Things are about to get real religious up in here, thanks to a just announced Amy Grant show this coming February.
Other artists may have released their own successful Christmas albums in the past, but Grant's 1992 yuletide juggernaut Home For Christmas resides in the upper echelon of holiday albums -- right there with Mariah Carey's Merry Christmas and Hanson's Snowed In.
Oddly enough, neither Grant, Carey nor the Hanson boys hold an Advent wreath candle to Kenny G's Miracles: The Christmas Album, which is the biggest selling Christmas album of all time -- by over 2 million copies.
That means Kenny G's Christmas album has sold well over 7 million copies -- happy birthday Jesus, hope you like crap!
I digress -- perhaps you consider Mariah Carey's Merry Christmas to be the greatest Christmas album, and that's hard to argue, what with "All I Want For Christmas Is You" being one of the best Christmas songs ever recorded (yeah, I said it). Amy Grant's Home For Christmas has to right there, too, at least in your mother's eyes. Besides, she's the only one recording Christmas music that actually gives a shit about the religious aspect of the holiday. You win, Amy Grant -- you win.
Joining Grant with just announced shows of their own are Little Dragon, No Age, Wild Nothing, Tennis and The Moody Blues.
The rest of this week's not-so-merry just announced shows:
Asobi Seksu: With Braids, Sunday, March 13, 8 p.m., $10-$12. Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, 602-265-4842.
Jackson Browne: Friday, March 4, 8 p.m., $51.50-$90.75. Comerica Theatre (formerly Dodge Theatre), 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, 602-379-2800.
Miranda Cosgrove: With Greyson Chance, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 5:30 p.m., $32.50. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, 480-829-0607.
Amy Grant & Michael W. Smith: Saturday, Feb. 5, 7:30 p.m., $35-$70. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, 602-267-1600.
The Handsome Family: Sunday, Jan. 30, 8 p.m., $10-$12. Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, 602-265-4842.
Linkin Park: Monday, Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m., $39.50-$69.50. US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, 602-379-2000.
Little Dragon: With Billygoat, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 8:30 p.m., $14-$15. Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, 602-265-4842.
Madball: With Comeback Kid, Cancer Bats, Cruel Hand, & more, Tuesday, Jan. 18, 7 p.m., $15. Nile Theater, 105 W. Main St., Mesa, 480-559-5859.
The Moody Blues: Thursday, May 12, 7:30 p.m., $45-$100. Comerica Theatre (formerly Dodge Theatre), 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, 602-379-2800.
The Music of Led Zeppelin: With The Windborne Symphony, Saturday, Feb. 19, 8 p.m., $35.25-$57.60. Comerica Theatre (formerly Dodge Theatre), 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, 602-379-2800.
Native: Tuesday, Feb. 1, 7 p.m., $10. theUnderground, 105 W. Main St., Mesa, 480-559-5859.
No Age: Sunday, Jan. 30, 8 p.m., $10. Trunk Space, 1506 Grand Ave., Phoenix, 602-256-6006.
Sound Tribe Sector 9: Saturday, Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m., $20-$25. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, 480-829-0607.
Symphony X: Monday, May 9, 6:30 p.m., $23-$25. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, 480-829-0607.
Tennis: Tuesday, Feb. 8, 8 p.m., $10-$12. Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, 602-265-4842.
Wild Nothing: With Abe Vigoda, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 8 p.m., $12. Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, 602-265-4842.
Keller Williams: Saturday, Jan. 29, 7:30 p.m., $20-$22. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, 480-829-0607.
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