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 2019.
On Tour: July 12, 2019 – October 18, 2019
Who knew, that after the Third Man Records 10th anniversary concert in Nashville that The Raconteurs would announce not only a new album, but a full North American tour? Now after making their epic live comeback, Jack White, Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence, and Patrick Keeler will be touring in support of their forthcoming LP, Help Us Stranger, their first effort in 11 years. Help Us Stranger will arrive June 21st via Jack White’s own Third Man Records. Something tells me their two night series at the Ryman is going to be epic, and if possible, ought not to be missed.
On Tour: August 16, 2019 – October 20, 2019
It looks like three nights of celebrating their 50th Anniversary didn’t suffice ZZ Top, who formed in 1969 and released First Album in ’71. Now, ZZ Top have mapped out an extensive 50th Anniversary Tour, which will take them to amphitheaters nationwide until they conclude October 20th in West Palm Beach, Florida. “It’s been five decades, and I think we’re starting to get pretty good at all this,” lead singer and guitarist Billy Gibbons said of the 50th anniversary trek. Cheap Trick—a familiar guest of ZZ Top—and Lynard Skynard will also appear for a pair of shows.
On Tour: May 18, 2019 – October 11, 2019
There’s a reason Disturbed can be found on most serious rock festival lineups, such as this year’s Sonic Temple and Rocklahoma, where they will perform before embarking on a North American tour. Still in support of last year’s Evolution, Disturbed will be making their way through the states beginning in May and culminating in October. Disturbed will be supported by L.A metal band In This Moment.
Cage the Elephant
On Tour: July 11, 2019 – August 30, 2019
When Beck announced his tour, we didn’t expect for Kentucky-raised rockstars Cage the Elephant to be on the bill. But after dropping their collaborative single “Night Running”, the two acts announced “The Night Running Tour”. In addition to touring with Beck, Cage the Elephant are getting ready to release their fifth album Social Cues, out April 19th. So far in 2019, Cage the Elephant have dropped “Night Running”, “Ready to Run”, “Goodbye”, and “House of Glass”. Previously, fans thought these would all be on Social Cues, but since they have been re-released as an EP, we’re not sure if Cage the Elephant has a whole other LP worth of songs to drop just next week. With Beck, Cage the Elephant, and Spoon in their prime, “The Night Running” Tour will be one of the best rock concerts this year.
The Head and the Heart
On Tour: April 16, 2019 – October 20, 2019
Leading up to the release of their new album Living Mirage, indie-folk band The Head and the Heart will tour North America. Then, they will keep touring, and touring, and touring, the band scheduled to be on the road for nearly six months in total. Without founding member Josiah Johnson, The Head and the Heart will live on. Living Mirage has been preceded by two singles, “Missed Connection” and “Honeybee“, both of which bode well for the band’s new, pop-rock sensibilities. Living Mirage is due out May 17th. In addition to their North American Tour, you can catch The Head and the Heart at Woodstock 50.
On Tour: Select dates between September 16, 2019 – November 20, 2019
It’s been fifteen years since Bloc Party released their seminal album Silent Alarm. Last October was the first time the band had performed the album in full. That show, in addition to a few other European dates, were recorded and compiled for a special live release of Silent Alarm, set to drop April 12th. Now, in addition to a new live album, Bloc Party will perform select dates in North America to further celebrate the 15th anniversary of Silent Alarm, playing the album in full for just six special audiences.
On Tour: September 23, 2019 – October 19, 2019
Former Genesis drummer and lead vocalist Phil Collins will bring his “Still Not Dead Yet Live!” Tour to North America this Fall. Featuring hits from his four-decade long career, Phil Collins has promised a celebration of sorts, one that will bring him to audiences which’ve been witnessing his talent since the release of singles “Another Day in Paradise,” “I Missed Again,” “Follow You Follow Me,” and “In The Air Tonight”—all of which fans can expect to hear on the “Still Not Dead Yet Live!” Tour.
Dead & Company
On Tour: May 31, 2019 – July 6, 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 John Mayer along with former Grateful Dead band members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kruetzmann, in addition outside musicians like Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti. According to concert reviews, Dead & Company are a must-see for those surviving Dead Heads and their kids who get to relive the magic.
Mumford and SOns
On Tour: March 12, 2019 – August 15, 2019
Back by popular demand, British band Mumford and Sons have added a string of West Coast dates to their tour in support of last year’s Delta. For an alt-rock album, Delta outperformed pretty much every other LP in its genre, dominating the Billboard 200 chart. Recently, the band returned to their roots and debuted an acoustic version of their new single “Beloved” on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.
On Tour: April 22, 2019 – September 11, 2019
It’s bound to be a huge year for Brooklyn native alt-rock band The National. Not only will they drop their eighth studio album I Am Easy To Find on May 17th, but they are also gearing up for a huge tour that will run through the Fall and include dates in Europe, Canada, the U.S, and U.K. In addition to I Am Easy To Find, The National will be releasing a short, black and white film under the same name, due out on May 17th as well. The band will be joined on their global trek by Courtney Barnett and Alvvays.
On Tour: May 5, 2019 – July 2, 2019
It’s about to be a huge year for Tool as they get ready to release their first new album since 2006’s 10,000 Days. Earlier this year, lead singer Maynard James Keenan said that the album would be coming out sometime between May and June. Though they still haven’t revealed the official album release date, Tool has announced a run of shows through the Summer in support of their forthcoming LP, leading us to believe the album is nearly ready. Not to mention this exciting photo, one usually not taken before the mastering process is complete.
On Tour: July 26, 2019 – September 8, 2019
Slipknot will be making their live return this Summer, on the Knotfest Roadshow headlining tour. The heavy metal band will be touring in support of their sixth studio album, due out August 9th. According to Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, the band is taking some risks with their forthcoming LP. “We’re dipping into some evil we haven’t played with in a long time, let’s put it that way. It’s got little hints of everything we’ve ever done, but it’s got some of the heaviest stuff we’ve ever done as well.” You can read Taylor’s full statement here. Volbeat, Gojira, and Behemoth will join as special guests on all dates except for the Iowa State Fair which will only feature Slipknot and Gojira.
On Tour: July 18, 2019 – August 25, 2019
English heavy metal band Iron Maiden will be touring the states this Summer. Pyro, replica Spitfire planes, muskets, and a giant Icarus await those who join them on their epic stint through North America, dubbed the “Legacy of the Beast” Tour. In preparation for Iron Maiden’s upcoming venture, drink up their latest boozy adventure, the Sun and Steel Sake Beer, just one of several Trooper beers the band has created with Robinsons brewery.
On Tour: March 12, 2019 – August 12, 2019
American blues electric guitarist Joe Bonamassa opened for B.B King when he was 13 years old. Need we say more? In the decades following, Bonamassa has dropped 15 solo albums, 11 of which went on to top the BIllboard Blues Chart. Bonamassa will be touring in promotion of his latest studio album Redemption. He will be backed by a group of legendary musicians, including Late Night with David Letterman‘s Anton Fig (drums), Nashville recording legend Michael Rhodes (bass), Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble member Reese Wynans (piano/organ), and others.
Train, Goo Goo Dolls, allen stone
On Tour: June 7, 2019 – August 17, 2019
Since the early 2000’s, Train and the Goo Goo Dolls have been dominating mainstream radio. Hits such as Train’s “Drops of Jupiter” and GGD’s “Iris” are permanently emblazoned in the ears of many generations of pop radio listeners. 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 embraces everything we love about rock and roll: electric guitar grit, alt-rock production, and soaring vocalists.
Gary Clark Jr.
On Tour: November 14, 2018 – April 7, 2019
Blues rock guitarist Gary Clark Jr. has lined up a series of Spring Tour dates in support of his upcoming LP, due out early 2019. The record follows 2015’s The Story of Sonny Boy Slim and will include 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. “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?”
COHEED AND CAMBRIA & Mastodon
On Tour: May 28, 2019 – July 3, 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 Mastodon serving as the opener for most dates.
On Tour: May 3, 2019 – June 29, 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.
Hootie and the Blowfish
On Tour: May 30, 2019 – September 13, 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.
Queen, with Adam Lambert
On Tour: July 10, 2019 – August 23, 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!
On Tour: July 11, 2019 – September 1, 2019
America’s beloved jam band Phish have extended what was originally a redacted tour, to accommodate long stops in Toronto, St. Louis, New Jersey, and Fenway Park, and others. Not to mention the live recordings they continue to release, including that of the famous Baker’s Dozen shows. Have no fear, Phishheads, it appears your muse has no intention of letting down anytime soon.
Paul McCartney: “Freshen Up” Tour
On Tour: September 28th, 2018 – July 13, 2019
Former Beatle and member of Wings, Sir Paul McCartney, has been venturing around the world for what has been his biggest tour in decades. The rock icon will be hitting up cities he hasn’t been to in years, including Quebec and Vienna, as he makes his way through the nations who’ve spent decades loving his music. Thouhg fans can expect a number of Beatles, Wings, and solo Paul McCartney hits on his “Freshen Up” Tour, the artist is touring primarily in support of last year’s Egypt Station.
Greta Van Fleet
On Tour: May 7, 2019 – June 4, 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 to quickly follow what was one of the more successful rock debuts of the decade.
On Tour: July 12, 2019 – September 15, 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.