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By Andy Argyrakis
A double header Motown Christmas, Cheap Trick close to home, TSO's latest leap
Monday, December 23, 2013


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A double header Motown Christmas: Take original member of The Supremes Mary Wilson, add in the equally legendary Four Tops, and it's beginning to look a lot like a Motown Christmas in Chicago. Besides plenty of holiday tunes, gear up for key hits from both boundary-breaking acts, including "Stop! In The Name Of Love," "Come See About Me," "Baby Love," "Reach Out, I'll Be There," "Baby I Need Your Lovin'" and "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)." Various dates Monday, December 23-Sunday, January 5 at Harris Theatre: www.marywilsonandthefourtops.com.

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Cheap Trick close to home: Technically speaking, Cheap Trick may be from Rockford, but anytime the group is in the neighboring area (give or take a hundred miles) it may as well be a homecoming show. The consistently solid classic rockers are sure to churn out "Surrender," "Dream Police," I Want You To Want Me" and possibly the power ballad "The Flame," while demonstrating exactly why they influenced Guns N' Roses, Smashing Pumpkins and Fountains Of Wayne on down. Friday, December 27 at Star Plaza Theatre: www.starplazatheatre.com.

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TSO's latest leap: It just wouldn't be Christmastime without a massive concert from Trans-Siberian Orchestra and the troupe that's performed before ten million fans over the past fifteen years promises faithful its biggest spectacle to date. However, it also marks the final front to back performance of the multi-platinum project "The Lost Christmas Eve," which is often considered a modern day progressive rock masterpiece. Saturday, December 28 at Allstate Arena: www.ticketmaster.com.


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