Paul McCartney and Snoop Dogg have very little in common – although, come to think of it, how ridiculous and awesome would it be if those two ever collaborated? But since that’s unlikely to ever happen, the closest they’ll come to hanging out together might be sharing space atop our list of the best concert events of the week.
The gents from Liverpool and Long Beach, respectively, earn top billing in our roundup, which also features a Grammy-winning rock act that's been around since the ‘70s and two bands that survived the emo-rock fad to continue thriving in the 2010s.
These are your top concert choices for the week of July 6, 2014.
4. Steely Dan
Younger music fans might only know Steely Dan as the band that inexplicably beat out Eminem and Radiohead for the Album of the Year Grammy during the height of the Slim Shady era. But Steely Dan has a rich history, including a boatload of chart successes in the ‘70s, and the duo has remained active since releasing the award-winning Two Against Nature in 2000.
3. Fall Out Boy & Paramore
Fall Out Boy may not have truly accomplished the title of their latest album Save Rock and Roll, but the record at least revived their own careers and added “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark,” “Alone Together,” and “Young Volcanoes” to their lengthy list of hits.
Meanwhile, Paramore recently earned their first Top 10 single ever with “Ain’t it Fun.” The bands’ joint tour heads to five Midwest cities this week, including Cincinnati for an appearance at the Bunbury Music Festival on July 12.
2. Snoop Dogg
Snoop has never been known as a prolific live performer, but perhaps that perception should change. The rapper has six shows lined up in the next eight days, taking him all the way from New Hampshire to Calgary.
As one of the most commercially successful hip-hop stars in history, Snoop has more than enough hits to fill a full show, including classics like “Gin and Juice,” “Beautiful,” “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” and “Young, Wild & Free.”
1. Paul McCartney
With more than a half-century of material to choose from and a talented band behind him, Sir Paul McCartney has one of the best live shows around. The 72-year-old is performing in both major and mid-size markets this summer, and this week fans in Pittsburgh, Chicago, and Fargo will have a chance to see the spectacle in person.
As concert experiences go, there’s nothing quite like watching an original Beatle perform songs he wrote 50 years ago. The 72-year-old was fantastic during his last Chicago visit in 2011, when he played a three-hour set featuring many of the Beatles’ most popular tunes, plus solo hits like “Band On the Run” and a rendition of “Live and Let Die” enhanced with fireworks.
Do not pass up the opportunity to see Sir Paul if he’s heading your way this summer.