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Yngwie Malmsteen

June 13

Guitar Gods: Yngwie Malmsteen/Uli John Roth/Gary Hoey/Bumblefoot @ The Paramount, 370 New York Ave. 8 p.m. $76, $54, $42.50. 631-673-7300
Shred-heads everywhere no doubt salivated upon learning that the Swedish tsunami that is Yngwie Malmsteen would be touring with fellow neo-classical metal icon and former Scorpions axeman Uli John Roth. Sweetening this bill is the inclusion of surf-rock shredder Gary Hoey and Bumblefoot, best known for taking over the guitar slot in Guns N’ Roses from fellow single-monikered six-string slinger Buckethead.

June 13
Georgia Satellites @ The Suffolk Theater, 118 E. Main St. 8 p.m. $25. 631-727-4343
A new generation of music fans may know the Georgia Satellites by way of a clever car commercial featuring an overprotective father using the band’s 1986 Top 5 smash “Keep Your Hands to Yourself” as a means of warding off a potential suitor for his teenage daughter. Far more than a mere one-hit wonder, the Satellites feast at the same boogie rock musical bar as The Faces and Black Crowes that’s also yielded them minor hits like “Battleship Chains” and a cover of “Hippy Hippy Shake” that just missed the Top 40 in 1988. While former frontman Dan Baird is no longer in the band, founding member Rick Roberts continues to soldier on when he’s not working alongside former Gun N’Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin in his band the Ju Ju Hounds.

June 13
Kirk Franklin @ NYCB Theatre @ Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., 8 p.m. $84.25, $62.50, $52. 877-598-8497,
While his name may not be well-known in the secular music world, Kirk Franklin is a gospel superstar who has modernized the genre with just a nuance of contemporary R&B and hip-hop. Not only did 1995’s Kirk Franklin & the Family Christmas become the genre’s first Christmas album to top the charts, he’s won multiple Grammys and moved into television as a host and co-executive producer of the BET original series Sunday Best and GSN’s The American Bible Challenge with Jeff Foxworthy.

June 14
Marshall Crenshaw @ Stephen Talkhouse, 61 Main St. 7 p.m. $40, $25. 631-267-3117,
Call him the pop equivalent of Forrest Gump. In addition to crafting a well-respected solo career that’s found a number of other artists covering his compositions, Marshall Crenshaw’s muse has found his finger in many different pies. He was a member of the road-show version of Beatlemania, played Buddy Holly in La Bamba, authored a number of rock & roll-themed books and toured as a member of DKT/MC5, a band of MC5 survivors. Crenshaw’s latest venture is a limited edition subscription EP series available only on 10-inch vinyl and digital download of which the latest installment is called Red Wine.

June 14 & 15
Aretha Franklin @ Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Sixth Ave., 8 p.m. $150. $95, $80, $65. 866-858-0008
Even though she cancelled dates back in January, the Queen of Soul is apparently ready to roll fresh off receiving an honorary degree from Harvard University, stopping long enough to perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” while accompanying herself on piano. And while future plans involve a potential collaboration with Outkast’s Andre 3000 and a crack at a Beyoncé cover, expect the Detroit native to dig deep into her impressive canon when she hits the Radio City Music Hall stage. (Originally scheduled for January 18 & 19. All tickets for these concerts will be honored. Any patron who cannot attend these rescheduled shows may obtain a refund at their point of purchase.)

June 16
Journey/Steve Miller Band/Tower of Power @ Nikon @ Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy, 6:45 p.m. $252, $167, $112.80, $102.70, $70, $25.75. 800-745-3000,
Call it a Bay Area triple play. And while Journey is on its second lead singer following the 1998 departure of Steve Perry, (that would be YouTube sensation Arnel Pineda), grizzled six-string maestro Steve Miller continues to grind out classic rock hits like “Jungle Love,” “Rock’n Me” and “Jet Airliner” while Oaktown’s Tower of Power provide the requisite dosage of funk.

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Dave Gil de Rubio
In addition to being editor of Massapequa Observer and Hicksville News, Dave Gil de Rubio is a regular contributor to Long Island Weekly, specializing in music and sports features. He has won several awards for writing from Press Club of Long Island (PCLI).

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