ADULT EDUCATION: What I can tell you about Daryl Hall and John Oates is insignificant next to what your parents can tell you. Go on; ask them. They’ll get all misty and begin rattling off song titles—“Private Eyes,” “Maneater,” “Sara Smile”—and you’ll listen and nod with mute terror, wondering just how many of these songs played a role in your conception. What I can tell you is that they’ve got some legitimately great songs in their repertoire—“Say It Isn’t So” and “Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid” are my personal favorites—and that their Sept. 20 show at The Joint ($41-$91) will probably be one of those rare shows you go into not knowing what to expect and come away shocked you knew every single song they played. And some of them made you want to start a family.
RADIO BLAH BLAH: Despite the fact that it’s the worst named music festival since the S.S. Coachella set sail, the iHeartRadio Music Festival, taking over the MGM Grand Sept. 21-22, has a few things to recommend it: scheduled performances by Rihanna, Usher, Lil Wayne, Green Day, No Doubt, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Shakira and Swedish House Mafia on the first day of the festival; and by Taylor Swift, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Brad Paisley, Deadmau5, Mary J. Blige, Linkin Park, Pitbull, Calvin Harris and Enrique expletive Iglesias on the second day. That’s really all I know about this festival; I’ve no earthly idea what all these artists have to do with each other aside from the fact that Clear Channel wanted them all together in one radio-loving package show. The fest is sold out, but you can win tickets at Vegas.iHeart.com.
NOW ON SALE: Journey visits Planet Hollywood on Dec. 7 ($69-$165) with Pat Benatar and Loverboy sharing the bill. This is the Steve Perry-free Journey, but if you drink enough beer you probably won’t notice. (Don’t know if Loverboy has all its original members. Don’t much care, either.) And seriously: Benatar is still around? How cool is that?