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.
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.
Highly Suspect are on the upswing, breaking out with Loudwire’s No. 1 Rock Album of 2016, The Boy Who Died Wolf. Embarking on a headlining tour to promote this slab of hard rocking cuts like “My Name Is Human” with a number of dates already behind them, there’s plenty more ahead through the summer, winding down on Aug. 17.
*Black Map and Dinosaur Pile-Up on summer dates
Chevelle released The North Corridor last year and this year, they’ll spend most of their time on the road supporting the new record. Their first wave of tour dates will start on April 1, hitting a number of festivals along the way, ending on May 25. They’ll pack it up again and head out on a headlining run with Black Map and Dinosaur Pile-Up from July 9 through Aug. 4.
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.
Punk legends the Descendents will be on tour sporadically throughout 2017 starting on April 6. Playing a handful of dates here and there until Dec. 16, they’ll be touring in support of their latest record, 2016’s Hypercaffium Spazzinate.
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.
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.
Coheed and Cambria
Coheed and Cambria will turn back the clock, revisiting their third record, Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness on tour the spring. Hailed as one of their finest moments, the band will be performing it in full starting April 11 in Seattle, Wash. They’ll have The Dear Hunter in tow, wrapping up the trek in Columbus, Ohio on May 20.
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 hard this year. Support will come from former drummer Jack Irons as well as Babymetal on select dates only. The run will start on April 12 in Washington D.C., finishing up on June 30 in Chicago.
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.
*Sirens & Sailors on 4/20 – 5/04 / Convictions on 5/9 – 5/24
It’s been a solid run for Affiance, who are hanging it up after a 10 year career. The ‘Say Goodbye-ance’ tour is set to begin on April 20 in Buffalo, N.Y. with Sirens & Sailors along for support. They’ll then drop off on May 4, making way for Convictions to pick up the opening slot starting May 9. The tour will wind down on May 24 in Detroit.
Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes
Alter Bridge are enjoying continued success with the release of The Last Hero last year. They’ll venture out on a headlining tour, hitting a handful of festival dates first before getting into the run with In Flames and Metal Church on May 2 through 17. The last date will be just Alter Bridge at the Rock on the Range festival.
Pierce the Veil
Loudwire Live presents the ‘We Will Detonate!’ tour with headliners Pierce the Veil, modern day punk icons Sum 41, Emarosa and Chapel. The run will kick off on April 21 in Denver, Colo. with back-to-back nights at the Ogden Theatre. Wrapping things up on May 26, Pierce the Veil will play Rocklahoma. Not all bands will be on each date, so check listings carefully.
Nothing More will emerge from the recording studio for a month-long headlining trek featuring Black Map, As Lions and Hell or Highwater. Hitting a few festivals along the way, the band will be promoting their 2014 eponymous debut and fans are hoping they’ll preview some new material along onstage too.
Devin Townsend Project
The Devin Townsend Project dropped Transcendence last year, which we named the Best Metal Album of 2016. Devy will embark on a brief headlining tour with Thank You Scientist and Oni, also providing support for Opeth and Gojira as well as one select date where Mastodon will join everyone as well, so check listings carefully.
Every Time I Die
Every Time I Die are road warriors through and through and are feverishly touring under their newest album, Low Teens. With Wage War and ’68 in tow, the trek will launch on April 28 from Wilmington, Del. Capping it off at the Rock on the Range festival in Ohio, the jaunt comes to an end nearly one month later on May 21.
Soundgarden have a number of festival stops booked and decided to make a tour out of, headlining dates as they work the festival circuit. The Dillinger Escape Plan and The Pretty Reckless on the run as support, playing select nights along the way, so check listings carefully. The trek will last nearly one month as fans await new material from the grunge legends.
All That Remains
All That Remains will be making the rounds on the U.S. festival circuit and have planned a number of headlining dates around those already existing dates. They’ll be on the road in support of their new album Madness, launching the tour on April 29 with a pair of festival stops before venturing out on their own. The tour comes to a finish in Patchogue, N.Y. on May 25.
Seether have big plans for supporting their new album Poison the Parish, booking out a huge chunk of 2017 for a headlining run. There will be breaks for a couple weeks along the way for Seether as Letters From the Fire (May 2 through 27; July 16 through Aug. 20), Through Fire (June 1 through June 7), Kaleido (May 2 through June 10) and Big Story (from July 16 through August 20) provide support.
The longships are coming to invade American shores this spring! Amon Amarth, in support of their latest album, Jomsviking, will trek across the U.S. starting April 30 at the Welcome to Rockville festival, dotting the rest of the routing with more festival stops mixed into the traditional concerts. Goatwhore will serve as support on the jaunt, which ends May 21 at the esteemed Rock on the Range festival in Columbus, Ohio.
It’s the 40th anniversary of the influential punk outfit X! In celebration of this milestone, they’ll be hitting the U.S. in two waves with the first batch of dates spanning from May 1 through May 25. They’ll follow it up with another nearly month-long run from Sept. 6 through Sept. 27, so there’s plenty of opportunities to see this legendary band!
Gojira released Magma, the biggest album of their career, in 2016 and are spending this year on the road to promote it. They’ll enjoy headliner status on a May run, rounded out by Kyng, Deafheaven and Code Orange with a couple of co-headlining dates with Opeth sprinkled in between the May 2 through 19 routing.
Veteran rock act Bush announced they’re putting the finishing touches on the follow-up to 2014’s Man on the Run. Heading out on a month-long headlining tour, they’ll start off in Dallas, Texas on May 4 and wrap up on June 10 in Baltimore, Md., with a couple festival dates worked into the routing.
In Flames are touting 2016’s effort, Battles, returning to North America once again for another series of headlining dates. With festival appearances dotting this run, all non-fest dates will feature Canada’s Kataklysm as the sole supporting act. The tour begins on May 5 in Rochester, N.Y., wrapping up May 25 in Dallas.
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.
Avenged Sevenfold have an adventurous touring schedule mapped out for North American. Alternating in dates opening for Metallica with Volbeat and Gojira playing select dates on that run. A7X will also be making festival stops and headlining a few dates of their own with Volbeat and A Day to Remember playing select nights as support. Please check listings very carefully!
Guitar god and neoclassical shred legend Yngwie Malsteen is going to set the ‘World on Fire’ on his U.S. headlining tour. The jaunt starts in Sayreville, N.J. on May 5 and wraps up over one month later in Houston, Texas on June 10.
Metallica‘s long anticipated North American stadium tour was finally announced and it’s going to be massive! Avenged Sevenfold, Volbeat and Gojira have all signed on as support acts for what will be one of the summer’s biggest concert tours not just in rock / metal, but all of music!
Modern day doom heroes Pallbearer will embark on a lengthy U.S. run in support of their latest album, Heartless. Gatecreeper will provide support throughout the whole trek, with Pinkish Black, Spirit Adrift, Venomous Maximus and Inter Arma all hopping on the bill at different spots along the way. Other shows will also include support for Baroness alongside Nothing, so check listings carefully!
All Hail the Yeti
Metal / hardcore up-and-comers All Hail the Yeti will headline the ‘Screaming Black Curse Tour,’ supporting Screams From a Black Wilderness. Invidia (featuring current and former members of In This Moment, Five Finger Death Punch and Skinlab, will provide direct support on the tour, touting their As the Sun Sleeps debut. Broken Raill will open each night, which spans from May 17 through June 4.
For the first time ever, Zakk Wylde‘s Black Sabbath cover band, Zakk Sabbath, will be a headlining a tour of their very own. Backed by bassist Rob ‘Blasko’ Nicholson (Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie) and drummer Joey Castillo (ex-Danzig, ex-Queens of the Stone Age), the band will hit the road between May 19 and June 10.
This is going to be good! Muse will be venturing out on a headlining run with direct support coming from the equally legendary Thirty Seconds to Mars. Opening each night will be PVRIS and the dates span from May 20 through Aug. 1, but will only consist of 15 gigs in total as the shows are sporadic throughout this timeframe.
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.
As fans anxiously await a new album, they can at least take resolve in catching a Tool show in 2017. The rock legends will venture out on May 24 in Fairfax, Va. working in a couple festival appearances along the way to Chicago for the final date of the run on June 8.
Black Stone Cherry
Miss May I
Miss May I are set to hit the road in the U.S. just one week after the band released their new album, Shadows Inside. They’ll be joined by Upon a Burning Body, Kublai Khan and Currents, kicking off the trek from Houston, Texas on May 26. The tour will wrap up over one month later on June 30 in Columbus, Ohio.
Vader are one of death metal most punishing live acts and they’ll be hitting the road for a North American tour in support of 2016’s Empire. Joining them on the run will be Internal Bleeding, Sacrificial Slaughter, Voices of Ruin and Micawber. The tour kicks off on May 26 in Baltimore, Md. at Maryland Deathfest and finished up June 17 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The first and last night will only feature Vader.
Hellyeah are putting relentless support behind 2016’s Unden!able, embarking on yet another North American run starting May 31 in Odessa, Texas. 10 Years and Black Map will provide support on the first three dates of the run, dropping off after June 3 to make way for Sons of Texas and Righteous Vendetta. The trek will come to an end in Dallas, Texas on June 29.
Stitched Up Heart
Iron Maiden are returning to North America for a second leg in support of 2015’s standout The Book of Souls. With 25 dates booked, Eddie and the boys will be delivering another world-class set with another visually intensive act, Ghost, serving as support. It’s a can’t-miss tour that starts on June 3 in Bristow, Va. and wraps up on July 21 in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Otherwise are working on a new album and while fans wait for more details to emerge on that front, they can take solace in the fact that the band is setting out on a headlining tour from June 3 through July 18. Support will come from Through Fire and Righteous Vendetta, but check listings carefully as not all acts will be on every date.
Folk metal fans, this tour is made just for you! The Mongolian act Tengger Cavalry have generated quite the buzz in recent years and will head up a North American trek starting June 3 in Montreal, Quebec. Felix Martin and Helsott will serve as the two support acts on the run, which will close out on July 8 in Manchester, New Hampshire.
AFI are riding high on the success of AFI (The Blood Album) and will be embarking on their second North American leg of their tour in support of the record. They’ll start in Richmond, Va. on June 2 and finish up at the Amnesia Rockfest in Montebello, Quebec towards the end of the month.
Canadian techdeath masters Gorguts are returning to the U.S. for another headlining run, still out in support of 2016’s 33 minute, single-track EP, Pleiades’ Dust. Prepare for a death metal onslaught, because Germany’s Defeated Sanity and Exist are both on board for the jaunt which runs from June 6 through 24.
Deftones / Rise Against
Get ready for one of the best rock tours of the summer! Last year, we saw a number of co-headlining treks and the tradition will repeat again in 2017 as Deftones and Rise Against will team up together for a month-long run. To make it even better, Thrice will join them each night, which runs from June 9 through July 9.
Horror rockers Wednesday 13 will release their new album, Condolences, on June 2 and follow-it up with a headlining tour that kicks off two weeks later in Salt Lake City, Utah. With Once Human and Gabrial and the Apocalypse in tow, they’ll hit a slew of U.S. cities before the tour’s end on July 23 in Seattle.
In This Moment
In This Moment are expected to release a new record in 2017 and, regardless, they’re spending a ton of it on the road. Motionless in White Vimic (Joey Jordison‘s new band) and Little Miss Nasty are on board for the lengthy run which is set to begin on June 19 in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. It’ll wind down well over one month later in Lincoln, Neb.
Sevendust are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their debut self-title album in 2017. Keeping in line with current touring trends, the hard rock vets will perform the album in its entirety on an incredibly brief run of shows around the Northeast.
You won’t want to miss this one! Thrash titans Megadeth are continuing to support Dystopia, venturing out on another small run, bringing a devastating group of support acts with them. Meshuggah, Tesseract and Lillake will open each show (save for the lone Canadian date featuring just Megadeth and Meshuggah) as the run stretches from June 23 in Big Flats, N.Y. to July 11 in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Nickelback are back with a new album, Feed the Machine, and will be bringing it to the masses on an exhaustive North American tour, stretching from June 23 through Oct. 1. Daughtry and Shaman’s Harvest will be the two supporting acts along the way, though Cheap Trick will replace Daughtry on the final five dates, so check listings carefully.
Shinedown are continuing to promote 2015’s Threat to Survival and will embark on a headlining U.S. run which will also feature a number of festival appearances. The tour starts on July 1 in Milwaukee Wis. at Summerfest and finishes off in Ventura, Calif. on Aug. 9. Support will come from Lacey Sturm, who is touting her 2016 debut solo record, Life Screams.
The Melvins have a reputation for being road warriors and they’ll earn their stripes once more on an exhaustive summer tour that bleeds into the next season. From July 5 through, yes, Oct. 3, the sludge / grunge rock ‘n’ roll weirdos will traverse North America with labelmates Spotlights.
Sublime With Rome The Offspring
Sublime With Rome and The Offspring will be teaming up for co-headlining tours twice in 2017 with The Offspring closing the night on the first run which includes one Washington stop and Canadian stops for the remainder of the routing. They’ll flip it around on the U.S. portion from Sept. 8 – 30 as Sublime With Rome will perform last.
Power metal speedsters DragonForce will return to North American to deliver their high-octane fury to the stage as they support their newest record, Reaching Into Infinity. The tour starts on July 7 in San Francisco, winding down towards the tail of the month, capped off with a July 19 performance in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Alt rockers Incubus will release their eighth studio album, aptly titled 8, this year. Bringing Jimmy Eat World out on the road with them, they’ll be on tour for quite some time this summer, kicking things off on July 7 in Tampa, Fla. Wrapping up well over one month later, they’ll close it out on Aug. 19 in Seattle.
Taking Back Sunday
*Modern Chemistry (July 14 – Aug. 1) / All Get Out (Aug. 3 – 19)
Taking Back Sunday are hitting the road in support of Tidal Wave, taking Every Time I Die out on the road with them (save for July 20 and 22). The run kicks off in New York City on July 14, extending into late August, wrapping things up in Buffalo, N.Y. on Aug 19. Support will come from Modern Chemistry and All Get Out, with both bands splitting the dates, so check listings carefully.
Primus / Clutch
AFI / Circa Survive
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.
Linkin Park have boldly stepped into new sonic territory, exploring pop-leaning music on their new album, One More Light. They’ll be re-upping on this new take, bringing rapper Machine Gun Kelly out on tour with them from July 17 through Sept. 2 (One OK Rock also playing on first four dates). Linkin will step back out for a small October run with the support act yet to be named.
Rancid Dropkick Murphys
* The Bouncing Souls and Jake Burns of Stiff Little Fingers will open from July 27 – Aug. 9 / The Selecter and Kevin Seconds from 7 Seconds will take over on Aug. 11 until the end of the tour.
It’s a punked up summer with Rancid and Dropkick Murphys combining for a co-headlining tour across North America. As noted above, support will come from different pairs of opening acts through stretches of the tour, so check listing carefully!
Punk rock legends Green Day have had an active 2017 with one North American tour already under their belt. They will head out on the road 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.
The Dead Daisies
The Dead Daisies are embarking on ‘The Dirty Dozen’ tour, hitting 12 cities in just over two weeks. Support will come from The Dives with the trek launching from Chicago on Aug. 10. The run will come to a close on Aug. 27 in “Sin City,” Las Vegas.
Against Me! have spent a ton of time on the road supporting Shape Shift With Me, enjoying a nice run with Green Day earlier in 2017. They’ll venture out on a headlining run of their own starting Sept. 2 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They’ll finish up right before Halloween on Oct. 28 in Gainesville, Fla. with Bleached and The Dirty Nil providing nightly support save for the final date.
Apocalyptica are celebrating the 20th anniversary of Plays Metallica by Four Cellos and are bringing their unparalleled brand of metal to North American stages in September. The run will start on Sept. 5 in Atlanta, coming to an end on Oct. 1 in the “City of Sin,” Las Vegas.
It took Dark Tranquillity some time to hit North America in support of Atoma, which was released in 2016. They’ll blanket America and Canada with support from new age thrashers Warbringer and Canada’s traditional metal purveyors Striker. There’s not many days off on this month-long run as the bands pack a lot of shows into the timeframe.
What a lineup! Dave Mustaine had teased that Megadeth would be opening for someone they’ve never toured with and the big reveal came when it was announced that band was the Scorpions. The trek will start in Reading, Pa. on Sept. 14, extending just over one month, finishing off in Tampa, Fla. on Oct. 15.
Lace up those 18 eyelet boots because KMFDM are coming to town! They’ll be with ohGr (Nivek Ogre of Skinny Puppy) and Lord of the Lost, traversing the U.S. throughout all of October, starting in Chicago and wrapping up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Get ready for some Mexican deathgrind, America! Brujeria are still riding high on Pocho Aztlan and are slugging it out across the country starting Oct. 20 in Riverside, California. They’ll have Voodoo Glow Skulls in tow alongside openers Pinata Protest, hitting a number of cities, finishing off on Nov. 19 in Los Angeles.