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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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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)

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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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