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    Summer concerts in Boston area feature names from rock’s golden years

    Concerts in area will feature some of rock’s most revered performers

    Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters performed "The Wall" in Buenos Aires in March.
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    Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters performed "The Wall" in Buenos Aires in March.

    Get ready for a blast from the past.

    The music around Boston this summer will feature some of the most venerable names of rock ‘n’ roll of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. But though many are well over 50 years old, don’t always expect them to play their age. Meanwhile, their baby boomer fans are briskly buying up tickets as they too try to recapture the sounds of their youth.

    “The older crowd comes out to see shows. They grew up with these artists. For us, they’re like franchises,’’ said Dave Marsden, a longtime vice president of Live Nation, which books most of the big summer offerings.


    Among the featured acts are 68-year old Roger Waters of Pink Floyd, performing his band’s epic “The Wall’’ album at Fenway Park on July 1, and 62-year-old Bruce Springsteen with his E Street Band, who will play Fenway on Aug. 14 and Gillette Stadium on Aug. 18.

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    Some of the best-loved bands are coming back for special shows, including Crosby, Stills and Nash at the Wang Theatre on June 18 and the Beach Boys, who have reenlisted Brian Wilson for a 50th anniversary tour that stops at the Bank of America Pavilion on June 26. Catch Grand Funk Railroad at the Webster’s Indian Ranch July 7; classic rockers Three Dog Night are there June 23.

    Will you still need him when he is 64? The surviving members of the Beatles are even older, former drummer Ringo Starr, 71, bringing his All Starrs band that includes another great old rocker, Todd Rundgren, to the Bank of America Pavilion June 19. Coincidentally, shock-rocking Alice Cooper is indeed 64. He once sang “I’m 18 and I like it,’’ and you can hear whether he has updated the lyrics at the Comcast Center in a double billing with metal-rockers Iron Maiden June 26.

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    Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will play Fenway on Aug. 14 and Gillette Stadium on Aug. 18.

    Aerosmith is part of a great double bill with Cheap Trick at the TD Garden in July, while hard-rockers Kiss and Motley Crue team up at Comcast Center Sept. 16.

    Now, rather than having two bands competing against each other separately, they’ll share the expenses in one show. It works for everybody, including the fans,’’ said Marsden.

    Notable summer concerts:



    June 6, The Paradise: Dr. John

    June 18, Wang Theater: Crosby, Stills and Nash

    June 19, Bank of America Pavilion: Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band with Todd Rundgren

    June 23, Indian Ranch, Webster: Three Dog Night

    June 26, Bank of America Pavilion: Brian Wilson with the Beach Boys


    June 26, Comcast Center: Iron Maiden and Alice Cooper


    July 1, Fenway Park: Roger Waters - Pink Floyd's "The Wall" album

    July 1, Bull Run, Shirley: Hot Tuna with Jorma Kaukonem and Jack Cassady of Jefferson Airplane

    July 11, Bank of America Pavilion: Squeeze and the B-52's

    July 21, Bank of America Pavilion: Yes and Procol Harum


    Aug. 1, Bank of America Pavilion: Joe Cocker and Huey Lewis and the News

    Aug. 14, Fenway: Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band