Despite having already endured a month of 100 degree weather in the Phoenix area, it is now officially summer. Which means that the summer classic rock concert schedule is upon us. It’s possible that you missed some June appearances by Billy Joel, Lionel Ritchie, James Taylor, Gregg Allman and Air Supply. If you’re not out of town escaping the heat, here’s a list of 22 hot classic rock acts that are coming to the Valley in July. If you can’t find a concert you like on July 19, you really aren’t trying.
July 3, 2014, 8:00 p.m. ART GARFUNKEL at the Talking Stick Resort Showroom in Scottsdale. Perhaps you thought his first name was And, not Art. He’s the one with the hair who along with Paul Simon penned some timeless music, including one of the most beautiful songs ever written, “Bridge Over Troubled Waters.” Ticket prices range from $50 to $75, plus fees.
July 5, 2014, 8:00 p.m. THE FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS at the Wild Horse Pass Casino Ovations LIVE! Showroom in Chandler. Are you “tuff enuff” to hang with these blues rockers during 4th of July weekend? If so, ticket prices range from $16 to $39 plus any fees.
July 7, 2014, 7:30 p.m. BOB WEIR and RAT DOG at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix. The former singer and guitarist for the Grateful Dead keeps the legendary sound alive. Tickets run from $38 to $65 plus fees.
July 8, 2014 8:00 TED NUGENT at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix. Uncle Ted brings his mellow brand of rock and roll (“Cat Scratch Fever,” “Stranglehold,”) to Phoenix to support his latest album, “Shutup&Jam!,” which will be released the day of this show. This will be the loudest concert you’ll ever attend. Tickets run from $45 to $60, plus fees.
July 9, 2014 7:00 p.m. KISS and DEF LEPPARD at the Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix. Your hearing is already shot from seeing Ted Nugent last night, so shout it out loud for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s latest inductees, KISS. Hopefully your face makeup won’t be running too much from the heat, so you can take a photograph of those Def Leppard fans who think that love bites. Tickets range in price from $29.50 for lawn seats up to $159.50 for something closer. VIP packages are also available. Ticket prices do not include extra fees.
July 10, 2014 8:00 p.m. BOZ SCAGGS at the Talking Stick Resort Grand Ballroom in Scottsdale. What can I say? He’ll give you the lowdown. And about 20 more songs, some off of his latest album, “Memphis.” Ticket prices range from $60 to $125, plus fees.
July 15, 2014 7:30 p.m. STEELY DAN at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix. Are you reelin’ in the years? If so, then do it again and check out these Grammy award winning artists. Hey nineteen, tickets range from $48 to 128 plus fees.
July 19, 2014 7:00 p.m. MOTLEY CRUE and ALICE COOPER at the Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix. You won’t need Dr. Feelgood to enjoy this show. Motley Crue claims this tour is their last. No better way to go out than to have hometown favorite Alice Cooper get the party started. This one is nearly sold out, but if tickets become available, they run from $32 to $143.50, plus fees.
July 19, 2014 7:30 p.m. PAT BENATAR and NEIL GERALDO with RICK SPRINGFIELD at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix. She may not be Jessie’s girl, but she is a heartbreaker and can hit you with her best shot. Plus, this concert is indoors. Tickets range from $35 -$75, plus fees.
July 19, 2014, 8:00 p.m. THE HAPPY TOGETHER TOUR at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix. Imagine me and you and Flo and Eddie of the Turtles (“Happy Together”), Gary Lewis and the Playboys, (“This Diamond Ring”), Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, (“Devil with a Blue Dress On”), Chuck Negron from Three Dog Night (“Joy to the World”) and Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad (“We’re an American Band”) all together for one night. I do. Tickets for this group of transistor radio friendly artists range from $38 to $68, plus fees.
July 19, 2014, 8:00 p.m. CHRIS ISAAK at the Wild Horse Pass Ovations LIVE! Showroom in Chandler. He may play a wicked game, but really he’s just an all American boy. One of the most entertaining performers you’ll ever see, he should cover a wide variety of musical styles. Ticket prices run from $57 to $99, plus fees.
July 23, 2014 8:00 p.m. THE GO GO’S and THE MOTELS at the Talking Stick Resort Grand Ballroom in Scottsdale. Go Go fans, if you haven’t yet gone on vacation, you might go head over heels this evening. For those that like The Motels, only the lonely will talk about suddenly last summer. Ticket prices range from $60 to $150, plus fees.
July 25, 2014 8:00 p.m. BOSTON and CHEAP TRICK at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix. It may have been a long time between albums, but Boston just released a new one, “Love, Life, Hope,” last December. Don’t look back if you don’t surrender yourself to going. Tickets range from $35 to $95, plus fees.
Tickets for these concerts can be purchased at the following locations:
Talking Stick Resort: Tickets for shows at Talking Stick Resort can be purchased online through www.ticketmaster.com, in person at the Talking Stick Resort box office and by phone at (480)-850-7734. Information also available through Danny Zelisko Presents.
Wild Horse Pass Casino: Tickets for shows at the 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.
Celebrity Theatre: Tickets for shows at the Celebrity Theatre can be purchased in person at the Celebrity Theatre box office or online at www.celebritytheatre.com. To charge by phone, call 602-267-1600 ext. 1.
Plus don’t miss plenty of great classic rock tribute bands and shows to be found at The Celebrity Theatre, Wild Horse Pass Casino, Vee Quiva Casino, Casino Arizona and the Talking Stick Resort.