Guns N’ Roses, Macy Gray, STP Lead Live Charge On New Year’s Eve

Patti Smith, Kittie, Smash Mouth, Train also performing December 31.

While those within sightline of a TV can catch P.O.D., Ja Rule, O-Town, Sum41 and City High performing on “MTV’s New Year’s Eve 2002″ and Blink-182, Pink, Busta Rhymes and others ring in the new year on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” (see “Pink, Blink, Busta Ready For New Year’s Eve With Dick” ), those in search of activities away from the tube needn’t look far.

With special New Year’s Eve shows popping off around the country like so many magnums of bubbly at midnight, finding a suitable place to get your celebration on shouldn’t be a problem. From Guns N’ Roses’ Great Pumpkin-like return to the Las Vegas strip (see “Guns N’ Roses Ante Up For Another New Year’s Eve In Vegas” ) to New York’s indie rock double fantasy of the Strokes and Guided by Voices to Macy Gray’s serving up soulful insanity at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, the artists will be there when the clock strikes 12. Will you?

Here’s a rundown of some of the shows scheduled for New Year’s Eve:


  • Guns N’ Roses @ Hard Rock Hotel – The Joint in Las Vegas, NV
  • Macy Gray @ House of Blues in West Hollywood, CA
  • Stone Temple Pilots @ Hard Rock Live in Orlando, FL
  • Train, Better Than Ezra, the Verve Pipe @ House of Blues in Chicago, IL
  • Guided by Voices, the Strokes @ Apollo Theatre in New York, NY
  • Barenaked Ladies @ Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL
  • Lennon, Living Color, Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ @ Coca Cola Roxy Theatre in Atlanta, GA
  • Smash Mouth @ Planet Hollywood in New York, NY
  • Kittie @ Ryan’s Ballroom in Combined Locks, WI
  • Hootie and the Blowfish @ House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Patti Smith @ Bowery Ballroom in New York, NY
  • Cheap Trick, Robert Bradley’s Blackwater Surprise @ Navy Pier in Chicago, IL
  • Billy Idol, Paul Oakenfold @ House of Blues in Las Vegas, NV
  • The Isley Brothers @ Fox Theatre in Detroit, MI
  • The Disco Biscuits @ Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA
  • Page McConnell (of Phish), Kid Koala, Bullfrog, Oteil Burbridge, Russell Batiste @ Roseland in New York, NY
  • Phil Lesh & Friends, Ratdog, Derek Trucks Band, DJ Logic, Crusader Rabbit @ Henry J. Kaiser Arena in San Francisco, CA
  • They Might Be Giants, Mighty Mighty Bosstones @ Bohager’s in Baltimore, MD
  • Primer 55 @ Orbit Room in Grand Rapids, MI
  • The Sheila Divine @ Paradise Rock Club in Boston, MA
  • Reverend Horton Heat, Waco Brothers @ Metro/Smart Bar in Chicago, IL
  • Los Straitjackets @ Oneida Casino in Green Bay, WI
  • Yo La Tengo @ Majestic Theatre in Detroit, MI
  • Days of the New @ Rooster Tail in Detroit, MI
  • Tomahawk, Melvins, Dan the Automator @ Slim’s in San Francisco, CA
  • Evan Dando & Rebel Crue 2002 @ Maxwell’s in Hoboken, NJ
  • Paul van Dyk, Sasha, Jimmy Van M, Richard “Humpty” Vission, Sandra Collins, Derrick Carter, Derrick May, Joey Beltram, Roc Raida, Z-Trip, DJ Swamp, more @ Los Angeles Sports Arena in Los Angeles, CA