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    Photos: 5 reasons to see George Lopez live

    George Lopez is celebrating 40 years as a stand up comic with his ‘The Wall’ tour this year. Lopez was originally scheduled for this performance in May, but a lightning storm caused the performance to be postponed. Over 4400 fans filled the venue and the show went on without a hitch on June 1. Lopez...
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    Photos: 5 reasons to see Alejandra Guzman live

    Alejandra Guzman has been a musical rock icon in Mexico and Latin America since the1990s.  She has sold over 30 million albums worldwide. Add songwriter, musician and actress to her many accomplishments and you have one of the most well rounded entertainers in show business. Guzman made a return...
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    Photos: 5 reasons to see Vanilla Ice live

    Over the last few years, there have been several packaged tours cashing in on music nostalgia that had multiple performers in the lineup. The attraction of the lineup had hit songs that fans played repetitively at the height of their popularity. Two years ago AXS reviewed ‘I Love the 90s’ with...
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    Photos: 5 reasons to see Rascal Flatts live

    It’s hard to believe that Rascal Flatts hit the country music scene 18 years ago. They have had 16 number one singles on the country charts. The trio is one of the hottest touring acts of any genre of music and remains one of Nashville’s most reliable headliners. The “Back to Us” tour is nearing the...
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    Photos: 5 reasons to catch Rick Springfield’s 'Best in Show Tour' live

    A throng of fans turned out in spite of Tucson’s 100-degree heat at 7 p.m. for Rick Springfield and his 80’s rock and roll ensemble. The night air was filled with blazing guitars and classic rock that was played loud and proud for well over three hours. The tour has Springfield and Loverboy vying...
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    Photos: 5 reasons to see Brantley Gilbert's live show

    Brantley Gilbert entertained a rowdy, youthful crowd on Thursday night at AVA Amphitheater on June 14. The Georgia native seemed to be at home in the Arizona desert as he charmed the crowd with fist-pumping, dancing, and singing. Gilbert is known as the ‘what you see is what you get kind of guy...
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    Photos: The Isley Brothers’ live show includes glitz glam and old time R&B

    The legendary R&B group, The Isley Brothers, have been in show business for more than 60 years. They formed as a trio of brothers in 1954. There have been different configurations of the band over the years, but two of the core, hit-making members have remained constant. AXS was able to catch...
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    Photos: 5 reasons to see Boyz II Men live show

    Four-time Grammy winners, Boyz II Men, brought Tucson to its feet on May 20 at AVA Amphitheater during their live show. The show was filled with the band’s heavenly harmonies and AXS was able to catch their show and here are the highlights in no particular order. 1) Boyz II Men are still the most...
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    Photos: Jay Leno helps Tucson to bring in the New Year for 2017

    Comedian Jay Leno entertained a sold-out crowd at Anselmo Valencia Amphitheater on Dec. 28. There was an air of familiarity as soon as Leno took the stage. After all, he was invited into America’s households for some 4600 nights. Between 1992 and 2014, he was the king of monologue comedy. Leno’s was...
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    Photos: Gabriel 'Fluffy' Iglesias ‘freestylin’ comedy in Tucson

    Comic Gabriel Iglesias aka Fluffy has made it a yearly ritual to entertain a packed house at AVA Amphitheatre. The show on October 29 opened with the roar of the crowd shouting “Fluffy. Fluffy, Fluffy.” A portly gentleman dressed in a floral patterned Hawaiian shirt and shorts took the stage to bask...
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    Photos: Matchbox Twenty have surprise uninvited guests in Tucson

    The present tour marks the twentieth anniversary since Matchbox Twenty released their first album. The band splintered off from their present tour with Counting Crows to make a stop in Tucson. Little did they know what was going to happen with this particular show. The gates at AVA Amphitheater...
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    Photos: Dwight Yoakam casts his spell on Tucson again

    Dwight Yoakam has proven time and again that he can pack a house is Tucson and this time the show was at AVA Amphitheater on July 27. It didn’t matter that he last played Tucson in December. The fans were delighted to greet the honky tonk hero. Dwight brought two acts to warm up the crowd before his...
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    Photos: ‘I Love 90s The Party Continues tour’ featuring TLC a fun romp in Tucson

    AVA Amphitheater continued the I Love the 90s Showcase on July 23 with headliner, TLC. This was a package of five R&B and hip-hop acts that had their major success in the 1990s. The show in addition to TLC featured SNAP!, Freedom Williams of C+C Music Factory, Biz Markie, and Coolio and his band...
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    Photos: Tears for Fears brought back early days of MTV pop

    Tears For Fears (TFF) took a detour from their summer tour with Hall and Oates to make a stop in Tucson for their own concert at AVA Amphitheater on July 20. The duo, Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, were a part of the second British invasion in the 1980s on MTV. They have sold approximately 3...
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    Photos: Journey and Asia two super bands on rock vitamins

    It’s hard to believe that both Journey and Asia had their heyday between the late 1970s to the mid-1980s especially after experiencing their sold out show at AVA Amphitheater in Tucson on July 18. Both bands have been subject to many personnel changes throughout the years and, as evidenced during...
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    Photos: Lynyrd Skynyrd plows through seasonal monsoons to bring their epic anthems to Tucson

    There was an air of excitement outside AVA Amphitheater as the line of fans curved around the premises to get into the venue for Lynyrd Skynyrd’s July 13 concert. The most unusual sight was the line of Harley motorcycles lined up in the first row of parking as far as the eye could see. The bike...
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    Interview: Nick Swardson talks movies, TV and live stand-up comedy

    Comedian, actor, writer and producer are just a few of the titles that describe the busy life of Nick Swardson. Fans have seen him on Comedy Central’s Reno 911!,  Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time and, most recently, Typical Rick, a second season of which will premiere on July 24. Swardson produced and...
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    Photos: Proof that Alice Cooper is America’s most beloved villain

    Alice Cooper brought the roar of the crowd and the smell of the greasepaint back to Tucson’s AVA Amphitheater on June 22. Cooper is considered a native Arizonan as he has lived in Phoenix since he was a lad. Cooper has lived the touring carnival life for greater than 50 years. He built his persona...
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    Photos: Keith Sweat and guests’ 90’s tour is a winner

    AVA Amphitheater presented Keith Sweat, Dru Hill, and Ginuwine on the second night of their Memorial Day weekend double header on May 20. The bottom line: Old school R & B never felt or sounded better. The night seemed to be a competition between the three groups as to who could get more fans on...
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    Photos: Snoop Dogg’s Mt. Kushmore’s Wellness Retreat a fun salute to ganja

    AVA amphitheatre kicked off their concert season this year in a big way with Snoop Dogg’s Mt. Kushmore’s Wellness Retreat on April 19. The list of bands seems to rotate with each show. This particular show had, in order of appearance, Berner, Lil Uzi Vert, Cypress Hill, and Snoop Dogg. Snoop is the...
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