GN’R, Destiny’s Child, Weezer Kicking Off 2001 With Concerts

Artists ranging from Megadeth to Marc Anthony also will play New Year's Eve shows

With two weeks until what many argue will be the real dawn of the new millennium, most bands have already decided whether they’ll be home for the holidays or in front of a live audience for New Year’s.

The upcoming New Year’s Eve schedule of gigs might not be as chock-full as last year’s Y2K-minded shows — which ranged from Phish’s Florida jam at Big Cypress Seminole Reservation to a raucous Metallica/Kid Rock/Ted Nugent stadium concert in Pontiac, Michigan — but there are certainly some not-to-be-missed shows that will herald in 2001 across the United States.

This time around, Guns N’ Roses will roll the musical dice in Vegas; Destiny’s Child, Ideal and Jon B will come together for a gig in L.A. emceed by Shaquille O’ Neal; and Weezer will hook up with one of their pop-punk descendants, Blink-182, in San Diego.

Other shows of interest set to rock, rap, funk, synth or twang in the new year:
Albany, NY:


  • Alan Jackson @ Pepsi Arena

Anchorage, AK:

  • Megadeth @ Egan Civic & Convention Center
  • Lonestar @ Sullivan Sports Arena

Atlanta, GA:

  • Widespread Panic @ Philips Arena
  • Gregg Allman and Friends @ Tabernacle

Austin, TX:

  • Ian Moore @ Antones’s
  • Mojo Nixon @ Continental Club
  • Man or Astro-Man? @ Emo’s

Baltimore, MD:

  • SR-71 @ Bohager’s
  • 2 Skinnee J’s @ Power Plant Live

Boston, MA:

  • Sheila Divine/Nada Surf @ Paradise Rock Club
  • Barenaked Ladies @ FleetCenter
  • Disco Bicuits @ Palladium

Chicago, IL:

  • Flaming Lips/Hum @ Metro
  • Third Eye Blind/Nina Gordon/Jayhawks @ House of Blues
  • Local H @ Double Door

Cincinnati, OH:

  • Fastball @ Jillian’s Entertainment Center
    Dallas, TX:
  • Old 97′s @ Gypsy Tea Room
  • GWAR/Hagfish/High Speed Dealer @ Bronco Bowl

Denver, CO:

  • Big Head Todd & the Monsters @ Fillmore Auditorium
  • Dirty Dozen Brass Band/Leftover Salmon @ Paramount Theater

Detroit, MI:

  • Sammy Hagar/Ted Nugent @ Palace of Auburn Hills (Auburn Hills)
  • Violent Femmes @ Royal Oak Music Theatre (Royal Oak, MI)

Houston, TX:

  • 3 Doors Down/Eve 6/Days of the New/Vallejo/Dexter Freebish/ Blue October @ Bayou Palace
  • Brian McKnight @ Aerial Theater

Las Vegas, NV:

  • Goo Goo Dolls, Guns N’ Roses @ House of Blues (separate sets)
  • Kittie/Kottonmouth Kings @ Huntridge Theater
  • Van Morrison, Linda Gail Lewis @ Hard Rock — The Joint
  • Morris Day & the Time/Kool & the Gang @ Freemont Street Experience
  • James Brown @ Blue Note

Los Angeles, CA:

  • Destiny’s Child/Ideal/Jon B @ Staples Center (hosted by Shaquille O’Neal)
  • BT/Kool Keith/Junior Sanchez/Armand van Helden/Sandra Collins/DJ Dan/Aphrodite — Together as One @ Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Chris Isaak @ House of Blues
  • Circus of Power, LA Guns @ Troubadour (West Hollywood)
  • America/Christopher Cross/Poco @ Universal Amphitheater
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd @ Sun Theater (Anaheim, CA)

Miami, FL:

  • Boy George/Ky-Mani Marley/B-52′s @ Billboard Live on the Beach
  • C.C. DeVille’s Samantha 7 @ Culture Room (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)

Minneapolis, MN:

  • The Big Wu @ State Theater
  • 12 Rods @ 400 Bar

Nashville, TN:

  • Jon Spencer Blues Explosion @ 328 Performance Hall

New Orleans, LA:

  • Big Star/Posies @ Howlin’ Wolf;
  • Fats Domino @ Harrah’s
  • Neville Brothers @ Fairmont Hotel
    Orlando, FL:
  • Collective Soul/Kevn Kinney @ House of Blues (Lake Buena Vista)
  • Vertical Horizon @ Epic Theater (Celebration)

New York, NY:

  • Marilyn Manson/Papa Roach/BBMak @ Times Square (MTV’s New Year’s Eve Bash)
  • Ibrahim Ferrer/Ruben Gonzalez @ Beacon Theater
  • Patti Smith @ Bowery Ballroom
  • Maceo Parker/Soulive @ Irving Plaza
  • Marc Anthony @ Madison Square Garden
  • Joan Osborne/Hobex @ Village Underground
  • Fleshtones @ Mercury Lounge
  • David Sanborn/Arturo Sandoval @ Blue Note
  • Bernie Worrell @ Grange Hall
  • Billy Bragg @ Bottom Line
  • Luna @ CBGB

Phoenix, AZ:

  • Journey/REO Speedwagon @ America West Arena
  • Hootie & the Blowfish/Dust for Life @ Fiesta Bowl Block Party
  • Tower of Power @ Arizona Center Mall
  • Chubby Checker @ Harrah’s Chin Casino

Pittsburgh, PA:

  • The Clarks @ Club Laga

Portland, OR:

  • String Cheese Incident @ Oregon Convention Center

San Diego, CA:

  • Weezer/Blink-182/Cut You Up/Lefty/the Grim @ Cox Arena
  • Young Dubliners @ Belly Up Tavern

San Francisco, CA:

  • Basement Jaxx/Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe/Macy Gray @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
  • Phil Lesh/Warren Haynes @ Henry J. Kaiser Arena
  • Rev. Horton Heat @ Maritime Hall
  • Other Ones/George Clinton with P-Funk All-Stars @ Oakland Arena
  • Col. Les Claypool’s Flying Frog Brigade/Banyan @ Fillmore
  • Galactic/Ozomatli @ Warfield; Melvins/Lucky Stars @ Slim’s
  • Maze featuring Frankie Beverly/D.L. Hughley @ Paramount Theater

Seattle, WA:

  • Crystal Method @ EMP Sky Church; Kenny G @ Paramount
  • Zen Guerilla @ O.K. Hotel

Washington, DC:

  • Jimmie’s Chicken Shack/Good Charlotte @ 9:30 Club
  • Penn & Teller @ Warner Theater