Our weekly concert announcements are always a bit of a "Wait, those guys are still alive and playing music" shock, but I've never been quite as blindsided as I was seeing Tears For Fears slated to place Tempe Marketplace in July.
Yes, Tears for Fears. They're still around. In fact, the British they never totally went on hiatus. I can't say for sure, but I suspect their current tour may have something to do with cashing in on Adam Lambert's showstopping version of "Mad World" on American Idol.
What other bands are still around, planning to play through Phoenix's summer heat? Read on.
Blue October: With Switchfoot, & Longwave, Saturday, Aug. 8, 6:30 p.m., $35. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, 480-829-0607.
Boyce Avenue: With Hana Pestle, Monday, July 13, 8 p.m., $10-$12. Martini Ranch & Shaker Room, 7295 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale, 480-970-0500.
The Dirty Heads: Saturday, June 27, 6:30 p.m., $12. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, 480-829-0607.
Hollywood Undead: With Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Mest, & The Sleeping, Friday, July 31, 6:30 p.m., $23-$25. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, 480-829-0607.
KMFDM: With Angel Spit, Monday, Oct. 19, 6:30 p.m., $25-$30. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, 480-829-0607.
Lyle Lovett and His Large Band: Thursday, Aug. 13, 7:30 p.m., $52-$58.50. Dodge Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, 602-379-2800.
Polo Polo: Sunday, June 21, 7 p.m., $48-$68. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, 602-267-1600.
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Ratt, & Extreme: Thursday, July 16, 6:30 p.m., $32. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, 480-829-0607.
Asher Roth, & Kid Cudi: Monday, July 27, 6:30 p.m., $32. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, 480-829-0607.
Rx Bandits, & Dredg: With Good Old War, Friday, July 10, 6:30 p.m., $16. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, 480-829-0607.
Tears for Fears: With Wainwright, Tuesday, July 21, 8 p.m. District Stage at Tempe Marketplace, 2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, 602-553-2663.