Nothing can match the showmanship of a seasoned band, many of which have spent decades on tour tweaking its performances and adding new flourishes to old songs to give fans exactly what they want out of a live concert. This fall, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to see veterans of the touring circuit on stages across the country, with a handful highlighted below.
Jimmy Buffett | Tickets
The king of “Margaritaville” will return to the stage this October for just four shows, much to the delight of Parrotheads out west. On Oct. 19 and 26, Buffett will play at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena, and in between he’ll travel to Denver’s Pepsi Center (Oct. 22) and Phoenix’s US Airways Center (Oct. 24). These performances come in the wake of the release of Buffett’s latest album, “Songs from St. Somewhere,” which was released on Aug. 20.
Rod Stewart | Tickets
This British showman will take a brief break from his Las Vegas residency to finally set off on the postponed North American leg of his Live the Life Tour. A Hall of Famer in both the U.S. and his native U.K., Stewart has been known to include not only his top hits like “Maggie May” in his setlists, but also covers of iconic songs like Aretha Franklin’s “Chain of Fools” and Van Morrison’s “Have I Told You Lately.”
Lionel Richie | Tickets
With a tour name like All the Hits All Night Long, Lionel Richie’s latest venture is sure to be chock-full of both his solo hits and tracks from his years in the Motown group, The Commodores. Just last year, Richie released “Tuskegee,” an album full of his songs reimagined by guest artists on each track, including Jimmy Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band on the 1983 No. 1 single, “All Night Long.”
The Eagles | Tickets
One of the most highly anticipated concert events of the year, ongoing The History of the Eagles Tour set sail in July and has featured most of the original members of this monumental rock group. At its inception, the tour was scheduled for just 11 days in support of the eponymously titled documentary film about the band’s career in the 1970s. Overwhelming demand caused the group to extend tour dates at least through this November, but Don Henley has hinted the international tour may last through 2015.
Iron Maiden | Tickets
Under the leadership of the riotous Bruce Dickinson, Iron Maiden is preparing a series of September North American tour dates. The British heavy metal group’s Maiden England Tour 2013 finished an extensive trek through Europe in early August, and will land stateside on Sept. 3 in Raleigh, N.C. The band will only be in the U.S. for seven dates, visiting Nashville, Tenn. (Sept. 5), Kansas City, Mo. (Sept. 7), St. Louis, Mo. (Sept. 8), Austin, Texas (Sept. 10), Las Vegas, Nev. (Sept. 12), and San Bernardino, Calif. (Sept. 13).
Steely Dan | Tickets
Founding members Walter Becker and Donald Fagen are in the midst of the Mood Swings: 8 Miles to Pancake Day Tour, which features a special surprise for some North American dates. For performances in Atlanta (Sept. 7), Bristow, Va. (Sept. 20), Boston (Sept. 24-25), and New York (Sept. 30-Oct. 8), fans will be treated to one of three performances: an audience request night, greatest hits set, or a full-length album set plus selected hits.
Depeche Mode | Tickets
Depeche Mode is without a doubt one of the most iconic and recognizable 80s bands. Singles like “Personal Jesus” and “People are People” were popular when released, but they also came to define the music of a generation. The North American leg of the tour is underway now and continues through Oct. 11, which includes a stop at the Austin City Limits Music Festival.