We’ve seen a surge of older performers announce reunion and anniversary tours in the past few years. Most notably has been the formation of surviving Grateful Dead members with John Mayer to create Dead and Company, the “I Love the 90’s” collaborative tour, the return of Brian Wilson to tour Pet Sounds for the final time, and the continued rock & roll reign of Guns N’ Roses. Though we’re bidding farewell to a few bands this year, we also expect to see many more bands reunite and tour some of the music industry’s most formative records. So, for those of you feeling nostalgic, or who just generally miss the good ol’ days, here are the Best Anniversary and Reunion Tours of 2016.
It appears that after battling a series of health issues this past year, Ozzy Osbourne is finally ready to announce retirement, but not before embarking on one final tour. The tour will wrap up in the band’s hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, marking the end of a career which almost spanned fifty years in February 2017. Black Sabbath, known as one of the pioneering forces in heavy metal music, will be touring with their original line-up. “The End” 2016 Tour may be one of the most important rock occasions this year, as it is truly the end of an era.
When will Black Sabbath be on tour?: August 17, 2016- November 12, 2016
Just last week, The Monkees released their first album of new material since 1996’s Justus. The new record, titled Good Times, comes out right at the band’s 50th Anniversary. And from what we’ve heard, the band has found the power of resurgence through some admiring artists. With the help of Ben Gibbard, Noel Gallagher, and Rivers Cuomo, all artists who have listed The Monkees as an early influence. The 50th Anniversary “Good Times” Tour will take place through the Summer and into Fall, with the possibility of additional tour dates coming out soon.
When will The Monkees be on tour?: June 16, 2016- November 19, 2016
Brian Wilson, the primary mastermind behind one of the greatest albums ever created, is now touring 1966’s Pet Sounds for its 50th Anniversary. Backed by a full band, singers, and orchestra, Brian Wilson makes you forget his former bandmates aren’t present. Pet Sounds is an incredible record, lyrically and musically, that signaled a big turn for the Beach Boys at the time. By venturing into jazz, classical, and experimental music, Pet Sounds is still considered one of the most iconic American rock albums of all time. To see it performed in its entirety for the final time, catch Brian Wilson and co. on their “Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary” Tour.
When will Brian Wilson be on tour?: June 15, 2016- October 15, 2016
For the first time in two decades, Axl Rose, Duff McKagan, and Slash will reunite and tour together, bringing together the world famous combination that rocked the genre for decades. The “Not In This Lifetime” Tour came as a surprise to most fans, who had no reason to anticipate that the award-winning and genre defying group would gather its most prominent members for another run. Last week, it was announced that Alice and Chains and Lenny Kravitz will serve as openers for Guns N’ Roses, with more artists to come. This isn’t the first time Lenny Kravitz has toured with Guns N’ Roses, so it will be a reunion of sorts between him and the band as well. Though prices for the “Not In This Lifetime” Tour are soaring, it’s still possible to find cheap Guns N’ Roses tickets!
When will Guns N’ Roses be on tour?: June 23, 2016- August 22, 2016
Even though the iconic pop-punk band parted ways with its longtime frontman and co-founder Tom DeLonge, Blink 182 has commended their reunion tour for 2016. This will be the first time the band officially tours without Tom DeLonge, who will be replaced by guitarist and Alkaline Trio member Matt Skiba. The tour is in promotion of their forthcoming seventh studio album, California, a record which has been four years in the making. Blink 182 will be joined by A Day to Remember on most dates, and alternatively with the All American Rejects and All Time Low. California, featuring Skiba on guitar, will be available July 1st.
When will Blink 182 be on tour?: June 16, 2016- October 1, 2016
It’s not often that an entire tour is designed for the sake of feeling nostalgic, but this year, fans who grew up listening to 90’s mainstream pop radio can catch all of their favorite hip-hop artists on tour together. The “I Love the 90’s” Tour unites Vanilla Ice, Salt-N-Pepa, Coolio, Kid N Play, Biz Markie, and more. The tour technically kicked off this past Spring with a few dates, but due to overwhelming demand, the “I Love the 90’s” trek through North America became inclusive to venues all over the country. Not surprisingly, fans are having a blast reliving the hip-hop/R&B hits of their 90’s past. For an evening back in time, catch your favorite 90’s artists this summer.
When will I Love the 90’s be on tour?: June 19, 2016- December 29, 2016
This Summer through the end of October, Gwen Stefani and Eve will be reunited for the “This Is What the Truth Feels Like” Tour. Back in the early 2000’s, Gwen Stefani collaborated on two of her biggest singles with Eve, “Let Me Blow Ya Mind” in 2001, and “Rich Girl” in 2004. This past year, Gwen Stefani released This Is What The Truth Feels Like, her third LP and first solo record in ten years. Both artists are excited to work with each other again, and are looking forward to getting up close and personal with an audience which has been loyal now for over a decade.
When will Gwen Stefani and Eve be on tour?: July 12, 2016- October 16, 2016
This is the absolutely last opportunity to catch the post-punk rock band Motion City Soundtrack in concert. The “So Long, Farewell” Tour comes just after the release of their sixth studio album Panic Stations, but we think MCS will spend the bulk of their setlist on fan favorites, primarily from the record Commit This to Memory which celebrated it’s 10th Anniversary just last year. Though we’re sad to see this emo/ pop-punk staple retire from performing, we think Motion City Soundtrack will pull out their best for the “So Long, Farewell” Tour.
When will Motion City Soundtrack be on tour?: June 15, 2016- August 13, 2016