This year is certainly shaping up to be the "the year" for concerts.
The Police recently sold out its July 16 show at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland in about 30 minutes. It was also reported their tickets for shows at Madison Square Garden in New York City sold out in minutes.
My wife, Jessica, had shown some interest in attending one of The Police concerts, but I'm not sure that is going to happen. The cheap seats for The Police were coming in at $52 while the closer you got to the stage the price got as high as $202 per ticket.
Genesis, with Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks, is slated to play Quicken Loans Arena Sept. 29. This is the group's first tour since 1992. It was rumored that Peter Gabriel was going to tour with them, but that didn't happen.
I'd like to see this Genesis tour, but by only playing The Q, I'm sure tickets to that one will sell out rapidly. I had hoped they would play Cleveland Browns Stadium or multiple nights at The Q. I also bet the ticket prices for Genesis are quite expensive.
In other concert news, Heaven & Hell will play Cleveland's Tower City Amphitheater on May 11.
Heaven & Hell is the version of Black Sabbath that contained Ronnie James Dio on vocals. This lineup released the 1980 album "Heaven & Hell" and the 1981 follow-up "The Mob Rules." The group then released "Live Evil" in 1982 and Dio left Sabbath shortly after. It was rumored Dio was unhappy with the mix of the live album, causing his departure.
Tickets for Heaven & Hell go on sale Friday and range in price from $39.50 to $59.50.
Also, Mastodon will play the House of Blues in Cleveland May 14. Tickets for this show go on sale Friday and are $20. Mastodon is touring in support of its new CD, "Blood Mountain."
Porcupine Tree will play the House of Blues May 18. Tickets for this show are $23 and also go on sale Friday. Porcupine Tree is set to release its new CD, "Fear of a Blank Planet" in April. I definitely want to attend this Porcupine Tree concert. Their last album, "Deadwing," was amazing. They played the House of Blues a couple times in 2005, but I missed those shows.
Clutch is scheduled at the House of Blues May 13. Tickets for this show are $20 to $25 and go on sale Saturday. I saw Clutch in 1998 opening for Slayer. They put on a good show.