You can only see Attack Of The Clones and Spider-Man so many times, right? This guide to the summer’s biggest concert tours, album releases, and music festivals will help fill your dog day afternoons and your stereo woofers. – Evan Serpick
MAY 29 Finally an answer to the Sammy Hagar-versus-David Lee Roth debate: both! The Sam-and-Dave show debuts – sans Halen – in Cleveland.
MAY 30 After producing hits for everyone from Jay-Z to Britney, the Neptunes take center stage, as N.E.R.D. launch a nationwide tour in Norfolk, Va.
MAY 31 Wanna gamble on a good show? See the Eagles take off in Reno, Nev.
JUNE 2 See Marc Anthony kick off his road trip in East Rutherford, N.J. Julius Caesar is probably sold out anyway – and he doesn’t even speak Spanish.
JUNE 4 The summer CD season starts off with a bark as the Scooby-Doo soundtrack, with new tunes from OutKast and – duh, Shaggy – hits stores. Plus discs from Doves, Belle & Sebastian, DJ Shadow, and the No. 1 contender for summer music blockbuster, Eminem’s The Eminem Show.
JUNE 7 Prince turns 44, gets funky.
JUNE 11 Like a leper messiah, Ziggy Stardust returns to rescue us from pop doldrums: David Bowie’s Heathen comes to a store near you, accompanied by new releases from Raphael Saadiq and Korn, the No. 2 contender for summer blockbuster.
JUNE 14 Not a Bowie fan? Not to worry: Jewel will sa-ee-ave your soul when she starts her tour in Tampa. Also, Boy George turns 41. Middle-aged George?
JUNE 15 I got to say, it was a good day: Ice Cube turns 33.
JUNE 18 Papa Roach have got a brand-new bag, called lovehatetragedy, in stores, along with a new CD from Chumbawamba! Finally!
JUNE 20 Eight years after launching a thousand nu-metal ships, Korn return to survey the damage. Their arena road show, with openers Puddle of Mudd and Deadsy, sets sail in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Plus, Lionel Richie turns 53, dances on the ceiling.
JUNE 21 The eighth annual Vans Warped Tour begins in Nampa, Idaho, with Bon Jovi, the Oak Ridge Boys, and Neil Diamond…not (actually, it’s perennial Warpers Bad Religion and Mighty Mighty Bosstones). Also, Chris Isaak and Natalie Merchant open in Irvine, Calif.
JUNE 25 You can come Down From the Mountain to see stars from the O Brother soundtrack, including Alison Krauss, the Whites, and Ralph Stanley, start a-pickin’ and a-grinnin’ in Louisville, Ky. Or you can visit Nelly in Nellyville, the No. 3 contender for summer blockbuster. Also, new platters from Sonic Youth, Bruce Hornsby, and Counting Crows.
JUNE 28 Who says we won’t get fooled again? Top tix for the Who’s opener in Las Vegas cost $355. For the price of a beer, you could probably see Rush’s first show, in Hartford, Conn., instead.
JULY 2 New music from Paul Weller and B sides from Green Day. Alicia Keys’ summer tour steams into landlocked Milwaukee.
JULY 3 Tired of the dole? John Mellencamp inaugurates his Summer Work tour in Pittsburgh.