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35 Most Anticipated Tours of 2020

on January 29, 2020, 7:45pm
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This feature is sponsored by StubHub.

There’s no easy way to say this, so I’ll just come out with it: we’ve officially reached the worst part of winter. It’s the end of January; all of the celebratory momentum of the holidays has dissipated into a procession of gray days, crummy weather, and the impatient realization that spring is still two months away. At a time like this, everybody needs an easy daydream, and there’s no fantasy easier than visions of a concert on a warm summer night.

After an inarguably strong year for music in 2019, the concert schedule for 2020 is suitably stacked. Whether you’re catching legends-in-the-making like Billie Eilish and BTS, reliving the dream of the ’90s with Foo Fighters and Red Hot Chili Peppers, or just feverishly refreshing your favorite artist’s homepage to see if they’ve finally announced a date near you, your choices for live music have rarely been better.

That’s where StubHub comes in. In more than 50 countries worldwide, the online ticket-selling marketplace makes buying tickets to must-see shows and events quick, painless, and easy.

Right now, they’ve already got tickets to hundreds of spring and summer tours across the country and around the world. To help you narrow down your choices and fill in your live music dance card, we’ve compiled a list of 35 of the year’s most anticipated tours, from shows celebrating anniversaries (25 years of Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill!) to the simple fact of summer itself (Phish’s legendary amphitheater jams). Once you’ve made up your mind, head over to StubHub, where they’ll put the ticket in your hand and your body in the seat.

Now that’s something worth looking forward to.

–Tyler Clark
Contributing Writer 


The 1975 w/Phoebe Bridgers

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The 1975, photo by Ben Kaye

The 1975 are one of the biggest bands in the world right now. However, as impressive as their catalog is, their live performances are arguably even more so. Moving from melancholic black-and-white motifs to lush, light-pink hues and recently to campy, neon prints featuring lines like “modernity has failed us,” the band have continuously experimented with their production, making each new tour more intriguing and surprising than the last. This April, the band will embark on a hefty North American Tour for their upcoming fourth album, Notes on a Conditional Form. With support from singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers, Dirty Hit co-signee Beabadoobee, and a string of new songs, the shows are likely to be even more grandiose and spectacular than ever before. We’ll just have to wait and see what tricks they have up their sleeve this time. –Samantha Small

Song We Wanna Hear: “Antichrist”

(Buy: Tickets to Upcoming The 1975 Shows)


Alanis Morissette w/Liz Phair and Garbage

Alanis Morissette, photo by Philip Cosores

Alanis Morissette, photo by Philip Cosores

It’s not a surprise that the initial word of Alanis Morissette’s 2020 World Tour nearly broke our servers. Morissette, as much as anyone, defined alternative rock in the ’90s, and with her classic album Jagged Little Pill turning 25, well, there will never be a better chance to swallow it all down one more time. With Liz Phair and Shirley Manson’s Garbage in tow, fans will get three legends in one night as the trio traverse the country all summer long. –Regan Bexler

Song We Wanna Hear: “You Oughta Know”

(Buy: Tickets to Upcoming Alanis Morissette Shows)


Bikini Kill

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Bikini Kill, photo by Debi Del Grande

In many ways, the righteous feminist rage of Bikini Kill feels even more vital and necessary now than it did at the height of riot grrl’s power in the early ’90s. After performing select reunion shows in 2019 (including an appearance at Riot Fest that our Samantha Lopez said left the crowd “a little pissed off, but also completely empowered and motivated to tell some cisgender white male to ‘Shove it!'”), Kathleen Hanna and her crew will now take their message to waiting punks in cities across North America and Europe. –Tyler Clark

Song We Wanna Hear: “Rebel Girl”

(Buy: Tickets to Upcoming Bikini Kill Shows)


Billie Eilish

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Billie Eilish, photo by Ben Kaye

In 2019, Billie Eilish became the youngest artist to be nominated in four main Grammy categories in the same year (she was nominated seven times in total). Generally, Eilish has a habit of breaking records: “bad guy” slid into No. 1 on the Hot 100 charts, dethroning Lil Nas X’s proliferated run. Overall, 14 of her songs have charted on the Billboard Hot 100 — the most ever for a female musician. In 2020, however, Eilish is even bigger than ever as her 42-stop “Where Do We Go World Tour” sold out in just a few days. No promises that she’ll do her SNL upside-down performance, but you never know. –Samantha Small

Song We Wanna Hear: “you should see me in a crown”

(Buy: Tickets to Upcoming Billie Eilish Shows)


The Black Crowes

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The Black Crowes

The Black Crowes have always understood that your average music fan is a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll. And Chris and Rich Robinson have been breathing that Southern flavor into alternative rock since the ’80s. Freshly reunited in 2019 and just in time to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Shake Your Money Maker, the brothers will once again be shaking their own money makers all across the country this summer. So, get ready to boogie on down. –Regan Bexler

Song We Wanna Hear: “Hard to Handle”

(Buy: Tickets to Upcoming Black Crowes Shows)


Bright Eyes

Bright Eyes, photo by Shawn Brackbill

Bright Eyes, photo by Shawn Brackbill

On January 9th, a new Instagram account posted a gif of red, white, and blue figurines falling upwards and downwards on a plain black background. The caption read: #BrightsEyes2020. After nearly a decade hiatus, Conor Oberst, Nathaniel Walcott, and Mike Mogis have reunited to record and tour a new album — now under indie label Dead Oceans. The trio disbanded back in 2011 after the release of their ninth studio album, The People’s Key. Oberst has since popped out a few solo albums and linked with indie starlight Phoebe Bridgers for their side project, Better Oblivion Community Center. The reunion also takes place in the wake of the 15th anniversary for Digital Ash in a Digital Urn and I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning, while Fevers and Mirrors turns 20 in May. So, if you can catch Bright Eyes in either Tokyo, New York, or Los Angeles, you’re almost guaranteed to hear a pleasant cocktail of new singles and old favorites. –Samantha Small

Song We Wanna Hear: “Road to Joy”

(Buy: Tickets to Upcoming Bright Eyes Shows)


BTS

BTS Black Swan

BTS Black Swan

Boy bands are nothing new, and yet each one essentially reinvents what it means to be one. With BTS, this means riddles and clues about their music, emotional vulnerability, and more than anything else, a passion and gratitude for their incredibly energetic fans. Their 2020 “Map of the Soul” tour will be their largest American tour to date, and there’s no doubt they’ll be pulling out all the stops to make it their best ever. –Jennifer Irving

Song We Wanna Hear: “Black Swan”

(Buy: Tickets to Upcoming BTS Shows)


Dave Matthews Band

Dave Matthews Band, photo by Danny Clinch

Dave Matthews Band, photo by Danny Clinch

No one is ever halfway a Dave Matthews Band fan. It’s all or nothing. And with a band like them, going to a show is almost like a spectacle. This spectacle will begin a 40-date stint this summer, with their traditional three-night Labor Day stop in George, WA, as per usual. The band will also be stopping for a night to headline Summerfest in Milwaukee among other big acts such as CHVRCHES and Marilyn Manson. Be sure to snag tickets and crash into this tour this summer. –Jennifer Irving

Song We Wanna Hear: “Crash into Me”

(Buy: Tickets to Upcoming Dave Matthews Band Shows)


Eagles

Eagles Hotel California Tour 2020

Eagles, photo by George Holz

The Eagles have sold more than 200 million records worldwide since forming in 1971. If you distributed those albums across the current population of the United States, you’d have enough to give one to every resident of California, Texas, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio, Georgia, New Jersey, Virginia, and both Carolinas. Fans who’d like to experience this inescapable feat of record sales in person are in luck: the band will soon embark on a spring tour that includes multi-night stands at arenas including New York’s Madison Square Garden, the Forum in Los Angeles, and London’s Wembley Stadium. The performances will include playing Hotel California in its entirety, with an orchestra and choir giving the record a brand-new grandeur. –Tyler Clark

Song We Wanna Hear: “Tequila Sunrise”

(Buy: Tickets to Upcoming Eagles Shows)


Ed O’Brien

Ed O'Brien of Radiohead

Ed O’Brien of Radiohead

When he’s not busy reorganizing the shelves at the newly launched Radiohead Public Library, guitarist Ed O’Brien makes music of his own. Later this year, he’ll release his as-yet-untitled solo debut. Inspired by his time living in Brazil (as evidenced by early singles “Brasil” and “Santa Teresa”), the album includes appearances by folk singer Laura Marling, Wilco’s Glenn Kotche, Portishead’s Adrain Utley, and fellow Radiohead member Colin Greenwood. Will we see any of these talents on stage with O’Brien when he brings the music to America starting next month? We should all be keen to find out. –Tyler Clark

Song We Wanna Hear: “Brasil”

(Buy: Tickets to Upcoming Ed O’Brien Shows)


Foals w/Local Natives

Foals, photo by Killian Young

Foals, photo by Killian Young

Although you wouldn’t know it based on last month’s year-end lists, Foals released two of 2019’s biggest rock records in the form of Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part 1 and Part 2 (which became the band’s first No. 1 in their native UK). Expect to hear “Exits”, “Black Bull”, and more recent singles from the Oxford quartet, who’ll hit the road throughout the year with fellow indie-rock lifers Local Natives (whose latest record, Violet Street, also dropped in 2019.) –Tyler Clark

Song We Wanna Hear: “Total Life Forever”

(Buy: Tickets to Upcoming Foals Shows)


Foo Fighters

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Foo Fighters, photo by David Brendan Hall

Like a king-size roll of Footos shoved into a two-liter bottle of Diet Coke, the Foo Fighters are preparing a certified rock-splosion in celebration of their 25th anniversary as a band. Although the modern rock legends’ domestic dates are currently limited to a handful of festivals (including Boston Calling, Osheaga, and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival), a bigger slate of shows seems inevitable; earlier this month, Dave Grohl himself took to Instagram to tease “an INSANE year full of some seriously crazy shit.” His advice in the meantime? “Buckle up.” –Tyler Clark

Song We Wanna Hear: “Big Me”

(Buy: Tickets to Upcoming Foo Fighters Shows)


Halsey w/CHVRCHES

Halsey, photo by David Brendan Hall

Halsey, photo by David Brendan Hall

In addition to dunking on Pitchfork and making her second appearance on Saturday Night Live in less than a year, pop singer-songwriter Halsey also spent this month debuting her latest album. Fans of Manic’s many singles (including 2018 No. 1 hit “Without Me”) can catch the record in person on the “Manic World Tour”, which spends the spring in Europe before hitting up arenas across the United States this summer. Halsey will be joined by CHVRCHES, the Scotland synth-pop trio behind one of our 100 best songs of the 2010s. –Tyler Clark

Song We Wanna Hear: “Without Me”

(Buy: Tickets to Upcoming Halsey Shows)


Hall & Oates w/Squeeze

Hall and Oates, photo by Heather Kaplan

Hall and Oates, photo by Heather Kaplan

The hottest hypothetical tour of 1980 becomes reality in 2020, when soul-pop icons Hall & Oates team up with UK new wavers Squeeze (as well as opener KT Tunstall) for a 32-date trek across the United States. Although the names evoke a natural nostalgia, both acts remain active in the studio as well as on stage; Hall & Oates scored a surprise return to the charts with 2018’s Train team-up “Philly Forget Me Not” while Squeeze most recently deployed their wry witticisms on 2017’s well-received The Knowledge. –Tyler Clark

Song We Wanna Hear: “She’s Gone”

(Buy: Tickets to Upcoming Hall & Oates Shows)


Harry Styles

Harry Styles Fine Line

Harry Styles, photo by Tim Walker

A mushroom-induced bout of creativity, a quiet breakup, and newfound freedom are only a few of the pieces that helped build the foundations of Fine Line, the sophomore album from ex-One Direction vocalist Harry Styles. Starting this April and running until late October, you can hear tracks like “Lights Up”, “Adore You”, and “She” on Styles’ lengthy world tour. With support from Jenny Lewis, King Princess, and reggae singer, Koffee, “Love on Tour” is something you dont want to miss. –Samantha Small

Song We Wanna Hear: “She”

(Buy: Tickets to Upcoming Harry Styles Shows)


King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

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In the time it took you to read this sentence, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard released three new records. Hyperbolic? Only slightly. Since appearing in a swirl of psychedelic smoke with 2012’s 12 Bar Bruise, the Melbourne rockers have averaged just under two albums a year, including a five-album 2017 that challenged Robert Pollard and Ty Segall for the high-quality productivity crown. This indefatiguable energy also translates to their live show; routinely hailed as one of rock’s best live bands, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard aim their psyched-out chaos square at their audience, like a cannon with an incense stick for a fuse. –Tyler Clark

Song We Wanna Hear: “Mr. Beat”

(Buy: Tickets to Upcoming King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard Shows)


Kurt Vile

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Kurt Vile, photo by Ben Kaye

After a fruitful partnership with Aussie indie star Courtney Barnett in 2017 and a low-key solo triumph with 2018’s Bottle It In, rock journeyman Kurt Vile returns to the road this spring with another intriguing team-up. This time, he’ll be joined by Welsh pop spellcaster Cate Le Bon for a tour featuring both solo and collaborative sets from two of the indie world’s most singular voices. Might this presage a record like 2017’s Barnett collaboration, Lotta Sea Lice? We could only be so lucky. –Tyler Clark

Song We Wanna Hear: “Baby’s Arms”

(Buy: Tickets to Upcoming Kurt Vile Shows)


Mandy Moore

Mandy Moore

Mandy Moore

Back in November, Mandy Moore announced her first tour in over 10 years, and this past week, also released her first single in over a decade. Moore traded releasing music and touring for acting, and Emmy and Golden Globe nominations followed. Rather than jumping straight into a tour with big production, Moore said she wants each show to be an “intimate, elevated evening of new and old tunes.” The album, Silver Landings, is set to be released the first week of March with the tour to begin two weeks later. –Jennifer Irving

Song We Wanna Hear: “Save a Little for Yourself”

(Buy: Tickets to Upcoming Mandy Moore Shows)


Meat Puppets and Mudhoney

Meat Puppets, photo by Debi Del Grande

Meat Puppets, photo by Debi Del Grande

For every Nirvana or Soundgarden, there has been a Meat Puppets or Mudhoney paving the way on a much smaller scale behind the scenes. So, while the world gasped when the Kirkwood brothers famously joined Nirvana onstage on MTV Unplugged back in 1993, to Kurt Cobain the connection made perfect sense. It also makes perfect sense for these two titans of the underground — each responsible for inhabiting and inspiring their own little corners of the alternative rock world — to share a billing together and get the nods and horns they deserve. –Regan Bexler

Song We Wanna Hear: “Plateau”

(Buy: Tickets to Upcoming Meat Puppets and Mudhoney Shows)


Ministry w/KMFDM

Ministry perform at The Forum

Ministry perform at The Forum, photo by Raymond Ahner

Two of the foundational acts in industrial music reunite in 2020 as Ministry and KMFDM recreate their 1989-90 tour in honor of the 30th anniversary of the former’s seminal The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste. Fellow legends Front Line Assembly complete the trifecta. The tour’s being hyped as a twice-in-a-lifetime event; as Ministry frontman and human boogeyman Al Jourgensen put it in his tour statement: “Don’t miss it this time because we’ll be in wheelchairs for sure in another 30 years.” –Tyler Clark

Song We Wanna Hear: “Burning Inside”

(Buy: Tickets to Upcoming Ministry Shows)


Monsta X

Monsta X

Monsta X

K-pop isn’t anything new and doesn’t claim to be. Yet, many of us had no idea what all the fuss was about until the genre started taking over the music world last year, plastering itself online and on television and filling stadiums. A year later, BTS feels like the biggest band in the world, which means more waves will be coming soon. One of the most hyped of those K-pop groups, Monsta X will be embarking on their third world tour this year, with a brand-new album in tow. It could be the perfect K-pop storm as the genre continues to thrive and win American fans! –Regan Bexler

Song We Wanna Hear: “WHO DO U LOVE?”

(Buy: Tickets to Upcoming Monsta X Shows)


Mötley Crüe w/Def Leppard

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Mötley Crüe, photo by Philip Cosores

If you’ve been looking for an excuse to bring back your ’80s metal hair, look no further. Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, and Poison have announced a stadium mega-tour beginning in June in San Antonio, Texas. The tour, which features all three bands and appearances from Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, will be a nostalgia spectacle for the ages. Anyone looking for a night of hard rock reminiscent of decades past can expect to hear stadium-sized ballads each night of the 29-date tour. –Jennifer Irving

Song We Wanna Hear: “Photograph”

(Buy: Tickets to Upcoming Mötley Crüe Shows)


My Chemical Romance

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My Chemical Romance, photo by Pooneh Ghana

When My Chemical Romance announced their reunion in 2019, the collective shout of excitement from aging emo kids worldwide produced enough sonic energy to power LiveJournal’s servers for the next six months. Since then, the fervor has only increased; after a sold-out return to their native Los Angeles last month, the band led by frontman Gerard Way announced a headlining swing through Oceania and Europe throughout the spring and summer. More North American dates have since been announced. Now, keep calm, stay hydrated, and start looking for your old Hot Topic gear. –Tyler Clark

Song We Wanna Hear: “I’m Not OK (I Promise)”

(Buy: Tickets to Upcoming My Chemical Romance Shows)


Nine Inch Nails

Nine Inch Nails, photo by Lior Phillips

Nine Inch Nails, photo by Lior Phillips

This summer Nine Inch Nails made headlines for earning their first No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot #100 list. The song, however, wasn’t a NIN original, but rather a sample featured in “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X. This, alongside Ashley O’s “On a Roll” pop-redo of “Head Like a Hole” for Black Mirror and an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, gave the band more headlines and attention than they’ve received in a while. Although details and dates have yet to be announced, it’s safe to say Nine Inch Nails will be bringing something fresh on their first tour since 2017. –Jennifer Irving

Song We Wanna Hear: “Head Like a Hole”

(Buy: Tickets to Upcoming Nine Inch Nails Shows)


Oysterhead

Trey Anastasio, Les Claypool, Stewart Copeland reunite 2020 tour dates Oysterhead

Oysterhead

One of the most pleasant surprises on this year’s Bonnaroo poster was the return of Oysterhead, the supergroup of Primus’s Les Claypool, Phish’s Trey Anastasio, The Police’s Stuart Copeland, whose 2001 album, The Grand Pecking Order, remains an underrated artifact of alt-rock’s one-time dominance. Since a brief tour in 2001, the band’s been mostly dormant; however, they’ll return to the road in 2020 for a handful of festivals (including Atlanta’s Sweetwater 420 Festival and Scranton’s Peach Music Festival), as well as select dates in Colorado and California. If all goes well, could a more extensive tour announcement be forthcoming? –Tyler Clark

Song We Wanna Hear: “Mr. Oysterhead”

(Buy: Tickets to Upcoming Oysterhead Shows)


Ozuna

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Ozuna

Even if you don’t catch the upcoming tour from Ozuna, you’ll likely spot him in 2020: the Latin trap and reggaeton singer has been cast in an as-yet-undisclosed role in the upcoming summer blockbuster F9 (also known as the ninth film in the Fast & the Furious franchise). Even without the promise of a Hollywood breakthrough, Ozuna remains one of Puetro Rico’s most vital cultural ambassadors. Catch him on tour throughout the spring in support of his latest album (2019’s Nibiru) and recent chart-topping singles “Baila Baila Baila” and “China.” –Tyler Clark

Song We Wanna Hear: “Baila Baila Baila”

(Buy: Tickets to Upcoming Ozuna Shows)


Ozzy Osbourne

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Ozzy Osbourne, photo by David Brendan Hall

Fans of Ozzy Osbourne were shaken this month when the legendary Prince of Darkness announced he’d been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Although he revealed that “this last year has been hell for me” during CBS’s Grammy Red Carpet Live, he also reaffirmed his plans to continue with his much-awaited 2020 tour. “If I’m well enough, I’ll work towards it,” the former Black Sabbath vocalist said, giving fans a little hope and bumping his eventual return to the stage up to a must-see event. (We’re ready whenever he is.) It’s also important to note that delays have caused Megadeth to drop out as an opening act; fortunately, a fellow purveyor of all things dark, Marilyn Manson, will fill that slot–Tyler Clark

Song We Wanna Hear: “Crazy Train”

(Buy: Tickets to Upcoming Ozzy Osbourne Shows)


Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam at Wrigley Field, Photo by Lior Phillips

Pearl Jam at Wrigley Field, Photo by Lior Phillips

Pearl Jam have been in the news more in the past two weeks than they have in the past two years. Not only do we have a release date for their 11th studio album, Gigaton, and a lead single that suggests some new tricks from these old dogs, but a slate of tour dates have also been announced. We at Consequence of Sound have been hailing Pearl Jam as the best touring band of their generation for years now. If you haven’t witnessed Eddie Vedder and co. turn an amphitheater or a ballpark into a home away from home yet, there’s no time like the present. More US dates should be coming in the near future. –Regan Bexler

Song We Wanna Hear: “Rearviewmirror”

(Buy: Tickets to Upcoming Pearl Jam Shows)


Phish

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Phish, photo by Wesley Hodges

It’d barely count as summer without a few Phish tour dates. Luckily, the legendary jam icons have us covered in 2020; starting in July, they’ll set out on a 27-date outdoor amphitheater jaunt that includes three-night stands at Gorge Amphitheatre (George, WA), Ruoff Music Center (Noblesville, IN), Atlantic City Beach, and Dick’s Sporting Goods Park (Commerce City, CO). Phish under the stars all the way through Labor Day? There are plenty of worse ways to spend a summer evening. Tyler Clark

Song We Wanna Hear: “Run Like an Antelope”

(Buy: Tickets to Upcoming Phish Shows)


Rage Against the Machine

Rage Against the Machine reunion 2020

Rage Against the Machine, photo via Wiki Commons

Rage Against the Machine are one of the few bands in the world that can disappear for years at a time, make no new music, and then re-emerge without notice to headline tours and sell out stadiums. While the odds of RATM ever being in full effect again or recording a new album might be long, a handful of festival headlining dates ensure that the most important political band of their generation will be spreading their message at one of the most politically divisive moments in modern American history. Let’s just hope they stick around after the election. –Regan Bexler

Song We Wanna Hear: “Bulls on Parade”

(Buy: Tickets to Rage Against the Machine Shows)


Rammstein

Rammstein 2020 North American tour

Rammstein, photo by Jens Koch

My most vivid memories of Rammstein involve staying up into the wee hours of summer 1998, waiting for MTV to switch to their overnight video programming, so I could snag the one for “Du Hast” on VHS. Ah, youth. Two decades later, the Berlin industrial metal legends are preparing for their largest American tour since 2012. Fans can expect the US debut of tracks from the band’s untitled seventh album, which hit No. 1 on the charts in 13 countries in 2019. We liked it, too; in his review, our Spencer Kaufman called the album “a triumphant return.” –Tyler Clark

Song We Wanna Hear: “Sonne”

(Buy: Tickets to Upcoming Rammstein Shows)


Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers with John Frusciante

Red Hot Chili Peppers with John Frusciante

2019 was the year of reunions: rock legends Rage Against the Machine and My Chemical Romance all of a sudden starting appearing on numerous festival lineups. But it didn’t stop there. Right before the turn of the decade, Red Hot Chilli Peppers announced the return of guitarist John Frusciante after over 10 years apart. Starting this May, a lineup consisting of Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Chad Smith, and Frusciante will be stopping at Hangout Music Festival, Bottlerock, and Boston Calling. With Frusciante and band rumored to be working on a new album, don’t be surprised if some new songs surface as well. –Samantha Small

Song We Wanna Hear: “Scar Tissue”

(Buy: Tickets to Upcoming Red Hot Chili Peppers Shows)


Roger Waters

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Roger Waters on his “US + Them Tour”, photo by Gretchen Bachrodt

One thing that Roger Waters proved with his recent “US + Them Tour” is that he doesn’t need Pink Floyd to put on a show that will leave a crowd buzzing. Waters, both with Floyd and on his own, has produced some of the greatest spectacles in rock and roll history over the last couple of decades, and while he may not be touring a classic Floyd album this year, fans will no doubt get a first-class production that leaves them feeling like anything but just another brick in the wall. In fact, the “This Is Not a Drill Tour” — visiting 31 cities across North America — is designed as a run-up to the 2020 election and asks attendees to rethink the direction our world is heading in. Waters promises it’ll be even more political and humane than his last outings. –Regan Bexler

Song We Wanna Hear: “The Last Refugee”

(Buy: Tickets to Upcoming Roger Waters Shows)


Slipknot

Slipknot at Aftershock

Slipknot at Aftershock, photo by Raymond Ahner

Metal mainstays Slipknot had a big year in 2019; in awarding their record We Are Not Your Kind a rare grade of A, our Michael Pementel praised the record for its nods to youthful aggression and commitment to boundary-pushing maturation before calling it “one of the strongest albums in their career.” After giving fans a taste of the new material on last year’s “Knotfest Roadshow” tour, the Iowa octet will give their latest record its proper American live debut during upcoming dates with Behemoth (guess the Slipnutz were busy). –Tyler Clark

Song We Wanna Hear: “Surfacing”

(Buy: Tickets to Upcoming Slipknot Shows)


Steely Dan

Steely Dan, photo by Philip Cosores

Steely Dan, photo by Philip Cosores

After the death of Walter Becker in 2017, many fans figured they’d seen the last of studio rock wizards Steely Dan. However, founding member Donald Fagan kept the band’s name and songs alive for a series of subsequent tours, including this year’s extensive summer amphitheater tour with fellow songwriting legend Steve Winwood. The tour will take Steely Dan to some of America’s most famous outdoor venues, including Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl and the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts at the sight of the original Woodstock. –Tyler Clark

Song We Wanna Hear: “Peg”

(Buy: Tickets to Upcoming Steely Dan Shows)

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