Atlanta is a great concert city and is known for some amazing places to see the concerts. With venues like Chastain, Lakewood and Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre, there is a great venue in every part of the metro area. Throw in indoor venues like Philips Arena, the Cobb Energy Center and Gwinnett Arena; no act is too big or too small to play Atlanta. Each year, the big acts start hitting town in the spring.  Here are some spring concerts you don’t want to miss in 2012.

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Van Halen
Philips Arena

1 Philips Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 878-3000

Price: $29.50 – $149.00
Date: April 19, 2012
Time: 8 p.m.

The legend that is Van Halen is back on tour in 2012 and David Lee Roth is leading the way.  Expect to hear some new songs along with all the classic rock songs that made Van Halen famous. From “Jump” to “Panama” and “Dance the Night Away,” these are timeless hits you could listen to over and over again. Philips Arena is a great place for a rock concert as the sound doesn’t get lost in the corners of the arena.

Greg Lake
Variety Playhouse
1099 Euclid Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 524-735z

Price: $35-$40
Date: April 26, 2012
Time: 8 p.m.

It’s a theater, it’s a nightclub, yes it’s Variety Playhouse. A great small concert venue, Variety Playhouse is known for their acoustics and fans being close to the action on stage. Greg Lake, one of the founding members of Emerson, Lake and Palmer will be at Variety Playhouse this spring and expect to hear hits from ELP, King Crimson and Lake’s other side projects.  Should be a fun night, with one of the biggest names in music playing his heart out in Atlanta.

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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
2200 Encore Pkwy.
Alpharetta, GA 30009
(404) 733-5010

Price: $85 – $125
Date: April 29, 2012
Time: 6:30 p.m.

Since the 1970s, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers has been bringing great rock and roll music to the masses. This April date at Verizon Wireless is special for a few reasons. Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre boasts plenty of free parking that are an easy walk or a short shuttle ride from the venue. There are no bad seats at Verizon for any concert and the sound is usually perfect. This is a concert that should not be missed as who knows when Tom Petty will be back in the Atlanta area again!

Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan
Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood
2002 Lakewood Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30315
(404) 443-5090

Price: $59 – $129
Date: May 19, 2012
Time: Click here for details

Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood has played host to the biggest names in country music over the years. It’s an outdoor venue that rocks all year long. This May, two of the biggest names in country music come to play their new songs and their hits. Two Georgia boys, Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan come to town and this show is sure to sell out. Aldean was male artist of the year in 2011 and his current album “My Kinda Party” is fantastic.

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James Taylor 
Chastain Park
4469 Stella Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30342
(404) 733-4900

Price: $50 – $86.50
Dates: May 27 – 7 p.m., May 28 – 8 p.m., 2012

The scene at Chastain Park is surreal. The energy and spirit at Chastain Park only adds to this amazing experience in this outdoor venue. James Taylor is a favorite son of Chastain and he will be back this May to sing his hits and entertain his fans with timeless melodies. The weather should be perfect, so pack a picnic basket with some dinner and wine and enjoy a man who has sold more than 50 million albums.

Rick Limpert is a freelance writer/photographer in Atlanta. His work can be found at

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