Tour Buzz

YOU’RE LATE, SON: Rapper Young Jeezy is building a reputation. His fan review page at reminds me of how newspapers appear in movies: The camera zooms in to gawk at a headline that advances the plot. I don’t even need to read the reviews of Young Jeezy’s shows to know how this tour is unfolding, because the headlines tell the whole story: “Jeezy IZ da shyt!,” wrote user TrapstarQueen of the May 21 show in Detroit. It’s when you read past the headlines that the other story emerges: “Ridiculous to wait to see the main performer till 11:30 when the concert started at 8 p.m.,” complained an anonymous concertgoer of the Detroit show. Young Jeezy’s current Ticketmaster user rating is 4 out of 5, and it would probably be even higher if he showed up to the gigs on time.

EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE POOL: A friend of mine once worked with Roland Orzabal of Tears for Fears, scheduled to perform poolside at Red Rock on Sept. 16 ($32-$52). She told stories of how much Orzabal despised his estranged bandmate Curt Smith (Orzabal kept the TFF name as a solo act in the ’90s); once, when a journalist inquired after Smith’s absence, Orzabal stated that Smith was too fat to fit onstage with him. Smith and Orzabal are together again, and they play a crowd-pleasing show—all their hits are represented—but as you watch Tears for Fears, remember: a fistfight could break out at any moment.

NOW ON SALE: To my mind, a show by either TV on the Radio (pictured) or Arctic Monkeys is well worth $38 … and on Sept. 23, you get both at the Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool. That’s two critically acclaimed bands for a pittance. We’re in a double-dip recession; take the deals where you can get them.

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