Forget loved ones — ring in 2005 with Scott Weiland, Jadakiss, Mariah Carey or the Killers.
To help you avoid spending upward of $100 to experience New Year’s Eve in a sweltering, crowded club while the DJ spins C+C Music Factory and dance remixes of adult contemporary tunes, here are some live music options taking place across the country:
Velvet Revolver In Las Vegas
Spike your New Year’s Eve with a little Contraband, courtesy of the hard-rocking men of Velvet Revolver. Weiland, Slash, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum and Dave Kushner will rock you all the way from ’04 to ’05 at the Joint in Las Vegas’ Hard Rock Hotel. The night kicks off at 10 p.m. Tickets range from $128-$253 and can be purchased by calling (866) 80-SHOWS.
Jadakiss In Las Vegas
Jadakiss quits asking “Why” for one night to count down to midnight at Sin City’s Caesars Palace. Resolve to party even harder next year as Jada takes the stage at Caesars’ OPM nightclub for this 21-and-over bash. Doors open at 10 p.m., and $150 gets you a pass to the front of the line and party favors, while $175 gets you hooked up for a meet-and-greet with Jadakiss and party favors. Call (866) 80-SHOWS for tickets.
Mariah Carey In Las Vegas
After collaborating with Jadakiss on his track “U Make Me Wanna,” Mariah Carey will share the same New Year’s Eve location as the Kiss of Death rapper. Mariah will be on hand to host the opening of Caesars’ new hot spot, Pure, with a champagne toast and countdown to midnight. The party starts at 10 p.m., and $150 gets you a ticket to party with the diva. Call (866) 80-SHOWS for tickets.
The Killers In Los Angeles
If you really want to make a Hot Fuss on New Year’s Eve, Giant Village 2005 is the place to be. The fifth annual massive outdoor event will feature the Killers, the Crystal Method, Paul Oakenfold, John Digweed, Mark Farina and Jason Bentley on four stages on Wilshire Boulevard in downtown L.A. The party starts at 8 p.m. and rocks through 4 a.m. Ticket prices and options can be found at www.giantclub.com/nye2005.
Wilco, Flaming Lips And Sleater-Kinney In New York
The Windy City boys, the band in a bubble, and the bassless female indie-rock trio join forces to welcome 2005 from New York’s main music stage: Madison Square Garden. MSG moves to alt-rock grooves beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $37.50-$57.50 and can be purchased via Ticketmaster.
Ciara, Monica And Nina Sky In Mashantucket, Connecticut
Ciara brings her “Goodies” to Mashantucket, Connecticut’s Foxwoods Resort Casino on New Year’s Eve, celebrating the night with Nina Sky and Monica at the casino’s Fox Theatre. The night kicks off at 10:30 p.m. Tickets range from $55-$70 and can be purchased at www.foxwoods.com.