Rock: One-Offs

Disappearing Acts


BACKSTREET BOYS+SHAGGY
July 16-17
Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey, 201-935-3900
July 18
Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, Long Island, 516-794-9300
On their last tour, the original O-Town dragged out the Jungle Brothers as shuffle-stepping, opening-act ambassadors of after-hours cred. (Hey, Fatboy Slim said no. For real.) This time, the biggest pop reggae star since Marley is along for the ride, and in perfect neutered fashion, his mousey "It Wasn't Me" and "Angel" will show just how risky "I Want It That Way" can be for pop music. The B-band wins again. (Caramanica)


'SIREN'
July 21
Coney Island Boardwalk, www.villagevoice.com/siren
The Voice's free, first-annual music festival features Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Guided By Voices, Superchunk, Quasi, Rainer Maria, and more.


MADONNA
July 25-26
Madison Square Garden, 32nd Street and Seventh Avenue, 465-6741
August 2-3
Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey, 201-935-3900
It's been eight years since Maddie last toured, so she could probably sit onstage and read the tax code over prerecorded kazoo music and people would still go wild. But knowing Puff Mommy, her show just might be a life-changing extravaganza the likes of which this town has never seen. In any case, she's enlisted Les Rhythmes Digitales mastermind Jaques Lu Cont to keep the beats pumping, so the probability of Madison Square Garden turning into one big happy fake Eurodisco is fairly high. (Phillips)


BON JOVI
July 27-28
Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey, 201-935-3900


'GIRLS' NIGHT OUT'
August 2
Jones Beach Amphitheater, Wantagh, Long Island, 516-221-1000
Featuring Reba McEntire, Martina McBride, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Jamie O'Neal, and Sara Evans.


'VANS WARPED TOUR '01'
August 4
Randalls Island, 307-7171
Rancid's the best trad punk outfit in existence, and the melodic thrash on their last album proves it—as if the melodic reggae-punk on the two albums before it hadn't already. Unbelievers need only see them live. Once convinced, check out the token unpunks: crazy, pervy hip-hop geniuses Kool Keith and Murder City devil Esham, and trad reggae family affair Morgan Heritage. Also: 7th House, A.F.I., Alien Ant Farm, Dub Pistols, Fenix TX, Good Charlotte, H2O, Jimmy Eat World, Less Than Jake, Madcap, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Misfits, Pennywise, Rollins Band, Sum 41, Ataris, Bouncing Souls, and Vandals. (Catucci)


'OZZFEST 2001'
August 11-12
P.N.C. Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, New Jersey, 732-335-8698
Featuring Beautiful Creatures, Black Label Society, Black Sabbath, Cold, Crazy Town, Disturbed, Drowning Pool, Godhead, Hatebreed, Linkin Park, Marilyn Manson, Mudvayne, Nonpoint, Papa Roach, Systematic, Taproot, and Union Underground.


'TRIBUTE TO MICHAEL JACKSON'
September 7
Madison Square Garden, 32nd Street and Seventh Avenue, 465-6741
The first thing Wack Jack needs to do if he wants to keep his career is stop celebrating himself. Since he's never, evergonna stop doing that, you might as well witness this bizarre spectacle featuring a demographically correct conglomeration of mega-mega-names including Britney Spears, Jill Scott, Marc Anthony, Michael Jackson, 'N Sync, Shaggy, the Jackson 5, and Whitney Houston. You know it's gonna be ill, super-snapped, and unforgettable. Go for it. Be bad. (Walters)


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