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Manchester dance-rock outfit the 1975 will return to the area at 7 p.m. June 2 in the Darien Lake Amphitheater (9993 Allegheny Road, Darien Center). Making its first area appearances since back-to-back sold-out gigs at the Rapids Theatre in May 2017, the hook-heavy pop group will hit the road to support its forthcoming album "A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships," …

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Consider this a gift from Niall Horan to his fans: He got them to put their phones away. About a half hour into his Sept. 7 tour stop at Darien Lake Amphitheater, Horan slowed down the evening, briefly transforming it from festive to reflective. The 24-year-old Irish singer and his five-piece band had already accelerated through a handful of his slightly poppy, slightly…

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Think of blues-based hard rock and heavy metal as sounds that rattle dashboards in their own separate ways. Hear the deliberate and dynamic guitar forays, the undercurrent of bass and barrage of snares and cymbals. Envision the musicians behind these separate forms of nuanced mayhem, and you may see the lineups of the pulsating Deep Purple and Judas Priest. The English-bor…

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Semi-stormy Labor Day festivities included an all-night emo-metal celebration at Darien Lake Amphitheatre with a lineup of four bands at the top of the genre. Headlining Breaking Benjamin followed sets by Five Finger Death Punch, Nothing More, and Bad Wolves. A quick note for those unfamiliar with the music: despite bad-boy band names, wailing music, and thug-like appea…

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Named for the '60s surfing documentary, The Endless Summer Tour, with co-headlining rappers G-Eazy and Lil Uzi Vert, came to Darien Lake Amphitheatre on Friday night. The vibe was late-summer (a chill in the air) so the sporadic spraying of the audience with Super Soakers and beverages was pointless, aggressive and a bit off-season. With six different acts hitting th…

Crime

Three women were arrested by Genesee County Sheriff's deputies Thursday during a Miranda Lambert concert at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, according to the Sheriff's Office. Monica W. Granata, 54, of West Seneca, was charged with two counts of second-degree harassment for allegedly punching, kicking and biting two Live Nation security officers as she was ejected fr…

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On the day Aretha Franklin died, Miranda Lambert summoned the Queen of Soul’s spirit at Darien Lake while making her own claim to fame as one of the greatest divas of our time. The small-town Texan-turned country superstar paid respects before combining with co-headliner Little Big Town for a dual-band diva salute Thursday night. After a short solo set from affable Albe…

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The summer festival season is winding down for the Buffalo area, but the coming week - Monday through Thursday - still has much to offer for things to do. From the Erie County Fair to the stretch run of two highly-regarded theater productions, consider this mix of events when planning your week ahead. Stay tuned for The 10, which previews the top events for the weekend,…

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Shockwaves of industrial metal core, created by a triple bill of bands, filled Darien Lake Amphitheatre on Sunday night. Billed as "Twins of Evil 2018 - The Second Coming," co-headliners Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson, along with Montreal-based opener Deadly Apples, played to a near-capacity crowd. Rob Zombie, former frontman of White Zombie, a metal band that ruled t…

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Country superstar Dierks Bentley rolled into the Darien Lake Amphitheatre Saturday night for the latest stop on his “Mountain High” tour and delivered an evening of feel-good, rockin’ country music to a packed house . Bentley took the stage just after 9:20 p.m., under a starry sky with a cool breeze easing through the amphitheater. Dressed in black jeans and a plaid shi…

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Slayer's reign as the undisputed overlords of dark, aggressive thrash-metal is coming to an end after 38 years. Unsurprisingly, the band is not going quietly, as an Aug. 3 stop at Darien Lake Amphitheatre, part of the band's farewell tour, made plain. If this was indeed the end, then Slayer departed at the height of its powers - grimly defiant, dangerously loud, awash i…

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Thousands of faithful descended on Darien Lake July 30 for the first full day of Kingdom Bound, the annual Christian music and arts festival. The day was filled with music and worship led by local and national speakers and performers. Taking center stage at the Performing Arts Center was former “American Idol” finalist Danny Gokey. Remembered as much for his tragic back…

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Thousands of music fans moseyed from stage to stage at the Warped Tour on Wednesday at Darien Lake. Dozens of bands played the punk-focused summer festival that has crisscrossed the U.S. since 1995. After this summer, Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman has announced that it is a wrap. His long and sad post on the tour site sounds regrettable that Warped Tour won't be hitting…

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Luke Smallbone is on the road with his brother, Joel. The two Australian-born musicians, collectively known as for King and Country, are somewhere in the Midwest, in the middle of a packed summer of tour dates. The band will be releasing the new album "Burn the Ships" in October and its first single, "Joy," peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Christian chart, making it the ba…

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As a mid-summer streak of gorgeous weather continued to bless the region, "The Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore" tour hit up Darien Lake on Sunday for a weekend encore performance. Each set had crowd-pleasing highlights, but the party didn’t start ‘til Kesha walked in. As Macklemore’s set ended and Kesha landed from her spaceship, it felt like she grabbed the crowd…