The Concerts I Would Love To See This Year

Every summer the live music scene ramps up with lots of concert tours and the huge festival shows that can be found in countless random cities randomly throughout the world.  As you can probably tell by some of my previous Rants, I love music and I especially love LIVE music. To me, there is nothing better  than to go to a concert and watch a band play live.

There is a passion and connection between the band on stage and the people in the crowd that can not be replicated by just listening to a CD or on the radio. The electricity that runs through a crowd as the band is playing is unlike anything else I have ever experienced in my life, and it is something that you become addicted to.

So I was looking for through some concert ticket websites to see what bands are currently touring and thought it would be a great idea to list the top 5 bands I would want to see live on their summer concert tours and why I think you should see them too!


Marco Hietala and Anette Olzon of Nightwish

So was there ever really any doubt of who I would mention as the first band and tour I want to see this summer? Nightwish just kicked off the Imaginaerum European Tour, with a North American leg to follow, but they are the only band I would fly to Europe to see. Nightwish is not like any other band and are on of the greatest bands that you can experience in any format. Yes, you do not simply listen to Nightwish. You experience them!

A musical catalogue that is as diverse and as unique and a great rapport with their fans, Nightwish is not like anything else you will hear live. Now I will admit that they may not be the most mainstream band in the world, but that is part of the appeal. They do no strive to be one of the “pop” artists but instead have a unified vision from the eyes of Tuomas Holopainen. The founder of Nightwish and writer of 99% of the band’s songs, he has a theme in mind for each album.

A Nightwish show is full of pyro, loud guitars and drums, beautiful vocals and some of the most passionate fans in the world. If you even only like one Nightwish song, it means you opened your mind to their music and the rest will grow on you.

This concert tour is my top priority for something to accomplish off of my bucket list.


Corey Taylor from Slipknot.

This is a band that I was not a huge fan of back when they broke into the music scene but I have to admit that after a few years they did win me over. Slipknot is currently touring this summer and I think it would be an amazing experience to get to see them play live, especially since the death of bassist Paul Gray.

Even though the band has lost an integral member to it’s line-up, one that they refuse to replace, each time they step out on stage together going forward would be a passionate and emotional performance. Of course I would have loved to have seen them when “The 9” were all there but I also recognize that the band was at a crossroads when Paul died and they were close to losing lead singer Corey Taylor as well. When a band has to deal with a change in personnel, and death in particular, it can either weaken their resolve or they can find strength in getting past it.

I would love to be able to catch the guys live this summer if I had the chance to attend.

Lzzy and Arejay Hale


There may not be a more rock and roll band on this list than Halestorm. I love the sound and I love the voice of lead singer Lzzy Hale and the drummer of her brother Arejay. Halestorm is a band that has roots in the hard rock/metal scene of the 1980’s and their sound is very fresh in today’s music scene. In a lot of ways, they remind me of Heart as Lzzy can sing and rock out along with the guys in the business.

Although their current tours are smaller compared to some bands in this list, Halestorm has a sense of showmanship and realize that you need to be able to not only entertain the audience with music but also give them something visually that the music will be a soundtrack to. Even though there are bands with “grander” stage shows, Halestorm does the best with what they have…..which is very damn good.

Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil and Mick Mars


Now I know that technically Motley Crue is not on tour and they are currently in Las Vegas, playing exclusively at Hard Rock Hotel’s Joint, but they are still a band that tours regularly and will use the residency in Sin City to ignite a world tour. I am sure of it and would love to see them live.

The Crue did play Halifax a few years ago and I was heart broken I couldn’t make the 2 hour trip to see them live. I am a huge fan of Nikki Sixx and I seriously consider this group of rockers as a true group of survivors. They have each suffered from dramatic and traumatic events in their lives that should have either killed them or lead to the end of the band.

I can only imagine the energy and atmosphere at a Crue show but I am game to find out first hand!

Amy Lee


This is a band that I really enjoy and few know that back when Nightwish dismissed Tarja Turunen of her lead singing duties, there were strong rumors of Amy Lee becoming the new lead singer. That did not happen and Evanescence has just released their newest album that has received positive reviews.

The very first time I heard anything from the band was when the song “Bring Me Back To Life” was used in the Marvel comic book movie “Daredevil.” I liked the sound of the band and Amy’s vocals were simply not like anything in the North American music scene at the time and that got my attention.

In support of their latest album, the band is embarking on a tour and I think it would be a great chance to see a re-energized and re-juvenated Evanescence playing some of the best tunes live.


What tours are you excited for??


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