March 7th, 2012, 7:09 pm · · posted by BEN WENER, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
In the past two weeks, the Irvine venue has stamped itself on summer’s concert calendar nearly a dozen times.
We already knew about appearances there from Zac Brown Band and Iron Maiden, plus the return of Dave Matthews Band on Sept. 8. That last show is about to go on sale, Friday (March 9) at 10 a.m., with a pre-sale for Citi card-holders already underway and ending Thursday at 10 p.m. Prices: $40.50 for lawn, $75 for seats, not including service charges.
This morning we learned of the Beach Boys’ 50th anniversary reunion tour stopping there June 3, $19.50- $89.50, on sale next Monday, March 12, at 10 a.m.
Now comes a trio of big country shows, all of which are for sale (at least initially) as a Country Megaticket.
Who’s playing? Sugarland, the duo of Kristian Bush and Jennifer Nettles (center), is up first, following up their May 22 gig at the Greek Theatre with a June 2 performance at Verizon. Canaan Smith opens.
Next comes Rascal Flatts (featuring vocalist Gary LeVox, right) and Little Big Town, who arrive Sept. 14 with Eli Young Band and Edens Edge in tow. Finally, Jason Aldean (left) headlines Sept. 29, with Luke Bryan opening.
The Megaticket allows fans to buy in ahead of the general on-sale by purchasing for all three concerts. There are standard and platinum packages, and obviously the price difference is considerable depending on whether you want to sit in the orchestra section or on the lawn.
Country Megatickets start at $75 for lawn and $499 for preferred seats. Platinum versions add in a fourth show — Toby Keith with Brantley Gilbert and more at San Manuel Amphitheater on Aug. 10 — and cost $99 for lawn, $599 for seats. Lawn packages, standard or platinum, also include parking. Seated ones score you preferred parking plus access to an exclusive party area at each show.
All four types of Megatickets go on sale Saturday, March 10, at 10 a.m., though pre-sales run from Wednesday at 10 a.m. until Friday at 10 p.m.
But wait, there’s still more headed to Irvine: Big Time Rush, the Nickelodeon-spawned boy band that packed Pacific Amphitheatre last summer, will be back to play Verizon on July 19, with Rachel Crow opening. Tickets, $14-$59, also go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m., with fan club pre-sales underway through Friday at 10 p.m.
Photos by Getty Images. From left: Jason Aldean, Jennifer Nettles, Gary LeVox.
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