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By Andy Argyrakis
Tony Bennett Weekend Report: Creed's attempted comeback, Tony and Carrie croon at Ravinia
Friday, August 28, 2009

Even at 83, Tony Bennett is a regular on the road who's voice is like a delicate instrument that continues to stand the test of time. One of the last living vintage male vocalists has too many hits to count, but he remains active in the studio cranking out 2006's Duets: An American Classic and last year's A Swingin' Christmas (featuring The Count Basie Big Band). This Ravinia regular sells out every single summer, so be sure to grab tickets sooner than later. (Bet your life - Friday and Saturday at Ravinia- Highland Park, IL:

God may have forgiven Scott Stapp for making a fool of himself during a 2002 trip through town with Creed, but many of the band's area fans still cast him aside as a sinner over the highly publicized snafu. Nonetheless, Carrie Underwoodthe newly reunited jock rockers are coasting off its greatest hits in outdoor mega-venues this summer, cranking up the '90s nostalgia at full tilt and introducing tunes from an album slated to hit streets this fall. (Fan club only - Sunday at First Midwest Amphitheatre- Tinley Park, IL:

Rising to fame as a result of "American Idol" isn't exactly an example of paying your dues, but at least Carrie Underwood has the pearly country pipes to blow the majority of her current competitors out of the water. While some of her material leans a little too commercially for more discerning tastes, she also has an admiration for the genre's retro heroes, placing this pair of shows somewhere in between gloss and grit. (Worth a shot - Sunday and Monday at Ravinia- Highland Park, IL:
Dolores O'Riordan Street Week: Wisconsin's very own Skillet shines, A solo Cranberry
Monday, August 24, 2009

While The Cranberries never officially broke up, its female front woman Dolores O'Riordan is certainly stretching her solo wings, turning in 2007's Are You Listening? and the brand new No Baggage (Zoe/Rounder). The eleven fresh tunes benefit from a Celtic-tinged alternative rock aura, recalling fellow Ireland native Sinead O'Connor, minus the unpredictable temperament. Much of No Baggage hearkens back to The Cranberries' Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?, exposing the soul of a vulnerable singer/songwriter who isn't afraid to taunt listeners towards that same sort of emotional release.

Wisconsin's very own Skillet (fresh off a Summerfest appearance) turns in Awake (Atlantic) under the production of SkilletHoward Benson (My Chemical Romance, The All American Rejects). The collection comes on the heels of the double Grammy-nominees' recent trio of Top 40 tunes on Billboard's Mainstream Rock charts, two BMI Songwriting Awards, touring alongside Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, Seether and Flyleaf, plus a solo headlining slot on Pollstar's Concert Pulse Top 50 Tours for 2008.

Crossing the state line back to Chicago (Rockford to be exact) finds Cheap Trick turning in its highly anticipated CD and DVD collections (sold separately) of Sgt. Pepper Live (Big 3 Records). Taking cues from its title, the power poppers cover the famed Beatles opus in its entirety, which marks a first considering the Fab Four never dived into the complete work in concert.

The Dish Archives 2009

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