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 2020.
On Tour: Through June 21, 2020
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 replace late frontman Freddie Mercury, is currently on a solo tour behind this year’s 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.
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.”
On Tour: June 31, 2019 – April 25, 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.
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.
On Tour: February 1, 2019 – June 12, 2020
Pop-Americana band The Lumineers have recently announced a tour in support of their latest album, III. Spread across 30 North American amphitheaters and arenas, The Lumineers Tour will celebrate the album containing their hits “Gloria”, “It Wasn’t Easy to Be Happy for You”, and “Leader of the Landslide.” The Lumineers will be joined by the Indie rock band Mt. Joy on most tour dates.
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 “Juke Box Heroes” tour with Kansas and Europe is a must. With a career spanning 40 years, Foreigner and their fellow rockers are slated to deliver one of the best, coast-to-coast concert tours of their lives. Don’t miss out on Foreigner pull off muscle hits such as “Cold As Ice,” “Feels Like the First Time,” and “Hot Blooded.”
On Tour: February 7, 2020 – April 5, 2020
Last year, Allen Stone embarked on the “Karaoke Extravaganza” Tour. The beery, ridiculously joyous tour was a pre-game to his latest record, Building Balance. Now, Stone is on his “Building Balance” Tour promoting his critically successful hits “Sunny Days,” “Brown Eyed Lover,” and “Consider Me.” Stone, with his gravelly rock falsetto and guitar prowess, is throwing one of the best concerts around.
On Tour: March 20, 2020 – May 24, 2020
The glam rockers who oft call themselves “the little ol’ band from Texas” will be touring the U.S this Spring, bringing hits like “Sharp Dressed Man” and “La Grange” to arenas across the country. Now officially inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, fans won’t want to miss out on catching these legends while they are still hitting the road.
On Tour: December 31, 2019 – March 15, 2020
Creedence Clearwater Revival founding member John Fogerty will be bringing his extensive discography to fans across North America, following a Las Vegas Residency last year. Fans, are you looking for a night of nostalgia with one of America’s beloved rock artists? You don’t to miss Fogerty as he tours a limited schedule this Spring.
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 year. 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 the Napa Valley BottleRock Music Festival.
Rod Stewart & Cheap Trick
On Tour: February 23, 2020 – September 5, 2020
Tenured, iconic rock musicians Rod Stewart and Cheap Trick are scheduled to tour together through Spring and Summer 2020. Last year, Stewart recorded You’re in My Heart with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra which took classics from his discography and scored them to include orchestral parts. Now, Stewart is reverting back to rock and roll ways by going on the road with Illinois-born Cheap Trick for a 21-date North American tour.
On Tour: Through February 1, 2020
After coming back from a 13-year-long hiatus, Tool has embarked on a Winter Tour in support of their new album Fear Inoculum. Their first album since 2006’s 10,000 Days finds Tool in the a matured, polyrhythmic universe. Led by the emotive and versatile voice of lead singer Maynard James Keenan, Tool continue to be one of the surviving sounds of the goth-rock class.
On Tour: March 18, 2020 – July 23, 2020
Legendary Seattle rockers Pearl Jam had two big announcements for 2020. Not only are they coming out with their first new album since 2013’s Lightning Bolt, but Pearl Jam will also be touring North America in 2020 before taking off on a European stint. Though Pearl Jam hasn’t announced any dates in the Pacific Northwest, we assume those dates will be announced for Fall 2020. Pearl Jam’s 11th studio album, Gigaton, is out March 27.
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: June 10, 2020 – July 28, 2020
Shortly after announcing his forthcoming album Bon Jovi 2020
—not to be confused with a presidential candidate bid
—the 80’s and 90’s rocker confirmed he would be going on tour in 2020 as well. Though an album release date is still forthcoming, we assume it will be before the tour launches, as each ticket includes a copy of Bon Jovi 2020. The tenured rocker’s upcoming tour will culminate in two promising shows at NYC’s Madison Square Garden.
On Tour: July 17, 2020 – September 28, 2020
Frontman Rob Thomas can’t wait to get back on the road with perhaps one of the greatest pop rock bands in the world, Matchbox Twenty, this Summer. The 50+ date tour begins July 17 at the Wind Creek Event Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and will continue through September 28 with a performance at the Hollywood Bowl in L.A. Oh, did we mention that The Wallflowers will be joining Matchbox Twenty on tour for most dates? Fans, if you can only attend a few this year, Matchbox Twenty & The Wallflowers are a must this concert season.
Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band
On Tour: May 29, 2020 – June 26, 2020
Longtime All Starrs Steve Lukather, Colin Hay, Gregg Rolie, Warren Ham, Gregg Bissonette and Hamish Stuart will be joining Ringo Starr this year for an extensive North American tour. They will be touring behind Ringo Starr’s latest 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).” RIngo Starr and his All Starr Band will be joined by The Avett Brothers on select dates.