Just because the concert calendars at Merriweather Post Pavilion and Pier Six Pavilion seem to be filling up, don't believe that we've seen the end of the summer concert announcements.
There are still several heavyweight tours pending.
Due to escalating ticket prices and the loss of money by promoters and bands, fans are expected to get more music for the money by way of big rock package tours before September.
The most highly touted is "Lollapalooza," a barnstorm tour featuring Jane's Addiction, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Living Colour, Nine Inch Nails, Ice-T and The Butthole Surfers. It looks like an area concert is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 14. No word on a venue, yet.
Also expected are AC/DC and L.A. Guns, who have a July 8 concert tentatively lined up for the Capital Centre, and the hot Seattle band Queensryche, which doesn't have solid plans for the summer.
The best example of the soft market is the Nelson and Enuff Z'Nuff double-bill just booked into Merriweather for June 21. Tickets are just $15.50 and $11.50, the lowest priced show at the Columbia venue in recent memory.
Another show likely to find an August date is the return of Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine, who start touring in July.
As expected, the Grateful Dead will make their annual summer appearance at RFK Stadium in D.C. on June 14. For more info about the Dead's summer tour, call 201-488-9393.
Merriweather releases seats today for Elvis Costello and The Replacements (June 16), and will sell tickets for Paul Simon (Aug. 24) tomorrow and Jimmy Buffett (July 12 and 13) beginning Saturday.
Pier Six Pavilion has added three shows: "The World Beat Tour" featuring Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Third World and Arrow (Aug. 8), Bebe and Cece Winans with Don Moore (Aug. 22) and Robert Palmer (Aug. 29).
At the Arena, Hank Williams Jr., Sawyer Brown and Mark Collie will appear (June 1).