Music fans, are you looking to treat yourself to rock concert tickets next year? Lucky for you there are plenty of artists planning to take their live shows on the road. From iconic pop-rock stars such as Maroon 5, to the queen of alt-rock guitar prowess St. Vincent, there are several performers set to tour in 2018. Here are what we think will be the Best Rock Concert Tours in 2018.
Spoon continues to promote their incredible 2017 offering Hot Thoughts and are planning on sharing a portion of their tour with indie outfit Grizzly Bear, who also put out a new record last year. Spoon has long been known for putting on charismatic live shows, and we think Grizzly Bear’s atmospheric command of their venues will make for a daring and entertaining compliment to Britt Daniel, Jim Eno, and co. The bands will use concert donation platform PLUS1, an initiative that aims to unite artists and fans via live music to address pressing issues, to give one dollar from each ticket purchase to gun safety charity fund, Everytown.
When will Spoon be on Tour?: March 31, 2018 – June 30, 2018
Upcoming Spoon Concert near NYC?: June 20 @ Prospect Park Bandshell
For those of you who were surprised to hear goth-rockers Evanescence would be touring with prog-classical violinist Lindsey Stirling, you aren’t alone, but we trust the plan these two performers have in store for audiences. Evanescence and Stirling will be hitting the road with a 31-piece full orchestra. Between all of those players, we think Evanescence and Stirling will have no problem filling up those scheduled amphitheater performances. The acts recently collaborated on the song “Hi-Lo,” from Evanescence’s 2017 comeback album, Synthesis, and Stirling is touring in support of her fourth album, last year’s Warmer in the Winter.
When will Evanescence be on Tour?: July 6, 2018 – September 8, 2018
Upcoming Evanescence Concert in NYC?: August 11 @ Jones Beach Theater
The iconic, Thom Yorke-led outfit will be returning to America for a series of arena performances. Radiohead continues to tour in support of 2016’s A Moon Shaped Pool, a record which reached No. 1 on the U.S rock chart. Radiohead band members have been relatively busy since the release of A Moon Shaped Pool, from composing with Hans Zimmer to helping score Paul Thomas Anderson’s movie Phantom Thread. The short arena tour takes place mostly in the northeast, kicking off July 7th in Chicago and wrapping up August 1st in Philadelphia.
When will Radiohead be on Tour?: July 6, 2018 – August 1, 2018
Upcoming Radiohead Concert in NYC?: July 10-14 @ Madison Square Garden
Paramore hardly took any time after the second leg of Tour Two before announcing their 2018 North American Tour. Led by the charismatic Hayley Williams, Paramore will continue to promote 2017’s After Laughter, which hit No 1. on Billboard‘s Top Rock Albums chart, featuring singles like “Hard Times,” “Fake Happy” and “Rose-Colored Boy.” For most dates, Paramore will be joined by indie-pop outfit Foster the People, who just wrapped up their Sacred Hearts Club Tour. If you’re looking to party at a rock show this Summer, Paramore’s “After Laughter” Tour is the one to buy.
When will Paramore be on Tour?: June 12, 2018 – July 24, 2018
Upcoming Paramore Concert near NYC: June 26 @ Barclays
Avenged Sevenfold: “End of the World” Tour
When it comes to rock concert tours of this intensity, there have been few and far between. This Summer, Avenged Sevenfold will be touring with Prophets of Rage, Three Days Grace, and, on some dates, Ho99o9. A7X has clearly stated their excitement to Billboard about their upcoming tour, a full-fledged stint that was a long time coming. It’s gonna be great. We get to do the full shebang, and to be able to bring Prophets of Rage and do this festival sort of atmosphere that we’re trying to put out there…I’m just excited to finally come back and get to put on our show and finally make some things right.”
When will Avenged Sevenfold be on Tour?: April 27, 2018 – September 2, 2018
Upcoming Avenged Sevenfold Concert in NYC?: July 24 @ Jones Beach Theater
Smashing Pumpkins: “Shiny and Oh So Bright” Tour
Billy Corgan and co. have announced an extensive North American arena tour under the title “Shiny and Oh So Bright”. The tour, which includes over three dozen dates, will feature three of the four original Smashing Pumpkins: Billy Corgan, guitarist James Iha and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin. “Shiny and Oh So Bright”, nearest we can tell, is a reunion tour of sorts, as their last album was 2014’s Monuments to an Elegy. So if you’re looking for a concert basked in the 90’s sun and an opportunity to bring out your faded t-shirt collection, catch The Smashing Pumpkins on the “Shiny and Oh So Bright” Tour this year.
When will The Smashing Pumpkins be on Tour?: July 12, 2018 – September 7, 2018
Upcoming Smashing Pumpkins Concert near NYC?: August 1 @ Madison Square Garden
Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson: “Twins of Evil: The Second Coming” Tour
Six years ago, rock legends Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson came together for the “Twins of Evil” Tour. Even though the tour resulted in high tension between Manson and Zombie, the two have clearly either reconciled their differences, or plan on riding them through on stage. “Twins of Evil: The Second Coming” is a second go at an experiment that nearly combusted, but whatever the results, we think it will be one for the books. Zombie will be celebrating his LP The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser, while Manson continues to promote Heaven Upside Down.
When will Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson be on Tour?: July 10, 2018 – August 29, 2018
Upcoming Zombie and Manson Concert near NYC?: August 7 @ Jones Beach Theater
Metallica: “WorldWired” Tour
Aged rock veterans Metallica will embark on yet another North American leg of their “WorldWired” tour. Each ticket purchase will be accompanied with either a digital or hardcopy of their latest album, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct. Metallica’s “WorldWired” Tour offers up an experience unique to most rock concerts. Instead of other rock bands, DJs and comedians will serve as openers. To to mention the “Wherever I May Roam Black” Tickets, on limited sale, which would grant purchasers admission to any stop on the “WorldWired” Tour. “Feel like trucking to Tulsa? Booking to Boise? Motoring to Minneapolis? No problem… you pick the show, call us no less than 48 hours before the gig and you’re in,” the band said.
When will Metallica be on Tour?: September 2, 2018 – March 13, 2019
Upcoming Metallica Concert near NYC?: October 27 @ Keybank Center
What happens when longtime friends and fellow rock bands run into each other at enough music festivals and get to talking about a joint tour? Well, Coheed and Cambria and Taking Back Sunday have showed fans that bringing a joint tour to life can be as simple as that. Taking Sunday will be celebrating their latest offering Tidal Wave, while Coheed and Cambria will likely be cycling through a number of albums from their incredible, authentic rock discography. So if you are or ever were an emo kid, we suggest not letting this amazing joint tour slip by.
When will Coheed and Cambria be on Tour?: July 6, 2018 – August 12, 2018
Upcoming Coheed and Cambria Concert near NYC?: July 21 @ Coney Island Amphitheater
It’s been three years since Courtney Barnett released her witty, deadpan debut Sometimes I Sit and Think…Sometimes I Just Sit. Now, she is gearing up for her North American tour, in support of her sophomore offering. According to Barnett, Tell Me How You Really Feel is a matured, reflective, and lyrically astute album about what it’s like being alive, right now. The biting, topically relevant single “Nameless, Faceless” bodes well for the rest of the record, which drops shortly after Barnett launches her North American tour.
When will Courtney Barnett be on Tour?: May 6, 2018 – July 25, 2018
Upcoming Courtney Barnett Concert near NYC?: May 19 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Imagine Dragons: “Evolve” World Tour
Last year, power-pop band Imagine Dragons dropped their third studio album Evolve, a record which has gone on to reach new heights. According to Billboard, Imagine Dragons was the first act to monopolize all four spots on Billboard’s Alternative Digital Song Sales chart, a feat only achieved by Prince in the week following his death. Evolve has elevated the socially conscious, genre-slicing rock band to being a fixture of American pop music today. The “Evolve” World Tour is definitely a must-see this Summer.
When will Imagine Dragons be on Tour?: June 5, 2018 – October 30, 2018
Upcoming Imagine Dragons Concert near NYC?: June 19 @ Madison Square Garden
Maroon 5: “Red Pill Blues” Tour
Early this month, Maroon 5 dropped their sixth studio album Red Pill Blues, and shortly after, the band and their fearless leader Adam Levine announced the “Red Pill Blues” Tour. The new album definitely has a more matured, laid-back vibe than we’ve seen from previous Maroon 5 albums, the definitive difference being Adam Levine’s exploration of his lower voice register. In an interview with Billboard, guitarist James Valentine spoke about the band’s excitement to transform their new songs live, which leads us to believe that Levine will be pulling out his famous, reedy falsettos for the “Red Pill Blues” Tour. Maroon 5 will be supported by Julia Michaels for most dates.
When will Maroon 5 be on Tour?: May 30, 2018 – October 15, 2018
Upcoming Maroon 5 Concert near NYC: October 14 & 15 @ Madison Square Garden
Foo Fighters: “Concrete and Gold” Tour
This past Fall, the Foo Fighters dropped their ninth studio album Concrete and Gold, a record that allows “hard rock extremes and pop sensibilities” to collide. Though Dave Grohl attempted to take a personal hiatus from music after a tumultuous “Sonic Highways” Tour, it appears that he couldn’t stay away from writing for long, as he began jotting down the lyrics to the Foo’s hit single “Run” in the latter half of 2016. Now, Foo Fighters have not only announced a “Concrete and Gold” Tour, they’ve extended it to run through mid-September. In addition to the “Concrete and Gold” Tour, Foo Fighters plan to attend several music festivals this Summer, including Cal Jam, a recently revived rockfest.
When will Foo Fighters be on Tour?: December 1, 2017 – September 12, 2018
Upcoming Foo Fighters Concert near NYC: July 16 & 17 @ Madison Square Garden
The Killers: “Wonderful, Wonderful” Tour
When The Killers finally dropped their fifth studio album Wonderful, Wonderful after a long five year hiatus, fans were elated and anticipatory of their upcoming concert tour. And according to reviews, the “Wonderful, Wonderful” Tour has showcased The Killers in good form. Ranging from old hits such as “Somebody Told Me” and “Mr. Brightside” to Joy Division covers to renditions of “The Man”, The Killers have been performing pumped up set lists for their return to the touring circuit. Led by the enigmatic and gold-suited Brandon Flowers, it looks like The Killers are here to elevate this upcoming year of rock concerts.
When will The Killers be on Tour?: November 27, 2017 – April 5, 2018
Upcoming Killers Concert near NYC: January 9 @ Barclays Center
U2: “Experience + Innocence” Tour
It’s been three years since U2 dropped Songs of Innocence, and next month, fans will finally receive the second installment, Songs of Experience, due out Dec. 1st. Ahead of the album’s release, U2 has issued three singles, “The Best Thing About Me”, “The Blackout”, and “Get Out Of Your Own Way”, the latter of which features an outro by Kendrick Lamar. U2 is currently wrapping up their Joshua Tree 2017 Tour, which celebrates three decades since the band dropped their most iconic album. If you aren’t able to catch them on this tour, you will be able to see U2 when they embark on the “Experience + Innocence” Tour, set to kick off May 2nd.
When will U2 be on Tour?: May 2, 2018 – June 29, 2018
Upcoming U2 Concert Near NYC: June 25 @ Madison Square Garden
St. Vincent: “Fear the Future” Tour
For an artist who named her ongoing stint through North America the “Fear the Future” Tour, St. Vincent sure does make us feel lucky to be alive. Very rarely does an artist announce their tour dates ahead of releasing the album being promoted, but because St. Vincent has yet to let fans down with her recorded material, we were confident that the “Fear the Future” Tour and new album MASSEDUCTION wouldn’t be let downs. And we were right. According to recent concert reviews, St. Vincent is blurring the lines between fantasy and reality, incorporating trippy visuals and distorted stage set-ups. But first and foremost, MASSEDUCTION is definitely an album you want to see live.
When will St. Vincent be on Tour?: November 15, 2017 – May 25, 2018
Upcoming St. Vincent Concert near NYC: December 2 & 3 @ Kings Theater
Last February, after Black Sabbath’s farewell tour came to a close in the band’s hometown of Birmingham, England, fans believed they’d seen the last of Ozzy Osbourne—onstage, anyways. Now, after his expansive five-decade career, Ozzy Osbourne has announced his “farewell” tour. Osbourne said in a statement, “This will be my final world tour, but I can’t say I won’t do some shows here and there.” Since the future of Ozzy’s touring career is uncertain, we suggest catching this iconic rock star on his official/unofficial farewell tour this year. For these dates, Osbourne will be joined by longtime collaborators Zakk Wylde (guitar), Blasko (bass), Tommy Clufetos (drums) and Adam Wakeman (keyboards).
When will Ozzy Osbourne be on Tour?: August 30, 2018 – October 13, 2018
Upcoming Ozzy Osbourne Concert near NYC: September 8 @ Jones Beach Theater
Judas Priest: “Firepower” Tour
For the past few months, the British heavy metal legends Judas Priest have been hard at work on their follow-up to 2014’s Redeemer of Souls. And now, Judas Priest have announced tour dates ahead of their upcoming album Firepower, which will be released early 2018. Judas Priest has been working with longtime collaborators to bring Firepower to life, which leads us to believe that the promoting tour will resonate with the energy and rawness of the band’s previous stints. This is also the first year the band is nominated to enter the highly coveted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, potentially making 2018 one of the biggest years for Judas Priest.
When will Judas Priest be on Tour?: March 13, 2018 – May 1, 2018
Upcoming Judas Priest Concert near NYC: March 17 @ Nassau Coliseum
Queens of the Stone Age: “Villains” Tour
Queens of the Stone Age, led by compelling frontman Josh Homme, are nearing the end of their break before beginning their “Villains” Tour, a series of concerts in order to promote their seventh studio album by the same name. Josh Homme and Co. have enlisted famous producer Mark Ronson to help reinvent and rejuvenate their sound. Villains is what Josh Homme describes as a “confrontational” album that allows both fans and band to point fingers and exercise their demons. Villains is a decidedly uptempo change for the band, so if you do get a chance to see Queens of the Stone Age live—and we really think you should—get ready to dance.
When will Queens of the Stone Age be on Tour?: December 2, 2017 – May 25, 2018
Upcoming Queens of the Stone Age Concert near NYC: May 25 @ The Dome Center
Weezer and Pixies have shared fandom for over two decades now, so it’s no surprise that the two bands have decided to tour together. Both bands are very excited to co-headline a North American tour this Summer, with Weezer being fresh off the release of their newest album Pacific Daydream, whose single “Happy Hour” was one of the most added songs to alternative radio stations this past week. And don’t forget about Pixies, who continue to tour in promotion of their vast career and most recently released album Head Carrier (2016).
When will Weezer be on Tour?: December 12, 2017 – August 12, 2017
Upcoming Weezer Concert near NYC: July 18 @ Jones Beach Theater