While Dec. 31, 2001, may not rank up there with the millennium celebrations, there’s still plenty of top-notch live music being presented in the clubs and arenas of the U.S. this New Year’s Eve. So, if you’re planning to get off the couch while Dick Clark rings in 2002 in Times Square, rest assured that there are worthwhile options in most major cities.
In New York, band of the moment the Strokes will open for perennial indie favorite Guided By Voices at the famed Apollo Theatre. Further downtown, Phish’s Page McConnell will premiere his new band, Vida Blue, which features bassist Oteil Burbridge (Aquarium Rescue Unit, Allman Brothers) and drummer Russell Batiste (Allen Toussaint).
Los Angeles will offer electronic music fans the most this year, as the city’s Hollywood Boulevard will host an outdoor rave with headliners Paul Oakenfold, Deep Dish, and BT, and across town at the Los Angeles Coliseum Memorial Gardens, Paul Van Dyk, DJ Sasha, and Derrick Carter will lead an indoor event.
Country fans can party in Bakersfield, Calif., where Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace will host its namesake owner and Dwight Yoakam, and in Nashville, where Kenny Chesney, Jamie O’Neal, Sara Evans, and Phil Vassar will perform at the Gaylord Entertainment Center.
But it’s Las Vegas that will offer the most entertainment to ring in the 2002, with everything from oldies acts (the Fifth Dimension, the Four Tops) to aging rockers (Spencer Davis Group, Guns N’Roses, Billy Idol), and crooners (Tony Bennett, Wayne Newton) to electronica (Oakenfold, Static Revenger).
Here is a list of New Year’s Eve live music highlights in the U.S.:
Living Colour / Lennon (Coca Cola Roxy Theatre)
Man Or Astro-Man? (Echo Lounge)
Widespread Panic (Philips Arena)
John Kay & Steppenwolf (Underground Atlanta)
The North Mississippi Allstars / Ghost Trane (Variety Playhouse)