MANCHESTER — The Verizon Wireless Arena will come alive this summer with the music of Matchbox Twenty, Goo Goo Dolls, New Kids on the Block, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men.
And as an added bonus, the top singers who competed for the title of this year's American Idol will visit Manchester in late August.
Up first Tuesday is Matchbox Twenty and Goo Goo Dolls, headlining a tour throughout North America this summer, kicking off in Manchester with special guest Kate Earl in a 7 p.m. show.
Tickets for the show range in price from $29.50 to $95.
On July 25, New Kids on the Block are joined by 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men for "The Package Tour," starting at 7:30 p.m. The tour is the first for 98 Degrees in more than 12 years. New Kids on the Block released a new album "10" in April featuring the single "Remix (I Like The)" released in January. Tickets for that show range in price from $29.50 up to $91.50.
And on Aug. 20, American Idol Live!, the spinoff tour from the popular FOX television competition, brings this year's top finalists to Manchester for a 7:30 p.m. show. The 40-show concert tour launches in St. Louis, Mo., and winds its way to Manchester.
Season 12 Idol winner Candice Glover is scheduled to be joined by finalists Amber Holcomb, Angie Miller, Burnell Taylor, Curtis Finch Jr., Devin Velez, Janelle Arthur, Kree Harrison, Lazaro Arbos, and Paul Jolley. Aubrey Cleland will also join the tour as the 11th Idol finalist saved by Idol fans. Tickets are $33.50 to $66.
For tickets to these shows, purchase online at www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, or at the Verizon box office on Elm Street.