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Comerica Theatre

400 W. Washington St. Phoenix, AZ 85003 | Central Phoenix | 602-514-2919

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The former Dodge Theatre is among downtown Phoenix’s most popular indoor concert halls. With seating for up to 5,500 people, the expansive Comerica has hosted musical artists as diverse as Doc Severinson and Nickelback, and has been home to touring companies of everything from Little Shop of Horrors to Les Miserables. Former Phoenix Suns and Arizona Diamondbacks owner Jerry Colangelo originally opened the place in 2002, with an eye for hosting performers who don't need a huge sports stadium but require a space larger than small, intimate nightclubs offer. The space has therefore proven popular with big-name stand-up comics like George Lopez (whose record-breaking HBO Special, America's Mexican, was aired live at the theater) and Jay Leno. Comerica really hit the big time when it was used as the stage for the comedy film Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie, and has since regularly hosted indoor boxing events and was also the home of the 2010 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.


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    Gigantour Comerica Theatre Saturday, February 25 I'm no metalhead, but I recognize dedication when I see it. I spent last night at the Gigantour, featuring Megadeth, Motorhead, Lacuna Coil,...
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    Lenny Kravitz Comerica Theatre Sunday, February 12, 2012 Lenni and Lenny, together at last. Until last night, I had been waiting years to say that. The baby-making music was full-speed...
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  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    Guns N' Roses Comerica Theatre Tuesday, December 27 See also: Our complete Guns N' Roses and Sebastian Bach slideshow. Our interview with Guns N' Roses bassist Tommy Stinson. The line...
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    Alice Cooper, Rob Halford, The Tubes, Brian "Head" Welch, and more Comerica Theatre Saturday, December 17 See the full slideshow of Alice Cooper's Welcome 2 My Pudding at Comerica...
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    Tommy Stinson can't slow down. The guy stays busy -- playing bass in Guns N' Roses (clocking nearly 14 years in the band, only Axl Rose and keyboardist Dizzy Reed have been in the band...
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    Much as his comedic hero George Carlin, stand-up comic Louis C.K. trashes his material when it’s chewed up. After each of C.K.’s alternately dark and raunchy taped specials, he...
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    If you have trace memories of immortal Houston blues-rock combo ZZ Top, it's probably of two bears with long beards spinning guitars, a drummer without a beard (named Beard), and legs...
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    If you have trace memories of immortal Houston blues-rock combo ZZ Top, it's probably of two bears with long beards spinning guitars, a drummer without a beard (named Beard), and legs...
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    Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, and The Walkmen Comerica Theatre Thursday, September 15, 2011 It feels like I've been discussing the term "indie" with a lot of people lately. Last week's Foster the...
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    In your face, every other city! It's no secret that music-loving Phoenicians sometimes get the shaft by bands that skip the Valley to play in Tucson, our neighbor to the south. (It always...
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    Some bands ride a rollercoaster of popularity, with a steep climb quickly followed by a period when — absent a radio hit — the bottom drops out. Death Cab for Cutie's enjoyed a...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
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    You can see pop singer Katy Perry transformed into an actual cartoon in her current movie, The Smurfs, but often the in-your-face performer acts cartoonish enough in real life. In honor of...
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    One of the best moments on The Simpsons was in a 1993 episode in which we learned that Homer, Principal Skinner, Barney, and Apu were in a barbershop quartet called The Be Sharps. The group...
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    In the nearly five decades The Moody Blues have been around, they've sold almost 70 million records worldwide, a pretty staggering number that seems almost incomprehensible by today's...
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    Tribute bands are a dime a dozen, but few are on the level of The Pink Floyd Experience, headlining a venue only a little smaller than the one Roger Waters himself played a few months ago....
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    There is a very good chance that at some point in your life, whether you're too young to realize it or not, you've heard at least one song by Jackson Browne. It's not just because the...
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    Whether we chalk it up to SB 1070 outrage or the economy or the moldy reflexive feminism of the event itself, one thing is certain about the 2010 "revival" version of Lilith Fair: It didn't...
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    "Big in Japan" is a punch line to a joke about how bands actually kind of suck, but if you say that sort of thing around Night Ranger, Jack Blades should turn to you and say, "Thank you. We...
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    Until a few years ago, it was difficult to think that a kids' show could be cool enough to merit a feature in New Times' music section. Spare the jokes. Clearly, not every band featured in...
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    Following in the footsteps of Jake E. Lee and Randy Rhoads would seem an unenviable task, but Zakk Wylde proved he was more than up to the challenge, serving as Ozzy Osbourne's lead...
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    Most bands go into immediate brain death when their lead singer fatally overdoses on heroin, cocaine, or any combination thereof. From Sublime to the Blues Brothers, the case history is...
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    Like a bastard little brother, Megadeth has lurked in the shadow of the band singer/guitarist Dave Mustaine helped found in the early '80s. Both Metallica and Megadeth have experienced great...

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