Yes, it’s December already. I don’t know how that happened either. With all of your children’s and grandchildren’s holiday pageants, it might be difficult to find time to attend a classic rock concert in December. Fortunately, there are only a few concerts to choose from so you can still squeeze in some quality family time. Of course, you could always take your family to some of the holiday themed concerts. Here’s what you have to look forward to in December.
December 4 and 5, 2015 at 8 p.m. FRANKIE VALLI AND THE FOUR SEASONS, at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix. Oh what a night it will be with the original Jersey Boy who can’t take his eyes off of you. Yes, those same eyes that will adore you. If you’re going with Dawn or Sherry, walk like a man and remember big girls don’t cry. Tickets run from $69 to $129 plus fees and taxes.
December 5, 2015 at 8 p.m. CARL PALMER’S ELP LEGACY: CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF EMERSON, LAKE AND PALMER at the Talking Stick Resort Showroom in Scottsdale. The “P” of ELP welcomes you my friend to the show that never ends. Expect more instrumental ELP rather than the vocals and there might be a drum solo or two. The show is nearly sold out but tickets go from $10 to $45, plus fees.
December 6, 2015 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. THE TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA at the Gila River Arena, (formally the Jobing.com Arena), in Glendale. If your idea of ideal Christmas music includes 3 lead hard rock guitarists, 2 keyboard players, a violin section and fire blasts, lasers and an eye popping light show, this is right up your alley. This year’s show is “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” which is shown annually on PBS and takes music from all three of TSO’s Christmas themed albums, plus their new album “Letters from the Labyrinth.” All classic rock fans must see TSO at least once. Ticket prices run from $33.50 to $58.50, plus fees of course.
December 15 at 7:30 p.m.THE BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA, at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix. Get ready to bring in Christmas, with swing, boogie-woogie and some rockabilly as Brian Setzer and his 15 piece orchestra cram themselves onto the Celebrity Theatre’s rotating stage. You’ll never think of Christmas music as traditional again. The seats in the first three rows will be taken out to accommodate those that must, to dance. Probably not wise to buy a 4th row ticket if you don’t dance. Tickets are $61 and $79 plus fees and taxes.
December 19, 2015 at 7 p.m. MÖTLEY CRUE AND ALICE COOPER at the Talking Stick Resort Arena (formally U.S. Airways Center) in Phoenix. For the last year and a half, Mötley Crüe has been on their final tour, but all things must end on December 31. So why not kickstart your heart and catch them 12 days before that with plenty of girls, girls, girls. And speaking of home sweet home, Phoenix’s own, Alice Cooper will open the show. He’s no longer 18 nor Mr. Nice Guy, but since school will be out, you can afford a late night. Ticket prices range from $41.25 to $121.25 plus fees.
Tickets 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 and by phone at (480)-850-7734. Further information can also be obtained from Danny Zelisko Presents.
Talking Stick Resort Arena: Tickets for shows at Talking Stick Resort Arena are available through ticketmaster.com.
Gila River Arena: Tickets for shows at Gila River Arena can be purchased through ticketmaster.com.
The Celebrity Theatre. Tickets for shows as 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. Further information can also be obtained from Danny Zelikso Presents.