Any skilled musician can learn to play covers. But recreating the experience and energy of, say, a Queen or Michael Jackson concert is another level of commitment entirely.

Any skilled musician can learn to play covers. But recreating the experience and energy of, say, a Queen or Michael Jackson concert is another level of commitment entirely. "We Will Rock You," a rock opera set in the future (at a time when rock music has become obsolete), is showing at the Palace Theatre Jan. 7 to 12. The storyline of the dynamic, sci-fi inspired musical is tied together by 24 of Queen's biggest hits, including "Another One Bites The Dust," "We Are The Champions," "Bohemian Rhapsody" and, of course, "We Will Rock You." So if you're pining for the past, head to one of these upcoming tribute performances for the full nostalgic experience.

"We Will Rock You"

Jan. 7-12
$28-$78
Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St.
614-469-0939, capa.com

Who's Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band

7:30 p.m. Jan. 18
$15 advance, $20 day of
Newport Music Hall, 1722 N. High St.
614-461-5483, promowestlive.com

Columbus Symphony Orchestra with Bee Gees tribute band Stayin' Alive

8 p.m. Jan. 18
$25-$68
Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St.
614-228-8600, columbussymphony.com

Hotel California: The Original Tribute to the Eagles

9 p.m. Jan. 18
Free
Hollywood Casino's o.h. Lounge,
200 Georgesville Rd.
614-308-3333, hollywoodcolumbus.com