Only a few weeks in, 2019 is already shaping up to be one of San Diego's biggest concert years in recent memory with Paul McCartney, the Who, Carlos Santana, Justin Timberlake, John Mayer, Ozzy and so many others already en route -- and it looks like the hits just keep on comin'!
On Monday morning, Live Nation announced two more huge North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre (NICUA) shows for your summer concert calendar: Beck, Cage the Elephant and Spoon on July 20; and Heart, Joan Jett and Elle King on Aug. 27!
Six big-name artists, two shows and one on-sale date: Tickets for both concerts will be available to the general public beginning on Friday, Feb. 15 at 10 a.m. PST. Visit LiveNation.com for July 20 tickets, and this Ticketmaster link for Aug. 27 tickets. Of course, various credit card, venue and fanclub pre-sales will be up for grabs so be sure to visit LiveNation.com ahead of time to see if you're eligible for early access.
It almost seems too good to be true -- how can so much greatness be packed into two shows? The last time we saw Beck in town was during his hits-packed set opening for U2 on their "Joshua Tree" 25th anniversary tour at Qualcomm Stadium in 2017, while Cage the Elephant has been quiet prepping their forthcoming studio album since headlining the venue formerly known as Valley View Casino Center three years ago. Both on one bill, with the huge added bonus of indie-rock faves Spoon to boot? Yes, please!
And what can you even say about the triple-threat blockbuster with Heart, Joan Jett and Elle King on Aug. 27? All are absolutely commanding forces onstage -- with Heart and Joan Jett both incomparable rock legends. We were slightly worried Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson (onetime San Diegans, mind you) might not reconcile for a while -- the group had a much-publicized family spat in 2017. So the news that they're back together doing what they do best (rocking faces and taking names) is music to our ears.
And with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer-inductee Joan Jett, the "Godmother of Punk" herself, on the bill (be sure to watch "Bad Reputation," last year's amazing film documentary on Jett if you haven't already), the show promises to be absolutely unforgettable and one of the must-see events of 2019.
Of course, all this news follows other recent show announcements like Jimmy Eat World, Third Eye Blind and Ra Ra Riot at Aug. 1 at NICUA; Billie Eilish at SDSU's Open Air Theatre on July 13; and Vampire Weekend at the same venue on Oct. 3. Honestly, we don't know how long our pocketbooks can withstand this kind of constant concert barrage -- but we wouldn't have it any other way.