Metallica fans of the Valley, get ready to ride the lightning. The weekend you’ve been waiting for has finally arrived.
James Hetfield and company will invade University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale on Friday as part of their current “Hardwired” tour, and we fully expect a packed affair filled with tens of thousands of Metallica fans, many wearing black T-shirts. And if their recent set lists are any indication, they’ll hear plenty of favorites during the show, including “Sad but True,” “Master of Puppets,” and “Seek & Destroy.”
All that said, there’s more to do this weekend concert-wise then heralding the arrival of legendary rock gods.
If you’re more into singing along to “Sweet Caroline” instead of “Enter Sandman,” for instance, you can check out Neil Diamond’s show on Friday night at Talking Stick Resort Arena in downtown Phoenix. Or if you’re an Ed Sheeran fan, the polarizing singer-songwriter will be at Gila River Arena in Glendale.
Meanwhile, Wasted Grain in Scottsdale will be celebrating its third anniversary with a three-day party that will include gigs by such local legends as Z-Trip and Phunk Junkeez.
Speaking of anniversaries, the folks from the Valley Fever country night will be raising a toast to the repeal of Arizona’s so-called blue laws back in 2010 during their annual Rooster Club celebration at Yucca Tap Room in Tempe on Sunday.
Details on all the aforementioned shows, plus several other big concerts, can be found below in our list of the best concerts in Phoenix this weekend. (And be sure to scope out our online music listings for even more events happening over the next few nights.)
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