Frank Sinatra, Natalie Cole and Raphael are among the wide variety of acts coming to Los Angeles as part of the expanded summer schedules of the Greek Theatre and the Universal Amphitheatre.
Those artists are part of a season skewed toward the older segments of the pop audience--including a Greek appearance by Roger Daltrey singing the music of his Who mate Pete Townshend on July 1 to complement the July 13-31 run of “The Who’s Tommy” Broadway production at the Universal.
Cole will be at the Greek on Sept. 9, while Sinatra will be there Sept. 23 and 24. Raphael will be at Universal on May 15.
Most shows at the Greek are priced from $15 to $35, though the Sinatra concerts range from $20 to $70. At the Universal, the general range is $20 to $50, with Reba McEntire and John Michael Montgomery’s joint appearances charging $35 to $75.
Tony Bennett, a veteran who has had surprising MTV success recently, is set for the Universal on Sept. 17, as part of a lineup that also includes the already announced Traffic reunion shows (June 9, 10, 11, 14) and performances by James Taylor (June 21 through 26) and Jackson Browne (date to be announced).
Country acts due there include McEntire and Montgomery (July 2, 3), Wynonna Judd (Sept. 11, 12) and Suzy Bogguss and Chet Atkins (Nov. 5). Shows by new-age stars Yanni (May 20, 21) and Kitaro (to be announced) are also planned.
The Greek schedule also leans toward veteran acts, including from the rock world Yes (July 21, 22), a double bill of the Doobie Brothers and Foreigner (Aug. 2), Emerson, Lake & Palmer (Aug. 17) and Chicago (Sept. 17, 18). The Greek also has a strong country selection, including Alan Jackson (Aug. 3), Vince Gill (Sept. 15, 16) and Brooks & Dunn (Oct. 20).
Each facility is offering special subscription plans, allowing fans to get priority seating by ordering for multiple events before tickets go on sale for individual shows.
Starting Sunday, the Greek will have two plans available: the Premiere Club, with a choice of any six shows, and Premiere Club Limited, with a choice of any four shows. Shows will generally not go on sale through Ticketmaster until six to eight weeks before the concert date.
The Universal’s plan also gives subscribers a choice of any six shows, with orders accepted starting Sunday. In each case, subscribers will be given chances to order for shows added to the schedule before the rest of the public.
Other shows on the Greek Theatre schedule:
O’Jays, Whispers and LeVert (April 29), Salt-n-Pepa and R. Kelly (May 4, 5), “Reggae Sunsplash ’94" (May 27, 28), Bryan Adams (June 2, 3), David Benoit & Ross Freeman (June 10), Los Lobos (June 11), Stylistics, Dramatics and Chi-Lites (June 18).
Michael Feinstein (July 8), James Brown (July 9), Julio Iglesias (July 15, 16), Basia (July 30, 31), Earth, Wind & Fire (Aug. 4), Al Jarreau and Roberta Flack (Aug. 6), Jazz Explosion Superband (Aug. 20), Stevie Nicks (Aug. 25), Hiroshima and the Yellowjackets (Sept. 30), “Legends of Rock ‘n’ Roll” (Oct. 1) and Kenny Loggins (Oct. 7, 8). The Greek has booked but has yet to announce dates for shows by Air Supply, Santana, Melissa Etheridge and Eddie Money.
The previously unannounced Universal shows include:
“Southern Spirit” featuring the Outlaws and others (May 19), “Budweiser Superfest” (May 27, 28), Pandora (June 18), Mark Chesnutt (June 28), Indigo Girls (Aug. 26, 27), the Rippingtons (Sept. 10), “Blues Music Festival ’94" (Sept. 28, 29), Peter, Paul & Mary (Oct. 1), Steven Curtis Chapman (Oct. 8), Jose Jose (Oct. 9), Vikki Carr (Oct. 16), Juan Gabriel (Oct. 21-23) and Vicente Fernandez (Nov. 19, 20).
Dates for Big Head Todd & the Monsters are yet to be announced.