November a busy month at MetroCentre

n Willie Nelson, Toby Keith perform Nov. 2; Matchbox Twenty, Fountains of Wayne Nov. 18 The Rockford MetroCentre has landed some big-name acts for November. Willie Nelson will return to Rockford Sunday, Nov. 2, when he opens for country singer Toby Keith. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $52 and go on sale at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 at the MetroCentre Box office and local Bergner’s department stores. Tickets can also be ordered by calling 968-5222 or by logging on to Nelson, whose legendary hits include “On the Road Again” and “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain,” played Rockford’s annual On the Waterfront festival Aug. 28. Nelson and Keith recently joined together for a duet—“Beer for My Horses”—which made the country top 10 list. Keith, who has been performing since the 1980s, released Unleashed in 2002. The album, which remains on the list of best-selling albums, included his post Sept. 11-anthem “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American).” His other hits include “Who’s Your Daddy?” and “Should’ve Been a Cowboy.” Alternative-pop rock group Matchbox Twenty will be joined by Fountains of Wayne Tuesday, Nov. 18 at the MetroCentre. Ticket release date and prices were not available at press time. Information is available at 968-5222 or Matchbox Twenty, which recently concluded a tour with Sugar Ray and Maroon Five, released its first album “Yourself or Someone Like You” in 1997. The multi-platinum album included the group’s smash hits “3 a.m.,” “Push” and “Real World.” The band was voted “Best New Band” in 1998 by a Rolling Stone reader’s poll. The group’s latest album, More Than You Think You Are, was released in November 2002 and remains on the top 40 best selling albums list. Current hits include “Disease” and “Unwell.” Lead singer Rob Thomas received a Grammy Award for the 1999 hit “Smooth,” which he co-wrote and performed with Santana. The group has also performed with Mick Jagger and Willie Nelson. Fountains of Wayne was named to Entertainment Weekly’s 2002 “It List: The 100 Most Creative People In Entertainment” and features power-pop sound.

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