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Hottest New Concerts for Rock, Country and Alternative Legends

Adam Young | March 3, 2017
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This week’s rundown of the hottest new concerts is a trip back through time with some of the most popular performers of the past five decades. And make no mistake: These are NOT nostalgia tours. They’ll all be packing venues across the country.

The Decade’s Biggest Country…and Nelly

Florida Georgia Line is going on tour with Nelly. You read that right, and it’s not that much of a surprise. They collaborated on a Nelly remix of their 2013 smash hit “Cruise” and Mr. Nelly had a previous country hit with Tim McGraw. FGL’s “Smooth Tour” will also feature singer-songwriter Chris Lane. Their latest single, “God, Your Mama and Me,” is a collaboration with the Backstreet Boys, but no word if they’ll be joining the tour…yet.

John Mayer Adds Concert Dates

John Mayer tore through the 2000s with his guitar skills and emotion-packed songwriting. He already announced the initial dates for his Search for Everything Tour, but now he’s added 32 more. The new leg of his tour will hit Denver, Dallas and more before Mayer plays a string of amphitheaters like Lakewood in Atlanta and Riverbend in Cincinnati. He’ll wrap up at Klipsch Music Center on Sept. 3.

90s Alternative Gods Goo Goo Dolls, Soundgarden Return

Get out your five-disc CD changers, it’s a 90s alternative revival with these two legendary acts:

  • Goo Goo Dolls are back on tour promoting their new EP titled You Should Be Happy. Yes, you should be! The band behind “Name,” “Slide,” and “Iris” — the song Billboard named the top single of the 20-year stretch between 1992 and 2012 — will hit the road in July and play through September. In the meantime they’ll hit arenas and amphitheaters across the country, including Darien Lake just outside their hometown of Buffalo, New York.

  • Soundgarden was at the epicenter of grunge during the early 1990s, and the band is back this year to play amphitheaters and festivals across the country. Their tour begins at 98 Rockfest in Tampa before playing the Carolina Rebellion Festival in Concord, North Carolina, and Rock on the Range Festival in Columbus, Ohio, among others. It’s Soundgarden’s first tour in three years and they’re rumored to be putting out a brand new album later in 2017.

80s Bands Depeche Mode, Slayer Hit the Road

No, not together. But wouldn’t that be something?

  • Depeche Mode just announced a world tour for 2017. North American stops include Denver, two shows at Madison Square Garden and amphitheaters galore. Tickets go on sale today in advance of their new album, Spirit, which drops on March 17.

  • Not to be outdone, Slayer is touring North America. The road trip starts in Minnesota before moving on to The Forum in Los Angeles, Hard Rock in Las Vegas and more. They’ll be joined at various dates throughout the tour by Lamb of God and Behemoth.

70s Icons James Taylor, ZZ Top Still Going Strong

  • How sweet it must be to be James Taylor. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer still fills arenas with his legendary mix of adult contemporary and folk perfection. He’s touring with Bonnie Raitt this summer, and they’ll finish at Fenway Park on Aug. 11. If there’s one concert every music lover should see, it’s James Taylor at Fenway Park.

  • People still go crazy for ZZ Top, and we don’t blame them. They released their first album in 1971 and still headline their own solo tour. Their 2017 road show begins tonight in Atlantic City and includes stops at NRG Stadium in Houston, PNC Pavillion in Cincinnati and finishes up at Toyota Stadium in Texas with, who else, Jimmy Buffet. Beat that.
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