CLEVELAND, Ohio — Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen considers road crew and other support staff to be “family,” which is why he and wife Lauren Monroe, a fellow musician, put together the Big Love Benefit Concert at 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23. They’ll be joined by Billy Idol, Styx’s Tommy Shaw, Wynonna Judd, Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge and Slash’s band, the Allman Betts Band and others, while Poison’s Bret Michaels will introduce the show. Sammy Hagar, Chicago and others have contributed special messages.
“It’s really self-preservationism,” Allen says of the concert, which he and Monroe hope to turn into a series benefiting the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund. “This is our way of making sure that the industry is still there when we actually get to come back and start playing in front of people again. “We realize the value of our crews and all the incredible people in this industry, and the ripple effect of what COVID did is really quite devastating.” Tickets for Big Love are available via 2nu.gs/BigLove.
Other Events (all subject to change):
FRIDAY, JAN. 22
• Swedish rockers The Hives continue “The World’s First World Wide Web World Tour” with shows today and on Jan. 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30. Tickets and other details via TheHives.com.
• Robyn Hitchcock and Emma Swift play “Live From Sweet Home Quarantine” at 3 p.m. via stageit.com.
• Rufus Wainwright digs into his 2020 album, “All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu,” for this week’s “A Rufus-Retro-Wainwright-Spective” series at 5 p.m. Tickets via veeps.com/events.
• Hothouse Meets Havana, streaming performances from the Havana Jazz Festival, continues at 7 p.m. each night through Sunday, Jan. 24. Tickets via hothouse.net.
• The Metropolitan Opera Theatre celebrates “Leading Ladies: Opera’s Greatest Heroines” this weekend with a 1985 performance of Puccini’s “Tosca” on Friday, Jan. 22, a 2019 production of Massenet’s “Manon” on Saturday, Jan. 23, and Wagner’s “Die Walkure” from 2011 on Sunday, Jan. 24. All 7:30 p.m. and free via metopera.org.
• BeauSoleil’s Michael Doucet joins Lacher Prise for a concert at 8 p.m. Tickets via ourconcerts.live/shows.
• Tyler Zanon of Youth Fountain performs songs from the “Letters To Our Former Selves” album at 8 p.m. Tickets via veeps.com/events.
• Drummer Earl Harland leads a quartet at the Village Vanguard at 8 p.m., and again at the same time on Saturday, Jan. 23. Tickets via villagevanguard.com.
• Lotus streams its April 27, 2019 show from Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre at 8:30 p.m. Tickets via nugs.tv.
• The High Dive Festival from Gainesville, Fla., runs all weekend, with shows at 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets via veeps.com/events.
• The 2020 She Rocks Awards go virtual at 9 p.m., honoring Heart’s Nancy Wilson, Amy Lee of Evanescence, the Runaways’ Cheri Currie, the Go-Go’s, Margaret Cho, Cindy Blackman Santana and more. Register to attend at sherocksawards.com.
• Moon Taxi celebrates the release of its new, self-titled album at 9 p.m. from the Brooklyn Bowl in Nashville. Tickets via fans.live.
SATURDAY, JAN. 23
• The K-Pop group Seventeen plays a virtual concert from Korea at (yes) 4 a.m. Tickets and other info via vnewlife.com.
• Swedish headbangers Avatar play songs from their albums “Black Waltz” and “Hail the Apocalypse” at 4 p.m. Tickets via AvatarAges.com.
• Juliana Hatfield plays her 1998 album “Bed” solo acoustic during a pay-what-you-want show at 4 p.m. via YouTube.
• Andrew Brown’s Djangophonique streams its performance from the Blue Llama Jazz Club in Ann Arbor at 8 p.m. Tickets via watch.mandonline.com.
• The Big Love Benefit Concert, benefiting the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, takes place at 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23. Performers include Billy Idol, Styx’s Tommy Shaw, Myles Kennedy, Wynonna Judd, the Allman Betts Band, Def Leppard’s Rick Allen and Lauren Monroe, and others. Tickets via 2nu.gs/BigLove.
• Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy performs an exclusive show and Q&A at 9 p.m. for Bandsintown Plus members. Sign up via plus.bandsindown.com.
• Leftover Salmon plays live from the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Colorado at 10 p.m. Tickets via fans.live.
• Singer-songwriter David Wilcox plays an “All Request West Livestream Concert” at 10 p.m. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.
• “Austin City Limits:” Singer-songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard stars on this week’s edition of the PBS music show, at 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23 on Detroit Public Television, Channel 56.
SUNDAY, JAN. 24
• Chris Thile (Nickel Creek, Punch Brothers, Goat Rodeo) talks about and demonstrates lyric writing at 2 p.m. as part of his “Music is Life is Music” series. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.
• Steve Wynn and Linda Pitman continue The Impossible Tour with shows at 5 and 8 p.m. Tickets via stageit.com.
• The second episode of “It Was the Music,” documenting the careers of Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams, streams at 8 p.m. Tickets via fans.live.
MONDAY, JAN. 25
• The Metropolitan Opera Theatre begins a week celebrating “The Antiheroes,” with streaming archival performances of pieces by Mozart, Rossini, Verdi and more. All 7:30 p.m. and free via metopera.org.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 27
• Roger Day’s March Mud Madness plays a Young People’s Concert focusing on the coastal ecosystem at 11 a.m. Tickets via ourconcerts.live/shows.
• Hungry Girl performs for Queen City Streams at 7 p.m. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.
THURSDAY, JAN. 28
• Ireland’s Sonia D plays an acoustic session at 3:30 p.m. Tickets via stageit.com.
• Umphrey’s McGee kicks off a three-night “Wrapped Around Nashville” streaming concert series at 8 p.m. Tickets via watch.mandlin.com. Other shows take place Jan. 29 and 30.
• The Glen Campbell Museum and Rhinestone Stage hosts “Southern Nights: A Songwriters Series” at 8 p.m. Tickets via veeps.com/events.
• The Great Northern Festival presents the world premiere of the commissioned “Out of the Depths: Winter Stories” at 8 p.m. Tickets via veeps.com/events.