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2010 Chastain concert Series A Lineup: Sting, Harry Connick Jr., Styx, Jeff Beck, Backstreet Boys and more


Check out the crowd at the Earth, Wind & Fire show at Chastain Park Amphitheatre last year. Think the shows below will draw the same kind of crowd? AJC file photo

Spotted first on the Atlanta Music Scene Blog: this year’s Chastain concert Series A lineup includes hitmakers of decades past, and more announcements are on the way. The Series B lineup should be released soon, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will announcement will come later, too.

The Series A show that perplexes me: KC & the Sunshine Band performing with MC Hammer. Huh-who? How did those become a pair, I wonder?

Here’s the list:

April 24: Hall & Oates with special guest Todd Rundgren
May 1:
Gipsy Kings
May 8:
ZZ Top with special guest Jonathan Tyler & Northern Lights
June 3:
Backstreet Boys with special guest TBA
June 6:
Jethro Tull with special guest Ian Hunter
June 7:
Styx, Foreigner & Kansas
June 11:
Jeff Beck with special guest Imelda May
June 13:
KC & The Sunshine Band & MC Hammer
June 19:
Harry Connick Jr. & Orchestra
June 28:
An Evening with Sting, featuring the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra (Non Table Set-Up/No Coolers or Carry-Ins)
July 1:
REO Speedwagon & Pat Benatar
July 12:
Chicago and The Doobie Brothers

Want to go? Chastain Series and Mini-Series tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. March 7. Prices vary from about $50-$110. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Dr. N.W., Atlanta. 404-233-2227,

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The Fuzz

March 2nd, 2010
9:00 am

This is not the full lineup. This is the lineup provided by one of the lame promotion companies that probably paid AJC for this article. All of these acts are under the same group that caters to baby boomer concert-goers. Check out some of the other acts coming in and get your facts straight.

I already have Orchestra tickets for My Morning Jacket on Friday, April 23rd.

I saw the Flaming Lips this past fall…I seem to recall that one was not on last year’s Chastain article as well.


March 2nd, 2010
8:56 am

Prices are way too high…WAY too high..dont they know that we are struggling in GA and these artists are on the downhill…

Benton Arsenic

March 2nd, 2010
8:56 am

Sting stopped being relevant with Synchronicity, unless by “relevant” you mean completely pretentious and boring to boot. And as for Jeff Beck, there’s no maybes about it: If Jeff demonstrates one half the intensity he usually does on stage, it will be worth seeing. The question: Can Jeff sustain a complete concert playing to a bunch of corporate “season ticket” holders in the front rows, chowing down on Brie and swilling Pinot Noir, and babbling non-stop about who said what to whom in East Cobb? Most of Jeff’s material doesn’t have vocals, so you know the talking will be non-stop. I don’t know who the “dinner” quote comes from, but I do know that Morrissey brought a pack of cheese-doodles out on stage, pointing out that “if you’re going to eat your dinner, I’ll eat mine, too.” So does anyone else miss Alex Cooley and Music Midtown?


March 2nd, 2010
8:54 am

It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but Jeff Beck is an unbelievable talent. Still pushing the envelope into his 60s. Far and away the most compellng show here, but I’m not sure how it will go over at Chastain with the wine and cheesers for whom the music is secondary.

The rest of the bill is pretty lame– ZZ Top’s Gibbons is a great guitarist, too – but they’ve been going through the motions for the last 15+ years.

Connick ought to be fun — Sting- whatever, the rest are, at best, nostalgia acts at this point.

street smart

March 2nd, 2010
8:54 am

Sorry ROCKER< but you wouldnt know what a good shot of rock n roll was if it was sitting on your face. Jeff" the Axe Murderer" Beck will blow away any guitar player you can name (except Hendrix) and any guitar player in the world thats worth a damn will tell you that, Billy Gibons of ZZ Top was picked by Hendrix as one of the best up and coming guitarists back in 1969 and to find out what he meant you would have to see the Reverend Billy G or even Tulls axe player, Martin Barrein live & in your face. Live is the only way to check the mettle ( not metal) of a true guitar player. Everybody knows its the old school cats that had to depend on their own guitar prowess to rock a crowd instead of the studio gadgetry that is used today by a bunch of rock stars posing as virtuosos of the guitar. Any singer song writer knows that Ian Hunter is head & shoulders ahead of anyone out there thats supposed to be a wordsmith of intelligence. Apparently by todays standard inelligence & virtuosity arent essential to todays rock n roll. Sad


March 2nd, 2010
8:52 am

Prices?…Harry Connick Jr is only concert I’m interested in…rest not so much.


March 2nd, 2010
8:48 am

Hey Truth. Read the article.


March 2nd, 2010
8:40 am

When is Sting coming? He is STILL relevant.


March 2nd, 2010
8:38 am

@ “Me” . . . who said the “This is weird, . . . sit down eaters” quote? Now, that’s funny!


March 2nd, 2010
8:33 am

jethro tull lame? give me a break.