This Week's Picks:
Minaj mania sweeps Chicago, Michael Jackson lives forever, the soul of Seal
Monday, July 16, 2012
Minaj mania sweeps Chicago: Area fans might have first caught concert glimpses of Nicki Minaj opening up for Britney Spears last year, but the first women to get a shout out on MTV's Annual Hottest MC List is almost eclipsing that mega-star these days. The burgeoning rap/hip-hop hit maker unveils the headlining version of her "Pink Friday: Reloaded" tour, sure to be stocked with the seven singles that simultaneously stormed the Billboard Top 100, along with her outrageous showmanship. Monday, July 16 at Chicago Theatre: www.thechicagotheatre.com.
Michael Jackson lives forever: The world may have lost the "King of Pop" in 2009, but his legacy lives on in Cirque du Soleil's aptly named Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour. Boasting 63 musicians, dancers, acrobats and specialty artists (including five actual MJ band members), the massive spectacle promises pieces or full versions of 35 classic tracks. Thus far, over a million people have caught the show, which bills itself as the largest arena tour on the road, complete with an entourage of 35 trucks. Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21 at United Center: www.ticketmaster.com.
The soul of Seal: These days, Seal's covering old school soul classics (Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Al Green, Bill Withers), though with a catalogue that's included everything from contemporary pop to electronica, there's no telling what he'll pull from his distinct bag of vocal brilliance. Neo-soul star Macy Gray ("I Try") recently signed on as the opening act, who besides a firmly established solo career, also delighted David Bowie fans during his last tour. Sunday, July 22 at Ravinia: www.ravinia.org.