Anytime Paul McCartney tours, it's big news. While Sir Paul's live show is the most noteworthy of the week, a few other artists deserve some love and attention as well. These are the top five concert tours in North America for the week of April 17.
5. Gin Wigmore
Elle King may have stolen the headlines last year with “Ex's & Oh's,” but Gin Wigmore has been doing the sassy blues-rock thing for several years now. The New Zealand native has had her songs all over American tv shows and commercials, and she released a new album, Blood to Bone, last year. Wigmore performs this week in Chicago, Nashville, and Ferndale, Michigan.
Illinois-born singer-songwriter Lissie takes the stage in Atlanta, Nashville, Washington DC, Philadelphia and Boston. The 33-year-old has a well-received new record, My Wild West, which dropped in February. The single “Don't Give Up On Me” may be her catchiest tune yet, with pop melodies and gentle beats guiding the song.
3. Good Charlotte
If Fall Out Boy and Panic! at the Disco can make successful comebacks, then why not Good Charlotte? The band behind some of the early 2000s' best pop-punk singles will play the Warped Tour this summer, but for now they're returning to the road with four intimate club gigs in NYC, Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Boston. Here's your chance to break out the eyeliner and black clothes and relive the music of your youth.
2. John Mellencamp
John Mellencamp may be second on our list this week, but the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer doesn't have to take a backseat to anybody when it comes to his list of career achievements. The Indiana-born rocker performs this week in Erie, Hartford, Portland (Maine), Albany, and Rochester (NY). Mellencamp has too many hits to fit into one concert, but if recent concerts are any indication, fans can probably expect to hear “Small Town,” “Jack and Diane,” “Paper in Fire,” “Cherry Bomb,” and “Pink Houses.”
1. Paul McCartney
There was a long stretch where Paul McCartney didn't play live often, but since 2009 he has been performing a couple dozen shows per year, reveling in his status as a living legend and proving that he can still rock even past age 70. Paul often crams more than 40 songs into a single show, ranging from very old Beatles cuts like “I Saw Her Standing There” to solo hits from throughout his career. Demonstrating that he's not just a nostalgia act, Sir Paul sometimes even tosses in live version of “FourFiveSeconds” in which he sings Kanye and RiRi's verses. See McCartney in Seattle and Vancouver this week.