by Daniel Eriksson
It’s a new year, and with that comes a whole bunch of great tours to look forward to during the next twelve months. Veterans like Metallica, and Aerosmith will be on the road, as well as more current acts like Paramore and Halestorm. Since U2 will be coming out with a new album later this year, can we also assume a new tour is in the works? Wishful thinking, I know. Instead let’s take a look at some of the cool tours that have been confirmed for 2014 so far! Please let us know what show you’re most looking forward to this year in the comments section.
1. The Eagles
If you’re only planning to go to one show this year, it might be a good idea to catch the Eagles’ History Of The Eagles tour. “I don’t want to say it’s our last world tour, but it very well could be,” Eagles singer and guitarist Glenn Frey said during a press conference in London last year. So if you haven’t seen one of the greatest American rock bands from the seventies, now might be your last chance.
2. Pearl Jam
Pearl Jam released their Lightning Bolt album in October last year, and have already been busy touring behind it in the States. The band is currently on tour in Australia, and in June they will take on Europe. If you haven’t seen Pearl Jam before, don’t miss this opportunity! You really get your money’s worth at a Pearl Jam show since the band tend to play for upwards of three hours, with setlists comprising of around 30 songs. Aside from Bruce Springsteen, concerts like these are pretty much unheard of nowadays. It will also be interesting to hear some of the new songs, like “Sirens,” and the blues rocker “Let The Records Play” performed live.
Metallica will be touring Europe in the summer as part of the Sonisphere festival package, as well as some local festivals. Along with Iron Maiden the band will be headlining a three-day festival stop at Knebworth Park in the UK on June 4-6. Metallica will be touring under the moniker “By Request,” which means that the fans buying tickets to each show will get to vote on what songs the band will play, so here’s your chance to get to hear some really rare stuff from James Hetfield and Co.!
The Bad Boys from Boston, aka Aerosmith, tend to stick to the US when it comes to touring, so whenever they make it across the pond for a European trek I try to make a point to see them, since you never know when it might be the last time. Aerosmith will be taking their “Global Warming World Tour” to Europe during May and June. As opposed to their most recent European tours, this one is mainly made up of headlining shows, as opposed to festival dates. So be prepared for a full-fledged Aerosmith show, and since the band isn’t out promoting a new album, expect to hear some deep cuts from their classic seventies albums.
Having finally recuperated from his vocal problems, John Mayer has been on the road since last summer with two new albums to showcase. Having already toured the States, Mayer will be hitting Australia, and Japan in April, followed by Europe in June. Since Mayer has so much new material to choose from, don’t expect to hear much more than his hits and new songs. Judging by the setlist from the US leg of the tour, it seems as if us blues fans will be a bit short-changed this time around. But for those of you that have seen John Mayer in the past it’s a great opportunity to see a concert made up mostly of songs you haven’t heard live before.
In April Halestorm will be touring Europe, including seven dates in the UK. It seems like the hardworking Pennsylvania rockers are constantly on the road, and it suits them well. Lead singer and Gibson Explorer player Lzzy Hale has great stage presence and knows how to command an audience.
7. Journey & Steve Miller Band
Now here’s a really cool concert package for the summer of 2014: Journey is going out on a double headlining tour with Steve Miller Band, and they’re bringing along Tower Of Power as the opening act! The tour starts in Chula Vista, CA on May 15, and travels through most of the US for the next couple of months.
8. Paramore & Fall Out Boy
For those of you that were too young (or not even born yet) when Journey and Steve Miller Band were in their prime, here’s something that might interest you instead: Paramore and Fall Out Boy are teaming up for a double headlining tour this summer. The tour, which starts on June 19 in Hartford, CT, will take the two bands on a two-month trek through the US before finishing up in Concord, CA, on August 17.
Fans in Japan, New Zealand, and Australia can look forward to seeing the Rolling Stones this year. The legendary rockers are set to play three dates in Tokyo, followed by an Australian tour in March, and a show in Auckland, New Zealand on April 5. It makes sense that the band extend their tour to other parts of the world, having already played quite a few dates in the US, and the UK over the past year or so. But the question remains – when will the Stones treat the rest of Europe to some shows?
10. Mötley Crüe
Sadly, it seems like the glam rock veterans Mötley Crüe are getting ready to throw in the towel. Various band members have been talking about the impending end of the band during the past year, with drummer Tommy Lee citing guitarist Mick Mars’ ailing health as the main reason. The band is now advertising an event for January 28 on their website, which is believed to be the announcement of Mötley’s farewell tour. So if you’ve ever wanted to hear “Kickstart My Heart” live, now’s probably your last chance! The tour is expected to cover most of the globe and last for about two years.
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