The World of Shred: May 31 brings Japanese garage punks Guitar Wolf to the Hard Rock Café on the Strip ($14 advance, $18 door)—worth seeing if you’ve ever wondered how loud music can get without becoming ammunition. And on June 18, Mötley Crüe, Poison and New York Dolls have a meet-cute at the Red Rock ($65-$175). Will Bret Michaels find romance? Will Vince Neil poke somebody? We used to blow up hotels to see this kind of craziness.
It Was 20 Years Ago Today: The 1990s explode in Vegas with the force of a dot-com boom. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony drop into House of Blues on May 15 ($36), minus longtime members Krayzie Bone and Wish Bone, who have fractured. On June 11, Cake plays the Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan ($40, $50 VIP), drawing songs from its first new album in seven years, Showroom of Compassion, one of the lowest-selling albums ever to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The zombiefied Clinton Era shambles into the following week when the Flaming Lips play poolside at the Cosmopolitan (June 17, $40-$50), to promote their new compilation box set, Heady Nuggs, whose name sounds like Charlie Sheen made it up in conjunction with Phish.
Now On Sale: The Palms recently announced that Tony Bennett—now well into his sixth decade as “the best singer in the business” (or so said Frank Sinatra)—will perform at the Pearl on July 24 ($66-$126). And speaking of the songs that made your ancestors cry, the reunited Soundgarden plays The Joint on July 23 ($70 and up). The band may or may not be recording a new record as we speak; Chris Cornell is being very cagey, the lousy short-haired hippie. Tickets go on sale May 14 at noon, through Ticketmaster.