Forever tied to his groundbreaking work with Creedence Clearwater Revival, John Fogerty launched his 2013 fall tour on Oct. 10. Through Nov. 14—Fogerty’s last of three nights at the Beacon Theatre in New York—the distinctive singer has announced plans to play an album from CCR on each stop of the tour. The singer is expected to alternate between two of the group’s most iconic albums—“Bayou Country” and “Cosmo’s Factory”—which include songs like “Proud Mary” and “Who’ll Stop the Rain.”
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee also was honored with an exhibit at the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles, which debuted on Sept. 26. The retrospective, entitled "John Fogerty: Wrote a Song for Everyone," will remain open through Jan. 2014 and includes handwritten lyrics, costumes, and instruments.
If you’re interested in seeing more former front men playing solo this year, read on for a selection of the more exciting concert tours still to come this fall.
Darius Rucker | Tickets
Since Darius Rucker has become such a regular name in country music, it’s easy to forget the singer got his start in the explosive ‘90s band, Hootie and the Blowfish. The group’s debut album remains one of the top 20 best-selling albums of all time in the U.S., and though Rucker continues to tour with the band on occasion, the Grand Ole Opry member is busy promoting his fourth studio album. “True Believers” dropped in May 2013 and spawned the double-Platinum single, “Wagon Wheel.” You can find Rucker on tour through Nov. 16.
Mark Knopfler | Tickets
Hailing from Scotland, Mark Knopfler first emerged as a major musical influence with the band Dire Straits. When the group broke up in the ‘90s, Knopfler began recording highly inventive solo work, as well as collaborating with big names in Hollywood to record soundtrack albums. This fall, the skilled guitarist will return to the U.S. for a short series of tour dates along the West Coast. From Oct. 23-28, the former Dire Straits lead vocalist will bring the Mark Knopfler tour through California and Nevada in support of his most recent solo effort, “Privateering.”
Chris Cornell | Tickets
Chris Cornell, front man for the iconic grunge group, Soundgarden, has been hard at work promoting the band’s most recent album, “King Animal,” around the world. Over the next month, though, Cornell will take time out from touring with the band for his Second Songbook Tour. A reprisal of his 2011 solo venture, the upcoming Chris Cornell tour will include an arsenal of hits from his solo and Soundgarden catalogs that have been toned down for live acoustic renditions. Set lists from the 2011 concerts included original songs, as well as unique covers of The Beatles, Michael Jackson, and Bruce Springsteen. Smaller theaters are pegged for the 2013 expedition, keeping an intimate feel for these solo shows. The tour kicks off Oct. 15 at the Balboa Theatre in San Diego, Calif.
Sammy Hagar | Tickets
For over 10 years, Sammy Hagar stood at the helm of the legendary rock group, Van Halen. The four studio albums on which Hagar sang lead vocals all peaked at the top of the Billboard 200, and they remain the only Van Halen albums in history to top the chart. Since “The Red Rocker” left the group in 1996, he has been involved in a handful of other bands and a series of solo albums, like 2013’s “Sammy Hagar and Friends,” which features a blend of covers and original tracks. The ongoing Sammy Hagar tour—Four Decades of Rock—highlights the songs that have made him famous in his 40-year career, including “I Can’t Drive 55” and “Finish What Ya Started.”