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Hot tickets include Lady A, Paul Simon

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How did that happen so quickly? No, that’s not what she said. C’mon people, Christmas is less than a month away. Let’s be nice.

December has arrived this year quicker than a Kardashian divorce, and thankfully there’s lots of new music and concerts to enjoy as the holiday season beckons.

• Tickets for Lady Ante­bellum’s May 22 return to James Brown Arena are on sale beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2. Prices for the Own the Night show are a reasonable $49.50 with a strict limit of eight per purchase from georgialinatix.com, (877) 4-AUGTIX or at the Champion’s Box Office at James Brown Arena. Escrow alert: Yes, they get to “hold your money” for six whopping months!

• Paul Simon rolls out his many hits and standards Dec. 2 at the Gwinnett Cen­ter in Duluth, Ga. Simon is still promoting So Beautiful or So What, his excellent studio set from earlier this year. Tix: $39.50 to $89.50.

• Although pop sensation Adele is on hiatus from touring because of “vocal issues,” fans can still enjoy the singer with Live at Royal Albert Hall, a 17-track DVD that’s new this week. Selections from her two-mega-selling albums, 19 and 21, are included, and the set is a nice holdover until she hits the road and studio next year.

UNDER THEIR NOSES DEPT.: The Rolling Stones’ legendary punk masterpiece Some Girls has been reissued this week with a full disc of outtakes from the sessions. There’s also a Live in Texas DVD of the band’s tour from 1978 that is proof positive that Mick, Keith, Charlie, Bill and Ronnie were at a creative peak that most fans feel has never been equaled since … and they’re right!

• Thirteen months ago, Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters thrilled a packed Philips Arena audience with a complete rendition of The Wall. Since that date, Waters has been on the road all over the planet almost constantly, presenting the album in its entirety to rave reviews everywhere. On June 13, fans will have a second chance to see one of the most brilliant sets and performances that yours truly has ever witnessed. Tix are not yet on sale.

TURNER’S QUICK NOTES: The Smashing Pumpkins have given the box set treatment to their 1991 debut Gish and to ’93s brilliant Siamese Dream. Each has extra tracks, demos and live renditions … B.J. Thomas returns to Newberry Opera House on Dec. 8 for an evening of his 14 top-40 hits and more … Tix are going fast for the Amy Grant/Vince Gill holiday show Dec. 10 at the Bell.


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