Phoenix is the perfect mix of big city, suburban spread and gorgeous untouched desert. Being the 6th largest city in the nation, spanning over 70 square miles, it has so much to offer in terms of things to do and musical guests. This fall is not going to disappoint when it comes to the music scene. There are some absolutely phenomenal shows coming to town that you don’t want to miss. Check out this star-studded calendar and plan to rock out in Phoenix this fall!
Florence + the Machine
This tour is in support of the U.K. rockers’ first chart-topping album in the States, “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful,” which has already sent one song, “What Kind of Man,” to No. 1 on the Billboard adult-alternative charts. Led by the powerful voice of Florence Welch, they made their U.S. chart debut in 2008 with the double-platinum breakthrough hit “Dog Days Are Over.” Other hits include the platinum “Cosmic Love” and double-platinum “Shake it Out.”
Details: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix. $26-$80.50. 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.
Twenty One Pilots
The Columbus, Ohio-based rockers bring a handful of rock and alternative-radio singles to the table, including “Holding On to You,” “House of Gold” and three songs from their latest record, “Fairly Local,” “Tear in My Heart” and “Stressed Out.” The tour is in support of “Blurryface,” their fourth studio effort, which hit the charts at No. 1 in May.
Details: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $29. 602-379-2888, livenation.com.
Best known in the U.S. for the singles “Breezeblocks,” “Tessellate,” “Left Hand Free” and “Every Other Freckle,” these British indie-rockers earned a Grammy nod for last year’s model, “This Is All Yours,” which made year-end best-of lists at Rolling Stone, Time and NPR. Spotify also named them last year’s breakout artist of the year.
Details: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $35-$42.50. 602-379-2888, livenation.com.
The man is playing six shows in two weekends. That’s how popular the country star remains after taking a 14-year hiatus from the music business. These shows are the singer’s first Valley performances in 19 years. And demand is so high that tickets went on sale at 10 a.m. and in less than two hours, he’d already broken his previous Phoenix record, set in 1996, when he sold 53,248 tickets at America West Arena.
Details: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, and Saturday, Oct. 17; 7 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, and Saturday, Oct. 24. Talking Stick Resort Arena (formerly US Airways Center), 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. $63.98. 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.
He was huge in the ’80s, fronting Poison on a string of giant hits, from glam-punk classic “Talk Dirty to Me” and “Nothin’ But a Good Time” to the chart-topping power ballad, “Every Rose Has Its Thorn.” More recently, Michaels emerged as a force to be reckoned with on reality television, winning “The Celebrity Apprentice 3” in 2010 and starring in two series of his own on VH1 while living in the Valley. His latest solo album is “Jammin’ with Friends,” a star-studded effort that more than lives up to its title, from Loretta Lynn to Miley Cyrus.
Details: 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17. Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 19th Avenue and McDowell Road, Phoenix. General admission is free with Arizona State Fair admission. 602-252-6771, azstatefair.com.
For listeners of a certain age and hipness quotient, Meat Loaf’s greatest hits should be the comfort food his name implies — from such early pop classics as “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad” and “You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth” to the chart-topping comeback anthem, “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That).” And he hasn’t released a new studio effort since “Hell in a Handbasket” dropped in 2012, which means he should be going with a greatest-hits approach.
Details: 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18. Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 19th Avenue and McDowell Road, Phoenix. General admission is free with Arizona State Fair admission. 602-252-6771, azstatefair.com.
Jackson’s hits include “What Have You Done for Me Lately?,” “Nasty,” “Miss You Much,” “That’s the Way Love Goes,” “Again” and “I Want You.” She’s topped the Billboard album charts with six releases, including the six-times-platinum efforts “Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814” and “janet.” She’s also won six Grammys, two Emmys, a Golden Globe Award, an Oscar nomination and dozens of American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, BET Awards and Billboard Music Awards.
Details: 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $45-$125. 602-379-2888, livenation.com.
My Morning Jacket
Their love affair with reverb took the blogosphere by storm in 1999 with “The Tennessee Fire,” an acclaimed debut on which they underscored the melancholy nature of Jim James’ upper register by recording many of his vocals in an empty silo. Their sound at the time was alternative-country as Flaming Lips would probably have done it. But they’ve managed to evolve with each new effort, trying new approaches as they move from strength to strength. “The Waterfall,” released in May, has pulled in raves from a variety of outlets, from the New York Times to Q and Pitchfork. And James’ voice remains an instrument of haunted majesty.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $46. 602-379-2888, livenation.com.
All Time Low
Taking their name from a song by fellow Warped Tour veterans New Found Glory, these Baltimore pop-punk veterans first got together as high-school kids covering Blink-182. Their breakthrough single, “Dear Maria, Count Me In,” was recently certified platinum, and they’re touring in support of “Future Hearts,” an ambitious new album that finds them expanding the scope of their sound while scoring guest appearances by pop-punk icons Mark Hoppus of Blink-182 and Joel Madden of Good Riddance.
Details: 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20. Mesa Amphitheater, 263 N. Center St. $32; $29.99 in advance. 480-644-2560, mesaamp.com.
This Australian rocker had a minor pop hit in the early ’70s with a single called “Speak to the Sky.” But Springfield’s proper mainstream breakthrough came a decade later when he topped the charts with “Jessie’s Girl” and followed through with Sammy Hagar’s “I’ve Done Everything for You.” Other hits include “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” “Affair of the Heart” and “Human Touch.”
Details: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21. Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 19th Avenue and McDowell Road, Phoenix. General admission is free with Arizona State Fair admission. 602-252-6771, azstatefair.com.
Mesa Meltdown Day 1
Shinedown’s biggest hits include mainstream-rock chart-toppers “Save Me,” “Devour,” “Second Chance,” “Sound of Madness,” “The Crow & the Butterfly,” “Diamond Eyes (Boom-lay, Boom-lay, Boom),” “Bully,” “Unity” and “Cut the Cord.” They’re joined by co-headliners Breaking Benjamin, whose hits include mainstream-rock chart-topper “Breath,” “I Will Not Bow” and “Failure,” and Nothingmore.
Details: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21. Mesa Amphitheater, 263 N. Center St. $45-$50. 480-644-2560, mesaamp.com.
Mesa Meltdown Day 2
British rockers Bring Me the Horizon are best known in the States for rock-radio hits “Sleepwalking,” “Go to Hell, For Heaven’s Sake,” “Drown” and “Throne.” They’re joined on Day 2 of this KUPD-FM festival by by Issues and Pvris.
Details: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22. Mesa Amphitheater, 263 N. Center St. $30-$40. 480-644-2560, mesaamp.com.
Taylor Swift may sell more records in the new millennium, but Madge remains the biggest-selling female artist ever and the highest-rated solo artist on the Billboard Hot 100 all-time top artists countdown, second only to the Beatles overall. She’s won a Golden Globe Award for acting (despite not being very good at it) and been inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (which outraged rock purists to no end even though she clearly earned her spot). The Rebel Hearts Tour takes its name from Madonna’s new album, to which the New York Times responded with, “They won’t experience the celebrity of Madonna the fashion statement but the Madonna who has kept us listening for decades: Madonna the musician.”Madonna
Details: 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22. Gila River Arena, Loop 101 and Glendale Avenue, Glendale. $50-$355. 623-772-3200, ticketmaster.com.
This nine-time Grammy winner hit the mainstream hard with a seven-times-platinum debut titled “Tuesday Night Music Club,” which spawned two Top 5 pop hits, “All I Wanna Do” and “Strong Enough.” Subsequent hits included “If It Makes You Happy,” “Everyday is a Winding Road,” “My Favorite Mistake” and “Soak Up the Sun.”
Details: 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22. Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 19th Avenue and McDowell Road, Phoenix. General admission is free with Arizona State Fair admission. 602-252-6771, azstatefair.com.
He’s topped the country charts with four singles since hitting his stride in the early 2000s — “Man to Man,” “Tough Little Boys,” “Nothing On But the Radio” and the platinum “Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain),” which hit the top in 2013. He hasn’t had much luck with hits since then, despite releasing songs with names that should sound right at home at country radio (“It Ain’t the Whiskey” and “Hangover Tonight”).
Details: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23. Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 19th Avenue and McDowell Road, Phoenix. General admission is free with Arizona State Fair admission. 602-252-6771, azstatefair.com.
Arizona Jazz Festival
As usual, the main attractions don’t have anything to do with jazz, from Erykah Badu and Common to Anthony Hamilton, the Roots, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Toni Braxton, Maxwell, Kem and Blackstreet. But for anyone who’s even slightly into modern soul and R&B, that lineup is pretty amazing. Also playing: Keith Sweat, Jodeci, Eric Roberson, Ledisi, Mint Condition, Peter White, Euge Groove and Rick Braun.
Details: Friday, Oct. 23-Sunday, Oct. 25. Rawhide Event Center, 5700 W. N. Loop Road, Chandler. Three-day passes — $50-$1,175; single-day tickets — $50-$375. 602-244-8444, arizonajazzfestival.com.
Best Coast will top the bill at ALT AZ 93.3’s Now Music Festival, which also brings the Maine, Atlas Genius, New Politics, MS MR, Saint Motel and Bully to Mesa. Few performers have captured the bittersweet charm of ’60s girl-group music more effectively than Best Coast singer Bethany Cosentino, whether pining for the friend who’s dating someone “prettier and skinnier” in “Boyfriend” or settling for sex without commitment from the friend with benefits in the aching “Our Deal.” Those songs are both on their first album, “Crazy For You,” but 2012’s “The Only Place” and especially this year’s “California Nights” are just as good, some songs expanding the scope of their sound while others go straight for that first-album sweet spot.
Details: 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24. Mesa Amphitheater, 263 N. Center St. $25-$40. 480-644-2560, mesaamp.com.
The teen sensation hit the charts at No. 5 last year with “The Secret,” his first full-length effort, which spawned his biggest hit to date, “Mmm Yeah” (featuring Pitbull). And that’s after being named MTV’s Artist to Watch at the 2013 VMAs and breakout star at the same year’s Radio Disney Music Awards.
Details: 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24. Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 19th Avenue and McDowell Road, Phoenix. General admission is free with Arizona State Fair admission. 602-252-6771, azstatefair.com.
Jack & Jack
These pop-rap Viners took a song called “Wild Life” all the way to No. 2 at iTunes (although it should be noted that the single only got to No. 87 on the Billboard Hot 100). They’ve since followed through with a four-song EP, “Calibraska,” which hit the charts at No. 12.
Details: 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25. Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 19th Avenue and McDowell Road, Phoenix. General admission is free with Arizona State Fair admission. 602-252-6771, azstatefair.com.
This Rock and Roll Hall of Famer launched his career with a Top 10 breakthrough hit, “Doctor My Eyes,” in the early ’70s, following through with such Top 40 singles as “Running on Empty,” his cover of “Stay” (a doo-wop hit for Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs), “Boulevard,” “Somebody’s Baby” and “Lawyers in Love.” And he’s still adding songs to the set list, touring an acclaimed new album, “Standing in the Breach.”
Details: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28. Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 19th Avenue and McDowell Road, Phoenix. General admission is free with Arizona State Fair admission. 602-252-6771, azstatefair.com.
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