It feels like yesterday, but the Beatles played the Ed Sullivan Show 50 years ago this month, drawing a record-setting 73 million viewers and launching a full-blown British Invasion of our cultural shores.
Ringo Starr, fresh off his recent Grammys appearance, announced he’s hitting the road this summer with his All Starr Band: Todd Rundgren, Toto guitarist Steve Lukather, Mr. Mister bassist Richard Page, former Santana and Journey keyboardist Gregg Rolie and drummer Gregg Bissonette. (It’s the same lineup Ringo’s had since 2012, which means they’ll probably nail the harmonies on “Photograph.”)
Ringo and company arrive at the Toyota Oakdale Theatre on Saturday, June 14 at 8 p.m. Tickets ($45-$75) go on sale this Friday, Jan. 31 at 10 a.m. through ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-745-3000.
Glam-metal survivors Motley Crue have broken up before, but this time they really, really mean it, seriously. The quartet signed a formal Cessation of Touring Agreement (whatever that is), effective at the end of 2015, in front of a bunch of media types last week, but one last go-round’s in order. Motley Crue’s “Final Tour” arrives at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville on Sunday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m., with shock-rock golfer Alice Cooper joining the festivities. Tickets ($69-$89) go on sale this Friday, Jan. 31 at 10 a.m. through ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.
Carolina folk-rock sextet Delta Rae ($65) brings its Chasing Twisters Tour to Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. Guitarist Ottmar Liebert and his band Luna Negra ($47.50) arrive at Ridgefield Playhouse on Friday, May 23 at 8 p.m. Blues-guitar prodigy Jonny Lang ($90) plays Ridgefield on Friday, June 6 at 8 p.m., followed by cowbell-toting rockers Blue Oyster Cult ($70) on Saturday, June 21 at 8 p.m. Call 203-438-5795 for tickets to all shows or visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org.
Taking Back Sunday and the Used ($28-$30) announced a co-headlining tour, which includes a stop at the Webster Theater in Hartford on April 11. Thick As Blood’s “Rest In Power” Farewell Tour ($12-$15) heads to the Webster Underground on Wednesday, March 26 at 6 p.m., with Legion, Face All Fears and Leaders supporting. Canadian prog-metalers Protest the Hero ($17-$20) visit the Webster on Thursday, April 3, with special guests Battlecross, The Safety Fire and Intervals. Sevendust’s Acoustic Tour ($23-$25) rolls up to the Webster on Tuesday, May 6 (7 p.m. doors). Tickets for all Webster shows are available online at tickets.com or by calling 800-477-6849.
CT’s own bluesy Balkun Brothers ($15-$25) head to Infinity Hall in Norfolk on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 7:30, with special guests the Nice Ones. Mystic acoustic rockers the Original Barefoot Truth ($29, $39), featuring Will Evans and Jay Driscoll, perform at Infinity Hall on Saturday, March 15 at 8 p.m. Guitarist Robert Cray ($75-$100) arrives at Infinity Hall on Thursday, March 27 at 8 p.m. for a taping of the PBS show “Infinity Hall Live.” Cajun legends BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet ($39, $54) make their way north to Norfolk on Thursday, April 3 at 8 p.m., followed by Carolina Chocolate Drops ($35, $45) on Wednesday, April 16 at 8 p.m. Call the box office at 866-666-6306 or visit infinityhall.com for tickets.
Flagship, Little Daylight and Terraplane Sun ($10-$14) head to the Space in Hamden on Friday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale this Friday, Jan. 31 at noon at manicproductions.org. Wess Meets West plays a free show at BAR in New Haven on Wednesday, March 19 at 9:30 p.m., with Ports of Spain and Breakthrough Frequencies supporting.