Monday, July 15, 2013
28 can’t-miss shows in Dallas, including The Eagles and Justin Timberlake
2013 is going to be a busy year for live music.
DALLAS The year is halfway over, but momentum is still strong in the realm of live music. Once fall touring season picks up, you'll be pressed to find a weekend that doesn't have an amazing concert offering. Here are 26 shows you should keep in your calendar.
- Kid Rock (July 20): Southern rocker and hip-hop rapper Kid Rock launches the "$20 Best Night Ever" U.S. tour June 28 in Bristow, Virginia and makes it over to Dallas' Gexa Energy Pavilion July 20 with special guest Uncle Kracker. The 29-city trek stretches all the way to Tampa, Florida on Sept. 15.
- Brad Paisley (July 27): Country music superstar Brad Paisley kills it on the electric guitar. Plus, his quirky sense of humor is front and center on hits such as “Celebrity,” “Alcohol,” “Ticks” and “Online.” The West Virginia native brings all of that and more, including tunes from his upcoming new album Wheelhouse, to Gexa Energy Pavilion for a big ole country extravaganza July 27. The show includes special guests Chris Young (love this guy’s voice!) and Lee Brice.
- Wiz Khalifa (July 28): It's called the "Under the Influence of Music Tour," and it stars hip-hop sensations Wiz Khalifa and A$AP Rocky, plus B.o.B, Trinidad Jame$, Joey Bada$$, Berner, Chevy Woods and Smoke DZA. Come July 28, Gexa Energy Pavilion will be bustling with beats and rhymes. The 20-city trek takes them from California to Ohio.
- Matchbox Twenty and Goo Goo Dolls (July 31): Matchbox Twenty and Goo Goo Dolls, two pop-rock bands with alternative rock elements, embark on a co-headlining tour that commences June 25 in Manchester, New Hampshire. That very trek brings the Rob Thomas-led Matchbox Twenty and the John Rzeznik-fronted Goo Goo Dolls to Gexa Energy Pavilion July 31 for a hot-and-sweaty summer show.
- Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival (Aug. 4): Dallas is the final stop on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival tour itinerary Aug. 4 at Gexa Energy Pavilion. The trek begins June 29 in San Bernardino, Calif. and runs for 26 dates. So that means that headliner Rob Zombie will let it all hang out. He’ll surely be in extra macabre metal mode during that trek finale. Other hard rocking bands on the bill are Five Finger Death Punch, Mastodon, Machine Head, Amon Amarth, Butcher Babies, Behemoth and 10 others. There will be 17 performances in total across four stages.
- The Jonas Brothers (Aug. 6): Westlake guys Kevin Jonas, Joe Jonas and Nick Jonas are back together again after a hiatus from touring and recording that allowed Nick and Joe to deliver solo album projects. The new Jonas Brothers single, "Pom Poms," is a hip-hop-fused, pop-rock corker that will be perfect as a new sporting event anthem. A new album is slated for release this year. Meanwhile, the "Jonas Brothers Live Tour" cranks up July 10 in Chicago and stops Aug. 6 at Gexa.
- 90s Summer Tour (Aug. 14): Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Vertical Horizon and Fastball -- all giants of the decade that brought us grunge music, Beverly Hills 90210 and Tickle Me Elmo -- bring their "Under the Sun Tour" August 14 to Allen Event Center. The trek features staples from the era such as Smash Mouth's "Walkin' On the Sun," Austin outfit Fastball's "The Way," Sugar Ray's "Fly," Gin Blossoms' "Follow Me Down" and Vertical Horizon's "Everything You Want." Tickets go on sale May 31 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster.
- Heart (Aug. 15): Sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson, the blazing nucleus of Heart, bring the band for a rocking hot summer show Aug. 15 at Dallas’ Gexa Energy Pavilion. The “Heartbreaker Tour” promises to deliver Heart classics such as “Magic Man,” “Crazy On You,” “Alone,” “Barracuda,” “These Dreams,” “What About Love,” “Straight On,” “All I Wanna Do Is Make Love to You” and so many more. Ann Wilson still sings all of those hits in the very same key they were written. Her voice has held up with amazing power and endurance.
- My Bloody Valentine (Aug. 17): Rabidly revered and lovingly scrutinized by diehard fans, Ireland's My Bloody Valentine is one of those quietly influential bands that followed its own path and took its sweet time to deliver music in the on-and-off span of three decades. And now there is a new album, m b v, its first in 22 years, and a few concert dates all booked up, including Aug. 17 at Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie. This is one of only six gigs in the United States this summer.
- Keith Urban (Aug. 17): The pop-country singer, songwriter and guitarist (not to mention the American Idol judge) hops back on the road for his "Light the Fuse Tour 2013″ featuring special guests Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch. The trek stops Aug. 17 at Gexa Energy Pavilion. Tickets start at $31 and go on sale April 5 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster.
- Maze featuring Frankie Beverly (Aug. 18): Get your "Joy and Pain" and your "Silky Soul" and then go "Back in Stride." Every Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly show is a celebration of old-school R&B, of songs we all know and love that make us feel good to be alive. The famed group headlines Dallas' Gexa Energy Pavilion Aug. 18 during a gig presented by the Bounce TV Summer Music Festival.
- fun. (Sept. 12): Nate Ruess, Andrew Dost and Jack Antonoff are headed to Dallas Sept. 12 to headline Gexa Energy Pavilion. Tickets for the Dallas stop of the 26-date “Most Nights Summer Tour” go on sale Feb. 15 at 10 a.m. via Live Nation. Ticket prices are $20-$39.50.
- Miranda Lambert (Sept. 13): Lindale's own country music superstar Miranda Lambert teams up with fellow country renegade Dierks Bentley for the "Locked & Reloaded Tour," which stops Sept. 13 at Gexa Energy Pavilion. The Grammy-winning Lambert is no stranger to entertaining the multitudes at Gexa. Her May 2012 gig at the venue drew more than 18,000 fans.
- Depeche Mode (Sept. 20): England's panoramic, influential Depeche Mode -- Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher -- crank up the North American leg of the group's upcoming "The Delta Machine Tour" with a first stop in Detroit Aug. 22. We in Dallas have to wait almost another month for the famed synth-pop band's Gexa Energy Pavilion gig on Sept. 20. That's OK, Depeche Mode is always worth the time, money and effort.
- Breakaway Music Festival (Sept. 21): The event, which is being held in only two cities Columbus, Ohio and Dallas, Texas (well, actually Frisco, Texas), features this cool and diverse lineup: Empire of the Sun, Wu-Tang Clan, Big Gigantic, Matt and Kim, Explosions In the Sky, Juicy J, Crizzly, Danny Avila, Ra Ra Riot, Lil Twist, Booty Fade, Dark Rooms, Oil Boom and Yeahdef.
- Imagine Dragons (Sept. 27, 28): Las Vegas indie rockers Imagine Dragons, fresh off a couple of big pop singles with "It's Time" and "Radioactive," return to Dallas for a couple of fall shows at South Side Ballroom, formerly Palladium Ballroom. The Dragons perform Sept. 27 and 28 during a 10-concert date second-leg extension to their current tour. That's a mere seven months after the sold-out Feb. 11 gig at House of Blues.
- Martina McBride (Oct. 3): Country-pop songstress Martina McBride, she of the potent pipes and penchant for female empowerment songs, brings her stylish concert to Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie Oct. 3. Best known for her resonating anthems "Independence Day," "A Broken Wing," "Love's the Only House" and "God's Will," McBride is touring in support of her late 2011 album Eleven, which featured the hits "Teenage Daughters" and "I'm Gonna Love You Through It."
- The Eagles (Oct. 11,12): That first Eagles concert, happening Oct. 11 at American Airlines Center, is sold-out. You knew that would happen, right? Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit always pack the house. So show No. 2 is ready to go. The second gig is Oct. 12 at American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory in Dallas. Tickets go on sale June 22 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster. Prices are $49.50-$179.50.
- Bon Jovi (Oct. 16): Jon Bon Jovi and his rocking band mates hightail it back to American Airlines Center Oct. 16, a mere six months after the enduring group's April 11 gig at the same venue. This gig is part of Bon Jovi's just announced fall leg of "Because We Can - The Tour." Naturally, expect all the Bon Jovi hits ("Livin' On a Prayer," "Bad Medicine," "You Give Love a Bad Name" and "Wanted Dead or Alive") plus material from the new What About Now CD, which entered the Billboard charts at No. 1 back in March.
- John Fogerty (Oct. 18): John Fogerty, the man who wrote a song for everyone, not to mention the influential founder of roots rock group Creedence Clearwater Revival, spends at least part of the fall season in North Texas. Fogerty, accompanied by a super talented band, takes the Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie stage Oct. 18.m.
- Michael Buble (Oct. 18): Grammy Award-winning crooner Michael Buble, fresh from his latest No. 1 album To Be Loved, brings the romanticism for swooning Dallas fans Oct. 18 at American Airlines Center. Tickets for the show go on sale May 31 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster. Prices are $63-$118.50.
- Selena Gomez (Nov. 3): During the show, expect radio hits such as "Naturally," "Round & Round," "Who Says," "Love You Like a Song" and "A Year Without Rain." Tickets for the Nov. 3 AAC gig go on sale April 20 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster. Prices are $30.50-$66.
- Drake (Nov. 10): Pin-up rapper Drake returns to Dallas Nov. 10 at American Airlines Center. His concert is part of his 41-city North American "Would You Like a Tour?" trek that kicks off Sept. 25 in Portland, Oregon and ends Nov. 25 in Los Angeles. It also supports his upcoming third full-length album Nothing Was the Same, which is scheduled for release later this year.
- Josh Groban (Nov. 13): It's all Josh Groban, all the time. From every angle, even. The famed pop-opera vocalist closes his "In the Round Tour" in Dallas Nov. 13 at American Airlines Center. Groban, who is also promoting his latest chart-topping album All That Echoes, will treat audiences to a 360-degree stage that will sit in the middle of the floor. That means the 32-year-old singer and actor with the offbeat sense of humor can interact with admirers on every angle of the arena.
- Pink (Nov. 16): The acrobatic pop-dance singing phenomenon with the colorful name has already booked her next trip to Dallas and it’s a mere nine months after her last show in these parts. Due to overwhelming demand – her Feb. 22 concert at American Airlines Center was sold-out – Pink returns to AAC Nov. 16 for another round of “The Truth About Love Tour.”
- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Nov. 30): Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, the hip-hop duo of rapper Ben Haggerty a.k.a. Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis, bring "Thrift Shop," "Can't Hold Us," "Same Love" and a slew of other cool tunes from its gold-selling debut album, The Heist, Nov. 30 to Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie.
- Justin Timberlake (Dec. 4): Mr. "Suit & Tie" himself, that would be Justin Timberlake, of course, just announced 23 dates on his "The 20/20 Experience World Tour" and Dallas is clearly in the horizon with a Dec. 4 gig at American Airlines Center.
- Beyonce (Dec. 9): Mrs. Carter will be sashaying her way to Dallas again Dec. 9 for another AAC gig that's part of a spate of additional dates announced in her already hugely successful "Mrs. Carter Show World Tour." Tickets for the Dec. 9 performance go on sale July 1 at 10 a.m. via Live Nation. Prices are $48.50-$253.50.
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