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Posted: January 28, 2011 8:23 a.m.
Updated: January 28, 2011 8:23 a.m.

Who is playing where this year in Los Angeles?

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It's always a conversation-stopper when you mention that you caught a big-name artist in concert in Los Angeles. But to do so, you have to purchase your tickets early. So poll your friends, pool your resources and get online, because here's what's happening at the large concert venues in 2011.

Staples Center
1111 South Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 742-7340  
Feb. 23, Linkin Park
March 1, Hillsong United
March 13, Juanes
March 28, Lady Gaga
July 1, New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys
Aug. 19 and 20, Sade
Aug. 23, 24, 27 and 28, Taylor Swift

Nokia Theatre
777 Chick Hearn Court
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 763-6020
Feb. 9, Sarah McLachlan and Friends
Feb. 11, Larry Hernandez
Feb. 14, NE-YO
Feb. 25, Lucero
March 5, Julieta Venegas
March 18, Espinoza Paz
April 8, John Mellancamp
May 8, Yanni
May 15, The Moody Blues
Aug. 5, Katy Perry

The Greek Theatre
2700 North Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 665-3215
The Greek is keeping its coming months close to the vest so far, but one big gig is definitely on the books:
April 23, Robert Plant and the Band of Joy
This will be the first tour on these shores for Robert Plant since the triumphant release of his latest album, "Band of Joy," which Rolling Stone magazine in its four-star review called "sweet, elegant folk that still swings like Satan's barn door." The touring band will once again be the same that made the record: Patty Griffin, vocals; Darrell Scott, multi instrumentalist/vocals; Byron House, bass/vocals; Marco Giovino, drums and percussion/vocals, and co-producer Buddy Miller, guitar/vocals. North Mississippi Allstars will be supporting.

Gibson Amphitheatre
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608
(818) 622-4440  
The Gibson will have some big-name acts this year, including, in the next few months:
Feb. 1, Ozzy Ozborne
Feb. 14, Kenny G and Michael Bolton
Feb. 19, Enrique Iglesias
March 8 and 9, Eric Clapton
April 14, 15 and 16, Janet Jackson

Honda Center
2695 East Katella Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92806
(800) 745-3000  
While the Honda Center fills most of its year with big sports events, there are also some big concerts coming up, including:
March 31, Lady Gaga
July 6, New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys
Aug. 30, Sade



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