The tour landscape changes a lot over the course of a few months, so it's sometimes hard to keep up. It certainly has changed quite a bit since we last issued an update in April, just before the launch of this blog. Since then Paul McCartney announced a set of dates and Incubus has announced their first tour in two years. Don't worry! We've been keeping tabs on the schedule, so keep on reading to find out what's going on during the rest of the summer.
If you like Paul McCartney or Incubus, you'd better hurry up and get tickets, because the Brit and the band start tours on Friday. McCartney, who has been selling a whole lot of tickets, is visiting five cities. Meanwhile, Incubus' much longer 31-date tour is traversing the U.S. Also beginning a tour this weekend is country legend Dolly Parton. Finally, Kings of Leon will begin their latest tour on July 26.
August will be equally as busy as July, beginning with another leg of Janet Jackson's Number Ones tour on the 1st. A few days later, Blink-182 will hook up with My Chemical Romance for the Honda Civic Tour. Then on August 9, Adele will resume her tour following several weeks off to recuperate from laryngitis. Stevie Nicks starts a tour on that night as well. Santana plans to begin a tour at the end of August, and Rod Stewart begins a three-year residency at Caesars Palace on August 24.
September caps off the season, but there is still plenty happening, including a Marc Anthony tour beginning on September 1. Piano-rocker Elton John will join Rod Stewart and Celine Dion at Caesars on September 3 and Pearl Jam also begins a tour on that day. Celtic Thunder, Andre Rieu, Diana Ross, Roger Daltrey, and Vicente Fernandez also have tours that begin in August. In addition, the Big 4 metal bands of Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax are scheduled to give a one-off performance on September 14.
On the festival front, the Dave Matthews Band's Caravan festivals continue at New York's Governors Island from July 26 – 28, followed by the final one in Washington State from September 2 – 4. Matthews will also join Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Willie Nelson for Farm Aid on August 13 in Kansas City, KS. Meanwhile, the Uproar Festival begins in Camden, NJ, on July 26, Lollapallooza kicks off at Chicago's Grant Park on August 5, and the Austin City Limits Festival is scheduled for September 16 – 18.
None of the above includes tours that are already ongoing. That includes Britney Spears and Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, Robert Plant, New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys, Rush, Kid Rock, Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Michael Buble, and Sade. As you can see, there are a lot of options from which to choose, so you can't say that there is nothing happening this summer!