Best Bets: Tours 2013

Best Bets Tours

Are you a Belieber who's ready to hear Justin Bieber's acoustic stylings live? Anxious to throw on your boots and boogie with Kenny Chesney? Have moves like Jagger and can't wait to show them off while Adam Levine and Maroon 5 rock and arena near you? Well, there are plenty of chances to make those dreams come true this year. Find out when some of the hottest acts in music are hitting the road.

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Rihanna"Unapologetic," Rihanna's fourth studio album in four years, was released Nov. 19 and the singer has a slew of North American dates planned for Spring 2013. The tour opens Mar. 3 at Buffalo, NY's First Niagara Center and runs though early May, when it concludes with back-to-back dates (May 4-5) at Brooklyn, NY's Barclays Center. Rihanna made touring headlines last year via the 777 Tour, which saw her playing seven concerts in seven countries over seven days. Accompanying Rihanna on her 2013 "Diamonds" tour is New York rapper A$AP Rocky, who released his debut album, "LONGLIVEA$AP," on Jan. 15.

Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood MacInspired by a trio of new songs set for release in early 2013, Fleetwood Mac have 34 North American arena dates lined up for this spring. Beginning April 4 in Columbus, Ohio's Nationwide Arena, the tour marks the band’s first set of tour dates since 2009. Nicks says the band has started discussing its collection for the 2013 dates, knowing it has "about 10 songs, the hit songs that we have to play, and that leaves us 10 more. So you start looking at the catalog and going through 'Tusk,' through 'Rumours,' through 'Fleetwood Mac' and 'Mirage' and 'Tango in the Night,' and you start finding a few songs everybody's wanted to do but never actually suggested. Then you start weeding it down from 30, 40 songs on the board and pretty soon you start to see the 20 songs" that will comprise the show.

Rod Stewart
Spring, Summer

ROD STEWARTLast December, Rod Stewart guested on "Live! With Kelly and Michael" to announce his nine-date "Live the Life" North American arena tour. It begins Apr. 10 at Chicago's United Center, and will include a fellow Rock 'N Roll elder statesman, Steve Winwood, for the duration. In June, he'll embark on a 15-date European tour, which focuses on the United Kingdom, but includes a pair of Scandinavian dates and concludes July 3 in Dortmund, Germany. Stewart capped off 2012 with a successful Christmas album, "Merry Christmas, Baby."

Kenny Chesney
Spring, Summer

KENNY CHESNEYKenny Chesney enjoyed a busy 2012 and it doesn't appear he'll be letting up any time soon. The country star reentry confirmed a massive, 46-date North American tour titled "No Shoes Nation" to coincide with his upcoming album. The tour kicks off Mar. 16 at Tampa, FL's Raymond James Stadium and carries on through the summer before concluding Aug. 24 in Foxboro, MA's Gillette Stadium. He'll be taking along fellow country acts like the Zac Brown Band, Eli Young Band, Eric Church, and Kacey Musgraves. Chesney's live act won a pair of Billboard awards last year: the “Top Package” award for the year's top-grossing tour and the "Road Warrior" award for his work ethic, professionalism, and integrity.

Bon Jovi
Winter, Spring

BON JOVILast November, Bon Jovi announced plans for 2013's Because We Can tour, featuring recession-friendly prices. The group's upcoming dates will feature seven price tiers in most markets, including more than 1,000 tickets priced at $19.50 before service fees in every city. Because We Can will be the fourth consecutive Bon Jovi tour promoted by AEG Live. The band's last tour, "The Circle" in 2010-2011, grossed $265 million in ticket sales, according to Billboard Boxscore. The tour begins Feb. 9 in Uncasville, Conn., and will play mostly arenas in North America, though there are several stadium shows on the route, including a two-night stand at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., the band's home state.

Lady Gaga

LADY GAGAGaga kicked off her 2013 North American tour leg on January 11 in Vancouver and has a packed itinerary through Mar. 20, when she concludes the tour in Tulsa, OK. She debuted at No. 2 in the first Hot Tours ranking of 2013, based on ticket sales reported from venues in Latin America, Africa and Europe during the “Born This Way Ball's” final seven weeks on the road in 2012. Gaga's fourth studio album, "Artpop," is expected later this year.

Green Day

GREEN DAYFollowing a tough few months that included canceled concert dates and a disrupted album trilogy release to let frontman Bille Joe Armstrong deal with substance abuse issues, Green Day has set the date for their live return. The band's first concert since September will be March 28 in Chicago, followed by ten dates going through April. "We want to thank everyone for hanging in with us for the last few months," said the members of Green Day. "We are very excited to hit the road and see all of you again, though we regret having to cancel more shows."

Maroon 5
Winter, Spring

MAROON 5Last October, Maroon 5 announced an expansive 2013 headlining tour of North America. Neon Trees and Owl City are set to join the group for the entire 31-date run. The tour kicks off Feb. 13 in Columbus, OH and wraps April 6 in Rosemont, IL. The winter/spring tour suggests that lead singer Adam Levine may have to skip the fourth season of "The Voice.” His fellow coaches on the NBC hit, Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green, have already announced that they will be taking the spring off from the show to support their latest musical projects.

Matchbox Twenty
Winter, Spring

MATCHBOX TWENTYWith a long-awaited new album under the belts, Matchbox Twenty have announced the first leg of their North American headlining tour, which kicks off in Tulsa, Okla., all set. On Jan. 29. Rob Thomas and company will stay on the road through the end of March, playing an assortment of theaters, with a number of casino and resort-type venues thrown in. Running on the momentum from their blockbuster album "North" and hit singles "She's So Mean" and "Overjoyed," Matchbox Twenty have plenty to celebrate on the road: not only did "North" mark their first ever chart-topper and No. 1 debut, but it was also the band's first album together in ten years.

Tim McGraw

TIM MCGRAWTim McGraw is heading back on the road this summer on the "Two Lanes of Freedom" tour, hitting 30 cities in North America between May and July. "Let's leave anything that might be weighing us down out in the parking lot and spend a few hours together feeling alive and free," McGraw says in the tour announcement. With Brantley Gilbert and Love and Theft as supporting acts, McGraw begins his trek on May 2 in Birmingham, AL and will snake through the South, Northeast, Midwest and West Coast before wrapping up July 27 in Virginia Beach, VA. McGraw spent last summer on a 22-city co-headlining tour with Kenny Chesney.


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