New Kids on the Block announced their latest tour this morning in New York. / Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

New Kids on the Block announced their latest tour this morning in New York. / Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

Two concerts for nostalgia-seeking Generation X-ers were announced by Xcel Energy Center this morning.

MÖTLEY CRÜE (Aug. 5): They really mean it this time. The Crüe will return to Xcel Energy Center on Aug. 5 on what it’s calling the “last leg” of its final tour. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster and the arena box office for $20-$125, same price range as the band’s other final show there in November. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Alice Cooper will once again be the opener.

Vince Neil lit up for a change when the Crue played Xcel Center in November. / Aaron Lavinsky, Star Tribune

Vince Neil lit up for a change when the Crue played Xcel Center in November. / Aaron Lavinsky, Star Tribune

That November show (reviewed here) made up for a decade of mostly lackluster Crüe shows in the Twin Cities with an inordinate amount of fire, musically and literally speaking. The band kicked off its final tour last spring and will keep going through 2015, with their final final show scheduled on New Year’s Eve at Staples Center in their native Los Angeles.

A big show for Twin Cities metal fans of a more modern, less hairspray-covered ilk, Atlanta’s thrashing prog-rock favorites Mastodon also just announced another date at Myth in Maplewood on April 16 with ‘90s crunch-rock vets Clutch as a co-headliner. Those tickets also go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through AXS.com for $29.50. The Myth gig is the first date on the so-called Missing Link Tour, which will also feature Seattle’s Big Business for an opening band.

NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK (May 20): The '80s boy band is still hanging tough after rebounded to arena status with a 2008 comeback tour and will once again play the X on May 20, this time with a pair of classic R&B/hip-hop acts for openers, Nelly and the two surviving members of TLC. Dubbed the Main Event Tour, the shows will have a couple different pre-sale ticket offers starting Friday. Tickets for the St. Paul date go on sale Jan. 31 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster and the arena box office for $29.50-$91.50.

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