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By Andy Argyrakis
Pink hangs with The Hives, Guy and Lang return, ska it up with The Specials
Monday, March 4, 2013
Pink hangs with The Hives: Not only has Pink outlasted her '90s pop peers, but she's become a superstar of her entirely own breed with more than a decade of empowering anthems to her credit. The hits keep on coming with the new album "The Truth About Love," from the power ballad "Try" to club banger "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)," which are sure to surface alongside party starting older tunes like "Raise Your Glass" and "So What." Be sure to show up early for an explosive set from Swedish garage rockers The Hives, led by the one and only Howlin' Pelle Almqvist. Saturday, March 9 at United Center: www.livenation.com.
Guy and Lang return: Two of the most formidable forces in blues rock hit the road once again to take multiple generations on a trip through two incredibly storied careers. From the old school, there's arguably few greater than Buddy Guy, who's fresh off a memoir and live album, while only seeming to sharpen with time. Representing the newer class, Jonny Lang is hands down one of his era's most respected guitar slingers who's just as blustery behind the mic. Saturday, March 9 at Rialto Square Theatre: www.rialtosquare.com.
Ska it up with The Specials: While the ska surge may have hit its peak throughout the 1990s, England's The Specials were way ahead of that curve in the late 1970s alongside bands like The English Beat and other 2 Tone mainstream translators. Though the horn heavy troupe sat out the better part of the 2000s, a 2008 reunion has found the fellas grooving just like the old days, as chronicled on the new concert collection "More ... Or Less The Specials Live." Monday, March 11 at Vic Theatre: www.jamusa.com.
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