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Three new Boise concerts announced at Taco Bell Arena

Joe Elliott, left, and Phil Collen perform with the band Def Leppard in 2012 in Los Angeles.
Joe Elliott, left, and Phil Collen perform with the band Def Leppard in 2012 in Los Angeles. Invision/AP

The music scene is heating up on the Boise State campus:

▪  Rock and Roll Hall of Famer James Taylor will bust out the baby-boomin’ classics — and some solid new songs — on Wednesday, July 20. He’ll be backed by his All-Star Band, not to be confused with the All-Starr Band that performed in Boise last year with Ringo Starr.

Taylor hasn’t gigged in the Treasure Valley since 2007, when he uncorked a show containing virtually ever major tune a fan could hope to hear, from the career-birthing (”Carolina in My Mind, “ “Something in the Way She Moves”) to the wow-I-can’t-believe-you’re-still-willing-to-do-that (”Handy Man.”)

Tickets to the Taco Bell Arena concert go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, March 11 at Ticketmaster. Prices have not been announced.

▪  Def Leppard, REO Speedwagon and Tesla will unleash an ’80s-rockin’ marathon Wednesday, Sept. 28. British headbangers Def Leppard have been through this area a couple of times in the past decade — with and without their REO buddies.

Tickets to that concert go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, March 4, at Ticketmaster. Prices have not been announced for that one, either. (Update: I’m told the range will be $27.50 to $123.) The promoter might groan at me for pointing this out, but unless you want the best seats, it might be worth waiting, anyway. Days before Def Leppard’s last show here — in Nampa in 2011 — I wrote that “organizers appear to be somewhere between ‘Bringin’ on the Heartbreak’ and flat-out ‘Hysteria.’ First, ticket prices were discounted to $27 for Def Leppard. Then came an almost pleading $10 offer. It almost makes you want to go even if you didn’t graduate from high school in 1987.”

▪  Vocal group Il Divo will bust out the classical crossover tunes at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at Taco Bell Arena.

You’ve gotta love Il Divo, baby. Check out this marketing quote regarding “Amor & Pasion,” the quartet’s latest album: “This is Il Divo’s seventh studio album — and their most ambitious yet. It is also, they are convinced, their sexiest.”

Tickets to Il Divo go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, March 4, for $49-$125 at Ticketmaster, although high-end VIP tickets already are being sold. The presale is March 3. Password: AMOR.

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