If you’ve never heard “Hold On Loosely” live, now is the time to change that.
This spring and summer, 38 Special will bring “Hold On Loosely” and all of their other signature hits — “Caught Up In You” anyone? — on their 19-concert tour all over North America.
From March 24 through Sept. 14, the classic rock legends will play plazas, state fairs, casinos, wineries, parks and amphitheaters from Texas to Massachusetts.
That includes a huge gig at Atlantic City’s Sound Waves at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on June 23.
Best of all though, ticket prices are fairly reasonable.
At the time of publication, we found some seats going for under $38 before fees on Vivid Seats.
Now that’s what we call a true 38 Special.
So, if you want to see the group’s brand of southern-fried arena rock live this year, here’s everything you need to know.
38 Special 2023 tour schedule
A complete calendar including tour dates, venues and links to the cheapest tickets available for each show can be found below.
2023 tour dates
|March 24 at the Paramount Theatre in Anderson, IN||$51|
|March 25 at the Brown County Music Center in Nashville, IN||$40|
|April 20 at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, IL||$76|
|April 21 at Island Resort & Casino in Harris, MI||$60|
|April 22 at Island Resort & Casino in Harris, MI||$78|
|April 28 at the Westgate Casino and Resort in Las Vegas, NV||$57|
|May 4 at the Sweetland Amphitheatre in LaGrange, GA||$62|
|May 12 at the Golden Nugget in Lake Charles, LA||$53|
|May 13 at the L’Auberge Casino and Hotel in Baton Rouge, LA||$39|
|May 20 at the Chevalier Theater in Medford, MA||$101|
|May 26 at Billy Bobs in Fort Worth, TX||$33|
|June 2 at the Holiday Trav-L-Park in Virginia Beach, VA||$56|
|June 10 at the Spyglass Ridge Winery in Sunbury, PA||$77|
|June 23 at the Sound Waves Hard Rock in Atlantic City, NJ||$111|
|July 22 at the Belterra Casino Resort in Florence, IN||$63|
|July 27 at the Canyon County Fairgrounds in Caldwell, ID||$36|
|Aug. 12 at the Northwest Washington Event Center in Lynden, WA||$59|
|Aug. 23 at the Central Wisconsin State Fair in Marshfield, WI||$44|
|Sept. 15 at the Essential Health Plaza at The Lights in West Fargo, ND||$67|
(Note: The New York Post confirmed all above prices at the publication time. All prices are subject to fluctuation and include additional fees at checkout.)
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38 Special band members
Having formed nearly 50 years ago way back in 1974, one might expect that there’s been quite a bit of turnover since the band’s earliest days in Jacksonville, FL.
To get you up to speed, here’s a look at who you’ll see at 38 Special live shows in 2023.
Don Barnes (guitar/vocalist) is an original member of the group; he’s been playing with them since 1974.
Bobby Capps (keyboardist/vocalist) joined in 1987.
Gary Moffatt (drummer) became part of the band in 1996.
Barry Dunaway (bassist) started up in 2014.
Jerry Riggs (guitarist) is the newest 38 Special member; he debuted with the group in 2019.
38 Special set list
Based on what we’ve seen from 38 Special’s set lists, it appears the band sticks to a pretty strict collection of songs for shows with a few covers thrown in for good measure.
Here’s what you can expect — with a few adjustments — when you see the group live courtesy of Set List FM.
01.) “Rockin’ Into the Night”
02.) “Wild-Eyed Southern Boys”
03.) “Back Where You Belong”
04.) “The Sound of Your Voice”
05.) “Back to Paradise”
06.) “Honky Tonk Dancer”
07.) “Rough Housin’”
08.) “Teacher Teacher”
09.) “You Keep Runnin’ Away”
10.) “Just a Little Love”
11.) “Second Chance”
12.) “Like No Other Night”
13.) “Heart’s on Fire”
14.) “Radar Rider” (Riggs cover)
15.) “If I’d Been the One”
16.) “Fantasy Girl”
17.) “Good Times” (The Easybeats cover)
18.) “Trooper With an Attitude / Drum Solo”
19.) “Caught Up in You”
20.) “Chain Lightnin’”
21.) “Hold On Loosely”
22.) “Travelin’ Band” (Creedence Clearwater Revival cover)
Classic rockers on tour in 2023
Love rock from the ’70s and ’80s but don’t know where to find your favorite groups on tour?
We’re here to help.
These are just five of the biggest classic rockers you won’t want to miss when they come to a city near you this year.
• Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
• ZZ Top with Lynyrd Skynyrd
• George Thorogood and the Destroyers
• John Mellencamp
• Dead and Company featuring John Mayer
Want to see who else is on tour? Check out our list of the 52 biggest concert tours in 2023 here.
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