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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

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James Taylor

Dates: May 30th to August 9th
Likely Highlight: It's hard to calculate how many times Taylor has played "Sweet Baby James" and "Fire and Rain," but everyone still loves hearing them and he manages to make them fresh. 
Flashback To: Super mellow times in 1971. 

May 30th — Portland, OR @ Moda Center
May 31st — Seattle, WA @ KeyArena
June 3rd — Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion
June 4th — Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
June 7th — Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
June 10th — Phoenix, AZ @ US Airways Center
June 11th — Albuquerque, NM @ Sandia Resort & Casino Amphitheater
June 14th — The Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Pavilion
June 15th — Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theatre
June 17th — Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
June 20th — Wichita, KS @ INTRUST Bank Arena
June 21st — Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena
June 24th — St. Louis, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
June 29th — Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
July 3rd — Lenox, MA @ Koussevitsky Music Shed at Tanglewood
July 4th — Lenox, MA @ Koussevitsky Music Shed at Tanglewood
July 14th — Gilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook
July 16th — Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
July 17th — Holmdel, NY @ PNC Bank Arts Center
July 19th — Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 20th — Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
July 22nd — Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
July 24th — Toronto, Canada @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
July 25th — Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Music Center
July 27th — Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 31st — Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
August 2nd — Raleigh, NC @ Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
August 3rd — Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
August 5th — Alpharetta, GA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre


Tegan Quin Sara Quin perform

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Tegan and Sara

Dates: Now to October 8th
Likely Highlight: "The Con." Those two really know how to capture pain. 
Flashback To: The most horrific breakup you've ever endured. 

May 3rd - Tampa, FL @ Big Guava Music Festival
May 4th – Plano, TX @ Suburbia Music Festival
May 6th – Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
May 7th – Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom
May 8th – Covington, KY @ The Madison Theater 
May 9th – Toronto, Canada @ Canadian Music Week
May 10th – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room at The Old National Centre 
May 12th – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
May 13th – Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29
May 14th – Charleston, SC @ Music Farm
May 15th – Atlanta, GA @ The Buckhead Theatre
May 16th – Jacksonville, FL @ Ponte Vedra Concert Hall 
May 17th – Gulf Shores, AL @ Hangout Music Fest
May 19th – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
May 20th – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel 
May 21st –  Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
May 22nd - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
May 25th – Boston, MA @ Boston Calling Music Festival 
June 16th – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue 
June 17th + 18th – Chicago, IL @ The Vic Theatre
June 19th -Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
June 21st – Dover, DE @ Firefly Festiva
June 22nd – New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place 
June 24th – New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom 
June 28th – Grand Rapids, MI @ Meijer Gardens Amphitheater 
June 29th – Toronto, Canada @ Yonge-Dundas Square 
July 3rd – Ottowa, Canada @ RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest 
July 4th – Quebec, Canada @ Festival d'ete' de Quebec
July 6th – Quincy, WA @ Sasquatch 

justin timberlake performs

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Justin Timberlake

Dates: July 9th to August 12th
Likely Highlight: Timberlake plays a lot of cool covers like "Human Nature" and "Jungle Boogie," the climax is his incredible finale of "Mirrors."
Flashback To: 2006, right as the world was re-introduced to the concept of "sexy."

July 9th – Buffalo, NY @ First Niagara Center
July 12th – Charlotte, NC @ Time Warner Cable Arena
July 14th – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Arena
July 16th – Albany, NY @ Times Union Center
July 18th – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun
July 19th – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
July 22nd – Ottawa, Ontario @ Canadian Tire Centre
July 25th + 26th Montreal, Quebec @ Bell Centre
July 28th – Detroit, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
July 30th – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
August 3rd – New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Arena
August 5th – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
August 8th – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
August 11th – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
November 20th – Portland, OR @ MODA Center
November 22nd – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
November 24th – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
November 28th – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
December 1st – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
December 3rd – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center

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Under the Sun with Sugar Ray, Blues Traveler, Smash Mouth and Uncle Kracker

Dates: June 27th to August 12th
Likely Highlight: This one's tough, but we're gonna go with "Hook" by Blues Traveler. Hearing that song is like taking a time machine back to 1995.
Flashback To: A Nineties rock block on your local Mix FM radio station.

June 27th – Omaha, NE @ Memorial Park
June 28th – Riverside, IA @ Riverside Casino & Golf Resort (Special Guest: Gin Blossoms)
June 29th – Springfield, IL @ Outdoor Pavilion
July 4th – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheater
July 5th – Kansas City, MO @ Crossroads( w/o Smash Mouth) 
July 6th – Aurora, IL @ River Edge Park (w/o Smash Mouth) 
July 8th – Columbus, OH @ LC Pavillion Outdoor Amphitheatre
July 10th – Traverse City @ MI National Cherry Festival
July 11th – Clarkston, MI @ DYE Energy Music Theatre
July 12th – Fort Wayne, IN @ Hanning and Bean Plaza at the Three Rivers Festival
July 13th – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE – Outdoors
July 17th – Oshkosh, WI @ Leach Amphitheatre
July 18th – Prior Lake, MN @ Lakefront Music Fest
July 19th – Hammond, IN @ Wolf Lake Memorial Park – The Pavillion (w/o Smash Mouth) 
July 20th – Kettering, OH @ Fraze Pavilion
July 22nd – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
July 23rd – Jim Thorpe, PA @ Penn's Peak (w/o Blues Traveler) 
July 24th – Stamford, CT @ Alive At Five Concert Series (w/o Uncle Kracker) 
July 25th – Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony Summerstage
July 26th – Atlantic City, NJ @ Trump Taj Mahal – Mark Etess Arena
July 27th- Solomons, MD @ Calvert Marine Museum (w/o Blues Traveler. Special Guest: Gin Blossoms) 
July 29th – Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
July 30th – Glen Allen, VA @ Innsbrook After Hours Concert Series
August 1st – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheatre
August 2nd – Atlanta, GA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
August 3rd – Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckard Hall
August 5th – San Antonio, TX @ Majestic Theatre (w/o Uncle Kracker) 
August 7th – Albuquerque, NM @ Route 66 (w/o Uncle Kracker) 
August 8th – Las Vegas, NV @ Golden Nugget
August 9th – Valley Center, CA @ Harrah's Rincon Hotel & Casino
August 11th – Saratoga, CA @ The Mountain Winery
August 12th – Los Angeles, CA @ The Greek Theatre
August 13th – Paso Robles, CA @ Vino Robles Amphitheatre
August 15th – Marysville, WA @ Tulalip Resort Casino (w/o Smash Mouth)

ZZ Top Billy Gibbons Jeff Beck perform

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ZZ Top and Jeff Beck

Dates: August 8th to September 12th
Likely Highlight: A toss up between Jeff Beck's instrumental rendition of "A Day In The Life" and ZZ Top's "La Grange." They're also promising to top off each show with a guitar duel, which should be pretty sweet. 
Flashback To: Air guitar heaven.

August 8th — Missoula, MT @ Ogren Park
August 9th — Woodinville, WA @ Chateau Ste. Michelle
August 10th — Eugene, OR @ Cuthbert Amphitheatre 
August 12th — Saratoga, CA @ The Mountain Winery 
August 13th — Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Amphitheatre
August 15th — Murphys, CA @ Ironstone Amphitheatre 
August 16th — Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint — 
August 20th — Englewood, CO @ Fiddlers Green Amphitheatre
August 22nd — Oklahoma City, OK @ Zoo Amphitheatre
August 23rd — Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theater
August 24th — Maryland Heights, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
August 27th — Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
August 28th — Highland Park, IL @ Ravinia
August 31st — Mashantucket, CT @ MGM Grand Theater @ Foxwoods
September 2nd — Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
September 3rd — Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
September 4th — Wantagh, NY @ Nikon @ Jones Beach Theater
September 6th —  Alpharetta, GA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
September 7th — St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheater
September 12th — The Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 

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