Going to a concert is an awesome experience and a great escape from everyday life. We can listen to our favorite rock bands on our iPods and speaker systems at home all we want, but seeing the music performed live is a whole other experience that forms lifelong memories. Given that, we recommend going to concerts as often as possible. Below are five tours scheduled to take place in 2017 that would make for an unforgettable concert experience! If it’s your first time attending a concert, be sure to check out these tips I wrote for your first concert…
1) Bon Jovi-This House is Not For Sale Tour
Fresh off a new album, This House is Not For Sale, Bon Jovi is ready to pick right up right where they left off on their last North American tour three years ago, when longtime guitarist, Richie Sambora walked away from the band in the middle of the tour. His replacement, Phil X, played lead guitar on the latest album. Despite the absence of Sambora, Jon Bon Jovi is an incredible live performer who hasn’t lost any energy at age 54. You will be up on your feet screaming the chorus to “Livin’ on a Prayer”!
2) Brian Wilson-Pet Sounds: The Final Performances
In 1966, Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys released Pet Sounds. Needless to say, this became an iconic, inspirational album for all rock and roll music to come: Rolling Stone just recently named it the second greatest album ever. 50 years later, Wilson is still performing the album front to back. After a successful 50th anniversary tour throughout 2016, Brian decided to add these final performances before he retires the album for good. f you’re young like me, and would like to see a literal living legend perform before it’s too late, now is the perfect opportunity.
3) Red Hot Chili Peppers-The Getaway TourThe Chili Peppers are back and ready to rock! After a five year break from touring the United States, RHCP is scheduled to perform an arena tour across the country over five months after a set of European dates. Their latest album, The Getaway, is an improvement from their last album, and the band sounds like they’re starting to click with Josh Klinghoffer on lead guitar. What makes these concerts special is that this band never sticks to the same setlist. You never know what you’re going to hear at a RHCP concert! One thing is for sure, though: you won’t be disappointed.
4) Roger Waters-Us + Them Tour
Ever thought how cool it would have been to see Pink Floyd in concert, performing epic songs from Dark Side of the Moon and the Wall live? While not quite the same, this is as close as you’ll get. Join the bassist from Floyd for a night of classic tunes, cool visual effects, and protest. As someone who cares about the world, Roger Waters is not afraid to speak out against social injustice. At the recent Desert Trip Music Festival, he protested then candidate, Donald Trump, during the song “Pigs.” According to his website, Waters says this tour “will be a mixture of stuff from [his] long career, stuff from [his] years with Pink Floyd, some new things. Probably 75% of it will be old material and 25% of it will be new, but it will all be connected by a general theme. It will be a cool show, [he promises] you. It’ll be spectacular like all [his] shows have been.”
5) Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers-40th Anniversary Tour
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have been making original, back-to-roots rock for 40 years now, and have established themselves as one of the greatest American rock bands of all time. Now, they are undertaking one of their most ambitious tours ever, covering a series of large stadium venues over the course of four months, with the high possibility of more shows being added on the west coast. Not bad for a group of five guys in their mid sixties! As an added bonus, legendary Eagles guitarist and solo artist Joe Walsh is the opening act during the first half of the tour, so you get to see two epic shows for the price of one!
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