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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.

Lynyrd Skynyrd ticket date switch

TicketsWest has now changed the Lynyrd Skynyrd on-sale date to Tuesday at 10 a.m.

This show, as we noted in previous posts, is Sept. 18 at 4 p.m. at the Northern Quest Resort and Casino's outdoors venue. It's the final show in the summer series. 

Skynyrd tickets on sale Saturday

We've finally received confirmation on the Lynryd Skynyrd on-sale date: Saturday at 10 a.m. through TicketsWest outlets.

Ticket prices will range from $55 to $100.

The show, as we noted in a previous post, is Sept. 18 at 4 p.m. at the Northern Quest Resort and Casino's outdoors venue. It's the final show in the summer series. 

Musical culture clash downtown: Neko Case vs. Ted Nugent

Two opposing musical forces play right next door to each other on Sprague Avenue tonight: Neko Case at the Bing Crosby Theater and Ted Nugent at the Knitting Factory.

Could there be two shows with a more disparate fan base? Maybe Ted Nugent vs. the Symphony …

Dave Matthews Caravan lineup, day by day

Here's the lineup for the Dave Matthews Band Caravan at The Gorge Amphitheatre, Sept. 2-4.

This is a bit different from the traditional Matthews Labor Day weekend shows at The Gorge, because there will be an entire — caravan? — of acts on three stages during the day. Yet the DMB will still do a full set each night. These will be the band's only West Coast performances in 2011

Here's the announcement that came down today:

 

Friday, September 2

Dave Matthews Band, John Butler Trio, Gogol Bordello, De La Soul, Blind Pilot, Soja, The Belle Brigade, Jenny O.  

 

Saturday, September 3

Dave Matthews Band, The Roots, Warren Haynes Band, Devotchka, Fruit Bats, The Silent Comedy, Lindsay Fuller

 

Sunday, September 4

Dave Matthews Band, Dispatch, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band, Antibalas, The Low Anthem, The Moondoggies, Infantree,

Tickets can be purchased for each individual day beginning Friday, June 10, at 10:00 AM PT at www.DMBCaravan.com. They will also be available online at LiveNation.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Three-day passes and VIP packages are available now at www.DMBCaravan.com.

 

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?

Toad the Wet Sprocket to play Sandpoint

The '90s alternative rockers Toad the Wet Sprocket have been booked into the Panida Theatre in Sandpoint on July 15.

They're known for the hits “All I Want” and “Fall Down” and a series of well-received albums.

Tickets will be $28, on sale April 21 at Eichardt's Pub in Sandpoint, the Long Ear in Coeur d'Alene, 4,000 Holes in Spokane and through Ticketswest outlets. 

Their name, by the way, comes from an Eric Idle (Monty Python) monologue.

The full Elton John concert review

 

In addition to my late-night thoughts in the previous post, I thought I'd cut-and-paste the full unedited Elton John review, which will appear in print Sunday morning in what should be something close to this form:

Elton John and His Band, Friday night, Spokane Arena:

Elton John gave a sold-out crowd of 10,000-plus exactly what it craved Friday night: An unbroken string of hit after hit after hit, performed with professional polish and high energy.

It was a joyous and celebratory two hours and fifty minutes for Elton’s fans. If anyone was on the fence about Sir Elton – although I saw little evidence of that – this concert probably won them over for one simple reason. Elton has more quality hits in his enormous repertoire than almost any other contemporary artist you can name, with the exception of another sir (Sir Paul).

One early stretch of the show included the following songs performed in a row: “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting,” “Levon,” “Madman Across the Water,” “Tiny Dancer,” “Philadelphia Freedom,” “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” “Daniel” and “Rocket Man.”

They were performed expertly by his band, which included several key members who have been with him since the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, drummer Nigel Olsson and guitarist Davey Johnstone. It was a rock band, not a show band: One guitarist, one bassist, one keyboard player, one drummer, one percussionist and four backup singers.

“The last time I was here I played a solo show,” said Elton, in one of his few moments of stage banter. “But this time, we’re going to rock out!”

And yes, they did. He might be known for ballads like “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues” and “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me” (both of which he performed) but he and the band also blazed away on “The Bitch is Back” and the aforementioned “Saturday Night.”

He abandoned the giant hats and sunglasses many decades ago. He was dressed in striped black pants and a black tailcoat, which was embroidered with musical notes and a “Music is Magic” inscription. The effect was Nashville meets Hyde Park.

There was no flashy showmanship. His moves were restricted almost entirely to standing up between songs and pointing at various parts of the crowd (even behind the stage, which was also sold out). As for his general stage movement, I would sum it up as the opposite of spry.

But his fingers are as nimble as ever. The musical highlights of the show were his extended and exhilarating piano solos, performed as intros and interludes on several big mini-symphonic pieces, including the outstanding opening number, “Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding” and an expanded “Rocket Man.”

He mixed classical-sounding themes with boogie-woogie, barrelhouse and jazz. In his intros, he dropped in tantalizing hints of familiar melody, which, in one memorable number, turned into “Take Me to the Pilot.”

The other happy surprise for the evening came after Elton asked the crowd’s indulgence while he played new material from his newest CD, “The Union,” collaboration with Leon Russell.

“If we didn’t have new songs to play, I’d be bored out of my life,” said Elton.

Leon didn’t show up (he has guested at other stops on this tour) but these new songs showed plenty of Russell’s influence, especially the bluesy “Hey Ahab” and wild rocker, “Monkey Suit.” He also played a bittersweet and haunting Civil War ballad, with touching lyrics by Bernie Taupin, “Gone to Shiloh.”

And then it was back to the hits. Just when I was convinced that he must have finally run out of familiar tunes, he unwrapped “Candle in the Wind,” “Bennie and the Jets,” “Crocodile Rock” and, for an emotional encore, “Your Song.”

It was a vivid reminder that Elton John was, in fact, the No. 1 Billboard chart artist of the entire 1970s (beating out Sir Paul).

At age 64, his voice may be a step or two lower and he doesn’t leap onto his piano the way he once did. Yet those songs have aged exceedingly well.

Modest Mouse booked for May 28

Modest Mouse, the indie rock trio, is headed to the Knitting Factory Concert House in Spokane on May 28.

Special guests will be Talkdemonic.

Tickets are $32, on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through TicketFly online or the Knitting Factory site or by calling (877) 435-9849.

Bad news for Good Charlotte fans

The Good Charlotte concert on March 23 at the Knitting Factory Concert House in Spokane has been cancelled.

The official reason: “an unforeseen scheduling conflict.”

OK, fine — even though, their Seattle show on March 22 has not been cancelled, nor has their March 25 show in San Francisco.

Tickets bought through Ticketfly online or by phone will be refunded automatically.

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