STORY WRITTEN BY MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER
For Digital First Media
Welcome to “Seven in Seven,” where each Friday we’ll be taking a look at shows coming to the region over the next week. Whether your musical tastes are rock and roll, jazz, heavy metal, singer-songwriter or indie, there’ll always be something to check out in the coming days.
Here are seven of the best for the week beginning Feb. 12:
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – Feb. 12 at The Wells Fargo Center:
Is it the end of the road for the E Street Band? Probably not. But this might be the last time you can catch New Jersey’s favorite son with his equally famous backing band as Bruce Springsteen has scheduled a solo album following this jaunt. Supporting the December release of the box set The Ties That Bind: The River Collection, The Boss will be performing the seminal 1980 album in full, along with a string of other hits, delivering 30 plus songs. If you’ve never seen Springsteen live, you’re missing out.
The Weight – Feb. 12 at The Ardmore Music Hall:
The Weight is made up of members who at one point or another were teamed up with the late Levon Helm of The Band. They were Helm’s brothers in life and in music, performing in The Band, The Rick Danko Band or The Levon Helm Band. And now they’ve united to deliver the music of The Band in a live setting. It’s one tall order to fill, but there’s not a better group of musicians to make the attempt.
DMX – Feb. 13 at Reverb
Seeming to come out of nowhere in the mid-90s, DMX proved to be one of the most electrifying rappers in the history of the genre. His raspy growl on tracks like “Party Up,” “X Gon’ Give It To Ya” and “What’s My Name” set the mood for parties around the world. Unfortunately, X has had more run-ins with the law than can be counted, declared bankruptcy and battled alcohol addiction. There’s no telling whether he’ll regain his position at the top of the pile, but getting the chance to see him live in concert is quite the rarity and on opportunity that should be on the top of any hip hop fan’s list.
iHeart80s Party – Feb. 13 at The Event Center at Harrah’s Philadelphia
The decade was so cheesy, it’s impossible not to long for it to return, and now we have the chance to relive the amazing music with some of the most iconic artists of the 80’s. Debbie Gibson – famous for the hits “Lost In Your Eyes” & “Only In My Dreams” – will be headlining the event while Rob Base (“It Takes Two”) and local act Pretty Poison (“Catch Me I’m Falling”) will also be on the bill. There will also be an 80’s Video DJ, dancers, celebrity impersonators and an interactive photo booth.
Poison Idea – Feb. 13 at Voltage Lounge
Poison Idea is one of those bands that gets recognized as an influence to so many artists, but never really made too much of a dent in the mainstream. Acts like Nirvana, Turbonegro, Pantera and Machine Head have all sung the praises of the Portland, Oregon punk rock act who got their start in 1980, took a five year break beginning in 1993 but have thankfully returned to the rigors of the road to show all the upstarts how it’s really done.
Bryan Adams – Feb. 15 at The Fillmore
Canadian singer Bryan Adams is one of those artists who hit big in the 80s with rocking tracks like “Cuts Like a Knife” and “Run to You,” only to end up falling into the ballad hole with the hits “Heaven” and “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You.” It’s not that they’re bad songs; it’s just that you get fans split; some want the rock, others want the tender side. It’s a challenge to satisfy both sides, but Adams is up for it.
Daryl Hall & John Oates – Feb. 16 at Santander Arena
You can never get enough of local musical heroes Hall & Oates; their songs are so smooth, so expressive and so easy to sing along to. Hits like “She’s Gone,” “Sara Smile” and “Say It Isn’t So” are the very fabric of Philadelphia soul. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers are deserving of all the accolades they’ve received over the years, and fans are lucky to get to see them together as often as we do.
Michael Christopher’s “Seven In Seven” column appears regularly in Ticket.