Doobie Brothers and Bon Jovi. At Casino Arizona’s sister property, Talking Stick Resort, catch the Australian Bee Gees.
Gila River Casino presents tributes to Frankie Valli and Elvis at the Wild Horse Pass Casino and John Lennon, Bob Seger and the Eagles at the Vee Quiva Casino.