Rock music has turned into a genre of many sub-genres, from indie to acoustic, to country and classic rock. Though the genre isn’t quite what used to be, performers such as John Mayer and Sturgill Simpson continue to diversify the genre, while bands such as Metallica have remained largely the same, and as popular as ever. Be sure to get your rock concert tickets sooner rather than later. Due to the extra stage production that goes into most rock concerts, ticket prices can get pretty steep. Here are the best rock artists on tour this year so far.
In November, Metallica released Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, their first album in eight years since 2008’s Death Magnetic. Since its release, fans have been wondering as to when the legendary rock band would do a full North American Tour that would have the brevity of tours from their past, something which hasn’t truly occurred in nearly a decade. Metallica kept the Hardwired…To Self-Destruct promotion to a minimum in 2016, and still managed to garner a few Grammy nominations. Now, Metallica is living up to the promises they bestowed to fans last November. The “WorldWired” Tour will put Metallica in the sort of venues they know best: stadiums, arenas, and music festival stages. Most recently, we saw Metallica take the Grammy stage with pop-rock artist Lady Gaga, and despite some mic issues, the performers were able to pull off a great show. Metallica fans, we’re not sure when the band will do another tour of this caliber, so we suggest getting tickets while they last. The band will be supported by Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat for on specified dates.
Upcoming Metallica Concert in NYC: May 17, 2017 @ Nassau Coliseum
When will Metallica be on tour?: March 1, 2017 – August 16, 2017
Since their inception back in 1975, Iron Maiden immediately enlisted themselves to help set the rock scene for subsequent bands to follow. One of the first “British Metal” bands, Iron Maiden survived a career spanning decades, despite several changes in the band’s lineup. But thanks to the leadership of vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Bruce Dickinson, Iron maiden was able to not only remain relevant, but to also inspire the next level of rock music. From the first record which decided their fate, to stretching their own limits, to overcoming cancer and continuous strife, Iron Maiden has made it out alive with impressive vigor and a sound which still goes unmatched. Now, Iron Maiden will continue their “Book of Souls” Tour into 2017, performing both nationwide and internationally.
Upcoming Iron Maiden Concert in NYC: July 21, 2017 @ Barclays Center
When will Iron Maiden be on tour?: June 3, 2017 – July 21, 2017
Coheed and Cambria, known for their progressive rock instrumentation, outstanding vocals, and highly conceptual albums, will be performing their smash third record, 2005’sGood Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV: From Fear Through The Eyes of Madness. The band has dubbed it The NEVERENDER GAIBSIV tour, where fans will be able to hear the record that brought Coheed & Cambria to the forefront of the genre in its entirety. Most fans are aware that alongside their epic rock records, vocalist Claudio Sanchez and co. released a post-apocalyptic comic book saga, which will have a new installment come out sometime this year. The group is one of the few bands who have managed to achieve fame in both the music and graphic novel world, showing talent and a complete understanding of themselves in multiple mediums.
Upcoming Coheed and Cambria Concert in NYC: May 5, 2017 @ Terminal 5
When will Coheed and Cambria be on tour?: April 11, 2017 – May 19, 2017
The Queen + Adam Lambert collaboration began in 2009 when Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor teamed up with Lambert during the eighth season of American Idol. Though Lambert finished second in the competition, he was able to maintain a relationship with the former Queen members, who were finally in the presence of a vocalist who could touch the vocal range of the late Freddie Mercury. Now, after a few years of on and off again touring, Queen + Adam Lambert have announced a 25-city tour through the U. S this summer, beginning June 23rd and concluding on August 5th. Lambert, May, and Taylor are the only three members in the official, revamped Queen, but the group has been supported on stage by musicians such as keyboardist Spike Edney, bassist Neil Fairclough and percussionist/Taylor’s son, Rufus Tiger Taylor. Considering that Brian May and Roger Taylor have been in the industry for decades, we think they will be able to rally plenty of surprise guests for the upcoming Queen tour. Openers for the tour have yet to be announced, but we’re hopeful we’ll see some incredible performers on the bill.
Upcoming Queen + Adam Lambert Concert in NYC: July 28, 2017 @ Barclays Center
When will Queen and Adam Lambert be on tour?: June 23, 2017 – August 5, 2017
Even though the 1975 didn’t anticipate that their music would attract a fanatical following of teenage girls, they’ve decided to roll with the unexpected, and continue making the unique, emotive, alt-rock that sent them into stardom in the first place. Matt Healy, lead singer of The 1975, has had his fair share of unpleasant moments with fans and social media, but we’re willing to cut him some slack, not everyone knows how to be famous. And isn’t it supposed to be the music that matters? The upcoming string of The 1975 tour dates are still in support of their sophomore record, a beautiful album titled I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It. The 1975 continues to surprise us, with their art-rock approach and loyal following of teenage girls, who knows what this band will become.
Upcoming The 1975 Concert in NYC: June 1, 2017 @ Madison Square Garden
When will The 1975 be on tour?: April 15, 2017 – June 3, 2017
It’s already shaping up to be a huge year for Sturgill Simpson, the rock roots/country/Americana artist that was up for two Grammys this past weekend, including Album of the Year. It’s been a quick ascension to the top for Simpson, having been nominated for his first Grammy after the release of his sophomore album back in 2014, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, and now, he’s getting ready for what will be a huge North American Tour, which also takes him to several Summer music festivals including Florida’s Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival. Though Sturgill Simpson often garners a comparison to Waylon Jennings, his music has been described as a “mesmerizing mix” of traditional country, philosophy, and psychedelic production. It looks like Sturgill Simpson’s popularity is only going to go up from here, so we suggest catching him during these North American tour dates.
Upcoming Sturgill Simpson Concert in NYC: September 14, 2017 @ Radio City Music Hall
When will Sturgill Simpson be on tour?: May 6, 2017 – October 6, 2017
At the end of last year, John Mayer informed his fans that he will be releasing a new album—his first in three years—in 2017. He released this news along with the album’s first single,”Love on the Weekend“. John Mayer’s upcoming album, titled The Search for Everything, will be released in waves, one every month leading up to its full release this Spring. The first wave of songs came on Jan. 29th and are already gaining traction on his Spotify page, namely “Moving on and Getting Over“, which is reminiscent of Mayer’s original pop sound. Fans have something else to look forward to in 2017: the “Search for Everything’ World Tour, Mayer’s first solo tour in years. The ‘Search for Everything’ World Tour will kick off on March 31st and take place over 15 dates and eight countries. Mayer promises three distinct sets for each show: full band, solo acoustic, and the John Mayer Trio. We’re not sure when John Mayer will next embark on a solo tour this huge, especially since he is scheduled to tour with the rest of Dead and Company this Summer.
Upcoming John Mayer Concert in NYC: April 5, 2017 @ Madison Square Garden
When will John Mayer be on tour?: March 31, 2017 – May 12, 2017
The Beach Boys, one of the only bands who were able to challenge the overarching success of the Beatles in the 1960’s, managed to bring surf rock into the mainstream. Comprised of brothers Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson, along with Al Jardine and Mike Love, the Beach Boys quickly became known for their beautiful harmonies and for helping to launch the surf-rock era. The Beach Boys recently saw a resurgence of fandom occur, just after the release of the Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy. Now, the guys who brought you “I Get Around”, “Surfin USA”, and “California Girls” are back to continue their five decade long touring career. The Beach Boys have now performed more rock concerts than any other band in the country, and though the group is now primarily performing without the support of former member Brian Wilson, we think they will still be successful in bringing their incredible discography to life.
Upcoming Beach Boys Concert in NYC: April 2, 2017 @ NYCB Theatre at Westbury
When will the Beach Boys be on tour?: March 3, 2017 – August 3, 2017
Kicking off April 8th is Def Leppard’s three-month long Spring tour, where the band will be joined by Poison for the third time, the last being in 2012. The iconic 80’s rock band responsible for “Pour Some Sugar On Me” and “Rock of Ages” most recently released their concert film And There Will Be A Next Time – Live From Detroit, which was filmed just last year. Lead singer Joe Elliott wanted to film one of the performances from the 2016 tour because they hadn’t filmed a show since 1988. And based on And There Will Be A Next Time – Live From Detroit, it seems that the iconic rock band is still as solid as they were during their heyday. Def Leppard will be joined by Poison on all upcoming tour dates, and Tesla for most.
Upcoming Def Leppard Concert in NYC: April 15, 2017 @ Nassau Coliseum
When will Def Leppard be on tour?: April 8, 2017 – June 25, 2017
As of last year, Billy Joel has been officially established as Madison Square Garden’s 4th franchise, the first ever music franchise of New York City’s most famous arena. Since, Billy Joel has primarily taken residence on the MSG stage, but this summer he will venture out of the city for several performances. Though Billy Joel has been a superstar since the late 70’s, this 66 year old Hall of Famer has shown no indication of letting up anytime soon. According to a recent concert review, Billy Joel has achieved an absolutely nonchalant stage presence: cracking jokes often, and effortlessly leading his devoted fans down memory lane. Throughout his set, Billy Joel incorporates snippets of songs by ZZ Top, AC/DC, and more. Where else can you hear a harmonica cover of Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone”? At a Billy Joel concert, you can expect to hear the piano man traverse through a catalog of music’s finest moments, not limited to his own.
Upcoming Billy Joel Concert in NYC: February 22, 2017 @ Madison Square Garden
When will Billy Joel be on tour?: February 22, 2017 – Ongoing