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Future Shock: Stone Temple Pilots, Neil Diamond, Rusted Root, and more

By Niki D’Andrea

This week was a like a rock-revival for concert announcements -- acts that haven’t toured in forever are loading up the buses and making their way into the Valley. But as you’ll see, some newer, underground acts will be breaking in the stages here as well.

Stone Temple Pilots With Frank Black Tuesday, July 29, 8 p.m. Dodge Theatre $40.50-$59.50 (tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 10)

Stone Temple Pilots, one of the great grunge-era bands, has reunited for the first time in almost eight years. Singer Scott Weiland left his supergroup, Velvet Revolver, to reform his more successful band (depending on whom you ask, Weiland was either asked to leave by the other Velvet Revolver members because of struggles with subtance abuse, or Weiland left of his own volition because of “creative differences”). Either way, look for STP to blast out several songs from its impressive catalogue.

Random band fact: STP reunited after Weiland’s wife, Mary Forsberg, called the DeLeo brothers (Dean DeLeo and Robert DeLeo, guitar and bass, respectively) and invited them to play at a private beach party.

Below: The video for STP’s 1992 breakout single, “Sex Type Thing”:


Singer With Frog Eyes Monday, June 9, 8:30 p.m. Modified Arts $8 (

This Chicago four-piece plays progressive psychedelic music, laden with feedback, enchanting harmonies, and droning jazz. They’re touring in support of their new record, The UNHISTORIES, out now on Drag City.

Random band fact: Singer guitarist Todd Rittmann and drummer Adam Vida were also in the band U.S. Maple.

Below: An artsy photo of Singer, since they’re so “indie” they don’t have any videos on YouTube yet:

Neil Diamond Friday, October 10, 8 p.m. Arena $49.80-$114.80 (tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, May 5)

Now that Tina Turner has retired, Neil Diamond may very well be the last truly “great” show on Earth. Generation X-ers may laugh at the kitsch of Diamond (after all, this is their parents’ music), but Diamond’s Hot August Night is still one of the best-selling live albums ever, and his songs -- “Sweet Caroline,” “Cherry, Cherry,” “I’m a Believer,” “Song Sung Blue,” “Play Me,” “Heartlight” -- are known and loved by people of all-ages, even if they won’t admit it.

Random band fact: Neil Diamond’s middle name is Leslie.

Below: Diamond performs “I Am I Said” live:


Elysia With A Girl A Gun A Ghost, Full Blown Chaos, and Shai Halud Saturday, August 9, 7:30 p.m. $12 (

Full Blown Chaos is the headliner for this show, but it’s impossible to overlook the talents of Elysia. While the name sounds like a single-moniker for some poppy tweener singer, Elysia is actually a hardcore quintet from Sacramento. Their latest album, Lion of Judas, is an audio onslaught filled with sludgy drums, vocal screechings, burly guitars, and song titles like “Malignancy” and “Massacre.”

Random band fact: The band’s original name was Elysium’s Revenge.

Below: Elysia performs “Incinerate” live:


Rusted Root With Pete Francis Saturday, July 12, 6:30 p.m. $24-$25 (

This Pittsburgh jam band has long been a shared favorite of Deadheads everywhere, as the band’s music incorporates World music percussion and touches of bluegrass, but leaves room for improvisation. After 18 years and only seven full-length albums, Rusted Root’s come to rely on its live shows as the best representation of their music.

Random band fact: Rusted Roots has contributed tracks for several movies, including Twister and Home for the Holidays.

Below: A link to the music video for Rusted Root’s “Send Me on My Way”:

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Niki D'Andrea has covered subjects including drug culture, women's basketball, pirate radio stations, Scottsdale staycations, and fine wine. She has worked at both New Times and Phoenix Magazine, and is now a freelancer.
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