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

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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.

INDIO, CA - OCTOBER 16: Musicians Roger Daltrey (L) and Pete Townshend of The Who perform during Desert Trip at the Empire Polo Field on October 16, 2016 in Indio, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The Who - Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend

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The Who

July 13th–September 23rd
Tickets $46–$501

Pete
Townshend was surprised by the crowds on the band’s recent 50th-anniversary
tour. “We were playing to a much larger number of younger people,” he
says. “It’s a real kick.” Now, the Who are hitting smaller cities,
along with a six-night Vegas residency. Expect lots of Tommy: The band
has been working in tracks like “Christmas” and “1921” for
the first time since 1989. “Maybe it’s because I can see the end,”
Townshend says. “But it means more to me.”

NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 25: Tom Petty of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers performs during their 40th Anniversary Tour at Bridgestone Arena on April 25, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Sacks & Co)

Tom Petty

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Tom Petty

Through September 17th
Tickets $39–$150

“I
want to make it celebratory,” says Petty of the Heartbreakers’
40th-anniversary tour. Inspired by deep-cut-packed theater shows he played in
2013, Petty is working in gems like the rave-up “Rockin’ Around (With
You),” which he hadn’t played since 1983, and several Wildflowers songs,
which he reconnected with while working on a box set. Petty, 66, calls this his
“last trip around the country,” but concedes he’s unlikely to quit
completely: “I need something to do, or I tend to be a nuisance around the
house.” 

INDIO, CA - APRIL 16: Rapper Future performs on the Coachella stage during day 3 of the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival (Weekend 1) at the Empire Polo Club on April 16, 2017 in Indio, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Coachella)

Future

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Future

Through June 30th
Tickets $35–$125

Future’s
tour with Drake last summer was the top-grossing hip-hop tour of all time, making
$84 million. Now, after he scored two Number One albums in March, the rapper is
headlining his own tour, bringing along opening acts Migos and Young Thug. “This
tour is about my whole journey,” says Future, “so expect all the
smashes.”

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 09: Billy Joel performs live on stage at Madison Square Garden on August 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)

Billy Joel

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Billy Joel

Through September 21st
Tickets $50–$140

When
Billy Joel wrote “Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)” in
the Seventies, he had no idea he’d still be playing stadiums the year that song
was set. “There’s a whole new thing going on,” says Joel, referring
to the bigger crowds he’s seen since he returned to the road in 2013 after a
long break to recover from hip surgery. “There’s offers coming in from
everywhere. It’s like, ‘Is everybody else quitting?'” Lately, he’s been
mixing in covers like James Brown’s “I Feel Good,” and his continuing
monthly residency at Madison Square Garden has caused him to resurrect lost
classics like 1980’s “Sleeping With the Television On.” “It’s
almost absurd to me that I can play a stadium,” he says. “I don’t
jump around like Jagger. I just sit there at the piano and bang out the tunes.”

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 11: John Mayer performs at The O2 Arena on May 11, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Matthew Baker/Getty Images)

John Mayer

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John Mayer

July 18th–September 3rd
Tickets $36–$150

“I
stumbled into one of the coolest setups a guy could have in a music career,”
says Mayer, who will play shows all summer as a guitarist in Dead & Company
and as a solo act. He says last year’s Dead tour has caused him to rethink
performing: He is breaking the night into “chapters” that include
full-band and acoustic segments. His favorite part? A set with his blues trio,
which includes Steve Jordan and Pino Palladino. “The first time the trio
makes a sound, even I’m not ready for it,” Mayer says.

INGLEWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 11: Billie Joe Armstrong of the band Green Day performs onstage at 106.7 KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas 2016 - Night 2 at The Forum on December 11, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for CBS Radio)

Green Day

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Green Day

August 1st–September 16th
Tickets $15–$99

Lately,
the band has toned down political talk for new songs, fun Sixties-rock medleys
and Nineties hits. “I want people to have a great experience away from the
news,” says Billie Joe Armstrong. “Let’s have a human experience and
rub up against each other.”

EAST HAMPTON, NY - AUGUST 20: Lionel Richie performs onstage at the Apollo in the Hamptons 2016 party at The Creeks on August 20, 2016 in East Hampton, New York. (Photo by Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images); NEW ORLEANS, LA - JULY 02: Recording artist Mariah Carey performs on stage during the 2016 Essence Festival at the Louisiana Superdome on July 2, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)

Lionel Richie; Mariah Carey

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Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey

July 21st–September 5th
Tickets $39–$399

Richie
says he was shocked when Carey agreed to tour with him. Though they’re still
working out the set, they will each perform separately, with likely duets in
the middle. “I think this is going to be one of the most exciting tours I’ve
been on – next to the great Tina Turner,” Richie says. 

CHULA VISTA, CA - JULY 27: (L-R) Musicians John Mayer, Bill Kreutzmann, and Bob Weir of Dead & Company perform on stage at Sleep Train Amphitheatre on July 27, 2016 in Chula Vista, California. (Photo by Daniel Knighton/FilmMagic)

Jay Blakesburg

Dead & Company

Through July 1st
Tickets $35–$175

Expect
a different experience than last year, though Bob Weir is cryptic on details: “The
premise we’re working with is when most people go to a show, they’re watching a
movie on the big screen in their head. We’re going to try to play to that.”

INDIO, CA - OCTOBER 09: Musician Roger Waters (C) performs during Desert Trip at The Empire Polo Club on October 9, 2016 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Desert Trip)

Roger Waters

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Roger Waters

May 26th–October 28th
Tickets $32–$249

Waters
is promoting his first rock album in 25 years, but he’s promising a “75-25”
ratio of Pink Floyd and solo gems to new songs, and “over 400 feet of
projection.” “We’re doing rock & roll, but it’s also theater,”
he has said. “We care about it.”

NEWPORT, ISLE OF WIGHT - JUNE 12: Adam Lambert, Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen + Adam Lambert perform on stage at Seaclose Park on June 12, 2016 in Newport, Isle of Wight. (Photo by Mark Holloway/Redferns)

Queen - Adam Lambert, Brian May and Roger Taylor

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Queen + Adam Lambert

June 23rd–August 5th
Tickets $43–$270

“There will be no holograms,” Queen guitarist Brian May assures fans of how the band will be paying tribute to Freddie Mercury on the band’s upcoming arena dates with Adam Lambert. “But there will be a retrospective element that connects to the glory days of when Freddie was with us. There will be echoes from the past in a new way.” As for just what that means, though, he’s keeping silent so as to surprise fans. That said, he says set lists will skew toward “vintage Americana Queen,” meaning classics like “We Will Rock You.” “I remember Prince saying, ‘Too many hits, too many hits,’ which is a good problem to have,” he says, “but we’ll be throwing in a few songs people won’t have seen live for a very long time.” That’s all right with Lambert, who has been singing with the band since their 2009 American Idol performance together and likes the collaborative nature of the pairing. ” We are a band when we get onstage at this point,” he says. “We have that thing where you can look at each other and there’s an unspoken communication that happens. It’s pretty exciting.”

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Singer Don Henley performs onstage during MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Tom Petty at the Los Angeles Convention Center on February 10, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)

Don Henley

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Don Henley

June 6th–July 29th
Tickets $72–$185

Henley is taking a 15-piece band on a solo tour, playing Eagles songs, solo cuts and telling the stories behind them. It ends with a 70th-birthday gig on July 22nd in Dallas with special guests.

DENVER, CO - APRIL 1: Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac performs during the band's "On With The Show" tour at the Pepsi Center April 1, 2015, in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Daniel Petty/The Denver Post via Getty Images); LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 27: Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac performs live at The O2 Arena on May 27, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images)

Lindsey Buckingham; Christine McVie

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Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie

June 2nd–July 27th
Tickets $25–$190

The
duo wanted to continue the chemistry they rekindled on Fleetwood Mac’s last
tour. Expect plenty of hits. “They’d run us out on a rail if we didn’t do them,”
Buckingham says.