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Thursday, August 26, 2010

THIS IS US TOUR: Backstreet Boys Back On Top Of Week's Top 5

Backstreet Boys at the Manhattan Center Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City at 8 p.m. ($52.50-$72.50; call 212-279-7740 for more information.) Visit

Why you should go: Formed in the early 1990s, the Backstreet Boys was one of the most successful boy bands, and after a three-year hiatus, have reunited and released three more albums. They have sold more than 130 million records worldwide, making them one of the biggest selling groups of all time.

Friday, Aug. 27

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., at 7 p.m. ($41-$131; call 518-584-9330 for more information.) Visit

Why you should go: This rock group was formed in 1976 and has been going strong ever since. You might recognize hit songs like "Won't Back Down," "Free Fallin' " and "American Girl." The band released an album in June titled "Mojo." Petty has won numerous Grammy Awards as well as the 2006 Billboard Century Award. In 1999, the band received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and have since been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Saturday, Aug. 28

Justin Bieber at the Prudential Center in Newark at 7 p.m. ($32-$349; call 973-757-6600 for more information.) Visit

Why you should go: At age 16, Bieber released his first album, "My World 2.0," which has already gone platinum in the United States. Even though his sound is bubblegum pop, the excitement he generates among his fans (mostly pre-teen girls) has proven to be dangerous — his show at Long Island's Roosevelt Field Mall had to be canceled because of crowd control issues.

Saturday, Aug. 28

Envy on the Coast at Irving Plaza in New York City at 7 p.m. ($17.50; call 212-777-6800 for more information.) Visit

Why you should go: This alternative group released their second record in March, but as of July 12, were on the rocks. Bassist Jeremy Velardi and guitarist Salvatore Bossio both said they weren't happy being part of the band and have decided to move on. This, it would seem, is a farewell show.

Sunday, Aug. 29

Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel at 3:15 p.m. ($25.50-$55.50; call 732-203-2500 for more information.) Visit

Why you should go: The Uproar Festival is a new hard rock tour sponsored by Rockstar Energy drink, a replacement for the Taste of Chaos tour, which was considered the winter Warped Tour. This tour, though, is not solely for music: There will also be live wrestling matches. The lineup this year (on two stages) includes Hail the Villain, Hellyeah, Halestorm, Stone Sour, Disturbed, and Avenged Sevenfold.