Top 5 Concerts to See in Phoenix This Weekend, 5/30-6/1
There are two words sum up the greatest concert going on this weekend in Phoenix.
They are "Billy" and "Joel."
But if you can't score a ticket or just can't afford one, there are still plenty of other options this weekend, from noise-punk (Perfect Pussy) to stoner rock (Fu Manchu) to weird-ass nerd metal (NERDZERKER). And if all those just seem terrible to you, check out our comprehensive concert listings for more options.
Though nowadays they sport hairdos much shorter and significantly less teased than when they rose to fame in their respective bands back in the '80s, the members of this rock 'n' roll supergroup obviously remain committed to delivering big, guitar-driven, drum solo-y arena rock tunes that pay as much tribute to Soundgarden's Badmotorfinger as they do to Led Zeppelin. Lead singer/guitarist Richie Kotzen is definitely channeling Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell when he belts out tunes like "Elevate" on the band's self-titled release from 2013. Kotzen spent a couple of years in glam-rock act Poison, until he reportedly borrowed drummer Rikki Rockett's fiancée without asking. He went on to spend some time with the still-active Mr. Big, though he no longer is in that band, either. Winery Dogs bassist Billy Sheehan has been rocking with Mr. Big since its inception in 1988 after leaving his spot in David Lee Roth's backing band. And Dogs drummer Mike Portnoy co-founded prog-metal act Dream Theater. This current union seems to be a good fit, Kotzen recently told Houston Press: "What has made it work so well is that we had a very relaxed attitude when we met." Expect anything but a relaxed live show, though. This should be a head-banging affair. --Amy Young
Rodney Carrington takes blue collar comedy and adds a cowboy hat and a thick Southern drawl to create his uniquely "hick-and-proud" comedy and country music routine. For those who aren't familiar with the boyish-faced standup star (and failed to catch Rodney, his sitcom that ran for two years), he's equal parts country music singer and headlining comedian. Past comedy albums like Morning Wood (featuring the weirdly successful "A Letter to me Penis") and Nut Sack nabbed spots on Country charts--but don't let the blue-humor juvenile titles put you off. Rodney Carrington cracks jokes about his upbringing, his cancelled sitcom, and his family life with an amiable humility. Sure, there's a dick joke or two, but not enough to avoid selling out the Grove tonight. Get your tickets while they last. --Erin DeWitt