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Empty Out Your Wallet

By Julene McCoy in Arts & Entertainment on Mar 9, 2007 6:00PM

This week when emptying our wallet, it’s either the old guys getting back together or the new guys still climbing their way to the top.

This is probably scarier visually than it used to be: Heaven and Hell Live with Black Sabbath, Megadeth and Machine Head. We say scarier because we just saw Ronnie James Dio in Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny, and we’re not sure we’d want to be in the front row for this one with the way he’s aged, let’s say, “ungracefully.”
May 5, Allstate Arena, all ages, $52, on sale now.

2007_03_genesis.jpgThe news of all these reunions had us excited at first, and then we started becoming overwhelmed by them all. Genesis back with Phil Collins kind of started it all off, and now the tickets are finally on sale. Wow, that concert date is a long way off. Anyone wager a guess on what the Ticketmaster fees on $227 are?
Oct. 2, United Center, all ages, $57 - $227, on sale 10 a.m. Monday.

Sloan has been picked to play on The Police reunion tour in Edmonton — so they are the perfect transition between the old and the new for our purposes today. These guys worked their way up to a major label, got dropped, and then persevered on their own Canadian imprint with their power pop.
May 19, Metro, 18+, $19 - $21, on sale noon Saturday.

Our personal favorite, and we will not shut up about them until everyone has bought a ticket to see them live, is coming back — Ghostland Observatory. These two guys from Austin bring more energy to the stage than should be legal. Dance the night away.
April 23, Schubas, 18+, $10, on sale now.

2007_03_smallpitch.bmpAnd last but not least, there’s a music website called Pitchfork that has a little something going down in Union Park this July. No more bands have been announced since yesterday, but there are some podcasts and interviews for your listening pleasure until the passes go on sale Monday at noon.
July 13 – 15, Union Park, Ticketing options include a limited number of three-day, full-festival passes for $45; two-day passes good for Saturday and Sunday priced at $35; and one-day tickets at $25 for Saturday or Sunday and just $15 for Friday night. Buy tickets via or

Whew! There are some serious decisions to be made — sit way in the balcony and be able to afford Genesis, or scrimp and save over the next seven months to justify those $227 seats. Hmm. How much are The Police going to be?