In May, the Spokane Arena once again enlisted the good people of the Inland Northwest in a Bucket List poll asking: Which three musical acts would you like to see?
After more than 5,000 votes, the results are in and they’re not completely surprising — Spokane is a pop-country town after all, selling out the last four country shows that have come through the Arena. But the list still includes plenty of rock, pop and legend acts, many of whom Inlander
staffers would be thrilled to see.
THE TOP 20
1. Garth Brooks
4. Maroon 5
5. Florida Georgia Line
6. Taylor Swift
9. Justin Timberlake
10. Luke Bryan
11. Foo Fighters (tied) Mumford & Sons (tied)
12. Brantley Gilbert
13. Bruno Mars
14. Kenny Chesney (tied) Sam Hunt (tied)
15. Katy Perry
17. Aerosmith (tied) Slipknot (tied)
18. Reba McEntire
19. Blake Shelton (tied) Ed Sheeran (tied)
20. Bruce Springsteen (tied) Keith Urban (tied) Prince (tied)
See the full list, which include an inordinate amount of ties (Beyonce and Lady Gaga both made 27), here.
The Top 10 acts on the 2015 list aren’t all that different from last year’s poll
and Arena general manager, Matt Gibson says he's taking note.
"I'd like to have them all come here, but it's always a gamble," he says. "This is a pretty balanced list, and while country sells very well here, I'd like to get in a huge pop act as well."
Nine of the bands on last year’s wish list did perform here and Gibson plans to build on that success, already reaching out to the artists named on this year's list.
"It’s not always about dollars and cents, it’s a passion to play for a venue that wanted to see them play," Gibson says. "Our venue is obviously smaller than Key Arena and the Tacoma Dome [In Seattle] but we really make people feel special when they come through."
Gibson says his team plans to conduct the Bucket List poll annually, so if you're favorite act didn't make the cut be sure to vote next year. In the meantime, hopefully this year, we’ll get Metallica!