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.
Phil Collins: “Not Dead Yet” Tour
The singer’s first North American tour in 12 years, with limited engagements throughout October. Collins will be joined on tour by longtime guitarist Daryl Stuermer, keyboardist Brad Cole, bassist Leland Sklar, percussionist Luis Conte and his 16-year-old son Nicolas on drums, along with backup singers and a horn section.
Phil Collins Tour Dates: October 5th, 2018 – October 28th, 2018
Dawes: “Password” Tour
L.A native folk rock band Dawes will embark on their Passwords Tour, which has the group performing two sets at each stop, in August. The 30-date North American Tour is in support of their recently released album, Passwords.
Dawes Tour Dates: September 7th, 2018 – November 14th, 2018
The Stone Temple Pilots will be touring this fall with their new frontman, Jeff Gutt. The new lead singer has quite the set of pipes to fill, considering the iconic vocals of original STP frontman Scott Weiland, and the man who followed him in the role, the late Chester Bennington. But if Gutt is able to channel the sense of freedom that was so captivating about Scott Weiland, he should have no problem pulling off hits such as “Interstate Love Song”, “Plush”, and “Vasoline”.
Stone Temple Pilots Tour Dates: September 19, 2018 – November 15, 2018
Fall Out Boy
Fall Out Boy fans probably can’t recall a time when the band wasn’t compulsively touring their LPs. And 2018, FIFTEEN years after their debut, doesn’t appear any different. Fall Out Boy just kicked off Leg 6 of their “Mania” Tour. FOB’s latest setlists are chock full of hits spanning decades, in addition to nostalgia-generating surprises, such as the debut performance of fan-favorite 2008 demo “Lake Effect Kid,” which recently got a studio release for the first time.
Fall Out Boy Tour Dates: September 5, 2018 – October 10, 2018
Florence + The Machine: “High as Hope” Tour
In support of her latest album High As Hope, Welsh pop group Florence + the Machine will begin their tour in Montreal, and run through North America to mid-October. The “High As Hope” tour openers will vary, and include Grizzly Bear, St. Vincent, Kamasi Washington, Billie Eilish, Wet, Beth Ditto, and Perfume Genius.
Florence & The Machine Tour Dates: August 5th, 2018 – October 20th, 2018
Leading up to their “Kings of the Weekend” Las Vegas Residency, which will run through November, 90’s alt-rock band Blink-182 will be touring nationwide, visiting audiences who are patiently waiting for the follow-up to 2016’s California. Though touring without founding member Tom DeLonge, recent concert reviews suggest this iteration of Blink-182 is nonetheless worth the ticket.
Blink-182 Tour Dates: September 12, 2018 – November 17, 2018
Just a couple weeks after the release of their upcoming album Trench, Twenty One Pilots will embark on their “Bandito” World Tour. So far, the Trench releases have fans excite but bewildered. In addition to the video trilogy told via “Jumpsuit”, “Nico and the Niners”, and “Levitate”, Twenty One Pilots have recently dropped “My Blood”, a groovy, disco-tipped single. What will Trench, or the “Bandito” World Tour sound like? It all begins Oct. 5th, when Twenty One Pilots drop their highly anticipated Blurryface follow-up.
Twenty One Pilots Tour Dates: October 16, 2018 – November 21, 2018
Alt-rock band Modest Mouse continue to perform in front of their thriving fanbase. Though the band hasn’t released any new music in three years, lead singer Isaac Brock and co. still put on incredible, energetic live shows.
Modest Mouse Tour Dates: September 17th, 2018 – October 21st, 2018
America’s beloved jam band Phish will embark on a short stint, beginning with three nights in Albany, and ending with a series of Halloween shows in Vegas. Phish will also be releasing a trio of live recordings this year, including the epic Bakers Dozen shows, which took place at Madison Square Garden last year.
Phish Tour Dates: October 16th, 2018 – November 3rd, 2018
Rod Stewart is currently on tour with Cyndi Lauper, who’ve been bringing heart and nostalgia to audiences nationwide. Stewart is getting ready to release a new album, titled Blood Red Roses, which he’s been previewing on the road. Get ready to hear hits such as “Maggie May”, “Forever Young”, and “Rhythm of My Heart”.
Rod Stewart Tour Dates: July 24th, 2018 – December 2, 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 17th, 2018 – October 12th, 2018
Jim James has announced a career-spanning acoustic concert tour, which will culminate with a homecoming show at Louisville, KY’s much-loved Louisville Palace. Audiences will see the acclaimed My Morning Jacket frontman—accompanied by longtime touring drummer David Givan—perform a vast repertoire including songs from his eagerly awaited new album, Uniform Distortion.
Jim James Tour Dates: July 18th, 2018 – November 21st, 2018
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 – October 11th, 2018
Behemoth: “Ecclesia Diabolica America 2018 e.v.”
Polish heavy metal band Behemoth have just announced tour dates to follow their European jaunt and serving as opener for Slayer. Behemoth will be supported by opening acts Wolves in the Throne Room and At the Gates. According to the band, audiences are in for “sonic pandemonium”, comprised of songs both new and old.
Behemoth Tour Dates: October 20th, 2018 – November 24th, 2018
Famed, 2000’s punk rock band Good Charlotte has announced a U.S Tour in support of their forthcoming album, Generation Rx. The “Generation Rx” Tour will be Good Charlotte’s first headlining jaunt since touring with Yellowcard back in 2011. Generation Rx will be out September 14th.
Good Charlotte Tour Dates: October 16th, 2018 – November 24th, 2018