Emagine Music 2013 (Concert tickets from ClickitTicket.com)
If the Rolling Stones tour in the coming months, 2013 will be one of the greatest years for live music of all-time. Of course, there are so many great bands and singers hitting the road in the near future that even if the Stones don’t tour in 2013 it will still be a great year for concerts.
Everyone believes the Stones will tour in 2013 since they celebrated their 50th anniversary with just six concerts in three cities. Surely, they’ll be launching a full-fledged hegira in 2013. Well, there’s that and the gobs and gobs of money they’ll make from a massive stadium cruise.
There are several other big-name artists probably touring in 2012…
David Bowie releases a new album in March. It looks to be some of his best work in a long time. Safe money is on the Thin White Duke touring in 2013.
Beyoncé is the halftime entertainment at Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans. There are rumors that she’s working on a new record. Again, there has been no official confirmation but conventional wisdom says if she releases a new album in 2013 she tours shortly thereafter.
Phish took most of 2012 off only returning at the tail end for their annual New Year’s Eve Run. Look for an extended tour of North America in mid- to late-2013.
Justin Timberlake is set to release a fresh album, The 20/20 Experience, in the spring. It’s likely that he’ll tour to support.
Finally, KISS performs overseas in March and June. It’s logical to assume that they’ll rock America in late summer or early autumn. KISS will be promoting their 20th studio album, Monster, which dropped in early October of 2012.
Up until now we’ve done nothing but speculate. You could say we’ve been using our “Emagination.” It could very well be that the Stones, David Bowie, Beyoncé, Phish, Justin Timberlake, and KISS don’t tour in 2013. If that happens don’t panic. Several world class artists have already routed major concert tours of North America for 2013.
We all thought they’d be touring in 2012 but we were wrong. They are however touring in 2013. What happened was Stevie Nicks talked the other members of Fleetwood Mac out of a 2012 campaign. She said their fans needed more time to miss them. Fleetwood Mac’s 2013 World Tour gets underway April 4 in Columbus, Ohio. The band nowadays consists of Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, John McVie, and Mick Fleetwood.
Progressive rock legends Yes commence a jaunt of the New World on March 1. About a month later, Rod Stewart and Steve Winwood team up for their “Live the Life Tour.” Their North American leg starts April 10 in Chicago and ends May 1 in Montreal. Also, look for The Who to wrap up their celebration of Quadrophenia. The band is playing their classic rock opera in its entirety just 16 more times in 2013. Crosby, Stills, & Nash will be performing all over Florida and the southern part of the U.S. during the month of May. They’re in Europe in June but could return to the States in July or August.
Other classic rockers on the road in 2013 include Bob Dylan, Bob Seger, Sting, Leonard Cohen, and Andrea Bocelli. Okay, Cohen really isn’t a classic rocker and Bocelli sings classical music but there’s nowhere else to mention these great and influential voices. Of course, it doesn’t matter where you list Cohen or Bocelli. They are two of the best singers/performers in the world.
When it’s all said and done, Lady Gaga tickets will have been collected at 115 shows on six continents. Her “Born This Way Ball” regenerates Jan. 11 in Vancouver, B.C. and then winds all over the New World before culminating March 20 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Get their early. If you’re the first in line to the “Monster Pit” (floor seating) you get the “monster pit key” which symbolically opens the pit.
Lady Gaga is far from the only Diva touring in 2013. Girl on Fire, Alicia Keys, begins a jaunt of North America on March 7 in Seattle, Washington. Opening for her will be Miguel. The day before Valentine’s Day, Pink will be in Phoenix to ignite her “Truth About Love Tour.” And a few weeks later, clear on the other side of the country, Rihanna initiates her highly anticipated “Diamonds World Tour.”
In 2012, Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw joined forces for the “Brothers of the Sun Tour.” In 2013, both men are touring again but this time on their own. Kenny Chesney’s trip around America’s football stadiums kicks off March 16 in Tampa. Tim McGraw’s “Two Lanes of Freedom Tour 2013” inaugurates May 2 in Birmingham, Alabama. Before his headlining excursion begins, McGraw finishes his residency in Las Vegas with wife Faith Hill. Both men are scheduled to perform at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
Taylor Swift’s concert tour stretches from mid-March through late September. T-Swift is gallivanting all over America to market her latest album, Red. The country music diva won’t be the only one of her ilk on the concert trail. Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away Tour’ returns Feb. 13 with a concert in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Let’s quickly recap: in 2013 you can see in concert two of the best male country music singers and two of the best female country music singers. And we haven’t even mentioned treks by Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town, Blake Shelton, Dixie Chicks, and Keith Urban. Get your ten-gallon hat out of the closet and dust off your cowboy boots because 2013 is going to be a special one for country music fans.
Boys Will Be Boys
In 2013, your Justin Bieber tickets will be collected all over the world including venues in Dublin, London, Paris, Oslo, Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, and Toronto. The young minstrel is wrapping up an itinerary that began in 2012.
If Biebs doesn’t fulfill your appetite for heartthrobs there’s always One Direction. The British boy band invades America on June 13 with a concert in Sunrise, Florida. Now, don’t dismiss One Direction as a boy band. These young men can sing and their songs are very catchy.
And there is a can't-miss tour for those 80's pop music fans. Get this. New Kids on the Block will be touring with 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men starting at the end of May, 2013. Tour highlights include Las Vegas and Boston.
For Those About To Rock
Sometimes we think it’s easier to mention when Bon Jovi is NOT planning a tour. This year New Jersey’s favorite sons embark on the “Because We Can—The Tour.” Their first date is Feb. 9 and their first stop is Uncasville, Connecticut. Fans with tickets to see Bon Jovi are helping the group promote their latest opus, Because We Can.
Kid Rock will be sharing the stage with Bob Seger twice in 2013—Minneapolis on March 15 and Fargo on March 16. We hope the Michigan-natives will team for a proper co-headlining circuit but right now we can only “Emagine.” Kid Rock’s solo tour extends from Feb. 2 through April 6,
Muse is rock’s next great stadium band. The trio can flat out get it done on stage. The North American leg of their 2013 tour begins Jan. 29 in Sacramento and ends April 24 in Quebec City. Highlights of their route include two nights in Toronto, New York City, and Montreal.
Maroon 5’s musical odyssey lifts off Feb. 13 in Columbus, Ohio and quells April 6 in Rosemont, Illinois. The band is as hot as ever thanks to the ubiquitous career of Adam Levine. Due to his tenure on The Voice, the guy is just about everywhere. Joining Maroon 5 on the marquee will be Neon Trees and Owl City.
At the time of writing this article, Dave Matthews Band has just four dates on the docket: Ludlow, Vermont; Pelham Alabama; Southaven, Mississippi; and New Orleans, Louisiana. However, we know, you know, Dave Matthews knows, even the people he dumped sewage on back in 2004 know that more dates are coming. Like it’s been for two decades (minus 2011), DMB will tour the United States sometime over summer.