Now I’m not saying that this is a boring announcement, but it’s certainly a predictable one.
Def Leppard and Heart will be playing a double-bill at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center at 7:30pm on Sunday, July 10. Tix go on sale to the general public at 10am Saturday, priced at $39, $59, $79, $99 and $125.00; lawn $26.00. But if you buy your lawn tix this weekend (10am Saturday-12midnight Sunday), they’re just $15 (plus the usual service fees).
Am I excited about it? No, not in the least, despite the fact that both bands conjured up some mighty fine pop tunes in the ’80s. “Pour Some Sugar On Me” is a great pop song, but, really, they haven’t had a Top 40 hit since 1993’s “Two Steps Behind.” They were also at SPAC just two summers ago.
Let’s face it, “classic rock” is really just code for “slightly more recent golden oldies.”
Heart’s classic debut album, “Dreamboat Annie,” was released in 1976 – 35 years ago. And the Wilson sisters have only released two albums in the past 15 years: 2004’s “Jupiter’s Darling” (which went nowhere fast) and last year’s “Red Velvet Car,” which in these download days somehow managed to make it into the Top 10. Raise your hand if you even heard off the album. Yeah, that’s what I thought. Their latest Top 40 hit? “Will You Be There (In the Morning)” back in 1993, the same year as Def Leppard’s last hit.
I’m not saying that this won’t be a good show. In fact, someone (who shall remain nameless) here at Nippertown.com headquarters is pretty excited about the show. But I am saying that if this is the best that Live Nation and SPAC have to offer, then, well, it’s gonna be another loooong summer in Saratoga.