Rush at American Airlines Center
The mighty trio of Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart, best known as prog-rock gods Rush, returns to Dallas bearing a new album, Clockwork Angels, the band's 19th studio effort. The cult heroes, recently selected for possible admission to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (for the first time, fans are voting on the inductees; voting closes Dec. 3), are filming a handful of shows on their current tour for possible DVD release, and will have cameras trained on the American Airlines Center stage. So, y'know, arrive ready for your potential close-up.
7:30 p.m. Wednesday. American Airlines Center, Dallas. $46.50-$126.50.
Willie Nelson at
Arlington Music Hall
What's new since ol' Willie last breezed through town in August, where he performed at the House of Blues after a brief health hiccup? Well, the Texas icon has released a new autobiography, Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings From the Road, which finds Nelson jotting down his thoughts about all sorts of things (the best country singer ever, in his humble opinion, is Ray Price). Apart from the new tome, Nelson's rare non-Billy Bob's Texas appearance in Tarrant County promises to be an intimate affair, pulling tracks from his latest LP, Heroes, and all the staples y'all know and love to boot.
7:30 p.m. Friday. Arlington Music Hall, Arlington. $75-125.