This Week's Picks:
Waters rebuilds The Wall, Radiohead revs up and New Edition turns 30
Monday, June 4, 2012
Waters rebuilds The Wall: Considering Roger Waters' 2010 staging of the progressive rock masterpiece The Wall in arenas was a cross-continental sell out, it's no surprise to see a return engagement on the books. In fact, the long time Pink Floyd mastermind is super sizing the show this summer as it hits outdoor stadiums, which in the case of Chicago's Wrigley Field, is perhaps one of America's most treasured ballparks. Besides the Cubs, it's also hosted Paul McCartney, The Police and Elton John & Billy Joel, though Waters' technological marvel is sure to give them all a run for their money. Friday, June 8 at Wrigley Field: www.livenation.com.
Radiohead revs up: There may have been a year's delay from the release of Radiohead's The King of Limbs album and the subsequent American tour, but the critical darlings are always worth the wait. Despite the latest disc not being a crowning achievement of its catalogue, there's bound to be much more packed into the band's envelope-pushing show. In addition to Thom Yorke's hypnotic vocals and the rhythm section's experimental electronics, chances are plenty of breathtaking production effects will accompany the tunes during this ideal night under the stars. Sunday, June 10 at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre: www.livenation.com.
New Edition turns 30: Even though New Edition has remained a consistent presence on the road in various incarnations, this year marks a complete reunion for the R&B super group in celebration of its 30th anniversary. Besides taking a trip down memory lane to dust off classics like "Cool It Now," "Mr. Telephone Man," "If It Isn't Love," "Can You Stand the Rain" and "Hit Me Off," the show also promises plenty of solo hits from all its successful members. For those needing a refresher, that includes Bobby Brown ("My Prerogative," "Every Little Step"), Johnny Gill ("My, My, My"), Ralph Tresvant ("Sensitivity") and Bell Biv DeVoe ("Poison"), though with dozens of group and individual albums between them, it's sure to be a marathon celebration. Sunday, June 10 at UIC Pavilion: www.jamusa.com.