If you are a full time resident of Phoenix, you know that the area’s population swells in March due to Major League baseball spring training and a slew of visitors that come west to escape the last gasp of winter. But March also finds a variety of classic rock artists coming to town. Here’s what’s on tap.
March 2, 2016 at 8 p.m., ACE FREHLEY at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe. He’s carved out a following as a solo artist, but you might remember him as the original guitarist in KISS. With six solo studio albums under his belt, including 2014’s “Space Invader,” you’ll hear more of what he can do on his own rather than when he used to wear “Spaceman” make up. Tickets are $25 plus any fees that might be tacked on.
March 4, 2016 at 8 p.m. GORDON LIGHTFOOT at the Wild Horse Pass Casino Ovations LIVE! Showroom in Chandler. You’ll have to wait until after sundown and travel several miles south of the Carefree Highway (yes, the song title was actually inspired by this road) to catch this troubadour’s “50 Years on the Carefree Highway Tour.” If you could read his mind, you might know he would welcome rainy day people. There is no way I can easily work in the “Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.” Tickets are priced from $37 to $67 plus fees
March 5, 2016 at 8 p.m. JOE SATRIANI at The Salt River Grand Ballroom at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale. There are only a handful of instrumental guitarists that have sold over 10 million albums. But when you have been surfing with the alien or flying in a blue dream, you tend to be considered one the greatest guitarists in the world. Only a few tickets remain but they can range from $40 to $100 plus fees.
March 10, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN and the E STREET BAND at the Talking Stick Resort Arena (formally U.S. Airways Center)in Phoenix. The Boss comes to town ready to play his 1980 double album, “The River,” in its entirety. That means songs like “Hungry Heart,” “Out in the Street” and “Cadillac Ranch,” among others. Then there is the remaining 5 hours he’ll play. Okay, maybe not that long. Although the show is almost sold out, tickets were priced from $55 to $150 plus fees and taxes
March 10, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. PETER FRAMPTON at the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix. Just in case you didn’t score tickets to see Springsteen, there is the other concert option in downtown Phoenix that night to see superstar guitarist/songwriter Frampton. This is advertised as “Raw: An Acoustic Tour,” so the blistering guitar solo in “Do You Feel Like I Do?” might be subdued. But baby, you’ll still love his way. Tickets are priced from $58.50 to $165, plus fees, taxes and the like.
March 12, 2016 at 8 p.m. .38 SPECIAL at the Wild Horse Pass Casino Ovations LIVE! Showroom in Chandler. If southern rock brings you and your fantasy girl back where you belong, then hold on loosely because these rockers might get caught up in you. Tickets are priced from $37 to $90 plus fees.
March 17, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. PETER YARROW and NOEL PAUL STOOKEY of PETER, PAUL and MARY at the Ikeda Theatre at the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa. If you had a hammer, want to know where all the flowers have gone, ever left on a jet plane or want the lowdown on Honalee dragons, this is the concert to see. Tickets run from $40 to $55 plus fees.
March 25, 2016 at 8 p.m. ALAN PARSONS LIVE PROJECT at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix. Long before Dr. Evil came up with his plan in the Austin Power’s movie, singer/songwriter/engineer (he was a sound engineer on “Dark Side of the Moon,” “Abbey Road,” and “Let It Be”), Alan Parsons had a slew of radio hits such as “Eye in the Sky,” “I Wouldn’t Want to Be Like You,” and “Games People Play.” And if you’ve ever attended a Chicago Bulls or Phoenix Suns game, you’ve heard his “Sirius,” played during the introductions. Tickets run from $29 to $69 plus fees.
March 25, 2016 at 8 p.m. TESLA at The Showroom at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale. Signs point to little Suzi and various modern day cowboys showing up for this show. You might even hear a love song. Only a few tickets remain but originally tickets were priced from $35 to $100 plus fees.
March 26, 2016 at 8 p.m. DAVID CROSBY at The Showroom at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale. The “C” in CSN, you may not get to hear him harmonize with Stephen Stills or Graham Nash (both will be in town later this year), but for 50 years, he’s had a pretty good run as a solo artist and as a member of the Byrds. No surprise that only standing room only tickets are available, but tickets ran from $25 to $85 plus fees.
March 26, 2016 at 8 p.m. RICHARD MARX at the Wild Horse Pass Casino Ovations LIVE! Showroom in Chandler. It don’t mean nothing if you hold on to the night because you’ll be satisfied if you are right there waiting for him. He’s actually had some hit albums since the 1980’s such as 2014’s “Beautiful Goodbye,” as well. Tickets go from $32 to $99 plus fees.
March 26, 2016 at 8 p.m. PFX, THE PINK FLOYD EXPERIENCE at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix. There are tribute bands and then there are total experience bands. This one is the latter, whose musicians create what it might be like to attend a Pink Floyd concert with all the sights, sounds and imagery Pink Floyd was famous for. Tickets are priced at $39 and $49 plus fees.
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.
Wild Horse Pass Casino: Tickets for shows at the 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 sometimes available when purchasing in person at the box office.
Marquee Theatre: Tickets for shows at the Marquee Theater are available online through Lucky Man concerts.
Orpheum Theatre: Tickets for the Live Nation show at this facility are available through ticketmaster.com with information found on www.livenation.com
Talking Stick Resort Arena Tickets for shows at the Talking Stick Resort Arena are available 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.
Want to hear live classic rock music but don’t want to pay exorbitant ticket prices? Check out these tribute shows.
March 11 and 12: Iron Maidens-Iron Maiden Tribute Band
March 25 and 26: Bonfire-Tribute to AC/DC
Talking Stick Resort:
March 16-20, 2016 Legends in Concert
The Celebrity Theatre:
March 6, 2016 One Night of Queen performed by Gary Mullens and the Work
Gila River Casino Wild Horse Pass :
March 20, 2016 The Magic of Manilow
Gila River Casino Vee Quiva:
March 26: Motown Magic-Tribute to the music of Motown