This is a crazy-busy week for concerts in the Valley with an extremely varied line-up coming through town.
Al Stewart @ The Musical Instrument Museum on 7/15 & 7/16
Probably best known for his 1970s hits Year of the Cat and TIme Passages, Stewart has been producing his own unique blend of folk and rock since his debut album was released in 1967. Stewart will be appearing at the Musical Instrument Museum whose Music Theater has stunning acoustics in an intimate 300 seat setting. MIM’s Music Theater is probably one of the Valley’s best kept secrets as a music venue but one that shouldn’t be missed. Concerts at the MIM often feature a lot of story telling by the artist which frequently provides fascinating insight into the history of both the music and the musician.
Dixie Chicks @ Ak-Chin Pavilion on 7/17
There are a number of good shows in Phoenix on July 17, but the one we’re most interested in is the Dixie Chicks. Comprised of Natalie Maines, Martie Erwin Maguire and Emily Erwin Robison the Dixie Chicks have been producing country and cross-over hits since their debut in 1989 and have 13 Grammy awards to show for it. The women aren’t afraid to speak their mind, and create a little controversy, while on stage which always makes for a fun evening.
Goo Goo Dolls @ Comerica Theatre on 7/19
Goo Goo Dolls were one of the biggest producers of pop hits during the entire 1990s and 2000s with 14 top 10 hits during that period. Billboard placed 3 of their songs in the top 25 pop hits over that 20-year span with their song Iris ranked as the number 1 pop hit of the period. Goo Goo Dolls are touring in support of their 11th studio album, Boxes, which was released in May of this year.
Steven Tyler @ Comerica Theatre on July 20
Steven Tyler’s upcoming album is a departure for him in many ways. First, it’s his first solo album without Aerosmith. Second, it’s a country album. The album, We’re All Somebody From Somewhere, drops this coming Friday, July 15 – right before his Phoenix show. Tyler’s Out on a Limb tour is supported by Loving Mary, an experienced six-piece band from Nashville. Fans of Aerosmith shouldn’t worry, however, because the setlist for recent shows has included a number of Aerosmith favorites as well as some covers by artists that Tyler says have inspired him.
The Offspring @ Marquee Theatre on 7/21
Bringing home this jam-packed week of shows is The Offspring at the Marquee Theatre on July 21. The Offspring have nine studio albums to their name and have sold more than 40 million records to date. The Offspring (alongside Social Distortion) reinvigorated Orange County’s punk rock scene. Members of The Offspring have said in interviews that a new album is expected out in 2016 but no release date has been announced as of yet. Despite being at it for over 20 years now, reviews from recent shows indicate that The Offspring still rock hard and the shows are pure energy.