Thursday, 4 August 2016

The week ahead: Aug. 4, 2016

Pearl Jam, by Chad Batka/The New York Times

The week ahead: Pop & rock
Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016

PEARL JAM Big hits, deep cuts, surprise guests (Cheap Trick! Sting! Jack White!) — no wonder the current trek by this seasoned Seattle group has been acclaimed far and wide as one of the year's top tours. Officially these two shows are sold out, but miracles happen and the resourceful have their ways. Aug. 5 and 7, 6:30 p.m. Fenway Park.

YES The art-rock institution plays its first Boston-area show since founder Chris Squire's death in June 2015. With drummer Alan White sidelined by surgery, it falls to guitarist Steve Howe to rally the troops; happily, the evening's agenda will feature two albums on which Howe's influence is strongest, "Tales from Topographic Oceans" and "Drama." Aug. 4, 8 p.m. $47-$87. Lynn Auditorium, Lynn. 800-745-3000,

BOSTON ROCK OPERA Dormant for some years now, the conceptual music-theater troupe comes back to life with "Stardust to Blackstar: The Lives of David Bowie," a program that ranges from the ascent of Bowie's star to its premature extinguishment. Aug. 6 and 7, 8 p.m. $20, advance $18. ONCE Lounge & Ballroom, Somerville. 617-285-0167,

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