10 Musical Acts to See Live

May 05, 2016 - By: Sarah Hovis

 If 2016 has taught us anything so far, it’s not to take our cultural legends for granted. Since January we’ve said goodbye to David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Merle Haggard, Maurice White, Prince, and many more. So, to keep you from experiencing FOMO (fear of missing out) we’ve rounded up 10 acts you should see the first chance you get.

  1. Black Sabbath These heavy metal founding fathers have been performing live for close to 50 years. Now it’s time to say goodbye, and the band has stated this final tour, aptly titled THE END,“promises to surpass all previous tours and will feature the band’s most mesmerizing production ever.”
  2. Bruce Springsteen On this tour, ‘The Boss’ and his E Street Band are revisiting their 1980 double-LP classic, The River, and performing all 20 album tracks in sequential order. The U.S. leg has already wrapped, so Europe and UK, grab your tickets while you can.
  3. Coldplay If you didn’t get enough of Coldplay during their Super Bowl 50 halftime appearance, now is the time to check them out. Rumor is, their A Head Full of Dreams Tour could be their last, possibly ever. While their retirement isn’t set in stone, here’s
    where they’re playing, just in case.
  4. The Cure Break out your eyeliner and your best black threads because The Cure is finally playing more than just the festival circuit. For the first time since 2008, they’re embarking on a North American tour. According to RollingStone.com, the setlist will include hits, deep cuts, and as-yet-unreleased tracks.
  5. DEPECHE MODE While DEPECHE MODE isn’t currently touring, they are in the studio working on their 14th full-length studio album, which will most likely be released sometime in 2017. And when there’s an album, there’s usually a tour, so sign up for tour alerts now.
  6. Dixie Chicks It has been 13 years since this Texas trio drew ire after making comments regarding then President George W. Bush’s decision to invade Iraq. Now 10 years after their last album, are they finally ready to make nice? Who knows. At the very least fans are hoping they’re ready to put on some great shows.
  7. Guns N’ Roses Axl Rose and Slash have made it very clear over the last 22 years that they would never share a stage again. But on April 1, they not only performed together at the famed Los Angeles’ Troubadour nightclub, but also announced a Guns N’ Roses stadium tour. Get tickets before they change their minds.
  8. Pearl Jam Going strong for over 25 years, Eddie Vedder and Co. have weathered the rise and fall (and rise again) of grunge, and taken on Ticketmaster. While their current tour won’t be supporting a new album, you can be sure you’ll be treated to a musical experience you won’t forget.
  9. Radiohead Whether you know this band’s body of work or just can’t get ‘Creep’ out of your head, you should see them live once… and soon since most of their 2016 dates are already sold out.
  10. The Who Classic rock band The Who certainly knows how to celebrate. Since 2014 they’ve been thrilling audiences with theirThe Who Hits 50! Tour. But like all good things, it’s coming to an end in 2016, so snap up tickets to hear ‘Pinball Wizard’ and ‘Baba O’Riley live one last time. Tell us in the comments which musician or band is on your must-see list.

Photo via Bruce Springsteen


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