2013 is shaping up to be one of the busiest years yet in the music biz. Yes, sales of CDs are down in most genres, which means that artists must hit the road hard and heavy … and they are! Remember, concert revenues are, for most musicians, their No. 1 source of revenue.
Let’s take a look at just a handful of the shows coming to the Atlanta area through June. It’s gonna be hard to choose which ones to see as there’s something to suit everyone’s tastes.
MAY 17 AND 18: ALABAMA, Fox Theatre. The band is celebrating their 40th anniversary with the “Back to the Bowery” Reunion Tour. Did you ever see them during their early Myrtle Beach days?
MAY 18: LOS LOBOS AND LOS LONELY BOYS, Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheatre. What the “L?,” indeed. Two sensational bands in a perfect matchup of styles and attitudes.
MAY 24 & 25: MICHAEL FEINSTEIN, Atlanta Symphony Hall. The Great American Songbook onstage. As for Feinstein, Broadway is the only way. Gershwin and Berlin would be proud.
MAY 30: DARYL HALL AND JOHN OATES, Chastain Park Amphitheater. The duo was terrific in Columbia earlier this year. Ninety minutes of hits, and no, they can’t play them all!
MAY 31: JAMES MCCARTNEY, Eddie’s Attic. Gee, Paul’s talented son is coming to Atlanta. No, he won’t do any Wings medleys.
MAY 31: TONY BENNETT, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park. Tony’s a spry 86 and remains a true artist in every sense of the word. An American treasure whose phrasing is still impeccable.
JUNE 8: BEN FOLDS, Chastain Park. Billed as a solo show from one of my fave piano players. He’s also touring with the “Five” later this summer.
JUNE 10: FLEETWOOD MAC, Philips Arena. Lindsey, Stevie, Mick, and John trot out the hits yet again. The last tour four years ago was magical, and Buckingham and Nicks’ voices are intact.
JUNE 10: STING, Chastain Park. Faves from The Police as well as from his stellar solo career in a very friendly wine-and-candle setting.
JUNE 20: HEART AND THE JASON BONHAM EXPERIENCE: Chastain Park. Oh, the humanity! The newest members of the Rock Hall of Fame along with Bonham’s band doing choice and chunky Led Zeppelin covers.
JUNE 21: HANK WILLIAMS JR. AND GREG ALLMAN, Chastain Park. No angels here! Sounds like a rowdy evening in the Big A. Who’s bringing the tequila?
JUNE 29: BOB DYLAN, WILCO, AND MY MORNING JACKET, Lakewood Amphitheatre. Another perfect evening featuring three magnificent talents. Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and MMJ’s Jim James would probably do this tour for free if their managers would let them!