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Las Vegas New Year’s Eve concerts guide

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Who wouldn’t want to sing “Auld Lang Syne” with the guys from NOFX?

Hard to believe it’s nearly been a year since Jay-Z and Coldplay christened the Cosmopolitan on New Year’s Eve. If you don’t have your December 31 plans finalized just yet, don’t worry, there’s still time to track down tickets for these Las Vegas concerts.

Guns N’ Roses at the Joint No, Slash won’t be there, and neither will Izzy or Duff. Axl will, though, and he’s promising a two-and-a-half-hour show packed with hits. And yeah, some stuff off Chinese Democracy ... you didn’t think he’d ignore the album it took him more than a decade to finish, did you? $91-$96, on sale Saturday at 10 a.m.

Stevie Wonder at the Cosmopolitan If his 2009 MGM show was any indication, Wonder’s shows these days are free-form, funky and lots of fun. Plus, how better to celebrate the changing calendar than by singing Sir Duke and Superstition. $250, room/ticket packages from $1,500-$3,500.

John Legend at the Pearl He’s played keyboards with Kanye at Rain, he’s opened for Alicia at the Joint, and now he’s headlining his own New Year’s Eve show, a mile and a half from the Strip. What’s next for the neo-soul showman, a Vegas residency? $99-$254.

NOFX at House of Blues Get drunk in public with the guys that gave you Punk in Drublic. And make sure to get there on time: local badasses Holding Onto Sound are opening, along with Old Man Markley and Lagwagon. $50.

Vanessa Williams at the Riviera Pageant winner. Chart topper. Film star. Ugly Betty cast member. New Year’s Eve headliner. $70-$150.

Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band at Mandalay Bay Events Center Okay, this one’s on December 30. But something tells us you’ll still be singing “Night Moves,” “Turn the Page” and “K-k-k-k-k-k-Kathmandu!” well past 12:01 a.m. on January 1. $75-$125.

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