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Summer 2014’s 40 Hottest Tours

Rock icons, reunited rap stars and pop spectacles are all hitting the road: here’s your ultimate guide

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It was a devastatingly cold winter pretty much everywhere, but warm weather is upon us and movies about superheroes are hitting the big screen, which means we're on the verge of the summer concert season. It seems like every day there's either a farewell or reunion tour announced and our calendars are filling up quickly — it's a lot to track, so we've assembled a handy list of the 40 biggest summer tours, with our picks for potential show highlights as well as the memories that buying a ticket might evoke. Click through to prep your own summer tour schedule. By Andy Greene

Aerosmith Slash Steve Tyler

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Aerosmith and Slash

Dates: July 10th through September 12th
Likely Highlight: If the past is any precedent, expect Slash to join Aerosmith for "Mama Kin."
Flashback To: Aerosmith's 1988 Permanent Vacation tour featuring special guest Guns N' Roses.

July 10th – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre
July 13th – Kitchener, ON @ McLennan Park
July 16th – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center
July 19th – Cadott, WI @ Rock Fest
July 22nd – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
July 25th – Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
July 30th – Inglewood, CA @ The Forum
August 2nd – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
August 5th – Dana Point, CA @ St. Regis Resort-Outdoors
August 8nd – Stateline, NV @ Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena At Harveys
August 13th – Concord, CA @ Sleep Train Pavilion
August 16th – George, WA @ The Gorge Amphitheatre
August 19th – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
August 22nd – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
August 25th – The Woodlands, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
August 28dn – Atlanta, GA @ Phillips Arena
August 31st – Atlantic City, NJ @ Boardwalk Hall
September 3rd – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
September 6th – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
September 9th – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
September 12th – Sydney, NS, Canada @ Open Hearth Park

damon albarn performs

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Damon Albarn

Dates: Begins June 6th, with more dates to be announced
Likely Highlight: The super obscure Blur B-side "All Your Life," which he's resurrected on this tour.
Flashback To: The brief period in 1995 when it seemed like Blur and Oasis were about to take over the world and become a Beatles and Rolling Stones for the Nineties. 

June 6th – New York, NY @ Governor's Ball
June 14th – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival
June 27th – Beuningen, Netherlands @ Down the Rabbit Hole Festival
June 29th – Poznan, Poland @ Malta Festival
June 30th – Berlin, Germany @ Astra Kulturhaus
July 1st – Hamburg, Germany @ Gross Freiheit 36
July 3rd – Werchter, Belgium @ Rock Werchter
July 4th – Roskilde, Denmark @ Roskilde Festival
July 14 – Brescia, Italy @ Teatro Vittoriale
July 15th – Rome, Italy @ Auditorium Cavea
July 19th – Beccles, England @ Latitude Festival 2014

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Arcade Fire

Dates: July 30th to August 30th
Likely Highlight: "Wake Up." It remains one of the greatest live songs ever written.
Flashback To: The summer of 2005.

July 30th – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
August 8th – Seattle, WA @ Gorge Amphitheatre
August 9th – Squamish, BC @ Squamish Valley Festival
August 11th – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
August 12th – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome
August 14th – Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
August 17th – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
August 19th – Boston, MA @ Comcast Center
August 20th – Bangor, ME @ Darling's Waterfront Pavilion
August 22nd – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
August 23rd – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
August 24th – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
August 26th – Chicago, IL @ United Center
August 27th – Chicago, IL @ United Center
August 29th – Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
August 30th – Montreal, QC @ Parc Jean-Drapeau

 

Backstreet Boys perform

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Backstreet Boys and Avril Lavigne

Dates: May 3rd to June 22nd
Likely Highlight: "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)." This Is The End reminded us what a great song this is. 
Flashback To: MTV's Total Request Live circa 2000.

May 3rd – Moncton, NB @ Moncton Coliseum Arena
May 4th – Halifax, NS @ Halifax Metro Centre
May 6th – Kingston, ON @ Rogers K-Rock Centre
May 7th – London, ON @ Budweiser Gardens
May 8th – Hamilton, ON @ FirstOntario Centre
May 11th – Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
May 13th – Moose Jaw, SK @ Mosaic Place
May 14th – Lethbridge, AB @ Enmax Centre
May 16th – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome
May 17th – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
May 18th – Dawson Creek, BC @ EnCana Events Centre
May 20th – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
May 22th – Seattle, WA @ WaMu Theater
May 24th – Sacramento, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
May 25th – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
May 28th – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
May 29th – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
May 30th – Las Vegas, NV @ Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
May 31th – Las Vegas, NV @ Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
June 2nd – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
June 4th – Corpus Christi, TX @ American Bank Center Arena
June 5th – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
June 6th – Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energy Arena
June 7th – Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre

 

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Beck

Dates: June 19th to July 18th
Likely Highlight: Beck's new medley of "Sissyneck" and "Billie Jean."
Flashback To: The entire decade of the Nineties. 

June 19th  June 22nd – Dover, DE @ Firefly Music Festival
June 19th – Cleveland, OH @ State Theatre
June 20th – Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion
June 24th – North Adams, MA @ Mass MOCA
June 25th – Montreal, QB @ Pace des Arts
June 27th – Toronto, ON @ Sony Centre
June 28th – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
July 1st – New York, NY @ Central Park Summerstage
July 18th  20th – Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Festival
July 18th  20th – Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival

 

 

tom scholz boston cheap trick robin zander perform

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Boston and Cheap Trick

Dates: June 5th to August 31st
Likely Highlight: Boston's "More Than A Feeling" just isn't the same without Brad Delp, so we're going to go with Cheap Trick's "Surrender." We miss Bun E. Carlos on drums, but Robin Zander still has a stunning voice. 
Flashback To: 1978, a glorious time when "Don't Look Back" and "I Want You Want Me" were the greatest songs you'd ever heard in your life. 

June 5th – Hollywood, FL @ Hard Rock Live
June 6th – Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
June 7th – Saint Augustine, FL @ The St. Augustine Amphitheatre
June 10th – Charlotte, NC @ Uptown Amphitheatre at the Music Factory
June 11th – Chattanooga, TN @ Riverbend Festival
June 13th – Biloxi, MS @ Hard Rock Live
June 14th – Alpharetta, GA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park
June 15th – Southaven, MS @ Snowden Grove Amphitheatre 
June 17th – The Woodlands, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 
June 18th – Allen, TX @ Allen Event Center
June 20th – Maryland Heights, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St. Louis
June 21th – Chicago, IL @ Montrose Beach
June 23th – Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheater
June 24th – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
June 27th – Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
June 28th – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
June 29th – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
July 1st – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
July 2nd – Bangor, ME @ Bangor Waterfront
July 3rd – Gilford, NH @ Meadowbrook
July 8th – Lewiston, NY @ Artpark
July 12th – Big Flats, NY @ Tag's Summer Stage
July 13th – Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Bethlehem Event Center
July 15th – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
July 19th – Durant, OK @ Choctaw Event Center
July 20th – Cedar Park, TX @ Cedar Park Center
July 22nd – Albuquerque, NM @ Sandia Casino Amphitheater
July 25th – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
July 26th – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel
July 27th – Temecula, CA @ Pechanga Resort & Casino
July 29th – Inglewood, CA @ The Forum
July 30th – San Diego, CA @ Humphrey's
August 2nd – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
August 3rd – Stateline, NV @ Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena At Harveys
August 5th – Salt Lake City, UT @ Usana Amphitheatre
August 6th – Denver, CO @ Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
August 8th – Lancaster, NE @ Pinewood Bowl
August 9th – Sparta, WI @ Fort McCoy Army Base
August 12th – Springfield, IL @ Illinois State Fair
August 14th – Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre
August 15th – Rogers, AR @ Arkansas Music Pavilion
August 16th – Nashville, TN @ The Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel
August 17th – Cincinatti, OH @ Horseshoe Cincinatti – The Shoe
August 19th – Cleveland, OH @ Jacob's Pavilion at Nautica
August 20th – Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion
August 22nd – Raleigh, NC @ The Red Hat Amphitheatre
August 24th – Vienna, VA @ Wolf Trap Filene Center
August 26th – Baltimore, MD @ Pier Six Pavilion
August 31st – Huron, SD @ South Dakota State Fair

jimmy buffett performs

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Jimmy Buffett

Dates: April 19th to August 21st
Likely Highlight: Walking in knowing there's a 100 percent chance Buffett will play the same exact songs he played the last 28 times you saw him.
Flashback To: Getting buzzed at the beach and screaming out every word to "Cheeseburgers In Paradise."

April 19th – Tampa, FL @ MidFlorida CU Amphitheater
April 22nd – Raleigh, NC @ Walnut Creek Amphitheater
April 24th – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
April 26th – West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheater
May 24th – Virginia Beach, VA @ Farm Bureau Live
May 27th – Atlanta, GA @ Chastain Park Amphitheater
May 29th – Houston, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
May 31st – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater
June 21st – Frisco, TX @ Toyota Stadium
June 24th – Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Music Center
June 26th – Indianapolis, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
June 28th – Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
July 17th – Bethel, NY @ Bethel Wods Center
July 19th – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center
July 21st – Cincinatti, OH @ Riverbend Amphitheater
July 23rd – Pittsburgh, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
August 16th – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
August 19th – Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
August 21st – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
August 23rd – East Troy, WI @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre
September 26th – Paris, France @ La Cigale
September 27th – Paris, France @ La Cigale

 

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Cher and Cyndi Lauper

Dates: Now to July 11th
Likely Highlight: It's a toss-up between "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" and "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves."
Flashback To: 1985. It was a magical time when Cher was in Mask and Cyndi Lauper released her classic "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough."

April 23rd – Buffalo, NY @ First Niagara Center
April 25th – Montreal, QC @ Bell Center
April 26th – Ottawa, ON @ Canada Tire Centre
April 28th – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
April 30th – Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
May 2nd – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
May 5th – Charlotte, NC @ Times Warner Cable Arena
May 7th – Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena
May 9th – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
May 10th – East Rutherford, NJ @ Izod Center
May 12th – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
May 14th – Jacksonville, FL @ Veterans Memorial Arena
May 16th – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
May 17th – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center
May 25th – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand
May 28th – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
May 30th – Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena
May 31st – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
June 2nd – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
June 4th – St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center
June 6th – Milwaukee, WI @ BMO Harris Bradley Center
June 7th – Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena
June 9th – Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena
June 11th – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
June 20th – Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
June 21st – Saskatoon, SK @ Credit Union Centre
June 23rd – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
June 25th – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome
June 27th – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
June 28th – Seattle, WA @ Key Arena
June 30th – Portland, OR @ Moda Center
July 2nd – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
July 5th – Ontario, CA @ Citizens Business Bank Arena
July 7th – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
July 9th – Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center
July 11th – San Diego, CA @ Valley View Casino Center

devo performs

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Devo

Dates: June 18th to July 2nd
Likely Highlight: This tour is all about Devo's earliest demos, many of which they haven't played in forty years. Music doesn't get much better (or weirder) than "Mechanical Man" or "Space Age Blues."
Flashback To: The climactic moment in the original Revenge of the Nerds

June 18th – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head
June 19th – New York, NY @ Best Buy Theatre
June 21st – Chicago, IL @ Arcada Theatre
June 23rd – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
June 25th – Seattle, WA @ Neptune
June 26th – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
June 28th – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre
June 29th – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
June 30th – Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
July 2nd – Austin, TX @ ACL at Moody Theatre

 

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Fall Out Boy and Paramore

Dates: June 19th to August 17th
Likely Highlight: "Sugar, We're Going Down." If you're a certain age, that song is your "Stairway To Heaven." If you're slightly over, odds are high you barely remember it.
Flashback To: That brief period in 2007 when it seemed like Emo was going to save rock and roll and never go away.

June 19th – Hartford, CT @ Xfinity Theatre
June 21st – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre
June 22nd – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center
June 24th – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga PAC
June 25th – Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
June 27th – Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
June 28th – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
June 30th – Gilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
July 2nd – Buffalo, NY @ Darien Lake PAC
July 3rd – Burgettstown, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
July 6th – St. Louis, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
July 8th – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 9th – Indianapolis, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
July 11th – Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
July 12th – Cincinnati, OH @ Bunbury Music Festival
July 13th – White Creeks, TN @ The Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel (Fall Out Boy only)
July 18th – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
July 19th – Hershey, PA @ Hershey Park Stadium
July 22nd – Virginia Beach, VA @ Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
July 23rd – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
July 25th – West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheatre
July 26th – Tampa, FL @ MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
July 27th – St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre (Fall Out Boy only)
July 29th – Raleigh, NC @ Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
July 30th – Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
August 1st – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
August 2nd – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater
August 4th – Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Amphitheater
August 5th – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
August 7th – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
August 8th – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
August 10th – Oklahoma City, OK @ Zoo Amphitheatre
August 12th – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
August 13th – Orem, UT @ UCCU Center
August 15th – Las Vegas, NV @ Cosmopolitan (Fall Out Boy only)
August 16th – Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
August 17th – Concord, CA @ Sleep Train Pavilion

peter frampton tom johnston doobie brothers perform

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Peter Frampton and the Doobie Brothers

Dates: June 22nd to August 31st
Likely Highlight: When Frampton breaks out the talk box for "Do You Feel Like We Do."
Flashback To: The Bicentennial. We celebrated America's 200th birthday by blasting "Takin' It to the Streets" and "Baby, I Love Your Way."

June 22nd — Cincinnati, OH @ Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati
June 25th — Canandaigua, NY @ CMAC
June 26th — Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
June 28th — Lincoln, RI @ Twin River Casino
June 29th — Gilford, NH @ Meadowbrook
July 2nd — Moncton, NB @ Casino New Brunswick
July 3nd — Moncton, NB @ Casino New Brunswick
July 11th — Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
July 12th — Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
July 13th — Wantagh, NY @Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
July 15th — Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Bethlehem Event Center
July 17th — Alpharetta, GA @ Verizon Amphitheatre
July 18th — Tuscaloosa, AL @ Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
July 19th — Orange Beach, AL @ The Amphitheater at the Wharf
August 21st — Jacksonville, OR @ Britt Pavilion
August 24th — Woodinville, WA @ Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
August 26th — Saratoga, CA @ The Mountain Winery
August 27th — Hollywood, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
August 29th — Visalia, CA @ Oval Park
August 30th — Valley Center, CA @ Harrah’s Rincon The Events Center
August 31st — Tucson, AZ @ AVA Amphitheater

 

barry gibb performs

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Barry Gibb

Dates: May 15th to June 4th
Likely Highlight: He's doing almost all Bee Gees songs, so we're gonna go with "Night Fever."
Flashback To: A time when John Travolta was the hottest young actor in Hollywood and nothing was sexier than a beard.

May 15th – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
May 19th – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
May 23rd – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon At Jones Beach Theater
May 27th – Chicago, IL @ United Center
May 31st – Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion
June 4th – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl

goo goo dolls daughtry plain white t's perform

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Goo Goo Dolls/Daughtry/Plain White T’s

Dates: June 12th to August 23rd
Likely Highlights: Watching Plain White T's figure out a way to have fun singing "Hey There Delilah" at 7:30 p.m. 
Flashback To: VH1 circa 1997, or that time you turned off American Idol for good.

June 12th – Wallingford, CT @ Toyota Presents The Oakdale Theatre
June 14th – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon At Jones Beach Theater
June 15th – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
June 19th – Saint Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre
June 20th – Tampa, FL @ MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
June 21st – Orange Beach, AL @ Amphitheater At The Wharf
June 24th – Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Amphitheater
June 25th – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
June 27th – The Woodlands, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
June 29th – Maryland Heights, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
July 1st – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
July 2nd – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 3rd – Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
July 5th – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
July 6th – Virginia Beach, VA @ Farm Bureau Live At Virginia Beach
July 8th – Raleigh, NC @ Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
July 9th – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
July 11th – Atlanta, GA @ Chastain Park Amphitheatre
July 12th – Memphis, TN @ Live at the Garden
July 15th – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
July 16th – Salt Lake City, UT @ Usana Amphitheatre
July 18th – Eugene, OR @ Cuthbert Amphitheater
July 21st – Saratoga, CA @ The Mountain Winery
July 22nd – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
July 24th – Valley Center, CA @ Harrah’s Rincon Pavilion
August 1st – Las Vegas, NV @ Red Rock Casino Resort
August 3rd – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
August 9th – Des Moines, IA @ Iowa State Fairgrounds Grandstand
August 10th – Chicago, IL @ FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
August 12th – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
August 15th – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
August 16th – Big Flats, NY @ The Summer Stage At Tag’s
August 17th – Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
August 19th – Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center For The Arts
August 21st – Gilford, NH @ Meadowbrook
August 22nd – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
August 23rd – Essex Junction, VT @ Champlain Valley Expo Grandstand

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Billy Joel

Dates: May 9th to August 2nd (and then through infinity at Madison Square Garden)
Likely Highlight: Joel rarely plays "Captain Jack," but when he does it's fucking awesome.
Flashback To: The fall of 1983, just as MTV put "Uptown Girl" into heavy rotation.

May 9th – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
May 17th – Hollywood, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
May 22nd – Hollywood, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
May 27th – Hollywood, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
June 1st – Phoenix, AZ @ US Airways Center
June 7th – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand
June 21st – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
June 26th – Boston, MA @ Fenway Park
July 2nd – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
July 11th – Quebec, QC @ Festival d'Eté de Québec
July 18th – Chicago, IL @ Wrigley Field
July 26th – Washington, DC @ Nationals Park
August 2nd – Philadelphia, PA @ Citizens Bank Park

 

jack johnson amos lee perform

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Jack Johnson and Amos Lee

Dates: May 20th to September 1st
Likely Highlight: A funky cover of "Just What I Needed" by the Cars
Flashback To: A very long and mellow day at the beach.  

June 7th – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
June 10th – New York, NY @ Prospect Park Bandshell
June 19th-22nd – Dover, DE @ Firefly Music Festival
July 1st – Paris, France @ Olympia – Paris
July 2nd – Paris, France @ Olympia – Paris
July 4th – Werchter, Belgium @ Rock Werchter
July 5th – Arras, France @ Arras Main Square Festival
July 7th – Saint-Malo-du-Bois, France @ Festival de Poupet
July 11th – Bilbao, Spain @ Bilbao BBK Live
July 12th – Barcelona, Spain @ Cruilla Barcelona
July 14th – Pistoia, Italy @ Pistoia Blues Festival
July 15th – Locarno, Switzerland @ Moon & Stars – Switzerland
July 19th – Devon, United Kingdom @ Somersault Festival
July 20th – London, United Kingdom @ Hammersmith Apollo – London
July 23rd – Nyon, Switzerland @ Paleo Festival Nyon
July 25th-27th – Yuzawa Minamiuonuma District, Japan @ Fuji Rock Festival
August 18th – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
August 21st – Burnaby, BC @ Deer Lake Park
August 23rd – Quincy, WA @ The Gorge Amphitheatre
August 24th – Bend, OR @ Les Schwab Amphitheatre
August 26th – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre – Berkeley
August 27th – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre – Los Angeles
August 28th – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre – Los Angeles
August 30th – La Jolla, CA @ RIMAC Field
August 31st – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
September 1st – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl

Journey Steve Miller Band Tower of Power perform

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Journey/Steve Miller Band/Tower of Power

Dates: May 15th to August 1st
Likely Highlight: We love "Jet Airliner" and "The Joker," but let's not kid ourselves. The place will be packed night after night because of "Don't Stop Believing." It's clear by this point that we're all stuck with that song forever and ever, so we might as well just embrace it.
Flashback To: The summer of 1982, when you could turn on the radio and be pretty much guaranteed to hear "Open Arms" or "Abacadabra" within three minutes.

May 15th – Chula Vista, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
May 16th – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
May 18th – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
May 20th – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
May 22nd – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
May 23rd – The Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
May 25th – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
May 27th – Pelham, AL @ Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
May 29th – Raleigh, NC @ Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
May 30th – Atlanta, GA @ Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood
June 1st – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
June 10th – Scranton, PA @ Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
June 11th – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
June 13th – Mansfield, MA @ Comcast Center
June 14th – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
June 16th – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
June 17th – Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
June 19th – Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
June 21st – Virginia Beach, VA @ Farm Bureau Live At Virginia Beach
June 22nd – Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
June 24th – Darien Lake, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
June 25th – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
June 27th – Burgettstown, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
June 28th – Noblesville, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
July 8th – Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center
July 9th – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 11th – Maryland Heights, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
July 12th – Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
July 14th – Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre
July 16th – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
July 17th – West Valley City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
July 19th – Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre
July 20th – Ridgefield, WA @ Sleep Country Amphitheater
July 23rd – Paso Robles, CA @ Mid-State Fair
July 25th – Wheatland, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
July 26th – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 29th – Concord, CA @ Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord
August 1st – Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Events Center

 

gene simmons kiss Joe Elliott Def Leppard perform

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Kiss and Def Leppard

Dates: June 23rd to August 31st
Likely Highlight: We love Def Lep's "Photograph" and "Rock of Ages," but it's hard to top Kiss songs like "Black Diamond" and "Detroit Rock City."
Flashback To: A time when a rock concert wasn't complete without a drum solo, guitar solo and lots of fire-breathing. 

June 23rd – West Valley City, UT @ USANA Amphitheater
June 25th – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
June 27th – Ridgefield, WA @ Sleep Country Amphitheater
June 29th – Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre
July 2nd – Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion
July 3rd – Wheatland, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
July 5th – Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
July 6th – Chula Vista, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
July 8th –Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
July 9th – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
July 12th – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater
July 13th – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
July 15th – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
July 16th – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
July 18th – Atlanta, GA @ Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood
July 19th – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
July 20th – Raleigh, NC @ Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
July 22nd – West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheatre
July 23rd – Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
July 25th – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
July 26th – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
August 1st – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center
August 2nd – Atlantic City, NJ @ Boardwalk Hall
August 3rd – Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
August 5th – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
August 6th – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon At Jones Beach Theatre
August 8th – Virginia Beach, VA @ Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
August 9th – Scranton, PA @ Pavilion at Montage Mountain
August 10th – Hartford, CT – Xfinity Theatre
August 12th – Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
August 13th – Darien, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
August 15th – East Troy, WI @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre
August 16th – Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
August 17th – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
August 20th – Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena
August 22nd – Noblesville, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
August 23rd – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
August 24th – Burgettstown, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
August 26th – Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center
August 28th – Maryland Heights, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
August 29th – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
August 31st – Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

lady gaga performs

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Lady Gaga

Dates: May 4th to August 20th
Likely Highlight: "Marry The Night." That thing deserved to be a massive hit. 
Flashback To: The fall of 2009, when "Bad Romance" was all over the radio and it seemed like Gaga-mania would never die. 

May 4th – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center
May 6th – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
May 8th – Pittsburgh, PA @ Consol Energy Center
May 10th – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun
May 12th – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
May 13th – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
May 15th – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
May 17th – Detroit, MI @ Joe Louis Arena
May 18th – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
May 20th – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Entergy Center
May 22nd – Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
May 25th – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome
May 26th – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
May 28th – Seattle, WA @ Key Arena
May 30th – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
June 2nd – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
June 3rd – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center at San Jose
June 26th – Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest
June 28th – Atlantic City, NJ @ Boardwalk Hall
June 30th – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
July 2nd – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
July 4th – Quebec, QC @ Festival d'Eté de Québec
July 5th – Ottawa, ON @ Ottawa Bluesfest
July 7th – Buffalo, NY @ First Niagara Center
July 9th – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
July 11th – Chicago, IL @ United Center
July 14th – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
July 16th – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
July 17th – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
July 19th – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden
July 21st – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
July 22nd – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
July 30th – Phoenix, AZ @ US Airways Arena
August 1st – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
August 2nd – Stateline, NV @ Harveys Lake Tahoe
August 4th – Salt Lake City, UT @ Energy Solutions Arena
August 6th – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
August 13th – Tokyo, Japan @ QVC Marine Field
August 16h – Seoul, Korea @ AIA Real Life NOW Festival
August 20th – Perth, Australia @ Perth Arena

Linkin Park 30 Seconds to Mars AFI perform

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Linkin Park/30 Seconds to Mars/AFI

Dates: August 8th to September 19th
Likely Highlight: AFI's "Miss Murder." We aren't afraid to admit we really like that song. 
Flashback To: A time when the Swift Boat Veterans For Truth were all over the news.

August 8th– West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheatre
August 9th –Tampa, FL @ George M. Steinbrenner Field
August 12th – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
August 13th – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
August 15th – Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
August 16th – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center
August 18th – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
August 19th – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon At Jones Beach Theater
August 21st – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
August 23rd – Montreal, QC @ Parc Jean-Drapeau
August 24th – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
August 26th – St Paul, MN @ Minnesota State Fair
August 27th – Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
August 29th – Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
August 30th – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
September 5th – The Woodlands, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
September 6th – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
September 8th – Englewood, CO @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
September 10th – Phoenix, AZ @US Airways Center
September 11th – Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater *
September 13th – Quincy, WA @ The Gorge Amphitheatre
September 15th – Los Angeles, CA @ The Hollywood Bowl *
September 16th – Chula Vista, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
September 18th – Wheatland, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
September 19th – Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion
* Linkin Park and 30 Seconds to Mars only

 

Dave Matthews Band perform

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Dave Matthews Band

Dates: May 16th to September 6th
Likely Highlight: "Ants Marching." DMB has done it exactly 1,000 times, but the crowd never tires of it.
Flashback To: The five biggest frat parties you ever attended all mashed into one. 

May 16th – Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
May 17th – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
May 21st – Tulsa, OK @ Bok Center
May 23rd – Pelham, AL @ Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
May 24th – Atlanta, GA @ Aaron's Amphitheatre @ Lakewood
May 30th – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
May 31st – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
June 6th – Bangor, ME @ Darling's Waterfront Pavilion
June 7th – Mansfield, MA @ XFINITY Center
June 10th – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
June 11th – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lakes Performing Arts Center
June 13th – Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
June 14th – Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
June 20th – Noblesville, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
June 21st – Noblesville, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
June 24th – Toronto, Ontario @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
June 25th – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
June 27th – Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center
June 28th – Burgettstown, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
July 2nd – Milwaukee, WI @ Marcus Amphitheater
July 4th – Chicago, IL @ FirstMerit Bank Pavilion
July 5th – Chicago, IL @ FirstMerit Bank Pavilion
July 9th – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
July 11th – Hartford, CT @ XFINITY Theatre
July 12th – Hartford, CT @ XFINITY Theatre
July 15th – Jacksonville, FL @ Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
July 16th – Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
July 18th – West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheatre
July 19th – West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheatre
July 22nd – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
July 23rd – Raleigh, NC @ Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
July 25th – Virginia Beach, VA @ Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
July 26th – Bristow, VA (Jiffy Lube Live
Aug. 22nd – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre
Aug. 23rd – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre
Aug. 24th – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre
Aug. 26th – Bend, OR @ Les Schwab Amphitheatre
Aug. 29th – George, WA @ The Gorge Amphitheatre
Aug. 30th – George, WA @ The Gorge Amphitheatre
Aug. 31st – George, WA @ The Gorge Amphitheatre
Sept. 5th – Chula Vista, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Sept. 6th – Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

 

Bruno Mars Pharrell Williams perform

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Bruno Mars and Pharrell Williams

Dates: May 23rd to August 17th
Likely Highlight: Not having the Red Hot Chili Peppers run onstage midway through the set.
Flashback To: Eating nachos during halftime at this year's Super Bowl.

 

May 23rd + 24th – Las Vegas @ The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan
May 27th – Fresno, CA @ Save Mart Center 
May 28th Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena 
May 31st + June 1st – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl (w/ Pharrell)
June 4th – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center 
June 6th – Memphis, TN @ FedExForum 
June 7th – New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Arena 
June 10th – North Little Rock, AR @ Verizon Arena 
June 11th – Birmingham, AL @ Birmingham Jefferson County Civic Center Arena 
June 13th –  Columbia, SC @ Colonial Life Arena 
June 14th – Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena 
June 17th –  Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena 
June 18th – Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills 
June 20th – Chicago Heights, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre 
June 21st – Saint Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center 
June 23rd – Omaha, NE @ CenturyLink Center 
June 25th – Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest 
June 27th – Cincinnati, OH @ U.S. Bank Arena 
June 28th – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena 
June 30th – Buffalo, NY @ First Niagara Center 
July 2nd – Boston, MA @ TD Garden 
July 9th – Hartford, CT @ Xfinity Theatre 
July 11th – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live 
July 12th – Hershey, PA @ Hershey Park Pavilion 
July 13th + 14th – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden (w/ Pharrell) 
July 17th – Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center 
July 18th – Manchester, NH @ Verizon Wireless Arena 
July 20th – Albany, NY @ Times Union Center 
July 23rd – Montreal, Quebec @ Bell Centre (w/ Pharrell) 
July 24th – Ottawa, Ontario @ Canadian Tire Centre (w/ Pharrell)
July 26th – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre (w/ Pharrell) 
August 2nd – Winnipeg, Manitoba @ MTS Centre 
August 3rd – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan @ Credit Union Centre 
August 5th – Calgary, Alberta @ Scotiabank Saddledome 
August 9th George, WA @ The Gorge Amphitheater 
August 11th – Eugene, OR @ Matthew Knight Arena 
August 14th – Stateline, NV @ Harveys Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena 
August 15th – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center at San Jose 
August 17th – Englewood, CO @ Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
August 23rd + 24th – Las Vegas @ The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan

the monkees

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The Monkees

Dates: May 22nd to June 7th
Likely Highlight: The suite of songs from Head is pretty awesome, but watching Michael Nesmith sing "Listen To The Band" after all these years is sweet paradise for Monkees fans. 
Flashback To: 1967. That's the year that The Monkees outsold the Beatles and the Rolling Stones combined.

May 22nd – Hampton, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
May 23rd – Atlantic City, NJ @