5 Great Tours Beginning In The Fall Of 2014
Dave Matthews Band is set to perform at the beautiful Gorge Amphitheatre from Aug. 29 through Aug. 31. That’s Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of Labor Day Weekend. This year, Labor Day comes early, Sept. 1, but it’s still the unofficial official end of summer.
Summer, as music fans know, is the best time to attend a concert. Nothing beats listening to your favorite band on the lawn of some amphitheater with nothing but the night’s sky overhead and a little “something special” in your red cup. The halcyon days of summer are perfect for just about every genre of music. Besides, you should attend a music concert in shorts and sunglasses, not scarves and mittens.
This summer was ripe for great tours. You had Lady Gaga’s “Art Rave: The Artpop Ball,” Aerosmith’s “Let Rock Rule” trek, Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s “On the Run Tour,” Motley Crüe’s “The Final Tour”, Tom Petty hitting the road with Steve Winwood, Cher’s “Dressed to Kill Tour”, and several live dates from The Zac Brown Band.
Now, just because summer “ends” on Sept. 1 doesn’t mean you’re done with live music until next Memorial Day (the official unofficial start of summer). The fall of 2014 is shaping up to be a good one for live music. Below, BSTLV looks at several great live music tours that begin this coming autumn. Sadly, you might have to wear pants and a sweatshirt to some of these shows but that doesn’t mean you won’t have one hell of a good time.
A few of the tours we mentioned above stretch into autumn. Motley Crüe’s last show of the summer is Aug. 31 in Darien Center, New York. They return to the road Oct. 10 in Oklahoma City and will keep rocking until Nov. 22 when they play the Spokane Arena in Spokane, Washington. Tom Petty’s fall dates are highlighted by a three-night stand at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre. That much-anticipated run begins Sept. 30. Cher resumes the concert trail on Sept. 11 in Albany, New York. Her massive trek, which began in the spring, finally ends Nov. 3 in Wichita.
A Phish tour is a usual staple of the summer music scene. In 2014, they will also leave their mark on autumn. Phish embarks on a 12-concert trek of the U.S. on Oct. 17 in Eugene, Oregon at the Matthew Knight Arena. This short jaunt ends Nov. 2 when Las Vegas welcomes Phish to the MGM Grand Garden Arena. That date is the last of a three-night stand in Sin City (which includes a show on Halloween night).
All 12 Phish concerts will take place in the states of Washington, Oregon, California, and Nevada—that’s great news for West Coast Phans. If you get some time off of work, you’ll be able to follow the band throughout their entire autumn tour.
Garth Brooks is back. After retiring from the recording industry in 2001, Garth Brooks returns to touring on Sept. 4 with a concert at the AllState Arena in Rosemont, Illinois (Chicago). Brooks will perform ten concerts in Chi-Town between Sept. 4 and Sept. 14. On three of those nights he performs two shows (Sept. 6, Sept. 12, and Sept. 13) one at 6:00pm and another at 10:30pm.
After Chicago, Brooks visits Atlanta. He performs one show at the Philips Arena on Sept. 19 and two on Sept. 20. So far, those are the only two stops of what is being billed as “The Garth Brooks World Tour With Trisha Yearwood.” Since Brooks is the third bestselling artist in the history of the United States you can rest easy that plenty of more dates are coming. His world tour might not end until next autumn.
The Australian Pink Floyd Show
Yes, the Australian Pink Floyd Show is a tribute act. Yet, this isn’t the kind of tribute act you’ll find on a sea cruise. The Australian Pink Floyd Show is arguably the greatest tribute band of all-time. They not only sound like Floyd but they recreate the experience of seeing everyone’s favorite psychedelic band in concert. They’re able to do this because they’ve been recreating Pink Floyd for more than 20 years and they work with many of the same professionals the real band did.
Beginning Sept. 19, The Australian Pink Floyd Show kicks off the U.S. leg of their “Set the Controls Tour” with a gig at McCaw Hall in Seattle. They’ll remain in America through Oct. 26. That night they’ll rock the Best Buy Theater in New York City. Highlights of their autumn journey include a Sept. 25 concert in Phoenix, an Oct. 2 show in Chicago, and an Oct. 11 performance in Philadelphia.
Kinky Boots? Is that Scott Weiland’s new band? No, Kinky Boots is the name of a Tony Award winning musical. Hey, actors singing their emotions on stage may not be Jimmy Buffett at Red Rocks but it’s a still live music and it still counts. Besides, the weather is getting colder, so why not retreat to a warm and cozy theatre and enjoy one of the best musicals of the decade.
Kinky Boots is about a shoe factory owner and a drag queen. The owner, with help from the drag queen, stops making traditional men’s shoes and begins making shoes for drag queens. The hilarious and heartwarming show contains music and lyrics by pop diva Cyndi Lauper. Her hard work earned her the Tony Award for Best Score.
The first U.S. tour of Kinky Boots kicks off Sept. 4 in Las Vegas. After that, the show visits Tempe, San Diego, Portland, Seattle, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Costa Mesa. That pretty much takes us into the New Year. Kinky Boots has dates scheduled deep into 2015.
In the fall of 2014, Enrique Iglesias is hitting the carretera with Pitbull. Their tour begins Sept. 12 in Newark, New Jersey and ends Oct. 28 in Orlando, Florida. The highlight of their musical odyssey has to be their Oct. 26 concert in Miami, Florida. Miami is the hometown of both artists. Also on the marquee is Colombian recording artist J Balvin.
You want to keep an eye on this tour because it’s the only one where you can catch the top selling Spanish-language artist of the 1990s. Iglesias has sold more than 100 million records in a career that began in 1994. It’s easy to see why he’s called “The King of Latin Pop.”