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By Andy Argyrakis
The Purple One, Peter Gabriel's complete classic, plus Joe Jackson covers "The Duke"
Monday, September 24, 2012


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The Purple One: Less than a month ago, a seemingly out of the blue announcement came from Prince's camp that he'd be setting up shop in the Windy City for multiple shows cast in the light of the "Rebuild the Dream" economic improvement initiative. While the socially conscious side-note is certainly worth fans' attention, the true point of attraction is seeing the superstar improvise his way through a completely unpredictable evening of funk, soul and rock n' roll jams. Chicago residency begins Monday, September 24 at United Center: www.ticketmaster.com.

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Peter Gabriel's complete classic: Between his lack of interest in reuniting with Genesis and the fact that he's usually stingy with the hits in concert, it's pretty obvious that Peter Gabriel doesn't like nostalgia. While it's quite uncharacteristic for the art rocker to dive back 25 years to dust off the classic "So" album in its entirety (with the original touring band no less), the promise of songs like "Red Rain," "Sledgehammer," "In Your Eyes" and "Big Time" are sure to please both purists and more commercially minded listeners. Thursday, September 27 at United Center: www.ticketmaster.com.

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Joe Jackson covers "The Duke": Throughout his storied career, Joe Jackson never been easy to pigeonhole, tackling everything from punk to new wave, jazz and classical. His latest endeavor "The Duke" is a swinging collection of Duke Ellington covers, which shouldn't have any trouble lighting up the stage alongside this piano playing sax man's own anthems "Is She Really Going Out with Him?," "Sunday Papers" and "I'm The Man." Friday, September 28 at The Vic Theatre: www.jamusa.com.

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