By New Times
By Derek Askey
By Mark Deming
By Serene Dominic
By Jason Keil
By Robrt L. Pela and Amy Silverman
By Jeff Moses
By Serene Dominic
Battle Act Dokken
Where & When Saturday, December 3, Marquee Theatre, $17
Strongest Selling Point The latest George Lynch replacement? The band's lawyer for the past 10 years. Okay, everybody all at once: "OBJECTION!"
Disclaimer Just because they're a former hair band from the '80s, it might lead you to think they misspelled the title of their new album, Hell to Pay.
Lyric That Says It All "So I stand here and I stare in my garden of neglect/Never noticed it before /That it's winter all the time."
Possible Grand FinaleThe audience is all pumped up for the real reason for tonight's show, the "Wokking with Dokken" infomercial!
Battle ActKanye West
Where & When Friday, December 2, Dodge Theatre, $48
DisclaimerWest's remarks put archrival 50 Cent in the dubious position of having to defend Bush, saying, "At least he's a gangsta." Makes us think the Dubya stands for Wangsta!
Lyric That Says It All "The way Kathie Lee needed Regis . . . that's the way I need Jesus."
Possible Grand FinaleJesus walks . . . onstage, in the middle of, you know, thatsong. The pair freestyle it, with Kanye telling Jesus, "You the man," and the Son of Man shouting back, "It is you who say I am."
Battle ActMarshall Tucker Band
Where & When Friday, December 2, and Saturday, December 3, Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino, free
Strongest Selling PointThese guys heard your demands for Southern rock played with a wussy flute and never wavered. Kinda like the Three Stooges inherently knowing comedy needed cheese-grater facials.
DisclaimerYep, the shows in the Oasis Lounge are free, but free is a relative term when you've already lost the rent money. Also, the band is not responsible for anyone using "Heard it in a love song/Can't be wrong" as a legal defense.
Lyric That Says It All "Gotta get myself back to Tennessee/Where the women and the wildcats, they both raise hell!"
Possible Grand Finale Angry fans storm the box office to complain it's just not the Marshall Tucker Band without Marshall Tucker. Then these hairsplitters spend the rest of the night wondering if Sam Hill is a person or a place.
Battle ActThe Persuasions
Where & When Saturday, December 3, Scottsdale Center for the Arts, $38
Strongest Selling Point The deans of street singing are coming off a succession of a cappella tributes to the Beatles, U2, Grateful Dead, and Frank Zappa. But is Scottsdale ready for "Electric Aunt Jemima"?
Disclaimer No truth to the rumor that they're doing a Persuasions Sing the White Stripes album and firing their bass singer.
Lyric That Says It All "Boop boop doo doo, doo doo bip bip be doo hoo hooo." Something like that.
Possible Grand Finale The Persuasions beat the living crap out of the first asshole who requests "Don't Worry, Be Happy."