Tour Buzz

TYRANNOSAURUS MAC: There’s not much going on this week, except for everything. Fresh from a wildly successful tour of South America, Paul McCartney opens his U.S. tour at the MGM Grand on June 10 ($105-$262.50). The set list from a May 12 show in Chile reveals a nice mix of Beatles favorites, Wings tracks both popular and obscure (nice to see “Mrs. Vandebilt” in there), and a pinch of new stuff including the glorious “Sing the Changes,” the U2-like track he cut as The Fireman in 2008. It looks like a set free of fluff and filler, and if we get something even half as good at the MGM, it’ll be a great show. Tickets are sold out, but some will likely pop up day-of-show.

ALSO THIS WEEKEND: Gin Blossoms play The Orleans on June 11-12 ($33-$55), and Deftones (pictured) play The Joint on June 11 ($26.50-$92). The 1990s were very kind to Las Vegas, and because of that, we tend to treat bands of that era very well. Maybe better than some deserve.

NOW ON SALE: INXS is playing the Pearl on July 23 ($35-$65). In a regular week, this would be news—yes, even a Michael Hutchence-less INXS can still make the notes—but this pales in comparison to Judas Priest’s (pictured) announcement of an Oct. 23 show at The Joint ($55.50 and up). I hate to be the one to tell you, but the Hard Rock show is one of the middle stops on Priest’s Farewell Tour. “It’s not exactly the end of the band, it’s just the fact that we won’t really be doing any more world tours,” guitarist Glenn Tipton tells Rolling Stone. “We wouldn’t automatically say no (to a small string of shows) … But in general, this is probably the last chance you’ll get to see Priest live.” This probably means that it’s the last time that we’ll see balls-out metal played live by guys in leather and spikes. To mangle a phrase, there is no other thing comin’.

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Zombies, doom metal and Deadheads

By Jarret Keene

The headline for this week’s Soundscraper only seems downbeat and mortality-fraught on the surface. It’s actually a very lively, buoyant week in live music, with everything you can possibly ask for—a benefit concert for special-needs kids, heavy-as-sludge stoner metal and a Grateful Dead tribute band from Cali. I will be at two of the three shows, so look for me. I just bought a whole new wardrobe of loud polyester dress shirts from Savers, so I should be pretty easy to spot.