Rock: One-Offs

Disappearing Acts

 'Z100'S ZOOTOPIA 2001'
June 1, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, Long Island, 516-794-9300
Featuring Aerosmith, Shaggy, Pink, the Corrs, 3LW, Lifehouse, O-Town, Jessica Simpson, Nelly Furtado, Eden's Crush, and more.


'N SYNC
June 3-5
Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey, 201-935-3900
After last summer's prefab bummer of an arena tour, I actually expect improvement at this stadium spectacle you'd have to sell your firstborn to get into, only that would defeat the purpose. I mean, Stadiums R Them. They fit right in at both the World Series—best "Star-Spangled Banner" in years—and the Super Bowl, where Justin was ready to rumble and Britney was bulimic. Don't marry her, JT. Just don't. OK? (Christgau)

Smoke and mirrors: Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler performs his magic act.
photo: Ebet Roberts
Smoke and mirrors: Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler performs his magic act.


BLACK CROWES +OASIS+SPACEHOG
June 7-9
Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Avenue of the Americas, 485-7000


AEROSMITH
June 10 & 12
P.N.C. Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, New Jersey, 732-335-8698
June 16, 18 & 20
Jones Beach Amphitheater, Wantagh, Long Island, 516-221-1000
Steven Tyler is starting to vibe Joan Rivers, and with Aerosmith's latest Just Push Play, the band seems to be picking up on his lift-and-tuck action, propping up their blooze-metal riffs with stiff hip-hop beats. Why don't they just let themselves be the dirty old men they are and record a sleazy blues record like the Pretty Things did a few years back?! (Behrman)


DAVE MATTHEWS BAND+MACY GRAY
June 11-13
Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey, 201-935-3900
DMB have more great hits than Mark McGwire, if you include the ones off the new album that are on deck. Throw in some unfairly unreleased Lillywhite session tracks, and, whoops, no time for solos or shitty early stuff! Macy Gray will have a 19-piece backing band, but I bet her voice will still sound funny (in a great way, mind you). Also: Angelique Kidjo. (Catucci)


DEEP PURPLE+LYNYRD SKYNYRD+TED NUGENT
June 14
Jones Beach Amphitheater, Wantagh, Long Island, 516-221-1000
June 15
P.N.C. Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, New Jersey, 732-335-8698


U2+PJ HARVEY
June 17 & 19
Madison Square Garden, 32nd Street and Seventh Avenue, 465-6741
June 21-22
Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey, 201-935-3900
They've shared a manager for years, and in 2000 they shared something else. Both rose from ruts singing; both risked wholehearted positivity without coming off like simps—or anyway, without sounding as simplistic as their respective detractors can't stop claiming they do. Saleswise, duh, U2 got the better of the move; artistically, double duh, Polly Jean did. Now they can make beautiful music together. (Christgau)


'EXTREME STEEL TOUR'
June 21
Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, Long Island, 516-794-9303
Featuring Morbid Angel, Pantera, Skrape, Slayer, and Static-X


AL GREEN+HOLMES BROTHERS
June 21
Westbury Music Fair, Westbury, Long Island, 516-334-0800


THE GO-GO'S
June 22
Rumsey Playfield, 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue, 307-7171
Like few other bands since the Beach Boys, the Go-Go's positively embody summertime, so what could be a more perfect setting (besides the beach, of course) than a nice, hot June day in Central Park to watch these reunited California girls strut their stuff? Grab some beers and a coupla lawn chairs, and get ready to surf the '80s nostalgia wave. (Phillips)


TRAVIS+DIDO
June 25
P.N.C. Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, New Jersey, 732-335-8698
June 27
Jones Beach Amphitheater, Wantagh, Long Island, 516-221-1000
Recently engaged (sorry, boys) British dance-folk chanteuse Dido returns to the States to remind everybody that she has other songs besides the one that Eminem sampled. Along for the ride are Travis, here to remind everybody that Coldplay aren't the only mildly successful British sad-sack band that can get compared to Radiohead without sounding anything like them. (Phillips)


JOURNEY+PETER FRAMPTON +JOHN WAITE
June 29
P.N.C. Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, New Jersey, 732-335-8698
July 8
Jones Beach Amphitheater, Wantagh, Long Island, 516-221-1000


BAD COMPANY+BILLY SQUIER+JOE STARK+STYX
June 30
P.N.C. Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, New Jersey, 732-335-8698
July 1
Jones Beach Amphitheater, Wantagh, Long Island, 516-221-1000


EMMYLOU HARRIS
July 4
Battery Park Lawn, 835-2789, www.DowntownNY.com
From her folkie roots to her tense vibrato, Harris always comes off like a schoolmarm to me, serious, scholarly, and dry. But this is her season: Rhino just released a two-CD anthology, and she's ever present on Sacred Hearts & Fallen Angels, the label's new Gram Parsons collection. She's always had great intentions, not to mention acute taste in sidemen. And no one disputes her choices in songs. (Tannenbaum)


POISON+WARRANT+QUIET RIOT
July 6
Jones Beach Amphitheater, Wantagh, Long Island, 516-221-1000
July 8
P.N.C. Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, New Jersey, 732-335-8698
Poison's last reunion was phenomenal. Frontman Bret Michaels still looked like one of the chicks from Bay Watch, guitarist C.C. Deville played lots of tastefully decadent guitar, and the fem four proved they still had the strongest hit list of all the lipstick metal bands. Warrant remains a few notches below with less pretty and fewer songs, and Quiet Riot only ever had two songs ("Mental Health" and "Cum On Feel the Noize") and a Randy Rhoads legacy. Also: Enuff Z'Nuff. (Behrman)


'AREA: ONE'
July 15
Jones Beach Amphitheater, Wantagh, Long Island, 516-221-1000
July 19
P.N.C. Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, New Jersey, 732-335-8698
It's not enough for ubiquitous techno star Moby to have conquered every car commercial in the universe. No, he wants to re-create Lollapalooza. But instead of eight rock bands and one hip-hop group, Moby covers a wider musical ground that stretches from rave to rock, and features bands like Rinocerose, which merge the two. Freaky hip-hop comes via OutKast while Philly's the Roots and indie outfit the Innovators lend their underground cred; techno is represented by superstar DJs Carl Cox and the overrated Paul Oakenfold, and neo-folkie trip-hop nymphet Nelly Furtado (ambient innovators the Orb grab her slot at P.N.C.). Incubus is the sole metal band. No word yet on whether Perry Farrell will show up naked, but perhaps headliner Moby will indulge us. (Romano)

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