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.38 Special is back with a new record contract on Razor & Tie and a barnstorming tour to take its rabidly loyal fans Back to Paradise. The Jacksonville band took its name from a late-’70s incident when cops raided its rehearsal warehouse and warned the Wild-Eyed Southern Boys to “freeze, or our .38 Specials will do the talking.” What happened next is the stuff of legend (or of fib): Staring down the cold steel, the boys kicked into a scorching version of what would become their biggest hit, “Rockin’ Into the Night,” making Stone-Cold Believers of the lawmen, who (allegedly) launched into a crossfire of air-guitar solos. Still fronted by Donnie Van Zant, kid brother of Skynyrd martyr Ronnie, .38 Special continues to Hold On Loosely, with Outta Touch, Ambush, and Steel Breed at 8 p.m. at Jaxx, 6355 Rolling Rd., Springfield. $22. (703) 569-5940. (Eddie Dean)