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The 25 Most Anticipated Tours of Summer 2017

on May 27, 2017, 12:00am
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20. Metallica

Metallica // Photo by Philip CosoresPhoto by Philip Cosores

The debate has never really been whether or not Metallica are the biggest metal band in the world. The point of contention over the last couple decades returns to at what album or point in their career should the demarcation line be drawn between Metallica the thrash/heavy metal pioneers and Metallica the sellouts. It’s a sad commentary on our society that you rarely can talk about a band that brought heavy metal to the masses in the late ’80s and early ’90s without falling into this lame debate. Regardless, Metallica will hit the road this summer and, like they always do, pack their shows with whippersnappers and longtime diehards alike. Oh, and most importantly, James Hetfield has assured Metallica fans that all mics will be working. Give me fuel, give me fire, working mics, I require! –Matt Melis

Summer Tour Dates:
06/04 – St. Louis, MO @ Busch Stadium ^
06/07 – Denver, CO @ Sports Authority Field *^
06/09 – Newton, IA @ Iowa Speedway
06/11 – Houston, TX @ NRG Stadium *^
06/14 – San Antonio, TX @ Alamodome *
06/16 – Dallas, TX @ AT&T Stadium *
06/18 – Chicago, IL @ Soldier Field *
07/05 – Orlando, FL @ Camping World Stadium *^
07/07 – Miami, FL @ Hard Rock Stadium *^
07/09 – Atlanta, GA @ Suntrust Park *^
07/12 – Detroit, MI @ Comercia Park *^
07/14 – Quebec City, QC @ Festival D’Ete
07/16 – Toronto, ON @ Rogers Centre *^
07/19 – Montreal, QC @ Parc Jean-Drapeau *^
07/29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Rose Bowl *+
08/04 – Phoenix, AZ @ University of Phoenix Stadium *+
08/06 – San Diego, CA @ Petco Park *+
08/07 – San Francisco, CA @AT&T Park
08/09 – Seattle, WA @ Centurylink Field *+
08/11 – San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands Festival
08/14 – Vancouver, BC @ BC Place *+
08/16 – Edmonton, AB @ Commonwealth Stadium *+
09/02 – Denmark @ Royal Arena
09/04 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Ziggo Dome
09/06 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Ziggo Dome
09/08 – Paris, FR @ AccorHotels Area
09/10 – Paris, FR @ AccorHotels Area
09/12 – Lyon, FR @ Halle Tony Garnier
09/14 – Cologne, GER @ Lanxess Arena
09/16 – Cologne, GER @ Lanxess Arena

* = w/ Avenged Sevenfold
^ = w/ Volbeat
+ = w/ Gojira

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19. Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie

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Fleetwood Mac is like a long-lasting theater company. It’s been dramatic, it’s been epic, and it’s been incestuous. The love, the heartbreak, and the psychological damage each one of the members have put upon one another will someday make for one of the greatest biopics to ever hit the silver screen. (Hey, Cameron Crowe, make it happen.) The latest chapter in the band’s long and winding career finds lead guitarist/vocalist Lindsey Buckingham and fellow vocalist and keyboardist Christine McVie hanging out over a collaborative album that’s been too accurately titled, Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie. Due out June 9th, the pair will hit the road shortly after for what will likely be an emotional couple of hours each night consisting of new cuts, old sounds, and must-hear classics. As long as Buckingham stays away from hideous deep cuts like “Time Bomb Town” and guarantees a long encore presentation of “Holiday Road”, well, then we’ll be right there for the harmonies. What do you say to that, Lindsey? C’mon, don’t hold out on me…

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Alright!

 –Michael Roffman

Summer Tour Dates:
06/21 – Atlanta, GA @ Chastain Park
06/23 – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheatre
06/24 – Raleigh, NC @ The Red Hat Amphitheater
06/26 – Vienna, VA @ Wolf Trap
06/28 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
06/30 – Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Center for the Performing Arts
07/02 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
07/03 – Chicago, IL @ Northerly Island
07/05 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
07/06 – Mount Pleasant, MI @ Soaring Eagle
07/19 – Woodinville, WA @ Chateau Ste. Michelle
07/21 – Murphys, CA @ Ironstone Amphitheatre
07/22 – Las Vegas, NV @ Park Theatre
07/25 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
07/27 – Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre

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18. Rancid and Dropkick Murphys

Rancid // Photo by Philip Cosores
Photo by Philip Cosores

Punk rock never really had the same coastal rivalry as hip-hop, but its emphasis on locality meant that kids growing up in different parts of the country gravitated to their own weird subset of pop punk or hardcore. For Bay Area brats in the ‘90s, nothing beat the slurry Clash worship of Operation Ivy and its liberty-spiked hellspawn Rancid, while over in New England, punks with names like Sully slammed brews to the sound of the Dropkick Murphys.

It took more than two decades (and a whole lot of Warped Tours) for Rancid and the Murphys to hit the road on their own supertour, and the result is a dream come true for anyone who ever tried to jam a safety pin through their ear. The 24-date From Boston to Berkeley Tour kicks off July 27th in Bangor, ME, and includes stops in the Murphys’ hometown of Boston and Rancid’s native Berkeley. The bands will cap off each show with a joint encore, which should be worth the price of admission alone. Then again, punks are notoriously cheap. –Collin Brennan

Summer Tour Dates:
07/27 – Bangor, ME @ Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion *
07/28 – Montreal, QC @ ’77 *
07/29 – Toronto, ON @ Echo Beach *
07/30 – Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica *
07/31 – Sterling Heights, MI @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill *
08/02 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE *
08/03 – Philadelphia, PA @ Festival Pier *
08/04 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony Summer Stage *
08/05 – Boston, MA @ Brockton Fairgrounds *
08/06 – Brooklyn, NY @ Ford Amphitheatre at Coney Island Boardwalk *
08/08 – Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island *
08/09 – Milwaukee, WI @ BMO Harris Pavilion *
08/11 – Denver, CO @ Sculpture Park ^
08/12 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Saltair ^
08/13 – Nampa, ID @ Idaho Center Amphitheatre ^
08/15 – Vancouver, BC @ UBC Thunderbird Arena ^
08/16 – Seattle, WA @ WaMu Theater ^
08/18 – San Luis Obispo, CA @ Avila Beach ^
08/19 – Sacramento, CA @ Memorial Auditorium ^
08/20 – Berkeley, CA @ The Greek ^
08/22 – Chandler, AZ @ Rawhide Event Center ^
08/24 – San Diego, CA @ Petco Park In The Park ^
08/25 – Las Vegas, NV @ Downtown Las Vegas Events Center ^
08/26 – Los Angeles, CA @ TBA

* = w/ Bouncing Souls and Jake Burns
^ = w/ The Selector and Kevin Seconds
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17. Phoenix

Phoenix // Photo by David Hall
Photo by David Brendan Hall

It’s been a long four years without new Phoenix in our lives, but it looks like that wait is finally just about over. The long-awaited Ti Amo drops in June, and the anticipation heats up with each and every trickle of information. It’s fitting, too, that the new material has hit the web through video of their return to the stage, as the French outfit long ago established themselves as one of the most thrilling acts in indie rock. Their massive global tour will take them from Miami to Japan and seemingly everywhere in between, from festival stops to auditoriums. But no matter the space, frontman Thomas Mars will make the place shake with his otherworldly bravado. –Lior Phillips

Summer Tour Dates:
06/02 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore +
06/03 – New York, NY @ Governors Ball Festival
06/04 – Toronto, ON @ Field Trip Festival
06/05 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom +
06/07 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks + %
06/10 – Mountain View, CA @ Live 105’s BFD
06/11 – San Diego, CA @ 91x Presents: X-Fest
06/13 – Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theatre +
06/14 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl +
06/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl +
06/21-06/25 – Worthy Farm, UK @ Glastonbury Festival
06/29 – Vilanova i la Geltru, ES @ Vida Festival
06/30 – Marmande, FR @ Garorock Festival
07/06 – Lisbon, PT @ NOS Alive
07/07 – Bilbao, ES @ Bilbao BBK Live
07/08 – Herouville-St-Clair, FR @ Beauregard Festival
07/09 – Belfort, FR @ Les Eurockeenes
07/12-16 – Dour, BE @ Dour Festival
07/13 – Aix-les-Bains, FR @ Musilac Festival
07/14-16 – Berlin, DE @ Melt! Festival
07/14 – Carhaix, FR @ Festival Les Vieilles Charrues
07/20-22 – Wiesen, AT @ Out of the Woods Festival
07/22 – Roma, IT @ Rock in Roma
08/11-12 – Bali, ID @ Sunny Side Up Festival
08/11-13 – Jakarta, ID @ We The Fest
08/15 – Manila, PH @ Araneta Coliseum
08/18-20 – Osaka, JP @ Summersonic Festival
08/18-20 – Tokyo, JP @ Summersonic Festival
09/02 – Dublin, IR @ Electric Picnic
09/24 – Munich, DE @ TonHalle Munchen
09/25 – Cologne, DE @ Palladium
09/26 – Hamburg, DE @ Grosse Freiheit 36
09/28 – Esch Sur Alzette, LU @ Rockhal
09/29 – Paris, FR @ AccorHotels Arena POPB
09/30 – London, UK @ Alexandra Palace

* = w/ Whitney
+ = w/ The Lemon Twigs
% = w/ Miike Snow

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16. Father John Misty

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Photo by Ben Kaye

In many ways, Father John Misty is the perfect musician for The Year of Our Lord 2017. His recently released Pure Comedy traces the contours of a society crumbling beneath its own narcissism and self-obsession — a society you might recognize from its starring role in the news media. Perhaps more than any other white male artist working today, FJM fluently speaks the language of our times, and his rapid rise to indie stardom hasn’t diminished his desire to irk and troll audiences whenever he sees fit. Fans of Pure Comedy will snap up tickets to Mr. Tillman’s Wild Ride to see hits like “Total Entertainment Forever” performed live, but at least a few of them will get more (or less) than they bargained for. –Collin Brennan

Summer Tour Dates:
06/07 – Mexico City, MX @ Metropolitan Theatre
06/16-18 – Monterey, CA @ Monterey International Pop Festival
06/21-25 – Pilton, UK @ Glastonbury Festival
06/23-25 – Ewijk, NL @ Down the Rabbit Hole
06/24-07/01 – Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival
07/21 – Byron Bay, AU @ Splendour in the Grass Festival
07/23 – Sydney, AU @ The Metro Theatre
07/24 – Southbank, AU @ Melbourne Recital Centre
07/28-30 – Niigata Prefecture, JP @ Fuji Rock Festival
08/04-06 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival
08/06 – Bethlehem, PA @ Musikfest
08/18 – Winnipeg, MB @ Interstellar Rodeo
08/19 – Minneapolis, MN @ Surly Brewing Festival Field
08/20 – Kansas City, MO @ Crossroads
08/23 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
08/26 – Portland, OR @ MusicfestNW Presents Project Pabst
08/31-09/03 – Dorset, UK @ End of the Road Festival
09/01-03 – Laois, IE @ Electric Picnic
09/13 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
09/14 – Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre
09/15 – Philadelphia, PA @ Skyline Stage at the Mann
09/18 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
09/19 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Hall
09/20 – Chicago, IL @ Auditorium Theatre
09/22 – St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House
09/23 – Columbus, OH @ Palace Theatre
09/25 – Asheville, NC @ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
09/26 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
09/27 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
09/29 – Austin, TX @ Bass Concert Hall
09/30 – Dallas, TX @ The Bomb Factory
10/01 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
10/02 – Austin, TX @ Bass Concert Hall
10/04 – Phoenix, AZ @ Orpheum Theatre
10/05 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory
10/06 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory
10/07 – Berkeley, CA @ The Greek Theatre
10/11 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Arlington Theater
10/12 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
10/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
10/14 – Pomona, CA @ Fox Theater
11/01 – Edinburgh, UK @ Usher Hall
11/02 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 Academy Glasgow
11/05 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Apollo Manchester
11/07 – London, UK @ Eventim Apollo
11/08 – London, UK @ Eventim Apollo
11/11 – Paris, FR @ Le Trianon
11/12 – Brussels, BE @ L’Ancienne Belgique
11/13 – Utrecht, NL @ Tivolivredenburg
11/14 – Berlin, DE @ Huxleys
11/16 – Milan, IT @ Frabrique
11/18 – Barcelona, ES @ Razzmatazz
11/19 – Madrid, ES @ La Riviera
11/20 – Lisbon, PT @ Coliseu Do Recreios
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