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May 24, 2016
Beyoncé gets in Formation, Axl does double duty and much more
In the coming months, a massive array of major artists will take to the road or continue in-progress trips. In addition to tours from pop royalty (Beyoncé,Adele) and resurgent rockers (Guns N’ Roses, Blink-182), many acts are pooling their resources to create unstoppable package shows (Drake and Future, Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato, Weezer and Panic! at the Disco). Here are the 30 tours we’re most excited about this summer.
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Through October 2nd
Beyoncé got a little emotional on the way to Miami’s Marlins Park before the start of her first-ever solo stadium tour on April 27th. “I’ve dreamed of this my whole life,” she said. Her Formation Tour is her most impressive yet: a politically-charged spectacle built around her stunning new LP, Lemonade, and featuring darker versions of familiar hits, as well as a 50-foot-tall tower of video screens that shoots flames and projects psychedelic images. The 40-plus-date tour has already grossed more than $200 million. “It’s a home run,” says the tour’s promoter, Arthur Fogel. “It could be the most successful tour of the year.”
July 5th-November 9th
“I’ve been dying to do a fucking show,” Adele said at a warm-up gig last year. She toured only briefly behind her 2011 album, 21, due to vocal issues. Five years later, she’s embarking on her first American arena tour ever in support of 25. These concerts will showcase her powerhouse vocals and living-room intimacy; she often banters with fans, and recently barked at security for kicking some audience members out of the aisles. All 54 North American dates sold out in seconds, and while Adele could easily add more, she’s pacing herself. “I’m not doing fucking dance routines like Beyoncé,” she says. “But performing every night is still grueling, so I need to be in good form for that.”
June 23rd-August 22nd
The unlikely reunion of Axl Rose and classic-era Guns N’ Roses members Slash and bassist Duff McKagan after decades of public acrimony and bitter swipes in the press still seems impossible. And yet they played their first dates together for the first time since 1993 in April, many of which found Rose seated on Dave Grohl’s “rock throne,” and they have set two months’ worth of stadium gigs that will run from June to August this summer, with support coming variously from Alice in Chains and Lenny Kravitz. Even weirder is how the dates will commence after Rose returns from a European run fronting AC/DC. But the most stunning fact remains that the reunion has appeared to be working so far, even if none of the band members have spoken about it explicitly. They’ve dubbed their trek the “Not in This Lifetime … Tour,” so maybe it’s best not to question why it’s all going so well.