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A Frightfully Good Lineup of Live Music

Autumn is in full swing in the Big Apple and so is the live music scene. Our October music feature can be read on the here on legendary band Chicago, which celebrates their 50th anniversary hitting the road together, October 1 at Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk.

Ed Sheeran is joined by James Blunt 10/1 at Barclays Center, Earl Sweatshirt is joined by Sun Ra Arkestra and Solange 10/2 at Radio City Music Hall, Paramore and Best Coast tear up Radio City 10/4, Bruno Mars funks up 10/4 at Barclays Center and 10/5 at Nassau Coliseum and Wolfgang Gartner spins 10/5 at Output. Glass Animals rock Radio City with Amber Mark 10/5, The National and Daughter delight 10/6 at Forest Hills Stadium, Kid Cudi parties at Central Park SummerStage 10/6, Tony Bennett inspires 10/6 at Radio City, UK duo Aquilo play Music Hall of Williamsburg 10/6, The Kooks descend over Terminal 5 on 10/6 and Brooklyn Steel on 10/7, Craig David returns to the stage 10/7 at Terminal 5, Lea Michele belts 10/8 at SummerStage and Kesha keeps it real 10/9 & 10/10 at Hammerstein Ballroom.

Halsey impresses 10/13 at Barclays Center and 10/14 at Prudential Center joined by Charli XCX and PartyNextDoor. Imagine Dragons light up Barclays Center 10/23 and Prudential Center 10/24 with K. Flay. T-Pain gets sprung 10/14 at Gramercy Theatre, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill warm Barclays Center 10/27, Afrojack takes over The Brooklyn Hangar 10/27, soul icon Gloria Gaynor dances over at B.B. King 10/27, and Fall Out Boy deliver the hits 10/28 at Barclays Center with Jaden Smith and Blackbear. For our other top picks for the month, trick or treat on the following page…

Katy Perry – Various Dates – Various Locations

Pop superstar Katy Perry plays four tri-state-area shows this month starting with a Madison Square Garden date of “Witness: The Tour” on October 2 and 6 followed by 10/8 at Newark’s Prudential Center and 10/11 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. The “Firework” singer has sold a whopping 100 million albums globally, headlined the Super Bowl halftime show in 2016, and recently hosted the MTV VMAs.

With a vast songbook spanning most of the last decade, Perry’s shows should be a sing-along of hits from “I Kissed a Girl” to “Dark Horse” to “Chained to the Rhythm.” High production value and spectacle are expected from the costumes to the lighting and choreography, which should be especially noticeable on new track “Bon Appetit,” “California Gurls,” and “Hot n Cold.” Katy Perry has collaborated with many artists over the years, so don’t be surprised if a surprise act shows up, from Nicki Minaj to Snoop Dogg to Migos. Noah Cyrus joins the fall slate of shows as the opening act.

Guns N’ Roses – Various Dates – Various Locations

One of the most chronicled bands of the rock era, Guns N’ Roses head to town for four nights of electrifying hits on their “Not in This Lifetime… Tour” starting October 11 at Madison Square Garden as well as October 15 & 16, and also October 12 at Prudential Center. Having sold 100 million records worldwide, the “Sweet Child o’ Mine” icons who dominated the late 80s and early 90s are comprised of lead singer Axl Rose, guitarist Slash and bass player Du McKagan, and this is the first time the classic members have performed together on tour since 1993.

They are joined by Dizzy Reed on keyboards, Richard Fortus on rhythm guitar, Frank Ferrer on drums, and Melissa Reese on keyboards. With smashes like “Welcome to the Jungle,” “Paradise City,” and “Night Train” and rock ballads “Patience,” “Don’t Cry,” and “November Rain,” not to mention their popular cover of Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” Guns N’ Roses pack the night full of anthems to make you rage and reflect.

Bruce Springsteen – Walter Kerr Theatre – Previews Begin October 3

Bruce Springsteen is ditching his usual stadium outings for a more intimate setting, making his Broadway debut in “Springsteen on Broadway,” a solo run at the Walter Kerr Theatre playing five nights a week starting October 3, with the official opening night set for October 12 and running through November 26. The “Born to Run” rock icon and New Jersey native is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Kennedy Center honoree, has won 20 Grammys, and even has won an Oscar for his song “Streets of Philadelphia.”

Springsteen’s songs have taken on many lives, and many like “Blinded by the Light,” “Dancing in the Dark,” and “Born in the U.S.A.” could take on a more acoustic arrangement given the space, in addition to some personal stories, giving more meaning to his musical storytelling. From “Human Touch” to “The Rising” to “The Wrestler,” fans will experience a moving and inspiring night of live music from one of America’s most celebrated sons.

Niall Horan – Beacon Theatre – October 31

Niall Horan’s global Flicker Sessions 2017 stops October 31 at the Beacon Theatre with support from Gavin James. The former One Direction member has sold over 70 million records worldwide with his band, and as a solo artist Horan is on fire with new hits like platinum-selling “This Town” and the mid-tempo “Slow Hands.”

The 25-year-old singer, guitarist and Dublin native co-wrote many of the songs on One Direction’s five albums, so fans can expect a few solo versions of songs co-penned by Horan such as “Story of My Life” and “Night Changes.” Niall Horan’s appeal comes from his authentic blend of folk and pop, with this live show being the perfect setting to hear new songs o the forthcoming album which he says was inspired by classic rock acts including Fleetwood Mac and The Eagles. This will be one of the more intimate moments to see Niall perform live, so attendees can look forward to some powerful acoustic songs as well as some never-before-heard material.