Garth Brooks announces two Phoenix dates

Country music legend Garth Brooks announced Wednesday that he will perform in Phoenix next month for the first time in 19 years.

Brooks, who retired from performing in 2000 before returning in 2014, is scheduled to perform two shows at US Airways Center (soon to be rechristened Talking Stick Resort Arena) on Friday, Oct. 23, and Saturday, Oct. 24. His wife, and fellow country music singer Trisha Yearwood will perform as well.

Tickets are scheduled to go on sale Sept. 11 at 10 a.m. with a limit of eight tickets per purchase.

Tickets will cost $59.08 but the total price will increase to about $75 after fees and charges are included.

With the release last year of “Man Against Machine,” the singer’s first new album since he topped the charts with “Scarecrow” in 2001, he edged out Elvis Presley to become the biggest-selling solo album artist of all-time in the United States with total sales of more than 135 million. No fewer than six of Brooks’ albums, “Sevens,” “No Fences,” “The Hits,” “Garth Brooks,” “Ropin’ the Wind” and the double album “Double Live,” have all gone 10-times-platinum.

In many way, Brooks paved the way for country music’s infiltration of the mainstream with an approach that draws as much on classic ’70s arena-rock as country.

As Rolling Stone summed up the legend’s impact and appeal in its most recent album guide, “Brooks personifies the kind of slick country music that took Nashville from its Southern working-class roots smack into the politically moderate values of Clinton-era middle-class America. The singer’s mix of country with ’70s-style singer-songwriter music, album-oriented rock and middle-of-the-road pop came just as the Baby Boom generation was looking beyond contemporary pop and classic rock for a new sound to grow old with. But Brooks’ music also resonates with younger heartland fans who fall outside the postpunk and urban demographics. The singer’s impact on popular music cannot be overestimated; his influence runs that deep.”

In the course of doing all that, Brooks has taken home two Grammys and 17 American Music Awards.

His hits include the country chart-toppers “If Tomorrow Never Comes,” “The Dance,” “Friends in Low Places,” “Unanswered Prayers,” “Two of a Kind, Workin’ on a Full House,” “The Thunder Rolls,” “What’s She Doing Now,” “The River,” “Somewhere Other Than the Night,” “That Summer” and “Ain’t Goin’ Down (‘Til the Sun Comes Up).” His most recent trip to No. 1 was “More Than a Memory” in 2007. His best-known song remains “Friends in Low Places.”

Paul McCartney to play ACC on Oct. 17 First Toronto stop in five years for former Beatle and his band.

Tireless former Beatle Paul McCartney and his band will grace the Air Canada Centre for their first Toronto show in five years on Oct. 17, concert promoter Live Nation announced on Friday.

It’s the first Canadian date so far on McCartney’s “Out There” tour, which has already wound its way through 22 stops in the U.K., the U.S., Europe, Japan and South Korea, and most recently touched down for an acclaimed performance at the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago on July 31. That performance found the 73-year-old rocker in a “feisty” mood whilst ripping through a generous helping of Beatles, Wings and solo classics, according to the Chicago Tribune, and climaxed with McCartney bringing Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard onstage for a widely circulated duet on “Get Back.”

Tickets for the three-hour Out There extravaganza go on sale next Friday, Aug. 28 at 11 a.m. through Ticketmaster or, although American Express cardholders can jump the queue on Tuesday, Aug. 25 at 10 a.m.

Prices have yet to be revealed, but top-tier seats for McCartney’s last show at the ACC on the “Up and Coming” tour topped out around $250 so fans should probably brace their wallets for a hit.

The Weeknd announces his new ‘The Madness’ tour

The Weeknd’s second studio album, Beauty Behind the Madness,drops Aug. 28. The tickets for his tour — announced Thursday — also go on sale then.

The dark, introspective R&B singer will be supporting his new record on “The Madness” tour this fall with a 22-date arena-heavy slate. The autumnal trek begins in the 25-year-old’s musical home of Toronto on Nov. 3, includes a Madison Square Garden date, and wraps up in Miami on Dec. 19.

The full dates are below:

Nov. 3: Toronto, Air Canada Centre
Nov. 6: Chicago, United Center
Nov. 7: Detroit, Palace of Auburn Hills
Nov. 11: Newark, N.J., Prudential Center
Nov. 12: Boston, DCU Center
Nov. 14: Uncasville, Conn., Mohegan Sun
Nov. 15: Washington, D.C., Verizon Center
Nov. 16: New York City, Madison Square Garden
Nov. 18: Brooklyn, N.Y., Barclays Center
Nov. 24: Montreal, Bell Centre
Nov. 27: Winnipeg, Man., MTS Centre
Nov. 29: Calgary, Alta., Scotiabank Saddledome
Nov. 30: Edmonton, Alta., Rexall Place
Dec. 2: Vancouver, Rogers Arena
Dec. 5: Oakland, Oracle Arena
Dec. 8: Los Angeles, The Forum
Dec. 13: Houston, Toyota Center
Dec. 15: Atlanta, Philips Arena
Dec. 17: Tampa, Fla., Amalie Arena
Dec. 19: Miami, AmericanAirlines Arena

John Mellencamp playing in Baltimore this weekend

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