If you haven't heard yet, country icon George Strait is going on his final tour next year. The first leg of the Cowboy Rides Away Tour, with Martina McBride as the opener, will kick off on January 13 in Lubbock, TX, and end on June 1 in San Antonio, TX. The full tour will last about two years, ending in 2014.
The King of Country has been popular since he began singing in 1982. Beginning at a time when country music was under heavily influence by pop and rock, Strait took a different path, becoming the standard bearer for the traditional country sound.
The preference has helped him stand out among other pop and rock-influenced country artists, particularly when it comes to touring. Here are a few factoids:
- Collectively, Strait's tours with Martina McBride have sold the eighth highest number of tickets among country tours on the TicketNetwork.com exchange.
- When his tours with other artists are included, he is the fourth highest-selling country artist on the exchange.
- George Strait is only of two neo-traditionalist artists to have concert series in the Top 20 list of country tours on the exchange. The other is Reba McEntire, due to the touring she's done with Strait.
If you didn't get to see Aerosmith the first time around, fear not, as the band will be returning to the road in November with a new set of tour dates. Under the announced schedule, 14 shows will make up the second leg of the Global Warming Tour. Everything will kick off on November 8 in Oklahoma City, OK, and end on December 13 in Nashville, TN. Cheap Trick will join Aerosmith as a supporting act.
Although they've been off the touring circuit for more than a month, the band hasn't been vacationing. They're currently finishing up their latest album, Music from Another Dimension!, which will be released on November 6.
July has lots of things to look forward to, including Independence Day (July 4) and Embrace Your Geekness Day (July 13). But what about live events after the fireworks are over? Check out our guide for the top July events:
American Idol Live: The hit talent show is hitting the road once again, kicking off a tour on July 6 in Detroit, MI. The show will visit dozens of cities before ending its tour in Milwaukee, WI, on September 11.
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Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks: The duo is joining forces for a brief summer tour. The Heart & Soul Tour begins in Cleveland, OH, on July 20, continuing through August 9.
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One Direction: The newest hit boy band continues its 2012 trek across North America through July 1. Tickets are also available for NEXT July (and June and August) for their 2013 dates.
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Other Concerts in July:
- Lynyrd Skynyrd begins July 8.
- Iron Maiden and Journey begin their respective tours July 21.
- Celine Dion continues her Las Vegas residency.
In case you were suffering from Bieber withdrawal, you won't be in pain for much longer. Today Biebs announced the schedule for his Believe Tour, to go along with the release of Believe, his newest album which will drop on June 19. The tour, which begins September 29, is bringing Bieber back to North America for the first time since the end of 2010. Forty-six shows are currently scheduled for Believe through the end of January 2013. Carly Rae Jensen will join the tour as a special guest.
Though he hasn't been on tour in North America since 2010, Bieber has been busy nonetheless. When he's not having his every movement tracked by the media and fans (both would benefit from this flowchart from last year), he's been working. Last year he brought his previous My World Tour to South America, Europe, and Asia. He also released his second full album, Under the Mistletoe, in November.
The U.S. dates are below. Visit the Justin Bieber tickets page to place an order.
Today Rush announced it is beginning the Clockwork Angels Tour this fall, the followup to its successful Time Machine Tour, which ran the last two years. The tour is in support of its soon-to-be-released album, Clockwork Angels. It begins on September 7 in Manchester, NH, and ends on December 2 in Houston, TX. Thirty-three shows are currently scheduled.
Judging by previous Rush tours, the new one will likely include all or most of the new album and a healthy selection from the band's huge vault of songs. Clockwork Angels was introduced during the previous tour as album singles "Caravan" and "BU2B" were part of the set. The third single from the album, "Headlong Flight," was also released today.
The tour dates are listed below. Visit the Rush tickets page to place an order.