Not counting small bars or special corporate gigs, classic rock acts performed at 20 different venues in the Phoenix area last year. But which ones are the best places to see a concert?
Classic rock audiences are not comprised of the same demographics as those that might cram into arenas to see One Direction or Arcade Fire. Unlike the days when baby boomers had no problem sleeping all night on a concrete sidewalk so they could be first in line to score tickets to see Led Zeppelin, today’s classic rock audiences are older and the three C’s, comfort, convenience and closeness, come into play.
Waist lines have grown, standing for hours doesn’t bode well for those with bad backs and those worn out knees require the ability to stretch your legs out. Classic rock audiences may be derived from the Woodstock generation, but the drug of choice now is usually a nice cocktail and seeing the event is now more important than just being at the event.
The perfect venue would have plenty of seats which are close to the stage that are wide enough to accommodate those whose metabolism has slowed down and be spaced far enough apart to be able stretch out one’s legs. A nice bar would be good for those that might like a drink. You’ve paid plenty for the ticket, so parking costs should be reasonable. Plus, with today’s technology, you would expect a good sound system in place.
All the venues on the list book great classic rock acts, so no facility scored higher or lower because of that fact. The staff at all the venues on the list are helpful and friendly, although it is easier to please 800 people rather than 18,000.
Keeping in mind the three C’s (comfort, convenience and closeness) click on the photographs to see the best of what the Phoenix area has to offer when it comes to classic rock concert viewing.