Your best bets in music this weekend

  • Wed Jul 25th, 2012 2:14pm
  • Life

By Andy Rathbun Herald Writer

Think of them as a real live jukebox.

Spike and the Impalers will make their annual summer stop at the Tulalip Amphitheatre for a 21-and-over show at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The group, fronted by 95.7 KJR morning show hosts Spike O’Neill and Bob Rivers, covers the kind of classic rock that plays on that radio station: Van Halen, ZZ Top, Queen, AC/DC.

Tickets are $26.75 to $46.75 at or 800-745-3000.

Granted, if you want to hear some actual classic rock, not just covers, you have some options coming up.

Journey will play a headlining show at the Gorge Amphitheatre with openers Pat Benatar and Loverboy at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Journey has showed remarkable staying power since the 1990s, when the group last said goodbye to famed frontman Steve Perry.

A repackaged greatest hits compilation, including the still-ubiquitous track “Don’t Stop Believin’,” hit No. 10 on the Billboard 200 earlier this year, a remarkable feat in the age of iTunes, when anyone can buy any of Journey’s hits at any time.

For the Gorge show, founding lead guitarist Neal Schon will be joined by long-time members Jonathan Cain, Ross Valory and new lead singer Arnel Pineda.

Tickets are $107.70 to $149.50 at or 800-745-300.

Closer to home, Iron Maiden will take its Maiden England tour to the White River Amphitheatre with opener Coheed and Cambria for a show at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Iron Maiden, which, unlike Journey, still has its acclaimed frontman, Bruce Dickinson, was one of the most influential heavy metal bands to come out of the 1970s.

Expect to hear its biggest tracks — “Two Minutes to Midnight,” “The Trooper” — along with material from its last studio album, “The Final Frontier,” which hit No. 4 on the Billboard charts in 2010.

Tickets are $46.50 to $95.90 at or 800-745-3000.

Metal fans looking for something a little different can find it when Dethlok plays the WaMu Theatre alongside Lamb of God and Gojira at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Dethlok started out as a fictional group on the Cartoon Network show “Metalocalypse,” a black comedy about a death metal band. Like Spinal Tap, the group took on a life of its own and now plays live shows.

Tickets are $43.35 at or 800-745-3000.

Finally, on the lighter side, Neon Trees will play the Showbox at the Market at 8 p.m. Friday.

Don’t let the Utah group’s spiky hair fool you. Neon Trees is often billed as “dance-punk,” and while they dress the part, the sticky hooks on alt-rock hits “Animal” and “Everybody Talks” make it clear this band is all about the power pop.

Tickets are $21.50 at or 888-929-7849.