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Valley classic rock concerts roll on in September

The Tubes in concert, September 13, 2013, Scottsdale, AZ
The Tubes in concert, September 13, 2013, Scottsdale, AZ
Becky Hansen

September. Besides being an Earth, Wind & Fire hit song, it’s also that transition month between summer and fall when going back to school and football season starts getting serious. It’s also the transition time when summer concert tours end and fall concert tours begin. Here are the classic rock tours that are ending or beginning in the Phoenix area this September.

September 10, 2014 7:30 p.m. FRANKI VALLI and THE FOUR SEASONS at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix. Perhaps you’ve seen “Jersey Boys,” the movie or the musical earlier this year. Why not catch the original in person? Although the September 10 concert is shown as sold out, there is a second date on January 23, 2015.Tickets run from $69 to $129, plus fees.

September 13, 2014 8 p.m. THE TUBES at the Talking Stick Resort Showroom in Scottsdale. These white punks on dope will talk to you later as lead singer Fee Waybill changes costumes almost as much as Cher. You might even want to wish Fee an early happy birthday. Ticket prices are $25 and $35, plus fees.

September 19, 2014 8 p.m. JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS at the Wild Horse Pass Casino Ovations LIVE! Showroom in Chandler. If you hate yourself for loving rock and roll, this is the night to catch this runaway innovator. Tickets run from $59 to $125 plus fees.

September 20, 2014 8 p.m. IAN ANDERSON at the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa. You might know him better as Jethro Tull, although that’s the name of the band he writes all the songs for and fronts while playing the flute standing on one leg. You’d have to be thick as a brick or bungling in the jungle to miss this one. Don’t be afraid to be living in the past. Wearing your aqualung is optional. Tickets range from $45 to $95 plus fees.

September 25, 2014 7:30 p.m. AUSTRAILAN PINK FLOYD at the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa. You’ll never be able to see the most famous lineup of Pink Floyd together again in concert, so this is the next best thing. So close to the original that they’ve performed at David Gilmore’s birthday bash and have had several PBS specials. If you close your eyes, you’ll swear it’s the real thing, but then you’d miss all the amazing special effects they bring along. At the very least, you'll be comfortably numb. Tickets are $45 to $75 with fees to be tacked on.

September 26, 2014 7:30 p.m. CROSBY STILLS and NASH at the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa. If you’ve carried on and taught your children well, then hopefully you won’t be wasted on the way in going to see them. You might even run into that girl Judy with the blue eyes. Sweet! This one is also showing as sold out but tickets were originally priced at $54 to $135 plus fees. There are still some VIP packages available.

September 27, 2014 8 p.m. B.B. KING at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix. The thrill is never gone in seeing this guitar legend and his favorite gal Lucille. Tickets are priced from $35 to $85 plus those nasty fees.

Tickets 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.

Comerica Theatre: Tickets for the Live Nation shows 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. Concert information can also be obtained through Danny Zelisko Presents.

Enjoy catching the work of tribute bands? Check out September’s tribute band shows.

Casino Arizona’s lineup for September includes tribute bands for The Doors, Rod Stewart and Van Halen.

Gila River Casino presents tribute bands dedicated to the music of Guns and Roses, Billy Joel, Elton John, The Who and Journey at the Wild Horse Pass Casino and ABBA at the Vee Quiva Casino.