Last year there were so many incredible concert tours that made their way through North America, including but not limited to Beyonce’s Formation Tour, Kanye’s Saint Pablo Tour (even though it was cut short), and many more. Now, with the arrival of 2017 and already so many amazing albums, we’re looking at a great year for concert tours. From Chance the Rapper’s biggest tour yet, to the return of Lady Gaga, here are our favorite, confirmed concert tours in 2017, in addition to artists we hope to see in the future.
- 1 Confirmed Concert Tours 2017
- 1.0.1 Chance the Rapper: Magnificent Coloring World Tour
- 1.0.2 Future: Nobody Safe Tour
- 1.0.3 Lady Gaga: Joanne World Tour
- 1.0.4 The Weeknd: Legend of the Fall Tour
- 1.0.5 Kings of Leon: Walls Tour
- 1.0.6 John Mayer: The Search for Everything World Tour
- 1.0.7 Lauryn Hill
- 1.0.8 Metallica: WorldWired Tour
- 1.0.9 Miranda Lambert: Highway Vagabond Tour
- 1.0.10 Mariah Carey & Lionel Richie: All the Hits Tour
- 1.0.11 Guns N’ Roses: Not in This Lifetime Tour
- 2 Who Will Tour in 2017?
Confirmed Concert Tours 2017
Chance the Rapper: Magnificent Coloring World Tour
Chance the Rapper, now a Grammy winner, will be on tour this Spring. This past year, Chance the Rapper sky rocketed into fame, landing appearances at just about every late night TV show including SNL, twice. After the release of his incredible album Coloring Book, feat. Lil Wayne, Future, Kanye, and more, Chance became the artist of one of the year’s best albums. Not to mention, Chance remains independent from any label, and is the first streaming-only artist to be considered for a Grammy. Who knows what Chance will make of 2017, but we do know that his upcoming tour is going to be incredible.
Chance the Rapper Tour Dates: April 24, 2017- October 4, 2017
Future: Nobody Safe Tour
Future has been dropping a steady stream of singles since last year’s EVOL album and the Purple Rain mixtape, and it seems that it’s accumulating to be his upcoming record. On Valentine’s Day, Future announced that he will be dropping his new, self-titled album on February 17th. In addition to this amazing news, Future also informed fans that he will be going on tour with Tory Lanez and Migos, the hip-hop collective who was recently endorsed at the Golden Globes by Donald Glover and is currently taking over the internet and network of Late Night TV shows. The “Nobody Safe” Tour will kick off May 4th in Memphis. This, in addition to Chance the Rapper’s tour in 2017, it looks like this year will be a great one for catching live rap shows.
Future Tour Dates: May 5, 2017 – June 30, 2016
Lady Gaga: Joanne World Tour
Lady Gaga’s 4th LP has finally arrived, and even though fans loved seeing her travel back in time with Tony Bennett for Cheek to Cheek, her little monsters are definitely grateful for a new solo record. The new album, named after her late aunt, features appearances by Florence Welsh, Mark Ronson, Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, Father John Misty, and Beck. Lady Gaga’s promotion for Joanne was intimate and minimal in 2016, but after an incredible Super Bowl Halftime performance, the pop icon has all the traction she needs to embark on what will be a massive North American tour.
Lady Gaga Tour Dates: August 1, 2017 – December 16, 2016
The Weeknd: Legend of the Fall Tour
Last year, Canadian pop-crooner Abel Tesfaye, better known as The Weeknd, released the incredible record Starboy which exemplified his knack for pop music while still being able to tread the familiar waters of down-tempo hip-hop. Now, The Weeknd is gearing up for “Starboy Legend of the Fall World Tour: Phase One”, which will take him through North America this Spring into Summer. Joining The Weeknd on the road is Rae Sremmurd, Belly, and 6Lack. The Weeknd is currently touring Europe, and from what we’ve seen on his Instagram, it looks like he’s having a good time. Though his schedule is strenuous, we have no doubt that The Weeknd will be able to keep up his stamina and bravado for his upcoming North American Tour.
The Weeknd Tour Dates: April 25, 2017 – June 9, 2017
Kings of Leon: Walls Tour
This past week, Kings of Leon announced a brief tour of arena shows for the beginning of 2017, which will include a stop-off at New York City’s MSG. The acclaimed Southern rock band, composed of the Followill brothers and co., recently released their seventh studio album Walls. And with the help of some pretty professional help, (namely Arcade Fire, Coldplay, and Florence + the Machine producer Markus Dravs), Kings of Leon have created yet another hit record. Previous to its release, the band admitted that working with their longtime producer had begun to feel too safe, and in order to evolve as a band, would need to be forced by an outsider to leave their comfort zone. Whatever it was, the change in tempo and support has clearly given the winning formula back to one of America’s beloved rock bands.
Kings of Leon Tour Dates: March 8, 2017 – August 26, 2017
John Mayer: The Search for Everything World Tour
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. In addition to the release of John Mayer’s upcoming album, later this year, 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.
John Mayer Tour Dates: March 31, 2017 – May 12, 2017
Back in August, Ms. Lauryn Hill announced her upcoming tour, titled “MLH Caravan: A Diaspora Calling!”. After completing the first 11-stop leg, the legendary R&B artist is now on a month-long break before continuing on into the Winter. According to concert reviews of “MLH Caravan: A Diaspora Calling!”, Ms. Lauryn Hill has reimagined and evolved several of her hit songs, calling to the catalog of The Miseducation. With electrical musical arrangements, nuanced vocals, and overall faster renditions, Ms. Lauryn Hill found a way to outdo even herself, who, back when she released The Miseducation, garnered 10 Grammy nominations and won five, including Album of the Year. We’re pretty excited that Ms. Lauryn Hill has decided to extend her career, even without having a released a second solo record.
Lauryn Hill Tour Dates: October 15, 2016 – April 28, 2017
Metallica: WorldWired Tour
After playing two one-off shows this past year, Metallica realized that not only could they still sell concert tickets, but their fans have remained as loyal as ever, resulting in two energetic, sold-out shows. Now, following the release of their first album in eight years, the critically acclaimed Hardwired…To Self Destruct, Metallica has promised a “f—ing crazy” tour. According to Lars Ulrich, the band is going heavy on their stage production, and without exposing too much detail, Metallica has confirmed that they are bringing out a few bells and whistles for their massive stadium tour. And since it will be their first tour since 2009’s Death Magnetic Tour, we expect Metallica fans to turn up and sell out every show.
Metallica Tour Dates: March 1, 2017 – August 16, 2017
Miranda Lambert: Highway Vagabond Tour
For the past seven years, Miranda Lambert has been considered the best female vocalist in the country music genre, as fortified by her numerous CMA awards and nominations. And it seems that this star is showing no signs of letting up. It’ll only be a couple of months after her Keep of the Flame Tour when she embarks on her Highway Vagabond Tour in support of her upcoming two-part album, The Weight of These Wings. Leading up to her most recent respite from touring, Lambert’s performances have been passionate, ambitious, and filled with girl power. Lambert will be joined by Old Dominion and Aubrie Sellers on the Highway Vagabond Tour.
Miranda Lambert Tour Dates: January 26, 2017 – March 19, 2017
Mariah Carey & Lionel Richie: All the Hits Tour
Maybe you didn’t think you needed Mariah Carey and Lionel Richie to join up for a North American tour, but now that it’s actually happening, we’re incredibly excited that these two got together. This will be the first time Mariah Carey tours in over six years. And we know that this must be a dream come true for both, as they’ve been longtime admirers of each others work and vocal ability. Back in ’94, Carey famously covered Lionel Richie’s “Endless Love” with Luther Vandross, earning a Grammy for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. The 35-stop “All the Hits” Tour will begin this Spring and run through the end of May. It’s a real treat to have Mariah Carey and Lionel Richie tour together, and we’re certain it will be one of the best of 2017.
Mariah Carey and Lionel Richie Tour Dates: March 15, 2017 – May 27, 2017
Guns N’ Roses: Not in This Lifetime Tour
It’s official: the legendary rock band Guns N’ Roses, who recently reunited for the “Not in This Lifetime” Tour, will continue to rock stages both at home and abroad in 2017. So, if you missed your chance to see rock legends Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan live, then you’ll have another season’s worth of opportunities to catch these musicians who, when together, make magic happen. Their latest itinerary doesn’t include any summer music festivals, so we suggest checking out all of your local venues to see where you can catch Guns N’ Roses on this tour extension. Included in the new tour schedule is a stopover in St. Louis, where the infamous “Riverport Riot” occurred during their last performance there in ’91. We’re excited to see how Guns N’ Roses continue to remake their own history.
Guns N’ Roses Tour Dates: July 27, 2017 – September 8, 2017
Who Will Tour in 2017?
Frank Ocean: Probably not.
Though fans were finally gifted Frank Ocean’s Blonde, it doesn’t look like he has any plans to tour soon. We were at least hoping for a performance on Saturday Night Live, similar to the last time he dropped an album (four years ago), but it seems that Ocean prefers to remain, primarily, in the background. In the mean time, we hope to see a few music videos come out from the Blonde track list to join the trippy yet captivating video imagery Ocean dropped for “Nikes”. Several artists have shouted out love for Ocean’s latest record, and maybe, just maybe, if he receives enough word from his fans, he’ll perform a short stint across the U.S. But in reality, and because of Ocean’s past, we don’t think it’s likely.
Childish Gambino: Maybe.
Two years after the release of Childish Gambino’s seven track album Kauai, the artist has returned with Pharos, which, in a nutshell, promises distorted tribal vibes, minimal rapping, and a more artistic approach to the genre. The album has only been heard during Gambino’s Pharos Experience, a two day festival which took place this past Labor Day in the middle of California’s Joshua Tree Desert. The shows featured a live band of drums, other percussion, keys, guitar, bass, and even a choir, much unlike the palette of Internet sounds Gambino has employed before. Instead, Gambino traverses between retro-soul, funk, blues, hip-hop, and other types of African music, all while pushing the boundaries of his own voice and releasing his inner James Brown. Fans who have enjoyed recent releases by Hiatus Kaiyote, Flying Lotus, and Thundercat have much to look forward to. Pharos still doesn’t have a set release date and we wouldn’t be surprised if Gambino opts for a surprise album drop, but most importantly, we hope there’s a tour to follow, and that fans everywhere will get the Pharos experience.