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The 25 Most Anticipated Tours of Summer 2015

From AC/DC to Zedd, here's how you can spend your next three months.

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    Artwork by Cap Blackard

    With school letting out, the weather getting warmer, and daylight extending into the early evening, choices for how to spend your hard-earned dollars and precious time off have a lot of competition in 2015. There seem to be more summer music festivals than ever; meanwhile, online services like Airbnb and Uber make travel increasingly manageable. Needless to say, the Internet has made the world smaller and more accessible for many.

    Summer concert tours remain a big attraction in the US and beyond, with many artists using festivals as springboards to connect with the rest of the country, plotting their stops between larger festivals and creating a bevy of options for fans looking to experience large arena gigs or more intimate club shows. In the pages that follow, we’ve collected some of the most notable artists to hit the road this summer, from huge rarities to some of music’s most exciting emerging talent.

    Enjoy.

    –Philip Cosores
    Contributing Editor

    AC/DC

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    Photo by Philip Cosores

    With their original booking as a Coachella headliner, AC/DC turned some heads, prompting questions as to both their continued relevance and their drawing power. But if their huge ‘chella audience wasn’t a good enough indication, maybe their stadium tour this summer, beginning in Europe and then coming to the US, will convince naysayers. Playing both iconic football yards like the homes of the Patriots and the Giants (and Jets), and beloved baseball stadiums like the homes of the Cubs, Giants, and Dodgers, AC/DC will turn yards infrequently used for concerts into havens for rock ‘n’ roll. —Philip Cosores

    AC/DC 2015 Tour Dates:
    05/29 – Barcelona, ES @ Estadio Olympic
    05/31 – Madrid, ES @ Estadio Vicente Calderon
    06/02 – Madrid, ES @ Estadio Vicente Calderon
    06/05 – Zurich, CH @ Letzigrund
    06/07 – Zurich, CH @ Letzigrund
    06/19 – Cologne, DE @ Jahnwiesen
    06/21 – Hannover, DE @ Messe
    06/25 – Berlin, DE @ Olympia Stadium
    06/28 – Glasgow, UK @ Hampden Park
    07/01 – Dublin, IE @ Aviva Stadium
    07/04 – London, UK @ Wembley Stadium
    07/06 – Dessel, BE @ Graspop Metal Meeting
    07/09 – Imola, IT @ Autodromo
    07/12 – Gelsenkirchen, DE @ Veltins Arena
    07/15 – Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival Site
    07/17 – Oslo, NO @ Valle Hovin
    07/19 – Stockholm, SE @ Friends Arena
    07/22 – Hameenlinna, FI @ Open Air Park
    07/25 – Warsaw, PL @ National Stadium
    08/22 – Foxborough, MA @ Gillette Stadium
    08/26 – E. Rutherford, NJ @ MetLife Stadium
    08/28 – Quebec City, QC @ Plains Of Abraham
    08/31 – Montreal, QC @ Olympic Stadium
    09/03 – Ottawa, ON @ TD Place
    09/05 – Moncton, NB @ Magnetic Hill
    09/08 – Detroit, MI @ Ford Field
    09/10 – Toronto, ON @ Downsview Park
    09/15 – Chicago, IL @ Wrigley Field
    09/17 – Winnipeg, MB @ Investors Group Field
    09/20 – Edmonton, AB @ Commonwealth Stadium
    09/22 – Vancouver, BC @ BC Place
    09/25 – San Francisco, CA @ AT&T Park
    09/28 – Los Angeles, CA @ Dodger Stadium
    11/04 – Sydney, AU @ ANZ Stadium
    11/12 – Brisbane, AU @ QSAC
    11/21 – Adelaide, AU @ Oval
    11/27 – Perth, AU @ Domain Stadium
    12/06 – Melbourne, AU @ Etihad Stadium

    Alabama Shakes

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    Photo by Philip Cosores

    Now that Alabama Shakes’ sophomore album has reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts, maybe fans won’t mind the omission of the band’s signature tune from its setlist. Earlier this year when the quartet previewed Sound & Color at dates scattered across the US, including Coachella, “Hold On” didn’t make the cut. Pretty ballsy move for a group so young. If the Rolling Stones can dig up “Satisfaction” at every show over the last 40 years, the combustible Brittany Howard surely can’t squelch the Boys & Girls standout after only three. This tour, which takes a European detour before landing in North America just in time for Lollapalooza, finds the Shakes adding to its ranks with two additional instrumentalists and three backing singers fluent in gospel. Not that Howard needs the help, but the extra pipes intensify the multiple climaxes at the end of each song’s slow burn. —Janine Schaults

    Alabama Shakes 2015 Tour Dates:
    05/13 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Academy Birmingham
    05/15 – Brighton, UK @ The Great Escape
    05/28 – St. Louis, MO @ The Fox Theatre $
    05/29 – Kansas City, MO @ THe Starlight Theatre $
    05/30 – Minneapolis, MN @ Hall’s Island $
    06/02 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park $
    06/03 – Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple Theatre $
    06/05 – Seaside Heights, NJ @ Gentlemen of the Road
    06/06 – Toronto, ON @ Field Trip Music & Arts Festival
    06/07 – Hunter Mountain, NY @ Mountain Jam Festival
    06/09 – Charlottesville, VA @ nTelos Wireless Pavilion !
    06/10 – Cary, NC @ Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park +
    06/12 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
    06/24-28 – Pilton, UK @ Glastonbury
    06/27 – Beuningen, NL @ Down the Rabbit Hole
    06/28 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter
    06/30 – Leipzig, DE @ Conne Island
    07/01 – Gdynia, PL @ Open’er Festival
    07/04 – Dublin, IE @ Marlay Park
    07/05 – Belfort, FR @ Les Eurockeennes
    07/06 – Koln, DE @ Live Music Hall
    07/08 – Lucca, IT @ Summer Festival Lucca
    07/10 – Rotterdam, NL @ North Sea Jazz Fest
    07/12 – Kinross, UK @ T in the Park
    07/30 – Louisville, KY @ Iroquois Amphitheater
    07/31 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
    08/01 – Council Bluffs, IA @ Harrah’s Council Bluffs Casino & Hotel
    08/04 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Red Butte Harden
    08/05 – Boise, ID @ Idaho Botanical Garden
    08/07 – Troutdale, OR @ Edgefield *
    08/08 – Redmond, VA @ Marymoor Park
    08/09 – Squamish, BC @ Squamish Valley Music Festival
    08/12 – San Diego, CA @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre *
    08/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre *
    08/14 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
    08/16 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Ampitheatre %
    08/18 – Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie %
    08/21 – Alpharetta, GA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
    09/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Mann Center for the Performing Arts %
    09/18 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion %
    09/19 – Queens, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium %
    09/22 – Lewiston, NY @ Artpark
    09/25-27 – Boston, MA @ Boston Calling
    10/02-04 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Music Festival
    11/18 – London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton
    11/19 – London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton

    % = w/ Drive-By Truckers
    $ = w/ Father John Misty
    ! = w/ Strand of Oaks
    + = w/ Courtney Barnett
    * = w/ Blake Mills

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