Collective Soul’s ninth album, also its first in six years, has a title about as enigmatic as you can find – “See What You Started by Continuing.” As lead singer Ed Roland comments in the band’s release, “It just feels good, dude,” and there is no disputing the album is welcome to the band’s fans. They took that long hiatus ostensibly to recharge their batteries after 19 years of album-touring.
The band returns to the MontBleu this Saturday, Nov. 12, with numbers from this new effort and standards from their influential alt-rock career – “Shine,” December” and “The World I Know.” They’ve been on the “Twilight” soundtrack and in a duet with Elton John.
The Northern California casinos go largely ethnic this weekend with Cache Creek bringing in longtime Filipino superstar Martin Nievera, joined by Yam Concepcion. Nievera is still probably best known for his recording of “Forever,” originally meant to be heard only by his estranged wife, Pops Fernandez, in an attempt to bring her back. It did not. It did, however, bring legions of fans to him and was followed by “Forever, Forever,” and “Return to Forever,” that last finally admitting acceptance. Nievera has been a force in the islands’ musical industry since. (9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12; $53-$105; cachecreek.com)
Thunder Valley goes Vietnamese Saturday for two show of “Miss Saigon’s Love Story,” not the Broadway musical but a concert of some of the country’s top artists, including Quant Dung, May Tam, Lam Nhat Tien, and Bao Anh. (7 and 9 p.m.; $40-$75; thundervalleyresort.com)
The last time Morrissey played the region was 2007, when he appeared at the Nugget in Sparks, a venue he selected because he had seen a picture of Liberace being carried onto that stage by Bertha, the casino’s elephant. A giant picture of Liberace graced the stage during Morrissey’s performance. The man has had an unpredictable career since his days at the Smiths, and he’s canceled two Reno performances since, but so far he’s still on at the Grand Sierra on Friday, Nov. 11. (9 p.m.; $62.39-$80.75; grandsierraresort.com)
Saturday the Grand Sierra brings in Il Divo: The Amor & Pasion Tour, an emphasis on tangos, boleros and mambas from Latin countries. It kicks off the band’s tour in support of its seventh studio album. (8 p.m.; $45.87-$77.98)
Editor’s Note: This story was changed at 2 p.m. Thursday to correct the name of Collective Soul’s tour.