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Ten Essential Rock Tours for Summer 2014

by Photo of Emily Maas

From Arcade Fire to Gary Clark Jr, see which rock bands will be hitting the circuit this summer!

Ten Essential Rock Tours for Summer 2014

Trying to pass time while waiting for The Black Keys' Turn Blue Tour with St. Vincent to kick off this September? Fear not! There are plenty of great rock bands on tour this summer to heat things up until then. This list will provide you will some alternative shows to check out this summer. So put on those Ray Bans and head out to a rock concert!

Check out the list of Ten Essential Rock Tours of Summer 2014 below and recognize some of your favorite artists like Paramore and Motley Crue!   

Honorable Mentions

Queen and Adam Lambert

A fitting combination that has caused a lot of uproar in die-hard Queen fans, but that's just because we can't have Freddie Mercury. Adam Lambert is pretty spectacular, but even he knows he can't match Mercury.  The 19-date North American tour kicks off June 19 at the United Center in Chicago, ending in DC on July 20 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion. 

ZZ Top and Jeff Beck

Another one of those combo-tours that are becoming ever so popular, yet this one has us scratching our heads a bit. Perhaps ZZ Top and Jeff Beck have more in common than we thought? The tour starts August 8 at Ogren Park in Missoula, MT and ends on September 12 at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, Texas. 

Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden

If you still crave the nineties, then this collab-concert is the right fit for you. Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden will kick off their North American tour on July 19 at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas and wrapping up the decade once and for all on August 25 at the Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, California. 

Rod Stewart and Santana

These two just recently played their first live performance together earlier this month, when Santana joined Rod Stewart onstage to play "I'd Rather Go Blind," which gives a good indication of what to expect on their joint tour together. Their tour opens on May 23 in Albany at the Times Union Center and ends on August 20 at Jones Beach in Wantagh, New York. 

Essential Rock Concerts of Summer 2014

Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire's Reflektor Tour may be one of the hottest rock events of the summer, even though they've been playing shows for it since February. The band is currently overseas playing their European leg as well as a few festivals. Their North American leg runs from July 30-August 30, from Mountain View, California, to Montreal, Canada, and is not without a few Brooklyn stops in between from August 22-24. 

Gary Clark Jr.

Gary Clark Jr. is hosting an array of festival and tour dates that run from May 16-November 1 across the country. For a full list of dates, check out our tour announcement. However, a few of the festivals you can catch the Grammy-winning guitarist at are, Milwaukee's Summerfest Main Stage with Outkast on June 29, the Taste of Chicago Festival on July 10, and Sioux Falls Jazz Festival on July 19.

Kings of Leon

Kings of Leon recently announced a third U.S. leg to their Mechanical Bull Tour. Starting at the St. Louis Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on July 31 and ending on October 3 at the Hollywood Bowl, this tour is expected to be as delightfully pleasant and energetic as KOL are.

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers are hitting the road for a two-month North American tour this summer. The tour begins on August 3 at the Viejas Arena in San Diego, California, almost immediately after Petty's sixteenth studio album, Hypnotic Eye drops on July 29 via Reprise Records. Everyone who buys a tour ticket will receive a copy of the album as well. The tour wraps up in L.A.'s The Forum on October 10. Steve Winwood will be accompanying Petty on all of the tour dates.

Paramore and Fall Out Boy

Paramore and Fall Out Boy's Monumentour will also feature Denmark rockers New Politics. The jam-packed tour kicks off on June 19 at the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford, Connecticut, and after a slew of U.S.-only dates, the bands will finish up on August 31 in Scranton at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain. We can only hope that along with "Ain't it Fun," show-goers can also get some "Sugar, We're Going Down," and "Emergency," for those early Fueled By Ramen addicts out there. 

Aerosmith and Slash

Two of hard rock's most legendary performers team up for their very own Let Rock Rule Tour. The tour will bring the rockers across North America for 21 exciting stops beginning on July 10 in Wantagh, New York, and ending in Nova Scotia on September 12. Also playing along with Aerosmith and Slash is Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. Myles Kennedy is a part of Slash's solo project, as well as the lead vocalist for rock band Alter Bridge.

Boston and Cheap Trick

These two incredible bands will be out nearly all summer reminding concert-goers how great "I Want You To Want Me" and "More Than A Feeling" really are. The dates start on June 5 in Hollywood, Florida at Hard Rock Live and cease on August 31 in Huron, South Dakota at the South Dakota State Fair.

Kiss and Def Leppard

Although Kiss' Paul Stanley told USA Today that the joint tour "seemed to be a natural fit," we have other thoughts. Joe Elliott of Def Leppard, the other band at the top of the bill is massively against The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the same Hall of Fame that Kiss was put into earlier this year, and performed at, and made headlines on every site about. Yeah, Elliot doesn't like that, and it sure seems like Kiss are big supporters of the Hall now, so could that cause problems? Who knows. The tour will last two months, starting on June 23 at the USANA Amphitheater in Utah, and wrapping up at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in Texas on August 31.

Linkin Park, 30 Seconds to Mars, and AFI

These three rock bands are banding together for the tour of a lifetime. The Carnivores Tour kicks off on August 8 in West Palm Beach at the Cruzan Amphitheater and after a trek around the United States, will wrap up on September 19 at the Concord Pavilion in Concord, California.

Motley Crue and Alice Cooper

School's almost out for summer, and this is one of the tours everyone should be trying to get out to. It has been dubbed Motley Crue's Final Tour, and comes with the official announcement of retirement from the band. Luckily, to lighten the mood, they're bringing along Alice Cooper, who is sure to spice things up on the road. The bands will be traveling the United States from July 2 at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI, to the Spokane Arena in Washington. After that, the tour will continue overseas in 2015. So, maybe the retirement is a little ways off, but we can still enjoy the ride there, right?

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