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.
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.
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.
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.
Dope / Combichrist
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.
Memphis May Fire
Memphis May Fire are putting support behind their latest album, This Light I Hold, and will be hitting the road from March 3 – 29 on a headlining tour. The bill will be rounded out by Blessthefall, The Color Morale, Sylar and Bad Seed Rising. Memphis May Fire will be without guitarist Anthony Sepe, who recently announced his departure from the band.
*not on for full tour
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.
Mac Sabbath / Metalachi
Mac Sabbath, the world’s leading fast food themed Black Sabbath cover band, are acting in conspiracy with the metal Mariachi group Metalachi, embarking on a co-headlining tour. Joining them on the month-long run from March 8 through April 8 will be the equally outrageous Okilly Dokilly, a metal band centered around the Simpsons character Ned Flanders.
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.
Black Stone Cherry
Black Stone Cherry have a big first half of 2017 lined up with a headlining spring and summer tour! The first run will be from March 1- through April 2 and the next one stretching from May 25 through June 17. Support along the way will come from Citizen Zero, Letters From the Fire, Through Fire and Caleb Johnson. Not all acts will be on each date, so check listings carefully.
Bring Me the Horizon
Swedish melancholic rockers Katatonia are returning to North America once again for a month-long plus tour with Uncured and Caspian in tow. The trek will launch from Washington D.C. on March 16, finishing up back on the east coast in New York City on April 21.
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.
Deathcore titans Chelsea Grin will be touting cuts from Self Inflicted, which has undergone a reissue with two new tracks, on their headlining run from March 21 – April 28. It’s going to be nights of earth-heaving heaviness as Ice Nine Kills, Gideon and Enterprise Earth will all be providing support along the way.
Pop-punk icons Blink-182 are always a fun time live and they’ll be bringing the good times again on a headlining spring tour. They’ll kick off on March 22 in Austin, Texas and finish up May 9 in New Orleans with support coming from The Naked and Famous and Waaves.
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.
The 69-year-old Canadian woman known as The Grindmother will be embarking on her first tour! Backed by her son and his Corrupt Leaders bandmate Tyson Apex, they three-piece grind outfit will start in Valapariso, Ind. on March 23, finishing off in Cincinatti, Ohio on April 9.
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,” they’ll start their run in Tucson, Ariz. on March 26, winding down over two months later in San Diego on June 1.
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. 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. Jasta and Code Orange will open select dates on the run, so check listings carefully.
Continuing to support 2015’s Threat to Survival, veteran rockers Shinedown will embark on a headlining tour, extending just over two weeks before flying out to Europe. They’ll be joined by As Lions and Cold Kingdom, launching the jaunt from Albuquerque, N.M. on March 31. The final date will be April 17 in Anaheim, Calif.
Metalcore vets Unearth have shown no sign of backing down as they remain on the road in support of 2014’s Watchers of the Rule. They’ll embark on a headlining run with Fit For an Autopsy, Exalt and Darkness Divided starting on March 31 in Portland, Maine. The tour will come in just under two weeks, closing out on April 11 in Amityville, N.Y.
*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.
Art of Anarchy
Art of Anarchy have built up considerable buzz surrounding the release of their sophomore album, The Madness. The band consists of Creed vocalist Scott Stapp, former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Disturbed bassist John Moyer and brothers Jon Votta (guitarist) and Vince Votta (drummer). They’ll hit the road on April 3, remaining out for three weeks before the April 29 conclusion of the run.
The Temperance Movement
Temperance Movement will be touching down on North American soil for a headlining run throughout April. In support of 2016’s standout effort, White Bear, the band will kick off the tour on April 4 in New York, finishing up three weeks later in Atlanta.
Astronoid are the purveyors of a completely unique sound they dub “dream thrash” and they’ll be hitting the road to support last year’s Air. Dates supporting Ghost Bath are sandwiched between headlining shows beginning April 6, ending nearly one month later on May 2.
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.
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.
In This Moment
In This Moment‘s theatrical live set is not to be missed and they’ll be surrounded by bands who share a similar ethic for visual representation. Motionless in White, Avatar and Gemini Syndrome will all be on the run as support, kicking off on April 7 in Milkwaukee, Wis., hitting a couple festivals along the way. The final date is the Carolina Rebellion festival on May 6 and festival dates may not feature all bands on the touring lineup.
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.
Cage the Elephant
Cage the Elephant will embark on a special ‘Live & Unpeeled’ tour, stripping down their work to acoustic offerings backed by a string quartet. The run starts on April 10 Escondido, Calif. and will end in Nashville, Tenn. on April 30.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Primus / Clutch
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.
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!