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PNC Bank Arts Center announces its 2012 schedule

Motley Crue will coheadline a show with Kiss at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel on Sept. 21 The 2012 PNC Bank Arts Center concert series will end as it begins: with a metal shriek and a crunch of hard rock guitar. Thrash metal pioneers Megadeth and the theatrical, howling Rob Zombie will kick off the summer schedule at the Holmdel amphitheater with a co-headlining concert on May 11. Long-running hard rock favorites KISS and Motley Crüe bring the curtain down on PNC on September 21. In between, there’ll be plenty of hard strumming and overdriven six-string. Unlike last summer’s schedule, which was dominated by country acts and pop singers, this year’s PNC Bank Arts Center calendar rocks. The amphitheater will host the Warped Tour (July 13), the annual punk festival that has called Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport home for the past few summers. Santana and the Allman Brothers (July 25) share top billing at a show that’s guaranteed to feature some incendiary guitar playing. Summerland (July 21) offers a singalong-heavy package of five mainstream rock favorites of the ’90s — Everclear, Sugar Ray, Lit, Marcy Playground, and the Gin Blossoms. Then there’s the real bone-crunching stuff: the classic metal and adventurous hard rock. The Scorpions and Queensryche , both fearsome live acts, pull into Holmdel for a concert together on July 6. Dream Theater, the seminal New York band that accomplished a fusion of metal and progressive rock, follows on July 14. The incomparable System of a Down, a relentlessly imaginative hard rock band that draws from everything from Frank Zappa to Eastern European music, plays PNC on Aug. 4. The punishing Deftones open that show. Even the country concerts at PNC this summer are rowdy ones. The occasionally controversial Toby Keith will raise his red Solo cup at PNC on Aug. 17. There’s plenty of guitar muscle in the music of Jason Aldean, who is arguably Nashville’s brightest young star. He’ll sing and strum from the amphiteater stage on Sept. 6. Once again, there is very little rap on the PNC summer schedule. But Live Nation, the concert promoters who book the amphitheater, have landed a terrific hip-hop show: Drake’s Club Paradise Tour. The June 12 concert will have the feel of a mini-Summer Jam — it starts early, and features a large roster of popular emcees. J. Cole, Waka Flocka Flame, Meek Mill, 2Chains, and French Montana will join Drake in Holmdel. 2011 Star-Ledger File PhotoDrake will headline a hip-hop show at the PNC Bank Arts Center on June 12. While there won’t be as many legacy acts on the summer calendar as there sometimes have been, PNC is bringing back some old favorites. James Taylor, a frequent performer at the amphitheater, offers an “intimate evening” on June 23. The Beach Boys — now reunited with songwriting mastermind Brian Wilson — will harmonize on the Holmdel stage on June 27. Stevie Nicks surprised many fans last summer with an adventurous show that leaned heavily on “In Your Dreams,” her recent LP; she’ll be back with her new tour on June 30. And new pop hasn’t been entirely squeezed out, even if the brightest stars are shining elsewhere this summer. Demi Lovato, the former “Camp Rock” star who hit in 2011 with the earnest “Skyscraper,” will sing at PNC on June 22. Hot Chelle Rae, authors of the maddeningly catchy party anthem “Tonight Tonight,” open that show. Folk-pop artist Jason Mraz, pushing his fine, if anodyne, new release “Love Is a Four Letter Word,” will strum his acoustic in Holmdel on Aug. 31. Christina Perri will be on the undercard, but the heavily tattooed young singer, whose “Jar of Hearts” lit up “So You Think You Can Dance,” may draw more attention than the headliner. And the always entertaining Kelly Clarkson will bring her solid repertoire — and her sensational pipes — to Monmouth County on Aug. 26. Here’s the full schedule with onsale dates: ROB ZOMBIE AND MEGADETHFriday, May 11Lacuna Coil$39.50 – $99.50On Sale Now WKTU Presents KTUPHORIAMay 20Pitbull & Flo Rida$37.25 – $150.50Dev, Calvin Harris, Adam Lambert, Karmin, K’Naan, Havana Brown, Feat. Special Guest Enrique IglesiasOn Sale Now DRAKEJune 12J. Cole, Waka Flocka Flame, Meek Mill$39.75 – $115.752 Chainz and French MontanaOn Sale Now DEMI LOVATOFriday, June 22Hot Chelle Rae$29.50 – $85On Sale May 12 at 10AM An Intimate Evening With JAMES TAYLOR And His BandSaturday, June 23$25 – $85On Sale Now THE BEACH BOYSJune 27$20 – $150On Sale Now An Evening With YANNI Under The StarsFriday, June 29$20 – $175On Sale Now 2011 Star-Ledger File PhotoStevie Nicks will cast her spell in Holmdel on June 30. STEVIE NICKSSaturday, June 30$25 – $125On Sale Now SCORPIONSQueensrycheFriday, July 6$19.25 – $59.25On Sale Now VANS WARPED TOURFriday, July 13$36.50 (GA), $38 (Reserved) $40 (DOS)On Sale Now DREAM THEATERSaturday, July 14$39.50 – $99.50On Sale May 5 at 10AM SUMMERLAND TOUR featuring Everclear, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Lit, and Marcy PlaygroundSaturday, July 21$25 – $59.50 SANTANA & THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BANDJuly 25$35.35 – $99.50On Sale May 5 at 10AM JOE COCKER / HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWSSaturday, July 28$25 – $125On Sale May 5 at 10AM 311 & SLIGHTLY STOOPIDAugust 2$30 – $85On Sale May 5 at 10AM 13th WitnessDeftones will open for System of a Down at the PNC Bank Arts Center on Aug. 4. SYSTEM OF A DOWNDeftonesSaturday, August 4$36.25 – $65On Sale May 5 at 10AM TOBY KEITHBrantley Gilbert, Thomas RhettFriday, August 17$20 – $74On Sale Now BIG TIME RUSHCody SimpsonSaturday, August 18$20 – $69.50On Sale Now CHICAGO & THE DOOBIE BROTHERSAugust 19$21 – $150.50On Sale May 5 at 10AM SUBLIME WITH ROMECypress Hill, PepperAugust 21$19.50 – $65On Sale May 5 at 10AM KELLY CLARKSON & THE FRAYCarolina LiarAugust 26$26.25 – $85On Sale Now JASON MRAZChristina PerriFriday, August 31$23 – $65On Sale Now JASON ALDEANLuke BryanSeptember 6$35 – $63.75On Sale Soon! KISS & MOTLEY CRüEFriday, September 21$30 – $151On Sale Now Please Recommend Star-Ledger Entertainment on Facebook

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