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    A United Aerosmith Begin North American Tour

    Friday night in Oakland, Aerosmith played their first U.S. show since singer Steven Tyler fell from the stage in South Dakota on August 5, 2009, and broke his shoulder. The past year has been one of the most dramatic in the band's four-decadecareer. Since tumbling off stage, Tyler did a stint in rehab foraddiction to pain killers and at one point became so estranged from hisbandmates that guitarist Joe Perry announced (via Twitter) that they were looking for a singer to replace him. So it's understandable that the North American tour's first show got off to a tentative start.

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    British Popsters Keane Kick Off U.S. Tour

    Following British pop-rock sensation Keane's concert at Oakland's Fox Theater Tuesday night, a crowd of fans (mostly girls) waited behind the venue, hoping for a glimpse of a departing band member and the opportunity to scream at the top of their lungs, or if things really went right, get an autograph (for which pens were already in hand). This type of thing happens quite frequently for singer Tom Chaplin, keyboardist Tim Rice-Oxley, and drummer Richard Hughes. Three childhood friends from East Sussex, they've sold more than 10 million records full of melodic piano pop. During Keane's North American tour kick-off, Chaplin proved to be a convincing frontman, dancing atop speaker monitors, crooning to the first few rows of fans, and proclaiming his love for the audience (as well as the sweet smell of weed in the air). But it's Rice-Oxley who powers the band.

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    Paul McCartney Triumphs in Return to San Francisco

    Saturday night, during his concert at San Francisco's AT&T Park, Paul McCartney remembered the Beatles' final public concert on August 29, 1966, which happened at nearby Candlestick Park: "We have great memories from playing here a long, long time ago. But we couldn't hear a damn thing from all the screaming girls." Those girls have grown up, and they came with their children, and in some cases grandchildren, to McCartney's "Up and Coming Tour" stop for a three hour, 38-song event that transcended generations and nostalgia with obscure Fireman tunes, elongated Wings jams, deep solo cuts, and plenty of inspired Beatles tracks. McCartney frontloaded the show with Wings material.

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    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Begin Tour

    A smiling Tom Petty was visibly moved by the overwhelming crowd response to "Free Fallin'" during Saturday night's sold out show at Oakland's Oracle Arena. It was the third stop on the band's massive tour that stretches until October, and after each classic slab of radio gold, whether it was show opener "King's Highway," the slow burn of "Breakdown," the emotionally-dense "Mary Jane's Last Dance," or the anthemic "American Girl" off the Heartbreakers' 1976 debut that closed the show, fans seized every opportunity to shower the stage with adoration. And for good reason. Petty is a cornerstone of American rock music, responsible for penning some of the genre's most celebrated songs. But live, the band is about more than just Petty's songwriting and vocals.

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