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

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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, www.chastainseries.com.

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63 comments Add your comment

NCCookie

March 2nd, 2010
7:53 am

We love KC & Hammer. What a pair. I must admit, this should be a very “interesting” yet, entertaining show! We live in North Carolina but we are so there!

Sharkman

March 2nd, 2010
8:09 am

Enter your comments here We saw Chuck Berry & Bo Didley there in 1988 & had a great time. And in 2002 we saw Harry Connick Jr.! Always a great time at Chastain Park.

Rocker

March 2nd, 2010
8:10 am

Lame lineup. Not a current star in the bunch. I’ll pass.

ILoveJamie

March 2nd, 2010
8:19 am

Jamie,

You pick one out, and I’ll buy the tickets. Let me take you on a date :)

Rectal Bleeding

March 2nd, 2010
8:23 am

Wouldn’t it be easier, and cheaper to just turn the radio on? Most of the above were over rated and over hyped in the 80’s and if I have to hear one more unimaginative song form ZZ Top I will capture and eat a manatee.

dave

March 2nd, 2010
8:23 am

Lighten up on KC & MC . . . who would’ve thought BB & Willie would have been as perfect together (right there @ Chastain) as they are, eh?

Regina

March 2nd, 2010
8:24 am

Would not spend my money for any of these! Agree with Rocker!

RobC

March 2nd, 2010
8:24 am

I hate Chastain. the setup is backwards as the people who are there for a dinner show need to sit their a$$es in the back where they belong.

Me

March 2nd, 2010
8:26 am

Maybe Jeff Beck…MAYBE. It looks like a bunch of very lame nostalgia acts.

One of my favorite quotes I’ve heard at Chastain…”This is weird; I’ve never played for a bunch of sit down eaters before”

mike

March 2nd, 2010
8:28 am

This lineup is awful!

WERKIN FOR A LIVIN

March 2nd, 2010
8:33 am

jethro tull lame? give me a break.

dave

March 2nd, 2010
8:38 am

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

TRUTH

March 2nd, 2010
8:40 am

When is Sting coming? He is STILL relevant.

Me

March 2nd, 2010
8:48 am

Hey Truth. Read the article.

David

March 2nd, 2010
8:52 am

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

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

MTB

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.

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?

David

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…

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.

roger

March 2nd, 2010
9:02 am

What, no Journey?!?!

Me

March 2nd, 2010
9:03 am

It’s a shame Music Midtown couldn’t continue on.

Verizon in Alpharetta is the place to be.

Benton Arsenic

March 2nd, 2010
9:07 am

The Fuzz is right, of course. The more interesting and newer acts aren’t usually part of the boomer series. But let’s keep in mind that the series used to feature a lot more interesting acts. My advice? (Not that you want it.) See which one of these oldsters have a new record out. Are they putting out new music or are they just playing the nostalgia gig. Jeff Beck and Ian Hunter both have new CDs, but I’m not sure about Kansas, REO or Tull.

cjamesatl

March 2nd, 2010
9:25 am

Good grief, Chastain! You may as well call this the Geritol Brigade Tour 2010. You better have ambulances and oxygen tanks at the ready.

Internet dater

March 2nd, 2010
9:44 am

Oh I love Chastain. I also love long walks on the beach, hole in the wall restaurants, red wine, reading the New York Times….I am so clever and desirable. Why won’t anyone date me? So what if my photos are 5 years old…..Since I don’t think I am fat, I am not fat!

Storm8

March 2nd, 2010
9:45 am

Lame, lame lineup — I will pass on the retreads. That is awful and very dissapointing

Jamie Gumbrecht

March 2nd, 2010
10:01 am

Hi folks! Series B and the ASO series, which haven’t been announced yet, tend to have more contemporary acts. We’ll keep you posted about those, too. Other shows, like MMJ, aren’t part of these series.

TRUTH — Sting is June 28.

David, I’ve contacted Live Nation about prices for this series, but haven’t heard back yet. Will post it in the blog as soon as I know!

David

March 2nd, 2010
10:20 am

Thank you Jamie but I found the prices on their website. They are so high that I wont go to a show. I was thinking about Harry Connick but not any more…

East Lake Ira

March 2nd, 2010
10:25 am

If MC Hammer is as entertaining as Rick James was when he played with KC, it’ll be great!

I love drunken over-the-hill singers cursing me out and staggering all over the stage. Man, that show was priceless.

Benton Arsenic

March 2nd, 2010
10:30 am

David, if you think the ticket prices are high now, wait until you get a load of the service charges when you place your order. They’ll break your heart! Everyone keep in mind that the box office at the Variety Playhouse is open Monday through Friday, and if you walk up with cash in your hand, you won’t pay a penny in service charges. I just hope the corporate honchos at LiveNation never find out that this place exists.

LydiasDad

March 2nd, 2010
10:35 am

We used to see several concerts a year, but haven’t been during the last two. Tickets are WAY, WAY too expensive. And if it rains, you’re just screwed. These concert tickets should be in the $30-40 range, but they’re usually in the $80 and up range. I wouldn’t pay that for a current group. That’s ridiculous.

LydiasDad

March 2nd, 2010
10:38 am

Yeah, Chastain needs a wake-up call, but that won’t happen if people keep paying these prices. One season of boycott would put an end to it.

Bill

March 2nd, 2010
10:38 am

TODD IS GOD!

David

March 2nd, 2010
10:39 am

Yeah Benton! I plan on seeing Thrice at Variety Playhouse really excited about it!

Rectal Bleeding

March 2nd, 2010
10:43 am

High prices and I bet their concessions suck too. I can see it now, Bud Light is the only beer and Corona is the premium available. Again, I can switch over from my XM radio and rune in to Atlanta radio to hear this crappy line up.

Annie

March 2nd, 2010
10:46 am

That is one tired lineup! Chastain needs to reinvent itself….it’s so five minutes ago! :(

brave1

March 2nd, 2010
10:55 am

Jeff Beck! Great….I love hearing 90 minutes of instumental, whammy bar sound effects.

JJones

March 2nd, 2010
10:58 am

You know, YOU DONT HAVE TO GO if you dont like the line up, if you don’t like the venue, if you don’t like the crowd, if you dont like the pricees. Every year I hear people dump on Chastain with comments like these. I like going there and so do a lot of other people, I think its one of the most unique venues in Atlanta but its not for everyone. If you don’t like it, dont go. I never hear this kind of crap about who is playing Variety Playhouse, or Smiths Old Bar, so just get over it already.

David

March 2nd, 2010
11:06 am

JJones, I think you are in the minority but if you think that these rates are up to par and “fair” then by all means cough it out…but for the rest of Georgia I’m sure the only people going to these concerts will be 48+ lets just be honest..no 19-29 age group will see these lineups or want to pay to see this…I would seriously think about it if lawn was maybe 25-30..but not 45-77 for lawn…thats stupid..and who has dinner table at a concert…its a concert for goodness sakes..they just just move it to Verizon wireless bigger venue and probably would actually be cheaper then..

drew

March 2nd, 2010
11:06 am

You can have Chastain! The last time I went to Chastain was about ten years ago, when a bunch of inconsiderate, arrogant, loud mouthed, glass clinking, food chewing diners and socializers shiit all over a perfectly good James Taylor concert. I vowed NEVER to go back. And I haven’t.

And yes…I too miss Music Midtown.

LaShawanda

March 2nd, 2010
11:10 am

How com no rappers?

Benton Arsenic

March 2nd, 2010
11:22 am

JJones is correct. We don’t have to go, and I for one do not go, unless it’s for some kind of oddball out of series show like My Morning Jacket. It’s still disconcerting that, with the discontinuation of Music Midtown and the elimination of the Free Friday concerts the radio stations used to put on downtown, the different series at Chastain are all that’s left for Atlantans to get excited about. So when you’ve got only ONE music series in town that draws the big names–and you get fed Chicago and the Doobie Brothers–well, it leaves you a little frustrated. Sure, I’ll see some good shows this summer, but I won’t get the thrill of seeing the whole “Subscription Lineup” announced and think, “I’ll see that and that and that and that.” For that feeling, you have to go to JazzFest, Bonnaroo or some other music festival. It’s not in your hometown, and the festival feeling doesn’t last all summer.

LydiasDad

March 2nd, 2010
11:22 am

True, good point. The only thing that would make it worse would be rappers. I live a mile from there, so I’d have to hear it. Yuck. Chastain is a great place, but the concerts are no longer worth the price.

RainbowMittens

March 2nd, 2010
11:27 am

For all you young folks (under 40?) your agism is showing. Just because these are not the latest, hottest acts on tour doesn’t diminish the pleasure and nostalgia for us who DO appreciate the acts of the past. You’re telling me Chicago and the Doobie Brothers are tired? Please. Go watch Brittany, or Lady Gaga (whom I also like) or stay home but you don’t need to ruin it for the rest of us.

David

March 2nd, 2010
11:33 am

Rainbow, I’m sorry if my words came off harsh for the 40+ crowd..that was not my intention…I am 23 years old but anyone with an ear and respect for music can tell when its time for some bands who are up there to call it quits..or put the prices in line to how they actually perform not how they performed in their prime…

Benton Arsenic

March 2nd, 2010
11:36 am

I’m 50 years old, and yes, I’m sad to report that Chicago and the Doobies are beyond tired. But everyone has his or her own taste in music, and nobody else should try to ruin the experience for folks who do get enthusiastic about seeing the old guys and gals. (Confession: I’m sitting front and center for Gordon Lightfoot this Friday–good seats still available–and you know you really want to give Gordon some of your money.) I’d just like a higher calibre of talent in the “series.” Barring that, I’d like to see a new ZZ Top album that had the energy of Tres Hombres, I’d like to hear new Tull music that doesn’t sound like it’s constructed by focus group, and I’d like to hear Pat Benatar without having to suffer through a set by REO. Of course, I could just go see Jeff Beck and hope he cranks it up.

JJones

March 2nd, 2010
11:54 am

It’s a free country and no one is forcing you to go to Chastain if you don’t want to go, that’s all I’m saying. I never said I wanted to see everyone of these shows, nor would I. That’s what’s so great about being able to choose if I want to go or not. My point is this, if you don’t want to go fine, but why insist on being so negative about it? I may be in the minority on this blog, but I think I am far and away in the majoirty of those who actually attend Chastain.

Mike

March 2nd, 2010
12:09 pm

Boz Scaggs at the Fred will be a great show!

SheShe

March 2nd, 2010
12:23 pm

What about New Edition/BBD and Jill Scott and Erykah Badu???

David

March 2nd, 2010
12:26 pm

Jill Scott can lay it down singing but never thought of seeing her in concert..

SheShe

March 2nd, 2010
12:26 pm

I would love to see N.E.R.D. do Chastain!

Benton Arsenic

March 2nd, 2010
12:45 pm

Boz Scaggs WILL be great at the Fred, and I think he’s played Chastain in the past, hasn’t he? Also, I understand that America still puts on a good show, but come late so you don’t have to sit through Christopher Cross! I’ve never been to the Fred. Can the bands play loud there? One of my real problems with Chastain is that the bands have to keep the volume down because the place is in a neighborhood. That means the folks who show up just to hear the one radio song can carry on conversations without really straining their voices. I’ve always thought that if the bands could play just a little louder at Chastain, the wine & cheese crowd would have to put too much effort into SHOUTING over the band and hence would be more inclined to shut up. I may simply be induling in wishful thinking, though.

somewhereinga

March 2nd, 2010
12:53 pm

Havene’t read all the posts but I guess someone haas already posted this: WHO CARES WHO IS PLAYING? NO ONE CAN HEAR THEM FOR ALL THE TALKING!

Benton Arsenic

March 2nd, 2010
12:56 pm

To somewhereinga: Who cares about hearing them? I want to WATCH the bands on those tiny tiny screens.

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Rectal Bleeding

March 2nd, 2010
4:00 pm

The Fred? At the Prado?

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Frank P.

March 4th, 2010
8:20 pm

Gipsy Kings rocked last year! Glad they’re coming back.

CommonSense66

March 8th, 2010
2:38 pm

The Botanical Gardens runs a 5 show series through the summertime as well. Since it’s all lawn, there are no tables, but the conversation (and people who don’t follow the rules regarding chair height) pretty much ruin the shows too. I saw Los Lobos there last summer (or attempted to see) and the band were obviously irritated by having to play to a bunch of people who didn’t even know who they were, but were just there to enjoy their wine and cheese under the stars.

I agree with the poster who suggested that the tables get moved to the back, but that would require a multi-million dollar refurbishment of Chastain, and I don’t see that happening. It’s Verizon for an outdoor show, but even there you have to put up with horrible traffic control and parking.

stillrockinafteralltheseyears

April 15th, 2010
12:47 am

Hey all you wanna be’s…I have attended many shows at Chastain over the past 23-34 years, and yes, many of them I sat at a table with candles, a bottle of wine, even brought my own martini bar set to a few, and had a picnic or “dinner” at many shows. But guess what, I paid for my tix just like the next guy and got a bigger buzz and had a better time than you possibly could have. What, bc someone wants to have a nice date or take their wife to a nice “show” they somehow ruin the show for you. Be man enough (or woman) to admit it, YOU”RE JEALOUS!!! anyway, you don’t matter !! as for the shows or line-up, some of you wouldn’t know real talent if it bit you in the ass. Tull was a great band. Beck is one of the best guitarists of all time, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons is as someone prior stated a helluva talent from the greatest himself (Jimi Hendrix), Hall & Oates on a lighter side is awesome live, KC will have you danicin’ in your seats, etc., etc….So, IF you don’t like the lineup, DON”T GO !! But please Shut the F*** up, you don’t matter. (or at least spend a buck or two and stop whining)

stillrockinafteralltheseyears

April 15th, 2010
12:52 am

the prices do suck though, that’s a valid point…..Hey, anyone gone to a Braves game lately, now there’s a REAL bargain for you, oh yeaaaaa.

FA

May 23rd, 2010
5:45 am

KC would be awesome to see and, as always, Ms. Benatar has still “got it”!! Saw her last year and would go again. As far as the price of tickets? Chastain pricing is better than the bigger venues. And, you can BYOB!!

ERIN OXLEY

August 29th, 2010
5:39 pm

I DID NOT GET TO GO TO THE BSB CONCERT I WANTED
TO GO BUT I GOT TO SEE IT ON YOUTUBE AND I WACH THEY LOOK SO SEXY