Even if it didn’t have Metallica at University of Phoenix Stadium on Friday, this would be the biggest week of summer concert season in the Valley.
It starts on Tuesday with John Mayer and Chevelle before making its way through major tours by Ed Sheeran, Matchbox Twenty with Counting Crows, John Mayer and Neil Diamond.
Randy Cordova also spoke to Shaila Dúrcal, who will pay tribute to her mom Rocío Dúrcal in Phoenix on August 5.
Don’t forget to check our local music picks for August.
The metal legends are bringing the WorldWired tour to the biggest stage in town in support of their sixth consecutive release to top the Billboard album charts, “Hardwired … to Self-Destruct.” The WorldWired tour played Singapore in January, inspiring a rave in the Straits Times. “There are rock bands,” their critic began, “and then there are heavy metal showstoppers.” Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat will be the main support acts for the tour run. Each ticket purchased through official outlets includes your choice of a physical or digital copy of “Hardwired …To Self-Destruct.”
8/4: Neil Diamond
The Grammy-winning icon was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011 despite being more of an easy-listening sensation. And the reasons should be obvious to anyone who’s followed his career, from his days writing hits for the Monkees to “Home Before Dark,” which became his first chart-topping album in 2008.
As the Hall sums up the man’s appeal, “A charismatic and captivating performer, he’s been referred to as the ‘Jewish Elvis.’ In reality he’s bridged generations with his music, serving as a missing link between the iconic poles of Elvis Presley (rock and roll) and Frank Sinatra (adult pop).” He’s here on his 50th anniversary tour.
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4. Talking Stick Resort Arena, Second and Jefferson streets, Phoenix. $44.75-$120.25. 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.
8/4: Banda MS
Banda MS is a much catchier moniker than their full name: Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizarraga. The regional Mexican outfit was formed in 2003 in Mazatlan and features more than a dozen musicians. The troupe’s biggest hit in the States, “Sin Evidencias,” reached the Hot Latin Tracks chart in 2009.
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $49-$149. 800-745-3000, livenation.com.
These R&B hitmakers enjoyed a run of big Top 40 singles in the ’90s and early 2000s, including “Only You,” the platinum “Cupid,” “Love Me,” “Anywhere,” “It’s Over Now” (which topped the R&B charts) and “Peaches & Cream.” They’re joined by Next at Another Grown & Sexy.
Details: 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. $17-$50. 602-267-1600, celebritytheatre.com.
8/4: Live & Local with Whiskey Kiss
If you’re into the rootsier side of rock and roll you’d do well not to miss this Live & Local Showcase with the always entertaining Whiskey Kiss. They just got back from touring Europe and as I raved about the show I saw them play in Glendale earlier this year, “It goes beyond the retro-friendly sex appeal and jaw-dropping vocal abilities of singer Niki White, although that clearly helps. Guitarist Nick White is a brilliant roots guitarist with great tone and all the right moves, including soloing while perched on top of Tommy Collins’ upright bass.”
Details: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. $12-$22. 480-499-8587, scottsdaleperformingarts.com.
8/5: Ed Sheeran
The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter is touring on “÷” (pronounced “divide”), which features the quadruple-platinum “Shape of You,” his first chart-topping entry on the Billboard Hot 100.
A second single from the album, “Castle On The Hill,” debuted the at No. 6 the same week “Shape of You” hit No. 1, making Sheeran the first artist to have two singles hit the Top 10 at the same time.
The ginger-haired Brit is no stranger to the Glendale sports arena, where he served as the opening act on Taylor Swift’s Red Tour. At the time, his biggest U.S. hit was still “The A Team.” His other hits include “Lego House,” “Give Me Love,” “Don’t,” “Sing,” “Thinking Out Loud” and “Photograph.”
Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5. Gila River Arena, Loop 101 and Glendale Avenue, Glendale. $74-$95. 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.
8/5 Shaila Durcal and La Mafia
Like her late mother, iconic Spanish diva Rocio Durcal, Shaila Durcal moves with ease between pop material and tear-stained Mexican rancheras.
She also has recorded several of her mother’s greatest hits, including “Como Tu Mujer,” “Costumbres” and her signature tune, the weeper “Amor Eterno.” Veteran Tejano-pop outfit La Mafia shares the bill.
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. $10-$15. 602-267-1600, celebritytheatre.com.
8/5: Porter Robinson DJ set
It’s been five years since Rolling Stone named Robinson one of the 25 DJs that rule the Earth. And he won MTVu’s Artist of the Year in March 2015.
That same year, he dropped a brilliant album titled “Worlds,” on which he appeared to have taken the title of a track called “Sad Machine” as a statement of purpose, sounding like the saddest machine in the saddest ruins of the saddest post-apocalyptic universe on several of the album’s strongest tracks.
This year, I saw him thrilling the Coachella masses with Madeon, the French DJ with whom he collaborated last summer on a track called “Shelter.”
Details: 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 5. The Pool at Talking Stick Resort, Loop 101 and Pima Road, Salt River Reservation. $30; age 21 and older. 480-850-7734, talkingstickresort.com.
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