Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley. This week we’re taking a look at throwback acts.
Using the word “legendary” to describe the Swedish heavy metal guitarist doesn’t quite do his skills with a Stratocaster justice. Influenced more by Handel than Hendrix, the neoclassicist is known worldwide for the absurd number of amps at his shows and his excessive speed and agility in his playing. 8 p.m., $28-$58, Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, 480-829-0707, luckymanonline.com
New Kids On The Block, Salt N Pepa, En Vogue, and Rick Astley
We’re not “rick-rolling” you; NKOTB is back (along with a few other bands who’ve managed to “hang tough” over the last few decades)! So “shoop” downtown to watch the ’90s lineup of your dreams, and don’t forget to “free your mind.” $24.95-$154.95, Footprint Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, 602-379-2000, footprintcenter.com
Tears for Fears with Garbage
It’s not a “mad world” anymore. The synth-pop pioneers behind “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” have finally reunited for a new album and tour, and they brought ’90s alternative juggernauts Garbage along for the ride. 7:30 p.m., $29.50-$399.50, Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, 602-254-7200, livenation.com
It’s not often you’ll see a goth with a smile on their face, but when the legendary “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” band’s lead singer recovered from a heart attack last year, you may have seen the corners of their mouth turn upward a little. March also saw the release of the band’s first song in 14 years in March, giving their fair-skinned fans a reason to celebrate. 8 p.m., $87.50-$110, Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, 480-829-0707, luckymanonline.com
The guitarist for The White Stripes threw away the red and white outfits from his former indie band and started donning black and blue when he embarked on a solo career. But when he takes the stage, he’s not afraid to take his six-string and unleash hell. $65-$115, 8 p.m., Arizona Federal Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, 602-514-2919, azfederaltheatre.com