Category: Concerts

*Concert Announcements*

This Friday, January 17 tickets go on sale for Matchbox 20 and The Wallflowers for a show at Darien Lake Saturday  August 29 7:30 PM .  Tix range in price from $30.50-$100.50 and can be purchased through Live Nation or Ticketmaster.

Zac Brown Band comes to Darien Lake June 14 at 7:00 PM.  Tix go on sale Friday, January 17, price range $40.25 and $108.25.

Foreigner, Kansas and Europe @ Darien Lake Friday August 7 at 7:00 PM Tix range from $25 to $129.50 on sale Friday.

For a complete list of announced shows so far please visit the Concerts section of The Newsteader.  It is updated regularly.  -JAP-

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Concert Announcements for 2020 *Updated May 29*



POSTPONED Saturday June 6 The Strolling Bones!  (Rolling Stones)

Saturday August 15 Billy Joel

Thursday August 13  Def Leppard, Motley Crue, Poison, and Joan Jett


Monday July 27 Rage Against The Machine

POSTPONED Friday July 21 Janet Jackson

POSTPONED Monday August 24 Justin Beiber



Friday July 10 Molly Hatchet

Friday July 17 Skid Row

Friday June 19 Vince Neil (Motley Crue)

Friday June 26 Steve Augeri (Journey)

Friday July 10 Molly Hatchet

Friday July 17 Skid Row

Friday July 24 Jonny Lang

Friday July 31 Don Felder (The Eagles)

Friday August 7 Tribute Bands: The Machine, Queen Flash and The Who Show

Friday August 14 Puddle of Mudd


Friday May 29 Gunnar and the Grizzley Boys

Saturday July 25 Foghat

Friday August 14 Dillon Carmichael

Saturday August 15 Whiskey Myers


Tuesday July 7 Barenaked Ladies, Gin Blossoms, and Toad and the Wet Sprocket

Tuesday July 14 Tedeschi Trucks Band

Tuesday August 4 Bothers Osborne

Friday August 7 Chicago


Megadeth and Lamb of God with Special Guests Trivium and In Flames>> POSTPONED

New Date TBD

Maroon 5 with Special Guest Meghan Trainor >> POSTPONED

New Date TBD


New Date TBD

Nickelback >> CANCELLED

July 3, 2020

Journey with Pretenders >> CANCELLED

July 18, 2020

Chris Stapleton with Special Guests Sheryl Crow and Kendell Marvel >> CANCELLED

July 23, 2020

The Black Crows >> POSTPONED

New Date TBD

Foreigner with Special Guest Kansas with Europe >> CANCELLED

August 7, 2020

Disturbed with Special Guests Staind and Bad Wolves >> POSTPONED

New Date TBD

The Black Keys with Special Guests Gary Clark Jr. and Yola >> CANCELLED

August 14, 2020

Luke Bryan

August 16, 2020 | 7 p.m.

Incubus with Special Guests 311 and Badflower >> CANCELLED

August 19, 2020

Goo Goo Dolls wit Special Guests Lifehouse and Forest Blakk >> POSTPONED

New Date TBD

Sam Hunt with Special Guests Kip Moore, Travis Denning, Ernest and Brandi Cyrus >> CANCELLED

August 27, 2020

Matchbox Twenty with Special Guest The Wallflowers >> POSTPONED

New Date TBD

Rascal Flatts >> CANCELLED

September 5, 2020


September 6, 2020 | 6 p.m.

Backstreet Boys >> RESCHEDULED

NEW DATE: July 10, 2021 | 7 p.m.

Doobie Brothers >> RESCHEDULED

NEW DATE: August 7, 2021 | 7 p.m.


Friday January 10 Trevor Noah


Saturday February 10 Martha Reeve’s and the Vandellas

Sunday February 16 Lorrie Morgan

Saturday February 22 The Association

Thursday March 5 Tony Lewis from The Outfield and Tiffany

Tuesday March 10 Dave Mason

Friday March 20 Maureen McGovern

Saturday March 21 John Waite

Saturday April 18 Artimus Pyle & Blackfoot

Saturday May 9 Bobby Rydell

Saturday May 16 Atlanta Rhythm Section

Sunday June 28 Frankie Avalon


ALL March – September Shows are POSTPONED


Everything POSTPONED




**2020 Concert Announcement**

Gen Xers REJOICE!!!

The Pretenders and  Journey have put together a 2020 Summer tour that stops here at Darien Lake July 18.  Tix on sale through Live Nation (as if we would have another choice) on November 8 @ 10:00 AM.  The Pretenders are known for hits such as: Back on the Chain Gang, Brass in Pocket, Middle of the Road and many more.  Journey will rock through all their string of hits including the rock anthem Don’t Stop Believin” .

I have seen both of these bands multiple times.  You won’t be disappointed.  I know people miss Steve Perry, but Arnel Pineda really does Perry justice!  Chrissie Hynde is still at the top of her game and rocks harder in her 60’s than any of these kids now.  This should be a great show!  Unless we blow ourselves up by then, The Newsteader™ WILL be there to review.


Concert Review: The Red Rocker, Sammy Hagar & the Circle at Artpark

What started as an overcast, chilly, maybe it might rain type of evening at Artpark ended up not being so bad.  The Sun eventually made an appearance later on.

I had a great seat in the little section that actually has seats.  A strange thing did happen at this point.  I looked around and thought “Man, there’s a lot of old people here”……..Then I realized that I was, in fact, one of said “old people”.  HOW did this happen?


Night Ranger came out first and went through their hits, as well as some from Damn Yankees as well.  Their musicianship and showmanship was fantastic, however vocally they left a lot to be desired.  Maybe it was just a bad night for them (that happens), or they couldn’t hear themselves (that happens a LOT).  Whatever it was, it was cringworthy in parts.  But what they lacked in vocals, they made up for in musicianship, and put on a great show nonetheless.

A short break to change the stage.

Sammy and The Circle came out a bit later.  They opened with a new song called “Trust Fund Baby” from a new album that was recently released.  The album is called Space Between. He played a few songs from it, and had cool videos playing behind the band during those songs that sort of told the story. I’m thinking the whole album is about greedy pigs judging from the videos.  If you have ever seen Pink Floyd or Roger Waters/David Gilmore solo, it was like that.

They hit through Sammy’s extensive 40 year music catalog going back to the Montrose days doing a ripping version of Rock Candy.  The band just ROCKED.  They rocked the whole set.  Vic Johnson, Lead Guitar, played in a chair all night cause he had previously fallen off a stage and broke his leg….sober!  Jason Bonham, son of Led Zeppelen drummer John Bonham, on drums had his own moment before the band tore into Led Zep’s Rock and Roll.  He spoke a bit about his Dad, and his own feelings about now touring with his childhood heroes.  No one ever cares about the bass player.  There are even jokes about it, for real.  The loudest applause of the night went to bass player Michael Anthony!  No kidding! SO many Van Halen fans 🙂  People went crazy when he came out! He put on a terrific show. He was on vocals quite a bit and it was nice to see him shine like that.  Sammy Hagar, The Red Rocker, 71 years old.  I can’t count how many times I have seen him, and there has never been a bad show.  That guy is just always ON, and his band is always on.  He is funny and gracious and a killer performer! Sammy was his usual self,  took stuff from the audience and signed it and handed it back.  One fan gave him a Sabres Jersey #55 with Hagar on the back.  He wore it for like 3 songs then signed it and gave it back! He even signed a few bras this time around LOL.  All the while just loving it.

Here’s a snippet of “I Can’t Drive 55”.  Notice the Ferrari on the video in the back.  That’s a Ferrari BB512i, he still owns this car (and MANY more).

Sammy Hagar grew up poor, and his family depended on food banks while he was growing up. Now, wherever he plays a show, he makes huge donations to the food bank in the area to give back. He encourages us all to do the same during “Right Now” from his Van Halen days.  I like knowing that part of my concert ticket money goes to feed the hungry.



All in all, great show!  We got to hear I Can’t Drive 55, 3 Lock Box, Finish What You Started, Heavy Metal, and even a Mighty Led Zeppelin cover, to boot!   It is refreshing to see a big name rocker do so much for the food pantries wherever he plays.

Next concert up for The Newsteader:  Bad Company August 20th    -JAP-

Concert Announcement GenXers Take Note

Pull out your parachute pants, leg warmers and AquaNet because it’s a Generation X-travaganza!  August 13, 2019 Artpark in Lewiston welcomes Rick Springfield, Loverboy AND Tommy Tutone.   Tickets on sale Friday at 10 AM.  $17 general admission, $37 for standing room only or reserved seats.  Editor’s Note:  When guys ask for my number, 867-5309 is what they get 🙂 -JAP-