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New Year's Eve will still be rockin', for home viewing this year

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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There will not -- or at least aren't aren't supposed to -- parties in the street or even in homes this New Year's Eve, making it a different kind of experience. But the entertainment world is stepping up with specials and concerts, both broadcast and online. Here's a roundup of some of the best Thursday, Dec. 31, has to offer...

• K-Pop giant Big Hit Labels gathers its artists (BTS, TXT, Lee Hyun and more) as well as guests such as Halsey, Lauv and Steve Aoki for a "New Year's Eve Live" show starting at 7:30 a.m. via YouTube.

• You can "KISS 2020 Goodbye" with Kiss, onstage in Dubai with a state-of-the-art shoot and plenty of pyro, streaming for 72 hours starting New Year's Eve day. Tickets and other info via kiss2020goodbye.com.

• Belgium's Tomorrowland festival has recruited 28 artists -- including Diplo, David Guetta and Snoop Dogg as DJ Snoopadelic -- for a daylong "31.12.2020" New Year's Eve online festival that will include virtual fireworks, lasers and other special effects. Tickets and other updates via tomorrowland.com.

• A day after her virtual 73rd birthday show, Patti Smith will bring in 2021 with a 15-minute performance that will stream via YouTube's Circa platform, as well as beaming to billboards in New York and Los Angeles. Smith plans to read a new poem dedicated to teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg and also pay tribute to healthcare workers who lost their lives fighting COVID-19.

• The Dandy Warhols reprises its performance of "Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia" to end the year, staying On Demand through Saturday, Jan. 2. Tickets via dandywarholslive.com.

• Heritage grunge rockers The Melvins begins the “Melvins TV — Volume 1" livestream series at 3 p.m. Tickets via melvins.veeps.com.

• "New Years Queens: Goodbye 2020" will feature Miz Cracker, Peppermint, Trixie Mattel and others from New York and Los Angeles, starting at 3 p.m. We predict it won't be a drag. Tickets vua sessionslive.com/NewYearsQueens.

• The Metropolitan opera rings in 2021 with a New Year's Eve Gala concert featuring performances by Javier Camarena, Pretty Yende, Matthew Polenzani, Angel Blue — live from Augsburg, Germany. Tickets via metopera.org.

• Steel Panther falls out for not one but two New Year's Eve livestreams, making good on its postponed "Gobblefest" and adding a "Formal as F***" concert starting at 5 p.m. Tickets via steelpantherrocks.com.

• French keyboardist and composer Jean-Michel Jarre performs "Welcome to the Other Side," a virtual concert from inside a virtual Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, at 5:35 p.m. via Facebook, YouTube and other social media. More details via jeanmicheljarre.com.

• Melissa Etheridge tucks in a final 2020 show at 6 p.m. Tickets via etheridgetv.com/mammaschoice.

• The Emmet Cohen Trio plays at 7:30 p.m. for Live From Dizzy's Club at Lincoln Center in New York. Tickets via jazz.org.

• Perennial favorite "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2021" starts at 8 p.m. on ABC (WXYZ, Channel 7) from New York and Los Angeles -- sans audiences but with performances from Jennifer Lopez, Miley Cyrus, Machine Gun Kelly, Cindy Lauper, Billy Porter, Jimmie Allen and others. Ciara helms the Los Angeles portion of the broadcast.

• Fox's "New Years Eve Toast & Roast 2021" (WJBK, Channel 2) will be hosted at 8 p.m.by "The Masked" everything's Ken Jeong and Joel McHale, with performances by Green Day, John Legend, Gloria Estefan, "The Masked Singer champ LeAnn Rimes and more.

• They don't do anything small in Texas — including New Year's Eve. This year the annual Jungle Show — the brainchild of ZZ Top's Billy F. Gibbons, Jimmie Vaughn, Sue Foley, Chris Layton and Mike Flanigin, goes virtual from Antone's in Austin starting at 8 p.m. via JungleShow.tv. Bring our own barbecue and beer.

• Lucinda Williams ushers 2020 to a close with a Lu's Jukebox Tribute to the Rolling Stones at 8 p.m. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.

• The Avett Brothers celebrate the new year virtually at 8 p.m. from Charlotte, N.C., with a full band and, they promise, special guests. Tickets via nugs.tv.

• Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Jeff Daniels plays a pair of New Year's Eve Shows, at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Tickets via jeffdaniels.com.

• Piano virtuoso Reuel finishes the year with a concert at 8 p.m. from Studios at Fischer in Texas, via Facebook and YouTube. The show repeats at 3 p.m. New Year’s Day.

• Nine Detroit music venues will be the beneficiaries of the Virtual Video Atomic Fez Fundraiser For Detroit!," starting at 8:15 p.m. on Youtube and other social media platforms. Performers include The Electric Six, Audra Kubat, Cinecyde, Carolyn Striho and Scott Daily, Ricky Rat, the Romantics' Mike Skill, Don "Doop" Duprie, Tino G's Dumpster Machine and more. A GoFundMe page for the fundraiser has also been established.

• Alabama, which has postponed several editions of its farwell tour, will stream a free New Year's Eve concert in conjunction with Camping World's Ultimate RV Show series. The show begins at 9 p.m. via ultimatervshow.com.

• Widespread Panic closes out its "Run to New Years" series with its Dec. 31, 1999 performance at Phillips Arena in Atlanta, starting at 9 p.m. Tickets via nugs.tv.

• Galactic, the Rebirth Brass Band, Samantha Fish, Dumpstaphunk and Anders Osborne perform from different New Orleans venues for "NYE in Nola," hosted by John Goodman and kicking off at 10 p.m. Tickets via nugs.tv or tipitinas.tv.

• Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit comes out of quarantine to play live from the Brooklyn Bowl in Nashville at 9 p.m. Tickets via fans.live.

• Pink Martini's "Good Riddance 2020" show begins streaming at 9 p.m. Tickets via ourconcerts.live/pinkmartini.

• "New Years Eve 2021," hosted by Carson Daily at 10 p.m., brings Sting, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Pentatonix, the Goo Goo Dolls, Busta Rhymes, Kylie Minogue and more to NBC (WDIV, Channel 4).

• YouTube Originals' "Hello 2021: The Americas" will feature performances from Dua Lipa, J. Balvin, Kane Brown, Ne-Yo, Yungblud, Finneas, James Blunt and others, as well as appearances by Jimmy Fallon, David Blaine, Naomi Campbell, RuPaul, Matthew McConaughey and more. The show gets under way at 10:30 p.m.

• Post Malone, Jack Harlow, Steve Aoki and others will be part of "Bud Light Seltzer Sessions presents New Year's Eve" at 10:30 p.m. on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Budlight.com/NYE.

• Justin Bieber will help greet 2021 by partnering with T-Mobile for a livestreamed show — his first concert since 2017 — at 11 p.m, with repeats on Friday, Dec. 1 Tickets via JustinBieberNYE.com.

• Snoop Dogg parties 2020 to a close with help from Jennifer Nettles, Rosario Dawson and more, virtually, at 11 p.m. RSVP at snoopnye.com.

• Old Crow Medicine Show celebrates at 11 p.m. from the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Tickets via sessionslive.com.

• Bob Weir and the Wolf Bros — featuring Don Was and Jay Lane with guests Jeff Chimenti and Greg Leiz — will be live from TRI Studios in the San Francisco Bay Area at 10 p.m. Tickets via fans.live.

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