It may not officially be fall until the end of September and weather wise, summer weather won’t be gone from Phoenix until late October, but as far as classic rock summer tours go, many are near their end. It’s a pretty light month for classic rock concerts in the Phoenix area but here’s who you can catch before they call it a summer.
September 2 at 7:30 p.m. THE AUSTRALIAN PINK FLOYD SHOW and LED ZEPPELIN 2 at the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa. These are more than just cover or tribute bands. You’ll never be able to see the Pink Floyd lineup of “Dark Side of the Moon” or “The Wall,” again, but if you close your eyes during this show, you’ll think you are listening to them. However, keep your eyes open, because the visual effects are just as impressive. One of these days you’ll wish you were here in the flesh so spend your money. Tickets run from $37 to $97 plus fees. As a bonus, those ticket holders that donate five canned goods and non-perishable items or $5 to St. Mary’s Food Bank at the show will be registered to win an upgrade for tickets in the front row.
September 4 at 8 p.m. YES with TOTO at The Pool at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale. It was a blow to Yes fans when bassist Chris Squire passed away this summer. His memory will live on, especially at Yes’ performance in Squire’s adopted home town. As for Toto, earlier this year, they released “Toto XIV,” a new studio album which already ranks as one of their best. You can sit close to the edge with all the good people you’ve seen including Rosanna, Pamela and those who bless the rains down in Africa. Tickets run from $55 to $150 plus fees.
September 12, 2015 at 8 p.m. NILS LOFGREN at The Showroom at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale. As a member of the E Street Band he is now a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. But when he’s not playing with Bruce Springsteen or Neil Young, he’s managed to release 20 solo albums on his own. A few seats remain for this show which are priced from $15 to $45 plus fees.
September 20, 2015 8 p.m. LYNYRD SKYNRYD at The Pool at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale. It will be a Sunday night rather than a Saturday night special and hopefully there won’t be that smell, but someone might ask you what’s your name. Call me the breeze, take me to sweet home Alabama and gimme three steps for this is a show worth attending. I wonder how many will yell out “Free Bird!” I think the over/under is 11. Tickets are $50 for standing room only, $65 for the party deck or $100 for VIP seating or the VIP deck, plus fees. There will be a limited amount of seats available on a first come, first served basis.
September 23, 2015 at 7 p.m. DEF LEPPARD, STYX & TESLA at the Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix. Do ya wanna get rocked? Too much time on your hands? Consider yourself a modern day cowboy? Signs may point to little Suzi, your lady, your Miss America, to bringin’ on the heartbreak. But love bites. What better way to recover than join the hysteria for this 80’s arena rock trio? Tickets run from $25 to $109, with special packages that can range from $250 to $725, plus fees and taxes.
September 28, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. VAN HALEN & KENNY WAYNE SHEPPARD at the Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix. Remember when you were hot for teacher, could dance the night away and jumped about going to Panama? Now, after a night of runnin’ with the devil and some beautiful girls, you might cry out, somebody get me a doctor. With Eddie Van Halen and Kenny Wayne Sheppard, you’ll see two of rock’s greatest guitarists. No telling what you’ll see with David Lee Roth. Tickets run from $29 to $149 or special packages that are priced at $450, $750 or $995. Of course there are fees and taxes on top of that.
Tickets for those shows 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 or by phone at (480)-850-7734. Further information can also be obtained from Danny Zelisko Presents.
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. Further information can also be obtained through Danny Zelisko Presents.
Ak-Chin Pavilion: Tickets are available through ticketmaster.com, with information found on www.livenation.com.
Want to hear live classic rock music at affordable ticket prices? Check out these tribute shows.
Casino Arizona’s lineup for September includes the tribute bands Queen Nation-A Tribute to Queen on September 4 and 5 and Rio-A Tribute to Duran Duran on September 18 and 19.
Gila River Casino presents Heartbreak City-A Tribute to the Music of the Cars on September 5 at the Wild Horse Pass Casino.