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The 14 Concert Tours You Can’t Afford to Miss This Fall

From Willie to Queen, the Eagles, Foreigner, and even Herb Alpert, it’s all about big shows and big stars — grab your tickets now!

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(Left to right) Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Gene Simmons of Kiss and Lauryn Hill
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Concert tours are booming business these days. Ticket revenues are up 16 percent from 2022, and megastars from Taylor Swift to Bruce Springsteen, 73, are lighting up concert venues all over the country (consider that Elton John, 76, grossed $939 million on his Farewell Yellow Brick Road marathon). And in the spirit of Sir Elton, anniversary tours — shows pegged to popular vintage albums — have seen an uptick as well. It’s a win-win for grownup fans who love the oldies and veteran acts, even if they’re no longer cranking out the hits.

And this fall is no different. The season traditionally fills with concert tours observing anniversaries and farewells. Whether it’s your favorite band back out on the road or the chance to finally hear a star you missed each time they came to town, check out these 14 fantastic fall concert tours to put on your calendar.


When: Sept. 2–Jan. 26

Why go: After 50 years, the Boston rock band is taking to the road for the last time with its Peace Out: The Farewell Tour. Aerosmith will draw from five decades of staples (perhaps hits such as “Dream On” and “Love in an Elevator”) and dish up THX Certified Live! high-fidelity technology. Drummer Joey Kramer, 73, citing a need to focus on his family and health, will sit out the tour. The Black Crowes open all 40 arena dates.


When: Sept. 7–Nov. 17

Why go: The Long Goodbye tour, expected to stretch into 2025, will be a long end to a long run by what was once the world’s biggest-selling act. With 38 million copies sold, Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) is the top-selling album ever in the United States. Don Henley, 76, Joe Walsh, 75, and Timothy B. Schmit, 75, along with later additions Vince Gill, 66, and Deacon Frey (son of the late Glenn Frey) plan to extend stays at venues, depending on demand.

Willie Nelson

When: Sept. 8–Oct. 18

Why go: After a blockbuster summer run, the indefatigable 90-year-old country icon headlines the Outlaw Music Festival. Each show has four openers, with a rotating cast including Los Lobos, Gov’t Mule, the Avett Brothers, Elizabeth Cook, Mike Campbell & the Dirty Knobs, Particle Kid, the String Cheese Incident and Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros.



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Lauryn Hill

When: Sept. 8–Nov. 9

Why go: The rapper-singer is celebrating the 25th anniversary of her critically lauded 1998 debut, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, with a short arena tour. The Fugees, her former group, are reuniting to join her. Hill, who rose to stardom on the strength of Miseducation’s artistic powers and personal sentiments, said it “was a love song to my parents, my family, my people, my musical and cultural forebears, my teachers, my loves, my Creator.”

Peter Gabriel

When: Sept. 8–Oct.13

Why go: The art rock/worldbeat singer’s i/o — The Tour focuses on material from his upcoming i/o album, which Gabriel, 73, has teased for two decades, as well as hits and surprises. Gabriel has been releasing a song from i/o on the full moon of each month starting in January, when he shared “Panopticom,” based on his idea “to initiate the creation of an infinitely expandable accessible data globe.”

Herb Alpert and Lani Hall

When: Sept. 16–Jan. 31

Why go: Herb Alpert, 88, the trumpet player who outsold the Beatles in 1966, and his singer wife Lani Hall, 77, plan a mix of standards, Beatles hits, Brazilian jazz and nuggets from his band Tijuana Brass and her band Brasil ’66. Lately they’ve played “This Guy’s in Love With You,” “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “The Lonely Bull,” “A Taste of Honey,” “Fool on the Hill” and “What a Wonderful World.”

Nick Cave

When: Sept. 19–Oct. 29

Why go: Nick Cave, 65, heads out on a rare solo jaunt with Radiohead’s Colin Greenwood, 54, accompanying him on bass. The last time he toured without his band the Bad Seeds was in January 2020, when the set list consisted mostly of Bad Seeds tunes plus material by Cave’s Grinderman side project and covers by the likes of Leonard Cohen and Jimmy Webb. Expect new material, too, which Cave began writing in January.

Violent Femmes

When: Oct. 3–Nov. 18

Why go: Wisconsin’s trailblazing alt-rock band is commemorating its 40th anniversary by playing its self-titled debut album in full on stage. Some dates will feature symphonies. Since the spring tour sold out, they added this fall outing. Most of the tunes were written when singer-guitarist Gordon Gano, 60, was 18 and in high school. The largely autobiographical album, best known for “Blister in the Sun,” won fans and critics over with urgent punkish anthems about teen angst and alienation.

Queen + Adam Lambert

When: Oct. 4–Nov. 12

Why go: Expect lavish special effects and a parade of hits on this second leg of The Rhapsody Tour, featuring founding Queen members Brian May, 76 — who’s also an astrophysicist who’s worked with NASA — and Roger Taylor, 74, plus American Idol alum Adam Lambert filling in for the late Freddie Mercury. This could be your last chance to see them: In 2022, May said touring “does get to be more of a decision as you get older. I’m not 35 anymore, and leaving home for two months is not easy.”

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Lucinda Williams

When: Oct. 7–Oct. 29

Why go: After her 2020 stroke, the Americana singer-songwriter has rebounded this year with a gritty memoirDon’t Tell Anybody the Secrets I Told You, and a heartfelt album, Stories From a Rock n Roll Heart. Williams, 70, will bring her reclaimed grit and passion (and rich catalog of songs) to theaters on the Don’t Tell Anybody the Secrets tour.


When: Oct. 26–Dec. 1

Why go: Wynonna Judd, 59, is marking the anniversaries of her first two albums, 1992’s self-titled debut and 1993’s Tell Me Why, by performing them on her Back to Wy Tour. It’s a return to the solo lane after a fraught 2022, when Naomi Judd, her mother and longtime partner, died by suicide, and Wynonna proceeded with their planned tour as a tribute to her. “I’m flooded with the memories that surrounded that time in my life,” Wynonna said. “The fans held me up and supported me through that season of change in 1992, and I now see ‘herstory’ repeating itself. This music healed me then and is healing me now.”


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(Left to right) Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Paul Stanley of Kiss performing during a concert in Germany as part of their End of the Road farewell world tour.
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When: Oct. 29–Dec. 2

Why go: It’s a goodbye Kiss! The glam metal band that formed in 1973 is mothballing its greasepaint and platform boots. The End of the Road Farewell Tour started in January 2019, and this final leg ends with a pair of shows in New York, where the foursome started. The shows focus heavily on the group’s ’70s and ’80s output (“Detroit Rock City,” “Deuce,” “Shout It Out Loud”). In the tour program, Paul Stanley, 71, writes, “Kiss is much more than a rock and roll band. The band and its fans are a tribe. The fans are our oxygen, they are our blood.”

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When: Through Nov. 14

Why go: It’s the end of the road for the platinum pop rock band known for “I Want to Know What Love Is,” “Cold as Ice,” “Hot Blooded” and “Urgent.” The Historic Farewell Tour pours on the hits and enlists choirs to begin shows with a cappella performances of classic rock songs. Loverboy is the opening act. The band has published a $50 Foreigner Tour Book covering 45 years of highlights in interviews, photos and memorabilia.

Liz Phair

When: Nov. 3–Dec. 9

Why go: The indie rocker’s Guyville Tour salutes the 30th anniversary of her knockout 1993 debut, the lo-fi sexually explicit Exile in Guyville. Phair, 56, will perform the album in its entirety, plus other popular tunes from her catalog. Phair was praised for the bedroom pop sound and emotional candor of Guyville, which she said was structured to match the pace and song list of the Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main Street. L.A. alt-pop singer Blondshell will open all shows.

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