Javascript is not enabled.

Javascript must be enabled to use this site. Please enable Javascript in your browser and try again.

Skip to content
Content starts here
Leaving Website

You are now leaving and going to a website that is not operated by AARP. A different privacy policy and terms of service will apply.

The 25 Concert Tours You Can’t Afford to Miss This Summer

From the Stones to J. Lo, Pearl Jam, Journey, Foo Fighters and Robert Plant, it’s all about big shows and big stars. Grab your tickets now!

spinner image Photo Collage: AARP; (Source: Photo by: Will Heath/NBC via Getty Images; Photo by Jim Bennett/Getty Images; Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images; Chris Putnam/Future Publishing via Getty Images; Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for ONE Musicfest; Getty Images)
(Clockwise from top left) Jennifer Lopez, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, Janet Jackson, Vivian Campbell of Def Leppard, Steven Van Zandt and Bruce Springsteen.
Jennifer Lopez, Eddie Vedder, Janet Jackson, Vivian Campbell, Steven Van Zandt and Bruce Springsteen

After a massive slump during COVID, the concert industry is again sh-boom, sh-booming! The gross for the top 100 North American tours in 2023 reached $6.63 billion, up 39.5 percent over 2022, with attendance nearly doubling, to 15,008 per show, according to Pollstar.

And this year is shaping up to be another box office blowout. Despite the national outrage over price spikes for eggs, airfare and gas, music lovers seem immune to ticket shock. Ticket prices climbed 22 percent last year, to an average of $135.88, compared to $111.49 in 2022. And the trend is pointing skyward.

Taylor Swift’s “Eras” tour and Beyonce’s “Renaissance World” tour ranked first and second last year, but boomer acts remain the tour circuit’s lucrative and reliable summer tentpole, delivering packed arenas and sheds year after year as fans flock to relish the oldies and rekindle the past.

Here are the acts to catch this sunny season.

​Heart (April 20–May 24, Aug. 10–Nov. 22)

Sisters Ann Wilson, 73, and Nancy Wilson, 70, haven’t released an album since 2016’s Beautiful Broken, but they have decades of hits, including “Magic Man,” “Barracuda,” “These Dreams” and “Alone,” to draw from on their “Royal Flush” tour. Cheap Trick opens.

Kenny Chesney (April 20–Aug. 23)

After hitting arenas last year, country star Chesney, 56, has booked 18 stadiums for shows with openers including the Zac Brown Band, Megan Moroney and Uncle Kracker, his duet partner on chart-topper “When the Sun Goes Down.” All but one of the shows are on Saturdays.

​Billy Joel (April 26–Nov. 9)

The Piano Man, 74, has scheduled only 13 dates, four of them at New York’s Madison Square Garden, so ticket stampedes are likely. Fans are curious to know if “Turn the Lights Back On,” Joel’s first single in 17 years, will be added to his hit-heavy repertoire.

Shopping & Groceries


$20 off a Walmart+ annual membership

See more Shopping & Groceries offers >

​The Rolling Stones (April 28–July 17)

spinner image,0&color=ffffffff&u=1javjt&w=1140&h=755
Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards perform during The Rolling Stones' surprise set in celebration of their album “Hackney Diamonds” at Racket NYC on Oct. 19, 2023 in New York City.
Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for RS

Mick Jagger, 80, Keith Richards, 80, Ron Wood, 76, and company continue their global “Hackney Diamonds” tour, named after last year’s highly praised album, the group’s first batch of originals since 2005’s A Bigger Bang. Expect Diamonds cuts and lots of hits.

​Stevie Nicks (May 3–June 21)

Between Fleetwood Mac’s songbook and her own solo catalog, singer-songwriter Nicks, 75, has a huge well of material to draw from as she extends a tour that started in February. She’s been performing crowd favorites “Landslide,” “Dreams,” “Rhiannon” and “Edge of Seventeen” as well as Tom Petty hits in honor of her late friend.

George Strait (May 4–July 20, Dec. 7)

A touring juggernaut, honky-tonk country singer-songwriter Strait, 71, resumes the record-breaking stadium tour he kicked off in 2023. He’s joined by Chris Stapleton and Little Big Town. The King of Country serves up “his own Eras tour, leading a well-curated, decades-spanning set of songs,” according to Billboard.

​Roger Daltrey (May 6, June 10–29)

Daltrey, 80, the Who’s charismatic singer, headlines a solo electric and acoustic tour that showcases the British band’s songs, tunes from his own catalog and personal stories. KT Tunstall, Dan Bern and Leslie Mendelson rotate opening slots.

Pearl Jam (May 10–May 30, Aug. 22–Sept. 9)

Seattle’s grunge pioneers (whose average age is 59) have mapped out their high-demand “Dark Matter” world tour to follow the April release of their 12th studio album, Dark Matter. Ten Club members can register for the presale. Nonmembers? Watch the secondary ticket market sites.

​Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire (May 15–Sept. 7)

spinner image,0&color=ffffffff&u=1javjt&w=1140&h=655
Earth, Wind & Fire and Chicago perform at Rogers Arena on Nov. 7, 2016 in Vancouver.
Andrew Chin/Getty Images

The brass-driven rock band and the R&B group join forces for the return of their “Heart & Soul” tour. The night features each legendary act’s full set and culminates in a finale with both on stage.

spinner image Image Alt Attribute

AARP Membership— $12 for your first year when you sign up for Automatic Renewal

Get instant access to members-only products and hundreds of discounts, a free second membership, and a subscription to AARP the Magazine. Find out how much you could save in a year with a membership. Learn more.

Join Now

Lionel Richie (May 23–June 16)

After selling out 2023’s “Sing a Song All Night Long” tour, the soul-pop superstar, 74, returns for another 13 dates, performing solo hits “Hello,” “Dancing on the Ceiling” and “All Night Long” as well as such Commodores classics as “Easy,” “Brick House” and “Three Times a Lady.” With Earth, Wind & Fire ("September," "Boogie Wonderland").

​Red Hot Chili Peppers (May 28–July 30)

The California funk-rock quartet’s exhaustive “Unlimited Love” tour began in 2022 to celebrate that year’s pair of number 1 albums, Unlimited Love and Return of the Dream Canteen. Shows have been a mix of hits and covers of Funkadelic, the Clash, Elton John and others.

​Robert Plant and Alison Krauss (June 2–Sept. 1)

spinner image,0&color=ffffffff&u=1javjt&w=1140&h=655
Alison Krauss, left, and Robert Plant at Budweiser Stage on July 5, 2023 in Toronto.
Jeremychanphotography/Getty Images

The unlikely duo of the former Led Zeppelin wailer, 75, and bluegrass/country queen, 52, take their eclectic Americana duets on the road. JD McPherson opens the shows and also plays guitar in the band. Plant and Krauss first linked talents for the hit 2007 album Raising Sand, with a second collaboration, Raise the Roof, arriving in 2021.

spinner image membership-card-w-shadow-192x134


Get instant access to members-only products and hundreds of discounts, a free second membership, and a subscription to AARP the Magazine.

Janet Jackson (June 4–July 30)

The R&B/pop singer, 57, best known for “Control,” “Nasty,” “Miss You Much” and precision choreography, extends her 2023 “Together Again” tour with 35 dates in amphitheaters and arenas. Nelly (“Not in Herre”) opens.

​Alanis Morissette (June 9–Aug. 10)

spinner image,0&color=ffffffff&u=1javjt&w=1140&h=655
Alanis Morissette performing on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on Dec. 15, 2023.
Todd Owyoung/NBC via Getty Images

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of her Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie album, the alt-rock singer, who turns 50 on June 1, is staging the “Triple Moon” tour, featuring guests Joan Jett, 65, and the Blackhearts and Morgan Wade. The album’s standout “Thank U” is likely on the set list, along with Jagged Little Pill selections.

​Foreigner and Styx (June 11–Aug. 28)

Ten years after linking up for their “Soundtrack of Summer” trek, vintage rock bands Foreigner (“Hot Blooded,” “Double Vision,” “I Want to Know What Love Is”) and Styx (“Come Sail Away,” “Lady,” “Mr. Roboto”) are together again for a classic rock showdown they’re calling the “Renegades and Juke Box Heroes” tour. John Waite, 71, is the opener.

Blink-182 (June 20–Aug. 13)

spinner image,0&color=ffffffff&u=1javjt&w=1140&h=755
Mark Hoppus of Blink-182 performing during Lollapalooza Brazil at Autodromo de Interlagos on March 22, 2024 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Buda Mendes/Getty Images

The high-energy pop-punk band, featuring Mark Hoppus, 52, Tom DeLonge and Travis Barker, will play stadiums and arenas in support of their album One More Time… Dubbed the “Blink-182” tour, it’s a maturity leap from their 1998 outing, the “PooPoo PeePee” tour.

Jennifer Lopez (June 26–Aug. 17)

The “This Is Me … Live: The Greatest Hits” tour, the first outing for J. Lo, 54, since 2019, celebrates her past while also serving up fresh cuts from her February studio album, This Is Me … Now, released along with companion films This Is Me … Now: A Love Story and The Greatest Love Story Never Told.

​Journey and Def Leppard (July 6–Sept. 8)

Journey, whose 18-times-platinum “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” was recently crowned the biggest song of all time, co-headlines with fellow legacy rock band Def Leppard on a stadium tour, with rotating guests Heart, the Steve Miller Band and Cheap Trick.

Jewel and Melissa Etheridge (July 11–Oct. 5)

spinner image,0&color=ffffffff&u=1javjt&w=1140&h=755
Melissa Etheridge during the opening night curtain call for "Melissa Etheridge: My Window" on Broadway at The Circle in the Square Theater on Sept. 28, 2023 in New York City.
Bruce Glikas/WireImage

Jewel, 50 on May 23, and Etheridge, 62, team up for a co-headlining tour that spans their catalogs, with emphasis on their ’90s peaks. Jewel will dip into 2022’s Freewheelin’ Woman, and Etheridge, coming off her “I’m Not Broken” tour, revives “Come to My Window” and “I’m the Only One.”

The Pretenders (July 13–Aug. 14)

The British-American rock band, led by original members Chrissie Hynde, 72, and Martin Chambers, 72, will launch a sprawling world tour to promote last September’s release of their album Relentless. The set list also dives into a deep bag of hits that include “Brass in Pocket,” “My City Was Gone,” “I’ll Stand by You” and “Precious.”

Foo Fighters (July 17–Aug. 18, May 1–9)

spinner image,0&color=ffffffff&u=1javjt&w=1140&h=755
Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters performs at the Power to the Patients concert at The Anthem on March 5, 2024 in Washington D.C.
Paul Morigi/Getty Images

In their biggest headlining U.S. shows so far, the Foo Fighters will play stadiums on their “Everything or Nothing at All” tour, with rotating support acts that include the Hives, L7 and the Pretenders. In 2023, the Seattle band, led by Nirvana member Dave Grohl, 55, released But Here We Are, its first studio album since the death of drummer Taylor Hawkins in 2022.

Green Day (July 29–Sept. 28)

The punk trio takes on stadiums in its extensive “Saviors” tour, named after the new album that spawned “The American Dream Is Killing Me” and “Look Ma, No Brains!” Openers include Smashing Pumpkins and Rancid.

Pink (Aug. 10–Nov. 23)

spinner image,0&color=ffffffff&u=1javjt&w=1140&h=655
Pink performs at Spectrum Center on November 12, 2023 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Jeff Hahne/Getty Images

The rock belter’s “Summer Carnival” tour, which began last year, covers a wide range of material, from hits “So What,” “Get the Party Started” and “Who Knew” to the title track from her latest album, Trustfall, to such covers as Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love” and Janis Joplin’s signature tune “Me and Bobby McGee.”

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (Aug. 15–Sept. 15)

spinner image,0&color=ffffffff&u=1javjt&w=1140&h=755
Bruce Springsteen performs with The E Street Band at MVP Arena on April 15, 2024 in Albany, New York.
Astrida Valigorsky/Getty Images

Many 2023 tour dates were postponed when the Boss called in sick with peptic ulcer disease and E Street members got COVID. Springsteen, 74, is back at work and promising a wider selection of songs than the fairly static set list played earlier in the tour.

spinner image membership-card-w-shadow-192x134


Get instant access to members-only products and hundreds of discounts, a free second membership, and a subscription to AARP the Magazine.

​Crowded House (Aug. 29–Sept. 28)

The Australian rock band, best known for “Don’t Dream It’s Over” and “Something So Strong,” will launch its “Gravity Stairs” tour to support its eighth studio album, Gravity Stairs, out May 31. In 2019, a reshuffled lineup added original producer Mitchell Froom and founding member Neil Finn’s sons Liam and Elroy to the lineup.

Discover AARP Members Only Access

Join AARP to Continue

Already a Member?