July 21 brings the WWE SmackDown World Tour, 7:30 p.m., with tickets available at $17.50-$97.50. Champion Sheamus defends against Alberto Del Rio to lead the card (photo below.)
Glamor rock lives again July 28, with Cinderella ("Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone" and "Nobody's Fool") with Sebastian Bach ("18 and Life to Go" and "I Remember You.") Bach has sold in excess of 20 million records with his former band, Skid Row, and as a solo artist. He acted in a 5-season recurring role on the hit series "Gilmore Girls", has starred on Broadway ("Jekyll & Hyde", "The Rocky Horror Picture Show") and national touring companies ("Jesus Christ Superstar.") Showtime is 7:30 and tickets are $49.50.
The Carnival of Madness Tour featuring Evanescence and Chevelle will roll into Sioux City August 20, 5 p.m. Tickets are $50, or $60 day of show.
Eric Church takes the stage September 28 with the Sweat, Blood and Beers Tour. Opening acts are Justin Moore and Kip Moore tickets are $37.50-47.50. Church catapulted into national success with the release of his debut country album, Sinners Like Me, which produced radio hits "How 'Bout You," "Two Pink Lines," and "Guys Like Me." His follow-up, CHIEF, has produced the number-one singe "Drink in My Hand" and his newest chart hit, "Springsteen."
Evanescence's is one of the more unique bands to appear in northwest Iowa this season.
Their third album is self titled for a reason: 15 years after its formation, the multi-platinum band has made the most collaborative, united album of its career.
"Coming back together is such a beautiful and happy thing," co-founder and lead singer Amy Lee says of making "Evanescence," the group's first album since 2006's "The Open Door." "We'd bring a song to the whole band and arrange it in a group. That's something that really stands out against the other records. There's a tight band at the center of everything, giving it a very tangible energy."
Led by Lee's operatic, passionate vocals, Evanescence has sold close to 25 million albums.The project's premiere single, "Bring Me To Life," snagged the band a Grammy for best hard rock performance. Other massive hits followed, including "My Immortal," "Going Under," and "Call Me When You're Sober," establishing Evanescence as worldwide tour headliners.
After a break following the conclusion of the tremendously successful tour behind "The Open Door," the band - Lee, guitarists Terry Balsamo and Troy McLawhorn, bassist Tim McCord and drummer Will Hunt - came together to write a number of songs.
The hard-driving "What You Want," is about Lee's decision to head back into the fray after the band's hiatus. She says, "It's motivating myself not to be afraid. I'm writing about the chaos of life and that you can't control all the crazy things that happen to you."
The wrenching "Lost In Paradise" opens with Lee's haunting solo piano before exploding into a sweeping, string-laden tale of torment. "It's the most intimate song on the album," Lee says. "This song came out in a moment where I felt lost. It's raw and open."