Singer Adam Lambert, guitarist Brian May, and drummer Roger Taylor of Queen + Adam Lambert perform at Madison Square Garden on August 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
Photo: Mike Coppola/Getty Images
Photo: Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Atlanta Concerts this week: 21 Savage, Heart, Queen + Adam Lambert

FRIDAY

21 Savage

The Atlanta rapper will wrap the biggest headlining tour of his career with a hometown show to celebrate his “I Am>I Was” album, which has been certified platinum. Despite the drama in his personal life this year, 21 Savage has plowed ahead with continuous musical and charity work; last week he hosted his annual “Issa Back 2 School” drive.

With Young Nudy and Calboy. 9 p.m. today. $55-$70. Coca-Cola Roxy, 800 Battery Ave. SE, Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000, livenation.com.

Ace Frehley

Fans of Kiss will always revere him as The Spaceman, the iconic guitarist who left the band in 2002. Last fall, Frehley nodded to his persona with his eighth solo album, “Spaceman,” which features a couple of co-writes with his former bandmate, Gene Simmons.

With Georgia Thunderbolts. 8:30 p.m. today. $38-$63. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta. 1-877-987-6487, ticketfly.com.

SATURDAY

Melissa Etheridge

On her gritty new album, “The Medicine Show,” Etheridge sounds as potent as she did 20 years ago. It’s not an accident. As she recently told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “I realized when I went through breast cancer that health is the most important thing. I saw that the healthier I kept my body, the healthier my voice was. It’s about what I eat on the road, things as boring as sleep and drinking enough water.”

7:30 p.m. Saturday. $63. Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-876-5859, atlantabg.org.

MONDAY

Heart

Fans of Ann and Nancy Wilson exhaled when their “Love Alive” tour was announced in February because it meant their familial issues were resolved to the point of peace. This is the first Heart tour in three years, and while both explored other musical interests (solo work for Ann and a new group, Roadcase Royale for Nancy) during their hiatus, the sisters are focused on Heart’s deep catalog again.

With Brandi Carlile and Elle King. 7 p.m. Monday. $29.50-$300. Ameris Bank Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. 1-800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.

WEDNESDAY

Backstreet Boys

Considering the tour was announced in November, it’s plausible that it slipped your mind. Sure. As if any die-hard BSB-er from the group’s heyday would forget when Kevin Richardson, Brian Littrell, Nick Carter, Howie Dorough and A.J. McLean were coming to town. This is the quintet’s biggest arena tour in 18 years and is in support of their 10th studio album, “DNA,” which was released in January.

With Baylee Littrell. 8 p.m. Wednesday. $59-$400. State Farm Arena, 1 Philips Drive, Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.

The Raconteurs

In June, the heralded blues-garage-rockers released their first album in 11 years, “Help Us Stranger.” A unit since 2005, the quartet of Jack White, Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler returned to touring this spring and wound their way to the U.S. starting last month.

8 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday. $59.50-$187.50. (Note, these are phone-free shows; all phones will be secured in Yondr bags upon arrival). Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000, livenation.com.

THURSDAY

Queen + Adam Lambert

Skepticism is understandable. There will never be another Freddie Mercury, and Adam Lambert is well aware of that. But Lambert’s powerhouse vocal chops combined with his cheeky flamboyance have solidified his standing as the perfect frontman for this era of Queen. Besides, the magnificent Brian May and Roger Taylor – on guitar and drums, respectively – are still there for the authenticity purists.

8 p.m. Thursday. Sold out. State Farm Arena, 1 Philips Drive, Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.

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Melissa Ruggieri
Melissa Ruggieri
Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers music and entertainment news for the AJC. She remembers when MTV was awesome.  
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