Toledo used to be a fly-over city for the Eagles, one of the most successful groups in rock history, as the band played larger venues in larger cities. But next month the hall-of-fame band will make its first-ever stop in town when the Long Road from Eden tour lands at the Huntington Center.
It's a rare opportunity for fans to hear such trademark Eagles tunes as "Hotel California," "One of these Nights," "Desperado," and "Take It Easy" performed live, as the band does not tour that often. Fans jumped at the chance, scarfing up all but a few single seats for the Oct. 20 concert.
The $98.1 million Huntington Center, which opened a year ago, has changed the road map for touring groups, offering a venue that is big enough and modern enough to attract some top-tier artists.
Country star Gary Allen, for example, will play the arena with Randy Houser and Jarrod Nieman on Oct. 7, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra returns to Huntington Center for the second straight year to perform its unique mix of heavy metal and classical music, set against a dramatic backdrop of laser lights and fireballs, for two holiday shows on Nov. 11.
Two other regular holiday favorites are coming to the area: Jim Brickman, playing a pops concert with the Toledo Symphony at Stranahan Theater on Nov. 27, and Lorie Line, who visits the Franciscan Theatre and Conference Center in Sylvania on Nov. 12.
Other major rock shows heading this way include the Goo Goo Dolls and Styx, performing at Stranahan Theater on Oct. 6 and Nov. 6, respectively, and punk rock band the Misfits, who will give fans a chance to get ready for Halloween when they play at Frankie's on Oct. 30.
Other notable rockers coming to the area include metal-rap band Papa Roach, touring with Skillet, at the University of Toledo's Savage Arena on Oct. 13, and the Tom Tom Club, featuring former members of the Talking Heads, at Mickey Finn's Pub on Sept. 29.
Folk icon Gordon Lightfoot will play an Oct. 10 concert at the Ritz Theatre in Tiffin, a venue that also will feature LeAnn Rimes on Nov. 19; Michael Bolton on March 19, and Dionne Warwick on April 9.
Branford Marsalis, the jazz saxophonist and a member of the renowned Marsalis jazz family, will perform at Bowling Green State University on Oct. 7.
While Metallica, Led Zeppelin, Journey, Motley Crue, Poison, and Kiss won't be playing Toledo soon, fans can get a taste of these rock giants when a series of tribute bands perform at the Omni in October and November.
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Pop and rock music calendar
TODAY: Brandi Carlisle and Katie Herzig, presented by the Ark, 7:30 p.m., Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor; Steven Curtis Chapman and Third Day, 7:30 p.m., DTE Energy Music Theater.
TUESDAY: Aimee Mann, 7:30 p.m., the Ark.
WEDNESDAY: Seabird, doors at 6 p.m., Frankies.
THURSDAY: Trainwreck featuring Kyle Grass of Tenacious D, 9 p.m. doors, Frankies; My Dear Disco, 9 p.m., Clazel Theater; Tobacco with Junk Culture, Dreamend, 8:30 p.m., Mickey Finn's Pub.
FRIDAY: Cavo with American Bang, Atom Smash, more, 7 p.m. doors, Headliners; Bill Lupkin, 8 p.m., Clazel Theater; Eddie Money with Jesse Money, 7:30 p.m., DTE Energy Music Theater; Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, 8 p.m., Meadow Brook Music Festival.
SATURDAY: Exit 179 with Jenni Snyder and Scot Shaull, 8 p.m., Clazel Theater; Ryan Michaels Band with Shane Piasecki and Cetan Clawson, 8 p.m. doors, Headliners; the Chenille Sisters, 8 p.m., the Ark; Roseanne Cash, 8 p.m., Hill Auditorium; the Daily Show and Friends, 7 p.m., .
SEPT. 29: Tom Tom Club with Caravan of Thieves and Tony Castles, 8:30 p.m., Mickey Finn's Pub.
SEPT. 30: The Macpodz, 8 p.m., Clazel Theater.
OCT. 1: Bobby Bare, Jr. with Blue Giant, the Village Idiot, Maumee; Daphne Willis, Tiffin University; Nachtmystium with Zoroaster, Dark Castle, the Atlas Moth, Mickey Finn's Pub; Batter First, Metallica tribute band, Omni.
OCT. 2: Red Wanting Blue, 9 p.m. doors, Frankies; Dark Side of the Moon, a Pink Floyd experience, 8 p.m., Clazel Theater; Graham Parker, Corner Brewery, Ypsilanti.
OCT. 3: Guitar Masters Acoustic with Eric Johnson, Andy McKee, and Peppino d'Agostino, 7:30 p.m., the Ark; B.oB., Bowling Green State University.
OCT. 6: Goo Goo Dolls with the Spill Canvas, 7:30 p.m., Stranahan Theater.
OCT. 7: Gary Allen with Randy Houser and Jarrod Nieman, 7:30 p.m., Huntington Center; Branford Marsalis, 8 p.m., Bowling Green State University.
OCT. 8: Winds of Thor, Led Zeppelin tribute band, Omni; Jill Sobule, 8 p.m., the Ark.
OCT. 9: Doc Severinson and El Ritmo de la Vida, with Toledo Symphony Pops Concert, 8 p.m., Stranahan Theater.
OCT. 10: Gordon Lightfoot, Ritz Theatre, Tiffin; Fall Music Showcase: Three Free Mini-Concerts, 3-6 p.m., Franciscan Theatre and Conference Center.
OCT. 12: Nick Lowe with Geraint Watkins, 8 p.m., the Ark.
OCT. 13: Papa Roach with Skillet, Trapt, My Darkest Days, Monsters of Annihilation, 6 p.m., University of Toledo Savage Arena.
OCT. 15: Tom Paxton, 8 p.m., the Ark; Matthew West, Christian Family Center, Adrian; Frontiers, Journey tribute band, Omni.
OCT. 16: Thousand Foot Krutch, Calvary Assembly of God, 5025 Glendale Ave., Toledo.
OCT. 17: The Glenn Miller Orchestra, 7 p.m., River Raisin Centre for the Arts.
OCT. 18 & 19: Arlo Guthrie, 8 p.m., the Ark.
OCT. 20: The Eagles, 8 p.m., Huntington Center; Corey Smith, 8 p.m., Clazel Theater.
OCT. 22: Four-time Academy Award-winning film composer Alan Menken, 7 p.m., Valentine Theatre's Annual Gala; Red, White & Crue: Motley Crue tribute band and Poison'd, Poison tribute band, Omni.
OCT. 23: The Max Weinberg Big Band, 8 p.m., the Ark.
OCT. 24: Roger Waters' The Wall, 8 p.m., Palace of Auburn Hills; Mr. Speed, Kiss tribute band, Omni.
OCT. 27: Ian Anderson, Michigan Theater.
OCT. 29: Steve “The Harp” Blues Band, 8 p.m., Clazel Theater; Los Straitjackets and Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys, 8 p.m., the Ark; the Hot Club of San Francisco and the Hot Club of Detroit – Django Reinhardt's 100th Birthday Celebration, 8 p.m. Michigan Theater.
OCT. 30: The Misfits with the Infernal Names, Downspeed, and Measure the Redshift, 6 p.m. doors, Headliners; the Verve Pipe kids' show, 3 p.m.; An Evening with the Verve Pipe, 8 p.m., the Ark.
OCT. 31: The Subdudes: Halloween Spectacular, 7:30 p.m., the Ark.
NOV. 5: The Highwaymen – A Tribute,: 7:30 p.m., River Raisin Centre for the Arts.
NOV. 6: Styx, 7:30 p.m., Stranahan Theater; Tommy Tutone, Ritz Theatre, Tiffin.
NOV. 6: Disney Live! Presents Mickey's Magic Schow, 6 p.m., the Palace of Auburn Hills.
NOV. 11: Trans-Siberian Orchestra, 4 and 8 p.m., Huntington Center.
NOV. 12: Lorie Line: Making Spirits Bright, 7:30 p.m., Franciscan Theatre and Conference Center; Thunderstruck, AC/DC tribute band, Omni.
NOV. 13: Five for Fighting, 8 p.m., Franciscan Theatre and Conference Center; John Prine, 8 p.m., Stranahan Theater.
NOV. 16: Melissa Manchester, 8 p.m., the Ark.
NOV. 18: Li'l Ed and the Blues Imperials, Clazel Theater.
NOV. 19: Repeat the Sounding Joy, 7:30 p.m., Stranahan Theater; LeAnn Rimes, Ritz Theater.
NOV. 20: An Evening with Nat and Natalie, Toledo Jazz Orchestra, 8 p.m., Valentine Theatre.
NOV. 21: Shawn Colvin, 7:30 p.m., the Ark.
NOV. 26: Ronnie Milsap, Stranahan Theater.
NOV. 27: Jim Brickman with Toledo Symphony Pops Concert, 8 p.m., Stranahan Theater.
NOV. 29: Carrie Underwood with the Sons of Sylvia and Billy Currington, 7:30 p.m., Palace of Auburn Hills.
DEC. 3: Carolina Chocolate Drops, 8 p.m., Michigan Theater.
DEC. 4: Lee Greenwood, Central Auditorium, Findlay.
DEC. 11: Messiah Sing-Along with Masterworks Chorale, 8 p.m., Valentine Theatre.
DEC. 15: Delbert McClinton, 8 p.m., the Ark.
DEC. 17, 18, 29 & 30 at 7:30 p.m., DEC. 19 at 3 p.m.: Irving Berlin's White Christmas, musical tribute by Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, 7:30 pm., River Raisin Centre for the Arts.
DEC. 19: Riders in the Sky, 7:30 p.m., the Ark.
JAN. 14 & 15: Laurie Anderson's “Delusion,” 8 p.m., Power Center, Ann Arbor.
JAN. 15: The International Tenors, 7:30 p.m., River Raisin Centre for the Arts.
JAN. 18 & 19: Rain: The Beatles Experience, 8 p.m., Stranahan Theater.
JAN. 22: Ricky Nelson Remembered Tour with Matthew Nelson and Gunnar Nelson, the Ritz Theatre.
JAN. 29: The Magical Music of Disney, with Toledo Symphony Pops Concert, 8 p.m., Stranahan Theater.
FEB. 2: Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis, 8 p.m., Hill Auditorium.
FEB. 4: Signed, Sealed and Delivered, I'm Yours, a capella group, 7:30 p.m., River Raisin Centre for the Arts.
FEB. 9: Drumline Live, 7:30 p.m., Valentine Theatre.
FEB. 10: Blues at the Crossroads: The Robert Johnson Centennial Concert, with Big Head Todd and the Monosters, David “Honeyboy” Edwards, Hubert Sumlin, and Cedric Burnside & Lightnin' Malcolm, 8 p.m., Hill Auditorium.
FEB. 14: Neil Berg's 101 Years of Broadway, 8 p.m., Valentine Theatre.
FEB. 18: Feelin' Groovy – A Musical Journey Through the 60s, by Jim Witter, 7:30 p.m., River Raisin Centre for the Arts.
FEB. 23: Kodo, Hill Auditorium.
March 5: The Music of Led Zeppelin, Toledo Symphony Pops Concert, 8 p.m., Stranahan Theater.
March 19: Michael Bolton, 7:30 p.m., Ritz Theatre, Tiffin.
April 9: Dionne Warwick, 7:30 p.m., Ritz Theatre, Tiffin.
April 16: The Three Phantoms, Broadway stars Mark Jacoby, Kevin Gray, and Craig Shulman, with Toledo Symphony Pops Concert, 8 p.m., Stranahan Theater; The Jimmy Cook Memorial Concert, 8 p.m., Valentine Theatre.
MAY 6: The Couriers, 7 p.m., River Raisin Centre for the Arts.
MAY 21: Michael Krajewski with Toledo Symphony Pops Concert, 8 p.m., Stranahan Theater.
Pop and rock venues
The Ark, 316 Main St., Ann Arbor. 734-761-1800; theark.org.
Centennial Terrace, 5773 Centennial Rd., Sylvania; 419-885-7106.
Clazel Theater, 127 North Main St., Bowling Green; 419-353-5000, clazel.net. Franciscan Theatre & Conference Center of Lourdes College, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania; 419-824-3999; franciscancenter.org.
Frankies, 308 Main St., Toledo; 419-691-7464; frankiesinnercity.com.
Headliners, 4500 North Detroit Ave., Toledo; 419-269-4500; headlinerstoledo.com.
Hill Auditorium, 825 North University Ave., Ann Arbor. Contact the University Musical Society, 734-764-2538; ums.org.
Lima and Allen County Veterans Memorial Civic & Convention Center, 7 Town Square, Lima, Ohio; 419-224-1552 or 888-377-0641; limaciviccenter.com.
Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave., Toledo; 419-255-3300; huntingtoncenter.com.
Michigan Theater, 603 East Liberty, Ann Arbor; 734-668-8397; michtheater.org.
Mickey Finn's Pub, 602 Lagrange St., Toledo; 419-346-3466; mickeyfinnspub.com.
Monroe County Community College, 1555 South Raisinville Rd., Monroe; www.monroeccc.edu.
Murphy's Place, 151 Water St., Toledo; 419-241-7732; murphysplacejazz.com.
The Omni, 2567 West Bancroft St.; 419-535-6664; omnimidwest.com.
Owens Community College Center for Fine and Performing Arts, 30335 Oregon Rd., Perrysburg; 567-661-2787; www.owens.edu/arts.
Palace of Auburn Hills, 4 Championship Dr., Auburn Hills, Mich.; 248-377-0100; palacenet.com.
Ritz Theatre, 30 South Washington St., Tiffin, Ohio; 419-448-8544 ext. 4; 800-586-7382; ritztheatre.org.
River Raisin Centre for the Arts, 114 South Monroe St., Monroe; 734-242-7722; riverraisincentre.org.
Savage Arena, University of Toledo, 2801 West Bancroft St., 419-530-4653.
SeaGate Convention Centre, 401 Jefferson Ave.; 419-255-3300; toledo-seagate.com.
Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo; 419-381-8851; stranahantheater.com.
Ticketmaster, ticket outlet; 419-474-1333; ticketmaster.com.
Toledo Civic Theatre, 237 South Erie St.; 419-693-5300; toledocivictheatre.com.
Valentine Theatre, 400 North Superior St., Toledo; 419-242-2787; valentinetheatre.com.