The veteran shock rocker is on the road with “Ol’ Black Eyes is Back.” Cooper and his band bring their brand of rock psycho-drama to fans both old and new, enjoying it as much as the audience does. This concert has a different look than his recent tours, although still featuring his trademark gloriously macabre theatrics alongside his music. His new show blends hits such as “School’s Out” and “Billion Dollar Babies” with a handful of songs that haven’t been played live in decades. “My Stars,” from 1972’s School’s Out, is being performed for the first time since 1974 and “Roses on White Lace” for the first time since 1988. With a collection of classic rock anthems, deep cuts and fresh new material, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is ready to show everyone he can still rock the status quo. With visuals that still seem straight out of a horror movie, his songs continue to highlight a carnival of melodies, razor-sharp guitar riffs and clever lyrics.
Friday, Nov. 22, 8 p.m. $104, $84, $74, $54. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LIU Post, Route 25A, Brookville. (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com or www.tillescenter.org.
This multi-national Celtic juggernaut is a true force to be reckoned with. It’s hard to imagine a band just coming into their own after 20 years of success, but that’s exactly what makes Gaelic Storm a true anomaly. With their latest release, “Go Climb a Tree,” their music has never sounded more representative of themselves as musicians and as live performers. The band attributes their continued success to their fanatic audience, and it’s a well-diversified crowd for sure. The country-music folks adore the storytelling, the bluegrass-heads love the instrumentals, Celtic fans love their devotion to tradition, and rockers simply relish the passion they play their instruments with. On “Go Climb a Tree” the band’s co-founders Steve Twigger and Patrick Murphy, along with longtime friend and co-writer Steve Wehmever, are again at the helm of song-writing duties. The album has everything — party drinking songs (“The Beer Song”), patriotic anthems (“Green, White and Orange”), folk songs (“Monday Morning Girl”), spritely instrumentals “The Night of Tomfoolery”), perfectly poppy songs (“Shine On”), and even a raucous pirate song (“Shanghai Kelly”).
Saturday, Nov. 23, 8 p.m. $48, $40, $35. Landmark on Main Street, Jeanne Rimsky Theater, 232 Main St., Port Washington. (516) 767-6444 or www.landmarkonmainstreet.org.