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TCOB: Coyotes to host CanadaFest concert in March

Jan 14, 2014, 11:33 AM EDT

From the Phoenix Coyotes:

Phoenix Coyotes Co-Owner, President and CEO Anthony LeBlanc announced today that the Coyotes and 100.7 KSLX will be holding CanadaFest, a concert featuring three Canadian classic rock bands including Bachman & Turner, Loverboy and special guest Trooper on Saturday, March 8 at Jobing.com Arena. The bands will perform starting at 7:30 p.m. following the Coyotes at the Washington Capitals game which will be shown on the video board from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.

“We are excited to bring these great Canadian rock bands to the Valley to perform for all of our Coyotes fans and the many Canadians that will be in town that week for our games against Vancouver and Montreal,” said LeBlanc. “We hope that fans will take advantage of this great opportunity to come and watch two great hockey games and three fantastic classic Canadian rock bands.”

At the very least, you have to give the new ownership group points for creativity. As long as Loverboy promised to play “Heaven In Your Eyes,” as heard on the Top Gun soundtrack, we’d totally go to this.

The Coyotes’ average attendance this season is just 12,885, the lowest in the NHL. And if they don’t pull out of their slump soon, that number might not go much higher.

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  1. bucrightoff - Jan 14, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    And they’re struggling mightly with attendance with a decent team. How bad are things going to get when they’re a bottom tier team?

    • thailer35 - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:39 PM

      What about giving up 5 goals in 3 of their last 5 and 2-5-3 in their last 10 is a decent team to you? I’m a Coyotes fan, and they are terrible right now. And as sad as it is, this is 100% a bandwagon town. They need to change things, fast.

      • bucrightoff - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:46 PM

        Right, but they are above .500 and competeting for a playoff spot, and barely getting past 10,000. When they get to the Oilers level of bad, is it really a stretch to think they might struggle to get to 7,000? That will be the true test of the Coyotes, can they actually not post humiliating attendance numbers with a bad team?

  2. ibieiniid - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    wait, Loverboy is the DRAW for you guys? I’d turn against the Coyotes organization and the state of Arizona altogether if I was forced to sit through that set.

  3. joey4id - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    I guess they’re not attracting enough Americans so they are using the CanadaFest to attract all Canadians within a 400 mile radius. Like Jason said, give management points for being creative. Next they could try Maple Syrup Fest. Maple Syrup and hockey for Canadians is like baseball and apple pie for Americans. :-)

  4. govtminion - Jan 14, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    Maybe I’m just not in tune with music these days, but I’m pretty sure that you couldn’t pay ME the ticket price to sit through that concert.

  5. muckleflugga - Jan 14, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    i saw loverboy and randy bachman at the flood relief concert in calgary last summer…a sell out at mcmahon stadium…in july

    mike reno hasn’t lost a thing, and though first on stage, had the house rocking

    bachman lit the place-up as it went crazy through his set of classics…thirty thousand people up and screaming along…the place was nuts

    i’d pay money to see these acts every time

    wins-out over the rap and hip-hop and emo garbage polluting the airwaves with its derivative tripe

    all day

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