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Preston's picks: Van Halen at American Airlines Center, Toadies at Palladium Ballroom

Posted 11:24am on Wednesday, Jun. 13, 2012

Van Halen at American Airlines Center

What should have been a celebratory year for the reunited Van Halen (well, minus original bassist Michael Anthony, who has been permanently shoved aside for Wolfgang Van Halen) has become turbulent. Amid reports of infighting, the rock band scrapped its ambitious schedule of shows after June 26. On the plus side, though, Dallas will be one of the final stops for David Lee Roth and the fellas, who are touring in support of A Different Kind of Truth, Van Halen's first studio effort in 14 years. Will the legendary egos sink the ship before it can dock in Dallas? Only time will tell. With Kool and the Gang.

7:30 p.m. Wednesday. American Airlines Center, Dallas. $29.50-$149.50.

Toadies at Palladium Ballroom

The Fort Worth-based rockers are tuning up for one hectic summer. Next month, Vaden Todd Lewis and the gang will unveil a new album, Play.Rock.Music, and head out on a national tour with alt-metal legends Helmet. And in late August, they'll book it down to New Braunfels for the annual Dia de Los Toadies festival. Along the way, the group will retain its signature brand of weirdness -- if the discomfiting clip for new single Summer of the Strange is any indication -- and the volume cranked, of course, all the way to 11.

8 p.m. Saturday. Palladium Ballroom, Dallas. $30.

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