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Fleetwood Mac, Lady GaGa, The Killers, Inauguration concerts
by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

In the world of music, something is always happening. Here's what's at the top of my list this week.

Every Gay boy has an absolute favorite music diva - Madonna, Dolly Parton, Tina Turner, Cher, Whitney Houston are a few worth mentioning - and mine has always been Stevie Nicks. Growing up in a one-horse town, I turned a bathrobe into a shawl and imitated Nicks on her "Standback" video whenever my older brothers weren't around. I memorized the words to "Edge of Seventeen," thumbtacked her Bella Donna album cover on my bedroom wall next to a cover of Rumours, attempted to organize a coven of white witches (I had a lot of time on my hands), and & well, you get the picture. I worshiped her. Having seen Stevie Nicks in concert - twice with Fleetwood Mac, once solo, once accompanying Tom Petty - I can honestly say there is no greater thrill than being under the same roof as this beloved music icon. With that, I'm excited to announce Fleetwood Mac with Stevie Nicks will perform at the Tacoma Dome on May 16, their only Northwest appearance on the group's upcoming tour. Tickets, priced between $49.50 and $149.50, go on sale January 26 (10 a.m.) at all Ticketmaster locations. Have shawls (or bathrobes) at the ready.

The only things missing from CNN's very Gay New Year's Eve special were a fanny pack and a line of E. Nationally famous D-lister Kathy Griffin and news anchor Anderson Cooper, known in NYC circles as a bottom-bunk kind of a guy, co-hosted the event that featured a musical appearance by Lady GaGa. While the show proved a nightmare for Griffin, who bickered on-air with a heckler and is likely to never work for CNN again, it resulted in a champagne corker for Lady GaGa whose club hit "Just Dance" pole vaulted atop Billboard's pop singles chart in the past week. The Grammy-nominated single has received solid airplay since summer of '08; I remember listening to it as I spied on my shirtless neighbor across the street mowing his lawn (yep, with binoculars) and now, months later, it's still going and going and going & and going. But here's the big scoopy-doop on Lady GaGa, which I'm happy to announce: she's coming to Seattle on March 16 for a gig at The Showbox Market. Tickets, priced at $22, go on sale January 17 (10 a.m.) at all Ticketmaster locations. It marks her first actual concert in the Emerald City, though she has performed brief sets at Neighbours and that meatmarket dance shack we call Last Supper Club. Stay glued for more on Lady GaGa, including how to get your hands on an autographed vinyl copy of her album The Fame.

Want a date with Brandon Flowers? Put April 22 on your calendar. That's when the rock hottie and his bandmates, collectively known as The Killers, return to Seattle for a performance at WaMu Theater. Tickets, priced at $33, go on sale January 24 (10 a.m.) at all Ticketmaster locations. The award-winning foursome was previously in town last month, headlining The End's holiday fest "Deck the Hall Ball." I stood five feet away from the group backstage before they began their set and fixated my eyes on Mark Stoermer - I prefer the super tall, skinny-legged, shoulder-haired, and edgy-looking bassist to the shorter, pretty boy, lead singer Flowers. But I'd turn neither away at 2 a.m. on my doorstep - not even 2 p.m. Flowers, by the way, became a daddy last year to Ammon Richard - the first child born to he and his wife Tana. The Killers released their fourth studio recording, Day & Age, in late 2008, landing inside SGN's picks for the Top 25 albums of the year.

It's time for Obamapalooza! Yes, the frenzy of a new president has many of music's biggest names smiling red, white and blue. Bruce Springsteen, Mary J. Blige, Josh Groban, Shakira, James Taylor, Bono, Stevie Wonder, Beyonce, John Legend and Usher are some of the artists set to perform at "We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial" on Sunday. The concert is free of charge and will be emceed by Queen Latifah, Denzel Washington, Jamie Foxx and Martin Luther King III. Across the town the following night, rap pioneers Beastie Boys are scheduled to celebrate the historical occasion by taking part in a Rock the Vote fundraiser at Washington DC's 9:30 Club. The Grammy-winning trio (Adam Horovitz, Mike Diamond, Adam Yauch or Ad-Rock, Mike D, MCA to you hip-hoppers) invested much of their time and efforts in voter awareness campaigns during the presidential elections, helping younger people register to vote and get to the polling stations. The concert will also include sets by Sheryl Crow, Citizen Cope, and Justin Jones. Tickets for the Beastie Boys special performance, as expected, are completely sold out. Try again in 2012.
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