This Week's Picks:
White, Peppers and Sabbath lead Lolla, Zombies turn 50, plus a Latin pop explosion
Monday, July 30, 2012
Zombies turn 50: Last year marked The Zombies' 50th anniversary tour overseas, though this summer the celebration gets extended to satiate faithful fans in America. Led by founding members Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone, the British pioneers promise enduring classics like "Tell Her No," "Time Of The Season" and "She's Not There," along with deeper cuts from the epic "Odessey And Oracle" album. From then until now, the group's influenced countless artists spanning several genres, including Paul Weller, Arctic Monkeys, Courtney Love, She & Him and Badly Drawn Boy. Tuesday, July 31 at Viper Alley: www.viper-alley.com and Wednesday, August 1 at Mayne Stage: www.maynestage.com.
White, Peppers and Sabbath lead Lolla: This mega-festival certainly needs no introduction, plus it's pretty much impossible to snag a ticket at this point. Nonetheless, there's plenty of buzz swirling around the Windy City for both the Black Sabbath reunion and Jack White's solo set, which alongside Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys, Florence + The Machine and At The Drive-In, certainly makes this the hottest Chicago music event all year. Friday, August 3-Sunday, August 5 at Grant Park: www.lollapalooza.com.
A Latin pop explosion: The two biggest Latin to pop crossover personalities tag team for an arena tour that's sure to feel like a sweaty club within seconds. Enrique Iglesias is currently enjoying another sizzling singles streak ("Tonight I'm Lovin' You," "Dirty Dancer," "I Like It"), though he never forsakes early pop confections like "Escape" and "Be With You." Even more larger than life is co-headliner Jennifer Lopez, the star of stage and screen who's scintillating rhythms are sure to delight fans of "Jenny From The Block" through last years "Love?" Friday, August 3 at United Center: www.ticketmaster.com.