If you’re old enough to remember the original release of Bobby “Boris” Pickett’s “Monster Mash” back in 1962, you’re going to enjoy the opening night of the Monster Mash Music Fest which will take place at Tempe’s Beach Park over this year’s Halloween weekend, October 30 through November 1. Day One of the fest is a classic rock fan’s dream night with performances by the Tedeschi Trucks Band, John Fogerty and Santana.
The three bands are scheduled to perform four hours and fifteen minutes worth of music, which starts at 7 p.m. and ends at approximately 11:45 p.m. Opening night will feature two members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and three guitarists who have been named to the Top 100 Guitarists lists put out by “Rolling Stone” magazine.
The Tedeschi Trucks Band is the new kid of the Friday night lineup, but hails from some classic rock roots. Guitarist Derek Trucks, ranked number 16 on “Rolling Stone” magazine’s 2011 Top 100 Guitarists list, was a member of the Allman Brothers Band at one time and his uncle, Butch Trucks, has been the drummer for the Allman Brothers since cofounding them back in 1969.
Susan Tedeschi has had a successful career as a solo artist, opening for such acts as John Mellencamp, B.B. King, Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones. In 2010, husband and wife, Derek and Susan, formed the Tedeschi Trucks Band and their debut album, “Revelator,” won the 2012 Grammy Award for Best Blues Album. You never know quite what to expect from a Tedeschi Trucks Band performance but they’re known to throw in a few classic rock tunes with their own music.
John Fogerty was a founding member of Creedence Clearwater Revival, a band that in a two year period, from 1969 to 1971, had six Billboard Top Ten singles. It was Fogerty that wrote such legendary songs such as “Proud Mary,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Who’ll Stop the Rain” and “Fortunate Son,” just to name a few.
As a solo artist, Fogerty continued his hit song writing ways with such tunes as “Centerfield,” “The Old Man Down the Road,” and “Rock and Roll Girls.” This year, Fogerty will join the popular NBC show, “The Voice” as an advisor for team Adam Levine. Fogerty was ranked number 40 on “Rolling Stone” magazine’s 2003 Top 100 Guitarists list.
Santana burst onto the national music scene with their performance of “Soul Sacrifice” at Woodstock in 1969. Singles such as “Evil Ways,” “Black Magic Woman,” and “Oye Como Va,” helped elevate the band to superstar status during the early 1970’s. Although band personnel has changed throughout the years, one constant has remained, the guitar stylings of Carlos Santana, whose virtuoso work has placed him as number 20 on “Rolling Stones’” Top 100 Guitarists list.
Should your taste in music extend beyond classic rock, then days two and three of the festival might be to your liking as well. The featured bands for Halloween night are alternative metal artists, Primus and Tool. The final day of the Monster Mash festival features Rob Zombie, Linkin Park and the Deftones.
In case you get hungry or thirsty during the shows, there will be a variety of vendors available throughout the festival grounds to sate your appetite.
Thankfully, festival organizers realize that classic rock audiences may need to sit from time to time and offer both reserved seating along with general admission standing on opening night only. Tickets are priced at $125 or $150 for reserved seats, but if bought in groups of four, average out to $100 or $125 per ticket. General admission prices are $99 a ticket, but if bought in groups of four, average out to $75 a ticket. Plenty of great reserved seats are available for opening night.
Tickets for days two and three of the festival are general admission only and run $99 per ticket, with a four pack of tickets costing $300 ($75 a ticket). Of course there are always fees and taxes added on to listed ticket prices. Day two of the festival is a popular day as it is already showing as sold out.
Tickets are on sale now, online through Lucky Man Concerts or the Monster Mash Arizona website. Tickets are also available at the Marquee Theatre box office, Bookmans locations, and Asylum Records in Mesa. Call (480) 829-1300 for phone orders and questions. Tickets will also be available at the box office at the Tempe Beach Park on the day of the show only.