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    French Duo Air Launch Tour in Miami

    Some nights are just meant to be. The perfect band in the perfect venue on a perfect night in a town so perfect its number one export is the picture postcard. Such was the case Saturday when Air launched the North American leg of their Love 2 Tour at Miami Beach's Fillmore Gleason Theatre. This being a transient town, the crowd came from the globe's four corners, and smatterings of Spanish and Arabic and German and Dutch and Japanese could be heard slicing through the various strains of broken English.

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    Leonard Cohen Launches U.S. Tour

    There's a pivotal scene in Walk the Line when Sun records founder Sam Phillips dares Johnny Cash to sing one song that people would always remember, one that "would let God know how [he] felt about [his] time here on Earth." But what if Phillips dared Cash to sing 10 or even 12? There are few singer/songwriters in the history of music that could pull off such a feat -- and among those few is Leonard Cohen. Cohen's remarkable songs have been covered by everyone from Nina Simone to the Pixies to Johnny Cash himself. And Saturday night at the kickoff of Cohen's U.S. tour at Ft.

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    Kid Rock and Lynyrd Skynyrd Kick Off Tour

    It's a match made in American Badass heaven: Kid Rock and Lynyrd Skynyrd, kindred souls in music and patriotism, kicked off their joint Rock N' Rebels tour Friday night at West Palm Beach, FL's Cruzan Amphitheatre. It was a pairing of apprentice and mentor. But what Rock lacked in classic rock cred -- most notably career longevity -- he made up with convincing fervor and by paying tribute to Skynyrd and their various rock contemporaries in song. During his two-hour set, Kid called out Skynyrd many times, most prominently in his latest hit "All Summer Long," that smashing mash of "Sweet Home Alabama" and Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London." But ZZ Top's name was dropped a couple times, too -- in "Son of Detroit" and "American Badass" -- and so was just about everyone else in the classic rock hall of fame, from AC/DC to Bob Seger.

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    Coldplay Kick Off U.S. Tour in Florida

    If Coldplay haven't achieved world domination by 2010, it sure won't be for lack of trying. By year's end, they'll have played every mid-to-major U.S. market at least twice, in many cases to crowds that have doubled, and they'll have done so with a handful of tunes that have sold millions. (See a photo gallery of the show here). The band's tour kickoff Friday night at West Palm Beach, FL's Cruzan Amphitheater was a dazzling spectacle by four dudes determined to entertain. This was the band's second visit to South Florida since the release of their multi-platinum 2008 album Viva La Vida, but this time Coldplay came as conquerors, reveling in the fact that they can get away with bringing the same show to the same place and still sell 16,000 tickets. In an age of diminishing sales, that's saying something. Which is probably why Coldplay came bearing gifts.

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    Jane's Addiction, NIN Kick Off U.S. Tour

    There's a thin line between being timeless and being dated -- and Friday night at West Palm Beach's Cruzan Amphitheatre, at the opening date of their 22-date joint U.S. tour, Jane's Addiction and Nine Inch Nails fell on decidedly opposite sides of that line. (See a photo gallery of the show here.) First up, NIN, who, says frontman Trent Reznor, are now out on their last tour ever. Reznor's merry group of industrial strength head-bangers have been diligently dropping records since their birth in 1989, totaling eight studio full-lengths. And live they've got the cohesion and the power of a band who want to continue to prove something, despite -- or perhaps because of -- their success. In front of 19,000 fans at the Cruzan, NIN proved something all right: That there's always going to be a place on stage for men who bleed volume.

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