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SEVEN IN SEVEN: Black Sabbath kicks off this week’s dose of concerts

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COLUMN WRITTEN BY MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER
For Digital First Media

Welcome to “Seven in Seven,” where each Friday we take 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 Aug.19:
Black Sabbath – Aug. 19 at BB&T Pavilion
It’s been a long, long road travel by Black Sabbath in their nearly 40 year history; there have been breakups, reunions, drugs and lots and lots of heavy music. Considered by most as the fathers of heavy metal as it now exists, Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler have decided it’s time to call it a day. Unlike so many other so-called “farewell” tours, this truly feels like the end. Expect the hits like “Paranoid” and “Iron Man” along with a few for the die-hards as the Sabs ride off into the darkness one last time.
Goo Goo Dolls with Collective Soul – Aug. 19 at Festival Pier
What a perfect bill to capitalize on the 90s nostalgia craze with two acts who hit it big in the decade. Goo Goo Dolls reached mainstream recognition with their hit ballad “Name” in 1995 and openers Collective Soul having done the same with the track “Shine” three years earlier. Unlike many of the other artists from that era, both are still delivering new music that their fans love just as much as the hits from back in the day. Last year saw Collective Soul put out their ninth album, See What You Started by Continuing, while the Goo nation was happy to get record number 11 out of their boys this past spring.
The Bangles – Aug. 20 at The Theater of Living Arts
Perhaps unfairly pigeonholed as an 80s act, the Bangles have persevered through trends and the ever changing musical climate, but this year have embraced their past in a truly interesting way – by completely revisiting it. They’ve released a 16-track collection of remastered ’80s-era rarities, demos, live recordings and more, hand-selected by the band members from their personal music archives dubbed Ladies And Gentlemen…The Bangles! The compilation encompasses the very first years of the band’s development, from their earliest days as The Bangs to their incarnation as The Bangles. Despite touring behind a rarities album, all the hits the girls are famous for will be out in full force at the TLA.
Barbra Streisand – Aug. 20 at the Wells Fargo Center
At the age of 74, Barbra Streisand is still going strong as ever. Next Friday will see the release of her 35th studio album, Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway, the follow up to 2014’s Partners album. This time around, some of her duet partners include Hugh Jackman, Melissa McCarthy, Alec Baldwin and Antonio Banderas. The stop at the Wells Fargo Center will be one of just nine cities she’ll be visiting and second to last of the jaunt.
Prophets of Rage – Aug. 20 at BB&T Pavilion
Fans have been waiting a longtime for a new album from Rage Against the Machine since they reunited back in 2007, and this year looked like it might finally happen with some curious and mysterious post by members of the band. Unfortunately, it was something else entirely, and once the initial disappointment faded, turned into something incredibly cool; the core of the band, Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk got together with not one but two legendary rap vocalists in Chuck D from Public Enemy and B Real from Cypress Hill. No, it’s not Rage, but it’s the music of Rage, PE and Cypress Hill with scorching intensity.
Mars Red Sky – Aug. 21 at Kung-Fu Necktie
Considered as one of the greats of the European stoner rock scene, Mars Red Sky have gained international recognition thanks to a unique sound imprint based on thick grooves and melodic guitar riffs. The experience delivered by the band is created by singer Julien Pras, drummer Matgaz and his undeniable power with the bottom end rounded out by Jimmy Kinast’s basslines. MRS ends up falling somewhere between the heaviness of doom and the relics of 70’s psych pop. At first, the music intrigues, then falls deep into burning fuzz full of reverberated atmospheres and chaos.
Caravan of Thieves – Aug. 25 at Levitt Pavilion Steelstacks
Fuzz and Carrie Sangiovanni, the musical couple behind Caravan of Thieves, have traveled a fruitful yet challenging road. Soon after meeting in 2003, they began blending their voices, writing music, roaming and performing together as the acoustic guitar toting duo they simply called “Fuzz and Carrie.” Inspired by the big band swing era, the Quintette du Hot Club de France, and early American folk music, Caravan of Thieves quickly took shape in the hearts and minds of Fuzz and Carrie. Three albums in, with the most recent, Kiss Kiss, released last year, leaves the feeling this unique duo are just beginning.

Michael Christopher’s “Seven In Seven” column appears reguarly in Ticket and www.tickettoentertainment.com

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