10 Best Metal Shows in Metro Phoenix in August

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August is filled to the brim with heavy metal shows around Metro Phoenix, thanks to concerts and gigs by locals and major international legends. So check out the 10 best metal and hard rock concerts happening at venues around the Valley next month.

Slash and Myles Kennedy - Friday, August 1 - Talking Stick Resort

Anyone who calls themselves a fan of heavy metal needs to see Slash shred live at least once in their lives. Most probably saw him back in late-'80s/early-'90s with Guns N' Roses, or in the mid-to-late-2000s with Velvet Revolver. But his current solo kick, with his 2010 self-titled, rock star-loaded album, and 2012's Apocalyptic Love, recorded with Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge), Brent Fitz and Todd Kerns, is a solid rock 'n' roll effort as well. After all, Slash has been included on "greatest guitarists" and "best guitar solos" lists by publications such as Time, Rolling Stone, Guitar World and Esquire, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Guns N' Roses, and in 2010 the West Hollywood mayor even declared August 26 "Slash Day." I saw Slash performing with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators at Rock on the Range in 2012, and onstage the group has an amazing chemistry.

Deep Purple - August 4 - Talking Stick

Even though Deep Purple's music has consistently evolved since the 1970s, the band is still known as one of the pioneers of heavy metal, alongside acts like Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. Granted, with the countless lineup changes over the years, some purists may scoff at seeing the band live today with only one original member (Ian Paice). Side note: I wish I could've seen Ritchie Blackmore as one of the first shredders, with those bold blues licks and classical interpretations. But 100 million albums sold worldwide is a testament to the talent, and the band's most recent album, 2013's Now What?!, features some fantastic content, including two tracks dedicated to one of the band's founding members (and incredible keyboardist) Jon Lord, who died in 2012.

Upcoming Events

Vices to the Grave, Sanitation Squad, Skull Drug - Friday, August 15 - Rogue Bar

This show is all about the best of both worlds: the fusion of punk and metal. Vices to the Grave is all about the punk with four members that all contribute to vocals. Sanitation Squad is influenced by an array of styles, from the Dead Kennedys to Iced Earth, to create their own style: technical metal meets rock and roll, edged with the sharp attitude of punk. SkullDrug blends thrash metal with classic '80s punk, with a peppering of funk, country and blues. Contradiktion and Guilt Society round out the bill.

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