Prague concerts

As Scott has already mentioned in his blog, Prague is in the midst of a hot summer line-up of concerts. I can’t remember the last time (if ever) the city has hosted such an incredible variety of top-shelf (or at least commercially monumental) acts.

Though I’ve never heard or know all that much about them, ??And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead seems worth checking out when they play Rock Cafe on June 10. Their badass name alone has got me interested enough to shell out the respectable CZK 350 cover.

I don’t really dig on big stadium shows, but the opportunity to see Velvet Revolver when they open for an Ozzy-fronted Black Sabbath at the T-Mobile Arena (Za elektrarnou 419, Prague 7) on June 29 is too good to pass up – though I’ll have to think about whether or not I want to deprive my savings of the CZK 995 to 1795 ticket price (plus booking fee).

Other cool acts playing the Czech capital include Thievery Corporation, The Mars Volta, The White Stripes, and Patti Smith. At the other end of the spectrum status-quo crowd-pleasers (all of whom had their own periods of coolness, now lost in the mire of stomach-churning ballads and sad grandaddy attempts at rocking out) Phil Collins, Elton John, Simply Red and Rod Stewart will also be in town.

And finally, in the sort of retro-cool category, Duran Duran will be playing T-Mobile Arena on June 10 – the same day as Trail of Dead. Tickets to see the perennial pop poster boys range from a reasonable CZK 795 to a somewhat outrageous CZK 2845 (plus booking fee). So, CZK 3000 for a concert ticket? What could they possibly be offering for that price? Head? I hope more than just front row centre seats, especially in a venue with acoustics as lousy as T-Mobile Arena’s.

Speaking of outrageous ticket prices, peep the range for Andrea Bocelli’s October 2 show at the Sazka Arena (Ocelarska 2, Prague 9). You’ve got to be a real fan, or have celebrity status (meaning you never have to pay a heller), to be willing to shell out that kind of cash for a show.

All dates and venues are listed at prague.tv’s concert guide.

Jun 5, 16:45 (Filed under: Prague events, Culture )

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