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Darien Lake will give a sneak preview of the Tantrum today, its first new roller coaster in a decade. The $5 million ride is still under construction, but the coaster's first and biggest steel loop is already in the air, and crews are working to finish the rest. The ride starts off with a nearly 100-foot vertical climb followed by a 97-degree drop. The ride features …

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While Darien Lake theme park opens for the season May 5, fans excited for the debut of the Tantrum, the entertainment venue's first new roller coaster since 2008, will have to wait a bit longer. Darien Lake officials confirmed the Tantrum would be ready for public use sometime on Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-28. The $5 million project is the first major addition since t…

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Breaking Benjamin and Five Finger Death Punch's co-headlining tour will include a stop at 6 p.m. Sept. 3 in Darien Lake's Amphitheater (9993 Alleghany Road, Darien). Radio-friendly hard-rock act Breaking Benjamin is prepping the release of its latest album "Ember," which is set to drop on April 13. The Pennsylvania band shared the record's first single "Feed the Wolf" e…

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Def Jam recording artist Logic will bring his "Bobby Tarantino vs Everybody Tour" to Western New York at 7 p.m. July 3 in the Darien Lake Amphitheater (9993 Alleghany Road, Darien). The Maryland hip-hop star continues to tour in support of his ambitiously minded 2017 record "Everybody." Earlier this week, he released "Bobby Tarantino II," the sequel to his 2016 surprise…

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Slayer's farewell tour will now include a local date at 5 p.m. Aug. 3 in the Darien Lake Amphitheater (9993 Allegheny Road, Darien). The 40-year thrash-metal vets announced earlier this year that its latest batch of tour dates would be its last. The highly influential group's most recent and now final record "Repentless" was released back in 2015. Joining Slayer on t…

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Ah, the memories of 2016. Being yelled at through a bullhorn at Attica State Prison. Riding the Viper at Darien Lake five times in a row, upside down and screaming. And, most shockingly, going to the Porter Cup in Lewiston, and enjoying it. All my life, I had laughed over this quote by the legendary newspaperman H.L. Mencken: "I would never trust a man guilty of g…

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Ready to unveil its latest batch of exciting new rides and attractions, Darien Lake (9993 Alleghany Road, Darien Center) is set to open its gates for a 53rd season at 10 a.m. May 7. The park's newest attraction,  RipCurl Racer, is an addition to its the Splashtown water park. Measuring in at 42 feet,  RipCurl Racer will allow up to six guests to barrel through twisting an…

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Much has changed for Blink-182, but the punk trio's summer tour will include a stop at Darien Lake. Blink will perform at 7 p.m. Aug. 24 in Darien Lake Performing Arts Center (9993 Allegheny Road, Darien). Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. May 6 and run between $25-$75. They'll be available online at LiveNation.com, Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Special gue…

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It wouldn't be summer without the Vans Warped Tour. The multistage music extravaganza is returning to the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center for a show on July 14. New Found Glory, Less Than Jake, Yellowcard, Tonight Alive and We the Kings are among the fan favorites who will be back as part of 22nd edition of the tour. Also on the bill are Sleeping With Sirens, Four Year…

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Country star Brantley Gilbert will "Take It Outside" literally when he brings his newest tour to the area for an outdoor show July 8 at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center. Justin Moore and Colt Ford will open. One of four country acts to have consecutive platinum albums, Gilbert has hit No. 1 with songs like "Country Must Be Country Wide" and "You Don't Know Her Like …

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It’s being called the “One Hell of Night Tour”: Bad Company and Joe Walsh are co-headling a concert at 7 p.m. June 7 at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center. Steve Rogers opens. In this case, "co-headlining" means they will rotate the headlining spot for each show. "I had always hoped that we would do something together and so here we are 30 years later finally touring…

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English rockers Def Leppard will pay another area visit, stopping Aug. 31 for a show at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center (9993 Allegheny Road, Darien) along with '70s rock band REO Speedwagon and Tesla. Tickets are $31 to $125 for reserved seats, $31 for lawn and $75 for a lawn four-pack and go on sale at noon March 4 through LiveNation.com, Ticketmaster.com or by phone…

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Zac Brown Band's return to the area falls during a major summer holiday weekend. The country artist will perform at 7 p.m. July 3 at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center (9993 Allegheny Road, Darien). Drake White & the Big Fire open. Tickets are $42.50 to $78.50 reserved, $32.50 lawn and $98 for a lawn four-pack and go on sale at 10 a.m. March 4 through LiveNation.com, …

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Breaking Benjamin and Disturbed, two of modern hard rocks more successful acts, are teaming up for a co-headlining tour that will include a stop July 24 at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center (9993 Alleghany Road, Darien Center). Nearly 15 years following the group's debut, Wilkes-Barre-bred Breaking Benjamin scored its first No. 1 record with the 2015 release of "Dark…

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Friday will be a little brighter start to the weekend than usual for country fans. LiveNation announced the lineup for the 2016 Country Megaticket in Darien Lake, which features seven shows by high-profile musicians between June and October. Here's the lineup: June 23: Miranda Lambert with Kip Moore and Brothers Osborne July 8: Brantley Gilbert with Justin Moore and Co…