Adele - Adele Live 2016
Starts: July 5-6 - Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN
Ends: Nov. 15-16 - Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico City, MX
The list could really start and end here. There is no question that the biggest tour of 2016 belongs to the towering voice of Adele. Over 10 million people attempted to buy tickets to her North American dates, with the string of shows selling out almost instantly.
Justin Bieber - The Purpose World Tour
Starts: March 9 - KeyArena, Seattle WA
Ends: July 18-19 - Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Coming up right on Adele’s heels is Justin Bieber. The singer released his fourth album Purpose back in November and is embarking on an arena tour himself. But his concerts will be of a decidedly different variety than Adele’s, with what is sure to be a show filled with elaborate choreography, white hot pyrotechnics, guest stars, and Bieber flying from the ceiling, a stunt that he pulled when he performed at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards.
Starts: May 15 - Frank Erwin Center, Austin, TX
Ends: June 26 - Bayfront Park, Miami, FL
But you might also say that The Cure could stake a claim for the most anticipated show of 2016. The upcoming tour will include the band’s most recent lineup of Simon Gallup on bass, Jason Cooper on drums, Roger O’Donnell on keys, Reeves Gabriel on guitar, and last but certainly not least band founder Robert Smith. It will be the first time The Cure has toured North America in eight years.
Rihanna - Anti World Tour
Starts: Feb. 26 - Viejas Arena, San Diego, CA
Ends: May 7 - Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
It’s anyone’s guess when Rihanna’s eighth studio album ANTI is coming out. It could be tomorrow, the week after, next month, or never. But you don’t just start a world tour with the album title in the name and with The Weeknd, Big Sean, and Travi$ Scott opening on select dates without an album to back it up, so ANTI is likely coming very, very soon. And back to those openers, if Rihanna wasn’t enough, that bill alone reads like an internet rap fan’s wet dream.
Coldplay - A Head Full of Dreams Tour
In 2016, we’ll all bid farewell to the premier unobtrusive feather rock act Coldplay, as the band will set sail on the A Head Full of Dreams Tour, their final tour, or until their comeback tour five years from now. Either way, it’s a titillating opportunity to see the band one last time. And, this time around, they’ll be taking fan requests, so there’s that. Chris Martin and Co. haven’t announced North American dates just yet, but you can bet that they will.
Starts: Jan. 16 - Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, PA
Ends: March 15 & 17 - Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena - Los Angeles, CA
The first River Tour back in the days of yore solidified The Boss’ reputation as one of the finest live acts in rock, showcasing his superhuman endurance and dedication to the stage. Now, a bit longer in the tooth, Springsteen and the E Street Band are back again for another River Tour, the redux, in support of The Ties That Bind: The River Collection that Springsteen just released. At each date, they’ll play The River in its entirety, and in true Boss fashion, each show will be recorded and uploaded to Springsteen's website. Highly recommended.
Maroon 5 - Maroon V Tour
Starts: Sep. 3 - AT&T Center - San Antonio, TX
Ends: Oct. 16 - Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
Technically, Adam Levine and the rest of the dudes who make up Maroon 5 launched the Maroon V Tour at the beginning of 2015. Next September will see the band start up leg 10 of the jaunt, the fourth (!) North American portion of the tour, ensuring that everyone in the world will hear “Sugar,” as if they already hadn’t.
AC/DC - Rock or Bust World Tour
Starts: Feb. 2 - Tacoma Dome - Tacoma, WA
Ends: April 4 - Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
It’s a bit of the same story for AC/DC. The Rock or Bust World Tour exploded onto the scene at this year’s Coachella. In February, the Aussie rockers start the second North American leg that will take them through picturesque locales such as Fargo, Greensboro, and Columbia.
Carly Rae Jepsen - Gimme Love Tour
Starts: Feb. 12 - The Ritz, Raleigh, NC
Ends: May 20 - Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC
This is the one folks! 2015 was the year that Carly Rae Jepsen silenced doubters as her third album E•MO•TION bounced on the scene with a spate of maddeningly addictive pure pop nuggets that should, by all evidence presented, induce uncontrollable sugar highs in person. We really, really, really, really, really, really like this tour, indeed.
Janet Jackson - Unbreakable World Tour
On Christmas Eve, Janet Jackson posted to her Facebook that she is scheduled to undergo surgery that will sideline her and the Unbreakable World Tour for the foreseeable future. Jackson reassured, though, that all dates were going to be rescheduled and all tickets honored, so keep an eye out for when that is announced.
Starts: Feb. 19 - Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA
Ends: May 14 - Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ
For sheer inscrutable weirdness and performance art, Animal Collective might be the ticket. The Baltimore collective will bring their experimental pop oddities to venues around the nation, with slacker rappers Ratking opening.
Starts: March 25-26, Fallsview Casino Resort, Niagara Falls, Ontario
Ends: Aug. 3 - Gila River Arena, Glendale, AZ
Regarding double bills, we dare you to find a better duo than Duran Duran and Chic with Nile Rodgers. This tour is in support of Duran Duran’s 14th album Paper Gods, proving that they’re not really content with calling it quits just yet.
Troye Sivan - Blue Neighbourhood Tour
Starts: Feb. 3 - The Vogue, Vancouver, BC
Ends: March 17 - House of Blues, Houston, TX
There are always artists that you need to be on the lookout for, and Troye Sivan definitely falls into that category. The young Aussie songwriter released his major label debut Blue Neighbourhood this year, a collection of accomplished tunes that capture the sound of 2015 while giving a tantalizing peek into the future and just what is in store for Sivan. If you want to see a budding talent before he gets to the big boys stage, this is it. And let us not forget that this could also be re-titled the Promising Youngster Tour; the exceptional Shamir and Allie X are opening. No-brainer.
Future - The Purple Reign Tour
Starts: Feb. 17 - The Orpheum Theatre, Madison, WI
Ends: March 19 - The Event Center at SJSU - San Jose, CA
By many accounts, rap music in 2015 belonged to murky, gloom trap stutter rapper Future. “What a time to be alive,” seems to be the refrain, so why not see what all the fuss is about? His live show could be a bit of a mixed bag as most rap shows are, but when those beats hit you with that unmitigated, big speaker torque--a crucial component of what makes Future, Future--oh, you could be in for a treat. Ty Dolla $ign opens.
Starts: June 24 - BB&T Center, Sunrise, FL
Ends: Sep. 14 - The Forum, Inglewood, CA
The only way to improve this bill would be to add a little more Poot. We’re gonna need bigger Poots, everyone! But until Poot leaves port on her own tour, we’ll just have to make do with Demi Lovato’s arena tour. It’s a Disney Channel twofer, as Nick Jonas is coming along for the ride.
Selena Gomez - Revival Tour
Starts: May 6 - Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV
Ends: July 8 - STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA
In her own lane, however, is Selena Gomez. The singer will kick off the Revival Tour to support her album, you guessed it, Revival. There is no opener tacked on as of now, but it’s safe to say that it will be someone of the same musical ilk.
Black Sabbath - The END Tour
Starts: January 20 - CenturyLink Centre, Omaha, NE
Ends: Sep. 21 - AK-Chin Pavilion, Phoenix, AZ
In 2016, we’ll also say goodbye to Black Sabbath. Displaying an impressive degree of humility, the band on their official website say, “Now it ENDS, the final tour by the greatest Metal Band of all time, BLACK SABBATH.” It sounds like they're not playing games, so, farewell then, Black Sabbath. It’s been real.
Luke Bryan - Kill The Lights Tour
Starts: Feb. 18 - The Ford Center, Evansville, IN
Ends: May 14 - Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
As far as straightforward tours go, it doesn’t get any more straightforward than Luke Bryan’s. He just put out his Kill The Lights album. Now he has a tour. Done and done.
Carrie Underwood - The Storyteller Tour: Stories In The Round
Starts: Feb. 1 - Infinite Energy Arena, Duluth, GA
Ends: May 30 - Budweiser Gardens, London, Ontario
Same with Carrie Underwood. She gave the world Storyteller this past fall. Now we have the Storyteller Tour. But, as a feel-good bonus, $1 from each ticket sold will go towards Underwood’s C.A.T.S. Foundation, an initiative that benefits schools and animal shelters in her hometown of Checotah, OK.
Lil Wayne - Dedication Tour
Starts: Jan. 21 - El Paso County Coliseum, El Paso, TX
Ends: March 6 - Pinnacle Bank Arena, Omaha, NE
It’s hard to believe that Lil Wayne hasn’t gone on a tour dubbed the Dedication Tour before, but better late than never. Fans are still waiting to hear his long-lost Carter V album, but backed by a few recent mixtapes, Wayne should have plenty for cities that he has rarely hit before. Rap’s irrepressible tyros Rae Sremmurd will travel along in support.