Rock Concerts 2016 – The Summer of Live

rock concerts 2016

Rock Concerts 2016 – The Summer of Live

I Wanna Rock and Roll All Nite

live music 2016I used to go to rock concerts all the time. But lately? Not so much, for a number of reasons.

Well, I recently took a look at the upcoming summer concert listings in my area, and was blown away by the number of interesting acts currently out on the road.

They say rock and roll is dead, but you wouldn’t know it based on the wide variety of options available to concert-goers in 2016. At least that’s what my wallet is saying.

Now this is not to suggest that there aren’t concerts worth seeing every year, but this is definitely a banner year for live music.

With album sales no longer generating the revenue they used to, concert tours remain the best way for musicians to get out and see the world, interact with their fans, and hopefully acquire a few of those canvas bags with a big dollar sign on the side, to toss into the back of the tour bus.

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Welcome to the Jungle

guns roses tourPerhaps the 2 biggest pieces of rock concert news in 2016 involve controversial Guns n’ Roses frontman Axl Rose.

Most GNR fans know that the original band performed their final concert in 1993, and broke up for good a few years later. Axl continued on with a new version of Guns n’ Roses, touring sporadically while working on the album Chinese Democracy, which was finally released in 2008. While rock fans were never sure exactly what went down between Axl and lead guitarist Slash, most were pretty certain they would never work together again.

In 2012, paparazzi spotted Axl leaving the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles and asked him if he would ever reunite with the original lineup: “Not in this lifetime,” he replied.

So of course, it was massive news in late 2015 when rumors began circulating that Guns n’ Roses (with Axl, Slash and bassist Duff McKagan back together again) would headline the Coachella Music Festival on April 15–17 and 22–24 (playing the Saturday night show each weekend) in front of 99,000 people out in the desert near Indio, California.

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Prior to Coachella, the reunited Guns n’ Roses performed a secret warm-up gig at the Troubadour in Los Angeles on April 1, and storm clouds were threatening when Axl suffered a broken bone in his foot.

However, the show must go on, and with a little help from an onstage chair previously designed for an injured Dave Grohl, the Coachella GNR shows went off without a hitch. The band is currently in the midst of a worldwide stadium tour called, appropriately enough, the Not in This Lifetime Tour.

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“Remember that time we were the biggest band on the planet? That was awesome.”

The high profile festival also featured performances by a reunited LCD Soundsystem each Friday night (Calvin Harris headlined both Sunday shows). Ice Cube’s performance at Coachella featured a reunited NWA performance as well.

Meanwhile, AC/DC was on tour earlier this year when they learned that lead singer Brian Johnson was advised by doctors to stop touring immediately, or risk complete hearing loss. The band decided not to continue with Brian on lead vocals, and the remaining tour dates were initially postponed.

However, once again Axl Rose came to the rescue and agreed to perform as lead singer for the band during those concerts, and by most accounts did an excellent job. The remainder of the tour was affectionately referred to by fans as the AXL/DC Tour.

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Beatlemania

paul mccartney live 2016But the story of the live rock concert scene in 2016 doesn’t only involve Axl Rose.

The sheer number of acts on the road this year is amazing, and some of the biggest names in rock and roll are currently on tour.

The remaining members of the Beatles are still out doing their thing. Paul McCartney is doing a series of summer shows in the United States and Canada in July and August, and Ringo Starr just announced a series of dates for October and November.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are currently rocking packed houses around the world, often performing shows in excess of three hours long on The River Tour 2016. There’s also Sting and Peter Gabriel, co-headlining the Rock Paper Scissors Tour.

Bob Dylan’s out doing some live dates to promote his new album Fallen Angels. Radiohead are performing dates in support of their most recent album A Moon Shaped Pool. And Coldplay will be out on the road all summer long.

Adele is touring North America into November. And Kanye West is planning to hit the road in late August, with 39 concerts currently scheduled.

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Rock and Roll All Nite

Classic rock is certainly well represented this concert season. kiss tour liveKiss recently hit the road on July 7 on their Freedom to Rock tour, with dates currently scheduled into November.

The Who are also touring this year, and will be back on the road in late August. Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys will also be touring for several months through the summer and fall.

Cheap Trick has a series of dates in North America scheduled into October.

And Daryl Hall and John Oates are back out there performing their classic hits.

Among many others, John Fogerty, Steve Miller, John Mellencamp, Doobie Brothers, Chicago, Heart, and Jackson Browne are also on the road. And the Monkees may be coming to your town. They are currently playing a series of concerts to commemorate their 50th Anniversary, and to promote their excellent new album Good Times!

Hard rock and heavy metal fans will also have no shortage of high-profile acts to go see.

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Black Sabbath has dates scheduled through the end of 2016 in various cities throughout Europe, North America, and South America.

Def Leppard and Tesla are touring North America together right now. Metallica will be out supporting their new album (due in November) with some concert dates in South America and Europe beginning in late October.

Guitar hero Steve Vai, Iron Maiden and Whitesnake are all currently on the road in Europe (on separate tours). And the Scorpions are performing a series of concerts around the world this summer.

Alice Cooper will also be touring throughout North America until the end of October. Slayer is currently on the road in Europe, with a series of North American dates scheduled for September and October.

Megadeth, Queensrÿche, Zakk Wylde, Shinedown, Chevelle, Avenged Sevenfold, Buckcherry and Stryper are also on the road right now.

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Strange Little Birds

Fans of alternative rock music shouldn’t feel left out; don’t worry, there are lots of ways to spend your hard-earned cash this summer too.

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Garbage has a new album out called Strange Little Birds, and is currently on tour to support the record in North America and around the world.

Alice in Chains are touring the United States until mid-October. You can also see Korn and Rob Zombie touring together, through October.

Blink 182 are currently out there in support of their new album California as well.

Slipknot and Marilyn Manson are touring together across North America until the end of August. counting crows live

In addition, Counting Crows and Rob Thomas are touring together this summer. And the Red Hot Chili Peppers are doing a bunch of festival dates in July and August, followed by a European Tour.

Noel Gallagher, Dave Matthews Band, Bush, Ryan Adams, Butch Walker, Death Cab For Cutie, Panic! At the Disco, Barenaked Ladies, Gwen Stefani, Bad Religion, Clutch, Chris Cornell, Rufus Wainwright and Silversun Pickups are all on tour right now (separately!) as well.

And it’s not just rock music, either. In addition to Kanye, hip hop fans can also check out the Ice Cube / Flo Rida tour. Drake has tour dates scheduled through October. Vince Staples, Naughty by Nature and Insane Clown Posse are on the road as well.

Several well-known country music artists are out on the road this summer as well. The Dixie Chicks are touring North America through mid-October. Same thing applies to Toby Keith. Keith Urban will be on the road through the end of 2016. And Chris Stapleton, Dolly Parton and Lady Antebellum are also on their own separate tours right now as well.

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Music Festivals

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Of course, summer means festivals, and there are all kinds of them this summer. There’s Burning Man, Lollapalooza, Vans Warped Tour, Bonnaroo, Firefly Music Festival, Newport Folk Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Summerfest, and Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in North America. And there’s Glastonbury, Rock am Ring, Tomorrowland, Reading & Leeds Festivals, in Europe.

Among MANY others.

In addition to all the acts mentioned so far, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Sigur Rós, Justin Bieber, Duran Duran, The Used, Culture Club, and 3 Doors Down are also touring this summer. Even some of the few bands that aren’t on the road at this moment have a few dates scheduled here and there later in 2016, including Pearl Jam and Tool.

And that’s not all! We just decided to stop adding names before we wear the fingerprints right off our fingers from typing so much.

Lastly, 2016’s festival schedule, doesn’t just include the summer.

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The festival season will go out with a bang right where it started at Coachella, out in the desert once again with an unbelievable lineup of legendary acts performing at the Desert Trip Festival from October 7-9.

desert trip festival 2016The festival will kick off on Friday, October 7, with performances by the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan. On Saturday night (October 8), fans can see Paul McCartney and Neil Young.

The festival concludes on Sunday, October 9, with performances by Roger Waters and The Who.

For more information about the Desert Trip Festival, visit:

www.deserttrip.com/

 

You can search for concert listings by band, city or venue at www.pollstar.com.

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