Dr. Rock
By Dave Richards Erie TImes-News staff blogger
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Posted: April 23rd, 2012
Rush hits tri-state area; Allsburg in Meadville

Rush will tour behind “Clockwork Angels,” its next studio album, due out June 12, and the tour will hit all three area major cities.
First on sale: Buffalo’s First Niagara Center. Tickets will go on sale Saturday at www.tickets.com and by phone at (888) 223-6000 for an Oct. 26 concert.
Rush will also play Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena on Oct. 28 and Pittsburgh’s Consol Energy Center on Sept. 11. On-sale dates for those shows have yet to be announced.

Def Leppard, Poison and Lita Ford play Pittsburgh’s First Niagara Pavilion on Aug. 14. Those tickets will go on sale Friday at Ticketmaster.

Had a fun, if different sort of weekend for me. Caught Cleveland’s excellent Blue Lunch at Rocco’s. The eight-man group plays swing and big-band tunes from the 1940s and 1950s, some of them obscure, all of them fun and extremely danceable. Love that horn section. They did some Freddie King; nothing wrong with that.
At Presque Isle Downs, I saw crowd-pleasing Chris Higbee, who is working his wife Melissa in the show a little bit more. In addition to the usual country and rock covers, Higbee did some disco (!) with “Turn the Beat Around” and a little Miami Sound Machine, too. Higbee, in good spirits, climbed a scaffold during a Steve Miller Band cover.

Last Thursday, I caught Jerry Seinfeld at the Warner. He seemed to be battling a cold; his voice was strained at times. The humor wasn’t, though.
A few bits were the same as his last Erie show (kid’s birthday party) he was a little edgier and more animated than usual.
During his usual Q&A encore, someone asked him about Newman. He told a funny story about signing an autograph for a “Seinfeld” fan at a New York diner when Wayne Knight, per chance, walked in. The fan thought he was seeing a “Seinfeld” reunion develop on the spot.
Seinfeld then gave the Erie crowd what it wanted, a terse, “Hello, Newman.”
The show wasn’t a sell out, but it was a pretty healthy turnout.

No word yet on what 8 Great Tuesdays will bring us in 2012.

Keep checking back today for more concert updates, if any roll in.

Also, author Chris Van Allsburg (“The Polar Express,” “Jumanji,’ “The Chronicles of Harris Burdick”) will talk and sign books today at 6:30 p.m. at Meadville Area High School Auditorium, 930 North Street. Admission is free. Call (814) 337-7975 for directions or more details.

Just in: Train will play Cleveland’s Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica on Aug. 16. Special guests are Mat Kearny and Andy Grammer. Tickets will go on sale Friday at Ticketmaster. Dream Theater will play the same venue on June 21. Those tickets also go on sale Friday.

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