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By Andy Argyrakis
The Black Eyed Peas Weekend Report: Black Eyed Peas' victory lap,
Creed stages cheap comeback

Friday, August 13, 2010


When The Black Eyed Peas first released The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies) last year, the lead single "Boom Boom Pow" was blasting on just about every radio on earth. In the dozen or so months that passed, the group's notched up even more infectious singles like "Meet Me Halfway" and "I Got a Feeling," suggesting there's no end in site to the creative (though overly commercial) partnership of will.i.am, apl.de.ap, Taboo and Fergie. (Worth a shot - Friday at Allstate Arena- Rosemont, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).

During Creed's initial run throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s, the group sold an astounding 35 million records while racking up hit after hit like "Higher," "My Own Prison," "With Arms Wide Open" and "My Sacrifice." Though the guys went their separate ways with singer Scott Stapp treading the solo route while guitarist Mark Tremon and bassist Brian Marshall started up the new band Alter Bridge with Myles Kennedy, the core foursome is back together after a half decade hiatus with the "20-10" reunion tour for a mere $20 in the pavilion and $10 on the lawn. (Worth a shot - Sunday at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre- Tinley Park, IL: www.livenation.com).

From jumpstarting New York's new wave and punk scene in the late 1970s to being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nearly twenty years later, Blondie's reputation speaks for itself. Though the group's merely coasting on its greatest hits these days, at least there are plenty of them, including "One Way or Another," "Heart of Glass," "Rapture" and "The Tide Is High," all of which are sure to be presented during this solo headlining show. (Worth a shot - Wednesday at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino- Hammond, IN: www.thevenuechicago.com).
Eli Street Week: Reed balances sass and class, Orbison's swan song
Monday, August 9, 2010


Taking equal cues from Harry Connick Jr. and Michael Buble as Adele and Amy Winehouse makes Eli "Paperboy" Reed a target for fans of both contemporary crooners and sassy singers with an edge. On Come and Get It (Capitol), he bridges the 1960s with now, touching on everything from piano pop to R&B grooves and singer/songwriter material laden with soul.

Just two days prior to passing away unexpectedly from a heart attack, Roy Orbison performed a set of greatest hits in Akron, Ohio on December 4, 1988. The long lost show, as chronicled throughout The Last ConcertRoy Orbison (Eagle Records), features several of the legend's classic hits like "Only the Lonely," "Crying" and "Oh, Pretty Woman," alongside some less familiar but equally potent fan favorites.

Forget that this trio of brothers first found fame for the cheesy (albeit unforgettable) radio ditty "MMMBop" and follow the twentysomething fellas into adulthood for a more mature sound. Shout It Out (3CG) recalls Matchbox Twenty reunited, thanks to its adult alt-pop leanings and musical proficiency that explain why the trio's endured 15 years thus far.

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