NYC Loves To Rock

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Ready, set, aim your arrow at your lover and take them along for a variety hot tickets this month all over town. February concerts will impress – 80s international pop duo Hall & Oates return to Madison Square Garden (February 19) for the first time in 30 years and they are featured in an exclusive interview in the following pages that also discuss their openers Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and Mayer Hawthorne.

Hitmaker Chaka Khan belts out at Kings Theatre on February 19, 80s/90s pop-rocker Bryan Adams breaks hearts February 11 at the Beacon Theatre and Billy Joel starts a fire February 13 at Madison Square Garden. Electronic fans can dance until dawn with Swedish DJ Eric Prydz during his three dates February 12, 13 & 14 at Terminal 5 or take a page out of history with Italian disco pioneer (Donna Summer producer) Giorgio Moroder February 10 at Output.

Hip-hop and R&B fans can look forward to slick rhythms February 12 when Ladies Night R&B Super Jam takes over Barclays Center with Jodeci, Faith Evans, Jagged Edge, SWV, Blackstreet and more, tune into the much-talked-about rapper Fetty Wap February 10 at Irving Plaza or catch Afrocentric 90s favorites Arrested Development on February 10 at Irving Plaza.

Latin lovers can brace themselves for Marc Anthony at Madison Square Garden on February 6 as well as Dominican merengue singer Juan Luis Guerra on February 4. If you are seeking artists on the rise, fiery singer/rapper Kat Dahlia plays SOB’s on February 15 and soulful UK trip-hop artist Jack Garratt swoons over at Bowery Ballroom on February 29. For NYC Monthly‘s other top picks for the month, read on…

Latin music fans have a very special month ahead – Dominican bachata quartet Aventura are reuniting for a massive hometown residency which originally had four dates selling out in hours, with four newly-added dates selling out in 45 minutes. That’s not all – the United Palace Theater will now be home to Aventura and devoted fans for an unprecedented 16 shows in the Washington Heights neighborhood, starting February 2 and wrapping up February 28 (includes Valentine’s Day show). The Bronx singers are arguably the biggest Latin pop group of the 2000s, with the “Kings of Bachata” in high demand joining now solo superstar Romeo Santos who will take the stage again with his Santos band members, cousin Henry, and separately, brothers Lenny and Max. Concertgoers can expect roaring crowds singing along in unison to the group’s Spanish language hits like “Ella y Yo,” “Por Un Segundo,” “El Malo” and many more. It will be an emotional event for die-hard fans who have followed the group from 2000 and on.

Brooklyn gets its own hometown special as lovers hold one another tight on Valentine’s Day (February 14) at Barclays Center and the following day February 15 at the Prudential Center when hometown R&B/neo soul crooner Maxwell, and hometown rapper Nas take the stage, joined by British phenom Emeli Sandé opening. It marks Maxwell’s first New York show in five years since the Grammy-winning singer’s sold-out performance at Madison Square Garden in 2010. His platinum-selling last album “blackSUMMER’snight” from 2009 won a pair of Grammys and his 2nd album from this trilogy is coming in 2016, so surprises in the form of new songs are looking good at this show. From “Fortunate” and “Lifetime” to “Pretty Wings” and his sultry Alicia Keys duet “Fire We Make,” Maxwell is sure to delight with his alluring falsetto. Nas, master lyricist from Brooklyn has rapped on issues and topics ranging from hip-hop and politics, race to religion on 10 albums starting with the 1994 platinum-selling “Illmatic.” Nas is one of the most prolific rappers of his generation, making waves over the years with tracks like “One Love,” “If I Ruled The World” (which featured Lauryn Hill), “One Mic” and the timeless, inspiring “I Can.”

Glam metal simply wouldn’t exist without Def Leppard, the British rock outfit whose stadium and bar-ready anthem “Pour Some Sugar On Me” can still be heard everywhere. Def Leppard make their way to Barclays Center on February 16 with opening acts Styx and Tesla for an evening of mind-blowing guitar solos, rock harmonies and spirited fists in the air. Having sold more than 100 million records worldwide, lead vocalist Joe Elliott will be joined by his bandmates Rick Savage on bass, Rick Allen on drums, Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell on guitars for their rousing songbook which includes “Rock Of Ages,” “Photograph,” “Let’s Get Rocked,” “Bringin’ On The Heartbreak” and “Love Bites.” Def Leppard were one of the most influential rock bands of the MTV era, toppling Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” in 1983 when “Photograph” became the most requested video clip. Fans should expect to release loads of endorphins during Def Leppard’s high-energy set which may have the roar of a stadium championship game. Chicago progressive rock band Styx will play some of their iconic 70s and 80s hits like “Come Sail Away,” “Lady,” “Babe” and Mr. Roboto.”

Black Sabbath – one of the world’s pioneering heavy metal bands of the 70s and 80s bids farewell in 2016 with “The End” tour, their final outing which started in January and hits Madison Square Garden February 25 and 27. Led by the always-animated Ozzy Osbourne, the rock icon is joins his longtime members guitarist/songwriter Tommy Iommi, bassist/lyricist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward. The British hard rockers who joined forces over forty years ago have sold 70 million records worldwide and were 2006 inductees of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and they are sure to deliver explosive stage production for anthemic songs such as “Turn Up The Night,” “Paranoid” and “Heaven and Hell.” Rolling Stone ranked Iommi as #25 of their “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” list, so expect some serious moments of shredding riffs and instrumentation that is just as powerful as the vocal sections. With song themes that include horror and the occult, fans can look forward to a dramatic swan song for the legendary rockers.

(Photo Credit: Maxwell – Juan Ocampo / Bernstein Associates)