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Talking Stick Resort Arena (formerly US Airways Center)

201 E. Jefferson St. Phoenix, AZ 85004 | Central Phoenix | 602-379-2000

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Valley can-do man Jerry Colangelo built it in 1992, and they've come in droves to watch pro sports (including the NBA's Suns, the WNBA's Mercury, the NHL's Coyotes and the Arena Football League's Rattlers), concerts, monster truck rallies, religious revivals and other touring events at the 18,422-capacity facility.


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    The Orlando Magic and the Phoenix Suns have more in common than the fact that they're both sub-par teams: They're also both in a season of new eras. In other words, they're hobbling through...
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    Did anyone watch David Letterman Monday night? Well, if you didn't, you missed the greatest rock band of all time, Led Zeppelin, interviewed after receiving a Kennedy Center Honor....
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    Known for daring acrobatic feats, strength, and balance, Cirque Du Soleil constantly leaves us in awe as they push the boundaries of human ability. From high dives to quirky circus arts, the...
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    Rush @ US Airways Center|11/25/12"We've got 6,000 songs to do, so let's get with it." Rush bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee might have been joking, but something about his hyperbolic statement,...
  • Up on the Sun: This Weekend
    Curious what's going on around town this weekend? Need some suggestions as to how to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun? Don't fret: These are our Five Shows to See This...
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    Phoenix Suns fans hoping to get a look at Eric Gordon (the dynamic shooting guard who would be wearing orange this season were it not for contractual obligations down in the Big Easy) are as...
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    When Canadian rock trio Rush's self-titled debut was released in 1974, liking the band as a teenager was a risky proposition. On one level, there's nothing about the band's essential makeup...
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    "All I want for Christmas is Clay Aiken tickets,"...said no music lover ever. But hey, if paradoxical pop icons who owe their celebrity to American Idol is your thing, you're in luck. Aiken...
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    It’s an awkward year for Phoenix Suns fans. Part of it is the organization’s staunch refusal to use the “R” word even while the team is in the midst of an obvious...
  • Up on the Sun: Classic Rock
    Rush does its own thing. Resolutely, absolutely, completely. The "Holy Triumvirate's" fierce individualism can be viewed as a tribute to one of its heroes, Ayn Rand, but it's okay if...
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    If Phoenicians felt a cold wind a-blowin' shortly after Sir Steve skipped town, imagine how Clevelanders felt when King James jettisoned maximum hometown dinero and took his talents to South...
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    The Phoenix Suns are missing a lot this season. Without Steve Nash, the Suns don’t have a proven playmaker. Without Grant Hill, the Suns don’t have a defensive leader. And...
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    The heart and the soul of the Phoenix Suns each bought one way tickets out of town this summer, and both wound up in Los Angeles. As it turns out, the heart bled red, while the soul turned...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    Madonna @ US Airways Center| 10/16/12With a long history of being a proven provocateur, it makes sense that Madonna has managed to piss a lot of people off since kicking off her MDNA tour. ...
  • Up on the Sun: Five Must-See Shows This Week
    Yeah, yeah, yeah...we get it. Mondays suck (we've read Garfield). But it means the start of a new week, which means a bunch of killer shows in and around Phoenix. And here are a few of the...
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    It’s really easy to predict how well an NBA team will fare. Pretty much you just count the number of superstars on the roster. By this logic, the Phoenix Suns figure to be...
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    What does Madonna have that Katy Perry likely won't? Staying power. Will Perry still be performing — and with such drive and determination — when she hits her 50s? Unlikely, as...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    The Black Keys @ US Airways|10/9/12The Black Keys have come a long way since their last performance in Phoenix a year and a half ago. They released a new album, El Camino, played prime time...
  • Up on the Sun: Lists
    Our sister blog, West Coast Sound, has caught a lot of shit lately for their disdain for neo-blues rockers The Black Keys. Just remember we're only critics, and opinions are just opinions....
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    Jason Mraz @US Airways Center|10/2/12 Whoever was high at the Jason Mraz concert last night most likely had a blast. There were bright and swirling colors, extensive jam sessions, and...
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    See also: Top Five Must-See Shows This Weekend See also: Five Albums Every Man Should Have In His Bachelor Pad See also: 10 Black Pop Stars Who Should Go Country See also: Maynard James...
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    With only two weeks left in the WNBA regular season, there’s a strong chance that the Phoenix Mercury will be the worst team in the league, but they might also be the best. In spite of...
  • Up on the Sun: Lists
    For those who are really terrible in this life, I imagine a special hell: reality TV hell. This awful place will be populated by the combined casts of Jersey Shore and The Bachelor Pad, two...
  • Up on the Sun: Announcements
    See also: Green Day's New Song "Epic as F*ck"? Not Even Close. See also: Throwback Thursday: Green Day's DookieWhen I was told by my editor to allow some room for a Green Day blurb, my first...
  • Up on the Sun: Five Must-See Shows This Week
    Yeah, yeah, yeah...we get it Mondays suck (we've read Garfield). But it means the start of a new week, which means a bunch of killer shows in and around Phoenix. And here are a few of the...
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    Everybody loves the Olympics, but it’s hard to imagine a group was more excited about last month’s Games than the Phoenix Mercury. The Merc’s pre-Olympics season was a 4-15...
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    Diana Taurasi definitely needed a summer vacation. Before she jetted across the pond to London as a member of the U.S. women’s basketball team, the 30-year-old point guard was hurt,...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    Kelly Clarkson and The FrayUS Airways CenterWednesday, August 1, 2012 See also: Pop Isn't Dead, and Here's 7 New Songs That Prove It If there was one thing that was surprising at the Kelly...
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    It’s been said that the toughest thing to do in football is beat a team three times. If that’s the case, then the Arizona Rattlers are lucky to be playing the San Jose SaberCats...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Pro Wrestling Snob
    See also: WrestleMania XXVI at University of Phoenix Stadium See also: WWE's WrestleMania Axxess in Downtown Phoenix Some major fights broke out inside US Airways Center last night as...
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    It’s a well-known fact that overly theatrical world of professional wrestling is scripted and the winners of matches are pre-determined. But despite what you may think, it's not...
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    It’s hard to believe, but the Phoenix Mercury is still very much in the WNBA title hunt. Despite winning only four games during the first two months of the season, the Mercury is still...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Events
    If you've ever been downtown for a sporting event, concert, or possibly Disney on Ice (hey, we won't judge) then you probably appreciate the beauty of the METRO light rail. There's no...
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    There’s an old school Star Trek episode in which Captain Kirk and crew find themselves on the edge of a parallel universe. Everything happening on one side is also happening, albeit...
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    The Cardinals, the Sun Devils, and the Wildcats have given local football fans more reasons to be angry and nihilistic than happy. With all of the pain and suffering those teams have...
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    Zombies aren’t the only scary creatures grabbing headlines in 2012. The astrological Year of the Dragon has thrust the scaly, fire-breathing reptiles into the limelight, whether...
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    Corey Gaines must have insulted a fortune-teller during the off-season. The Phoenix Mercury coach has had a run of bad luck that started when forward Penny Taylor -- one of the...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Curious why Van Halen — reunited with original singer David Lee Roth — canceled a whole bunch of dates on its triumphant 2012 reunion tour? The band offered fatigue as the...
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    If past performance could be trusted, the Phoenix Mercury would have nothing to worry about this weekend. In the last two seasons, the Tulsa Shock has exactly as many wins against the...
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    Everyone loves a good beatdown, don’t they? The Arizona Rattlers are again rolling -- as of this writing, our boys are sitting on a 7-3 record, just half a game back from the Western...
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    Former Arizona State star and Phoenix Mercury rookie Simon Dymond makes her home court debut Saturday, May 26, battling the Los Angeles Sparks. Hopefully it will be enough to overshadow the...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    Roger Waters Performs The Wall US Airways Center Tuesday, May 15 The spectacle that is Roger Waters' The Wall tour deserves more than a cursorily run-through. The concert is as much theater...
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    The last meeting between the Arizona Rattlers and the Chicago Rush proved true the old adage that football is a game of inches. On the game’s final play, the Rush recovered a live ball...
  • Up on the Sun: Announcements
    What a wonder prime time slots at Coachella two years in a row will do for you. Everything's coming up Milhouse for The Black Keys these days. The blues/indie/garage group played a...
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    We’re currently in what we like to call the Dead Zone of sports. The early season of baseball is worthless. College and pro football games don’t start for another five months....
  • Up on the Sun: Announcements
    See also: Kelly Clarkson Nails Super Bowl 2012 National Anthem Maybe you're a Carrie Underwood fan, but for my money, Kelly Clarkson is the best American Idol the show has given us yet. I...
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    Guess who's looking a lot older and more strung out than last time anyone saw him? Good ol' Jason Mraz. You'd think that someone who has "the remedy" would easily be able to keep himself...
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    When the Phoenix Suns hosted the Los Angeles Lakers last February, the Suns had nothing to play for but pride. The Suns weren’t scoring quite as well as they used to and, consequently,...
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    In funny flick Little Giants, former NFL defensive end Steve Emtman confidently posits that football is 80 percent mental and 40 percent physical. The Arizona Rattlers might argue that the...
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    For sports scribes, the state of the Detroit Pistons would best be described as a “rebuilding phase.” For residents of the Motor City, however, there’s a more accurate...
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    The grueling schedule of this shortened NBA season is clearly wearing down some aging legs, so the All-Star break’s rest days (perennial selection Steve Nash excluded), couldn’t...
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    The Phoenix Suns are not playoff contenders. This was made obvious last month when Suns center Robin Lopez got himself ejected in the second quarter of a “must-win” game by...
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    A lot can change in two years -- just ask Goran Dragic. As member of the Phoenix Suns 2010, Dragic turned heads with an amazing playoff run that was headlined by a ridiculous 23-point fourth...
  • Up on the Sun: Announcements
    Of all the articles concerning Madonna's Half Time show/M.I.A.'s on air fingerbird (Finger-Gate 2: Electric Boogaloo), none was quite as hilarious as this one, from Vigilant Citizen, which...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    George Strait US Airways Center Friday, February 3, 2012 Wow, I truly underestimated the amount of country fans in Arizona. Rising to their feet for the only and only "King of Country,"...
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    This was not the season that Grant Hill had in mind when he re-signed with the Suns. The NBA’s second oldest player has battled through sore quadriceps only to see his team stumble out...
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    Comparing professional wrestling to soap opera shenanigans is pretty played out. Considering how top brawlers creep into TV, film, and pop culture, it might be more accurate to think of...
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    In the NBA, starting the season cold usually isn’t a big deal -- when the typical season lasts 82 games, a team can afford to crap the bed early. In this year’s strike-shortened...
  • Up on the Sun: Announcements
    So, the Radiohead thing felt pretty big, and Gun N' Roses was positively surreal. So try this one on for size: Van Halen, featuring David Lee Roth and the Van Halens: Eddie, Alex, and...
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    The outlook for the Suns this season isn’t great among sports analysts. Most see our team finishing near the bottom of the Western Conference, and it’s hard to find any magazine...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Dance
    Before you start drooling over the possibility of another handful of toned, tanned, and semi-clothed dancers being added to the Suns' popular entertainment lineup -- allow the basketball...
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    Never mind that the current NBA season almost didn’t happen. Never mind that greed on the part of both players and owners caused a couple dozen games to be lopped off this...
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    Through all of the drama produced by the NBA’s lockout -- players bolting to play abroad, ultimatums issued by NBA commissioner David Stern, and all the criticisms levied against both...
  • Music: Show Preview
    One of the more curious entries in last year's Village Voice Pazz & Jop music critics' poll was a fan-made (not commercially released) compilation of early Bob Seger material titled Never...
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    From fishbowl-sized margaritas to salty shots chased with lime, tequila has a rep for getting the party started. But the agave-based liquor can also be a nuanced, complex and downright...
  • Music: Show Preview
    We hate to generalize about festival attendance, but oh, well: Hipsters have Coachella, hippies have Bonnaroo, metal fans have the Big 4, and indie kids have South by Southwest. But what...
  • Up on the Sun: Announcements
    The last time Roger Waters pulled a big marketing stunt, it made a lot of people really mad -- so I'm not at all surprised that the piggy bank that showed up yesterday at the New Times...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    Foo FightersUS Airways CenterOctober 16, 2011 Last night I got my face melted off by one of the greatest acts in present-day rock 'n' roll. Everything about the band's show, from the...
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    Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl is pretty much the epitome of a rock 'n' roll veteran. The dude doesn't coast despite having been in two of the biggest bands of the '90s. Wasting Light, the...
  • Up on the Sun: Lists
    The Westboro Baptist Church can suck it as far as the Foo Fighters are concerned. Yeah, the big, fat, homoerotic "it." When the inbred, bigoted "church" decided to protest the Foo Fighters...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    Sade and John Legend U.S. Airways Center Friday, September 2, 2011 REVIEW BY DAN GIBSON Sade (the woman, not the band) doesn't seem like she has to work very hard live. If there's ever an...
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    It seems pointless to define the music of Sade (either the female lead singer/songwriter or her group of the same name) as "sexy" at this point. "Sexy" is as Sade does. Sure, sexy will...
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    There's comfort in knowing exactly what you're going to get from a concert. People talk about the first Lollapalooza, when Nine Inch Nails stormed off the stage because the heat fried their...
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    Lil Wayne emerged from Rikers Island late last year. Now, owing to the terms of his probation, he must lay off drugs and liquor for three years or else return to prison. By all accounts,...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks make a pretty good pair for a lot of reasons. For one, both partied incredibly hard in their '70s heydays, when Stewart fronted The Faces, arguably the finest...
  • Music: Show Preview
    As much as she tries to out-weird herself, Lady Gaga can't exactly be called original. When the singer — most recently chastised for ripping off Madonna — comes through town for...
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    Saturday Night Live has just come back from a commercial break, and tonight's host, former longtime cast member Dana Carvey, smiles, looks into the camera and says, "Ladies and gentleman,...
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    Imagine for a moment that you are the more talented half of one of the most successful vocal duos in country music history, scoring a multitude of number one singles and winning a shitload...
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    Over the past decade, the model for the live music business has been turned upside down. Back in the day, a band would go on tour to increase the sales of its record. Now, bands often sell...
  • Music: Column
    Roger Waters began playing in the earliest incarnation of Pink Floyd right around the time he turned 20 years old. At the time, the music was an innovative reflection of youth culture. It...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Elton John has been a superstar for decades. His latest collaborator, Leon Russell, on the other hand, has been something of an obscurity for most of his 40-something-year career, which...
  • Music: Show Preview
    The music industry is notorious for taking even the best, most down-to-earth people and chewing them up. Even if one is fortunate enough to "make it," it's almost impossible to not become a...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Only a few days before British prog-rockers Muse are scheduled to headline the second night of Coachella, they'll make a stop in Phoenix to play the US Airways Center. The band is on tour in...
  • Music: Feature
    George Strait is underrated. Perhaps that statement sounds ridiculous: Strait has 34 albums that have sold over a million copies each, seemingly countless hit songs, and a string of...
  • Music: Columns
    From a historian's perspective, it's probably impossible to pinpoint the exact year humanity — or at least the rich, Western portion of it  — peaked. There are thousands of...

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