2016 has really made us appreciate musical legends all the more for playing such a significant part of our lives and our society, as well as made us regret not having attended concerts when we had the chance. So we decided to create a list of the top 15 must-see musical legends concerts of 2016. If you don't get to see at least one of these this year, you're really missing out.
Death Cab for Cutie is now out with Kintsugi, the long-awaited follow-up album to 2011’s Codes and Keys. Since then, Death Cab has said goodbye to long term member Chris Walla, a departure which seeped into the lyrics and sound of their latest record. Though the album is largely subtle, an indie-rock homage to middle age accentuated with pop qualities, recent concert review have stated that the band’s set is anything but quiet. Gibbard, an unlikely candidate for an energizing rock show, allowed his accompanying band members to add flux to their sound, reshaping songs as they went to fit the various moods in the band’s catalog of songs. With a set spanning Death Cab’s 1997 beginnings to the spare, ultra-smooth Kintsugi, the band performed to an exceedingly high standard, confident and compelling to the end. We suggest you catch these guys on their “Kintsugi 2015 Tour” for perhaps the best indie rock concert of the summer.
2. The Cure
1970s middle school band turned international phenomenon, The Cure, is one of the most long-lived bands to survive the new wave movement. Robert Smith, lead singer and principle writer for the band, is also the group's most consistent member. Their latest international tour will span the globe and will include Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and the Americas.
Smith is the group's most identifiable member. The band's line-up has fluctuated through the years, going from a duo, to threesome and beyond. Despite the musical chairs The Cure has had a long succession of top selling albums including "Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me", "Wish", and "Three Imaginary Boys". Chart topping songs like "Let's Go To Bed", "Why Can't I Be You" and "Jumping Someone Else's Train" are surely to be included in any concert lineup.
"New Wave", "Alternative", "Gothic" - no matter the semantics, The Cure makes somber discontent cool and enjoyable. The Cure recently contributed "Purple Haze" to the Hendrix compilation album. The boys from the UK solidified their cult status when Robert recently appeared on "South Park" as himself. The Cure has met the test of time and is delivering a memorable world tour.
There are plenty of reasons to be excited for Muse’s tour. First, being that their premier in the U.K has been lauded as an incredible, ambitious performance of their recently released record Drones. Matt Bellamy, the lead singer of Muse, has compared their new live set to “their version of Pink Floyd’s famous “The Wall” Tour, a tour which became known for its extensive stage production and art installation to further the message of the album they were promoting. For Muse’s Drones tour, the band has promised “a swarm of drones” in addition to a “stage like a double-headed arrow”, both of which have already appeared on international stages. Muse, who have been together as a band since high school, is one of the last remaining rock bands of this decade, and with the latest technology at their disposal, we can’t wait to see what they’ve come up with.
4. Motley Crue
Los Angeles formed Motley Crue is currently on their “Final Tour”, marking the end of their touring career at an impressive 34 years. And unlike several artists who tease their “final tours”, Motley Crue is actually on their last leg, and have even signed a “tour cessation” agreement to never tour again. The tour, in similar fashion to past Motley Crue tours, will feature pyrotechnics, the band’s Crucifly “drum roller coaster”, and more Motley Crue performance antics. Speaking of antics, say what you will about the ostentatious (though undeniably cool) “Cruecifly” roller coaster drumset, but the band’s musicianship is still on point. Lee—whether upside down or on his side—still plays perfectly timed, with his drum licks coming in with bold accuracy. And lucky for New Yorker’s, it seems that their show at Barclays will be the biggest of the entire tour, and will include a guest appearance by fellow rocker Alice Cooper. Yes, these guys are aged, but after decades of hair metal rock, you have to appreciate the stamina.
Kicking off June 23rd in Tampa Florida is Def Leppard’s massive North American Tour with Styx, bringing two of the most iconic rock bands together for a series of 40 dates. The tour will coincide with the band’s first album of new material since 2008’s Songs from the Sparkle Lounge. There isn’t a lot of information circulating about the currently untitled album, but Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott has hinted that the band may be moving in a more “experimental” direction. What this means, we have no idea. But with 15 new songs ready for the upcoming tour, Def Leppard is more than ready to usher themselves, and their devoted fans, into the next stage of their career. For some old + new songs from vets in the rock industry, catch Def Leppard and Styx on tour this summer!
6. Iron Maiden
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 2016, performing both nationwide and internationally.
One of the best-selling acts of all time, Australian rock band AC/DC, ison the road this year continuing their Rock or Bust World Tour. Formed in 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, AC/DC underwent plenty of lineup changes in its formative years, the most devastating being the loss of lead singer Bon Scott in 1980. Later that year, the band replaced Scott with Brian Johnson, after which they recorded Back in Black, their highest-grossing album and one of the best-selling albums of all time. AC/DC was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003, and to this day continues making music and touring around the globe. The band released a new album, Rock or Bust, in 2014, just after the departure of Malcolm Young. Their world tour serves to promote their new album as well as celebrate the band’s 40th anniversary.
Founded among the steel mills of Birmingham, England in 1968, guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler, singer Ozzy Osbourne, and drummer Bill Ward formed what would arguably become the greatest heavy metal band of all time. Initially a heavy blues rock band named Earth, the band took occult and horror themes and combined them with heavily distorted down-tuned guitars and invented a genre that is as vibrant today as ever. Black Sabbath also composed songs dealing with social instability, political corruption, substance abuse and war. Releases such as Black Sabbath (1970), Paranoid (1970) and Master of Reality (1971) are looked upon as vanguards, records which influenced artists as varied as Iron Maiden, Metallica and Soundgarden.
Black Sabbath was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. Ranked by MTV as the "Greatest Metal Band" of all time, they have sold over 70 million records and countless concert tickets worldwide.
9. The Who
Rock ‘n’ roll gods The Who have always stood out from the pack with their wild onstage antics. Known for smashing guitars, swinging microphones around, jumping off amplifiers, and blowing up drum kits, the band has always represented the pinnacle of rebellious rock genius. Their larger-than-life performances are evenly matched by their huge sound, and classics like “My Generation”, “Pinball Wizard”, and “Won’t Get Fooled Again” are still played with thunderous force. For The Who Hits 50! Tour, the group is bringing their trademark monolithic grandeur and kinetic energy to stages around the world. Ticket buyers should be ready for an awe-inspiring stage show that lives up to the mythical status these legends so rightly deserve.
10. Billy Joel
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.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are regarded as one of the very best live rock acts of all time. From humble New Jersey beginnings in 1972, they grew in popularity to become one of the true icons of American music. Hits such as “Born In The USA” and “Dancing In The Dark” cemented Bruce Springsteen as one of America's top popular rock vocalists. He's known for being one of the hardest-working acts in the industry, and concerts can regularly last three hours or more and tours often last years rather than months.
Bruce Springsteen began his musical career singing and playing in a number of bands in the New Jersey area in the mid-‘60s. Influenced by the likes of Elvis Presley, the Beatles and Cream, his musical style was both a reflection of his own tastes and of his blue-collar working-class American roots. The mix of old-fashioned rock and roll with a more progressive, often politically minded lyrical style soon began to build a cult following for Springsteen. By 1972 he was signed to a deal with Columbia Records, along with the E Street Band. The band's members changed now and then over the years, but the core members were Danny Federici, Clarence Clemons, Garry Tallent, Roy Bittan and Max Weinberg. Together they released their first album, Greetings From Asbury Park NJ, in 1972.
While they enjoyed tremendous success in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, they were launched into the megastar category with the release of Born In The USA in 1984. The album stormed the US charts, becoming one of the biggest-selling records of all time with over 30 million albums sold. Bruce Springsteen became an American pop-culture icon and the band enjoyed huge success worldwide with sold-out stadium tours and numerous top 10 singles.
12. Diana Ross
As Billboard's "Female Entertainer of the Century," Diana Ross holds an unrivaled place among R&B's rich history of legendary divas. From her time leading the Supremes to her extraordinary solo career, Ross's supple voice, striking looks, and effortless style have made her a timeless icon, as charismatic today as she was in the '60s. Featuring her greatest hits, Motown-inspired backup singers, and all the costume changes you'd expect from a diva's diva, Ross's 2013 shows stunned, setting expectations sky high for her 2014 tour dates.
13. Janet Jackson
In mid-2015, it was announced that Janet Jackson would headline her 7th major world tour. Titled the Unbreakable Tour, the tour would take Janet Jackson around the world, with the first major leg of the tour focusing on North America. The first show on Janet Jackson’s Unbreakable Tour is scheduled for August 31st, 2015 in Vancouver, Canada. The Unbreakable Tour represents the first major Janet Jackson tour since 2011 and quickly shot up the list of the top tours of 2015. Janet Jackson Unbreakable Tour tickets became some of the most sought after of the year and have drawn interest from Jackson fans from around the world.
14. Dixie Chicks
Following a year of recording, the Dixie Chicks announced in late 2015 that they would be hitting the road in their first headlining tour since 2014. The Dixie Chicks MMXVI World Tour is one of the bands most anticipated tours in over a decade and will bring the trio from Dallas to more than 40 cities across the United States. The MMXVI World Tour kicks off on June 1st, 2016 in Cincinnati Ohio, and continues through the fall of 2016 with Dixie Chicks concerts scheduled for top destinations such as Dallas, Houston, Austin, Los Angeles, San Francisco and more. The Dixie Chicks setlist for the shows is expected to draw from the bands decades of music and should include many of the bands most beloved tracks. Dixie Chicks MMXVI World Tour tickets sold in droves as soon as they were on sale in late 2015, with many of the bands concerts selling out in a matter of hours.
15. Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson has been touring for over 50 years, and still is able to pack venues and fill the stage with tons of energy and excitement. Willie Nelson Tour Tickets are often in incredibly high demand, especially when playing in his hometown of Austin, Texas. Willie Nelson is known for performing at many different style and sized venues, including small acoustic venues, larger stadiums, charity events, and everything in between. In 2016 Willie Nelson will be touring across North America once again, hitting locations across the United States.
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