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Want to know if your favorite rock stars are performing this year? In 2019, fans will have the opportunity to see bands such as The Black Keys, Dead & Company, Morrissey, and Greta Van Fleet. Now, here are the Best Upcoming Rock Concerts in 2019.
On Tour: Through July 13th
Former Beatles and Wings member Paul McCartney is touring in promotion of his entire discography, the latest installment being 2018’s Egypt Station. The “Freshen Up” Tour is Paul McCartney’s biggest stint around the world in decades, making this a must-see event for fans of the rock icon.
On Tour: Through September 1
Beloved, long-running jam band Phish has extended their tour to include multi-night stops in Toronto, St. Louis, New Jersey, Fenway Park, and others. Phishheads can rest assured that Trey Anastasio, Mike Gordon, Jon Fishman, Page McConnell, and Jeff Holdsworth don’t plan on stopping any time soon.
On Tour: Through December 16th
It’s difficult to imagine that 2019 could be yet another huge year for Elton John, whose career spans decades, beginning in 1967 when he partnered with the now acclaimed songwriter Bernie Taupin. But in addition to ‘Rocketman’, the forthcoming biopic about Elton John, the Sir will also be touring in the U.S and abroad. Don’t miss your chance to see Elton John on his farewell tour.
On Tour: Through November 23rd
Did you know that blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa opened for the legendary B.B King when he was just 13 years old? Since then, Bonamassa has dropped 15 solo albums—11 of which went on to top the Billboard Blues Chart. Bonamassa will be touring in promotion of his latest studio album, Redemption.
On Tour: Through September 27th
Though he’s quite known for being the lead singer of Matchbox Twenty and his collaboration with Santana back in ’99, Rob Thomas is also a solo artist. This year, Rob Thomas will tour in promotion of his latest solo album Chip Tooth Smile.
On Tour: Through September 20th
Could it really be the end of the world? When it comes to KISS fans, the iconic rock band’s farewell tour is the end of the world. Though one can never be sure a band will hold to their retirement, we suggest heading out to see KISS on their “End of the World” Tour just in case.
On Tour: Through October 18th
After making their epic stage comeback during the Third Man Records 10th Anniversary concert, The Raconteurs announced a full, North American Tour. Don’t miss Jack White, Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence, and Patrick Keeler as they tour in support of their forthcoming album Help Us Stranger, their first effort in 11 years.
Queen & Adam Lambert
On Tour: Through August 23rd
Back in 2009 when Adam Lambert was 27, the organizers of American Idol brought Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor to perform with the budding star. 10 years later, Queen & Adam Lambert are one of the most bankable touring acts in the world. Don’t miss your chance to see this show, one that simply had to go on without the late Freddie Mercury.
Hootie & The Blowfish & Barenaked Ladies
On Tour: Through September 13th
Hootie & the Blowfish, known for their skyrocket from college bars to the 1996 Grammy Awards ceremony, are marking their return with the “Group Therapy” Tour. Since their hiatus, band member Darius Rucker has been pretty active on the country music circuit. We think this Hootie & The Blowfish Tour, with support from Barenaked Ladies, will be as energetic as any of the band’s past live shows.
On Tour: Through June 29th
Those who are dedicated to the English heavy metal band Judas Priest, their upcoming “Firepower” Tour is a must. Extensive and fortified by high, flame throwing production, it’s rumored that Judas Priest will also be joined by longtime guitarist Glenn Tipton for select encores.
Gary Clark Jr.
On Tour: Through September 29th
It’s been a heavy year for all of us, including Gary Clark Jr., whose 2019 LP This Land covered some dark, blues rock territory. “The things I’m writing and thinking about aren’t necessarily meadows and orchards, you know what I mean?” Don’t miss out on Gary Clark Jr. as he tours and performs one of the most passionately written discourses on American existence.
The Black Keys
On Tour: Through November 24th
The tour name says it all: “Let’s Rock”. In support of their forthcoming album of the same name, The Black Keys have announced that they will be touring both large and small scale venues in 2019, bringing their new hits such as “Lo/Hi” and “Eagle Birds” to ecstatic fans nationwide.
Train, Goo Goo Dolls, and Allen Stone
On Tour: Through August 17th
This tour embraces everything we love about rock and roll: electric guitar grit, powerhouse vocals, and massive fanbases. Train and the Goo Goo Dolls have respectively been dominating mainstream radio since the early 2000’s. Now, with support from Allen Stone, these alt-rock icons will be touring the U.S together.
On Tour: Through October 19th
Phil Collins, former Genesis drummer and lead vocalist, will bring his “Still Not Dead Yet Live!” Tour to North America this Fall. Featuring hits from his four-decade long career such as “Follow You Follow Me” and “In The Air Tonight”, Phil Collins has promised a celebration of sorts, one that will bring him to audiences which’ve been witnessing his talent since the beginning.
Beck, Cage the Elephant, and Spoon
On Tour: Through August 30th
When Beck announced his tour, we didn’t expect Kentucky alt-rockers Cage the Elephant to be on the same announcement. Nor did we anticipate their latest collaboration “Night Running”. Now, we expect the “Night Running” Tour to be one of the best rock concerts this year.
Greta Van Fleet
On Tour: Through October 15th
Their mission? To revive what they love and miss about rock and roll. It helps, then, that lead singer Josh Kizska’s voice sounds like Janis Joplin and Led Zeppellin’s Robert Plant in one package. Join Greta Van Fleet as they groove and belt their way into rock and roll history, or at the very least, celebrate what was an incredible debut album.
On Tour: Through October 24th
Coming off a short Broadway stint, former Smiths band member Morrissey will tour throughout America. With support from alt-rock band Interpol, Morrissey will continue into 2019 by bringing both solo and Smiths hits to loyal fans everywhere.