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A big week in music, in Everett and Seattle

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By Andy Rathbun
Herald Writer
  • Country star Eric Church will perform Tuesday at Comcast Arena in Everett.

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    Country star Eric Church will perform Tuesday at Comcast Arena in Everett.

  • Neil Young and Crazy Horse visit Seattle on Saturday.

    Associated Press

    Neil Young and Crazy Horse visit Seattle on Saturday.

It's been a big year for Eric Church. The 35-year-old scored his first No. 1 country hit, "Springsteen," and then landed at No. 1 again with "Drink in My Hand."
His first headlining tour has been a big success, selling out more than 25 dates and garnering praise well outside Nashville.
And now, he's bringing the Blood, Sweat and Beers tour to Everett.
Church will play the Comcast Arena at 7 p.m. Tuesday, with openers Justin Moore and Kip Moore -- no relation between those two country singers.
Church is the main draw, of course. The singer's raucous country rock has won an audience that's grown, thanks to his workmanlike touring schedule.
Expect to hear those aforementioned No. 1 hits, along with gold-selling singles such as "Love Your Love the Most" and "Smoke a Little Smoke" during his stop in Everett.
Tickets are $37.50 to $47.50 at or 866-332-8499.
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That Everett show aside, the place to go for concerts in the coming week is Seattle's KeyArena, where three huge shows will draw thousands of fans.
First up is Leonard Cohen, who headlines the arena at 8 p.m. Friday.
Easily among the most acclaimed singer-songwriters to come out of the 1960s, Cohen has seen his fanbase grow larger and larger with each decade, as new listeners continue to be drawn to the sometimes-grim, often-poetic singer.
And Cohen seems to be reveling in the late-career attention. The 78-year-old singer has been touring regularly in recent years, and even released a new album, "Old Ideas," this year, landing at No. 3 on the Billboard charts.
Tickets are $40.63 to $279.88 at or 800-745-3000.
Then, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Neil Young and Crazy Horse headline KeyArena as they tour behind their most recent album together, "Psychedelic Pill."
Young could duke it out with Cohen for the crown of most acclaimed singers from the 1960s still operating today. The idiosyncratic and restless singer, who turns 67 on Monday, has inspired generations of bands.
Tickets are $71.02 to $203.06 at or 800-745-3000.
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You can envision seeing Eric Church, Neil Young or Leonard Cohen in a smoky bar -- they each have that air about them.
The same isn't true of Rush, the prog-rock kings who play the type of epic songs built for KeyArena. (On a quirky sidenote, Young, Cohen and Rush all are Canadians.)
Rush released its latest album, "Clockwork Angels," earlier this year, although its likely fans will be most excited to hear hits like "The Spirit of the Radio" and "Tom Sawyer" -- the songs that let the group make its mark in the 1970s.
They play at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Tickets are $72.08 to $145.33 at or 800-745-3000.
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Finally, KeyArena will close its busy week with a show by the Red Hot Chili Peppers at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
One of the most successful acts to come out of the 1990s alt-rock boom, the Chili Peppers have churned out chart-toppers for two decades. The group's most recent album, "I'm With You," hit No. 2 on the Billboard 200, showcasing the band's easy hand at making radio-ready rock.
Granted, any set list they put together will include plenty of old hits. Fans can expect the group to showcase its many styles: the frenetic funk of "Give It Away," the mournful catharsis of "Under the Bridge," and modern-rock friendly tracks such as "Snow (Hey Yo)."
Tickets are $53.95 to $75.63 at or 800-745-3000.
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