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The 25 Most Anticipated Tours of 2017

on January 16, 2017, 12:00am
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20. Red Hot Chili Peppers + Babymetal

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Photo by Killian Young

It can be hard to take the Red Hot Chili Peppers very seriously these days, and touring with a J-pop metal act comprising three teenage girls doesn’t exactly help matters. Or does it? On one hand, the Chilis have nearly painted themselves into a corner after turning in more of the same scabadabadoos on their latest album The Getaway. On the other hand, the band have never sounded looser and more fun during their live shows, rejuvenated by the tastefully frenetic guitar playing of young gun Josh Klinghoffer. They’re still one of the biggest rock groups in the world, but they sure don’t act like it. Maybe that’s why BABYMETAL actually makes a ton of sense as their opener. These three girls know how to get an audience riled up, but there’s an ostentatious sense of fun behind the very idea of the group’s existence. If a band this young can rock this hard, who’s to say the Chilis are too old to let their hair down a bit? —Collin Brennan

Red Hot Chili Peppers 2017 Tour Dates:
01/18 – St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center
01/20 – Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena
01/21 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
02/02 – Detroit, MI @ Joe Luis Arena
02/04 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
02/07 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
02/08 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
02/10 – Buffalo, NY @ Key Bank Center
02/12 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Arena
02/13 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Arena
02/15 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
02/17 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
02/18 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
03/02 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
03/04 – Glendale, AZ @ Gila River Arena
03/05 – San Diego, CA @ Valley View Casino Center
03/07 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
03/08 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
03/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
03/12 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
03/15 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center at Rose Quarter
03/17 – Seattle, WA @ Key Arena
03/18 – Vancouver, BC @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
04/12 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center *
04/14 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena *
04/15 – Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena *
04/17 – Charlotte, NC @ Spectrum Center *
04/19 – Columbia, SC @ Colonial Life Arena *
04/22 – Little Rock, AR @ Verizon Arena *
04/24 – Jacksonville, FL @ Veterans Memorial Arena *
04/26 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center *
04/27 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena *
04/29 – Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena *
05/11 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
05/13 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
05/14 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
05/16 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
05/18 – Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
05/19 – Cincinnati, OH @ US Bank Arena
05/21 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
05/23 – Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena
05/26 – Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
05/28 – Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place
05/29 – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome
06/08 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo
06/18 – Quebec, QC @ Vidéotron
06/20 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
06/22 – Hamilton, ON @ FirstOntario Centre
06/23 – Ottawa, ON @ Canadian Tire Centre
06/25 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena
06/28 – Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest
06/30 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
07/01 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
07/13-15 – Lisbon, PT @ Super Bock Super Rock
07/13-16 – Benicassim, ES @ Benicassim Festival
07/20 – Rome, IT @ Postepay Rock In Roma
07/21 – Milan, IT @ Milano Summer Festivl
07/25 – Krakow, PL @ Cracovia Stadium
07/27 – Riga, LV @ Lucavsala Island
07/29 – Helsinki, FI @ Kaisafest
09/20 – Dublin, IE @ 3 Arena
09/21 – Dublin, IE @ 3 Arena
09/24 – Rio De Janeiro, BR @ Rock in Rio

* = w/ BABYMETAL

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19. The Shins

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Photo by Philip Cosores

Face it: The Shins aren’t playing Coachella. Or Panorama. Or too many other festivals this year. (At least if we’re to go by the few lineups that have appeared over the last two weeks.) So, those aching for a little melancholy beyond their record collection and out in the open air will have to catch James Mercer and co. at one of their select tour dates. Right now, it’s slim pickings with a few dates here and there, but considering they’ll drop their fifth studio album, Heartworms, in March, they’ll undoubtedly have a proper run sometime before December. Then again, Mercer could go totally mental and refuse to tour beyond the 10 dates below, opting to lock himself in a basement until 2018. That probably won’t happen, but you just never know, people. The world’s a twisted place, and The Shins are a twisted band. Only one of these statements is true. –Michael Roffman

The Shins 2017 Tour Dates:
03/02 – Albuquerque, NM @ El Rey Theatre
03/04 – Pomona, CA @ Fox Theater
03/06 – San Diego,CA @ Observatory North Park
03/07 – San Diego, CA @ Observatory North Park
03/28 – Paris, FR @ Le Trianon
03/29 – London, UK @ Apollo Hammersmith
03/30 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
04/22-23 – North Charleston, SC @ High Water Festival
05/12 – 14 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival
06/15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Prospect Park Bandshell

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18. The Flaming Lips

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Photo by Heather Kaplan

The Flaming Lips’ reputation as a live band doesn’t need explaining. Their DIY whimsy and attention to spectacle is a big reason why they’re such a revered act. That said, one of the coolest things about the band is how their live shows change from album to album, often matching the new songs in atmosphere and color. So, there is genuine excitement to see the sets for Oczy Mlody find a way to present that album’s simultaneous sense of dread and hope. Europe will get the first crack at the band, but the Lips will be back to the states in March. As of now, they’re sticking to the eastern half of the US (Boston, New York, Atlanta), but if we know the band, expect many more performances to be announced. –Philip Cosores

The Flaming Lips 2016-2017 Tour Dates:
01/21 – London, UK @ O2 Brixton
01/22 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Academy
01/24 – Berlin, DE @ Columbiahalle
01/25 – Copenhagen, DK @ Vega
01/26 – Stockholm, SE @ Munchen Brewery
01/28 – Utrecht, NL @ Tivoli
01/30 – Milan, IT @ Alcatraz
01/31 – Zurich, CH @ Volkshaus
03/03 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
03/04 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
03/05 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
03/06 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
03/08 – New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall
03/09 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
03/13 – Toronto, ON @ Rebel Complex
03/14 – Detroit, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theater
03/29 – Nashville, TN @ War Memorial Auditorium
03/30 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
03/31 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
04/02 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
04/03 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
04/04 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live
04/17 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theater
04/19 – Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live
04/21 – Madison, WI @ The Orpheum Theater
04/22 – Des Moines, IA @ Hoyt Sherman Place
04/23 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
04/25 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
06/30 – Vilanova i la Geltrú, ES @ Vida Festival

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17. Mastodon

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Photo by Carlo Cavaluzzi

Mastodon is one of modern rock’s goofier bands, and despite continuing to re-establish their credentials as one of metal/alternative/whatever we’re calling them now’s torch-bearers, the announcement for their 2017 tour just reiterates that fact: “We couldn’t be more excited to pour majestic rock sauce all over your town. Come on down and help us celebrate the season of new beginnings where fresh buds bloom, animals awaken, the earth comes to life and there’s a new Mastodon album to melt your face off!” As they prepare to release the follow-up to Once More ‘Round the Sun later this year, expect some new material to come with the band’s spring tour. And, y’know, rock sauce.

If that doesn’t already have you excited, how’s this for a sweetener: Eagles of Death Metal and Russian Circles will open, ensuring a thoroughly muscular evening of music. We can already hear the ringing of tinnitus and smell the heavenly aroma of spilt beer and secondhand pot. –Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

Mastodon 2017 Tour Dates:
04/14 – Missoula, MT @ Wilma Theater %
04/15 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theater %
04/18 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield %
04/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Palladium %
04/21 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
04/23 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Complex %
04/24 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore %
04/26 – Kansas City, KS @ Uptown Theater %
04/27 – St. Louis, MO @ Pageant %
04/28 – Birmingham, AL @ Iron City %
04/29 – Jacksonville, FL @ Welcome to Rockville Festival
04/30 – Fort Meyers, FL @ Fort Rock Festival
05/02 – Washington, DC @ Fillmore %
05/03 – Toronto, ON @ Rebel %
05/05 – Concord, NC @ Carolina Rebellion Festival
05/06 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory *
05/08 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues %
05/09 – Portland, ME @ State Theater %
05/11 – New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom %
05/12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE %
05/13 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom %
05/14 – Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre %
05/16 – Detroit, MI @ Royal Oak Theater %
05/17 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium %
05/18 – Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall %
05/19 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live %
05/20 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live %

% = w/ Eagles of Death Metal and Russian Circles
* = w/ Opeth, Gojira, Eagles of Death Metal, Devin Towsend Project, and Russian Circles

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16. Chairlift

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Photo by Philip Cosores

Once-in-a-lifetime shows are something every concertgoer should aspire to see. That’s why the forthcoming run of dates from Chairlift are so important. Back in December, Caroline Polachek and Patrick Wimberly announced that their spring tour would be their last as a band, which means, yes, you should probably catch them at one of the select handful of dates below. Looking at the itinerary, one would have thought they’d go out with a bigger bang, but oh well, this is what you get. In a way, the scant seven dates makes the whole thing even more limited and essential. So, what the hell are you waiting for? Grab tickets now before they’re gone forever and ever and ever and ever. –Michael Roffman

Chairlift 2017 Farewell Tour Dates:
04/07 – San Francisco, CA @ Bimbos
04/08 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
04/14 – Chicago, IL @ Double Door
04/15 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
04/20 – Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
04/21 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
04/22 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel

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