Janet — or Ms. Jackson, if you’re nasty and whatnot — returns to the road after her last outing had to be postponed due to her pregnancy. The tour takes it name from Jackson’s socially aware 1991 single “State of the World,” meaning you should expect her words to be as fierce as her dance moves. See her at 8 p.m. Saturday at Mandalay Bay Events Center. Tickets start at $59; call 702-632-7777.
The self-anointed “Starboy” returns to shine in Vegas, and by “shine,” we mean giving gorgeous voice to popping pills by the fistful and waking up next to girls who guzzle tequila by the liter. See him at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at T-Mobile Arena. Tickets start at $39.75; call 702-692-1600.
Bring them back to life: After six years between albums, these brooding hard rockers are back with a new record, “Synthesis,” which features orchestral reworkings of previously released tunes. Evanescence will be accompanied by an orchestra when they kick off their tour in support of “Synthesis,” due out Nov. 10, at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Pearl at the Palms. Tickets start at $46; call 702-944-3200.
Get punched in the face, metaphorically speaking (maybe), when these L.A. ragers demonstrate why they continue to be one of the fiercest live bands in this land or any other. Their new self-titled album smokes. Fan the flames at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at The Bunkhouse Saloon. Tickets are $15; call 702-982-1764.
Speaking of big, bad rock albums, Stone Sour’s latest certainly qualifies: It’s the rare radio-friendly record of its caliber that doesn’t sacrifice torque for tunefulness. Put on your “Whiplash Pants” on one leg at a time at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay. Tickets start at $39; call 702-632-7600.