From dive bars to stadiums. Amphitheaters to fields. Clubs to arenas. Rock concerts are very much alive, thriving, and drawing audiences nationwide for some of the best live music experiences a ticket can buy. The epic, strange, and raucous history of rock music has brought us here. To a place where rock music takes many different forms—pop, indie, americana, folk, and more—with the best minds diversifying the genre.
Looking to attend a rock concert in 2021? Here are the best upcoming rock concert tours in 2021, the shows you definitely don’t want to miss this year.
Green Day, Weezer, and Fall Out Boy
On Tour: July 24, 2021 – September 6, 2021
If there’s only one rock concert tour you splurge on this summer, there’s a hard argument to be made for the “Hella Mega” Tour. Punk and pop rockers Green Day, Weezer, and Fall Out Boy are joining forces, bringing together millions of fans, generations of fans, together to celebrate the endurance of their music. What would rock music be without Green Day, Fall Out Boy, and Weezer? Don’t miss out on the “Hella Mega” Tour, a union of epic proportions, and perhaps a once in a lifetime concert experience.
Kings of Leon
On Tour: August 3, 2021 – October 3, 2021
Hitting the road this summer in support of their album When You See Yourself is Kings of Leon. The 26-show trek will hit dozens of amphitheaters, bringing Kings of Leon back in front of their adoring audiences. Cold War Kids, an experimental rock band who first captured listeners with their hit “Hang Me Out to Dry,” will be serving as support and the opening act for Kings of Leon. With the addition of Cold War Kids, we think Kings of Leon is serving up a rock show we don’t want to miss.
Dead & Company
On Tour: August 16, 2021 – October 23, 2021
This August, the supergroup Dead & Company will kick off their 31-date tour that will conclude in iconic fashion this Halloween at the Hollywood Bowl. After cancelling their 2020 tour due to Covid, we think Dead & Company members John Mayer, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chimenti will be more than ready to reunite with their fans over the timeless catalog of Grateful Dead music. Don’t miss out on Dead & Company performing in a city near you, for one of the best concerts a ticket can buy in 2021.
On Tour: May 28, 2021 – October 9, 2021
Spectacular light shows. Prog-rock noodling. A jam band unlike any other. This Summer, Umphrey’s McGee will descend upon many stadiums, amphitheaters, and festivals, 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: June 30, 2021 – August 12, 2021
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: May 19, 2021 – November 17, 2021
For those of you who grew up listening to the English-American rock band Foreigner, their upcoming tour of hits is a must. With a career spanning 40 years, Foreigner slated to deliver one of the best, coast-to-coast concert tours of their lives with the newly announced “The Greatest Hits of Foreigner” Tour. Fans, are you looking to attend a massive rock concert this summer? Don’t miss out on Foreigner coming to town to pull off muscle hits such as “Cold As Ice,” “Feels Like the First Time,” and “Hot Blooded.”
On Tour: June 23, 2021 – July 30, 2021
The glam rockers who oft call themselves “the little ol’ band from Texas” will be touring the U.S this summer 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.
Rod Stewart & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
On Tour: July 15, 2021 – August 24, 2021
Beloved rock musician Rod Stewart is hitting the road this summer with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Two years ago, Stewart recorded You’re in My Heart with the Royal Phil, taking classics from his discography and scoring them to include more instrumentals, moving parts, a reinvention of his iconic pieces. Now, Stewart is going on tour with the Royal Phil, bringing the sweeping imagination behind You’re in My Heart to audiences worldwide.
Korn & Staind
On Tour: July 16, 2021 – October 23, 2021
Nu-metal pioneers Korn and the enduring rock band Staind are joining forces this summer for one of the harder rock concert tours this year. Korn’s last LP was 2019’s The Nothing, the band’s 13th studio album. Staind’s latest effort was 2011’s self-titled, but according to lead singer Aaron Lewis the band is on the heels of releasing new music (most likely early 2022). We hope fans will get to hear new material from both bands this summer on their joint tour.