Yes, hard to believe, but it’s almost May. Time for Mother’s Day and graduations. Sure, you could get your mother some nice flowers or your graduate that gold pen and pencil set they’ll never use. But what about the gift of concert tickets? There are plenty of concerts coming to the Valley in May. Here’s what’s on tap for the classic rock fan.
May 2, 2015 at 7 p.m. MORRIS DAY & THE TIME and at 9 p.m. K.C. & THE SUNSHINE BAND at the Big Red Rib and Music Festival at Sportsman Park, Glendale. Morris Day fans get this Prince protégé in town for a second month in a row. And if you have boogie shoes, want to get down or that’s the way you like it, uh huh, break out your bell bottoms and platform shoes for KC. After all, nothing says BBQ rib fest like disco. It’s $9 general admission to get in, but if you’d like a reserved seat, you can buy one for $25 or $35 plus fees and taxes.
May 2, 2015, 8 p.m. GREG ALLMAN at The Showroom™ at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale. He’s no angel, but he is a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band. Which makes this midnight rider pretty popular. His show is sold out.
May 2, 2015, 8 p.m. MICHAEL MC DONALD at the Wild Horse Pass Casino Ovations LIVE! Showroom in Chandler. Do you keep forgettin’ every time he is near? Or are you a fool who believes? Don’t miss a minute by minute of this show. Although, not too many tickets are left for this show either. Tickets are priced at $50 to $109 plus fees.
May 8, 2015, 8 p.m. THE MOODY BLUES at The Pool at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale. It may not be a Tuesday afternoon concert, but you’ll find that in your wildest dreams, they’re more than just singers in a rock and roll band. So that they know you’re out there somewhere, reserved seating, which seems to be sold out, runs from $55 to $150. Standing room tickets are $30, VIP deck seating is $100 and VIP Party Deck standing tickets are $65. All tickets are subject to additional fees and taxes. Questions?
May 9, 2015, 8 p.m. WAR at the Wild Horse Pass Casino Ovations LIVE! Showroom in Chandler. You might see Cisco Kid, who was a good friend of mine, drive his low rider to this one. And although the world may be a ghetto, why can’t we be friends? Tickets are priced at $29 to $59 plus fees.
May 15, 2015, 8 p.m. EDDIE MONEY at the Wild Horse Pass Casino Ovations LIVE! Showroom in Chandler. Tell your baby to hold on if he or she wants to take you home tonight. You may be shakin,’ but I would suggest buying at least two tickets. It’ll be paradise. Tickets are priced at $27 to $70 plus fees.
May 17, 2015, 8 p.m. REO SPEEDWAGON at The Pool at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale. If you can’t fight that feeling as you roll with the changes then keep pushin’ to see this show. It’s good to see that the group is back on the road again. All tickets are standing room only and run $45 plus fees. There will be a limited number of chairs available that will be available on a first come, first served basis.
May 19, 2015, 8 p.m. BRYAN ADAMS, at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix. No it wasn’t the summer of ’69 when his album “Reckless” came out, but it was 30 years ago. If you need somebody to run to you, make sure it’s heaven and doesn’t cut like a knife. Because everything he does, he does it for you. Tickets run from $39 to $69 plus fees and taxes.
May 22, 2015, 8 p.m. STARSHIP FEATURING MICKEY THOMAS at the Wild Horse Pass Casino Ovations LIVE! Showroom in Chandler. As Jane, or was it Sara, said, nothing’s gonna stop us now. After all, they built this city, on rock and roll no less. Just make sure you know how to find your way back after the show. Tickets are priced at $19 to $40 plus fees.
May 22, 2015 and May 23, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. U2 at the Talking Stick Resort Arena (formally the U.S. Airways Center) in Phoenix. This is the iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour so expect to hear songs from their 2014 album “Songs of Innocence,” plus some oldies. Phoenix is only one of seven U.S. cities U2 will play in this year and will be the third stop on their tour, so you’ll be the first to hear them live in 2015. Both nights are sold out, but there are tickets available on ticketmaster.com’s resale website as well as all the other secondary ticket sellers.
May 22, 2015, 8 p.m. LEIF GARRETT at The Lounge at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino in Maricopa. If you read “Tiger Beat” in the 1970’s or watched reality TV shows such as “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Dru” or the celebrity edition of “Fear Factor,” then you might remember this teen idol. Otherwise, I can’t help you. Admission is free.
May 24, 2015, 8 p.m. BETTE MIDLER at the Talking Stick Resort Arena (formally the U.S. Airways Center) in Phoenix. The Devine Miss M brings her Intervention tour to town. Buy your date a rose and you’ll be the wind beneath her wings. Tickets go from $42 from a distance to $207 up close plus fees and taxes.
May 29, 2015, 8 p.m. JASON BONHAMS’ LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE 2015 at the Wild Horse Pass Casino Ovations LIVE! Showroom in Chandler. As the son of Led Zeppelin’s late drummer John Bonham, he’s earned the right for a whole lotta love as he plays rock and roll whether it be in Chandler or Kashmir. Don’t get trampled under foot if you take the stairway. Tickets are priced at $33 to $68 plus fees.
May 30, 2015, 7 p.m. QUEENSRYCHE, QUIET RIOT, SLAUGHTER and GABBIE RAE at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix. This is the now official version of Queensryche which does not have former lead singer Geoff Tate with them but still has Michael Wilton, Eddie Jackson and Scott Rockenfield. As for Quiet Riot, you can no longer cum on and hear the noise with Kevin DuBrow as lead singer, but if you saw the documentary “Well Now You’re Here, There’s No Way Back” that features drummer, Frankie Banali, you’ll still want to bang your head with them. And you can still be up all night with Slaughter. Reserved seats run from $23 to $38 plus fees and taxes.
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 and by phone at (480)-850-7734. Further information can also be obtained from Danny Zelisko Presents.
Wild Horse Pass Casino: Tickets for shows at Wild Horse Pass Casino can be purchased online through the Wild Horse Pass Casino website, by phone at 1-800-WIN-GILA Ext. 7370, or in person at the box office. Players Club Card discounts are available when purchasing in person at the box office.
Comerica Theatre: Tickets for the Live Nation shows at this facility are available through ticketmaster.com, with information found on www.livenation.com.
Talking Stick Resort Arena (formally U.S. Airways Center): Tickets for shows at the Talking Stick Resort Arena are available through ticketmaster.com
Want a night out with music but don’t want to pay exorbitant ticket prices? Check out these tribute shows.
Casino Arizona’s lineup for May includes tribute bands for Santana, Stevie Nicks, Aerosmith and Van Halen.
Gila River Casino presents tributes to Guns and Roses and John Lennon at the Wild Horse Pass Casino and Van Halen at the Vee Quiva Casino.