Top concerts playing Phoenix in June: Justin Bieber, Halsey, Backstreet Boys, AJR and more

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Justin Bieber's oft-delayed return to metro Phoenix appears to finally be happening at the end of a busy month for concerts, from Halsey's first performance in the Valley since 2017 to Backstreet Boys bringing turn-of-the-century nostalgia to Ak-Chin Pavilion.

Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys will launch a co-headlining tour with Chicago at Ak-Chin Pavilion while fans of the British Invasion are in for a treat when It Was 50 Years Ago Today: A Tribute to Beatles brings Todd Rundgren, Denny Laine of Wings and Joey Molland's Badfinger to the Celebrity Theatre.

Here's a look at those and other highlights of concerts in Phoenix in June.

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It Was 50 Years Ago Today: A Tribute to the Beatles

Todd Rundgren, a frequent member of Ringo's All-Starr Band, joins Christopher Cross, Denny Laine (who played in Wings for many years with Paul McCartney), Jason Scheff of Chicago and Badfinger featuring Joey Molland, in paying tribute to the Beatles. This tour puts the focus squarely on two midcareer classics — "Rubber Soul" and "Revolver." Rundgren says they've got the isolated tape loops from "Tomorrow Never Knows" to drop into the psychedelic mix.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 1. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. $40-$100. 602-267-1600,

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Whitney Rose

There's no mistaking what led this young Canadian to move to Austin, Texas, if you listen to "Rule 62," an album produced by the Mavericks' Raul Malo that came steeped in the spirit and sounds of her adopted home, or the even better "We Still Go to Rodeos." Rose's latest finds her expanding the scope of her sound, from the rollicking rock 'n' roll vibe of “I’m in a Rut” to the bittersweet acoustic flavor of "A Hundred Shades of Blue.”

Details: 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 1. Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. $10. 602-265-4842,

070 Shake

Kanye West and Pusha-T tapped this Jersey rapper for features after hearing her music on Soundcloud. Madonna has called her “indescribably mysterious and alluring,” adding that “her lyrics are deep and unique – there is no one like her.” She’s been lauded by i-D as a world builder whose music is “cinematic, soulful and shape-shifting" while Rolling Stone likened her music to “Enya and Pink Floyd as much as Frank Ocean.”

Details: 8 p.m. Thursday, June 2. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. Sold out. 602-716-2222,


DIY magazine responded to this folk-rock duo’s latest full-length effort, “True Love,” with “What could have become overly sentimental instead presents as subtle and sincere. The sincerity is elevated by their understated tones, harking back to the beauty of Elliott Smith but swept into now by crisp production and experimental flourishes.” They’ve since released an EP titled “Billboard for My Feelings,” made up of songs that were mostly written during the sessions for “True Love.”

Details: 8 p.m. Thursday, June 2. Rebel Lounge, 2303 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. $16. 602-296-7013,

2 Chainz

This Southern rapper took home Rookie of the Year in 2012 at the BET Awards on the strength of a chart-topping platinum debut titled "Based on a T.R.U. Story," which spawned three multiplatinum singles, "No Lie," "Birthday Song" and "I'm Different." Other hits include a feature on Kanye West's "Mercy," the Wiz Khalifa collaboration "We Own It," "Watch Out," "Good Drank" and the quadruple-platinum "It's a Vibe."

Details: 7 p.m. Friday, June 3. Mesa Amphitheatre, 263 N. Center St. $50 and up. 480-644-2560,

Rx Bandits

In the 25 years since “Those Damn Bandits” hit the streets, these California rockers have set aside the ska-punk of their youth to arrive at a sound on 2009's "Mandala" that was closer in spirit to prog-rock before reclaiming a bit of that youthful abandon on 2014's "Gemini, Her Majesty." Alternative Press said, "'Gemini, Her Majesty' is by and large a step back towards the fertile brilliance that rightfully gained Rx Bandits exposure in the early 2000s, recapturing the jubilant mix of styles they deployed with so much fresh aggression and poise."

Details: 8 p.m. Friday, June 3. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. Sold out. 602-716-2222,


Time magazine hailed these Austin rockers as “one of the greatest American rock bands of all time." And if you've seen them live or heard at least a handful of the classic albums they've released since rolling out of Texas with a 1996 debut called "Telephono," then you know Time is just stating the obvious. Spoon recently added yet another brilliant bit of evidence to that already airtight case with "Lucifer on the Sofa." The Guardian said, "There aren’t really bad Spoon albums. There are really good Spoon albums and there are excellent Spoon albums. 'Lucifer on the Sofa is one of the latter.'"

Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, June 4. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $30; $35-$38. 866-468-3399,

Andy Grammer

Grammer scored a quirky guest appearance by Rainn Wilson of “The Office” for the video to “Keep Your Head Up,” a Jack Johnson-flavored soft-rock self-empowerment anthem that peaked at No. 5 on the Adult Top 40 charts. That song remained his biggest hit until the triple-platinum triumph of “Honey, I’m Good,” his first and only Top 10 entry on the Hot 100.

Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, June 4. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. $40-$60. 480-644-6500,

Arijit Singh

The most-streamed Indian artist of 2020 and 2021 on Spotify, this Bollywood hit machine has been labeled the King of Playback Singing, winning Filmfare's Best Male Playback Singer Award on six occasions. According to a press release, the show will feature "an array of compositions and medleys that will redefine his most popular songs and leave fans spellbound" with "grand production, exclusive content and creative presentation" that's "sure to set the live experience apart."

Details: 6 p.m. Sunday, June 5. Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale. $69 and up. 623-772-3800,

Chicago and Brian Wilson

Chicago will launch a co-headlining tour with Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys at Ak-Chin Pavilion. Wilson, whose band is set to feature fellow Beach Boys Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin, last appeared in Phoenix when the Something Great from '68 and More Tour played Comerica Theatre with the Zombies in 2019. That show found Wilson and his bandmates shining a spotlight on an unassuming masterpiece of life-affirming pop called "Friends."

Details: 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 7. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix. $35.50 and up. 602-254-7200,

Belle & Sebastian

Their brilliant second album, "If You're Feeling Sinister," turned up on best-of-the-'90s lists at Rolling Stone and Pitchfork in addition to earning a spot in the book "1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die." Although they've never had a proper hit here in the States, these Glaswegian indie-pop icons are widely revered by music geeks and critics, prized for their keen melodic sensibilities and Stuart Murdoch's richly scripted story songs. They arrive in support of the recently released "A Bit of Previous," to which the Skinny responded, "More than simply aging gracefully, 'A Bit of Previous' suggests Belle and Sebastian still have enough hooks for several lifetimes."

Details: 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 7. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $30; $40-$43. 866-468-3399,


Midlake returns in support of “For the Sake of Bethel Woods,” a cinematic tapestry of psychedelic prog with haunted echoes of the indie-folk that once defined them. Under the Radar responded to the album, their first after nearly a decade of silence, with “It is often the case that art that doesn’t easily fit into a box is hard to frame and market. That is why we must seek it out and share it ourselves. That is part of our relationship with art and part of our responsibility as humans. This is a band that is worthy of the search.”

Details: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 7. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. $19-$29. 602-716-2222,

Monsta X

The South Korean boy band bring their twice-rescheduled tour to Arizona Federal Theatre for a concert initially scheduled for July 8, 2020. Phoenix is one of only 10 U.S. dates on the No Limit Tour, which kicked off in late May at Radio City Music Hall. BTS remains the only South Korean act with more Top 40 entries on the Billboard Pop Airplay chart than Monsta X, whose recent single "One Day" marked their third appearance on that chart.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 8. Arizona Federal Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. Verified resale ticket prices vary. 800-745-300,

Backstreet Boys

In early 2019, Backstreet Boys returned to No. 1 on Billboard's album chart with "DNA," the Grammy-nominated 10th studio album from one of the biggest-selling boy bands of all time. Rolling Stone responded with, "There’s a down-to-earth sense of crisp, hooky economy à la Mendes and Puth, gentlemanly horniness mixed with bittersweet innocence they wear well, even as grown men who know what it’s like to soldier their way to hard-earned redemption."

Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 9. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix. $39 and up. 602-254-7200,

Barenaked Ladies

The Toronto rock veterans are joined on their rescheduled Last Summer on Earth Tour by Gin Blossoms and Toad the Wet Sprocket. They play to showcase songs from last year's "Detour de Force," their 13th studio release. AllMusic called it "a thoughtfully constructed album with songs that reveal the group's continued knack for balancing intimate, often humorous personal sentiments with more anthemic feel-good moments."

Details: 7 p.m. Thursday, June 9. Arizona Federal Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $59.50 and up. 800-745-300,

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Kishi Bashi

Kishi Bashi is celebrating the 10th anniversary of "151a," his beloved debut. CMJ praised the album's "luxuriant loop-based instrumentation" as "easy to lose yourself in, making your life seem, for just a moment, much more epic than it actually is." Bashi and his full band will perform the album in full alongside additional songs from his catalog. Joyful Noise Recordings recently released a 10th-anniversary edition of the album. The 22-track collection expands the original album with 11 corresponding demos, new artwork and liner notes by Bashi.

Details: 8 p.m. Thursday, June 9. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. $25. 602-716-2222,

Holy (Expletive)

The electro-industrial rockers from North of the Border most likely to have their band name stripped of half its personality by family-friendly outlets earned raves for “Deleter,” their latest full-length effort. The Skinny declared it “a modern day electro masterclass” and “an electronic rollercoaster, incorporating different genres, tempos and moods to create an impressively seamless record."

Details: 8 p.m. Thursday, June 9. Valley Bar, 130 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. $17.


The Puscifer Existential Reckoning Tour finds Maynard James Keenan and longtime Puscifer members Mat Mitchell and Carina Round joined by formerly local openers Moodie Black. These are Puscifer's first U.S. dates since 2016, when the Money Shot Round 2 Tour played the same venue. "Existential Reckoning" was released in the midst of the pandemic, which prevented Puscifer from touring on the album, which topped our list of 2020 albums made by Arizona artists.

Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, June 11. Arizona Federal Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $39.50 and up. 800-745-300,

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Joe Jackson

The New Wave legend arrives in support of a great new album titled "Sing, You Sinners." The songs will be drawn from the length of his remarkable career, including rarities that haven't been heard live in many years along with some new material. Jackson will be joined by longtime bassist Graham Maby (a musician considered in certain circles as the best there is), guitarist Teddy Kumpel and drummer Doug Yowell. He'll also do a mini-set of "solo Joe."

Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 11. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. $45-$75. 602-267-1600,

Dean Lewis

This Australian singer-songwriter cracked the U.S. market with a double-platinum breakthrough single, "Be Alright," which landed Lewis at the top of Billboard’s Emerging Artist Chart as well as earning him the Apple Up Next title. "Be Alright" is from his full-length debut, "A Place We Knew," which picked up Album of the Year and Lewis Best Male Artist at Australia's version of the Grammys, the ARIA Music Awards. AllMusic praised the album's "simple yet evocative storytelling, resulting in painfully relatable snapshots of times when things just don't work out."

Details: 8 p.m. Sunday, June 12. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. $27.50. 480-829-0607,

Tori Amos

Amos is touring on "Ocean to Ocean," her most personal work in years. As communities around the world suffered the loss of life, live music and travel during the pandemic, Amos descended to an emotional state lower than she had been for a long time. But the depths became creative, forcing a return to the kind of introspection that inspired her first album, "Little Earthquakes." The resulting album explores environmental concerns, the restraints of the pandemic for those on the cusp of adulthood, empowerment, loss and healing.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 12. Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix. Sold out. 800-282-4842,

Mary Chapin Carpenter

After a crowd-pleasing 2019 performance at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts with Shawn Colvin, Mary Chapin Carpenter is set to return to the venue for a concert focused on her own material. The five-time Grammy winner was hailed in Pitchfork as “one of country music’s most reliable and empathetic songwriters." In reviewing "The Dirt and the Stars," her latest album, PopMatters wrote: "Carpenter has been so consistent that calling 'Between the Dirt and the Stars' her best album in however many years isn't particularly meaningful. Let's call it her best album since her last one."

Details: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 15. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. $45-$85. 480-499-8587,

Nothing More

These Texas rockers broke through in 2014 with a self-titled album that sent three singles to the Top 10 on the Mainstream Rock charts – "This Is the Time (Ballast)," "Jenny" and "Here's to the Heartache." And when they returned in 2017 with "The Stories We Tell Ourselves," they sent another three songs to the Top 10 on the same chart, including the chart-topping "Go to War" and "Do You Really Want It?" They're on a co-headlining tour with Asking Alexandria.

Details: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 16. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $39.50-$45. 866-468-3399,

Lyle Lovett

A whole new brand of country outlaw, Lovett has made a career of consistently pushing the boundaries of country with the sort of airplay that approach would tend to generate ("Cowboy Man," his highest entry on the country charts, hit No. 10). He's won four Grammys, though, including best male country vocal performance and best country album.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 16. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. $40-$60. 480-644-6500,

Brit Floyd

Billed as "the World's Greatest Pink Floyd Show," Brit Floyd will return to downtown Phoenix with a brand new production, Echoes 2022. In addition to highlights from "The Wall," "The Dark Side of the Moon," "Wish You Were Here," "Animals" and "The Division Bell," the tour features a show-stopping 23-minute "note-for-note" performance of "Echoes," the song that took up the entire second side of one of Pink Floyd's greatest albums, "Meddle."

Details: 8 p.m. Friday, June 17. Arizona Federal Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $38.50 and up. 800-745-300,

Bronco and Ramon Ayala

Bronco put a modern spin on regional Mexican music by honoring the norteño tradition while incorporating modern instruments like keyboards. That approach helped them achieve a number of international hits in the '80s and '90s. Ayala is a norteño pioneer whose accordion-laden songs are staples at cantinas and restaurants, on radio airwaves and at weddings, baptisms and quinceañeras. Ayala's discography spans more than 100 albums.

Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, June 18. Arizona Federal Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $49 and up. 800-745-300,


The Valley's premiere pool party welcomes Disclosure, the U.K.-based EDM duo that earned a Grammy nomination for their debut album, "Settle," which featured two career-defining singles — "White Noise" (with AlunaGeorge) and "You & Me" (with Eliza Doolittle). They're playing a DJ set in support of "Energy," an aptly titled 2020 effort to which the Guardian responded: "Raw, hypnotic anthems hover happily between pop and underground – genius that makes even the ruthless regiment of a house beat sound sprawling and improvised, childlike in its glee."

Details: 5 p.m. Saturday, June 18. The Pool at Talking Stick Resort, Loop 101 and Pima Road, Salt River Reservation. $40 and up. 480-850-7734,

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Neither Joey Burns nor John Convertino live in Tucson these days. Convertino is in El Paso and Burns is in Boise. But the founding members of Calexico returned to Tucson to record the recently released "El Mirador" at longtime bandmate Sergio Mendoza's home studio. It's there that, as they put in their press release, they "channeled cherished memories of Southwestern landscapes and joyful barrio melting pots into an evocative love letter to the desert borderlands that nourished them for over 20 years."

Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, June 18. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $30; $32-$35. 866-468-3399,

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The Soundcloud sensation is touring the States in support of "Gabriel," which had the highest first-week sales of any 2022 debut to date, hitting the album charts at No. 16 while earning praise from Rolling Stone and Consequence for the lo-fi charms of a promising debut defined by his ethereal falsetto.

Details: 8 p.m. Sunday, June 19. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $30; Sold out. 866-468-3399,

Ben Folds

The piano man is bringing his In Actual Person Live for Real Tour of solo piano and orchestral performances to Chandler Center for the Arts. Having spent much of 2020 and early 2021 in isolation in Australia due to COVID-19 lockdowns, Folds returned to U.S. stages last fall to numerous sold-out performances. He's also working on an album, producing the podcast series "Lightning Bugs: Conversations with Ben Folds" and is scheduled to begin taping a new TV series.

Details: 7 p.m. Sunday, June 19. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave. $46-$76. 480-782-2680,

The Nude Party

They met as freshmen in the dorms of Appalachian State University, where they came by the Nude Party moniker honestly, having developed a habit of playing naked. But there's to recommend this show than a better band name origin than most. There's the reckless abandon with which they commit to the boozy swagger of "Lonely Heather," the opening track on 2020's "Midnight Manor," for example — or the Stones-gone-honky-tonk confessions of "Pardon Me, Satan." There's also the fact that album is loaded with lyrics as inspired as "Oh no, look what you made me do/Now I’m drinkin’ with me again instead of drinkin’ with you.”

Details: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 19. Valley Bar, 130 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. $16.

5 Seconds of Summer

These Australian heartthrobs topped the U.S. charts with a self-titled album of spirited pop-punk songs in 2014, the same year they opened a One Direction tour. Their hits include "She Looks So Perfect," "Don't Stop," "Amnesia" and "Good Girls." In its second cover story on the boys, Billboard noted, “5SOS is an anomaly in 2015: a Generation Z guitar band that sells records." They've sold more than 10 million albums and more than 2 million concert tickets worldwide while earning more than 7 billion streams, making them one of the most successful Australian acts in history.

Details: 7 p.m. Monday, June 20. Arizona Federal Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. Verified resale ticket prices vary. 800-745-300,


This is the final night of the indie-pop brother act's tour in support of last year's "OK Orchestra," which topped Billboard’s Alternative and Rock Albums charts, their second consecutive album to debut at the top on both charts. Lead single "Bang!" became their first Top 40 entry on the Billboard Hot 100, where it peaked at No. 8 along the way to going double-platinum.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 21. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix. $30.50 and up. 602-254-7200,

Gov't Mule

Formed in 1994 as a side gig by two members of the Allman Brothers Band — guitarist Warren Haynes and bassist Allen Woody — Gov't Mule quickly rose to the front of the jam-rock ranks with a self-titled album and the all-important live show. Woody died at the turn of the century, but Haynes and founding drummer Matt Abts are still out there jamming, with Danny Louis and Jorgen Carlsson rounding out the lineup. PopMatters praised their first straight-up blues album, "Heavy Load Blues," as "a soul-baring journey of the blues, mainly through the lens of soul and hard rock, in all its complexity, beauty, darkness and glory."

Details: 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 21. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. $35. 480-829-0607,

Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio

The organ-driven, heavy-grooving soul-jazz trio from Seattle are playing the MIM in support of "Cold as Weiss," their first release since being joined by drummer Dan Weiss, also of the Sextones. American Songwriter called in "another home run for Lamarr’s trio," encouraging readers to "Get on board and bring a friend as these guys generate the fiery funk/soul/jazz heat."

Details: 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 21. MIM Music Theater, Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. $30.50-$41.50. 480-478-6000,

Aldous Harding

Harding is touring the States in support of the sublime "Warm Chris," her fourth album of intoxicating psychedelic chamber pop with the willfully eccentric touches we've come to expect. The Line of Best Fit praised "Warm Chris" as "a sophisticated opus that shines with magic," adding, "never before has one of her albums been so vulnerable and reserved."

Details: 8 p.m. Thursday, June 23. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. $22. 602-716-2222,


The Artist Formerly Known as Young Jeezy arrives in support of "The Recession 2." He topped the rap and R&B charts in 2005 with "Soul Survivor," the breakthrough single from his platinum debut, "Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101." His biggest hits include "And Then What," "I Luv It," "Go Getta," the double-platinum "Put On" (which featured Kanye West and put Jeezy back at the top of the rap charts), "My President" (featuring Nas), "Lose My Mind" (featuring Plies), "Leave You Alone" (with Ne-Yo) and "R.I.P."

Details: 9 p.m. Saturday, June 25. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. $40-$125. 602-267-1600,

Max and Iggor Cavalera

Long before he moved to Arizona and launched Soulfly, Max Cavalera co-founded Brazilian thrash-metal legends Sepultura with his brother, Iggor Cavalera. The brothers will perform selections from two iconic early Sepultura albums — "Beneath the Remains," a late-'80s thrash-metal classic that Decibel later enshrined in the Decibel Hall of Fame, and "Arise." Q magazine says that early '90s gem "remains their thrash high water mark, sounding like an angry man throwing tools at a urinal while reading the Book of Revelation."

Details: 4 p.m. Saturday, June 25. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. $32. 480-829-0607,

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Bright Eyes

This is Bright Eyes' first full North American tour in 11 years and according to, this show is their Valley concert since 2007 at Mesa Amphitheater. They're touring in support of 2020's "Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was." The A.V. Club said the album "is rich in what brought many of us to Bright Eyes in the first place: the drama," going on to praise "the mature reflection he intertwines with his urgency," "his hard-fought optimism" and "the sense that (Conor) Oberst doesn’t want to stare down these songs alone." If you're going, you should definitely get there in time to see Hurray for the Riff Raff.

Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, June 25. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $46-$50. 866-468-3399,


Halsey arrives in continued support of last year's Grammy-nominated "If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power," which landed the star on year-end lists at Rolling Stone, the BBC and Genius. Spin proclaimed the album "a master class in songwriting and production overflowing with a seductive industrial canvas as well as noise-rock, punk choruses and fuzzed-out guitars." This is Halsey's first Phoenix concert since Halloween 2017 at what was then called Talking Stick Resort Arena.

Details: 7 p.m. Sunday, June 26. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix. $26 and up. 602-254-7200,

Justin Bieber

This oft-delayed performance was originally scheduled to hit State Farm Stadium on June 5, 2020. At the time, it was the Changes Tour in honor of the 2020 "Changes" album. But he's managed to release another album since then, topping Billboard's album chart with "Justice," which prompted the renaming of the tour. The latest instance of rescheduling this concert was in February after Bieber tested positive for COVID-19, according to an article in Rolling Stone. The San Diego Union-Tribute praised the tour's opening night as an "electric, flashy and often excellent concert, which at times seemed more like the eye-popping set for a Christopher Nolan-directed movie than a musical performance."

Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 30. Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale. Verified resale ticket prices vary. 623-772-3800,

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