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UPROAR Festival: Bands with ‘Seven’ in name

The Spokane Arena has just announced that the 2011 Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival has been booked into the Arena on Oct. 2.

This lineup includes two bands with “Seven” in their names: Avenged Sevenfold and Sevendust.

The complete lineup:  Avenged Sevenfold, Three Days Grace, Seether, Bullet For My Valentine and Escape the Fate on the main stage, while Sevendust, Black Tide, Art of Dying and The Black Cloud Collective will play the Best Buy Music Gear Stage.

Tickets will be $25, $35, and $45 and $65 and go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through TicketsWest outlets.

What comes before a KISS? Read on …

The opening acts for KISS at the Spokane Arena on June 24 have now been announced: Bad City and Envy.

Bad City is a Chicago rock band whose 2010 debut was called “Welcome to the Wasteland.”

The Envy is a Gene Simmons discovery, signed to his own label. They're from Toronto.

Neither act wears paint or breathes fire, evidently.

Spokane Arena gets a big, wet KISS

KISS has been booked into the Spokane Arena for a June 24 show.

Tickets will be $47.50, $67.50 and $97.50, on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through TicketsWest outlets. They played a sold-out show at the Arena in 1996.

The Arena called this “the most BADASS rock show that we've had in over a decade.”

I thought I'd point out a few other acts that have played the Arena in the past decade: Kid Rock, Motley Crue, Linkin Park, Nickelback, the Eagles, Mudvayne, Stone Temple Pilots, Godsmack, Journey, Heart, Cheap Trick Lynyrd Skynyrd and Tool.

So ,,, does that claim hold up?

What’s the best Elton John song?

I just finished writing an advance story on Elton John's visit Friday to the Spokane Arena, and I was reminded of how many of his songs have become instantly recognizable standards. It's hard to think of a contemporary performer with more.

So I thought I'd throw out the question: What's the best Elton John song?

I'll kick it off by sayihg it is undeniably, unassailably, “Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting.”  

Elton John sold out

Tickets to the Elton John concert at the Spokane Arena on April 8 are sold out.

It took only three days for all 11,000 tickets to vanish, according to Becca Watters at the Spokane Arena. Tickets went on sale Saturday and only a few single tickets were left by Sunday evening. Those sold out by Monday night. Even the tickets behind the stage sold out.

Will another show be added? That's what happened in 2008 when Elton's Pullman show sold out quickly.

No word on that, yet, but don't get your hopes up. His tour schedule is tight. He's playing a date on April 9 in Boise. But the tour  does have an open date on April 7, following an April 6 date in Bismarck. So there's at least a theoretical window of opportunity.

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