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The 15 Hottest Summer Tours of 2011

on May 20, 2011, 5:59pm
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summer tours thumb The 15 Hottest Summer Tours of 2011Once you’re done with school as a whole, there’s little to look forward to once summer rears its head. What was once the time of year that marked months off from teachers, books, and their various dirty looks has forever changed; as an adult, it’s still just a time for you to work a job you might hate/resent just like the rest of the year, except now it’s hot and gross outside. Plus, those damn kids are staying up all night and enjoying their responsibility-free existences.

But if there is one way to regain some of that summertime frivolity and carefree attitude, it’s once again through the power of music. Sure, there are festivals galore, but if you’re not willing to travel, and you live in, say, Omaha, Nebraska, you’re limited to what festival experience you can undertake. Of course, there is one solution to the music-going experience that takes as much effort to attend as the work ethic of a 15-year-old on the Fourth of July: waiting for that big summer tour to roll into town. Every year, with the dawning of swimsuits and as the first hints of BBQs waft through the air, artists big and small hit the road to tout their new album and play for those with a lot of time on their hands. Despite the sheer volume of shows, just what ones will truly make the thermometer go pop?

As we do every other season of the year, CoS has your back. Presented below in easy-to-digest form, kind of like the hot dog itself, we’ve compiled a list of the biggest summer tours going down as we speak. From top 40 superstars like Britney Spears and Nicki Minaj to indie phenoms like Bright Eyes and Mountain Goats and from newcomers like The Vaccines to more established acts like Eddie Vedder and Roger Daltrey, a plethora of artists are heading across the country, vying for your attention and trying to make your summer actually fun again. We’ll tell you where they’ll all be, why you should be there, and how you can get your seat. All you’ve gotta do is show up. So, slap on some sunscreen, call in sick from work if you’ve got to, and enjoy great live music before winter comes back and puts a sleeperhold on this good time we call summer.

-Chris Coplan
News Editor

Feature artwork by Cap Blackard.

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South Beach Java
May 27, 2011 at 3:06 am

I can’t wait for the tours. I’m so going!

Bean
May 25, 2011 at 3:25 pm

I agree with Murdapox and also wish Daltrey would have chosen a location in DC/MD/VA! No way I can get to Philly.

Wwadam87
May 22, 2011 at 9:34 pm

 Soundgarden is also playing the Patriot Center in FairFax, Va

Murdapox
May 22, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Worst summer ever for live music?

MB
May 20, 2011 at 12:12 pm

 The Decemberists’ 6/16 show is at the State Theatre in Portland, Maine. We have a great scene up here. Please don’t forget us!

Ghost that never lies…
May 20, 2011 at 12:05 pm

 And the only ones coming to Miami are the huge pop acts and half of a classic rock band…. wow is miami/fort lauderdale/west palm beach…..

Damn we are so lucky down here

Alex Young
May 20, 2011 at 12:14 pm

At least you have two music festivals to look forward to.

Ghost that never lies…
May 20, 2011 at 12:59 pm

festivals are great and all, but come on Alex, you know you would rather have a plethora of shows each month instead…

You don’t get a true picture of an artist until you hear “their” show, not a 30-60 minute clip of them

I liken a festival to a buffet where you can have a taste and go get a new plate when you realize you don’t like it….

A concert dedicated to one or two artists, now that’s a true musical experience

Alex Young
May 20, 2011 at 11:37 am

Thanks for the catch. Edited in.

fredzylla
May 20, 2011 at 11:27 am

Dave Matthews Band First Ever Festival in Atlantic City????

Evan Bright
May 20, 2011 at 7:49 am

My Morning Jacket?????? New album??? Tour???? Cmon guys!!!!

unknownbenson
May 20, 2011 at 9:01 pm

I agree.  You’ll list some pop music but not the best live act today.  seriously. 

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