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Summer 2017’s Hottest Tours: Kendrick Lamar, Lady Gaga, Metallica and More

Also: Bruno Mars’ funk party, U2’s ‘Joshua Tree’ encore and other must-see shows making the rounds

2017 Tours: Kendrick Lamar, Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga

Read our round-up of the summer's hottest tours, including Bruno Mars, Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar and many more.

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Summer is when music’s biggest names hit the road with their grandest spectacles, and 2017 is no exception. The coming months will see tours from pop superstars (Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars), rock heavyweights (The Who, Metallica, Green Day), hip-hop chart-toppers (Future, Kendrick Lamar) and tons more. Read on for the highlights of what’s shaping up to be a stellar season for live music.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 18: Donald Fagen of Steely Dan performs at the Hollywood Bowl Opening Night at the Hollywood Bowl on June 18, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mathew Imaging/WireImage)

Donald Fagen

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Donald Fagen and the Nightflyers

August 8th–September 24th
Tickets $45–$80

Given the name of his new band, longtime Donald Fagen fans might assume his upcoming tour will focus on music from The Nightfly,
his classic 1982 solo debut. But the Steely Dan singer/keyboardist
claims the
moniker was simply the most original one he could come up with. “There’s
so many bands now that it’s hard to find something that doesn’t show up
when you google it,” he tells Rolling Stone. “So I just ripped
off my own invention from 1981.” Rounded out
by younger musicians he first encountered around his current home of
Woodstock, the Nightflyers will perform songs from all four of Fagen’s albums under his own name. And much like the Dukes of September – Fagen’s
loose collective with fellow yacht-rock survivors
Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs – they’ll round out their sets with some
Steely Dan favorites TBD and a few choice covers. “We’ve already played
around with a few things: a Chuck Berry tune, a Beatles tune,” Fagen
says.

CLARKSTON, MI - AUGUST 23: Rob Thomas performs at DTE Energy Music Theatre on August 23, 2016 in Clarkston, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images); CLARKSTON, MI - AUGUST 22: Adam Duritz of Counting Crows performs at DTE Energy Music Theatre on August 23, 2016 in Clarkston, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)

Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20; Adam Duritz of Counting Crows

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Counting Crows / Matchbox 20

July 12th–October 1st
Tickets $30–$115

“If you’re lucky, you’re going to have nostalgia appeal, because that means you’ve been around long enough to be someone’s nostalgia,” Matchbox 20 singer Rob Thomas says. “There’s nothing bad about that.” This summer, Thomas and his bandmates will be steeping their fans in Nineties nostalgia by playing once-ubiquitous VH1 fodder like “Push,” “3 A.M.” and “Real World,” alongside their alt-rock–era tourmates in Counting Crows on what singer Adam Duritz has dubbed the A Brief History of Everything tour. It’s been five years since Matchbox put out an LP and three since the Crows offered up something new, so Thomas is excited to play what he’s calling a “victory lap.” That said, Duritz likes to keep fans on their toes. “We have 85 songs in rotation on our set lists,” he says. “We’re playing most of our music over the course of a summer. The bigger problem is what not to play on any given night.”

GULF SHORES, AL - MAY 19: Thomas Mars (L) of the band Phoenix performs during the 2017 Hangout Music Festival on May 19, 2017 in Gulf Shores, Alabama. (Photo by Erika Goldring/WireImage)

Phoenix - Thomas Mars

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Phoenix

June 2nd–November 19th
Tickets $35–$90

In the three years since Phoenix last performed in the U.S., the French synth-pop group recorded a new album, Ti Amo – out June 9th – and devised a new stage production that frontman Thomas Mars says will add an “extra dimension” to the songs. “Concerts these days seem to be less and less about the instruments and more about pyrotechnics and light shows – it’s very cliché,” he says. “So we’re bringing instruments back, along with the sort of embellishment, fantasy and aura they can have. We’re giving them strength almost in a Kraftwerk way.”

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 02: (L-R) Musicians Tommy Victor, Glenn Danzig, Johnny Kelly and Steve Zing of Danzig perform at the 5th annual Revolver Golden Gods award show at Club Nokia on May 2, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/WireImage)

Danzig

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Danzig

Blackest of the Black: May 26th–27th
Tickets $39–$399

One of metal’s darkest bands will mark the release of new album, Black Laden Crown, this month with its own two-night Blackest of the Black festival in California, alongside Ministry and Suicidal Tendencies and attractions that include a castle, a bondage stage, a “blood bath” and freak show, among others. “I try to make Danzig concerts not just a show but some kind of experience that transcends going to a rock concert,” singer Glenn Danzig says. “You’ve got to get more out of it than just a rock concert, and this is going to take it the next level – or a couple levels.” They’ll then play a “limited number” of yet-to-be-announced gigs this summer, where they’ll celebrate the 25th anniversary of their 1992 LP How the Gods Kill.

NORTH ADAMS, MA - SEPTEMBER 17: Bluegrass band Old Crow Medicine Show performs during the FreshGrass Music Festival 2016 at Mass MoCA on September 17, 2016 in North Adams, Massachusetts. (Photo by Douglas Mason/Getty Images)

Old Crow Medicine Show

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Old Crow Medicine Show

Through August 26th
Tickets $35–$50

The
folk band has been marking the 50th anniversary of Blonde on Blonde by
playing the entire LP. “What a perfect jug-band song ‘Leopard Skin
Pill-Box Hat’ is,” says frontman Ketch
Secor.

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 14: Noelle Scaggs and Michael Fitzpatrick of Fitz and The Tantrums perform at The Greek Theatre on October 14, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Timothy Norris/Getty Images)

Noelle Scaggs and Michael Fitzpatrick of Fitz and The Tantrums

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Fitz and the Tantrums

July 7th–September 23rd
Tickets $20–$151

The Motown-influenced band is promising “hot, sweaty summer dance parties,” says frontman Michael Fitzpatrick.

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