Green Day

Green Day shows are more than concerts—they’re full-throttle events. The latest leg of the band's Revolution Radio tour is set for August through September, and the setlist will bring everything from early '90s tracks to American Idiot-era tunes to today’s mix. Green Day's latest album, Revolution Radio, dropped last fall, and they've been on the road much of this year in support of the record. 

 

Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows

Melodic pop songs from the ‘90s such as "Push," "3 A.M." and "Mr. Jones" are still regulars on the radio, and it's no wonder. Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows, the groups who created those tunes, both feature great songwriting and irresistibly entertaining frontmen in Rob Thomas and Adam Duritz, respectively. The two are joining forces for a 2017 summer tour and promise a plentiful range of material spanning their full careers. The tour runs from mid-July through early October. 

 

Metallica

When Metallica released Hardwired...to Self-Destruct late last year, they unleashed a metal opus. Hardwired rips with razor-sharp riffs, powerful rhythms and weighty, near-apocalyptic themes. The guys are scheduled to wrap the tour up in mid-August. Call this the metal tour of the summer.

Metallica
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Paul McCartney

When Paul McCartney goes on tour in the U.S., it's always a landmark occasion. He's stretching into his 70s at this point, but McCartney still performs lengthy, incredible shows that prove why he's considered one of the most legendary performers of his era. McCartney's 2017 One on One tour keeps the Beatles singer on the road from July through October. 

 

Queen + Adam Lambert

Brian May and company are keeping Freddie Mercury and Queen's music alive on a summer tour that brings Queen together with American Idol's Adam Lambert.  This has become a regular affair, as Lambert has sung with Queen since 2009. There’s no telling when May will decide to wrap up the live shows for good, so it's best to get to one of these gigs while there’s time. Queen "will rock you" from June through early August. 

 

Roger Waters

Roger Waters just released his first rock album in 25 years, Is This the Life We Really Want?, and that's cause for a party. He's throwing a big one in the form of a massive tour that keeps Waters on the road through the end of October. Expect Pink Floyd songs and solo tracks, plus lots of projection. 

 

The Who

The Who have been rocking it for more than 50 years, and the guys are saying they might enter retirement – from major tours, at least – after this year. The band's recent The Who Hits 50! trek sold out arenas across the world. Now, the guys have added a few extra tour stops for 2017. They'll be on the road in North America through mid-August and then head to Brazil, Chile and Argentina. 

 

Tom Petty

Happy 40th anniversary to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The gang is celebrating the milestone with a major tour celebrating the band's legacy and lengthy catalog of hits. The openers for this tour are impressive, too. Depending on the city, Petty has tapped Joe Walsh, Chris Stapleton, Gary Clark Jr., Peter Wolf, the Lumineers and more to kick off the shows. Petty and his Heartbreakers will play gigs on this tour through mid-September. 

 

Tool

It's not a surprise that Tool's short spring and summer tour sold out in minutes. While talk of a new album has been strong, Tool haven't announced anything official yet, which makes the band's current live run even more of a must-see for Tool fans. Maynard James Keenan, Adam Jones and company will wrap the tour up towards the end of June.  

 

U2

It's safe to deem U2's summer tour one of the biggest – if not the biggest – of the year. The band's landmark album, The Joshua Tree, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, and U2 are touring to commemorate the 1987 release. The tour -- which stretches across North America through September -- sold out in minutes. That's usually the case for Bono, The Edge and the U2 clan. If you have a ticket for this one, pinch yourself.