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The 25 Most Anticipated Tours of 2017

on January 16, 2017, 12:00am
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Regardless of how listening to albums and songs has changed over the last several decades, live music remains a constant. Around this time of year, loads of artists announce their live show itineraries while festivals cue us in to other performers who are likely to be on the road. As fans, we scan these listings looking for our home city (or something within a reasonable distance), plotting out just who we get to see and when we get to see them.

As always, it’s difficult to nail down the best tours coming our way. Maybe that’s why we update this feature a few times a year. Aside from the following 25 artists, which include giant stadium tours and tiny club shows, festivals have already clued us in that the likes of Tool, Lorde, Frank Ocean, Solange, and Future Islands will also be on the road. Plus, we opted not to list artists like Bon Iver, Mitski, Angel Olsen, and Japandroids, whom we included in our previous installment. And there are sure to be surprises. Will Kanye West return to his floating stage? Will Arcade Fire, Ryan Adams, and Dirty Projectors tour widely in support of new releases? This is sure to be another great year for live shows.

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25. Noname

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Black girl magic is real, and Noname wields enough to cast the entire world under her spell. Her debut LP, Telefone, is full of wisdom beyond her years and harmonies that send shivers down your spine. Everything she does has originality sewn into it — which is why Chance the Rapper and Mick Jenkins sought her out for collaborations early on in her career. As she proved during her appearance on Saturday Night Live alongside Chance, her pipes sound just as moving live as they do on record, so she’s stepping into the light to flaunt them on a proper, lengthy tour with opener Ravyn Lenae. Noname’s hype is rightfully deserved and ever-growing. Case in point: Every single show on the tour is sold out. Chances are a couple ticketholders will fall ill, though, so it’s worth trying your luck showing up at doors to grab a stranger’s spare. The show will certainly be worth it. –Nina Corcoran

Noname 2017 Tour Dates:
01/14 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
02/11 – Milwaukee, WI @ Miramar Theatre
02/12 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry
02/15 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
02/16 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
02/18 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
02/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood
02/20 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
02/22 – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake Lounge
02/24 – Iowa City, IA @ Ballroom at The University of Iowa
02/25 – St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room
02/26 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement
02/28 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
03/01 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
03/02 – New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
03/03 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Upstairs
03/05 – Toronto, ON @ Adelaide Hall
03/06 – Detroit, MI @ El Club
06/08-11 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival
07/29 – New York, NY @ Panorama Music Festival
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24. Run the Jewels

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Photo by Philip Cosores

Run the Jewels have been all over the world over the past few years, and why not? El-P and Killer Mike have each made a lot of great music on their own, but they’ve never been bigger than they are as rap’s foremost tag team of the moment. It’s a testament to how good their album trilogy has been that we’re just as excited to see them tour behind the Christmas fucking miracle of Run the Jewels 3 as we were when this all got started four years ago, even after all the dates and festivals since. And even if you’ve seen them multiple times, RTJ deliver the kind of fire-breathing live performances that carry the torch for the best of live hip-hop, and there’s just no such thing as too much of a great thing. Plus, Donald Trump’s going to be the president, and it’s a reasonable assumption that RTJ will have thoughts on the matter. –Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

Run the Jewels 2016-2017 Tour Dates:
01/16 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live!
01/17 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
01/18 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
01/20 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
01/21 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
01/23 – Orlando, FL @ The Beacham Theatre
01/24 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live
01/25 – Miami, FL @ The Fillmore
01/29 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
01/30 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory
02/01 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Expo Hall
02/02 – San Jose, CA @ San Jose Civic Auditorium
02/03 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
02/05 – Arcata, CA @ Van Duzer Theatre
02/06 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
02/07 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
02/08 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
02/10 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
02/11 – Denver, CO @ The Fillmore
02/13 – Kansas City, MO @ The Midland
02/14 – St. Paul, MN @ Myth
02/15 – Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theater
02/17 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
02/18 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
02/19 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
02/21 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
02/22 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre
02/24 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
02/25 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
05/26-28 – Chillicothe, IL @ Summer Camp Music Festival
05/26-28 – Allston, MA @ Boston Calling
05/31-06/04 – Barcelona, Spain @ Primavera Sound
06/08-10 – Porto, Portugal @ NOS Primavera Sound
06/16-18 – Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival
06/17-19 – Aarhus, DK @ NorthSide Festival

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23. Billy Joel

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Photo by Ben Kaye

Baseball may still be America’s pastime, but considering the amount of time he’ll be spending on diamonds across the country in the upcoming year, Billy Joel may just supplant its reign. The Piano Man is set to play sports centers ranging from the New Orleans arena the Smoothie King Center to classic baseball stadiums like Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium to Chicago’s Wrigley Field. Ever the showman, the legendary singer-songwriter continues to put on crowd-pleasing performances at his residency at New York’s own iconic Madison Square Garden, a commitment he’ll continue to honor in the midst of his nation-spanning tour. Instead of a bottle of red or a bottle of white, Joel may be singing about whether the peanuts or the cracker jack are more on the menu.

Billy Joel 2017 Tour Dates:
01/11 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
01/27 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
02/10 – New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center
02/22 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
03/03 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
03/24 – Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena
04/05 – Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum
04/14 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
04/28 – Atlanta, GA @ SunTrust Park
05/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ Dodger Stadium
05/25 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
07/14 – Cleveland, OH @ Progressive Field
07/28 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Field
08/11 – Chicago, IL @ Wrigley Field
08/30 – Boston, MA @ Fenway Park
09/09 – Philadelphia, PA @ Citizens Bank Park

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22. Ariana Grande

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Don’t roll your eyes at Ariana Grande. She’s barely 23 years old and already dominating the pop world, but that’s not what makes her stand out. It’s Grande’s ability to collaborate with Stevie Wonder, her support of Black Lives Matter, and her voice’s leaps and bounds that still somehow seem underutilized despite her vocal range. If you thought her VMAs performance of “Side to Side” was ridiculous, wait until you see what she prepped for this tour. Grande’s got a flair for vocal and visual dramatics alike, which means the tour for Dangerous Woman will bring the drama from start to finish. —Nina Corcoran

Bonus: there’s no word regarding openers yet, but given this is the biggest tour she’s ever done, it’s bound to be someone good.

Ariana Grande 2017 Tour Dates:
02/02 Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
02/04 Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
02/07 Omahe, NE @ Century Link Center
02/09 Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
02/14 Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
02/17 Uncasville, CT @Mohegan Sun Arena
02/19 Manchester, NH @SNHU Arena
02/21 Buffalo, NY @Key Bank Center
02/23 New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
02/26 Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
02/27 Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
03/01 Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
03/03 Boston, MA @ TD Garden
03/05 Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
03/06 Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
03/09 Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
03/11 Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
03/12 Detroit, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
03/14 Chicago, IL @ United Center
03/16 St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
03/18 Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
03/21 Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena
03/23 Seattle, WA @ Key Arena
03/24 Vancouver, BC @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
03/26 Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
03/27 San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
03/30 Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center
03/31 Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
04/03 Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
04/06 San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
04/08 Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
04/09 Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
04/11 New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center
04/12 Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
04/14 Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
04/15 Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
05/08 Stockholm, SE @ Friends Arena
05/10 Oslo, NO @ Telenor
05/12 Herning, DK @ Jyske Bank Boxen
05/14 Amsterdam-Zuidoost, NL @ Ziggo Dome
05/16 Amsterdam-Zuidoost, NL @ Ziggo Dome
05/18 Birmingham, UK @ Genting Arena
05/20 Dublin, IE @ 3Arena
05/22 Manchester, UK @ Arena
05/25 London, UK @ O2 Arena
05/26 London, UK @ The O2
05/28 Antwerp, BE @ Sportpalais
05/31 Lodz, PL @ Atlas Arena
06/01 Lodz, PL @ Atlas Arena
06/03 Frankfurt, DE @ Festhalle
06/05 Zurich, CH @ Hallenstadion
06/07 Paris, FR @ Accorhotels Arena
06/09 Lyon, FR @ Halle Tony Garnier
06/11 Lisboa, PT @ Meo Arena
06/13 Barcelona, ES @ Palau Sant Jordi
06/15 Rome, IT @ Palalottomatica
06/17 Turin To, IT @ Pala Alpitour
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21. Chris Rock

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“Is America ready for a black president?” Chris Rock asked rhetorically in a special SNL Road to the White House report back in 2007. “Why not? We just had a retarded one,” he concluded. A decade later, we might ask Rock the same about an orange president and let him do what he does best: deliver a punchline. Sure, he paid his dues on SNL in the ’90s and went on to find A-list success on television, in films, and as an Oscars host, but make no mistake about it: Chris Rock is a stand-up comedian first and foremost, and it’s been nine years since he last brought his singular, foul-mouthed worldview to stages. And given the racial and political tensions of our times, never has his perspective and ability to find humor in the bleakest of realities been more needed. –Matt Melis

Chris Rock 2017 Tour Dates:
02/14 – Durham, NC @ Durham Performing Arts Center
02/16 – Cincinnati, OH @ Aronoff Center for the Arts
02/18 – Columbus, OH @ Palace Theatre
02/21 – Niagra Falls, ON @ Fallsview Casino Resort
02/22 – Niagra Falls, ON @ Fallsview Casino Resort
02/23 – Niagra Falls, ON @ Fallsview Casino Resort
02/24 – Reno, NV @ Reno Events Center
02/25 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
03/03 – Denver, CO @ Bellco Theatre
03/05 – Richmond, VA @ Altria Theater
03/10 – Minneapolis, MN @ Orpheum Theatre
03/24 – Birmingham, AL @ BJCC Concert Hall
03/25 – New Orleans, LA @ Saenger Theatre
03/29 – Hollywood, FL @ Hard Rock Live
04/06 – Tulsa, OK @ River Spirit Casino Resort
04/07 – Thackerville, OK @ Global Event Center at WinStar World Casino
04/08 – St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House
04/14 – Tampa, FL @ David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts
04/19 – Cleveland, OH @ State Theatre
04/22 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun
04/28 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
05/03 – Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Theatre
05/05 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Benedum Center
05/13 – Sugar Land, TX @ Smart Financial Center
05/14 – Austin, TX @ Bass Concert Hall
05/17 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Benedum Center
05/25 – Cherokee, NC @ Harrah’s Cherokee Resort Event Center
05/26 – Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theatre
06/03 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata Event Center

 

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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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15. Hans Zimmer

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Few film composers have the ability to convey the dramatic heights and depths of Hans Zimmer. The German composer has contributed to cinema favorites ranging from The Lion King to The Pirates of the Caribbean, his signature sounds as important to the modern era of film as anything visual. But on his recent European tour, Zimmer himself ventured into the visual, gracing stages across the continent and treating audiences to those emotional moments of glory in person. This year he’ll be expanding that tour deeper into Europe and adding Australia and a handful of scheduled American dates to boot. At each performance, the set will be split into two parts, the first seeing Zimmer unrolling moments from classic scores like Gladiator and The Rock and the second focused on his work with Christopher Nolan, primarily The Dark Knight Trilogy and Inception. The promise of “special guests from the rock and pop world” is an intriguing wrinkle, but the scores are more than enough on their own, and to feel them in the flesh is a thrilling prospect. –Lior Phillips

Hans Zimmer 2017 Tour Dates:
04/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ Microsoft Theater
04/16 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
04/19 – San Francisco, CA @ The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
04/21 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Park Theater
04/23 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
04/29 – Auckland, NZ @ Vector Arena
05/02 – Sydney, AU @ Qudos Bank Arena
05/04 – Melbourne, AU @ Rod Laver Arena
05/06 – Brisbane, AU @ Brisbane Entertainment Centre
05/10 – Perth, AU @ Perth Arena
05/16 – Helsinki, FI @ Hartwall Arena
05/18 – Stockholm, SE @ Ericsson Globe
05/20 – Oslo, NO @ Forum Copenhagen
05/22 – Copenhagen, DK @ Royal Arena
05/24 – Leipzig, DE @ Arena Leipzig
05/26 – Gdansk, PL @ Ergo Arena
05/28 – Lodz, PL @ Atlas Arena
05/30 – Krakow, PL @ Tauron Arena
06/01 – Budapest, HU @ Papp Laszlo Sports Arena
06/02 – Bratislava, SK @ Ondrej Nepela Arena
06/04 – Prague, CZ @ O2 Arena
06/06 – Vienna, AT @ Stadthalle D
06/09 – Frankfurt @ DE @ Commerzbank-Arena
06/11 – Paris, FR @ AccorHotels Arena
06/13 – Dublin, IE @ 3Arena
06/20 – Antwerp, BE @ Sportpaleis
06/21 – Amsterdam, NL @ Ziggo Dome
06/23 – Vienne, FR @ Theatre Antique
06/24 – Nimes, FR @ Arenes
06/26 – Zurich, CH @ Hallenstadion
06/27 – Zurich, CH @ Hallenstadion

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14. Green Day

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Photo by Philip Cosores

When we went to see Green Day in the fall during their small-venue excursion, the knock was that the setlist too much resembled the shows that the band were playing at previous tours, save for Revolution Radio tracks thrown in for good measure. But with an arena tour on deck for 2017, the hope is that it allows the Bay Area legends to change things up. We even have some suggestions. They’re spending the winter abroad before a couple American legs in the spring, not to mention a run through Australia. Highlights include a recently announced performance at Chicago’s Wrigley Field and a giant hometown show at the Coliseum in Oakland. If those prime venues aren’t enough for Green Day to reach into their back catalog, nothing is. –Philip Cosores

Green Day 2017 Tour Dates:
01/16 – Zurich, CH @ Hallenstadion
01/18 – Manheim, DE @ SAP Arena
01/19 – Berlin, DE @ Mercedes Benz Arena
01/25 – Oslo, NO @ Spektrum
01/27 – Stockholm, SE @ Stockholm Globe
01/28 – Malmo, SE @ Malmo Arena
01/30 – Cologne, DE @ Lanxesse Arena
01/31 – Amsterdam, NL @ Ziggo Dome
02/02 – Brussels, BE @ Forest National
02/03 – Paris, FR @ Accorhotels Arena
02/05 – Leeds, UK @ Leeds First Direct Arena
02/06 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Arena
02/08 – London, UK @ The O2
03/13 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center #
03/15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center #
03/17 – Worcester, MA @ DCU Center #
03/19 – London, ON @ Budweiser Gardens #
03/20 – Hamilton, ON @ First Ontario Centre #
03/22 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre #
03/23 – Quebec, QC @ Videotron Centre #
03/25 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Petersen Events Center #
03/27 – Detroit, MI @ Joe Louis Arena #
03/28 – Champaign, IL @ State Farm Center #
03/30 – Green Bay, WI @ Resch Center #
04/01 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center #
04/03 – Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Center #
04/05 – Bloomfield, CO @ 1stBank Center #
04/07 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena #
04/08 – San Diego, CA @ Valley View Casino Center #
04/30 – Perth, AU @ Perth Arena
05/03 – Adelaide, AU @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre
05/05 – Melbourne, AU @ Rod Laver Arena
05/08 – Brisbane, AU @ Brisbane Entertainment Centre
05/10 – Sydney, AU @ Qudos Banks Arena
05/13 – Auckland, NZ @ Vector Arena
06/04 – Landgraaf, NL @ Pinkpop Festival
06/08-10 – Interlaken, CH @ Greenfield Festival
06/15 – Milan, IT @ Autodromo Nazionale Monza
06/17 – Nickelsdorf, AU @ Nova Rock
06/18 – Budapest, HR @ Papp Laszlo Arena
06/21 – Goteborg, SE @ Slottsskogsvallen
06/23 – Scheeßel, DE @ Hurricane Festival
06/24 – Tuttlingen, DE @ Southside Festival
06/28 – Belfast, UK @ Ormeau Park
06/29 – Dublin, IE @ Royal Hospital Kilainham
07/01 – London, UK @ Hyde Park (British Summer Time)
07/04 – Glasgow, UK @ Bellahouston Park
08/01 – Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre ^

08/02 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center ^
08/05 – Oakland, CA @ Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum ^
08/07 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre ^
08/09 – Englewood, CO @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre ^
08/11 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center ^
08/12 – Omaha, NE @ CenturyLink Center ^
08/14 – Maryland Heights, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre ^
08/16 – Noblesville, IN @ Klipsch Music Center ^
08/18 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage ^
08/20 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center ^
08/21 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center ^
08/24 – Chicago, IL @ Wrigley Field
08/26 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center ^
08/28 – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center ^
08/29 – Hartford, CT @ The XFINITY Theatre ^
08/31 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion ^
09/01 – Raleigh, NC @ Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek ^
09/03 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre ^
09/05 – Tampa, FL @ MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre ^
09/06 – Orange Beach, AL @ The Wharf Amphitheater ^
09/08 – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater ^
09/09 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center ^

09/11 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater ^
09/13 – Chula Vista, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre ^

# = w/ Against Me!
^ = w/ Catfish and the Bottlemen

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13. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

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Photo by Philip Cosores

Tom Petty may not be Macca or The Boss, but let’s get one thing straight: He’s in that ballpark and could pinch-hit anytime. While McCartney and Springsteen have earned endless accolades for their epic live outings and ageless road-warrior mentalities, Petty and the Heartbreakers have quietly been that “get in the van” alternative, delivering marathon jams and classics-heavy sets for decades. If you still haven’t caught them live, there’s no time like this year’s 40th anniversary tour to remedy that matter. Whether you’re an American girl, a refugee, or the last DJ, you’ll come away with something memorable when you spend an evening with Petty and the Heartbreakers. –Matt Melis

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 2017 Tour Dates:
04/20 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energy Center *
04/22 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Aren *
04/23 – Little Rock, AR @ Verizon Wireless Arena *
04/25 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgesone Arena *
04/27 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena *
04/29 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion *
05/02 – Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center *
05/05 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre *
05/06 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena *
05/08 – Memphis, TN @ FedEx Forum *
05/10 – Champaign, IL @ StateFarm Center *
05/12 – St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center *
05/13 – Indianapolis, IN @ Klipsch Music Center *
05/29 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
05/30 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
06/02 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center *
06/03 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center *
06/05 – Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena *
06/07 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center *
06/09 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena *
06/10 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
06/12 – Cincinnati, OH @ US Bank Arena *
06/14 – Hartford, CT @ XFINITY Theatre *
06/16 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center *
06/17 – Hunter, NY @ Mountain Jam Festival
06/29 – Chicago, IL @ Wrigley Field ^
07/01 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Arena
07/02 – Canandaigua, NY @ CMAC Performing Arts Center
07/05 – Milwaukee, WI @ Marcus Marcus Amphitheater (Summerfest) ^
07/06 – Milwaukee, WI @ Marcus Marcus Amphitheater (Summerfest) ^
07/09 — Hyde Park, London
07/15 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Center
07/18 – Clarkson, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
07/20 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
07/23 – Baltimore, MD @ Royal Farms Arena
07/26 – Queens, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium
07/27 – Queens, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium

* = w/ Joe Walsh
^ = w/ Chris Stapleton

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12. Bruno Mars w/ Anderson .Paak

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Bruno Mars announced a massive world tour (Over 100 dates! Over 17 countries!) for 2017 that once again promises stunning visuals, including Mars’ own dance moves, but he must step up his game this time around because Anderson .Paak will open the tour. In other words, the Super Bowl performer has to follow a fellow multi-talented musician known for dazzling crowds. Anderson .Paak’s incredible 2016 LP, Malibu, is a celebration of life, and his live performances turn that sentiment into pure jubilation. What better match for a radio star who does the same on a large-scale level?

Fair warning, it will cost you a pretty penny. According to the average price of sold tickets in the Vivid Seats marketplace, Bruno Mars tickets cost the most on average, chalking in around $214 a ticket. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. —Nina Corcoran

Bruno Mars 2017 Tour Dates:
03/11 – Las Vegas, NV @ Park Theater at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino
03/12 – Las Vegas, NV @ Park Theater at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino
03/28 – Antwerp, BE @ Sportpaleis
03/31 – Lille, FR @ Stade Pierre Mauroy
04/03 – Madrid, ES @ Barclaycard Centre
04/04 – Lisbon, PT @ MEO Arena
04/07 – Barcelona, ES @ Palau Saint Jordi
04/08 – Montpellier, FR @ Montpellier Arena
04/10 – Cologne, DE @ Lanxess Arena
04/12 – Glasgow, UK @ SSE Hydro
04/13 – Glasgow, UK @ SSE Hydro
04/15 – Liverpool, UK @ Echo Arena
04/18 – London, UK @ O2 Arena
04/19 – London, UK @ O2 Arena
04/20 – London, UK @ O2 Arena
04/21 – London, UK @ O2 Arena
04/24 – Birmingham, UK @ Barclaycard Arena
04/25 – Birmingham, UK @ Barclaycard Arena
04/27 – Nottingham, UK @ Motorpoint Arena
04/29 – Dublin, IE @ 3Arena
04/30 – Dublin, IE @ 3Arena
05/02 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Arena
05/03 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Arena
05/05 – Leeds, UK @ First Direct Arena
05/06 – Sheffield, UK @ Sheffield Arena
05/09 – Amsterdam, NL @ Ziggo Dome
05/10 – Amsterdam, NL @ Ziggo Dome
05/12 – Zurich, CH @ Hallenstadion
05/14 – Munich, DE @ Olympiahalle
05/17 – Hamburg, DE @ Barclaycard Arena
05/18 – Copenhagen, DK @ Royal Arena
05/20 – Stockholm, SE @ Ericsson Globe Arena
05/22 – Helsinki, FI @ Hartwall Arena
05/24 – Oslo, NO @ Telenor
05/26 – Berlin, DE @ Mercedes Benz Arena
05/27 – Krakow, PL @ Tauron Arena
05/30 – Budapest, HR @ Budapest Arena
06/01 – Frankfurt, DE @ Festhalle
06/03 – Vienna, AT @ Stadthalle
06/05 – Paris, FR @ Accorhotel Arena
06/06 – Paris, FR @ Accorhotel Arena
06/08 – Lyon, FR @ Halle Tony Garnier
06/12 – Bologna, IT @ Unipol Arena
06/14 – Geneva, CH @ Arena Geneva
06/15 – Milan, IT @ Forum
07/15 – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena
07/18 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
07/20 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
07/21 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
07/23 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center
07/24 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
07/26 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
07/27 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
07/30 – Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place
07/31 – Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place
08/02 – Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
08/04 – Fargo, ND @ Fargo Dome
08/05 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
08/07 – Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena
08/09 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
08/12 – Auburn Hills, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills
08/13 – Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
08/14 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
08/16 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
08/18 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
08/19 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
08/22 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
08/24 – Quebec City, QC @ Centre Videotron
08/26 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
08/27 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
08/29 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
08/30 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
09/02 – Las Vegas, NV @ Park Theater at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino
09/03 – Las Vegas, NV @ Park Theater at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino
09/14 – Charlotte, NC @ Spectrum Center
09/17 – Memphis, TN @ FedEx Forum
09/19 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
09/20 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
09/22 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
09/23 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
09/26 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
09/27 – Buffalo, NY @ KeyBank Center
09/29 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
10/04 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
10/05 – Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum
10/07 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
10/08 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
10/10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
10/12 – Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena
10/14 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
10/15 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center
10/18 – Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
10/19 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
10/21 – New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center
10/22 – Little Rock, AR @ Verizon Arena
10/24 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
10/25 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
10/27 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
10/30 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
11/02 – Fresno, CA @ Save Mart Center
11/03 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
11/05 – Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
11/07 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
11/08 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
11/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
11/11 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
11/29 – Anwerp, BE @ Sportpaleis

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11. The xx

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With their recently released third studio effort, I See You, already creeping its way into premature “Best of 2017” conversations, it’s a given that London pop trio The xx are going to be a band to follow closely as they take their show on the road for a six-month stint across Europe, South America, and the United States. The group’s previous live performances, while nearly universally sold out, were never the theatrical spectacles we’ve come to expect from our major festival acts, but certain signs point to that changing along with their ambitious, experimental new sound. When The xx appeared recently on Saturday Night Live, co-bandleaders Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim even engaged in what some might call choreography, swaying back and forth in step with Jamie Smith’s electronic beat. For a group that plays such a personal brand of pop music, stages at Coachella and Lollapalooza might seem an odd fit, but it’s about time The xx’s live ambitions started matching the inspired stuff they’re churning out in the studio. –Collin Brennan

The xx 2017 Tour Dates:
02/08 – Stockholm, SE @ Hovet
02/10 – Copenhagen, DK @ Forum
02/12 – Hamburg, DE @ Sporthalle
02/13 – Amsterdam, NL @ Heineken Music Hall
02/14 – Paris, FR @ Zénith
02/15 – Paris, FR @ Zénith
02/17 – Strasbourg, FR @ Zénith
02/18 – Basel, CH @ St Jakobshalle
02/20 – Milan, IT, @ Mediolanum Forum
02/21 – Lyon, FR @ Halle Tony Garnier
02/23 – Vienna, AT @ Marx Hall
02/24 – Munich, DE @ Zenith
02/25 – Berlin, DE @ Arena
02/26 – Frankfurt, DE @ Jahrhunderthalle
02/28 – Düsseldorf, DE @ Mitsubishi Electric Hall
03/01 – Brussels, BE @ Forest National
03/02 – Brussels, BE @ Forest National
03/04 – Nottingham, UK @ Motorpoint Arena
03/05 – Manchester, UK @ 02 Apollo
03/06 – Manchester, UK @ 02 Apollo
03/08 – London, UK @ 02 Academy Brixton
03/09 – London, UK @ 02 Academy Brixton
03/10 – London, UK @ 02 Academy Brixton
03/11 – London, UK @ 02 Academy Brixton
03/13 – London, UK @ 02 Academy Brixton
03/14 – London, UK @ 02 Academy Brixton
03/15 – London, UK @ 02 Academy Brixton
03/17 – Cardiff, UK @ Motorpoint Arena
03/23-24 – Bogota, CO @ Festival Estereo Picnic
03/25 – Sao Paulo, BR @ Lollapalooza Brazil
03/31 – San Isidro, AR @ Lollapalooza Argentina
04/01 – Santiago, CL @ Lollapalooza Chile
04/14 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
04/15 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
04/19 – Phoenix, AZ @ Mesa Amphitheatre
04/21 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
04/23 – Portland, OR @ Rose Quarter Memorial Coliseum
04/24 – Seattle, WA @ WaMu Theater
04/25 – Vancouver, BC @ Thunderbird Arena at UBC
04/28 – St. Paul, MN @ The Palace Theatre
04/29 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Eagles Ballroom
05/01 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
05/02 – Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple Detroit
05/03 – Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion
05/05 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live!
05/06 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
05/08 – Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom
05/09 – Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center
05/10 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater
05/12-05/14 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Music Festival
05/14 – Raleigh, NC @ The Red Hat Amphitheater
05/16 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
05/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Skyline Stage at the Mann
05/19 – New York, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium
05/23 – Toronto, ON @ Echo Beach
05/24 – Montreal, QC @ Parc Jean-Drapeau
05/26 – Portland, ME @ Thompson’s Point
05/26-28 – Boston, MA @ Boston Calling
05/31-06/04 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
06/08-11 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival
07/06 – Lisbon, PT @ NOS Alive Festival
08/11-13 – Helsinki, FI @ Flow Festival
08/18-20 – Biddinghuizen, NL @ Lowlands Festival

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10. Fleet Foxes

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Using a photograph of an erupting volcano as an announcement of their new album makes a lot of sense from Fleet Foxes. There have been rumblings signaling a return for a while, though they’ve been dormant for five years. As the time has neared (and they’re “Alllllmost done,” as they commented on that photo), Robin Pecknold and co. have made more of a splash on social media and given more quotes, suggesting a “crazy/vast” new album titled Crack-Up, named after an F. Scott Fitzgerald essay. And, to accompany all this bubbling lava news, it seems that the Foxes are ready to hit the stage together for the first time in half a decade at Barcelona’s Vida Festival in July. The eruption of Mt. Fleet Foxes should spread out from their few dates announced thus far and spread far and wide. –Lior Phillips

Fleet Foxes 2017 Tour Dates:
07/01 – Vilanova i la Geltrú, ES @ Vida Festival
07/06-08 – Bilbao, ES @ Bilbao BBK Live
07/13-14 – Dublin, IE @ Iveagh Gardens

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09. King Crimson

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When one of the most influential prog rock bands of all time announce their first tour in three years, it’s enough to turn heads of that genre’s fans, both young and old. King Crimson starts its jaunt in June and promises to hit both coasts over the course of the summer. But maybe most exciting is the band that mastermind Robert Fripp has put together, which includes four drummers. Yes, you heard that right. Four f’n drummers. Fripp calls the formation a “double quartet” and vows to be noisier than ever before. Wipe that dribble from your lip, please. –Philip Cosores
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08. A Perfect Circle

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With Tool now scheduled to headline two major music festivals (Governors Ball and Boston Calling), plus the band’s need to complete their decade-in-the-works new album, it would seem safe to assume that Maynard James Keenan has a full work schedule. Not so, as shown by the recently announced tour from his second most successful band, A Perfect Circle. It’s the group’s first jaunt in six years and begins with a couple dates in Las Vegas in early April before heading east. Maybe it’s appropriate that they are avoiding the Northeast (the region where Tool are heading), but instead fans can catch APC at festivals like Welcome to Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, and Fort Rock Festival. Closing things out is maybe the biggest of the shows: a headlining date at the Hollywood Bowl. Let’s hope Keenan isn’t hoarse for his Tool shows. –Philip Cosores

A Perfect Circle 2017 Tour Dates:
04/07 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Pearl
04/08 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Pearl
04/10 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
04/11 – San Diego, CA @ Open Air Theatre
04/13 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
04/14 – Reno, NV @ Reno Event Center
04/15 – Sal Lake City, UT @ Maverik Center
04/17 – Denver, CO @ 1st Bank Center
04/19 – Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Amphitheatre
04/20 – St. Louis, MO @ Chafietz Arena
04/22 – Tusla, OK @ BOK Center
04/23 – Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theatre
04/25 – Austin, TX @ HEB Center at Cedar Park
04/26 – San Antonio, TX @ Freeman Coliseum
04/27 – Houston, TX @ Smart Financial Center
04/29 – Jacksonville, FL @ Welcome to Rockville
04/30 – Fort Meyers, FL @ Fort Rock Festival
05/02 – Atlanta, GA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
05/03 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
05/05 – Concord, NC @ Carolina Rebellion
05/07 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl

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07. Phil Collins

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Despite a dickhead petition to prevent Phil Collins’ musical comeback, the former Genesis drummer-singer will hit the road this summer for the aptly dubbed Not Dead Yet Tour. Taken from the title of his recent memoir, the tour will find the pop mastermind singing rather than playing drums since past back surgeries have left him with a dropped foot. Instead, his 15-year-old son, Nicholas, will hop behind the kit as Collins belts out iconic FM hits like “In the Air Tonight”, “I Don’t Care Anymore”, “One More Night”, “Against All Odds”, and the list goes on. Hopefully, he’ll dive into his Genesis material because it would be something else to hear “Home by the Sea” and “Mama”, but we’ll have to wait and see. Unfortunately, he’s only announced his European leg, which consists of six consecutive nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall and various gigs in Cologne, Germany, and Paris, France, but there’s reason to believe he’ll eventually take his talents to his home of South Beach Miami and across North America. You’ll find me front row and center at every show. –Michael Roffman

Phil Collins 2017 Not Yet Dead Tour Dates:
06/04 – London, UK @ Royal Albert Hall
06/05 – London, UK @ Royal Albert Hall
06/06 – London, UK @ Royal Albert Hall
06/07 – London, UK @ Royal Albert Hall
06/08 – London, UK @ Royal Albert Hall
06/09 – London, UK @ Royal Albert Hall
06/11 – Cologne, DE @ Lanxess Arena
06/12 – Cologne, DE @ Lanxess Arena
06/18 – Paris, FR @ Accor Hotels Arena
06/19 – Paris, FR @ Accor Hotels Arena

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06. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

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Photo by Ben Kaye

The release of last year’s Skeleton Tree was an act of absolute bravery, Nick Cave bearing his heartbroken soul to the world in the aftermath of the untimely death of his young son. The songs weren’t all explicitly about that tragedy, but they were clearly shaded by it, Cave’s masterful songwriting given an extra few shades of darkness and visceral impact. To then take those songs and put them on display in front of a new group of people every single night is perhaps even braver, to continuously sink into these feelings and stretch them out among strangers, to perform them, should be perhaps the most intimate, personal tour of the year, and yet, knowing Cave, it will likely be one of the largest and most powerful. With a touring lineup featuring Cave, Warren Ellis, Martyn Casey, Thomas Wydler, Jim Sclavunos, Conway Savage, George Vjestica, and Larry Mullins, the talent is there to make that impact. –Lior Phillips

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds 2017 Tour Dates:
01/13 – Hobart, AU @ Derwent Entertainment Centre
01/15 – Ballarat, AU @ North Gardens
01/17 – Wellington, NZ @ TSB Bank Arena
01/18 – Auckland, NZ @ Vector Arena
01/20 – Sydney, AU @ ICC Sydney Theatre
01/21 – Sydney, AU @ ICC Sydney Theatre
01/22 – Newcastle, AU @ Newcastle Entertainment Centre
01/25 – Brisbane, AU @ Riverstage
01/27 – Melbourne, AU @ Sydney Myer Music Bowl
01/28 – Melbourne, AU @ Sydney Myer Music Bowl
01/29 – Adelaide, AU @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre
01/31 – Perth, AU @ Perth Arena
05/26 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre
05/27 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre
05/29 – Montreal, Quebec @ Metropolis
05/31 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
06/01 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
06/03 – Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple Theatre
06/05 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
06/07 – Asheville, NC @ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
06/08 – Pittsburgh, PA @ The Warhol at Carnegie Music Hall
06/10 – Boston, MA @ Boch Center Wang Theatre
06/13 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
06/14 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
06/16 – Chicago, IL @ Auditorium Theatre
06/18 – Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre
06/19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kingsbury Hall
06/21 – Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
06/22 – Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
06/24 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre
06/26 – San Diego, CA @ Civic Theatre
06/29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre

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05. A Tribe Called Quest

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Many have marveled at how A Tribe Called Quest managed to climb back atop the hip-hop world in 2016 after being mostly dormant, at least in the studio, for nearly two decades. However, while it’s not incorrect to dub last year’s success a comeback for the Golden Age-era hip-hop group, the more operative word would be “overcome.” After Tribe tragically lost Phife Dawg last March, the group completed the year-topping return album their fallen comrade had initiated and paid a beautiful tribute to him on Saturday Night Live, both of which showcased the act’s undiminished skills and three-sizes-too-big heart. So far, they’ve only announced a headlining spot at their hometown Panorama Festival, but expect that to change as Tribe intends to do it up right one more time in Phife’s memory. –Matt Melis

A Tribe Called Quest 2017 Tour Dates:
07/30 – New York, NY @ Panorama Music Festival

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04. Lionel Richie w/ Mariah Carey

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Photo by Philip Cosores

Hello! Listen, put that entirely meme-able viral New Year’s performance into context — any Mariah Carey live performance will be a spectacle, because even if she doesn’t get in a tiff with producers, she’ll put on a show with those insane pipes. Plus, you’ll get Lionel Richie, with his magnetic presence and utterly underrated vocals. And, per the tour’s name (“All the Hits”), this should be an all-killer/ no-filler kind of situation, one of those shows where you realize exactly how many Lionel Richie songs are straight jams to which you know every word. He’s more than that “Hello” video. –Lior Phillips

Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey – All the Hits Tour Dates:
03/15 – Baltimore, MD @ Royal Farms Arena
03/17 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
03/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
03/21 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
03/24 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
03/25 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
03/28 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena
03/30 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
04/01 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
04/05 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
04/07 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
04/08 – Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum
04/11 – Detroit, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
04/14 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
04/16 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
04/18 – St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center
04/21 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
04/23 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
04/25 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena
04/27 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
04/28 – Seattle, WA @ Key Arena
04/30 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
05/02 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
05/05 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
05/06 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
05/08 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
05/10 – Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center
05/13 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
05/15 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
05/18 – New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center
05/20 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
05/21 – Charlotte, NC @ Spectrum Center
05/24 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
05/26 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
05/27 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center

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03. Depeche Mode

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While the most recent Depeche Mode records haven’t been stellar, there’s something undeniable about their decades-deep catalog and any show that could put the gems on display. They also seem to be reenergized going into their upcoming Spirit, produced by James Ford — an inspired choice, both in the fact that Ford’s Simian Mobile Disco work in an electronic tradition that Depeche Mode laid groundwork for and that his work producing Arctic Monkeys and Florence and the Machine sets him up to capture the grand scope of Depeche Mode at their best. The tour spreads through Europe currently, but expansion to North and South America are reportedly around the corner. And, with part of the tour’s proceeds going to support charity:water, an organization that provides clean, safe drinking water to people in need, how could you go wrong? –Lior Phillips

Depeche Mode 2017 Tour Dates:
05/05 – Stockholm, SE @ Friends Arena
05/07 – Amsterdam, NL @ Ziggo Dome
05/09 – Antwerp, BE @ Sportpaleis
05/12 – Nice, FR @ Stade Charles-Ehrmann
05/14- Ljubljana, SI @ Dvorana Stožice
05/17 – Athens, GR @ Terra Vibe Park
05/20 – Bratislava, SK @ Štadión Pasienky
05/22 – Budapest, HU @ Groupama Aréna
05/24 – Prague, CZ @ Eden Aréna
05/27 – Leipzig, DE @ Festwiese
05/29 – Lille, FR @ Stade Pierre-Mauroy
05/31 – Copenhagen, DK @ Telia Parken
06/03 – London, UK @ London Stadium
06/05 – Cologne, DE @ RheinEnergieStadion
06/07 – Dresden, DE @ Ostragehege
06/09 – Munich, DE @ Olympiastadion
06/11 – Hannover, DE @ HDI Arena
06/12 – Hannover, DE @ HDI Arena
06/18 – Zurich, CH @ Letzigrund Stadion
06/20 – Frankfurt, DE @ Commerzbank-Arena
06/22 – Berlin, DE @ Olympiastadion
06/25 – Rome, IT @ Stadio Olimpico
06/27 – Milan, IT @ Stadio San Siro
06/29 – Bologna, IT @ Stadio Rentao Dall’Ara
07/01 – Paris, FR @ Stade de FR
07/04 – Gelsenkirchen, DE @ Veltins-Arena
07/06 – Bilbao, ES @ BBK Live Festival
07/08 – Lisbon, PT @ NOS Alive Festival
07/13 – St. Petersburg, RU @ SKK
07/15 – Moscow, RU @ Otkritie Arena
07/17 – Minsk, BY @ Minsk-Arena
07/19 – Kiev, UA @ Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex
07/21 – Warsaw, PL @ PGE Narodowy
07/23 – Cluj-Napoca, RO @ Cluj Arena

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02. Roger Waters

photo by Ben Kaye
Photo by Ben Kaye

Roger Waters may be getting up there in rock-star years, but the Pink Floyd legend can’t be accused of being too predictable. Back in October, Waters flipped Desert Trip’s “irrelevant old dudes” narrative on its head, turning his set into an epic protest depicting then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as a dildo-loving Nazi with a micro-penis. Then, just a few days later, he announced Us + Them, a new 40-date North American tour set for the summer of 2017. “It’ll be a mixture of stuff from my long career, stuff from my years with Pink Floyd, some new things,” he said in a statement accompanying the announcement. “Probably 75% of it will be old material and 25% will be new, but it will be all connected by a general theme.” What that general theme is remains to be seen — Waters is currently holed up in the studio with producer Nigel Godrich (of Radiohead fame), and his mysterious forthcoming solo album will undoubtedly play a role in setting the tone for Us + Them. If his latest controversial outbursts are any indication, things are bound to get political. —Collin Brennan

Roger Waters 2017 Tour Dates:
05/26 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
05/28 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
05/30 – St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center
06/01 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
06/03 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
06/07 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center at San Jose
06/12 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
06/14 – Phoenix, AZ @ Gila River Arena
06/16 – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena
06/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ STAPLES Center
06/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ STAPLES Center
06/24 – Seattle, WA @ Tacoma Dome
07/03 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
07/06 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
07/11 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
07/13 – Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
07/16 – Atlanta, GA @ Infinite Energy Center
07/18 – Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum
07/20 – Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
07/22 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
07/23 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
07/26 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
08/02 – Detroit, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
08/04 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
08/08 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
08/09 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
09/07 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
09/11 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
09/12 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
09/15 – Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum
09/19 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
09/27 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
09/28 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
10/02 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
10/03 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
10/06 – Quebec City, QC @ Videotron Centre
10/10 – Ottawa, ON @ Canadian Tire Centre
10/16 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
10/24 – Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place
10/28 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena

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01. U2

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Photo by Philip Cosores

Let’s be real: U2 already play nearly half of The Joshua Tree on any given tour. The album’s first four tracks — “Where the Streets Have No Name”, “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”, “With or Without You”, and “Bullet the Blue Sky” — rarely leave their setlists, and those are the hits that your average concertgoer actually recognizes from the album outside of maybe “In God’s Country”. So, while it’s a big deal for die-hard fans to hear deep cuts like “One Tree Hill” or “Mothers of the Disappeared”, the casuals will likely be waiting for other hits as the band sinks into the back half of their landmark album. Having said that, this curiously nostalgic tour — especially coming from a band who has consistently bucked against that trend — should be one of the wavy spectacles of the summer and find the Irish rockers (hopefully) pared down to their essentials. Because if you’ve ever watched their shows from this era — ahem, dust off a little Rattle and Hum — you’ll know how emotionally charged those performance were … something that was hideously lacking from their more recent claw gigs. That right there is what I’m hoping this tour brings to the table again. –Michael Roffman

U2 2017 Tour Dates:
05/12 – Vancouver, BC @ BC Place *
05/14 – Seattle, WA @ CenturyLink Field *
05/17 – Santa Clara, CA @ Levi’s Stadium *
05/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ Rose Bowl #
05/24 – Houston, TX @ NRG Stadium #
05/26 – Dallas, TX @ AT&T Stadium #
06/03 – Chicago, IL @ Soldier Field #
06/07 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Heinz Field #
06/09 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival
06/11 – Miami, Fl @ Hard Rock Stadium ^
06/14 – Tampa, FL @ Raymond James Stadium ^
06/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Lincoln Financial Field #
06/20 – Washington, DC @ FedExField #
06/23 – Toronto, ONT @ Rogers Centre #
06/25 – Boston, MA @ Gillette Stadium #
06/28 – East Rutherford, NJ @ MetLife Stadium #
07/01 – Cleveland, OH @ FirstEnergy Stadium ^
07/08 – London, UK @ Twickenham Stadium %
07/09 – London, UK @ Twickenham Stadium %
07/12 – Berlin, DE @ Olympic Stadium %
07/15 – Rome, IT @ Olympic Stadium %
07/18 – Barcelona, ES @ Olympic Stadium %
07/22 – Dublin, IE @ Croke Park %
07/25 – Paris, FR @ Stade De France %
07/26 – Paris, FR @ Stade De France %
07/28 – Amsterdam, NL @ Amsterdam Arena %
07/29 – Amsterdam, NL @ Amsterdam Arena %
08/01 – Brussels, BE @ Stade Roi-Baudoin %

* = w/ Mumford & Sons
# = w/ The Lumineers
^ = w/ OneRepublic
% = w/ Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

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