Best Bets: Tours 2013
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.
"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.
Inspired 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.
Last 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 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.
Last 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.
Gaga 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.
Following 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."
Last 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.
With 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 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.
With her sixth studio album out since Sept. 18, P!nk has announced a North American tour in support of "The Truth About Love." The 25-date tour starts Feb. 13, 2013 at Phoenix's U.S. Airways Center and wraps March 28 in Boston. The singer's first U.S. tour in four years, the month-and-a-half "Truth About Love" trek runs across the country with two stops in Canada. Fans can expect the same wild showmanship and acrobatics present on P!nk's 2009 "Funhouse" tour -- something the singer previewed last year at MTV’s Video Music Awards, when she was lifted in the air on a harness and flew across the stage, seated inside a pair of giant red lips.
The Black Crowes will close out a short hiatus in 2013 with a world tour, dubbed the "Lay Down with Number 13" trek, as well as a new live release, "Wiser For the Time." The rock group, which has been silent since 2010, has plotted the first leg of the comeback run, beginning Mar. 24, 2013 in Manchester, U.K. and heading to North America on April 2. They'll double-dip in a number of markets, including New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, and Nashville. Tickets for the first leg of the Black Crowes' 2013 world tour went on sale on Jan. 11, with additional dates forthcoming.
Spring through Fall
While she's immersed in promotional appearances for her new album, "Red," Taylor Swift is also hatching plans for the concert tour that will begin March 13 in Omaha, Neb. Tickets went sale Nov. 16 for Swift's 58-date trek, which will be stopping at mostly arenas and nine stadiums on the tour and is currently announced through Sept. 21 with British troubadour Ed Sheeran, who guests on the "Red" track "Everything Has Changed," as the opening act. And Swift says she's planning a production that will fit the scale of the places she's playing. "I like for it to be big -- as big as possible," Swift explains. "If we can make a show that dazzles people more than the last tour, then I'll have done my job in the right way.
After One Direction's 2012 tour of the United States completely sold out and the band found themselves busy with commitments for the rest of the calendar year, they scheduled a North American arena tour for summer 2013. The tour kicks off Jun. 13 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and travels through the South for the next two weeks before making it to the Northeast by the end of the month. Throughout July and early August, they'll head West, finally capping matters off Aug. 7 in Los Angeles, CA.
Sub Pop Records' Beach House will continue to support the critically-acclaimed LP "Bloom" through 2013, continuing a world tour that began Dec. 30, 2012 in Australia. After trekking through Japan, Korea, the United Kingdom, and Europe, they'll return to the States Apr. 8 for a series of seven announced dates beginning at Tricky Falls in El Paso, TX.
Winter through Summer
Pop prince Justin Bieber has added 30 North American dates to his ongoing “Believe” tour, which has been extended through August 2013. The tour will head overseas in February and return for a fresh run of North American dates on June 22 in San Diego. Bieber has 30 North American dates planned, ending with a show at Atlanta’s Phillips Arena Aug. 10. The Biebs will also take time Feb. 9 to pull double-duty as both musical guest and host of "Saturday Night Live" in New York City.
Major Lazer's new tour won't travel to outer space, but it'll come close. The Diplo-led project “Free the Universe” tour will reach 12 countries during a 34-date run, launching in Toronto on Feb. 28. Named after Major Lazer's Feb. 19-due album, the tour will run through North America before heading to Europe, with support acts Dragonette, Angel Haze and Lunice joining select dates. Major Lazer previously announced a handful of 2013 appearances, included Lollapalooza Brazil and Chile. Festival-watchers may note that the project's dates leave a window in mid-April -- the dates of Coachella's two weekends. The California festival's lineup, rumored to include the Rolling Stones, hasn't yet been announced.
With a new, Rob Cavallo-produced album due this February, Josh Groban's amped up his tour and promotion plans. "All That Echoes" has a varied and ambitious promotional schedule that kicks off Jan. 18 with a 60-minute special on HSN to boost pre-orders of the album. Groban will swing by the New York Times' Times Talk series (Feb. 1), "Good Morning America" (Feb. 6), "Live With Kelly and Michael" (Feb. 7) and even Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live" (Feb. 10), with Valentine's Day stops planned for "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and a return to "Jimmy Kimmel Live." Radio visits will include top 40 WHTZ (Z100) New York and a performance at Clear Channel's iHeartRadio Theater. He'll also perform an intimate live concert at New York's Allen Room at Lincoln Center and answer questions from fans both in the audience and at the more than 500 movie theaters watching the performance. Groban has three live dates planned for July, though with the new album approaching, that number will likely increase.