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"Fans don’t have any shortage of choices. Hell, it seems like everybody is working."
—Gary Bongiovanni, Pollstar Editor
HOT TIME, SUMMER IN THE SHEDS
Summertime Brings No End To Music Choices
Those music fans who had been hoping for a long, cool summer will be disappointed to find out that the season will provide nothing of the sort. Acts such as The Who, Jimmy Page & The Black Crowes, Counting Crows, NSYNC, Christina Aguilera, Metallica, No Doubt and more will heat up arenas, theaters and sheds all summer long.

But don't worry, it'll be a dry heat.

And that's not even considering Ozzfest 2000—featuring Ozzy, Static X, Incubus, Disturbed, P.O.D. and more—tearing up 29 cities from July 2 to Sept. 2; the Vans Warped Tour—featuring Green Day, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Suicide Machines, NOFX and more—warping 39 cities from June 23 to Aug. 6; or the one-day Rolling Rock Town Fair in Latrobe, PA, on Aug. 5, which features The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Filter, Moby and more.

And of course, Styx and REO Speedwagon will co-headline a tour.

In the words of Pollstar's Gary Bongiovanni, "Fans don't have any shortage of choices. Hell, it seems like everybody is working."

"It will be interesting to see how big that is," said Bongiovanni about the Who and Page/Black Crowes shows, which will alternate nights in a single city. "The last time The Who worked they did good, but not spectacular business. Jimmy Page and the Black Crowes is an interesting pairing. I don't know how that will do. We'll have to see. "

What follows is a brief rundown of the sauciest of the summer tours.

Jimmy Page and the Black Crowes will shake their moneymakers in 22 cities. The tour will coincide with that of The Who. The two bands will play the same cities and venues on alternate nights, with the exception of three non-Who dates: July 4 in Raleigh, NC; Aug. 8 in Sacramento, CA; and Sept. 29 in Noblesville, IN. The two bands may share the same stage on the same night at the Madison Square Garden in October.

Metallica christens its brief, 12-city summer tour June 30 in Foxboro, MA. Korn, Kid Rock, Powerman 5000 and System Of A Down will also be on-hand.

Counting Crows and Live will co-headline a tour that kicks off its first leg July 28 in Kansas City, winding up in DC on Sept. 3. The tour's second leg runs from Sept. 12 to the end of October.

NSYNC will be performing to sold-out coliseums beginning May 9 in Biloxi, MS. Former Dru Hill-er Sisqo will hold down the opening duties for some of the tour.

Christina Aguilera lets her genie out of the bottle beginning July 31. The tour is expected to run into October. Full itinerary is expected in the coming weeks.

The Boss is currently on the road with The E Street Band. The whole shebang wraps up in NYC with a 10-night run at Madison Square Garden.

A Floyd-free Roger Waters takes to the sheds and arenas beginning June 2 in Tampa. The tour runs through July 16.

Nine Inch Nails are currently on the road and will be through July 9.

No Doubt kicks off its 24-date summer tour June 5 in Dallas, TX, wrapping in at Irvine Meadows two months later. Providing support on the tour will be Lit and Black Eyed Peas.

The Dixie Chicks start their summer fireworks on June 1 in Winnipeg, Ontario, and finish with an Oct. 29 show in New Orleans. Opening acts along the 70-date tour include Willie Nelson, Ricky Skaggs and Patty Griffin.

Sadly, The Tragically Hip will spend most of the summer in Europe.

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