Dinosaurs like the heat. The concert slate in late summer reads like it did in 1994—or 1982. Billy Joel, Foo Fighters, Cheap Trick and more hit the big outdoor sheds and stadiums in August. Take a good summer read and a picnic basket and hit the lawn. The summer music festival season enters its final stage as well, and Lollapalooza is just the tip of the iceberg. Explore our picks of the top August gigs.
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We hope Billy breaks out the old black leather skirts for this one. Oh, right, he goes by William now. Both the Pumpkins and Manson have been on a downward spiral (sorry, wrong electro-goth reference there) since the 1990s, but the two also released their strongest albums in a good while recently, wisely economizing and getting back to loud guitar riffs. They've finally realized their not an alternative, just classic rock.Read more
After debuting Sonic Highways at Cubby Bear last October, Dave Grohl and his arena rockin' crew return to Wrigleyville. Urge Overkill, Naked Raygun and Cheap Trick open, making this a Chicago love affair. Only without Chicago (the band). Tickets are also available for the rooftops.Read more