While 2016 is only half over, it’s never too early to start looking at which bands and singers may be plotting concert tours in 2017. There have been long absences from favorites like Bon Jovi and Pink, while other stars, like Arcade Fire and Roger Waters, have teased that new material and live shows are in the works.
Check out our predictions for the bands most likely to go on tour in 2017 below, and don’t forget to check out all the latest concerts headed to your city in the coming months.
(Originally posted July 27, relevant updates below)
It’s been three years since Arcade Fire put out the critically acclaimed “Reflektor,” but the Canadian band has plenty in the works for 2017. Band members have confirmed that their fifth album (still untitled as of July 27) is on track to be released next year. Although details are pending, it’s likely the hyper-talented live band will bring its new material on the road in the year ahead. They’ve already been spending some of 2016 on stage at international festivals, including headlining slots at New York’s inaugural Panorama Festival as well as New Orleans’ Voodoo Music and Art Experience.
The famed New Jersey rock outfit Bon Jovi has not been on tour in the U.S. since 2013, and fans are itching for a new chance to see the iconic rock group live. Luckily, frontman Jon Bon Jovi has confirmed that a new album, titled “This House Is Not for Sale,” is on the way in 2016. At the end of May, the band confirmed the new album is finalized, and it’s expected to be released in early September. This will set the band up perfectly for a tour in 2017.
Update (10/6/16): The Bon Jovi This House Is Not for Sale Tour will launch in Feb. 2017. Read on for more information.
The creation of a website called Alive2017.com has ignited the Daft Punk concert rumor mill. According to a very deep dive by Gizmodo, there is strong potential for a Daft Punk tour in 2017, which would mark the first since 2007 and just the third overall. The analysis also pointed to evidence of a Daft Punk appearance at Coachella 2017. The supposed date we'll find out more is Oct. 27, so stay tuned.
Update (10/27/16): Sorry, it was a hoax.
It seems like Jay Z has been laying low since Beyoncé stormed into 2016 with “Lemonade,” but in truth the New York hip-hop mogul hasn’t released a full solo album in three years. That was also the last time Hova went on the road for a headlining tour, but this could all change in the year ahead. A new single, “Spiritual,” was released in July, leading to speculation a full-length follow-up to “Magna Carta…Holy Grail” may drop soon.
Lady Gaga has been working on her fourth solo studio album for a while now, and even though it may not be released until 2017, the album is sure to carry with it the promise of a world tour. Gaga hasn’t toured on her own since 2014, so her wild concert antics are sure to earn a warm welcome from her adoring fans.
Update (9/20/16): Lady Gaga's fifth studio album, "Joanne" is set for release on Oct. 21, and its first single, "Perfect Illusion," dropped on Sept. 9. Rumors also have been circulating about a Lady Gaga Super Bowl halftime show performance, though nothing has been officially confirmed yet.
Back in 2013, Lorde stormed onto the scene with the release of her debut “Pure Heroine.” The young New Zealand star followed that up with “Yellow Flicker Beat” off “The Hunger Games” soundtrack, but nothing else has surfaced. She’s posted on social media that she’s back in the studio and that a second album will drop soon, but as of July she hasn’t confirmed further plans. It’s highly likely a tour announcement will follow the album as soon as it drops.
Update (1/3/17): The Coachella 2017 lineup announcement marked the return of Lorde, as she's set to perform Sunday shows (April 16 and 23) in the desert, a day shared with headliner Kendrick Lamar, and fellow supporting acts Justice, New Order, Porter Robinson, and many more. Lorde also has been confirmed for Governors Ball in New York, June 2-4.
A new Bruno Mars album has been in the works for a while now, and fans have been waiting four years since the release of “Unorthodox Jukebox” to hear new hits from the golden-throated Hawaiian star. The time is ripe for Mars to drop new material and embark on a new international tour, but we’ll have to wait for the official confirmation.
Update (11/15/16): His long-awaited return to the road will hit North America in July. Click here to check out concert dates and the potential setlist for Bruno Mars' 24k Magic World Tour.
It’s no secret that Metallica has been hard at work on its 10th studio album, and now that the band has been booked as a headliner for the 2016 Global Citizen Festival, it feels like a record release is imminent. The new album will mark the band’s first release since 2008’s “Death Magnetic,” so be on the lookout for tour dates supporting the long-awaited album.
Update (11/29/16): Though a full out Metallica tour announcement has still been alluding fans, the band is set to headline the 2017 Rock On the Range Music Festival. Could be the first of many more dates to come so stay tuned!
Pink’s 2013-14 The Truth About Love Tour was one of her most popular yet, as fans got to watch this vocal powerhouse soar and flip through the air while belting out her top hits. With a new single out in 2016, there’s speculation she may be planning a return to the stage for next year. So far the track “Just Like Fire” is only featured on the “Alice Through the Looking Glass” soundtrack, but there’s a good possibility more new music will drop in 2017 to break her four-year drought.
Update (11/14/16): Major tour plans may be revealed later in 2017 as Pink confirmed in November that she's pregnant with her second child. One performance that is confirmed, however, is a July 2 appearance at the 50th anniversary of Summerfest in Milwaukee.
Katy Perry has announced that she’s working on a new album, which will be her first since 2013’s multi-Platinum chart-topper “Prism.” Perry hasn’t announced a final release date, but considering that her albums are always followed by elaborate live concert tours, fans can bet a tour announcement will be out soon.
Update (9/20/16): A tweet sent by Katy Perry herself on Sept. 18 seemed to confirm tour rumors, as she responded to a fan with "see you at my show 2K17."
It’s true that Taylor Swift only recently wrapped up her 1989 World Tour, but the country-turned-pop star has never been one to stay out of the spotlight. There are plenty of reasons that Taylor Swift will go on tour in 2017, including the precedent she’s set of releasing a new album every other fall, which she’s upheld since her 2006 debut.
The hit single “Can’t Stop the Feeling” was an instant radio it when it dropped earlier this year, and its been a minute since Justin Timberlake released his dual album, “The 20/20 Experience,” so fans are hoping the follow-up will be out before 2016 ends. It’s uncertain whether Timberlake will want to head out on a tour while his son with Jessica Biel is so young, but there have been rumors that he’ll soon be heading to Las Vegs for his first residency at the Monte Carlo’s new theater.
U2 released “Songs of Innocence” in 2014 with the promise that a follow-up album, to be titled “Songs of Experience,” would be released soon after. So far, the adored Irish rock band hasn’t announced the release date for the follow-up, but it's highly likely the new record will be out soon, paving the way for a 2017 world tour.
Update (1/9/17): The status of a "Songs of Experience" tour is still unknown, but U2 fans have plenty to look forward to in 2017 otherwise. The 30th anniversary of "The Joshua Tree" will bring U2 back to stadiums for the first time since the best-selling 360 Tour from 2009-11. Among the highlights of The Joshua Tree Tour are stadium stops in Vancouver, Chicago, Pasadena, and more, while Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers, and OneRepublic will share opening act duties during various dates. The 2017 U2 Tour will run from May-July, and also includes a June headlining performance at Bonnaroo, which will mark the band's first such appearance at a U.S. music festival.
Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters was rumored to go on tour with a new album in 2016, but the veteran rock star never confirmed a live venture for this year. That being said, fans aren’t giving up hope that he’ll perform a full-scale tour in 2017. Waters has already been confirmed as one of the stars of this October’s Desert Trip festival in California, leading to speculation he could extend his U.S. performances into the year ahead. For the time being, Waters fans will need to rely on his older material to get their fix.
Update (10/13/16): Dates for the Roger Waters Tour 2017 have been unveiled, including many across North America beginning in May.