From dive bars to stadiums. Amphitheaters to fields. Clubs to arenas. There are thousands of rock concerts happening nationwide. The strange and epic history of rock music has brought us here, where minds far and wide are diversifying the genre, all while putting on concerts of legendary proportions. Here are the Best Upcoming Rock Concert Tours in 2019 and 2020.
On Tour: June 20, 2019 – December 31, 2019
Creedence Clearwater Revival founding member John Fogerty will be bringing his extensive discography to fans across North America before residing in Las Vegas this Fall. Looking to for a night of nostalgia with one of America’s beloved rock artists? You don’t to miss Fogerty on his limited, 2019 tour.
On Tour: March 9, 2020 – March 13, 2020 (with more TBA)
So far, the Kevin Parker-led psychedelic rock outfit Tame Impala has only announced a few tour dates along the West Coast and in Mexico—but we think it’s only a matter of time before more dates are announced. Though we’re not exactly sure Where Tame Impala Will Tour The Slow Rush, the highly anticipated follow-up to 2015’s Currents, we are confident the band will be touring nationwide shortly after its release on Valentine’s Day 2020.
On Tour: July 12, 2019 – December 13, 2019
Who knew, that after the Third Man Records 10th anniversary concert in Nashville that The Raconteurs would announce not only a new album, but a full North American tour? Now after making their epic live comeback, Jack White, Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence, and Patrick Keeler will be touring in support of their forthcoming LP, Help Us Stranger, their first effort in 11 years. Help Us Stranger will arrive June 21st via Jack White’s own Third Man Records. Something tells me their two night series at the Ryman is going to be epic, and if possible, ought not to be missed.
On Tour: June 31, 2019 – February 15, 2020
Spectacular light shows. Prog-rock noodling. A jam band unlike any other. This Summer, Umphrey’s McGee will descend upon many a stadium and amphitheater to deliver yet another round of unbelievable sets. Unpredictable but impeccable as ever, Umphrey’s McGee will be performing covers ranging from Hendrix to The Who, in addition to their own catalog of rock music.
Korn & Breaking Benjamin
On Tour: January 23, 2020 – March 1, 2020
Nu-metal pioneers Korn and Breaking Benjamin are joining forces this Winter 2020 for what will be an epic rock tour to launch the year. Korn will be touring behind this year’s The Nothing, the band’s 13th studio album. Breaking Benjamin’s latest effort was 2018’s Ember, which featured the hit single “Blood.” Korn and Breaking Benjamin will be joined by special guest Bones.
On Tour: August 16, 2019 – December 31, 2019
It looks like three nights of celebrating their 50th Anniversary didn’t suffice ZZ Top, who formed in 1969 and released First Album in ’71. Now, ZZ Top have mapped out an extensive 50th Anniversary Tour, which will take them to amphitheaters nationwide until they conclude October 20th in West Palm Beach, Florida. “It’s been five decades, and I think we’re starting to get pretty good at all this,” lead singer and guitarist Billy Gibbons said of the 50th anniversary trek. Cheap Trick—a familiar guest of ZZ Top—and Lynard Skynard will also appear for a pair of shows.
On Tour: January 16, 2020 – April 25, 2020
For those of you who grew up listening to the English-American rock band Foreigner, their upcoming tour with Whitesnake and Europe is a must. Most recently, the band wrapped up the “Double Vision: Then & Now” Tour, which was in celebration of Foreigner’s 40th anniversary. Though continuing without lead singer Lou Gramm, we are hopeful that Foreigner will be able to pull off muscle hits such as “Cold As Ice,” “Feels Like the First Time,” and “Hot Blooded.”
On Tour: May 15, 2020 – September 12, 2020
Following their limited Las Vegas engagement, Journey will be hitting the road with the Pretenders in 2020, beginning in May. Across more than 60 cities, the bands will be performing hits from both of their catalogs, including “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Any Way You Want It” and “Faithfully” to such Chrissy Hynde and company standards “I’ll Stand By You,” “Brass in Pocket” and “Don’t Get Me Wrong.”
Cage the Elephant
On Tour: July 11, 2019 – December 10, 2019
When Beck announced his tour, we didn’t expect for Kentucky-raised rockstars Cage the Elephant to be on the bill. But after dropping their collaborative single “Night Running”, the two acts announced “The Night Running Tour”. In addition to touring with Beck, Cage the Elephant are getting ready to release their fifth album Social Cues, out April 19th. So far in 2019, Cage the Elephant have dropped “Night Running”, “Ready to Run”, “Goodbye”, and “House of Glass”. Previously, fans thought these would all be on Social Cues, but since they have been re-released as an EP, we’re not sure if Cage the Elephant has a whole other LP worth of songs to drop just next week. With Beck, Cage the Elephant, and Spoon in their prime, “The Night Running” Tour will be one of the best rock concerts this year.
Jimmy Eat World
On Tour: Through May 18, 2020
Millenia rockers Jimmy Eat World are currently on tour behind their 10th studio album, Surviving, which dropped last month. Featuring the singles “All The Way” and “Love Never,” Surviving is a solid follow-up to the band’s previous legacy, 2016’s Integrity Blues. Fans can expect to also hear long-standing favorites “The Middle” and “Sweetness” on their current tour, which will conclude with an Almost Acoustic Christmas show at the Honda Center in Anaheim early December.
The Head and the Heart
On Tour: April 16, 2019 – December 12, 2019
Leading up to the release of their new album Living Mirage, indie-folk band The Head and the Heart will tour North America. Then, they will keep touring, and touring, and touring, the band scheduled to be on the road for nearly six months in total. Without founding member Josiah Johnson, The Head and the Heart will live on. Living Mirage has been preceded by two singles, “Missed Connection” and “Honeybee“, both of which bode well for the band’s new, pop-rock sensibilities.
On Tour: Select dates between September 16, 2019 – November 21, 2019
It’s been fifteen years since Bloc Party released their seminal album Silent Alarm. Last October was the first time the band had performed the album in full. That show, in addition to a few other European dates, were recorded and compiled for a special live release of Silent Alarm, set to drop April 12th. Now, in addition to a new live album, Bloc Party will perform select dates in North America to further celebrate the 15th anniversary of Silent Alarm, playing the album in full for just six special audiences.
On Tour: February 1, 2019 – June 12, 2020
Pop-Americana band The Lumineers have recently announced a tour in support of their forthcoming album, III. Spread across 30 North American amphitheaters and arenas, The Lumineers Tour will celebrate the album containing already released hits “Gloria”, “It Wasn’t Easy to Be Happy for You”, and the forthcoming “Leader of the Landslide”, which is due out August 5th. The Lumineers will be joined by the Indie rock band Mt. Joy on most tour dates.
On Tour: May 5, 2019 – November 25, 2019
It’s about to be a huge year for Tool as they get ready to release their first new album since 2006’s 10,000 Days. Earlier this year, lead singer Maynard James Keenan said that the album would be coming out sometime between May and June. Though they still haven’t revealed the official album release date, Tool has announced a run of shows through the Summer in support of their forthcoming LP, leading us to believe the album is nearly ready. Not to mention this exciting photo, one usually not taken before the mastering process is complete.
On Tour: November 7, 2019 – March 21, 2020
American blues electric guitarist Joe Bonamassa opened for B.B King when he was 13 years old. Need we say more? In the decades following, 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. He will be backed by a group of legendary musicians, including Late Night with David Letterman‘s Anton Fig (drums), Nashville recording legend Michael Rhodes (bass), Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble member Reese Wynans (piano/organ), and others.
Goo Goo Dolls
On Tour: Through December 9, 2019
Pop-radio beloveds Goo Goo Dolls are currently on a 36-stop tour in promotion of their latest album—their 12th!—titled Miracle Pill. Goo Goo Dolls are running through their past and recent hits on their “Miracle Pill” Tour, including “Miracle Pill,” “Indestructible,” “Iris,” “Slide,” “Name” and more. In an interview, Goo Goo Dolls co-founder, bass guitarist and singer Robby Takac advised fans who are joining them on the “Miracle Pill” tour to “get ready to sing.”
On Tour: June 7, 2019 – November 16, 2019
What is the “Karaoke Extravaganza” Tour? The best way we can describe Allen Stone’s current stint through North America is a beery, ridiculously joyous pre-game to his forthcoming record, Building Balance. And yes, the blues and rock guitarist is inviting fans up each night to join him on anything from Madonna to Dolly Parton. Catch Allen Stone on the most fun and non-pretentious tour of his career, where the priority truly is to have legendary nights with his fans.
COHEED AND CAMBRIA & Mastodon
On Tour: May 28, 2019 – November 21, 2019
The creative minds behind Coheed and Cambria have announced a tour in support of their recently released album, The Unheavenly Creatures, which dropped last month. Coheed and Cambria has marked the announcement with an enticing live video of the band performing “The Dark Sentencer“. The band will play a limited number of shows, with Mastodon serving as the opener for most dates.
On Tour: Through December 21, 2019
He’s released four solo albums since first winning over T.V and at-home audiences nationwide with his American Idol stardom. Adam Lambert, who frequently tours with Queen to fill the void of Freddie Mercury, is currently on a solo tour behind his recently released EP, Velvet: Side A. His silky and glamorous singles fit in perfectly with this current age of pop music empowerment—where artists have turned to a generally positive, confident-striking attitude for their fans. Don’t miss out on Adam Lambert this year, as he celebrates a stylish and proud chapter of his career.
Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band
On Tour: May 29, 2020 – June 28, 2020
Longtime All Starrs Steve Lukather, Colin Hay, Gregg Rolie, Warren Ham, Gregg Bissonette and Hamish Stuart will be joining Ringo Starr next year for an extensive North American tour. It’s been a big year for Ringo Starr and his band, who, earlier this year, celebrated their 30th anniversary with a show at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles. And last month, Ringo Starr released a new solo album titled What’s My Name. The new album includes covers of John Lennon’s “Grow Old With Me” and the 1959 Motown classic “Money (That’s What I Want).”
On Tour: July 11, 2019 – December 31, 2019
America’s beloved jam band Phish have extended what was originally a redacted tour, to accommodate long stops in Toronto, St. Louis, New Jersey, and Fenway Park, and others. Not to mention the live recordings they continue to release, including that of the famous Baker’s Dozen shows. Have no fear, Phishheads, it appears your muse has no intention of letting down anytime soon.
Greta Van Fleet
On Tour: May 7, 2019 – December 30, 2019
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 to quickly follow what was one of the more successful rock debuts of the decade.