After the glut of amazing shows in Seattle during the first half of November, our neighbor to the south has a couple guaranteed to rock your socks off and one show that, unfortunately, is canceled. Let’s start there.
How exciting was the announcement that Green Day would be making a tour stop in Kennewick? The show at the Toyota Center quickly sold out. Regional radio stations were getting contests ready for give-aways. And now, we’re sad to say, the Nov. 27 show, and all remaining tour dates this year, have been canceled.
Refunds for all 2012 shows are said to be available at point of purchase, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The shows were canceled due to frontman Billie Joe Armstrong’s entrance into rehab. The band is in the middle of heavy promotion for a trilogy of albums. The fist album, “¡Uno!,” was released in September and “¡Dos!” released on Nov. 9. The final installment, “¡Tres!,” was scheduled for release Jan. 15, but has been moved up to Dec. 11.
“We feel bad we have to delay our tour, so to make up for it we want to give our fans the music earlier than we had planned,” drummer Tré Cool said in the statement about the cancellation. “If we couldn’t be there to play it for you live, the least we could do was give you the next best thing.”
While that show would have been the highlight of the year for many concert-goers, there are plenty of good shows left this month.
Alice Cooper with Halestorm, Toyota Center, Kennewick, Tuesday, Nov. 20
You can read my interview with Halestorm guitarist Joe Hottinger in this week’s On Magazine. These two bands will have separate shows in Seattle if you are interested in one and not the other. Bringing the original shock rocker and these chart-climbers together is a thing of beauty. I have been lucky enough to see both of them but this is the concert highlight of my year.
Metalocalypse: Dethklok, Showbox SoDo, Seattle, Friday, Nov. 23
Maybe you’ve never heard of this Cartoon Network band. If you haven’t, it only means that you don’t like heavy metal. And that’s OK. You don’t have to like heavy metal. I do and I think Dethklok and the show they star in, “Metalocalypse,” are awesome. Sprouting from the brain of Brendan Small (“Home Movies”), “Metalocalypse” is half-serious, half-parody. Yes, they poke fun at a lot of heavy metal and hard rock bands and fans, but they also produce some blistering metal tunes. Click here for ticket info.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra, KeyArena, Seattle, Saturday, Nov. 24
TSO returns to their Christmas show after doing a tour of “Beethoven’s Last Night.” I guess that means its time to put up the lights and match them up to one of this band’s rocking holiday tunes. Click here for ticket info.
Straight, No Chaser, Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, Seattle, Monday, Nov. 26
I talk a lot about hard rock because that is what I like the most. But I also dig a capella groups such as Straight, No Chaser. In case you don’t know what means, this singing group is exactly that. They sing. No instruments. Every sound you hear comes from the body of a group member. That can means claps in addition to imitated instrumentals. It’s freaking amazing what these men can do. For tickets, click here.
Glen Campbell, Paramount Theatre, Seattle, Tuesday, Nov. 27
County music legend Campbell will sings his songs and be amazing. Not to sound like a downer, but if you are a fan and have never seen him live, this is likely your last chance. For tickets, click here.
The surf guitar master takes the stage where so many groups influenced by his sound became famous. What would the opening credits of “Pulp Fiction” be without Dale’s “Misirilou”? Not as cool, that’s what. Just like the rest of the world would be much less cool without him. (Dale plays the Swiss Tavern in Tacoma on Thursday, Nov. 29, if you’d prefer to see him there.) Click here for ticket info.
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• Backstage Pass is a new blog on www.yakima-herald.com covering pop culture from Hollywood to your backyard. T.J. Tranchell, a freelance journalist and Herald-Republic customer service clerk, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can visit his horror-themed blog at www.warning-signs.net.