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2016’s 20 Hottest Tours

Bruce, Bieber, Black Sabbath and beyond — here are our picks for the year’s must-see live acts


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Whether it's aging acts taking a final bow, or up-and-comers riding a wave of buzz, the array of talent set to hit the road in 2016 is staggering. Rock titans such as Black Sabbath, AC/DC and Bruce Springsteen, pop megastars like Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Selena Gomez, and indie-rock faves Yo La Tengo and Kurt Vile will all visit arenas, theaters and clubs across North America. And then, of course, there's the mighty Adele, bringing her record-smashing 25 to life. Read on for our full rundown of the year's essential tours.

Pearl Jam

LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 914 -- Pictured: (l-r) Music guests Mike McCready, Jeff Ament, Eddie Vedder, Matt Cameron, Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam perform on Thursday, October 24, 2013 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

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Pearl Jam

Dates: TBD

Why You Should Go: Virtually nothing is known about Pearl Jam's upcoming American tour other than the fact it's going to celebrate their 25th anniversary and that dates will come sometime early in the year. In keeping with all Pearl Jam shows, expect a set list that's basically their entire catalog on shuffle. Their South American shows in late 2015 featured as many as 32 songs, including Nineties classics like "Daughter" and "Why Go," and recent tunes like "Lightning Bolt" and "Mind Your Manners," along with covers like Pink Floyd's "Mother" and U2's "A Sort of Homecoming." 

Tickets: TBD

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