November = Old Dudes Rock Month
There's a production that opens next week at the Verizon Center called Walking With Dinosaurs. But November at the Verizon Center may as well be called Rocking With Dinosaurs, as stars of the AARP segment of the rock-and-roll circuit will be filing in with regularity. Today's big announcement was that the Police will finally hit D.C. proper with a Nov. 5 show at the phone booth. The reunited trio has been on the road for months but came no closer than Baltimore for last month's Virgin Festival. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. and you might want to switch to low-octane gas -- or just stop buying gas altogether -- for a while if you want to score the best seats.
The Nov. 1 Van Halen show was announced a few weeks ago and sold out almost instantly. It remains to be seen if the David Lee Roth + Eddie/Alex/Wolfgang Van Halen lineup will be able to stand each other's company long enough to make it to the Verizon Center show, but they have plenty of rea$on$ to tolerate each other.
Although it hasn't been officially announced yet, it's pretty much common knowledge that Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band will be at the Verizon Center on Nov. 11 (and quite possibly Nov. 12). New album "Magic" comes out on Oct. 2 and that's enough to get the E Street Band back on the road for some three-plus hour shows and plenty of chants of "Bruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuce." Hopefully Conan O'Brien will be able to cope without Max Weinberg; he'll have to find a new way to kill 30 seconds at the top of every show without the duo's awkward interactions.
And it should also be noted that another retirement-age rocker just announced an area show in November. Neil Young doesn't have the drawing power of the previous three acts, so he'll be at Constitution Hall on Nov. 15. If you ask me, though, he's better than the Police, Van Halen and Bruce Springsteen -- combined! Ticket info for this show will be released shortly.
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