Ten Essential Summer Tours of 2013

Rob O'Connor
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2013 looks to be a weird year on the concert front. But this is likely to carry on for the rest of our lives, considering how weird the music industry is these days. The Rolling Stones are said to be lining up 18 shows, and Gwen Stefani seemed to commit to Jimmy Kimmel that No Doubt would see the sunshine. But U2 are napping, and how many times can Roger Waters keep building that same wall?

One Direction

If you have youngsters in your family — or you just love watching kids! — you're going to want to find yourself to one of these youth-group meetings hitting Florida on June 13 and remaining in North America and Canada until August 10. Then it's off to Australia where the child labor laws are very different! See tour dates.

Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake — the man, the myth, the nostalgia, the who cares? — will be playing baseball stadiums this summer with Jay-Z, who really deserves the hype, but we're contrary folk! Just imagine seeing fans trying to send Timberlake over the Green Monster at Fenway Park in Boston or aiming for the short porch in right field at Yankee Stadium. A duet with the Phillie Phanatic in Philly? See tour dates.


Here's another high-profile act with smart management who synchronized her world tour with summertime in the U.S.A. She lands in Los Angeles on June 28 and wraps it with a three-night home stand in Brooklyn, where she can show off to all her neighbors who have to pay to see her! See tour dates.

Bon Jovi

If you've got the month of July open and you like New Jersey's most New Jersey-like band, then you should make plans to visit the Garden State in late July when BJ wrap up their mini-tour with at least two nights at the Brendan Byrne Arena! Oh, wait, I mean MetLife Stadium! Just ask for the Meadowlands! See tour dates.

The Eagles

Never count out the best-selling band in the history of music. Their recent Showtime documentary sent their albums back onto the charts, and demand for live shows is surely following as they've committed to keeping busy through July. Older folks need to go out and stretch their legs, too! See tour dates.

Justin Bieber

I've heard of striking while the iron is hot, but this iron never goes cold. At this rate, poor Mr. Bieber will spend the last 40 years of his life being treated for exhaustion. Who says youth is wasted on the young? Would you work this hard? See tour dates.

Boyz II Men

Part of the tour will be taken with New Kids On the Block and 98 Degrees, making this nostalgia-fest for several different decades all the more weird and wacky. Boyz II Men were considered more artistically valid (not vapid!) than their counterparts. Let's see how it turns out now! See tour dates.

Dave Matthews Band

A jam band is supposed to be on the road most of the time, so seeing Dave Matthews bringing the band he named after himself onto the road for another sojourn is what we all expect, isn't it? See tour dates.


The ultimate rock 'n' roll trio? Just Google 'J. Kordosh' and 'Rush'! The spunky Canadians will be making their conceptual way across the United States and into their beloved Canada for the RBC Bluesfest! Because when we think Rush, we think hot Ottawa-ian BLUES! See tour dates.

Taylor Swift

Catch her while she's young and still new-looking and agreeing to play for months at a time. It won't always be this way. You want to have something to compare her to when you catch her in 30 years in Branson! See tour dates.