Last year there were so many incredible concert tours that made their way through North America, including but not limited to Beyonce’s Formation Tour, Kanye’s Saint Pablo Tour (even though it was cut short), and many more. Now as we head into Summer and so many amazing albums have already been dropped or are nearing arrival, we’re looking at a great year for concert tours. From Chance the Rapper’s biggest tour yet, to the return of Lady Gaga, here are our favorite, confirmed concert tours in 2017.
Kendrick Lamar: DAMN. World Tour
Kendrick Lamar took hardly any time at all to announce the DAMN. Tour after dropping one of the best albums of 2017. And it’s possible that the DAMN. Tour ends up being the best North American tour of 2017, especially considering how Travis Scott and D.R.A.M will serve as openers for the great Kung-Fu Kenny. The DAMN. Tour has already been extended 15 dates since the first announcement, likely due to the overwhelming demand of tickets. But after DAMN. became the fastest-selling album of the year, going platinum in just under a month, it’s no wonder that Kendrick would have the momentum he needs to justify a longer North American tour. Haven’t dived into DAMN. yet? Check out our close review of K-Dot’s latest and greatest.
Kendrick Lamar Tour Dates: July 7, 2017 – September 2, 2017
Erykah Badu: Badu vs. Everythang Tour
This past February, Erykah Badu’s iconic Baduizm turned 20 years old, and what better way to celebrate it and the continued success of her latest album But You Cain’t Use My Phone than with a world tour? In stark Badu fashion, she’s titled the tour “Badu vs. Everythang”, and if there is any artist equipped to take on the whole world, it’s her. The hip-hop, jazz, R&B fusion queen will be performing at multiple music festivals before taking off across the pond to tend to her international audiences. We’re hoping that the Badu vs. Everythang Tour sparks a new offering from her arsenal, but until then, we’re happy sampling from her incredible, versatile discography and even more excited to see it live.
Erykah Badu Tour Dates: July 20, 2017 – September 15, 2017
Katy Perry: Witness World Tour
In promotion of her upcoming album Witness, Katy Perry is taking North America and then the world by storm, and from tours past, we can assume that she will have plenty of stunts to pull along the way. Her upcoming fourth studio album Witness is a record which she dubbed the phrase “purposeful pop”. Witness will contain already released singles “Swish Swish”, “Chained to the Rhythm”, and “Bon Appetit”. Katy Perry teamed up with members of the same crew behind Teenage Dream and Prism, including Max Martin. We expect to hear Witness in most alcohol-pumped dance venues and to see several singles on Billboard‘s chart of hits.
Katy Perry Tour Dates: September 7, 2017 – February 5, 2017
2 Chainz: Pretty Girls Like Trap Music Tour
It looks like it will be an incredible Summer for live hip-hop, because along with Chance the Rapper, Kendrick Lamar, and Future, 2 Chainz will also be making his rounds across North America on the Pretty Girls Like Trap Music Tour. 2 Chainz is getting ready to release what will certainly be a Blockbuster this Summer. A little over a month ago, 2 Chainz dropped the full track-list for Pretty Girls Like Trap Music, and it looks like the album is fortified with some incredible talent. Collaborators include Nicki Minaj, Travis Scott, Drake, Swae Lee, Pharrell, and more. Which means plenty of guests for 2 Chainz’s 35-date tour.
2 Chainz Tour Dates: June 25, 2017 – September 17, 2017
Portugal. The Man: Woodstock Tour
Portugal. The Man, known for their incredible live performances, are finally going on tour this Summer in promotion of their first album in four years. Portugal. The Man is finally nearing the release of Woodstock. The album has been preceded by two singles, “So Young” and “Feel It Still”, both of which are evocative of their alternative style but with more R&B influences. According to the band, Woodstock is a way to address today’s political and social tension in a lighthearted, yet real way.
Portugal. The Man Tour Dates: June 10, 2017 – October 12, 2017
Imagine Dragons: Evolve World Tour
Imagine Dragons, one of the surviving alternative rock bands of this era who can fill and rock a stadium, will embark on their Evolve Tour in promotion of their upcoming offering. For their third LP, alternative pop-rock sensations Imagine Dragons have decided to Evolve, according to their new album title. The record has been preceded by singles “Whatever It Takes”, “Thunder”, and “Believer”, of which the latter two have already appeared on the Billboard Hot 100. News of the forthcoming album was quickly followed by the announcement of a 30-date North American tour, where Imagine Dragons will be joined by Grouplove.
Imagine Dragons Tour Dates: June 15, 2017 – November 16, 2017
Arcade Fire: Everything Now World Tour
After a heady, complex album like Reflektor, it seems that Arcade Fire has decided to set sail, let go, and provide a rush for their devout listeners. The Everything Now title track has us incredibly excited for what the rest of Arcade Fire’s new album will bring, not to mention that the new album has thrust Arcade Fire out of touring hibernation and into the full swing this Summer. Known for their incredible live performances, we think it would be a shame not to catch Arcade Fire on their Everything Now tour this Summer.
Arcade Fire Tour Dates: August 6, 2017 – November 3, 2017
J. Cole: 4 Your Eyez Only Tour
J. Cole, arguably one of the best touring rappers we have today, continues his 4 Your Eyez Only this Summer in North America, adding to the immensity of hip-hop available for fans who want to see some incredible live talent in the states. The often melancholy and deeply meditative quality of J. Cole is clearly represented on his latest album 4 Your Eyez Only, but that doesn’t make him or this tour any less compelling. Considering that J. Cole didn’t recruit any guests for his last two albums, we weren’t surprised to see a lack of guests on the tour announcement. But if anyone can carry a full rap set, it’s J. Cole.
J. Cole Tour Dates: June 9, 2017 – August 20, 2017
Father John Misty: Pure Comedy Tour
Josh Tillman, better known by his stage name Father John Misty, released his satirical rock album earlier this year, and from critics far and wide has been lauded as one of the most important rock stars we have today. Though, in typical Father John Misty fashion, this title can only be accepted and perpetuated in jest, as evidenced by his raucous live performances. According to recent concert reviews, Father John Misty has nailed down the tone of Pure Comedy and of his place in it, making for a truly enlightening concert.
Father John Misty Tour Dates: August 19, 2017 – October 14, 2017
Spoon: Hot Thoughts Tour
Spoon fans will be happy to know that the iconic rock band will be extending their tour into September, allowing more audiences to witness Hot Thoughts performed live. Most fans would agree that Hot Thoughts is less of a classic Spoon album. The band decided to veer away from indie rock and instead became an elastic R&B outfit which allowed them to explore art-funk methods, channel far off styles, and create a spirited, Prince-inspired album. Hot Thoughts is definitely the black sheep of Spoon albums, but they may be all the better for it.
Spoon Tour Dates: July 18, 2017 – October 21, 2017
Feist: Pleasure Tour
It’s been years since Leslie Feist, known by her last name on stage, spent time in the pubic eye by embarking on The Mettle Tour. Precisely three years to be exact. Now, after releasing the incredibly evocative and personally afflicted album Pleasure, Feist will be touring North America and abroad this Summer. According to recent concert reviews, Feist’s performance of Pleasure is sparse but compelling, and with just a three-piece band behind her, the Grammy nominated singer-songwriter pulls off her balladry and upbeat jazz tracks seamlessly.
Feist Tour Dates: June 14, 2017 – July 4, 2017
Lady Gaga: Joanne World Tour
Joanne, Lady Gaga’s fourth album to become number one in America, arrived on the eve of many incredible opportunities Lady Gaga seized this year, including but not limited to the Super Bowl LI Halftime Show, the Dive Bar Tour, and headlining Coachella after Beyonce had to cancel. Now, Lady Gaga is on a tour of epic proportions, and considering all of the stunts she pulled at the Super Bowl, we think that she will definitely be bringing it on tour this Summer. The Joanne World Tour sold out in hours, but you can still find plenty of Lady Gaga tickets through services like ours.
Lady Gaga Tour Dates: August 1, 2017 – December 18, 2017
Chance the Rapper: Magnificent Coloring World Tour
Chance the Rapper, now a Grammy winner, will be on tour this Spring. This past year, Chance the Rapper sky rocketed into fame, landing appearances at just about every late night TV show including SNL, twice. After the release of his incredible album Coloring Book, feat. Lil Wayne, Future, Kanye, and more, Chance became the artist of one of the year’s best albums. Not to mention, Chance remains independent from any label, and is the first streaming-only artist to be considered for a Grammy. Who knows what Chance will make of 2017, but we do know that his upcoming tour is going to be incredible.
Chance the Rapper Tour Dates: April 24, 2017- October 4, 2017
Future: Nobody Safe Tour
Future has been dropping a steady stream of singles since last year’s EVOL album and the Purple Rain mixtape, and it seems that it’s accumulating to be his upcoming record. On Valentine’s Day, Future announced that he will be dropping his new, self-titled album on February 17th. In addition to this amazing news, Future also informed fans that he will be going on tour with Tory Lanez and Migos, the hip-hop collective who was recently endorsed at the Golden Globes by Donald Glover and is currently taking over the internet and network of Late Night TV shows. The “Nobody Safe” Tour will kick off May 4th in Memphis. This, in addition to Chance the Rapper’s tour in 2017, it looks like this year will be a great one for catching live rap shows.
Future Tour Dates: May 5, 2017 – August 19, 2017
The Weeknd: Legend of the Fall Tour
Last year, Canadian pop-crooner Abel Tesfaye, better known as The Weeknd, released the incredible record Starboy which exemplified his knack for pop music while still being able to tread the familiar waters of down-tempo hip-hop. Now, The Weeknd is gearing up for “Starboy Legend of the Fall World Tour: Phase One”, which will take him through North America this Spring into Summer. Joining The Weeknd on the road is Rae Sremmurd, Belly, and 6Lack. The Weeknd is currently touring Europe, and from what we’ve seen on his Instagram, it looks like he’s having a good time. Though his schedule is strenuous, we have no doubt that The Weeknd will be able to keep up his stamina and bravado for his upcoming North American Tour.
The Weeknd Tour Dates: April 25, 2017 – June 9, 2017
Kings of Leon: Walls Tour
This past week, Kings of Leon announced a brief tour of arena shows for the beginning of 2017, which will include a stop-off at New York City’s MSG. The acclaimed Southern rock band, composed of the Followill brothers and co., recently released their seventh studio album Walls. And with the help of some pretty professional help, (namely Arcade Fire, Coldplay, and Florence + the Machine producer Markus Dravs), Kings of Leon have created yet another hit record. Previous to its release, the band admitted that working with their longtime producer had begun to feel too safe, and in order to evolve as a band, would need to be forced by an outsider to leave their comfort zone. Whatever it was, the change in tempo and support has clearly given the winning formula back to one of America’s beloved rock bands.
Kings of Leon Tour Dates: March 8, 2017 – November 3, 2017
John Mayer: The Search for Everything World Tour
At the end of last year, John Mayer informed his fans that he will be releasing a new album—his first in three years—in 2017. He released this news along with the album’s first single,”Love on the Weekend“. John Mayer’s upcoming album, titled The Search for Everything, will be released in waves, one every month leading up to its full release this Spring. In addition to the release of John Mayer’s upcoming album, later this year, fans have something else to look forward to in 2017: the “Search for Everything’ World Tour, Mayer’s first solo tour in years. The ‘Search for Everything’ World Tour will kick off on March 31st and take place over 15 dates and eight countries. Mayer promises three distinct sets for each show: full band, solo acoustic, and the John Mayer Trio. We’re not sure when John Mayer will next embark on a solo tour this huge, especially since he is scheduled to tour with the rest of Dead and Company this Summer.
John Mayer Tour Dates: March 31, 2017 – September 3, 2017
Back in August, Ms. Lauryn Hill announced her upcoming tour, titled “MLH Caravan: A Diaspora Calling!”. After completing the first 11-stop leg, the legendary R&B artist is now on a month-long break before continuing on into the Winter. According to concert reviews of “MLH Caravan: A Diaspora Calling!”, Ms. Lauryn Hill has reimagined and evolved several of her hit songs, calling to the catalog of The Miseducation. With electrical musical arrangements, nuanced vocals, and overall faster renditions, Ms. Lauryn Hill found a way to outdo even herself, who, back when she released The Miseducation, garnered 10 Grammy nominations and won five, including Album of the Year. We’re pretty excited that Ms. Lauryn Hill has decided to extend her career, even without having a released a second solo record.
Lauryn Hill Tour Dates: September 7, 2017 – October 11, 2017
Metallica: WorldWired Tour
After playing two one-off shows this past year, Metallica realized that not only could they still sell concert tickets, but their fans have remained as loyal as ever, resulting in two energetic, sold-out shows. Now, following the release of their first album in eight years, the critically acclaimed Hardwired…To Self Destruct, Metallica has promised a “f—ing crazy” tour. According to Lars Ulrich, the band is going heavy on their stage production, and without exposing too much detail, Metallica has confirmed that they are bringing out a few bells and whistles for their massive stadium tour. And since it will be their first tour since 2009’s Death Magnetic Tour, we expect Metallica fans to turn up and sell out every show.
Metallica Tour Dates: March 1, 2017 – August 16, 2017
Miranda Lambert: Highway Vagabond Tour
For the past seven years, Miranda Lambert has been considered the best female vocalist in the country music genre, as fortified by her numerous CMA awards and nominations. And it seems that this star is showing no signs of letting up. It’ll only be a couple of months after her Keep of the Flame Tour when she embarks on her Highway Vagabond Tour in support of her upcoming two-part album, The Weight of These Wings. Leading up to her most recent respite from touring, Lambert’s performances have been passionate, ambitious, and filled with girl power. Lambert will be joined by Old Dominion and Aubrie Sellers on the Highway Vagabond Tour.
Miranda Lambert Tour Dates: August 4, 2017 – October 7, 2017
Mariah Carey & Lionel Richie: All the Hits Tour
Maybe you didn’t think you needed Mariah Carey and Lionel Richie to join up for a North American tour, but now that it’s actually happening, we’re incredibly excited that these two got together. This will be the first time Mariah Carey tours in over six years. And we know that this must be a dream come true for both, as they’ve been longtime admirers of each others work and vocal ability. Back in ’94, Carey famously covered Lionel Richie’s “Endless Love” with Luther Vandross, earning a Grammy for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. The 35-stop “All the Hits” Tour will begin this Spring and run through the end of May. It’s a real treat to have Mariah Carey and Lionel Richie tour together, and we’re certain it will be one of the best of 2017.
Mariah Carey and Lionel Richie Tour Dates: July 8, 2017 – October 14, 2017
Guns N’ Roses: Not in This Lifetime Tour
It’s official: the legendary rock band Guns N’ Roses, who recently reunited for the “Not in This Lifetime” Tour, will continue to rock stages both at home and abroad in 2017. So, if you missed your chance to see rock legends Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan live, then you’ll have another season’s worth of opportunities to catch these musicians who, when together, make magic happen. Their latest itinerary doesn’t include any summer music festivals, so we suggest checking out all of your local venues to see where you can catch Guns N’ Roses on this tour extension. Included in the new tour schedule is a stopover in St. Louis, where the infamous “Riverport Riot” occurred during their last performance there in ’91. We’re excited to see how Guns N’ Roses continue to remake their own history.
Guns N’ Roses Tour Dates: July 27, 2017 – November 25, 2017