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I looked at my son about halfway through Kendrick Lamar’s set and said, “This reminds me of the first time I saw U2,” which would have been 1983, on the “Unforgettable Fire” tour. “Yeah, I feel that,” he said, because he knew I meant that I felt I was seeing and hearing something that was at once incredibly popular and artistically outstanding. That’s a rare happening, …

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Kendrick Lamar 7:30 p.m. at Darien Lake Amphitheatre (9993 Allegheny Road, Darien). Tickets are $35-$189 and may be purchased here. Lamar and his colleagues from Top Dawg Entertainment – the company run by Anthony Tiffith, who signed a then-15-year-old Lamar to his first deal – is truly the heavyweight hip-hop bout of the season. In addition to a headlining set from…

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If the Country Megaticket wasn't enough to satiate the Buffalo area's fans of the genre, then perhaps this announcement for early fall will rouse excitement for the coming concert slate. Kid Rock and Brantley Gilbert will drop by Darien Lake Amphitheater at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 28 on the Red-Blooded Rock 'N' Roll Redneck Extravaganza. Tickets, ranging from $39.50 to $129.50,…

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Prepare to pounce, local concertgoers. In celebration of National Concert Week, Live Nation will offer $20 tickets to 20 select summer shows at Darien Lake Amphitheater (9993 Allegheny Road, Corfu). The promotion began in 2015 and enters its fourth year. The special rate began Monday and runs through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, May 8. The Live Nation release also reinforces …

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Two bands whose place on the Mount Rushmore of heavy rock is assured will team for a gig at the tail-end of the summer concert season. Deep Purple and Judas Priest will take over Darien Lake Amphitheater at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5 as part of 97 Rock's Back & Rockin' Birthday Bash. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. April 27 through LiveNation.com, Ticketm…

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The 1980s arena heavyweights Poison will be performing at 7:30 p.m. June 26 in the Darien Lake Amphitheater (9993 Alleghany Road, Corfu) The hair metal act's local stop will be a part of its just-announced 25-plus date "Nothin' But A Good Time 2018" tour. The summer itinerary will feature all four original band members - Joining Poison will be the iconic Illinois har…

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G-Eazy's just-announced "Endless Summer Tour" will be making a local stop at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 24 in the Darien Lake Amphitheater (9993 Alleghany Road, Darien). The Bay Area-born musician continues to tour in support of his 2017 double-album "The Beautiful & Damned," while his new batch of dates share the same name with his 2011 mix-tape, which features his breakthroug…

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Darien Lake's summer concert season keeps getting bigger. The just-announced Godsmack and Shinedown co-headlining tour will roll through the area at 7 p.m. July 24 in Darien Lake Amphitheater (9993 Allegheny Road, Darien). Both acts will be loaded with new material once they make their Western New York pit-stop. Boston alt-metal act Godsmack will share its latest offeri…

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Buffalo's summer concert season just got a bit busier with the announcement that Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie's co-headlining tour will include a stop on Aug. 12 at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center (9993 Alleghany Road, Darien). The musicians announced the tour on their websites and via social media. Manson is making a quick return to the area as the longtime sho…

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Buffalo's Every Time I Die is one of more than 50 bands slated to perform during the final cross-country run of the Vans Warped Tour, which returns to the Darien Lake Amphitheater grounds for a show on July 25. Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman previously announced that this is the final full run of the event, now in its 24th season. However, there is talk of some type of…

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I've got my own criteria for what makes a strong summer concert season. I need a solid arena-style or outdoor amphitheater to kick things off. I need tantalizing club shows peppered throughout the summer . I need our outdoor soft-ticket and free gig roster to offer diverse programming that covers a broad array of genres. I need to plan a few road-trip gigs, for the sake…

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Buzzing musician Post Malone is slated to perform at 8 p.m. May 26 in the Darien Lake Amphitheater (9993 Alleghany Road, Darien). The Dallas-raised, Syracuse-born flavor of the moment released "Stoney," his hip-hop collection, at the end of 2016. The record features chart-topping tracks including "Congratulations," "Too Young" and "White Iverson." The hip-hop artist …

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All tickets purchased for concerts in the Darien Lake Amphitheater include same-day free admission to the theme park. Tickets can be purchased via livenation.com, ticketmaster.com and by calling 800-745-3000. Click on the links for information about various concerts. May 26: Post Malone with 21 Savage, SOB X RBE. 8 p.m. June 3: Kendrick Lamar with SZA, ScHoolboy Q, J…

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Chicago and REO Speedwagon's just-announced joint tour will include an area stop at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7 in the Darien Lake Amphitheater (9993 Allegheny Road, Darien). Neither long-time act is a stranger to the venue. Chicago played the stage last year while on tour with the Doobie Brothers. As for REO Speedwagon, the '80s balladeers are returning to Darien two years after …

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The 60th annual Grammy Awards was a big evening for country superstar Chris Stapleton, who paired with EmmyLou Harris to perform "Wildflowers," an emotional Tom Petty tribute, then seized three coveted awards in his genre. On the heels of these accolades, Stapleton announced he will play June 28 at Darien Lake Amphitheater (9993 Allegheny Road, Darien) as part of his Al…