As you might expect, Classic Rock 96-1 often gets early inside info on upcoming concerts.  Many times as we're about to let you know what we know, a promoter will threaten to take legal action if we jump the gun on revealing a new show before they want the word to get out.  You've seen us post blurred photos of superstars we find out are coming through the region before the lawyers will allow us to provide details.  ZZ Top's September date in the Dallas-Metroplex comes to mind as a recent example.

I'm recapping this because a few weeks back, we heard about Ringo Starr booking tour dates all across the Lone Star State.  His All Starr Band was confirmed to play El Paso on October 30th, Austin on the 31st, & Houston-Sugarland on November 2nd.  Our sources told us Ringo would perform at a Dallas venue too, so we went with it.  Then the attorneys got into the act & we had to pull the story almost as fast as we'd given it to you.

What a surprise- we had it right all along!  Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band, including Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie (Santana), & Steve Lukather (Toto), will in fact hit the Irving Music Factory stage on November 3rd.  Tickets go on sale Monday morning, August 21st.

In addition, founding member Paul O'Neill's untimely passing will not deter the Trans-Siberian Orchestra from going out on their annual Winter tour.  TSO announced they'll make 5 Texas stops in December, including El Paso on the 6th, Lubbock (7th), Houston (21st), & San Antonio (23rd).  Trans-Siberian Orchestra will actually do two shows at the American Airlines Center in Dallas on the Friday before Christmas (12/22).  Be there for the first one at 3:30 pm, or catch the other performance at 8 that evening.  General public tickets for all the TSO events go on sale September 15th.

Our classic rock concert calendar has the latest updates for venues in & near East Texas.  Check it out:

August:
24th-  Lost 80s Live, with Berlin, Naked Eyes, Wang Chung, Cutting Crew, Tommy Tutone, Spandau Ballet, & Information Society.  Grand Prairie Verizon Theater.
25th-  50 Summers Of Love, with Micky Dolenz & Mark Lindsay.  Bossier City Horseshoe Casino. 
25th-  Kansas Shreveport Auditorium.
26th-  Warrant.  Bossier City Horseshoe Casino.

September:
1st-  The Marshall Tucker Band.  Bossier City DiamondJacks Casino.
3rd-  Jeff & Larry's Backyard BBQ, with Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy, The Marshall Tucker Band, & Eddie Money.   Irving Music Factory Pavilion.
9th-  ZZ Top.  Irving Music Factory Pavilion. 
14th- Sammy Hagar, with Collective Soul.  Irving Music Factory Pavilion.
19th- Steve Winwood.  Irving Music Factory Pavilion.
22nd-  Depeche Mode.  Dallas Starplex Amphitheatre.
27th-  KISS.  Irving Music Factory Pavilion.
29th-  Smokey Robinson.  Dallas Starplex Amphitheatre.

October:
5th-  Tesla.  Irving Music Factory Pavilion.
6th-  Joan Jett & The Blackhearts.  Bossier City Horseshoe Casino.
6th-  Tom Jones.  Irving Music Factory Pavilion.
7th-  The Laid Back Festival, with Lynyrd Skynyrd, & Jimmie Vaughan.  Irving Music Factory Pavilion.
7th-  Rich Springfield, with Richard Marx.  Bossier City Margaritaville Casino.
9th-  The Beach Boys.  Longview Belcher Center.
10th-  Greg Gutfeld.  Tyler Cowan Center.  
12th-  Scorpions & Megadeth.  Irving Music Factory Pavilion.
12th-  Aaron Lewis.  Shreveport Auditorium.
21st-  Bob Seger.  Frisco Ford Center At The Star.
24th-  Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie.  Irving Music Factory Pavilion.

November:
11/2-  America.  Tyler Cowan Center.
11/3-  Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band.  Irving Music Factory Pavilion.  
11/5-  Charlie Daniels Band.  Longview Belcher Center.

December:
22nd-  Trans-Siberian Orchestra.  Dallas American Airlines Center.

January:
11th-  The Doobie Brothers.  Tyler Cowan Center.  

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