Phil Lesh & the Terrapin Station Family Band, Russ and Rebelution will headline the Pot of Gold Festival lineup on the weekend of March 16-18 at Rawhide Event Center.

Russ is the only act announced so far from Friday, March 16. But Saturday looks great, especially for jam-rock fans, with the Dead bassist headlining a bill that also features Sturgill Simpson, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, the Infamous Stringdusters, Midnight North and Kalu & the Electric Joint, with a midnight performance by Boombox.

Sunday, Rebelution headlines over Dirty Heads, Pepper, Magic!, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, G. Love & Special Sauce, Donavon Frankenreiter, Felly, Tauk, Ballyhoo!, Con Brio.

There’s also an Arizona local artist stage but no acts have been announced for that yet.

Buy tickets fo rthe Pot of Gold Festival at

5/30: Ian Anderson presents Jethro Tull 50th Anniversary Tour

Ian Anderson brings his Jethro Tull 50th Anniversary Tour to Comerica Theatre on May 30.  

Jethro Tull are among the biggest-selling progressive-rock acts of all time, performing a blend of folk, blues, classical and heavy rock. The anniversary concerts will feature a broad mix of material, some of it focusing on the earlier formative period through to the “heavy hitters” of the Tull catalog from the albums “This Was,” “Stand Up,” “Benefit,” “Aqualung,” “Thick As A Brick,” “Too Old To Rock And Roll: Too Young To Die,” “Songs From The Wood,” “Heavy Horses,” “Crest Of A Knave” and even a touch of “TAAB2” from 2012.

Anderson says:  “I am not usually a birthday or anniversary kind of guy but, just for once, I won’t be a party-pooper either! I treasure the memories of the earlier years of Jethro Tull repertoire, associated as it is with the adventures of visiting so many countries for the first time to connect with new fans around the world. And this is a celebration of all the 33 band members who graced our ranks – musicians who brought their talents, skills and styles to bear on the performances live and in the studio. Join me and the current band for a nostalgic evening of varied music, representative of my ever-changing songwriting as our careers progressed through the years.”

Ian Anderson is accompanied by Tull musicians David Goodier (bass), John O’Hara (keyboards), Florian Opahle (guitar), Scott Hammond (drums) and surprise virtual guests

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 17, at and the box office.

1/28: Adam Ant

Adam Ant will bring Anthems the Singles Tour to Phoenix Sunday, Jan. 28 for a 7:30 p.m. show at the historic Celebrity Theatre.

Reserved tickets ($35, $55 and $75) go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, November 17th at and Celebrity Theatre’s box office, 440 N. 32nd St., in Phoenix. To order by phone, call 602.267.1600. All tickets are subject to facility and ticketing fees. All ages welcome.

I caught his previous tour in Tucson earlier this year and it was everything a fan could hope to witness in 2017

As I wrote at the time:

“Few relics of the New Wave era have held onto the eccentricities that made them matter in the first place with more style or substance than the album that made Adam and the Ants perhaps the most unusual overnight sensations of their generation, the colorful “Kings of the Wild Frontiers.”

“That made the prospect of seeing Ant perform the U.K. version of the album live in its entirety well worth a pilgrimage to Tucson for a sold-out concert Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at the Rialto Theatre.

“And as tempting as it may have been to make some sort of reference to “Stand and Deliver” here, I will say that he did deliver, but he didn’t do much standing, dancing and working the stage with a youthful exuberance most entertainers half his age would do well to aspire to in his black leather pants and dashing pirate garb.”

As the title of this tour suggests, it’s more a greatest-style show, he’s promised to sprinkle in an assortment of rare singles, B sides and personal favorites. For more information, visit

1/31: Florida Georgia Line

Florida Georgia Line are set to headline the opening night of next year’s Coors Light Birds Nest concert series at the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Jan. 31. Chris Lane opens.

Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 9 at all Ticketmaster outlets, including 800-745-3000 and

The country duo’s 10-times-platinum breakthrough single, “Cruise,” topped Billboard’s country chart while becoming the fastest-selling single by a country duo in digital history, inspiring a remix with rapping by Nelly.

“We’re thrilled to have such a popular duo like Florida Georgia Line join our concert series lineup,” said Birds Nest chairman Dodge Earnhardt. “Great music acts like these are the reason why the Birds Nest has become such a popular venue, not just for fans of the golf tournament, but for music lovers as well. Last year we sold out all four nights of the Birds Nest, and with our scheduled lineup we expect that again this year, so we encourage fans to get their tickets early.”

Coors Light Birds Nest general admission tickets start at $65, while VIP tickets are available starting at $300 each and provide exclusive access to the Jameson VIP area where guests are treated to a complimentary catered dinner, complimentary drinks and access to a premium viewing area for the shows.  

The Coors Light Birds Nest is located directly across from the main Waste Management Phoenix Open tournament entrance at 82nd Street and Bell Road. The entertainment venue opens at 3:30 p.m. and closes at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Acts will take the main stage each evening at approximately 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The Coors Light Birds Nest is a 21-and-over venue. For more information about the Coors Light Birds Nest visit  

The 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by the Ak-Chin Indian Community will be held at TPC Scottsdale January 29 – February 4, 2018.

7/20: Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

Tim McGraw & Faith Hill are returning to Phoenix as their critically acclaimed Soul2Soul The World Tour 2017 extends into 2018 with additional dates including Talking Stick Resort Arena on Friday, July 20.

American Express card holders have first crack at tickets from 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10, through 10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16.

Tickets for the general public go on sale Friday, Nov. 17, the same day McGraw & Hill’s first album together, “The Rest of Our Life,” arrives. Each ticket purchased includes a copy of the album.

Also Nov. 17, the tour film “Tim & Faith: Soul2Soul” will premiere at 9 p.m. on Showtime. The film includes live footage from the Soul2Soul tour plus interviews and behind-the-scenes footage.

The Soul2Soul World Tour – which is approaching 1 million in attendance – was hailed in Rolling Stone, whose critic wrote, “The show’s tightly executed production was upstaged only by the couple themselves, who are undeniably at their best when collaborating.”

Based on Pollstar mid-year reports, the tour – which kicked off in April – ranks 1 for Average Grossing Country Tour worldwide and in the U.S.

8/12: Weezer/Pixies

Two legendary acts whose music helped define the sound of the ‘90s alternative-rock explosion – Weezer and Pixies – are set to wrap their summer co-headlining tour with a concert at Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix Sunday,  Aug. 12.

Although they have shared stages in the past, this is the first full tour they’ve ever done together.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10. Weezer fans can sign up now at for their email list now for access to a special Weezer pre-sale set to begin at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 6.

“We’re all big Weezer fans,” says Pixies’ Black Francis, “so we’re really looking forward to this summer. We have a lot of respect for Weezer. They’re not afraid to take risks with their music.”

The tour announcement arrives on the heels of last Friday’s release of “Pacific Daydream,” Weezer’s acclaimed 11th studio release, which sent the single “Feels Like Summer” to the top of the Billboard Alternative Songs chart.

Their tour with Pixies will see them playing a mix of new songs and classics from their 25-year catalog, featuring countless chart-topping hits.

Pixies’ live shows are the stuff of legend and they sounded great at last month’s Lost Lake Festival, making our list of the festival’s five best performances.

2/22: Styx

STYX return to the Celebrity Theater for the first time in 15 years at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22.

They’re touring a new album called “The Mission.”

“The planets truly aligned for The Mission, and I couldn’t be prouder,” says STYX vocalist-guitarist Tommy Shaw, who co-wrote the album’s storyline with longtime collaborator Will Evankovich (Shaw Blades, The Guess Who). Continues Shaw, “It’s our boldest, most emblematic album since ‘Pieces of Eight.’”

Adds STYX co-founding guitarist/vocalist James “JY” Young, “This album is an incredible artistic expression that resonates with the best parts of our past, but is intended for modern-day consumption. I’m very excited about it.”

Shaw says, “It’s been so long since we made a STYX album like the ones we did before, because so much has changed. We are rough-edged and badass when we’re out on the road, and we know it. But, to a man, while we were making this record, everyone got very real and dug down deep in unfamiliar territory, and gave the performances you hear. Anything we can do to make the songs better — that’s what we do. It was all hands on deck, and it’s such a cool thing after all these years to still have that together. To have this album come out now, when the brotherhood of the band has never been stronger, well — it’s the sweet dream we never imagined. The truth is, it is a dream fulfilled.”

As excited as they are about the new release, the concert will cover a wide range of stylistic cornerstones, from “The Grand Illusion” to “Blue Collar Man,” from “Lady” and “Come Sail Away” to “Renegade.”

Tickets ($45, $75 and $110) go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 13 at?Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd?St., in Phoenix, or online at? To charge by phone, call 602-267-1600 ext. 1. All tickets are subject to facility and ticketing surcharges. All?ages welcome.

6/7: Maroon 5

Maroon 5 bring their tour in support of a highly anticipated new studio album, “Red Pill Blues,” to Talking Stick Resort Arena on June 7.

Tickets for the multi-city tour are set to go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4 at American Express card members can purchase tickets before the general public from 12 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30, through 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3.

U.S. and Canadian residents who purchase tickets online between Oct. 30 and Nov. 10 will be able to redeem one physical or digital copy of “Red Pill Blues,” out Friday, Nov. 3. All albums must be redeemed by 11:59 on the day of release.

Executive produced by J. Kash and Adam Levine, and featuring special guest appearances by SZA, Julia Michaels, A$AP Rocky and LunchMoney Lewis, the album will include both a 10-track standard edition and a deluxe.

3/4: Demi Lovato and Dj Khaled

Demi Lovato and DJ Khaled are joining forces on a tour that makes its way to Talking Stick Resort Arena March 4.  

 Citi is the official presale credit card for the tour, giving Citi cardmembers access to presale tickets from 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 30 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2 through Citi’s Private Pass program. For complete presale details visit

To ensure fans gain access to tickets, Fan Registration for the U.S. and Canadian tour dates will be available  through Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan program. Additionally, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Fabletics presales begin Oct. 31. JBL and Ulta presales follow on Nov. 1 along with a YouTube presale on Nov. 2.

Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 3, at

3/23: Kid Rock

Kid Rock will bring his Greatest Show on Earth Tour to Phoenix on Friday, March 23, for a show at Talking Stick Resort Arena in support of a forthcoming album called “Sweet Southern Sugar.”

This is Kid Rock’s first album recorded in Nashville and features his spontaneous summer releases “Greatest Show On Earth” and “Po-Dunk,” as well as recent single “Tennessee Mountain Top.” The album ranges from country to classic rock, with a little rap sprinkled in between. In other words, it is a Kid Rock album.

Tickets and VIP packages for the tour will go on sale to the public the day “Sweet Southern Sugar” is released, Nov. 3, at

Fan Club members will be able to purchase tickets beginning 10 a.m., Oct. 31 and fans who pre-order the album through will be eligible for a special pre-sale beginning at 10 a.m. Nov. 1.

2/27: Above & Beyond

Relentless Beats with host Above & Beyond on Feb. 27 at the Rawhide Event Center in Chandler. Following their sold out ABGT250 show at The Gorge Amphitheatre, Above & Beyond will undertake a massive tour in support of their forthcoming album, “Common Ground,” which hits the streets in January.

General Admission tickets will be available at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, but  fans can score pre-sale tickets Tuesday October 24, by signing-up at This event is for fans 16 years and above.

4/13: Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah of “The Daily Show” brings his tour to Comerica Theatre on Friday, April 13.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 20, at or the box office.

Noah is the most successful comedian in Africa and the host of “The Daily Show,” which has been nominated for a Writers Guild Award (Comedy/Variety Series). Noah joined “The Daily Show” in 2014 as a contributor.

Noah debuted his 9th comedy special “Afraid of the Dark” in February 2017 on Netflix. The special was shot before a packed house at the Beacon Theatre in New York City last November. Last year, Noah debuted his one-hour stand-up special, “Trevor Noah: Lost in Translation,” on Comedy Central.

Noah was also the subject of David Paul Meyer’s award-winning documentary “You Laugh But It’s True,” which tells the story of his career in post-apartheid South Africa. He won “Personality of the Year” at the 2015 MTV Africa Music Awards.

5/8: “Weird Al” Yankovic

“Weird Al” Yankovic is bringing the Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour – a stripped-down, no-frills production – to Mesa Arts Center on May 8.

 Tickets go on sale at noon, Friday, Oct. 20 at

After his highly successful Mandatory World Tour (200 dates including the Hollywood Bowl and Radio City Music Hall), Yankovic decided he wanted to take a break from the high-octane theatrics that he’s known for and go bare-bones – no costumes, no props, no video screens… just Al and his band of three decades hanging out on stage, playing music. Because of the nature of the show, Yankovic will be performing exclusively in intimate theatres and settings.

Drawing from a back catalogue of 14 studio albums, Weird Al promises a different set list every night. No two shows along the tour will be the same. And rather than focusing on the hits from his career, the show will feature Yankovic’s non-parody material – the deep cuts and obscure tracks.

According to Al: “After 35 years of big productions, I just wanted to take it down a few notches and have a little musical palate cleanser. This show will be loose, unpredictable, and maybe a bit sloppy – we’ll be making it up as we go along!”

Opening the show each night will be Al’s long-time friend (and UHF cast member), the legendary comedian Emo Philips.

“Weird Al” Yankovic is the biggest-selling comedy recording artist of all time. His most recent release “Mandatory Fun” (2014) was the first comedy album in history to debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200. In November 2017, Legacy Recordings will release the career-spanning “Squeeze Box: The Complete Recordings of ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic,” including all 14 of his studio albums re-mastered for vinyl and CD, plus a rarities album and 120-page book of photos from the archives, all housed in a replica of his signature accordion.

8/31: Sam Smith

Sam Smith will play Gila River Arena in Glendale Friday, Aug. 31, on a tour in support of “The Thrill of It All,” his sophomore album due Nov. 3.

A 24-hour presale for fans begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, at Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, at and the box office.

Smith performed on “Saturday Night Live” Oct. 7.

The singer recently gave fans a taste of his new album during a series of intimate shows in London, New York, Los Angeles and Berlin. “The Thrill Of It All” finds Smith once again working with close friend and long-time collaborator Jimmy Napes plus Timbaland, Malay, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd and Stargate. 

“Too Good At Goodbyes,” the album’s first single, topped the U.S. iTunes chart and Billboard digital song sales chart while becoming his sixth chart-topping U.K. single. Rolling Stone hailed “Too Good At Goodbyes” as “poignant” while Time observed, “Cue the swelling violins, gospel chorus and Smith’s inevitable return to dominance.”  

Released in June 2014, Smith’s “In The Lonely Hour” is the biggest selling U.K. male debut in the SoundScan era and has sold 13 million adjusted albums worldwide.

Smith set a Grammy record in 2015, winning the most awards ever received by a U.K. artist following the release of a debut. He was named Best New Artist while “In The Lonely Hour” won Best Pop Vocal Album and “Stay With Me” won both Record and Song of the Year. Smith has also earned an Oscar and a Golden Globe award.

Bob Seger postponed for medical reasons

Bob Seger announced today that he will have to postpone upcoming tour dates, including Phoenix, upon receiving doctor’s orders to attend to an urgent medical issue concerning his vertebrae.

No further details are available at this time.

Seger commented “I’m so disappointed to have to suspend the tour as the band is on a great roll. It’s a privilege to play for our amazing fans. Hoping to be back out on the road very soon.”

Seger and his Silver Bullet Band played the 13th sold out show of their 2017 Runaway Train Tour last Thursday in Pittsburgh. On Saturday, Seger had to postpone his 14th show in Columbus. Rescheduled dates will be announced when available. Tickets sold for concerts that are being rescheduled will be honored at the new dates

MIM Music Theatre fall concert series

The MIM Music Theater has announced its Fall 2017 Concert Series sponsored in part by Sanderson Lincoln. It includes more than 45 concerts from September through December, spanning multiple genres from across the globe.

Highlights include a soulful performance by Irma Thomas and the Blind Boys of Alabama with the Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet, who are touring together for the first time. Wu Man will help celebrate MIM’s new exhibition opening in November by performing traditional, ancient, and historic music of China. The Sachal Ensemble, inspired by the acclaimed documentary film of the same name, merge Eastern and Western sounds while confronting terrorism in their native homeland of Pakistan.

Guests can look forward to the return of several MIM favorites, including American cellist and folk singer Leyla McCalla, Grammy winner Loudon Wainwright III and singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin celebrating the 20th anniversary of her debut, “A Few Small Repairs.”

New performers include acoustic-electronica trio GoGo Penguin, Galician singer Xabier Díaz & Adufeiras de Salitre, jazz quartet Fourplay, multiple award-winning Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis and Americana roots-rock band Donna the Buffalo.

The MIM Music Theater presents more than 250 concerts per year and has had more 150 Grammy-winning artists perform on its stage. Within the span of seven years, the theater has been recognized as one of the top music venues of its size. It has received praise from audiences and musicians for its unparalleled intimate atmosphere and acoustically superb sound quality.

Tickets for the 2017 Fall Concert Series will go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 20. Circle of Friends donors who give $250+ annually are eligible for pre-sale tickets on Monday, July 17. Additional artists will be added to the lineup throughout the season. To get the latest information on these announcements, visit and sign up for their concert newsletters.

Here’s the schedule as it stands:

Al Stewart: Year of the Cat with Empty Pockets — Thursday, Nov. 16 and Friday, Nov. 17

Tango Buenos Aires: The Spirit of Argentina — Monday, Nov. 20

Irish Christmas in America — Monday, Nov. 27 and Tuesday, Nov. 28

Quebe Sisters — Wednesday, Nov. 29

Sharon Isbin and the Pacifica Quartet — Thursday, Dec. 7

The Mike Stern Quartet with Tom Kennedy, Randy Brecker and Dave Weckl — Friday, Dec. 8

Phoenix Boys Choir — Thursday, Dec. 14

Cherish the Ladies: Celtic Christmas — Tuesday, Dec. 19

Jim Brickman — Saturday, Dec. 30 and Sunday, Dec. 31

2018 concert announcements

1/3: Willie Nelson & Family

Willie Nelson & Family will play the Celebrity Theatre on Wednesday, Jan. 3.

Tickets are $67, $97 and $127, going on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 21, at the venue box office (440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix), online at or, by phone, at 602-267-1600 ext. 1. All tickets are subject to facility and ticketing surcharges. All ages welcome.

Nelson, of course, is a piece of American history. And he’s not finished adding to that history. Earlier this year, “God’s Problem Child,” which featured seven new song co-written by Nelson and producer Buddy Cannon, became his second album in the past four years to top the Billboard country charts.

Of course, he’ll probably just play some subtle variation of the set he always plays, but it’s a good one, from “Crazy” and “Funny How Time Slips Away” to “On the Road Again.” Nelson also is known for such classics as “Red Headed Stranger,” “Hello Walls,” a heartbreaking cover of “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” and the great Waylon Jennings duets “Good Hearted Woman” and “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys.”

1/9: Markiplier

Youtube star Markiplier is bringing his You’re Welcome Tour to Comerica Theatre on Jan. 9.

The YouTube personality, whose channel has more than 18 million subscribers and 6 billion video views, is mixing improv games, sketches and a cast of characters to create an on-stage adventure with the help of fellow YouTubers LordMinion777, Muyskerm, Tyler Scheid and CrankGameplays.

1/12-13: Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons return to the Celebrity Theatre for two shows – Friday, January 19, and Saturday, January 20.

Tickets are $66-$126, going on sale at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 24, at the venue box office (440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix), or 602.267.1600.

Valli, who rose to fame in the early ’60s as the lead singer of the Four Seasons, is a hotter ticket that he’s been in decades thanks to the success of “Jersey Boys,” the Tony-winning musical that chronicles the life and times of Valli and his group. The Four Seasons had 40 singles go Top 40 in their prime, including “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Rag Doll” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”

The Four Seasons were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. Valli is the only original member still touring, but the show is being billed as Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

1/18: Joe Satriani’s G3

Joe Satriani is bringing his G3 tour with Dream Theater’s John Petrucci and Def Leppard’s Phil Collen to Mesa Arts Center on Thursday, Jan. 18. 

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 6. To get in on the presale, sign up for the mailing list at

Since its debut in 1996, the G3 tour has featured the world’s greatest guitarists (everyone from Steve Vai and Eric Johnson to Steve Lukather and Robert Fripp).

“I could say that I’m surprised at the durability of G3 and how much it’s grown, but in a way I’m not,” Satriani says with a laugh, “I think part of its charm and its mojo is in the chemistry of having three top guitarists share what they do on stage. It’s fun, it’s unpredictable, it’s wild – it’s everything you could want in a show.”

The tour is also partly in support of Satriani’s 16th solo album, “What Happens Next,” set for release on Jan. 12, which features Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple on bass and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith, who previously worked with Satriani in Chickenfoot.

1/19: Katy Perry

Katy Perry is bringing her tour in support of “Witness” to Gila River Arena in Glendale Jan. 19.

“Witness,” due June 9, finds the singer reflecting on the changes in her own life and the world around her. The lead single, “Chained to the Rhythm” with Skip Marley, hit the Top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. A second single, “Bon Appetit” featuring Migos, was released last month.

Each ticket purchased for Witness: The Tour includes a pre-order for “Witness: The Album.”

Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Monday, May 22, at A presale powered By Ticketmaster Verified Fan run from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Thursday, May 18. 


Tickets for the tour will be available through registration using Ticketmaster Verified Fan, a fan-first technology that helps artists combat bots and get tickets into the hands of fans. Registration is open now and continues through 10 p.m. Tuesday, May 16.  For more information and to register, visit

Citi is the official U.S. credit card of Witness: The Tour. Citi cardmembers will have access to U.S. pre-sale tickets from 12 p.m. Thursday, May 18 to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 20, through Citi’s Private Pass program. For complete pre-sale details visit

WITNESS: The Tour follows Perry’s sold-out, 151-date Prismatic World Tour, which concluded in 2015 and was hailed by Rolling Stone as “a show to damage retinas and blow minds.”

Katy, who will be the musical guest on “Saturday Night Live” on the May 20 season finale, made her Capitol Records debut with 2008’s “One of the Boys” after signing to the label in 2007. She cemented her status as a global superstar with the follow-up album, “Teenage Dream,” in 2010. “PRISM,” her 2013 album, debuted at No. 1 on iTunes in 100 countries and has sold more than 12.5 million adjusted albums worldwide. With the singles “Firework” and “Dark Horse” each surpassing the 10 million threshold, including song sales and streams, Perry is the first female artist to earn two RIAA digital single Diamond Awards. In her 10 years with Capitol, she’s racked up more than 18 billion streams alongside worldwide sales of more than 40 million adjusted albums and more than 125 million tracks. She is the most-followed person globally on Twitter.

We spoke with the star when she headlined the Super Bowl halftime show in 2015 and she talked about her Scottsdale roots.

“I used to live in Scottsdale,” Perry said. “So I have little hometown vibes there. I went to Paradise Valley Christian School in kindergarten and first grade. Mrs. Dalton was my first-grade teacher and that’s when I started becoming a conscious adult. (laughs). So yeah, I have a lot of memories there. I remember it always being so extremely hot. But I also lived in Lake Havasu, actually. So I’ve lived in a couple places in Arizona. But Scottsdale has always been a really beautiful place in my mind. I have hiked Camelback Mountain. You are talking to a Super Bowl performer who has hiked your mountain. So I know about you guys a bit.”

1/26: The Temptations and Four Top

The Temptations and Four Tops will bring their co-headlining tour to Comerica Theatre on Friday, Jan. 26.

Inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, the Temptations are among the biggest-selling singing groups in history. They topped the Hot 100 with four Motown classics – “My Girl,” “I Can’t Get Next to You,” “Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)” and “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” and placed 12 other singles in the Top 10, including such timeless recordings as “(I Know) I’m Losing You,” “I Wish It Would Rain,” “Cloud Nine” and “Ball of Confusion (That’s What the World Is Today).”

Fellow inductees the Four Tops also bring a string of Motown classics to the table, from their breakthrough hit “Baby I Need Your Loving” and “It’s the Same Old Song” to the chart-topping “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)” and “Reach Out I’ll Be There.”

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 22, at and the box office.

2/3: Shakira

Shakira brings her El Dorado World Tour to Talking Stick Resort Arena on Saturday, Feb. 3.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, June 30, but there are plenty of presales you can take advantage of.

There’s a Citi presale from 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 27, to 10 p.m. Thursday, June 29, and a Viber presale beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 28. Live Nation also has a presale starting at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 29.

The tour is in support of “El Dorado,” which topped the Billboard Latin charts in early June, topping the iTunes charts in 37 countries.

The 12-time Grammy winner has issued a statement that says, “Thank you all so much for listening to my music in so many places around the world. I can’t wait to be onstage again singing along with all of you, all of your favorites and mine. It’s going to be fun! The road to El Dorado starts now!”

Shakira’s biggest U.S. hits include the double-platinum “Hips Don’t Lie,” “Beautiful Liar,” “She Wolf” and “Empire.”

2/7: Walk the Moon

Walk the Moon will bring their Press Restart Tour to town on Feb. 7 for a show at the Van Buren. You can register for presale tickets through Tunespeak on Facebook. With Tunespeak, fans can earn points by doing a number of free actions such as pre-saving “What If Nothing” (an album due Nov. 10), streaming the just-released single “One Foot” and sharing with their friends. Fans will receive their presale codes Oct. 2. The public on-sale for the tour is Oct. 6 at

Billboard praised the single, writing that “The bouncy track that mixes a disco-like groove with a tribal chant chorus custom-made for shouting along to at shows is the perfect distillation of the band’s signature foot-stomping sound.”

2/13: Lana Del Rey

Fresh from topping Billboard’s album chart with “Lust for Life,” Lana Del Rey has announced that she’s launching a La to the Moon tour with a stop Talking Stick Resort Arena on Feb. 13, with an opening set by Kali Uchis.

Anyone who purchases an item or music from before 8:59 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28 will qualify for access to an exclusive pre-sale for the tour, which starts Friday, Sept. 29 on her website, Tickets go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 2. at

“Lust for Life” includes collaborations with The Weeknd, A$AP Rocky, Playboi Carti, Stevie Nicks and Sean Lennon. 

“Throughout this accomplished, assured new record,” writes the Line of Best Fit, “Lana manages to repeatedly freeze time and capture those fleeting cinematic moments that make us who we are, while reminding us of who we could be.”

The 405 called it “the next electrifying, dramatic and essential scene in Lana Del Rey: the motion picture.” And Prefix raved, “Although the reinvention teased before release never materializes, Lust for Life is still a return to form which should cement Del Rey’s status as the queen of femme fatale pop.”

Del Rey rose to fame on the strength of a self-directed viral video for a bittersweet ballad called “Video Games.” Posted in October 2011, that clip has been viewed more than 172 million times. And that was just her first move.

Del Rey’s musical identity is unlike any other platinum-selling pop star’s of her generation. And her persona is just as distinct. It’s as though she walked out of a Leonard Cohen song convinced that what this world really needed was a new Brigitte Bardot. Or was it more a Serge Gainsbourg song wearing Nancy Sinatra’s boots? She’s covered Cohen’s “Chelsea Hotel No. 2” and “Blue Velvet,” a standard done by everyone from Bobby Vinton to the Clovers but sounds like it was written for Del Rey. 

Her hits include “Summertime Sadness,” Young and Beautiful” and “West Coast.”

2/17: Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert is bringing her Livin’ Like Hippies tour to Talking Stick Resort Arena on Saturday, Feb. 17. The tour takes its name from a line in Lambert’s “Highway Vagabond,” a highlight of her latest album, “The Weight of These Wings,” a two-record set that’s been certified platinum.

She’ll be joined by Jon Pardi and Lucie Silvas.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 6, at or

2/24: Bill Maher

Enjoy an Evening with Bill Maher at Comerica Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 24.

For more than 20 years, Maher has pushed the boundaries of political correctness while weighing in on matters of the day, occasionally courting controversy in the process.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 22 at, the box office and all Ticketmaster outlets.  To charge by phone call 800-745-3000.  All tickets are subject to applicable service charges and fees.

2/26: Robert Plant

Robert Plant will play Symphony Hall on Feb. 26 in support of the soon-to-be-released “Carry Fire.”

In an effort at getting tickets into the hands of fans and not scalpers or bots, the singer is collaborating with Ticketmaster to sell presale tickets through its Verified Fan program. Fans can visit to register for Verified Fan Presale access now until registration closes at noon Eastern time on Wednesday, Sept. 27. Those verified and selected will receive a text invitation two to four hours before the Presale begins at noon Eastern time on Thursday, Sept. 28. The general public onsale will be Friday, Sept. 29.

All online tickets purchase include either a CD or digital copy of the new release, which Nonesuch/Warner Bros. will release on Friday, Oct.13. It’s now available for pre-order at all digital music retailers and via All pre-orders include instant downloads of “The May Queen,” “Bones of Saints” and the just-released recording of the Ersel Hickey classic “Bluebirds Over The Mountain” with Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders. In addition, all pre-orders made through Nonesuch or  will receive an exclusive limited edition print inspired by the album’s cover art.

Rolling Stone praised “The May Queen” for its “winsome guitar melodies and rhythms” and the “thunderous” “Bones of Saints” for its “rustic guitars and thumping tom-toms.” Consequence of Sound said “Eastern rhythms are given a warm vibe with the psychedelic leanings of guitar.” And NPR Music said, “Using American folk instrumentation to play altered versions of foreign melodies creates an intoxicating mood, Plant continues to explore his love of the blues and global music on a beautiful new single called ‘The May Queen,’ further hailing the track as “a sweetly innocent reflection on aging and the undying power of love to inspire and give life.”

His eleventh solo album and first full-length release since 2014’s acclaimed “Lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar,” “Carry Fire” was produced by Plant and features The Sensational Space Shifters: Justin Adams on guitar, acoustic guitar, oud, E-bow quartet, percussion, snare drum, tambourine; John Baggott on keyboards, moog, loops, percussion, drums, brass arrangement, t’bal, snare drum, slide guitar, piano, electric piano, bendir; Billy Fuller on bass, keyboards and drum programming; Dave Smith on bendir, tambourine, djembe, drum kit; and Liam “Skin” Tyson on dobro, guitar, acoustic guitar, pedal steel, twelve-string.

In addition to Hynde, guests include Albanian cellist Redi Hasa, and Seth Lakeman, who contributes viola and fiddle to three tracks. Lakeman will join the Sensational Space Shifters on all upcoming tour dates.

Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters spent nearly two years on the road together supporting “Lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar.”

“It’s about intention,” Plant says of the new release. “I respect and relish my past works but each time I feel the trawl and incentive to create new work. I must mix old with new. Consequently the whole impetus of the band has moved on its axis somewhat, the new sound and different space giving way to exciting and dramatic landscapes of mood, melody and instrumentation.”

3/1: P!NK

Pink has announced that her Beautiful Trauma Tour willl launch in Phoenix with a Talking Stick Resort Arena concert on Thursday, March 1. 

American Express cardholders can purchase tickets before the general public from 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct.10 through 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 13.

U.S. and Canadian residents who purchase tickets online between Oct. 10 and Oct. 20 will get a physical copy of Pink’s new album “Beautiful Trauma,” out Friday, Oct. 13. 

Pink last hit the road on The Truth About Love Tour which saw her play 142 sold-out shows across 13 countries. The Los Angeles Times said, “Pink remains perhaps the most gifted and imaginative physical performer in pop right now,” while Rolling Stone claimed, “The singer had demonstrated an epic workout of vocals, stagecraft and stunt-work without missing a note” and The Hollywood Reporter raved, “she still is one of pop’s most powerful vocalists.”

3/9-11: Cirque du Soleil

The Cirque du Soleil tour is headed to Talking Stick Resort Arena for six shows from March 8-11.

Crystal is the 42nd production from Cirque du Soleil and the first time they’ve done it on ice. World-class skaters and acrobats will “challenge the laws of gravity with a flurry of unexpected acrobatics.”

According to the press release, “Crystal, the show’s main character, sets out on a quest to fulfill her destiny as she dives into a world of her own imagination. She soars through this surreal world at high speed to become what she was always destined to be: confident, freed, empowered.”

Daniel Fortin, the show’s executive director of creation, says, “Crystal breaks the codes of the traditional ice show by creating a unique form of entertainment. To reach this objective, we brought together the best experts in their respective worlds. With this new show, the audience will discover the infinite possibilities that ice adds to the prowess of circus arts.”

Tickets for performances in Phoenix are on exclusive pre-sale online for Cirque Club members now at General on-sale begins Friday, Sept. 22, at

Originally composed of 20 street performers in 1984, Cirque du Soleil completely reinvented circus arts while performing for more than 180 million spectators with 42 productions that have taken place in close to 450 cities in 60 countries. 

3/16: Lorde

Lorde will bring her “Melodrama” world tour to Gila River Arena in Glendale on March 16.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, June 23, at the arena box office, 800-745-3000 or

Fans can sign up for Lorde’s email list for first access to pre-sale tickets and find more info on tour dates at

 The tour is named for Lorde’s new album, which arrived today. Ahead of the release, fans were given a  preview of her studio album in the form of “Green Light,” “Liability,” “Sober” and “Perfect Places,” the last of which became the singer’s latest track to make our monthly playlist.

The songs I’ve heard so far from her “Melodrama” have already made it clear that 2013’s “Pure Heroine,” the singer’s platinum debut, was no fluke.

The star was all of 17 when “Royals” spent nine weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, selling 7.5 million copies worldwide. And she scored a second multi-platinum U.S. hit with “Team” from that same debut album. She hasn’t toured since late 2014, but I did just see her at Coachella, where she was amazing. You can read the full review here.

3/23: Johnny Mathis

The legendary Johnny Mathis brings his Voice of Romance Tour to the historic Celebrity Theatre on Friday, March 23. 

Tickets are $35, $65, $109 and $127, going on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 18 at, the venue box office at 440 N. 32nd?St., Phoenix, or by phone, at 602-267-1600 ext. 1. All tickets are subject to facility and ticketing surcharges. All?ages welcome. 

As Barbra Streisand once remarked, “There are a number of good singers, a smaller handful of truly great singers, and then there’s Johnny Mathis.” 

Celebrating his 62nd year in the music industry, Mathis has performed songs in an incredible variety of styles and categories – from music composed for stage and film to golden-era jazz standards, contemporary pop hits and holiday music, all of which has assured his reputation as one of the most enduring vocalists in music history.  

Best-known for hits like “Chances Are,” “It’s Not For Me To Say,” and “Misty,” Mathis has recorded close to 80 albums, had three songs inducted to the Grammy Hall of Fame, achieved 50 hits on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary Chart, and ranks as the #6 all-time album artist in the history of Billboard’s pop album charts. In 2003, he was given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.  He also received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from his Alma Mater San Francisco State University in 2017. 

“I don’t think about retiring,” Mathis says. “I think about how I can keep singing for the rest of my life. I just have to pace myself.”

9/12: Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience

The critically-acclaimed “Game of Thrones” Live Concert Experience Featuring Ramin Djawadi brings the world of Westeros to Gila River Arena on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018.

Using state-of-the-art technology, “Game of Thrones” composer Djawadi will take fans of the Emmy-winning HBO show through the seven kingdoms spanning seven seasons in a new immersive experience.

The famed composer will lead an orchestra, choir and soloists in a concert that also promises a new custom stage design and “mesmerizing” visuals.

An HBO presale has already started, with general public on-sale to follow at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 29. Citi is the official pre-sale credit card of the tour, which means that Citi cardmembers will have access to a pre-sale from 12 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28. For complete pre-sale details visit

The inaugural run of the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience Featuring Ramin Djawadi began in February after being conceived by Djawadi three years ago.

The Guardian described the show as “Westeros brought to dazzling life.” Mashable called it “an epic musical journey,” while the New York Times praised it as “a symphonic spectacular.” 

“Bringing the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience to audiences earlier this year was a dream come true, dating back to an idea hatched over three years ago,” says Djawadi. “The scale and spectacle of the production brought the world of Westeros to life in a truly immersive fashion, and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to share the experience with fans not only in North America again, but also to cross the narrow sea for the first time and bring the show to Europe.”

Concerts coming in 2017

11/30: The Chainsmokers

Gila River Hotels & Casinos together with iHeartMedia will bring the Chainsmokers to Rawhide Western Town and Events Center on Thursday, Nov. 30.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 6, at The first 1,000 tickets will be sold for $30 each with the remaining tickets being sold for $40 each.

The Grammy-winning electro-pop duo last played the Valley in May on the 40-city Memories … Do Not Open Tour, named for their platinum full-length debut.

The duo spent 12 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 with seven-times-platinum “Closer,” last year’s longest run at No. 1.

Their other hits include the platinum “#Selfie” and the multi-platinum smashes “Roses” and “Don’t Let Me Down.” Two Top 10 hits from “Memories… Do Not Open” —  “Paris” and “Something Just Like This” – have also been certified platinum.

12/3: Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) will bring its Winter Tour to Glendale for two Gila River Arena performances on Sunday, Dec. 3.

This year’s tour, a completely updated presentation of TSO’s “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” will also be a celebration of the art and accomplishments of the lauded group’s late creator/composer/lyricist, Paul O’Neill.

Prior to his passing, O’Neill worked tirelessly with his close-knit team preparing an exciting new take on “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve” for this year’s tour.

Based on TSO’s multi-platinum DVD and long running PBS fundraiser, “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve” is a rock opera features such enduring fan-favorites as “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24,” “O’ Come All Ye Faithful,” “Good King Joy,” “Christmas Canon,” “Music Box Blues,” “Promises To Keep,” and “This Christmas Day.”

The tour, which is presented by the Hallmark Channel, also boasts a second set containing more of TSO’s greatest hits and fan-pleasers. 

As in all previous years, a portion of every ticket sold benefits select local charities. To date, more than $13 million has been distributed from TSO to worthy charities across North America.

Tickets for both shows go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 15 at & the box office. The 3:30 p.m. show is presented by 99.9 KEZ with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Operation Santa Claus. The 8 p.m. show is presented by 100.7 KSLX with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Arizona Animal Welfare League.

For more details on tour dates and on sales, visit

12/7: Tony Bennett rescheduled

Tony Bennett’s Celebrity Theatre date has been rescheduled from July 11 to Thursday, Dec. 7, due to “unforeseen scheduling conflicts.”

Bennett’s management regrets any inconvenience this may cause fans of the 19-time Grammy winner who looks forward to performing in Phoenix in December.

All tickets purchased for the July 11 show will be honored at the 7:30 p.m. show on Dec. 7. Refunds are available at point of purchase. Tickets ($72 and $132) are on sale for the show now slated for Dec. 7 at the Celebrity Theatre Box office or online at  All tickets are subject to facility and ticketing surcharges. All ages welcome.

Bennett’s daughter, Antonia Bennett, will be opening the show with a collection of jazz and pop standards. Bennett has won 19 Grammy Awards in the course of a career spanning more than six decade. His signature tunes include “Steppin’ Out With My Baby” and “I Left My Heart In San Francisco.” The singer turned 90 in August, a milestone celebrated in a two-hour prime-time special and companion CD titled “Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best is Yet to Come.” Last year also saw the release of Bennett’s fifth book, titled “Just Getting Started,” which he wrote with journalist Scott Simon. Bennett is a Kennedy Center Honoree, an NEA Jazz Master and a recipient of the United Nation’s Humanitarian and Citizen of the World honors.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, December 7. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. $72-$132. 602-267-1600 ext. 1,

12/9: Alice Cooper’s Christmas Pudding

Alice Cooper’s 16th Annual Christmas Pudding brings Slash and Rob Halford to Phoenix on Saturday, Dec. 9 for what’s sure to be a very heavy night at the historic Celebrity Theatre.

The lineup also features Edgar Winter, Filter, Nita Strauss, SIXWIRE, Gary Mule Deer, the Solid Rock Dancers and the winners of this year’s Proof is in the Pudding Musical Talent Search, Alice’s version of “American Idol.” More surprise guests will be announced soon.

Proceeds from the event directly benefit the free music, dance, arts and vocational programs at Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Teen Center.  

Tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 16, at Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix,, or 602-267-1600 ext. 1. All tickets include facility and ticketing surcharges. All ages welcome.

12/15: Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

The Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker returns to Comerica Theatre on Thursday, Dec. 14.

Tickets are $10-$70, on sale now at, or the box office.

Celebrate Christmas with the Moscow Ballet company of almost 40 ballerinas and dancers on their 25th Anniversary Tour of North America.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is known for its award-winning principal dancers, lavish costumes, backdrops created by “La La Land” set designer Carl Sprague and its Russian focus, including life-sized matryoshka dolls, Russian folk legends Ded Moroz (Father Christmas) and Snegurochka (Snow Maiden) and the troika sleigh.

The family-friendly show also is known for its special effects, like the Dove of Peace with a 20-foot wingspan, and of course, the leaps, spins, and extraordinary moves of the company all performed to Tchaikovsky’s complete and incomparable score.

The Phoenix Children’s Chorus (PCC) returns to once again be part of the show, having been an integral part of the Phoenix music community since 1984. 

12/17: Carol Burnett

Carol Burnett is promising an Evening of Laughter and Reflection while inviting members of the audience to get involved by asking questions on Sunday, Dec. 17, at Comerica Theatre.

Tickets go on sate at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 15, at, the box office or by phone at 800-745-3000.

The award-winning actress and best-selling author is widely recognized for her work on stage and screen, most notably “The Carol Burnett Show.” Named in 2007 by Time magazine as one of the 100 Best Television Shows of All Time, “The Carol Burnett Show” ran 11 years, averaged 30 million viewers per week and received 25 Emmy Awards, making it one of the most honored shows in television history.

During an Evening of Laughter and Reflection, Burnett will take questions from the audience, show video clips from her shows in a format that hearkens back to the legendary openings of “The Carol Burnett Show” where her studio audience had an unfiltered opportunity to engage Burnett with questions and receive spontaneous answers.

“I love the spontaneity of these evenings,” she says. “I never know what anyone is going to ask, or say, or do, so it keeps me on my toes!”

The  50th Anniversary of “The Carol Burnett Show” will air on CBS at 8 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 3, and will feature such stars as Vicki Lawrence, Lyle Waggoner, Jim Carrey, Jay Leno, Kristen Chenoweth, Stephen Colbert and Martin Short.

12/23: Lindsey Stirling brings her tour home

Lindsey Stirling is bringing her tour in support of her first-ever holiday album, “Warmer in the Winter,” to the Valley (where it’s almost always warmer in the winter than just about anywhere else) for a Saturday, Dec. 23, Comerica Theatre concert.

The acclaimed EDM violinist, who grew up in Gilbert, rounded up a batch of special guests her holiday album, which features her spin on a handful of seasonal favorites as well as original holiday numbers written by Stirling.

Tthe album is available for pre-order on Pledge Music and can be accessed at  

The multi-city trek will feature a fully revamped stage production with elaborate holiday themes as well as Stirling’s signature brand of dance routines and on-stage visuals.

Stirling is also set to join the cast of “Dancing with the Stars” on ABC.  

Tickets for Stirling’s Warmer In The Winter Christmas Tour will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 8 at and the box office.  An exclusive fan and Spotify pre-sale began today at noon.  Stirling has partnered with CID Entertainment to offer fans three VIP packages including premium reserved tickets, a signed poster, a pre-show Christmas party, a meet & greet and more. For full package details, visit CID Entertainment.  For complete purchase information on the Warmer in The Winter Christmas Tour, please visit

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