From dive bars to stadiums. Amphitheaters to fields. Clubs to arenas. There are thousands of rock concerts happening nationwide. The strange and epic history of rock music has brought us here, where minds far and wide are diversifying the genre, all while putting on concerts of legendary proportions. Here are the Best Upcoming Rock Concert Tours in 2018 and 2019.
For those Dead Heads out there who haven’t seen John Mayer assume Jerry Garcia’s role, you’re in for a treat, as Dead & Company will be touring again, this Summer. Right now, the group consists of former Grateful Dead band members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kruetzmann, in addition outside musicians like Oteil Burbridge, Jeff Chimenti, and rock popstar John Mayer. According to concert reviews, Dead & Company are a must-see for those surviving Dead Heads and their kids, who get to live the magic post-Jerry Garcia.
Dead & Company Tour Dates: May 31, 2019 – July 6, 2019
English heavy metal band Iron Maiden have released an official trailer for what’s coming to the States this Summer. Taken from their “Legacy of the Beast” Tour, the video shows Iron Maiden performing a longtime classic, “Run to the Hills”. Pyro, replica Spitfire planes, muskets, and a giant Icarus await those who join Iron Maiden on their epic, “Legacy of the Beast” Tour.
Iron Maiden Tour Dates: July 18, 2019 – August 25, 2019
Since the early 2000’s, Train and the Goo Goo Dolls have been dominating mainstream radio, and hits such as Train’s “Drops of Jupiter” and GGD’s “Iris” are permanently emblazoned in ears spanning generations. This Summer, Train and the Goo Goo Dolls will embark on a joint, amphitheater tour, with the soul singer/guitarist Allen Stone serving as opener. This tour will be one just about anyone can enjoy.
Train and Goo Goo Dolls Tour Dates: June 7, 2019 – August 17, 2019
Blues rock guitarist Gary Clark Jr. has lined up a series of Spring Tour dates in support of his upcoming LP, which is due out early 2019. That record, which follows 2015’s The Story of Sonny Boy Slim, includes a trio of tracks he premiered during Fox Sports’ televised coverage of the World Series. Every ticket purchase for Gary Clark Jr.s tour will include either a physical or digital copy of the LP, which will deal with darker matters than LPs of Clark’s past. “I don’t know if I will be addressing Trump directly, but that’s something that’s happening in life and it’s hard not to see it happen,” he said to Rolling Stone. “The things I’m writing and thinking about aren’t necessarily meadows and orchards, you know what I mean?”
Gary Clark Jr. Tour Dates: November 14, 2018 – April 7, 2019
The creative minds behind Coheed and Cambria have announced a tour in support of their recently released album, The Unheavenly Creatures, which dropped last month. Coheed and Cambria has marked the announcement with an enticing live video of the band performing “The Dark Sentencer“. The band will play a limited number of shows, with Foxing and Mats & Atlases serving as opener on select dates.
Coheed and Cambria Tour Dates: February 5, 2019 – February 28, 2019
To all those dedicated Judas Priest fans out there, the “Firepower” Tour is a must. In 2016, when Judas Priest announced they would be working on a new album, there was speculation as to if they would be promoting the LP since the departure of long-time guitarist Glenn Tipton. But not only are they embarking on the extensive, high-production “Firepower” Tour, but it’s rumored that Tipton is touring with them, secretly, and comes out for the encores.
Judas Priest Tour Dates: May 3, 2019 – June 29, 2019
Hootie & the Blowfish, known for their skyrocket from college bars to the 1996 Grammy Awards ceremony, are returning with the “Group Therapy” Tour, in addition to releasing a new album. Since their hiatus, member Darius Rucker has really paved a country music career for himself, and is known for his single “Wagon Wheel”. Now that the band is back together, and with new material to boot, Rucker has said he is “looking forward to rocking again.” The “Group Therapy” tour will feature Barenaked Ladies.
Hootie & the Blowfish Tour Dates: May 30, 2019 – September 13, 2019
Following the mass success of the movie Rhapsody, Queen has decided to call upon Adam Lambert, again, to front the band on what will be the “Rhapsody” Tour. The show is set “to be their most spectacular yet, an innovative and interactive celebration of the continued power of Queen’s music,” according to a press release. Since Queen’s music has been climbing the charts as of late, we think the “Rhapsody” tour will have plenty of takers, so don’t sleep on getting your tickets!
Queen, Adam Lambert Tour Dates: July 10, 2019 – August 23, 2019
America’s beloved jam band Phish have extended what was originally a redacted tour, to accommodate long stops in VA, IL, Vegas, and finally, another four night residency at NYC’s Madison Square Garden. Phish will also be releasing a trio of live recordings this year, including the epic Bakers Dozen shows, which took place at MSG last year.
Phish Tour Dates: October 13th, 2018 – December 31st, 2018
Paul McCartney: “Freshen Up” Tour
Former Beatle and member of Wings, Sir Paul McCartney is getting ready to embark on a massive International Tour. The rock icon will be hitting up cities he hasn’t been to in years, including Quebec and Vienna, not to mention topping the lineup for the increasingly popular music festival Austin City Limits.
Paul McCartney Tour Dates: September 28th, 2018 – June 26th, 2019
With groovy guitar riffs and singer Josh Kizska’s voice—which seems to have been possessed by the spirits of Janis Joplin and Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant simultaneously—Michigan rock band Greta Van Fleet continue tour the U.S, all while recording and releasing new music from their highly anticipated debut.
Greta Van Fleet Tour Dates: July 18th, 2018 – June 4, 2019
Look, we know it’s a bit of a stretch to include the Backstreet Boys, who are more of a soft-pop, R&B influenced boy band, in a rock concerts blog. But for those rock fans who couldn’t help but indulge in the heyday of BSB, we have great news. Not only are the Backstreet Boys following up their Las Vegas Residency by going on tour, they are getting ready to drop a new album. Their tenth studio album will be titled DNA and feature Shawn Mendes and Ryan Tedder, with production and songwriting from Andy Grammer, Stuart Crichton and Mike Sabbath. Don’t miss the Backstreet Boys this Summer, on their first giant concert tour in 20 years.
Backstreet Boys Tour Dates: July 12, 2019 – September 15, 2019