Summer is a great time for going to rock concerts. This is when most of the big festivals happen, and when many of the biggest bands decide to hit the road. What could possibly be better than hanging out with your friends at an outdoor venue watching your favorite band? Here we list some of the best shows that will be making the rounds this spring and summer.
Now that Green Day singer and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong is out of rehab and fit for fight, the band has resumed their tour in support of their triple album releases ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tré!. Billie Joe along with drummer Tré Cool, and bassist Mike Dirnt are getting ready to criss-cross Europe for most of the summer (May 24 to July 13) after which the band returns to the UK once more to play the Reading Festival on August 23 and 24.
For tour dates, visit the Green Day’s website.
Fans who have seen Bruce Springsteen live know that The Boss seldom fail to deliver. As is always the case when Bruce and the E Street Band go on tour, expect the show to last about three hours. Bruce never has opening acts so that he can play for as long as he wants. In fact, last year he actually broke the four-hour mark with a concert in Helsinki, Finland! Springsteen has just finished up a tour in Australia, and those of us in Europe will be able to see The Boss in concert starting April 29 in Oslo.
For tour dates, visit the Bruce Springsteen’s website.
The hottest ticket this spring/summer is without a doubt the Rolling Stones. With short notice the band announced a US tour kicking off on May 2 in Los Angeles. Since it’s going to be an arena tour the number of tickets to each show is quite limited, which also result in ticket prices of $550 for the most expensive seats. But it might be worth your money since nobody knows if these aging rockers will ever go on tour again after the “50 & Counting” tour is finished.
For tour dates, visit the Rolling Stones’ website.
Metal rappers Korn are hitting the road this spring and summer in support of their latest album, Path of Totality. What makes Korn a must-see show this year is the fact that original guitarist Brian “Head” Welch is joining the band on stage for the first time since his departure in 2004.
For tour dates, visit Korn’s website.
KISS’ well used slogan “You wanted the best, you got the best” pretty much sums it up. When you go to a KISS show you pretty much know what to expect: You will see Gene Simmons spit fire and fly up to the lighting rig, Paul Stanley will fly over the audience, Tommy Thayer will shoot fireworks with his Gibson Les Paul, and Eric Singer’s drum kit will elevate high over the stage during an over-the-top drum solo. KISS will be taking their Monster Tour to stadiums and arenas throughout Europe this summer.
For tour dates, visit KISS’ website.
Voodoo Music and Arts Experience
If you’re planning on going to New Orleans in November, a visit to the Voodoo Music and Arts Experience is a must. The 15th installment of the festival will feature headliners Pearl Jam, and Nine Inch Nails. Since Pearl Jam has only been touring sporadically the past few years, it is always a good idea to take the chance to see them whenever they decide to come around. Trent Reznor will be performing with both Nine Inch Nails, and his side project How To Destroy Angels at the festival. That in itself is worth the price of admission. Voodoo Fest takes place on November 1, 2, and 3.
Kid Rock / ZZ Top
If you’re a fan of southern rock and dirty blues-tinged boogie you won’t want to miss Kid Rock and ZZ Top as they hit the road together this summer. Kid Rock is touring in support of his latest self-produced album Rebel Soul, which has the Detroit native back in fighting form with some really great rock songs. ZZ Top are touring behind last year’s La Futura album.
For tour dates, check out Kid Rock’s and ZZ Top’s respective websites.
Van Halen cancelled last year’s US tour midway through to let Eddie Van Halen recover from diverticulitis. However, the band is back on the road again this summer with a handful of shows. Van Halen are set to do a mini-tour of Japan in June. The band’s only US date so far take place on July 20, in Oshkosh, WI.
For tour dates, check out Van Halen’s website.