March 22nd, 2012, 10:53 am · · posted by BEN WENER, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Talk about a whole lot of pyrotechnics: Those face-painted gods of thunder Kiss and L.A. bad boys Mötley Crüehave teamed for a summer outing, launching from the East Coast in mid-July. The trek, imaginatively dubbed The Tour 2012, arrives Aug. 14 to set Verizon Wireless Amphitheater ablaze in Irvine.
The pairing also plays Aug. 11 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas (the city where the Crüe, still in its original form, just wrapped its month-long Sin City residency) as well as Aug. 12 at Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre in Chula Vista. (Kiss, by the way, features mainstays Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley alongside later players Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer.)
Tickets go on sale Saturday, March 24, at 10 a.m., though a pre-sale for Citi card-holders begins today at 2 p.m. and ends Friday at 10 p.m. Another pre-sale, for KLOS listeners, runs Friday from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Elsewhere, One Direction, the new U.K. boy band that just became the first British group to see its first disc (Up All Night) debut at No. 1 on the Billboard charts, just announced a stateside tour that arrives June 16 at Gibson Amphitheatre and June 17 at the Theatre at Honda Center, the arena’s half-house configuration.
Tickets for either show, $29.50-$59.50, go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m., with fan club and Live Nation pre-sales running from Thursday at 10 a.m. until Friday at 10 p.m.
Yanni has announced a new production that will make several nearby stops, beginning July 18 at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, with tickets starting at $66 and likely reaching upwards of $125, on sale Sunday, March 25, at 10 a.m. After that the 57-year-old Greek keyboardist and composer plays Nokia Theatre on July 20, $49.50-$175, on sale Friday at 10 a.m. … July 21 at Santa Barbara Bowl, $43-$129, on sale Saturday at 11 a.m. … and July 22 at Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay in San Diego, $103, on sale March 31 at 10 a.m.
Speaking of Santa Barbara: the Beach Boys‘ 50th anniversary tour has added a show there, May 28 at the Bowl, $59-$124, on sale Saturday at noon.
Meanwhile, also coming to Nokia Theatre is Mexican star Espinoza Paz, July 28, $34.50-$154.50, on sale Friday at 10 a.m. And across the L.A. Live plaza at Club Nokia, Venezuelan duo Chino y Nacho perform May 11, $35-$55, while country group Lonestar headlines July 27, $29.50-$49.50. Both of those gigs go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.
In addition to celebrating the 15th anniversary of their Suburban Noize label on March 30 at the Observatory in Santa Ana, O.C.’s favorite hip-hop stoners Kottonmouth Kings also will embark on a Kaos & Kronik Tour with Twiztid that will find those groups co-headlining City National Grove of Anaheim on May 23. Tickets, $20 in advance, $25 day of show, go on sale Friday at noon.
New at L.A.’s El Rey Theatre: Deer Tick takes over May 5, $20 … Shooter Jennings plays May 11, $20 … Augustana appears May 12, with Greylag in tow, $22 … singer-songwriter Greg Laswell, with Elizabeth Ziman (of Elizabeth and the Catapult), May 31, $20, on sale now … and roundly lambasted but still-rising new talent Lana Del Rey will have three shows at the venue, June 3-5, $20. Laswell is on sale now, Jennings goes up Friday at 10 a.m. and the rest are on sale Saturday at 10 a.m.
If you missed our story last week, the stage spectacle “Batman Live!,” already a sensation in Europe, is headed to the states, with runs planned for Sept. 5-9 at Honda Center ($24.50-$83) and Sept. 27-30 at Staples Center ($29.50-$99). Most days have multiple shows, so check Ticketmaster for dates and times, on sale Friday at 10 a.m.
Latin group OV7 will play both House of Blues venues — Anaheim on April 19 and the Sunset Strip on April 22. Both are on sale now, $35 in advance, $40 at the door.
Also at the Mouse House: the 4th (Almost) Annual Manic de Mayo Celebration, featuring Manic Hispanic with Devils Brigade, Left Alone and Love Canal, May 5, $14.50-$34.50, on sale Friday at 10 a.m.
And also at the West Hollywood HOB: Charlie Montana with Interpuesto and Sonido Terremoto, April 15, $25 in advance, $27.50 at the door, on sale Friday at 10 a.m. … PJ Morton with Honor Society and Dawn Richard, April 19 (early show), $22.50, on sale now … rapper Dom Kennedy, April 19 (late show), $20-$32.50, also on sale now … and the Real McKenzies with Civit, May 25, $12.50, on sale Friday at 10 a.m.
Photo, from Tuesday’s press conference announcing the tour, by Kevin Winter, Getty Images.
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