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.
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 – March 3, 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?: TBA
Upcoming Ozzy Osbourne Concert near NYC: TBA
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