Music By Turner: Time for another look at music road trips

Metallica, with James Hetfield (left) and Kirk Hammett, will play July 9 at SunTrust Park in Atlanta. AMY HARRIS/INVISION/ASSOCIATED PRESS

The summer of 2017 is shaping up quite nicely for concerts in the Atlanta area.

 

Here’s a quick sampling of some of the artists well-worth a road trip. Besides, the Braves are playing good baseball again so you should check out their incredible new home at SunTrust Park.

July 9: Metallica with Avenged Sevenfold: SunTrust Park, Atlanta

While on the subject of SunTrust Park, Metallica is celebrating their 36th year there with Avenged Sevenfold opening. A fine pairing of great rockers.

July 11: James Taylor: Infinite Energy Arena, Duluth

Truth in advertising: folks who attend James Taylor concerts know exactly what to expect and Taylor always delivers.

July 13: Paul McCartney: Infinite Energy Arena, Duluth

OK. There’s only two Beatles remaining, unless you count Pete Best. If you have never seen Macca in concert, do not miss this one as even the less expensive seats offer an experience that is impossible to describe.

July 23: Moody Blues: Chastain Park, Atlanta

I love it when classic rock artists perform one of their best albums in their entirety. This time around it’s the Moody Blues, who will tackle (ouch!) their unforgettable Days of Future Passed disc as well as their many classic hits.

Aug. 9: Stephen Stills and Judy Collins: Atlanta Symphony Hall

The two iconic folkies will play separate sets of hits and album tracks from their storied careers. Looks like Stills has gotten tired of Neil Young yet again.

Aug. 10: John Mayer: Lakewood Amphitheatre, Atlanta

Mayer is taking a vacation from The Dead and Company to play a few solo dates in support of his newie The Search for Everything. It’s difficult to fathom that his classic Grammy Award-winning song Your Body is a Wonderland is 14 years old!

Aug. 11-12: Ed Turner and Number 9: Imperial Theatre

OK, this is not in Atlanta but the band has sold out the Imperial Theatre over 20 times and there’s just a few seats left. Why wait? Imperialtheatre.com.

Aug. 16: Donald Fagen and the Nightflyers: Atlanta Symphony Hall

Wow! This is the first time since the original version of Steely Dan that Fagen has toured with only four other musicians. Dan-heads like me hope Fagen will dig into some of his fine solo work including tunes from The Nightly and Morph the Cat. Sure, there will be a lot of hustling to cover those songs without a horn section.

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