Good news, my parents: Monday brought three concert announcements sure entice those born between 1946 and 1964.
First up, we've got Paul Simon. The less-hairy half of seminal folk duo Simon & Garfunkel will arrive June 14 at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis. Tickets — $64.50-$144.50 — go on pre-sale 10 a.m. Friday via the State Theatre box office or Ticketmaster (pre-sale password: PAULMN). Otherwise, the general sale begins Saturday, February 27, at noon.
Simon, 74, toured the U.S. with Sting in 2014, but hasn't flown solo since 2011. The legendary, genre-flouting pop force is drumming up attention ahead of his forthcoming 13th album, Stranger to Stranger, his first release since 2011's acclaimed So Beautiful or So What.
Next up: Barry Manilow, the easy-listening stud whose One Last Time! tour is set to hit Xcel Energy Center on April 7. A press release informs us the tour is Barry's "way of thanking everyone for their years of support ... one last time!"
So, presumably, this will be the final cross-county jaunt for the 72-year-old "Copacabana" singer (Manilow camps out in Las Vegas most of the time). Tickets — $19.75-$169.75 — go on sale 10 a.m. Wed., February 24, via the Xcel box office or Ticketmaster.
And finally: Steve Miller Band is coming June 29 to Northrop. As we age as rock 'n' roll listeners, we learn to appreciate the sneaky greatness of artists we once considered schlocky. That's almost always the case; Steely Dan is a universal example. An exception, for this writer at least, is Miller, whose half-baked blues-rock and say-nothing lyricism represents the lifeless commodification of classic rock.
But hey: Motherfucker's got hits, including '70s radio staples "The Joker," "Take the Money and Run," and "Jungle Love." Tickets — $65-$100 —to see the 72-year-old Wisconsinite rock Minneapolis go on sale Friday, February 26, at noon via the Northrop box office or website.