Classic-rock bands still reminisce about the days when riffs cost a nickel and gentlemen took off their hats whenever the Grim Reaper walked by. Cue up timeless tunes with this GrouponLive deal.
- $75 for two tickets to see .38 Special, Kansas, and Blue Öyster Cult in concert (up to a $153.50 value)
- When: Friday, May 31, at 8 p.m.
- Where: Arena Theatre
- Sections: rows T–U
- Door time: 7 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to view the seating chart.
- Number-one hits that you’ll definitely hear: “Hold On Loosely,” “Caught Up in You,” and “If I Had Been the One”
- Bona fide Southern rock credentials: the group hails from Jacksonville, Florida, and founding member Donnie Van Zant is the middle sibling of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Ronnie and Johnny Van Zant
- If you added the years .38 Special has been playing to their name, they’d be called 39.38 Special
- Will Don Barnes pull off one his blistering guitar solos?: Does a Don Barnes play guitar solos in the woods? Yes, that’s why squirrels carry lighters.
- Songs you know by heart: “Carry On Wayward Son,” “Dust in the Wind”
- Songs your neighborhood wizard knows by heart: “Point of Know Return,” “Journey from Mariabronn”
- What presents you should bring to Kansas: bright red rubies, since the band is celebrating its 40th anniversary
- Which part of Kansas was Kansas formed in?: Topeka’s secretive prog-rock district
- Silliest places you’ve heard Kansas songs: Anchorman, Happy Gilmore, and an episode of South Park
Blue Öyster Cult
- Biggest hits in the B.O.C. oeuvre: “(Don’t Fear) the Reaper,” “Godzilla,” “Burnin’ for You”
- How today’s youth know B.O.C.: the daunting task of playing “Cities on Flame with Fire” in Guitar Hero 3, that SNL “More Cowbell” sketch
- Famed music critic Lester Bangs declared Blue Öyster Cult to be the “first authentic boogie beast” that New York had ever produced.
- MVPs of B.O.C.: longtime lead singer and keyboarist Eric Bloom and guitarist Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser
At Arena Theatre, nobody sits farther than 60 feet from the show. Most concertgoers who’ve squinted their ways through major concerts at other venues can attest that the in-the-round seating arrangement and revolving stage are causes for celebration. And the stars have noticed. Since the 1970s, the state-of-the-art venue has attracted a long list of legendary performers including Willie Nelson, Tom Jones, and Aretha Franklin. While their golden vocal chords ring through the stellar acoustics, fans sink into comfy seats, savor a flashy light system, and discard their unnecessary opera glasses.