From Lady Gaga's first proper arena tour to a 'Sick' underground punk festival, this summer's robust touring slate offers something for everyone.
It's time. Tour books are being printed, merch is being shipped, trucks and coaches are gassed up, rehearsals are under way... The summer touring season is upon us. An estimated 70% of the year's touring activity will take place between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and 2010 looks to be just as busy as 2009's record touring year. This year's Summer Preview offers sneak peeks at the most buzzed-about tours of all sizes, from stadium spectacles to intimate club gigs. As always, the jury on their ultimate success is out until the Billboard Boxscore numbers start coming in-or don't.
FESTIVALS & MULTI-ARTIST TOURS
SINGLE ARTIST TOURS
Text by Ray Waddell and Mitchell Peters