2017 Guide to Rock + Metal Tours
There are a lot of rock and metal tours out there and it can be challenging to remember all of them or even keep up with them to begin with. Try as you might, but there has probably been a concert or two that you’ve missed because you lost track of the show among everything else. Worry no more!
This 2017 Guide to Rock + Metal Tours will be your No. 1 source for keeping track of all the artists touring North America throughout the year. This guide will be updated as tours are announced, so you’ll never have to miss another concert again! Now the hard part will be choosing which ones to go to if you can’t catch all of your favorite bands as they come around.
August Burns Red
August Burns Red will celebrate the 10th anniversary of their sophomore album, Messengers, in 2017. To properly recognize the record, the band will be performing it in full on their lengthy tour that kicks off on the second day of the new year. Support will come from Protest the Hero, In Hearts Wake and ’68.
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Red Hot Chili Peppers released their new record, The Getaway, earlier in 2016 and will hit the road in North America right after the year turns over. Former RHCP drummer Jack Irons will open each night in January, dropping off after Jan. 21. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue will remain on the bill throughout the entire first part of the tour which has extended bouts off between some of the dates. RHCP also added another wave of dates from April 12 through June 30 with Babymetal providing support in April.
Udo Dirkschneider is getting ready to bid farewell to the Accept material that helped establish the singer’s legacy. With 15 solo albums out, he feels its time to focus just on that facet of his career and will embark on a headlining North American run in early 2017, performing a set of Accept material for the last time. The ‘Back to the Roots – Farewell to Accept’ tour will begin on Jan. 5 in New York City and wrap up a month later in Philadelphia, Pa. on Feb. 4.
Swedish death metal legion Entombed A.D. will be hitting North America for a short round of dates featuring Full of Hell and Turbid North as support. The trek launches from Boston, Mass. on Jan. 6 and will end on Jan. 22 in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Breaking Benjamin will be getting a jump start on the new year with a small run of headlining dates in January. Continuing to support 2015 Dark Before Dawn, the band will begin in Silver Spring, Md. on Jan. 10 and close it out just over two weeks later in Cleveland, Ohio on Jan. 28
Pop Evil will continue to support their 2015 album, UP, hitting the U.S. for over one month right as the new year turns over. The run will kick off on Jan. 10 in Loiusville, Ky, running through Feb. 24 where it will close out in Detroit, Mich. Joining Pop Evil will be Red Sun Rising and Badflower.
The Philip Anselmo fronted Superjoint will be trekking through parts of the U.S. in support of Caught Up in the Gears of Application. The tour will be rounded out by Battlecross and Child Bite as they venture out from Austin, Texas starting Jan. 12. The tour, which has more dates yet to come, will tentatively wrap up on Jan. 28 in Sauget, Ill.
Chevelle have had a busy 2016 and will stay active throughout next year, opening up 2017 with a brief run along the West Coast. Starting on Jan. 13 in San Francisco, Calif., the veteran rockers will be joined by Black Map and Dinosaur Pile-Up. The trek will end on Jan. 26 in Boulder, Colo.
Falling in Reverse
Falling in Reverse will embark on a headlining winter run dubbed ‘The End Is Here.’ The group was expected to release a new album in 2016, but have remained quiet regarding a new title. Support on the trek, which begins on Jan. 13 and ends Feb. 12, will come from Issues, Motionless in White, Dangerkids and Dead Girls Academy.
Starset‘s Vessels album is the follow-up to their wildly successful debut and the group will be out in full support of the record, hitting the road a few days before the album is released. With support coming from Gemini Syndrome, the two acts will embark on a month-long tour, starting Jan. 14 in Flint, Mich. The trek will close on Feb. 17 in Pittsburgh, Pa. Gemini Syndrome will not be featured on the two opening dates, however.
AFI will be releasing The Blood Album in 2017, putting full support behind the album on a headlining North American tour, fittingly titled ‘The Blood Tour.’ The band will spend just over one month on the road, starting off on Jan. 20 in Los Angeles, Calif. with it all coming to an end back on the west coast in San Diego, Calif. on Feb. 21. Support will come from Souvenirs on the whole trek and Chain Gang of 1974 and Nothing will be on select dates.
Former Flyleaf singer Lacey Sturm made her solo debut last year with the album Life Screams and will support the release with a headlining U.S. run. Stitched Up Heart will provide direct support with additional performances coming from Palisades and Letters From the Fire. Jan. 20 in Margate, Fla. marks the opening night of the tour, wrapping up less than one month later in Pittsburgh, Pa. on Feb. 14.
Infamous black metal horde Mayhem will be hitting North America for a special tour. The Norwegian outfit will be performing their masterful debut, De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas in its entirety on the nearly month-long trek. Joining them will be the unholy duo of Inquisition and raging black thrashers Black Anvil.
Alter Bridge will be hitting the road in support of their latest record, The Last Hero, not long after the new year turns over. They’ll embark on a headlining U.S. run starting on Jan. 21 in Mobile, Ala. and close things out just over one month later in Seattle, Wash. on Feb. 22
Every Time I Die
Every Time I Die will be hitting over 30 stops on their lengthy North American headlining run in support of Low Teens. The band will be joined by Knocked Loose, Harm’s Way and Eternal Sleep, though Knocked Loose will not appear on the first three dates. The tour starts in State College, Pa. on Feb. 1 and wraps up in Amityville, N.Y. on March 10.
With Black Veil Brides expected to drop a new album in 2017, frontman Andy Biersack will be out promoting his solo effort, Andy Black, before presumably returning his attention to his primary band. The tour in support of Shadow Side will be dubbed ‘Homecoming Tour: Curtain Call,’ kicking off on Feb. 8 in Lancaster, Pa. The trek will wrap a bit shy of one month later in Pomona, Calif. on March 3. Support will come from William Control and Palaye Royale.
DevilDriver will be headlining the 2017 ‘Bound By the Road’ tour as they continue to promote their Trust No One album. It’s a stacked tour filled out by Death Angel, Winds of Plague, The Agonist and Azreal, launching from Santa Ana, Calif. on Feb. 8. The jaunt will come to a close just shy of one month later on March 5 in Seattle, Wash.
Skillet have a hot album, Unleashed, on their hands and are ready to share it with their fans in the U.S. on an ambitious headlining trek. They’ll be joined by Sick Puppies and Devour the Day for the full run, which starts on Feb. 8 in Clifton Park, N.Y. The tour will finish on March 24 in Little Rock, Ark.
Max & Iggor Cavalera
Max and Iggor Cavalera will be taking the ‘Return to Roots’ tour into 2017! The brothers and former Sepultura members will team up to bring fans the classic Roots album on a North American tour with Immolation and Full of Hell as support. The run kicks off on Feb. 9 in Las Vegas and wil end of March 4 in Santa Ana, Calif.
Amaranthe will be returning stateside after a yearlong absence. The band will be supporting their latest record, Maximalism, and will be joined by Failure Anthem, Citizen Zero, Cypher 16 and Smash Into Pieces. The bands will hit the road on Feb. 10, starting it off in Houston Texas, winding down almost one month later on March 9 in Baltimore, Md.
New Jersey thrash legends Overkill will be hitting the road in February for a headlining tour as they support their 18th studio album, The Grinding Wheel. The bruisers will be joined by Egyptian-themed death metal stalwarts Nile. Feb. 14 marks the first date, setting out from Philadelphia, Pa., finishing up just shy of one month later in Sayreville, N.J. Amorphis and Swallow the Sun will also appear on five select dates.
Pierce the Veil
Pierce the Veil are continuing to support their 2016 effort, Misadventures, with a headlining tour dubbed ‘Rest in Space.’ The pop-punk outfit will be joined by Falling in Reverse as well as Crown the Empire as they hit the road for 14 stops stretching between Feb. 17 in Eugene, Ore. and March 10 in Tucson, Ariz.
Deathcore titans Suicide Silence will hit the road for a unique tour with performances each night and a post-show listening party where fans can hear the new record in full. Plague Vendor will serve as support and Cameron ‘Big Chocolate’ Argon (Disfiguring the Goddess) will be the host of the after party. The run kicks off Feb. 19 in San Antonio, Texas and ends in Santa Cruz, Calif. on March 4.
Emmure frontman Frankie Palmeri was left hanging after his band members departed en masse, but he’s regrouped with a new lineup and the Look at Yourself album. The deathcore act will be on tour with After the Burial, Fit For a King, Fit For an Autopsy and Invent.Animate on a month-long trek beginning Feb. 22 and ending March 23.
Crossover legends Suicidal Tendencies will be headlining a two week run in support of their latest record, World Gone Mad. It’s a great package with New Orleans sludge icons Crowbar as direct support as they continue to promote 2016’s The Serpent Only Lies. Opening each night will be thrashers, Havok who will be releasing Conformicide in 2017. The trek kicks off Feb. 22 in Santa Ana, Calif. and wraps up in Denver, Colo. on March 10.
Metal Blade Records is celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2017 and have assembled quite the brutal tour package to commemorate this impressive milestone. The trek will be headlined by Whitechapel, with Cattle Decapitation, Goatwhore and Allegaeon rounding out the remainder of the bill. The tour will kick off on Feb. 22 in Boston, closing it out in New Orleans on March 16.
Dope / Combichrist
Get read for the ‘Blood, Lust, Death’ tour featuring co-headliners Dope and Combichrist! The tour kicks off Feb. 27 in Portland, Ore., wrapping up well over one month later in Los Angeles on April 9. Support will come from September Mourningand Davey Suicide on the lengthy trek.
Green Day teased fans with a short run of intimate clubs, but it’s back to the arenas for the punk legends. Joining Green Day as they support Revolution Radio will be Against Me! on the month-plus long trek. The first show will be in Phoenix, Ariz. on March 1, coming to an end on April 8 San Diego, Calif.
The punk rockers will head out on tour again starting Aug. 1 in Auburn, Wash. with Catfish and the Bottlemen serving as the support act. The trek will come to an end on Sept. 13 in Chula Vista, Calif.
John 5 and the Creatures
Rob Zombie‘s John 5 is a virtuosic guitarist and has an instrumental power trio dubbed John 5 and the Creatures. The band will be releasing their debut record, Season of the Witch in 2017, supporting the album with a headlining tour that runs from March 3 through 26, picking back up from April 13 – 16.
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Amorphis will finally be heading back to North America for an exhaustive run with Swallow the Sun and the first handful of dates will also feature Overkill and Nile. Amorphis will be touting 2015’s Under the Red Cloud, kicking off the tour on March 6 in Charlotte, N.C. Overkill and Nile will drop off after March 10 and the trek overall will conclude on April 23 in Amityville, N.Y.
Legendary British rock vets UFO will be returning stateside for another headlining run. Likely in support of a new album that’s currently underway (their 22nd studio effort), they’ll hit the road with another British favorite: Saxon, who also have over 20 original albums to their name. Jared James Nichols will open each night of the trek, which stretches from March 9 through April 2.
Bring Me the Horizon
Bring Me the Horizon are still out supporting their 2015 effort, That’s the Spirit. The Brits will embark on a headlining run across North America as winter transitions to fall, starting March 10. The reunited Underoath will serve as direct support with Beartooth opening up the show each night.
Kreator are back with their first album in 5 years, Gods of Violence. The German thrash icons will headline the Decibel Magazine Tour, which kicks off March 17 in Charlotte, N.C. Support will come from death metal legends Obituary, Venom-worshippers Midnight and underground death bringers Horrendous. The trek will come to a close in Philadelphia, Pa. on April 15.
At the Drive-In
At the Drive-In were forced to cancel a handful of 2016 shows due to health concerns, but the band has rescheduled these dates for late March. Five gigs are booked between March 20 and 29 and the year looks to be shaping up well for the band, who have released “Governed By Contagions,” their first new song in 16 years.
New Found Glory
New Found Glory will have a lot of rehearsal to run through prior to their 20th anniversary tour because they’ll be performing six different albums in their entirety in the span of nearly two months. Check listing carefully because the band will be playing two albums each night with the possibilities being Sticks and Stones, Catalyst, Coming Home, Nothing Gold, Not Without a Fight and New Found Glory. The tour starts March 22 in Baltimore, Md., wrapping up in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on May 12.
Anthrax / Killswitch Engage
Anthrax have been relentlessly supporting For All Kings and will head out on a massive co-headlining tour with Killswitch Engage as well as openers The Devil Wears Prada. Check listings carefully as Killswitch will close out select nights and some dates will not feature either Anthrax while others will not feature Killswitch Engage. The tour begins on March 29 in Montclair, N.J. and finishes off in Boston on May 7.
The Damned were the first punk band to ever release a full length album and with they’re still kicking four decades later. They’ll be playing all 12 cuts from Damned Damned Damned on their North American run which kicks off on April 6 in Los Angeles. The tour will close out on May 21 in Phoenix, Ariz.
Testament delivered The Brotherhood of the Snake in 2016, an album stocked with relentless riffing and frenetic energy. They’ll be supporting the record with a headlining North American run the starts April 6 in Albuquerque, N.M. on April 6, finishing off in Las Vegas over a month later on May 20. Along for support are fellow thrash icons Sepultura and groove metallers Prong.
A Perfect Circle
There may not be a new Tool album, but at least fans will be able to catch Maynard James Keenan in action as A Perfect Circle embark on their first tour since 2011. The band will be working on their first studio album since 2004, so it will be an exciting year for APC. The tour begins on April 7 in Las Vegas, finishing up exactly one month later in Los Angeles on May 7.
Def Leppard just can’t stay off the road! After a heavy, heavy touring schedule in 2016, they’re keeping at their manic pace with another extensive North American tour! This time, they’ll be joined by Poison, who haven’t toured in five years, as well as another era idol in Tesla. The tour starts in Manchester, N.H. on April 8 and doesn’t end until June 25 in Indianapolis, Ind. with only a two week break for time off in the run.
Mastodon have been hard at work on the follow-up to Once More ‘Round the Sun and will be hitting the road in the spring on a headlining tour. Eagles of Death Metal and Russian Circles will be along for the ride as the support acts on the jaunt that kicks off April 14 in Missoulsa, Mon., coming to a close on May 20 in Austin, Texas.
Wow! How’s this for a tour package? Swedish progressive masters Opeth will be teaming up with Gojira for a May tour, right in the middle of the biggest month of festival in the U.S. Both have 2016 releases to support, Sorceress being the latest from Opeth and Magma from Gojira. The trek kicks off May 4 in Nashville, Tenn. and will finish up in Indianapolis, Ind. on May 13.
Morbid Angel have returned in 2017 with a revamped lineup and a new album in the works. They’ll be hitting the road on May 23, launching from Orlando, Fla. with death metal legends Suffocation in tow as well as Revocation and Withered. Finishing up over one month later, the trek will close out on June 27 in New Orleans.
Guns N’ Roses
If you didn’t get the chance to catch Guns N’ Roses in the summer of 2016, here’s your chance and if you already saw them you can relive the experience! The group will be embarking on another stadium tour starting July 27 in St. Loius, Mo., wrapping up in San Antonio, Texas on Sept. 8.