Corrections & Clarifications: An earlier version of this report gave the incorrect start date for Cher’s Dressed to Kill tour.
Viva la behaviors!
When Katy Perry and One Management hit the street dreams came true, but this fall’s concert lineup is . As present tours from Fleetwood Mac, Paul McCartney and Garth Brooks have revealed, “we are certainly seeing the ‘heritage acts’ continuing to be big draws,” says Billboard senior correspondent Andrew Hampp. That trend will likely continue in the months ahead of time, as these top 40 troubadours and indelible icons saddle for U.S. treks.
The times they are a-changin’, but the folk singer has endured due to enigmatic persona and his poetic lyrics.
Putting the point: Dylan has played with the U.S. just about every single year in recent memory as part of his unofficially titled “Never Ending excursion,” most recently teaming with Wilco and My Morning Jacket in 2013 on the joint Americanarama Festival of Music tour. The icon’s 32-date theater blackout starts Friday at Seattle, culminating at a five-show ending at New York’s Beacon Theatre through Dec. 3.
Why it’s a tour de force: “Bob is always a great ticket, since you never know exactly what you’re going to get,” Hampp states. “His setlists can change nightly, he obviously has an extremely massive catalog to pull from, and he also does bring out really great openers, therefore it’s the full package.”
The charismatic singer has scaled the charts with his pop/R&B hybrid, bagging 10 hits on Billboard’s Hot 100 for example DJ, OMG and Scream Got Us Fallin’ .
Setting the stage: His new album may be delayed indefinitely, from mapping out a massive world tour, certain to be and spectacle-laden as his several awards-show performances, but that hasn’t ceased Usher. Joined by August Alsina and DJ Cassidy, the UR Experience Rush arrives Nov. 1 in Montreal and concludes its North American leg Dec. 14 at Tampa.
Why it is a tour de force: “Usher may have gotten plenty of recent press exposure playing festivals and radio shows, however he hasn’t done a major arena tour because his sold-out trek in 2011,” says Gary Bongiovanni, editor of concert business website Pollstar. “That pent demand must lead to good business for (not only) his forthcoming North American dates, but in addition his European arena tour in February and March.”
The pioneer has formed funk, soul and pop in his more than 50-year career, crafting beloved classics such as Superstition, I Just Called to Say I Love You and Isn’t She Beautiful.
Setting the stage: Although he’s played with numerous festivals and occasions in the past couple of decades, Wonder hasn’t embarked on a formal U.S. tour since 2009. On his upcoming 11-city jaunt — beginning Nov. 6 at New York and ending Dec. 5 Oakland — he will play his landmark 1976 album Songs In the Key of Life in its entirety.
Why it’s a tour de force: “Stevie Wonder has done some place dates, but he has not done an official tour in many years,” Bongiovanni says. “His tour should gain from his rare live schedule, and also the fact that he is featuring Songs In the Key of Life should make it unique for his fans.”
LITTLE BIG TOWN
The effervescent Alabama-based quartet — composed of Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet, Karen Fairchild and Jimi Westbrook — is riding up the Hot 100 with single Day Cooking off sixth record Pain Killer (outside Oct. 21).
Setting the stage: In support of its new album, the country group is starting a 15-date tour this autumn with Brett Eldredge and Brothers Osborne, kicking off Nov. 8 in Youngstown, Ohio, also wrapping Dec. 13 at Rockford, Ill.. Aside from songs off Pain Killer, do not be shocked if Little Big Town busts out some familiar tunes — they have been known to protect everybody from Fleetwood Mac to Lady Gaga.
Why it is a tour de force: “Little Big Town (is) one of the hottest acts in country right now,” Hampp says. “They’ve been together a very long time, but since their final record (2012’s Tornado), they’ve actually created a name for themselves.” After encouraging Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert on tour in recent decades, “they are having their huge blockbuster moment.”
As the only artist to score No. 1 singles in six successive decades, Cher is as energetic as publishing her first album in 12 years, Closer to the Truth, final fall and embarking on another leg of her farewell tour after this fall.
Setting: since ending a three-year Las Vegas residency in 2010, wrapping the leg of her Dressed to Kill jaunt Earlier this year, the pop goddess put off on her first tour. She postponed a couple of fall dates because of a viral disease, with the tour running Nov. 9 in Lubbock, Texas, through Feb. 4 in Fargo, N.D.
Why it’s a tour de force: Her final tour, Living Proof: The Farewell (2002-2005), was charged as her swan song, but she “kept on it,” Hammp states. “But now that she says (this) really is the last one, it’s sort of a last-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
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