By: Benjamin Leatherman After an extended leave of absence, Future Shock returns to give y’all the lowdown on some of the biggest “just announced” concerts coming to the Valley. Speaking of comebacks, yo, a few of the biggest and most influential musicians in the world are gonna be making a return to P-Town’s stages in the coming months. Plus, we just got word that a pair of much-lauded tunesters who just took home some Oscar gold are also headed our way.
Here are all the deets:
The Cure With opening act 65daysofstatic Wednesday, June 4, at 7 p.m. Dodge Theatre in Phoenix Tickets are $37 to $57 (on sale Friday, visit www.livenation.com)
It’s been a few years since Robert Smith rocked our world, so we’re pretty jazzed that the mopey maestro and his crew are visiting the Dodge in support of their currently-untitled 13th album, which drops in May. Better get your tickets now, as the show is likely to sell out.
Random fact: The Cure formed in 1973 and was originally known as The Obelisk.
Read on for more SHOCK.
Robert Plant, and Alison Krauss Tuesday, July 1, at 7:30 p.m. Dodge Theatre in Phoenix Tickets are $42 to $122 (on sale now, visit www.ticketmaster.com)
Here’s another show that’s sure to be a sell-out, as local music fans are likely hyped up at the chance to hear the former Led Zeppelin frontman in partnership with bluegrass maven Alison Krauss. The pair will let loose with their recent collaborative effort of homespun and blues-infused folk tunes, as heard on last year’s blockbuster CD Raising Sand, which got major love from the critics and music journos.
Random fact: The legendary T-Bone Burnett (of O Brother, Where Art Thou? fame) performs as backing musician for Plant and Krauss on both Raising Sand and during their concerts.
The Police with Elvis Costello and the Imposters Saturday, May 24, at 8 p.m. Cricket Wireless Pavilion in Phoenix Tickets ate $40 to $225 (on sale now, visit www.livenation.com)
While it’s cool to see the Police again (we took out a small loan to purchase tickets to their show last spring at the U.S. Airways Center), but we’re especially looking forward to watching Elvis Costello do his thing. We’re hoping the dude gets at least a 90-minute set, ‘cause there’s no way we’re leaving until we hear “Radio Radio,” “Allison,” and “Clubland,” among other hits.
Random fact: Costello was born August 25, 1954, in London.
The Swell Season Wednesday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix, Phoenix, 602-534-5600. Tickets are $30 (on sale now, visit www.statesidepresents.com)
Speaking of musicians who hail from the Europe, the critically-lauded pair of Irish vocalist/guitarist Glen Hansard and Czech pianist/singer Markéta Irglová kinda rocked the music world last year with their stunning musical efforts as depicted in the indie film Once. Just this past week, the duo took home the Academy Award for best song, and have announced a visit to the Orpheum Theatre in April, where they’ll perform songs from the film.
Random fact: Hansard is the frontman for Irish rock group The Frames.
Rumor has it: According to Pollstar, country superstar Toby Keith will perform at Cricket Wireless Pavilion on Thursday, July 10. The show hasn’t been confirmed yet, so take it with a grain of salt. Keep tuned to Future Shock for further details.
OTHER JUST ANNOUNCED SHOWS:
Atmosphere With opening acts Abstract Rude, and DJ Rare Groove Monday, May 5, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 (on sale TBA, visit www.luckymanonline.com)
Baby Bash, and Pitbull With opening acts Colorblind, and Play N Skillz Thursday, April 10, at 6:30 p.m. Marquee Theatre in Tempe Tickets are $27 to $32 (on sale now, visit www.luckymanonline.com)
The Cave Singers Saturday, May 17, at 8:30 p.m. Modified Arts in Phoenix Tickets are $10 (on sale TBA, visit www.statesidepresents.com)
Cinematic Sunrise With openers Daphne Loves Derby, My American Heart, and more Tuesday, May 27, at 6 p.m. Clubhouse Music Venue in Tempe Tickets are $13 pre-sale, $15 at the door (on sale TBA, visit www.luckymanonline.com)
Billy Currington Friday, May 16, at 7 p.m. Venue of Scottsdale in Scottsdale Tickets are $25 (on sale now, visit www.ticketmaster.com)
Dillinger Escape Plan With supporting acts The Bled, and Heavy Heavy Low Low Monday, April 14, at 7 p.m. The Brickhouse in Phoenix Tickets are $15 (on sale TBA, visit www.luckymanonline.com)
Fall of Troy With openers The Dear Hunter, Foxy Shazam, and Tera Melos Monday, May 19, at 7 p.m. Clubhouse Music Venue in Tempe Tickets are $12 (on sale TBA, visit www.luckymanonline.com)
Vicente Fernández Friday, July 11, at 8 p.m., U.S Airways Center in Phoenix Tickets are $50 to $120 (on sale now, visit www.ticketmaster.com)
Jackyl With opening acts Jack Ripper, and Hogjaw Friday, May 9, at 7 p.m. The Brickhouse in Phoenix Tickets are $18 pre-sale, $20 at the door (on sale TBA, visit www.luckymanonline.com)
Louis XIV With openers What Made Milwaukee Famous, and Carolina Liar Saturday, April 5, at 7 p.m. The Brickhouse in Phoenix Tickets are $15 (on sale TBA, visit www.luckymanonline.com)
Mindless Self Indulgence With support from The Birthday Massacre Wednesday, May 21, at 6:30 p.m. Marquee Theatre in Tempe Tickets are $20 to $25 (on sale TBA, visit www.luckymanonline.com)
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The Phenomenauts Tuesday, May 20, at 7 p.m. The Brickhouse in Phoenix Tickets are $15 (on sale TBA, visit www.luckymanonline.com)
The Queers With openers Lemuria, Bomb the Music Industry, Andrew Jackson Jihad, and Kepi Ghoulie Tuesday, June 10, at 6 p.m. The Brickhouse in Phoenix Tickets are $10 pre-sale, $12 at the door (on sale now, visit www.luckymanonline.com)
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin Friday, May 9, at 8:30 p.m. Modified Arts in Phoenix Tickets are $9 pre-sale, $10 at the door (on sale TBA, visit www.statesidepresents.com)
Streetlight Manifesto With opening acts Zox, and Dan Potthast Sunday, April 6, at 6:30 p.m. Marquee Theatre in Tempe Tickets are $15 (on sale TBA, visit www.luckymanonline.com)