Rock music isn’t what it used to be, but it’s not entirely gone, either. Though most rock radio finds itself leaning towards electro-pop, there are still revivalists out there, bent on bringing the edge back to American music and the live concert experience. And even the musicians working to diversify the genre are putting on concerts of legendary proportions. The Remaining Must-See Rock Concerts of 2018 range from Dave Matthews Band, to Florence + the Machine, to Greta Van Fleet, and many artists in between.
Phil Collins: “Not Dead Yet” Tour
The singer’s first North American tour in 12 years, with limited engagements throughout October. Collins will be joined on tour by longtime guitarist Daryl Stuermer, keyboardist Brad Cole, bassist Leland Sklar, percussionist Luis Conte and his 16-year-old son Nicolas on drums, along with backup singers and a horn section.
Tour Dates: October 5, 2018 – October 28, 2018
Dawes: “Passwords” Tour
L.A native folk rock band Dawes released Passwords, their first album in two years, and have been touring extensively (performing two sets at each stop) since. Along with captivating audiences on their “Passwords” Tour, Dawes have been releasing stripped down takes on their Passwords tracks and releasing them in a series called the “Poolside Sessions”. Check out their latest installment.
Tour Dates: September 26, 2018 – November 14, 2018
The Stone Temple Pilots will be touring this fall with their new frontman, Jeff Gutt. The new lead singer has quite the set of pipes to fill, considering the iconic vocals of original STP frontman Scott Weiland, and the man who followed him in the role, the late Chester Bennington. But if Gutt is able to channel the sense of freedom that was so captivating about Scott Weiland, he should have no problem pulling off hits such as “Interstate Love Song”, “Plush”, and “Vasoline”.
Tour Dates: October 14, 2018 – November 15, 2018
Fall Out Boy fans probably can’t recall a time when the band wasn’t compulsively touring their LPs. And 2018, FIFTEEN years after their debut, doesn’t appear any different. Fall Out Boy just kicked off Leg 6 of their “Mania” Tour. FOB’s latest setlists are chock full of hits spanning decades, in addition to nostalgia-generating surprises, such as the debut performance of fan-favorite 2008 demo “Lake Effect Kid,” which recently got a studio release for the first time.
Tour Dates: September 26, 2018 – October 10, 2018
Florence and the Machine: “High As Hope” Tour
In support of her latest album High As Hope, Welsh pop group Florence + the Machine will begin their tour in Montreal, and run through North America to mid-October. The “High As Hope” tour openers will vary, and include Grizzly Bear, St. Vincent, Kamasi Washington, Billie Eilish, Wet, Beth Ditto, and Perfume Genius.
Tour Dates: September 26, 2018 – October 20, 2018
Twenty One Pilots: “Bandito” World Tour
Just a couple weeks after the release of their upcoming album Trench, Twenty One Pilots will embark on their “Bandito” World Tour. So far, the Trench releases have fans excite but bewildered. In addition to the video trilogy told via “Jumpsuit”, “Nico and the Niners”, and “Levitate”, Twenty One Pilots have recently dropped “My Blood”, a groovy, disco-tipped single. What will Trench, or the “Bandito” World Tour sound like? It all begins Oct. 5th, when Twenty One Pilots drop their highly anticipated Blurryface follow-up.
Tour Dates: October 16, 2018 – November 21, 2018
America’s beloved jam band Phish have extended what was originally a redacted tour, to accommodate long stops in VA, IL, Vegas, and finally, another four night residency at NYC’s Madison Square Garden. Phish will also be releasing a trio of live recordings this year, including the epic Bakers Dozen shows, which took place at MSG last year.
Tour Dates: October 13, 2018 – December 31, 2018
Paul McCartney: “Freshen Up” Tour
Former Beatle and member of Wings, Sir Paul McCartney is getting ready to embark on a massive International Tour. The rock icon will be hitting up cities he hasn’t been to in years, including Quebec and Vienna, not to mention topping the lineup for the increasingly popular music festival Austin City Limits.
Tour Dates: September 28, 2018 – June 26, 2019
Jim James has announced a career-spanning acoustic concert tour, which will culminate with a homecoming show at Louisville, KY’s much-loved Louisville Palace. Audiences will see the acclaimed My Morning Jacket frontman—accompanied by longtime touring drummer David Givan—perform a vast repertoire including songs from his eagerly awaited new album, Uniform Distortion.
Tour Dates: October 15, 2018 – November 21, 2018
With groovy guitar riffs and singer Josh Kizska’s voice—which seems to have been possessed by the spirits of Janis Joplin and Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant simultaneously—Michigan rock band Greta Van Fleet continue tour the U.S, all while recording and releasing new music from their highly anticipated debut.
Tour Dates: September 26, 2018 – January 10, 2019
If anyone was wondering if DMB was losing steam, they must be eating their words now, as Dave Matthews and co. have announced a 10-date arena tour. In support of their recent album Come Tomorrow, Dave Matthews will be performing mostly in the Eastern U.S. For those of you living in VA, a portion of the proceeds from the hometown shows in Charlottesville are going to housing redevelopment in the area.
Tour Dates: November 27, 2018 – December 15, 2018