As the world prepares to ring in 2018, a variety of famous music acts will celebrate the event by playing special New Year’s Eve concerts on Sunday. Among the stars scheduled to perform on December 31 are a number of Rock & Roll Hall of Famers, including Billy Joel, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Cheap Trick and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.
For a third consecutive year, Joel will be celebrating New Year’s Eve while onstage at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. Hall & Oates will entertain revelers at WinStar World Casino & Resort in Thackerville, OK. Cheap Trick will be taking part in a special event hosted by Jack Daniel’s at Nashville’s Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. Jett and her band will be playing two concerts, at 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. PT, at Thunder Valley Casino in Lincoln, California, outside of Sacramento.
A couple of interesting double bills also have been scheduled, with Jimmy Buffett and opening act Huey Lewis & the News playing at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, and REO Speedwagon and Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo performing at San Antonio’s tricentennial celebration in Civic Park.
Other famous artists playing New Year’s Eve concerts include Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh, ex-Guess Who frontman Burton Cummings, Eddie Money, Todd Rundgren and War.
Here’s a list of many of the noteworthy New Year’s Eve shows taking place across North America:
Jimmy Buffett with Huey Lewis & the News — Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
Cheap Trick — Nashville, TN, Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park – Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight
Chris Robinson Brotherhood — San Rafael, CA, Terrapin Crossroads
Burton Cummings — Winnipeg, MB, Canada, Club Regent Event Centre
Foo Fighters — Las Vegas, NV, The Cosmopolitan
Gov’t Mule — New York, NY, The Beacon Theatre
Grand Funk Railroad — Welch, MN, Treasure Island Resort & Casino
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts — Lincoln, CA, Thunder Valley Casino (two shows)
Billy Joel — Sunrise, FL, BB&T Center
Phil Lesh & Friends — Honolulu, HI, Hawaii Theatre
Los Lobos — Boston, MA, City Winery Boston
Loverboy — Tacoma, WA, Emerald Queen Casino
Eddie Money — Key West, FL, Truman Waterfront Park Amphitheater
Phish — New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
REO Speedwagon with Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo — San Antonio, TX, Civic Park – Tricentennial Celebration
The Romantics — Canyonville, OR, Seven Feathers Casino Resort
Todd Rundgren — Beverly Hills, CA, Saban Theater
War — Sacramento, CA, Crest Theatre
Peter Wolf — Beverly, MA, The Cabot
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