Tour Buzz

TWICE YOU GO BLACK: I’m not sure we needed The Darkness to reunite. The British hair-metal band is fun, but they were the product of a time, and that time was 2003. Today, we’ve got Steel Panther doing the “are these guys fucking serious?” heavy metal-homage thing, and The Darkness seems worse than quaint. Case in point: The gang at Pitchfork, never ones to miss an opportunity to mock big hair, haven’t even bothered to make fun of Darkness singer Justin Hawkins since 2009. Still, there are those among us who “believe in a thing called love” and a rock called buttrock. For those stalwarts and anyone else who’s been dying to wear striped spandex to a casino, the House of Blues proudly presents The Darkness on Feb. 17 ($22.50).

SONGZ BUZZ: It’s going to be one big-assed renaissance year for rapper/singer-songwriter Trey Songz, who performs at the Pearl on Feb. 18 ($71). In a Jan. 27 interview with Billboard’s Jason Lipshutz, Songz says that he’s this close to finishing his fifth album (Chapter V), and that he’s set to make his acting debut in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D, due this October. Something tells me that he’ll mention these things a few times during the Pearl show.

NOW ON SALE: Eddie Vedder, I always knew you were a sellout. I don’t know if you remember Vedder from the 1990s; I personally haven’t seen him since the day he gnashed his teeth and bit the recess lady’s breast, but that’s neither here nor there. As a writer, I’m obligated to tell you of the following: Eddie Vedder is playing two solo shows at the aptly named Pearl on April 10-11; both dates are sold out; and Vegas is one of only 13 cities on this solo tour. If any tickets should shake loose before show day they’ll be $91. Swell Season’s Glen Hansard opens.

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Sure, the 45-year-old mother of three and self-proclaimed “luckiest girl in the world” belted her hits from past albums (including “Independence Day” and “Wrong Baby Wrong”). But songs from her newest album, Eleven, on which she took a larger role writing were especially moving. (“Teenage Daughters” was a highlight.) After singing “A Broken Wing,” McBride received a standing ovation, which delighted her so much that she pronounced, “Wow, I should play here all the time!” (Too bad Shania Twain already nabbed the country music songtress residency at Caesars Palace.)