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The 25 Most Anticipated Tours of 2016

on January 13, 2016, 12:00am
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10. Bon Iver

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Photo by Zoe Prinds

Bon Iver’s continued existence was a giant question mark at this time last year. Even after the band’s first performance in three years at the Eaux Claires Music Festival, mastermind Justin Vernon was cagey about the project’s future. Then in November, it finally became clear that 2016 would see the return of Bon Iver with the group’s first announced tour dates. True, the shows are currently only scheduled for Asia (the first time the band’s traveled there), but it does raise hopes for a North American trek to be announced soon. Add that to the fact that they debuted new material at their only 2015 gig, and it seems like this year could be the one we’ve been waiting three years for from Vernon and co. –Ben Kaye

Bon Iver 2016 Tour Dates:
02/21 – Seoul, KR @ AX Hall
02/24 – Taiwan, TW @ TICC
02/26 – Singapore @ The Star Theatre
02/29 – Tokyo, JP @ Studio Coast
03/02 – Osaka, JP @ Zepp Namba
03/05 – Manila, PH @ Wanderland Music & Arts Festival
03/08 – Hong Kong @ MacPherson Stadium


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09. Ellie Goulding

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Photo by Nina Corcoran

Getting booked at Coachella as direct support for LCD Soundystem on opening night is just one of many signs that British pop singer Ellie Goulding has fully arrived. Another is the arena tour she has scheduled leading up to it, the largest venues she has headlined in her still blossoming career. Many could say they saw it coming, from her topping the BBC’s Sound Of… poll in 2010 to her high-charting single “Lights” in 2011. However, it might be a movie soundtrack for 50 Shades of Grey and her contribution “Love Me Like You Do” that has really cemented Goulding as a mega-star. Seeing how she responds to an even brighter spotlight will be well worth the price of admission. –Philip Cosores

Ellie Goulding 2016 Tour Dates:
04/01 – Vancouver, BC @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
04/02 – Seattle, WA @ Seattle Center – Key Arena
04/03 – Portland, OR @ Rose Garden – Theater of the Clouds
04/05 – Sacramento, CA @ Sacramento Memorial Auditorium
04/06 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center at San Jose
04/08 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center Arena
04/09 – Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
04/12 – Broomfield, CO @ 1st Bank Center*
04/13 – West Valley City, UT @ Maverik Center*
04/16 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre*
04/18 – Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie*
04/19 – Cedar Park, TX @ Cedar Park Center*
04/23 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena*
05/05 – Saint Paul, MN @ Theater at Xcel Energy Center*
05/06 – Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arena*
05/07 – Cleveland, OH @ Wolstein Center – Cleveland State University*
05/09 – Ypsilanti, MI @ EMU Convocation Center*
05/10 – Columbus, OH @ The LC Pavilion Outdoor Amphitheatre*
05/11 – Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Bethlehem Event Center*
05/13 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE*
05/14 – Indianapolis, IN @ Farmers Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park*
05/16 – Saint Louis, MO @ Chaifetz Arena*
05/17 – Bonner Springs, KS @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheater*
05/18 – Oklahoma City, @ OK Zoo Amphitheatre*
05/20 – Rogers, AR @ Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion*
05/21 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center*
06/02 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
06/03 – Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
06/04 – Orlando, FL @ University of Central Florida – CFE Arena
06/06 – Alpharetta, GA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park
06/07 – Charleston, SC @ Volvo Cars Stadium
06/09 – Charlotte, NC @ Uptown Amphitheater at The Music Factory
06/10 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheatre
06/13 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
06/14 – Canandaigua, NY @ Constellation Brands Marvin Sands PAC
06/15 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
06/18 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
06/19 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
06/21 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden


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08. Pearl Jam

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Photo by David Brendan Hall

Well, bad news first: it seems unlikely that we’ll get a new Pearl Jam album this year, as the band made it known that they’ve yet to really hit the follow-up to 2013’s Lightning Bolt head-on yet. But the good news is that isn’t going to keep the band from touring, as they also announced they plan to make their way across the US this year. While we don’t have specific dates and locations yet, Consequence of Sound has personally confirmed one major stopping point for the Seattle legends: Bonnaroo. We’d guess that the rest of the tour might surround that June appearance in some way. Stay tuned. –Philip Cosores

Pearl Jam 2016 Tour Dates:
TBA


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07. Tool

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When Tool announced their 2016 tour dates, it initially looked very similar to their 2014 mini-run, when the band played California, Arizona, Texas, and not much else. But soon the tour expanded and now runs through all of January, hitting up much of the South as well. Without new music to debut, the move appears to be a quick jaunt to pad bank accounts for the continued work on their long-awaited follow-up to 10,000 Days, now 10 years old. But with a band like Tool, the reason for the tour is of less interest than the performance they put on. The band is promising to be dwarfed by giant video projections and is bringing Primus along for the ride, meaning hard rock fans will have reason to celebrate this winter. Just as long as they don’t live above the Mason-Dixon Line. –Philip Cosores

Tool 2016 Tour Dates:
01/06 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium *
01/07 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium *
01/09 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena *
01/10 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena *
01/13 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center *
01/14 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center *
01/16 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center *
01/17 – Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theatre *
01/19 – Southaven, MS @ Landers Center *
01/20 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center *
01/22 – St. Louis, MO @ Chaifetz Center *
01/23 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena *
01/25 – Atlanta, GA @ Infinite Energy Center *
01/26 – Charlotte, NC @ Bojangles Coliseum *
01/27 – Charlotte, NC @ Bojangles Coliseum *
01/28 – Orlando, FL @ CFE Arena *
01/30 – Pensacola, FL @ Pensacola Bay Center *
01/31 – New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center *

* = w/ Primus


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06. Black Sabbath

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Photo by David Brendan Hall

The Ozzman Cometh. And the Ozzman Goeth. But not before a final jaunt 48 years after Black Sabbath’s inception in working-class Birmingham. Heavy metal founding fathers Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Ozzy Osbourne himself have had some of the wildest career turns in rock n’ roll. And while it’s a shame that on-going disputes will prevent original drummer Bill Ward from joining this last waltz, session drummer and substitute player Tommy Clufetos (also of Ozzy’s solo band) will make sure a thunderous percussion section is included in the ticket price.

Both Black Sabbath and Ozzy have toured extensively for decades, selling out arenas, headlining festivals, and even reuniting more than once at the frontman’s titular Ozzfest. Now, as the live era reaches its conclusion, the group has shared that this final tour “promises to surpass all previous tours and will feature the band’s most mesmerizing production ever.” New dates have also been added, meaning you’ll have plenty of chances in 2016 to bid farewell to your metal overlords. But please remember to refrain from biting the heads off winged animals. –Dan Pfleegor

Black Sabbath 2016 Tour Dates:
01/20 – Omaha, NE @ CenturyLink Center
01/22 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
01/25 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
01/27 – Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
01/30 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Centre
02/01 – Calgary, ON @ Scotiabank Saddledome
02/03 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
02/06 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
02/09 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
02/11 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
02/13 – Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Events Center
02/15 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
02/17 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
02/19 – Detroit, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
02/21 – Hamilton, ON @ FirstOntario Centre
02/23 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
02/25 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
02/27 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
04/15 – Perth, AU @ Perth Arena
04/17 – Adelaide, AU @ Entertainment Centre
04/19 – Melbourne, AU @ Rod Laver Arena
04/23 – Sydney, AU @ Allphones Arena
04/25 – Brisbane, AU @ Entertainment Centre
04/28 – Auckland, NZ @ Vector Arena
04/30 – Dunedin, NZ @ Forsyth Barr Stadium
06/01 – Budapest, HR @ Groupama Arena
06/08 – Berlin, DE @ Waldebuhne
06/11 – Donington, UK @ Download Festival
06/13 – Verona, IT @ Arena di Verona
06/15 – Zurich, CH @ Hallenstadon
06/17 – Dessel, BE @ Grasspop
06/23 – Halden, NO @ Tons of Rock
06/25 – Copenhagen, DK @ Copenhall
06/28 – Vienna, AT @ Stadthalle
06/30 – Prague, CZ @ O2 Arena
07/02 – Krakow, PL @ Tauron Arena
07/05 – Riga, LV @ Riga Arena
07/07 – Helsinki, FI @ Monsters of Rock
07/09 – Stockholm, SE @ Monsters of Rock
07/12 – Moscow, RU @ Olympisky Arena
08/17 – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
08/19 – Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
08/21 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
08/23 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
08/25 – Boston, MA @ Xfinity Center
08/27 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
08/29 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
08/31 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theater
09/02 – Indianapolis, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
09/04 – Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
09/07 – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
09/09 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Ampitheater
09/11 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Ampitheater
09/13 – Portland, OR @ Sunlight Supply Arena
09/15 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
09/17 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
09/19 – Hollywood, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
09/21 – Phoenix, AZ @ AK-Chin Pavilion

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