Top Five Must-See Phoenix Shows This Week

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His Name Is Alive
Not Prince.
Normally we showcase five interesting shows in Phoenix each week in this space. This week, Prince is playing four shows. It is, therefore, with the public interest in mind that we condense all four of those shows down to one White-Dwarf-dense ball of concert-recommendation.

That and more after the jump:


Prince - Marquee Theatre - April 30, May 1

Pop music is obsessed with youth, but it's also obsessed with itself. Result: An endless procession of youthful musicians from pop golden ages who are rapidly becoming capital-h Historic figures. The MTV era's counterculture heroes are now culture heroes.

Bruce Springsteen is an institution. Madonna is an icon. Prince is the kind of guy you have to see when he comes through Phoenix -- not because you love Prince, but because you'll want to have seen Prince. So why will you want to have seen Prince?

One reason: People operate under the assumption that seeing Prince is important. An implicit reason for seeing him is that you will want to tell your grandchildren, let alone your friends, about the time you saw Prince at an intimate concert at the Marquee.

This one has also been in effect for as long as Prince has been famous -- unlike some other acts of his caliber, though, the impression has only gotten stronger over time that you Need to See Prince. Where his contemporaries have slouched toward nostalgia-act-dom, he's remained someone vital, someone you go out of your way to watch. -- Dan Moore

Location Info


Marquee Theatre

730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

Crescent Ballroom

308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Martini Ranch - CLOSED

7295 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

Comerica Theatre

400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Pub Rock

8005 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

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Frankie O'Neil
Frankie O'Neil

So damn close! You broke my little red Corvette heart, New Times :'(


Who can afford to see Prince?  Unfortunately, he's playing for the uber-rich.  Saw him 27 years ago in Cincinnati, and 8 years ago in Chicago but this tour is too pricey for my checkbook.

Allison Ginter Woodworth
Allison Ginter Woodworth

Just saw on the Marquee FB that they have cancelled the late shows? Wondering how this will affect the people that have won tickets?

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