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Is this the busiest concert week of the year? Big shows hit Save Mart Center and more

Fleetwood Mac’s new lineup performs Dec. 6, 2018 at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, CA.
Fleetwood Mac’s new lineup performs Dec. 6, 2018 at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, CA. Sacramento

Fresno’s live music scene can feel a bit like feast or famine at times, especially when the acts stack up on each other in the same week.

See: Save Mart Center’s calendar, which has several massive concerts over the next two weeks. That’s excluding Justin Timberlake’s Man of the Woods tour, which was scheduled for Dec. 3, but postponed due to the singer’s ongoing vocal chord issue.

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Fleetwood Mac stops in Fresno sans Lindsey Buckingham, but with the addition of Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and Neil Finn of Crowded House. That’s good news for those who think a Fleetwood Mac version of “Don’t Dream It’s Over” would be awesome.

Spoiler alert: It kind of is.

The band plays Dec. 6. Details: $46-$146 on ticketmaster

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In this 2013 file photo, James Hetfield, left, and Kirk Hammett of Metallica perform on at Comic-Con International Convention. Chris Pizzello Invision/AP

World Wired

In what will no doubt be the biggest rock show at the Save Mart Center since Foo Fighters played for three hours there last year, Metallica arrives Dec. 9 on the second leg of its World Wired tour.

It’s the band’s first stop in Fresno in a decade and fans seem to be excited. According to a quick search of Ticketmaster there are just over 100 tickets available and they are selling at a premium. Details: $195-$707 on ticketmaster

There’s more!

Of course, the Save Mart Center isn’t the only venue with noteworthy shows.

Fifteen-year old social media rap phenom Bhad Bhabie (aka Danielle Bregoli, aka the “cash me outside” girl) plays 7 p.m. Friday at the Azteca Theatre. Details: 838 F. St. $20-$40. All ages. ticketweb.com

The Paul McCartney tribute, Live and Let Die, is at the Tower Theatre, 8 p.m. Saturday. McCartney is played by Tony Kishman, who was in the national touring version of the Broadway musical “Beatlemania.” Details: Tower Theatre, 815 E. Olive Ave. $39.50-$49.50. 559-485-9050, www.towertheatrefresno.com

Ohio emo rockers Hawthorne Heights come to Fresno following a sold-out show at the House of Blues in Anaheim. The band plays Dec. 3 at Fulton 55. Doors open at 5 p.m., local acts start at 6 p.m. Details: 875 Divisadero St. $18-$22. 559-412-7400, www.fulton55.com

The Christian radio station K-Love ( 91.1 FM in Fresno and 88.5 FM in Visalia) hosts a Christmas concert, 7 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Warnors Theatre. Artists include Big Daddy Weave, Kim Walker-Smith and Brandon Heath. Details: 1400 Fulton St. $25-$75. 559-264-2848, www.warnors.org

As a bonus, here are two non-concert choices.

  • Swede Fest 18 5 p.m. Sunday. Tower Theatre, 815. E. Olive Ave. Free, all ages. swedefest.com
  • “The Lion King” 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Also Dec. 4-9. Saroyan Theatre, 730 M St. $39-$149. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com
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