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Located just north of Tempe Town Lake near the southwest corner of Mill Avenue and Washington Street, the Marquee Theatre is an institution in the Valley's live music scene. With a capacity of roughly 1,000, it's just big enough that it is required to separate the underagers from the drinkers, which is great for parents attending a show with their kids or groups of young adults who fall on either side of the legal drinking age. At the same time, the theater is intimate enough so that pretty much any location in the house offers a great view of the stage. A large bar in the concourse area is usually pretty busy, but a smaller bar on the concert floor adjacent to the stage ensures that you can have a drink without missing a note. The sound system is top-notch, which is a good thing considering the blockbuster acts that Marquee regularly hosts. Such prominent national acts as A Perfect Circle, Sonic Youth, Social Distortion, and the Black Keys have performed there, as well as a number of up-and-coming Valley bands who get a chance to shine on the big stage during frequent local showcases.
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Especially for a concert venue, where one expects to shell out a lot of dough for drinks, these are cheap. $4 rum and diet? Can't go wrong with that. The heavy pours make any lush satisfied.
This place is medium and somewhat intimate, and your feet will stick to the floor, but you cannot beat the prices. They're getting some great acts lately! I have recently been for 10 years and Sevendust and while my ears rang (expected) the energy at this venue is like no other. I love that there are no seats, too. I want to stand and dance, anyway.
And choose to avoid that creeper that is trying to say something weird to me.
Yeah, weirdo. I'm going to go over... here... now.
One of the best shows I've seen in ages. Great to see a band like Green Day play a small club, you could feel the energy in the room and smell the sweat. Billy Joe, was in constant motion, bringing up a couple of people from the audience to sing, one being a 9 year old. He ended his singing, with Billy Joe coaching him on when and how to stage dive back into the audience, the look on the kids face was priceless. Did Billy Joe, resort to getting the crowd riled up by screaming Arizona? Yes, did we care that he did it at least 10 times? No. Well worth the price and the hassle of dealing with the forced will call. I wish more bands would do some club shows, made me feel like the Gilman show days. By the time I left after the encore, I was drenched in sweat, my calf's hurt from the constant bouncing up and down, and I couldn't have been happier. A true Rock n Roll salvation show, for the singer and the audience.
Event Review: Queensryche
Glenn... you got duped, or just didn't dig deeply enough into the drama that has become Queensryche. The version of the band that will play at the Marquee on Saturday includes 3 founding members - Eddie Jackson, Michael Wilton, and Scott Rockenfield - and does not include founding vocalist Geoff Tate. The vocalist for this version of Queensryche is Todd LaTorre, and just like Foreigner, Journey, and Styx, when you close your eyes you will swear you hear lead vocals just like the first six records.
Sadly, the band you wrote about is Geoff Tate's new version of Queensryche, and yes - for now - the two bands will tour using the same name... By the way - Geoff's version of the band does plan to visit the Marquee in Tempe, but not until 4/14/13. Ugh... I need some Silent Lucidity.
Sure, the parking costs $5 (and there's never enough of it), the security can be rude, and all shows are general admission and standing room only. So what makes the Marquee Theatre the best place to see national acts? Well, one reason the shows rock at the Marquee is because of the venue's sound and light system, which is state of the art. We've heard crappy bands sound good at the Marquee Theatre, which isn't an easy trick to pull off. But the main reason the Marquee gets this award is... More »
You've still got to pay five bucks to park there, but at least you don't have to fight downtown Phoenix traffic. There are other benefits to seeing national acts at the Marquee, too. The venue often hosts bands just before they blow up big (H.I.M., The Darkness), so it's a great place to catch "the next big thing" before they're too big for you to afford tickets to their arena shows the following year. And there are no "nosebleed seats" at the Marquee. With a capacity of around 1,000, you've... More »
There's nary a place to rest your weary feet except for a few concrete stools on the smokers' patio, and you'll probably have to find parking on the other side of the Mill Avenue Bridge, but if you want to see the bands with the biggest buzz, you'll be coming to the Marquee Theatre. Many of the shows sell out, so it's wise to get tickets in advance. You might have to stand shoulder to shoulder with sweaty fellow fans to see a hot headliner like Nine Inch Nails, but think about it this way:... More »
Bellyache all you want about the beer prices or paying to park. When the legendary Nita's Hideaway closed its doors late last year, the Marquee came to the rescue. Without the Marquee, you have to wonder if we would've seen so many noteworthy national headliners, including The Strokes, Sonic Youth, Kanye West, and Motörhead. After all, it's pretty much the only venue in town with a capacity of 1,000 people. Lately, the Marquee's been hosting smaller shows as well, with featured local... More »
Formerly the Red River Music Hall, the Marquee Theatre opened its doors this past March, admittedly on the premature side by its new owners, the regional promotional powerhouse Nobody in Particular Presents. Though NIPP is still working on $1 million in renovations, improvements to parking and the installation of a permanent sign advertising the theater, it has as good a music-business fallback as any in the meantime -- really good music. In recent weeks, the theater has booked shows by the... More »
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