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Summer 2016’s 30 Hottest Tours

Beyoncé gets in Formation, Axl does double duty and much more

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In the coming months, a massive array of major artists will take to the road or continue in-progress trips. In addition to tours from pop royalty (Beyoncé, Adele) and resurgent rockers (Guns N' Roses, Blink-182), many acts are pooling their resources to create unstoppable package shows (Drake and Future, Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato, Weezer and Panic! at the Disco). Here are the 30 tours we're most excited about this summer.

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AUSTIN, TX - APRIL 30: Recording artist Miranda Lambert performs during the 2016 iHeartCountry Festival at The Frank Erwin Center on April 30, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

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Miranda Lambert

Through September 17th

Lambert has been working classic-rock covers – Foghat's "Slow Ride," Mountain's "Mississippi Queen" – into her sets of country hits. Recent gigs have been highly emotional affairs, in the wake of her divorce from Blake Shelton. "My main concern is being real and genuine," she says. "I usually wear jeans or shorts and a T-shirt, and I just go sing my heart out. Sweat and tears, guitars and beer. That about sums it up!"

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Weezer/Panic! at the Disco

June 10th-August 6th

Weezer's 1994 debut helped kick-start the emo movement that gave birth to Panic! at the Disco, so it's fitting the bands are going to hit the amphitheater circuit for a cross-generational tour. Weezer just released a California-pop LP that's perfect for summer nights, and Panic! surprised the world earlier this year with a chart-topping comeback album, Death of a Bachelor. "Panic! fans are super open-minded," says Rivers Cuomo. "So it's going to be a huge lovefest."

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Slipknot/Marilyn Manson

June 9th-August 5th

Two of the most twisted shock rockers to emerge from the Nineties will tour together again this summer for the first time since Ozzfest 2001. It's a perfect match, according to Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor. "He's so good at that reactionary rock & roll," the masked singer said of Manson in an interview with Rolling Stone this year. "Slipknot holds down the metal side of that where no matter who you are, you listen to our music and it elicits a response … some kind of way for us to feel." It's a mutual respect that goes back over a decade. In 2001, Manson said he championed bringing Slipknot onto the Ozzfest bill because he liked "the fact that they are very nihilistic and there's a lot of chaos in their show." At the time, he said both bands were "two of only a few bands that have a genuine attitude in what we do." All these years later – as each artist tours on albums that signified rebirths (stylistically for Manson, emotionally for Slipknot) – it's a distinction that still rings true.

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Florence and the Machine

May 24th-July 3rd

As Florence and the Machine have graduated to larger stages in recent years, frontwoman Florence Welch has become an onstage dynamo. On the first leg of the group's tour supporting its latest LP, last year's cinematic and emotional breakup record How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, the singer pulled ballerina shapes, ran around barefoot and even charged audiences topless all as an expression of primal freedom. She and her multi-person rock orchestra return in May for an expansive North American trek that finds them playing amphitheaters and arenas, venues where Welch can stretch out and test her mettle. "It's almost like I'm trying to fly," she tells Rolling Stone of her high-performance onstage athleticism. "I always imagine that one day I would just run and take off. There's just so much adrenaline going, so the mortality of your body is sort of inconsequential. Just like, 'Fuck it. Go!'" 

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Jeff Beck/Buddy Guy

July 19th-August 20th

Two of the greatest living guitarists will be sharing a co-headlining bill on a tour that runs from July into August. Last year, Buddy Guy – the man Keith Richards recently proclaimed "the top honcho now" – put out Born to Play Guitar, an album of 14 six-string burners, including a tribute to late bluesman B.B. King. This summer, Jeff Beck will release Loud Hailer, his first LP in six years, an album that will find him playing rock, soul, funk, electronic music and, of course, the blues. That said, don't expect to hear a lot of Beck's new wizardry on the road right off the bat. "We're going to do the usual thing and start the show to get it rolling," he recently told a press conference. "Then when it's safe, we're going to start with the new stuff." As for the new tunes, fans should expect more traditional songs over his typical instrumental rock orchestras. "What you hear is just the most genuine album I could come up with rather than a bunch of musos trying to gas each other out with as many notes at they could possibly play," he says.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: (L-R) Actor/musician Johnny Depp, singer Alice Cooper and musician Joe Perry of Hollywood Vampires perform onstage during The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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Hollywood Vampires

May 24th-July 25th

What began as a supergroup recording project has become a full-fledged band. Hollywood Vampires originally came together as means for its core members – Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry – to toast what the shock-rock icon describes as his "dead drunk friends." Now they've committed to an 18-date summer tour, which begins with one date in May and then many more in July. "Apparently, Johnny's not making any movies this summer," Cooper tells Rolling Stone with a big laugh. "I think he loves playing rock & roll more than he does making movies." The band primarily plays gritty rock cover songs, which the singer says is an homage to each of the musicians' roots. "Every band that's ever made it was a bar band at some point," Cooper says. "It was a band that played four hours a night and had to do 'Mustang Sally' and every dance song that ever was, and that's how a band gets good. It's an old tradition to go back to that and be a bar band again, only we're a pretty big bar band."

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Joan Jett/Cheap Trick/Heart

July 14th-September 23rd

The three bands – all recent Rock Hall inductees – will unite for the Rock Hall Three for All amphitheater tour. "It's going to be a blast," says Jett.

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DOVER, DE - JUNE 21: Tyler Joseph of Twenty One Pilots performs during day 3 of the Firefly Music Festival on June 21, 2014 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Firefly Music Festival)

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21 Pilots

July 17th-August 11th

The chart-topping duo will tour arenas with a spectacle that includes stage dives and backflips. "These shows deserve to be special," says singer Tyler Joseph.

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Don Henley

July 17th-September 21st

Henley promises to include Eagles hits on his set list, which will be more poignant in light of Glenn Frey's death earlier this year.

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ZZ Top/
Gregg Allman

August 16th-October 7th

These two first toured together in 1971. Billy Gibbons expects to build on the camaraderie with epic jams like "Whipping Post." "There's going to be nothing but loudness and rock & roll in the forefront," he says.

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 27: Frederick "Toots" Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals performs during the 2012 Voodoo Experience at City Park on October 27, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Douglas Mason/Getty Images)

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Toots & the Maytals

June 15th-August 13th

After three years off the road recovering from a stage injury, the reggae pioneer will bring classics like "Pressure Drop" to festivals and clubs. "I'm a little anxious," says Toots Hibbert. "I can't wait. … We have the best fans. They know it's going to be a party, and they expect us to be tight every night."

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