KISS, The Crüe, The Tour, ‘Nuff Said

It is written in the texts of the ancients, that in the year 2012, two Titans will rise.  One Titan shall be formed in the East of thunder and the blackest diamond.  The other will be birthed from decadence in the City of Angels.  During the hotter than hell days on this continent, these Titans of Rock will unite their forces and ravage the land.  For over forty nights these Titans will call upon the Creatures of the Night and the Children of the Beast to bear witness to their power.  The earth will shake with their metallic clamour and thunderous noise.  Blood will most certainly be spilled.  Those witnesses that survive will tell their tales to their children, who will then pass those stories on to their children.  For years scholars will write their tomes describing this cataclysmic event.  Those scholars will simply call it “The Tour: KISS and Mötley Crüe.”

I challenged myself to come up with a list of ten bands that have the history and the stones to get away with simply naming their tour: The Tour.  I didn’t get five.  For those of us that have no interest in summer festivals populated with hipsters, or a show featuring a newly minted and packaged pop act, isn’t this tour with KISS and Mötley Crüe the concert of summer?  You take almost 200 million combined in album sales, each band’s longevity, along with their dedication to put out the best live show possible, and you have not just a concert but “the” concert.  For those of us in the Columbus area, our two opportunities to bear witness is August 31st  when they play Riverbend in Cincinnati, and September 12th when they blow out the Blossom Music Center in Cleveland.  The quick jaunt to either city would be worth it to see one of these bands live.

I was lucky enough to review Mötley Crüe’s show last year, and one of the images that still sticks out is a teenager clutching a concert program wearing a Mötley Crüe T-shirt and Ace Frehley, Destroyer era, boots.  I hope she can score a ticket.  This tour seems tailor made for her, and the rest of us that are beholden to rock and roll.

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DATE               CITY                                        VENUE

Jul 20               Bristow, VA                             Jiffy Lube Live
Jul 21               Virginia Beach, VA                Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
Jul 22               Raleigh, NC                              Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek
Jul 24               Atlanta, GA                              Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Jul 25               Charlotte, NC                          Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Jul 27               West Palm Beach, FL           Cruzan Amphitheater
Jul 28               Tampa, FL                               1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre
Jul 31               Pelham, AL                              Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
Aug 3                Houston, TX                           Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Aug 4                Dallas, TX                                Gexa Energy Pavillion
Aug 7               Albuquerque, NM                 Hard Rock Casino Presents The Pavilion
Aug 8               Englewood, CO                       Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
Aug 10           Phoenix, AZ                              Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion
Aug 11            Las Vegas, NV                         Mandalay Bay Arts Center
Aug 12            Chula Vista, CA                      Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
Aug 14            Irvine, CA                                Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Aug 16            Concord, CA                            Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord
Aug 18            Auburn, WA                            White River Amphitheatre
Aug 19            Ridgefield, WA                        Sleep Country Amphitheater
Aug 24            Grand Junction, CO              Rock Jam
Aug 26            Tulsa, OK                                   BOK Center (on-sale 3/30)
Aug 27            Maryland Heights, MO       Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Aug 29            Minneapolis, MN                   Minnesota State Fair (on-sale 3/31)
Aug 31            Cincinnati, OH                         Riverbend Music Center
Sep 1               Noblesville, IN                        Klipsch Music Center
Sep 2               Pittsburgh, PA                         First Niagara Pavilion
Sep 4               Nashville, TN                           Bridgestone Arena
Sep 5               Clarkston, MI                           DTE Energy Music Theatre
Sep 7               Tinley Park, IL                        First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Sep 8               East Troy, WI                           Alpine Valley Music Theatre
Sep 11             Allegan, MI                               Allegan County Fair (on-sale 5/5)
Sep 12             Cleveland, OH                         Blossom Music Center
Sep 13             Toronto, ON                             Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Sep 15             Darien Center, NY                 Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Sep 16             Mansfield, MA                         Comcast Center
Sep 18             Scranton, PA                           Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
Sep 19             Camden, NJ                             Susquehanna Bank Center
Sep 21             Holmdel, NJ                             PNC Bank Arts Center
Sep 22             Wantagh, NY                           Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Sep 23             Hartford, CT                            Comcast Theatre

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