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.
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
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
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
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 28th, 2018 – June 26th, 2019
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 – June 4, 2019
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
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