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Fall Out Boy, Wiggles announce arena shows

DULUTH - Two very big, very different acts, each targeting the opposite end of the 18-and-under set, have just announced performances at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

Emo-guys-made-good Fall Out Boy will rock the suburbs Nov. 3, while Australian tyke-targeting songsters The Wiggles will entertain the little ones with a double dose of shows Nov. 11.

Riding a gigantic tidal wave of pop-punk popularity to the top of the Billboard 200, Fall Out Boy recently unveiled a slate of concert dates under the banner "The Young Wild Things Tour." Other bands on board include chart-topping labelmates Gym Class Heroes, the "Hey There Delilah"-balladeering Plain White T's and buzzed-about band Cute is What We Aim For.

A few short years ago, Pete Wentz and company were playing raucous, sweaty, claustrophobic sets downtown at the Masquerade. Now they're selling out stadiums. Fall Out Boy will likely mix recent singles such as the conspicuously vowel-less "Thnks Fr Th Mmrs" with older fan favorites like "Grand Theft Autumn" and "Dead on Arrival."

The Wiggles, catering to a slightly younger demographic, are enjoying their own taste of international fame. In 2006, according to Business Review Weekly, they raked in more than $50 million, out-earning fellow Aussies AC/DC and Nicole Kidman combined.

They'll take the stage twice Nov. 11, once at 1:30 p.m. and again 5 p.m.

"It's great with the toddler/preschool set," said Cheryl Gee, spokeswoman. "It's a big hit, and they're still highly popular here, so we're looking forward to having them."

Gee said the kiddie crooners have become one of the arena's top draws.

"They've been close to a sellout every time," she said. "And I believe a couple times we have had it sold out."

Tickets for the Wiggles go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.

Tickets for Fall Out Boy go on sale Sept. 22, according to the Gwinnett Center Web site.