KICKING ASS AND RIDING PHALLUSES: You’ve got to see Rammstein at the Thomas & Mack Center on May 21 ($66.50-$96.50). I first saw the German industrial band’s very theatrical live show at the House of Blues in 1999. The audience banged its collective head until the lead singer showered the crowd with water from a penis-shaped hose he pulled from his leather pants; a moment of awkwardness followed. Rammstein 2011 promises to be every bit as loud and surprising: The Toronto Star describes a recent tour stop as “balls-to-the-wall metal,” and goes on to laud the band’s musicality, pyrotechnics and yes, that giant phallus. Another heavy 1990s act, System of a Down, plays a sold-out show at the Pearl on May 22 ($59). If you’d like to make this a full-on tinnitus weekend, wait until day-of and see if any extra tickets shake loose.
WAKE UP, MAGGIE: Rod Stewart is setting up a residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace ($49-$250). It begins Aug. 24 and runs through Nov. 20, and is said to be devoted to Stewart’s chain of hits from the ’70s through the ’90s. (Stewart hasn’t released anything but cover songs for longer than a decade.) If you need your pop music fresher and more Australian, Kylie Minogue performs her considerably more recent material at the Colosseum on May 22 ($69.50).
NOW ON SALE: The Who’s lead vocalist, Roger Daltrey, comes to The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel on Oct. 22 ($55 and up) to perform Tommy in its entirety, with a band that includes Pete Townshend’s … younger brother, Simon. You almost got excited for a second, didn’t you? Well, stay that way: The elder Townshend has given the tour his blessing, and “Amazing Journey” is too awesome to screw up. Tickets go on sale May 20.