2016 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 2016 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.
Nu-metal act Dope have reunited the classic lineup of Edsel Dope, Acey Slade, Virus, and Racci Shay and will be heading out on the ‘Die Mother F–ker Die’ tour. Their new album, Blood Money, is expected to see a Fall release and the group will be playing over 20 songs on the tour, some of which will be culled from the new record. The run will start on Aug. 13 in San Francisco, Calif. and finish on Oct. 30 in West Hollywood, Calif.
The Temperance Movement
The Temperance Movement are one of the most dominating acts in heavy music right now. Armed with their sophomore record, White Bear, the band will be hitting the road once again for a North American run stretching between Sept. 7 and Oct. 20. Some of the dates will be headlining gigs while others will be as a support act for the Revivalists, so check listings carefully.
Get ready to thrash because there’s one killer tour package coming to town! Slayer will be teaming up with Anthrax and Death Angel on a North American trek this Fall. The tour will kick off on Sept. 9 in Cleveland, Ohio, running all the way through the near end of October where things will come to a close in El Paso, Texas on Oct. 27. More dates are expected to be announced.
Max & Iggor Cavalera
Former Sepultura members and founders Max and Iggor Cavalera will be teaming up for the 20th anniversary of the Brazilian band’s legendary album, Roots. Performing the record in full, they’ll be backed by the Black Dahlia Murder, Combichrist, Allegaeon, All Hail the Yeti and Oni. Not each date will feature every act, so check listings carefully.
Party machine Andrew W.K. will be hitting each and every state in the U.S. on a mostly spoken word tour dubbed ‘The Power of Partying.’ Spending a full two and a half months on the road, he’ll kick things off in Chicago, Ill. on Sept. 15 and come to an end after stopping at the final state on the list, Rhode Island, on Nov. 30.
Nothing More are taking a break from the studio to play a handful of headlining dates between Sept. 15 and Oct. 20. With eight shows slated throughout the month-long span, they’ll be joined by Twelve Foot Ninja, Dinosaur Pile-Up and To Whom It May. Select dates will not feature some of the support acts, so check listings carefully to ensure there’s no surprises when you get to the venue!
Metalcore legends Trivium have been touring heavily behind 2015’s Silence in the Snow and will hit the United States in Sept. along with power metal icons Sabaton and Huntress, who will be touting The Last Stand and Static respectively. The tour will begin on Sept. 15 in Columbus, Ohio and finish up in Orlando, Fla. on Oct. 21.
Sweden’s Ghost can never seem to manage to escape the clutches of North America and will return for a whopping 36 stops as they continue to support 2015’s Meliora. Dubbed the ‘Popestar’ tour, the run will see the blasphemous clergy make their way from Rochester, N.Y. on Sept. 16 all around the continent and back to N.Y., closing out in Brooklyn on Nov. 12.
Taking Back Sunday
Taking Back Sunday will be promoting their Tidal Wave album on an intimate run of small clubs. Fans will have a chance to get up close and personal seeing one of their favorite acts on a small stage. Rounding out the bill will be You Blew It!, Loose Talk and Mammoth Indigo. Check listings carefully as not all bands will appear at each stop along the trek.
Legendary punk rockers Green Day will venture out on the road ahead of the Oct. 7 release of their forthcoming Revolution Radio record. The band will be packing bodies into a series of smaller venues than fans are accustomed to seeing them in, opting for more intimate shows on this special run. The tour kicks off Sept. 20 in St. Louis, Mo. and wraps up in Berkeley, Calif. on Oct. 20.
Skillet will be heading out for a month-long jaunt across the U.S. in support of their ninth album, Unleashed, and, coincidentally, the 20th year since the release of their first record. Direct support will come from Thousand Foot Krutch, who will be replaced by Sick Puppies after Oct. 1. Devour the Day will be the opening act throughout the entirety of the tour which will start Sept. 22 in Clive, Iowa and finish in Tulsa, Okla. on Oct. 23.
Disturbed just can’t stay off the road! Still putting heavy support behind 2015’s Immortalized, the rock titans will share the stage with Chevelle and Nothing More for a Fall U.S. tour. Kicking off on Sept. 23 in Las Vegas, Disturbed will link up with their tourmates for the next gig, hitting several stops over the next three weeks before coming to an end in Glendale, Ariz. on Oct. 21.
Hardcore titans Hatebreed will be hitting North America once again on the second leg of their tour in support of The Concrete Confessional. The bill will once again be rounded out by DevilDriver and Devil You Know, so if you missed out on the first opportunity to catch all of these acts, it’s not too late after all! The tour will begin on Sept. 23 in Tucson, Ariz. and wrap up in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. on Oct. 28.
Korn, Breaking Benjamin
Korn will be teaming up with Breaking Benjamin for a co-headlining Fall tour dubbed the ‘Nocturnal Underground Tour.’ Joining the trek will be Motionless in White and Silver Snakes. The run will start on Sept. 24 in Fargo, N.D. and finish up in Colorado Springs, Colo. on Oct. 19.
Progressive icons Opeth will be releasing Sorceress later this year and will invade North America at the end of September for a headlining trek. Providing direct support will be stoner rock outfit the Sword, promoting their 2015 effort High Country. The tour will run from Sept. 24 starting in San Bernardino, Calif. and come to an end on Oct. 26 in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Clutch has been touring incessantly behind their 2015 standout effort, Psychic Warfare. The southern rockers will be bringing their beloved brand to North America once more on a headlining run rounding out by Zakk Wylde‘s Black Sabbath cover band Zakk Sabbath and Kyng. The trek will start on Sept. 28 in Buffalo, N.Y. and come to an end in Worcester, Mass. on Oct. 30.
With a new EP, The Aphotic Gloom, melodic thrashers Skeletonwitch will head out on the road in support. The recording marks the debut of new frontman Adam Clemans (Wolvhammer) who replaced longtime singer Chance Garnette earlier this year. They’ll embark on a headlining run from Sept. 28 through Oct. 30 rounded out by Iron Reagan, Oathbreaker, Gatekeeper and Homewrecker.
Parkway Drive will be embarking on a headlining run across North America in support of last year’s Ire album, which was just re-released as a deluxe edition. Support will come from We Came as Romans and Counterparts on the nearly month long trek. The tour launches on Sept. 29 in ft. Collins, Colo. and will come to an end in San Diego, Calif. on Oct. 25.
Legendary Christian metal outfit Stryper will be donning their classic yellow and black outfits to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their sophomore album To Hell With the Devil. Performing the album in full each night, Stryper will hit the road on Sept. 29 in Atlanta, Ga. and wind it down almost two months later in Raleigh, N.C. on Nov. 21.
Punk rock legends Bad Religion will be embarking on the ‘Vox Populi’ tour this Fall, stretching from coast to coast in the United States. Joining them will be Against Me! and Dave Hause as they begin the jaunt on Sept. 30 in Sayreville, N.J. and conclude it all over one month later in Hollywood on Nov. 4.
As Halloween draws closer it can only mean one thing: Mushroomhead will be touring! The masked troupe will be joined by Sunflower Dead, Unsaid Fate, Raven Black and Death Division as they venture out on a month-long trek starting Sept. 30 in Lynchburg, Va. The run will end one night before All Hallow’s Eve in Detroit, Mich.
Suicide Silence / Whitechapel
Get ready for a night of chugging! Suicide Silence and Whitechapel will be teaming up for a co-headlining tour, bringing more of deathcore’s biggest acts out on the road with them. Despised Icon will be featured as direct support on select dates while both Carnifex and Oceano will be featured at each stop. With more tour dates being announced soon, the trek is slated to launch on Sept. 30 and finish up three weeks later on Oct. 21.
Brujeria will release their first album in 16 years, Pocho Aztlan, on Sept. 16. The mysterious group of banditos portraying Mexican drug lords will also perform a rare tour, which kicks off on Oct. 1 in Baltimore, Md, extending through Oct. 18 where the tour will conclude in San Diego, Calif. Brujeria will be bringing Cattle Decapitation and Piñata Protest with them as supporting acts.
Technical death metal masters Gorguts will be promoting their single-track EP, Pleiades’ Dust, with a North American tour. The run will stretch from Oct. 3, opening in Brighton, Mass., through Oct. 30, capping off the run in New York, N.Y. Support will come from Intronaut as well as Brain Tentacles.
Why wouldn’t legendary shock rocker Alice Cooper be out on the road in October, just in time for Halloween? The tour will feature no supporting acts, billed as ‘Spend the Night With Alice Cooper.’ The trek launches on Oct. 4 in Toledo, Ohio and finishes up in Los Angeles on Oct. 30, just one day before the most frightening night of the year.
Progressive metal veterans Dream Theater have been performing their entire new conceptual double album The Astonishing in its entirety on tour this year and the trend will continue with their second North American leg in support of the record. With more dates to be announced, the run has six dates locked down between Oct. 5 and Nov. 1.
Don’t call it a comeback — call it a Sum-back! That’s what pop punk icons Sum 41 are doing as they’re set to depart on the ‘Don’t Call it a Sum-Back’ tour on Oct. 5 in Orlando, Fla. Providing support will be Senses Fail and As It Is as they traverse North America, wrapping it up in Los Angeles, Calif. on Nov. 6
Halestorm will be teaming up with legendary rock goddess Lita Ford and Dorothy for the second installment of their tour together. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? Right! The trek will kick off on Oct. 6 and stretch through the end of the month, finishing up before Halloween on Oct. 28.
Metalcore outfit Beartooth will be heading out on a month-long headlining tour across the U.S. in support of their sophomore record, Aggressive. The trek will launch on Oct. 10 in Chicago, Ill. and come to an end on Nov. 11 in the band’s hometown of Columbus, Ohio. Every Time I Die, Fit For a King and Old Wounds will serve as support.
Meshuggah are preparing their follow-up to 2012’s Koloss and will be bringing new cuts to the stage along with the tried and true classics. Kicking off on Oct. 10 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., the Swedish icons will venture across North America with High on Fire in tow, finishing up almost one month later in Silver Spring, mo. on Nov. 5. High on Fire will be promoting last year’s standout effort, Luminiferous.
The Devil Wears Prada / Memphis May Fire
The Devil Wears Prada and Memphis May Fire are hooking up for a co-headlining run across the U.S. this fall. With additional support coming from Silverstein (on select dates) and opening act Like Moths to Flames, the tour is set to launch on Oct. 11 in Denver Colo. The trek will extend nearly one month, finishing up in Berkeley, Calif. on Nov. 4.
The Dillinger Escape Plan
Could this be it? The Dillinger Escape Plan announced they’ll be splitting up after the album cycle for Dissociate and they’ve got a lengthy U.S. tour lined up, but no word on whether it will be their last run through the country. The trek starts on Oct. 12 in Baltimore, Md., wrapping up in Hartford, Ct. on Nov. 19.
That’s right, another Sevendust tour. Their fourth in North America alone this year, it will be their last in support of Kill the Flaw. Joining them on this round of dates will be Red Sun Rising and Gemini Syndrome. The tour will begin on Oct. 12 in Dallas, Texas, wrapping up in Spokane, Wash. on Oct. 30, right before Halloween.
Swedish metalcore stalwarts Soilwork have announced they’ll be hitting the road on the ‘Fury Tour,’ which will be, well… furious! That’s because Unearth, Wovenwar, Battlecross and Darkness Divided will be joining the vets for a month of dates across North America. Kicking off on Oct. 14 in Providence, R.I., the run will extend through Nov. 16, finishing up in Toronto, Ontario.
Attila will headline the ‘Chaos Tour’ this fall, rounded out by metalcore / deathcore contemporaries Chelsea Grin, Emmure and Skylar. The trek launches from Charlotte, N.C. on Oct. 18, stretching over one month long, finishing up on Nov. 20 in Birmingham, Ala.
Five Finger Death Punch / Shinedown
Five Finger Death Punch and Shinedown will be heading out on a co-headlining tour in the Fall. Joining the trek will be Sixx: A.M. and As Lions as the run takes the bands on a month-long stretch with a focus on the Midwest and West Coast. The tour begins on Oct. 18 in Little Rock, Ark. and finishes up in Duluth, Ga. on Dec. 10.
The Pretty Reckless
The Pretty Reckless will be releasing their newest studio album, Who You Selling For, on Oct. 21. Their headlining tour will launch one day before the record’s release on Oct. 20 in Tulsa, Okla. The trek will wind down over one month later, wrapping up in Los Angeles, Calif. on Dec. 6
Failure Anthem released their debut disc, First World Problems, earlier in 2016 and will be venturing out on a headlining run to promote. Support on the jaunt will come from Through Fire, Letters From the Fire and Cover Your Tracks as they set out from New York, N.Y. on Oct. 24. The tour will come to a close in Kansas City, Kan. on Nov. 9.
Tool will be embarking on an incredibly brief run of just three shows, sending fans into ecstasy nonetheless. The three performances will take place on Oct. 24, 26 and 28 in Salt Lake City, Utah, Denver, Colo. and Little Rock, Ark. respectively.
Sumerian Records is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary in business and have been keeping their roster on the road as part of the party. This fall, Asking Alexandria will headline the ’10 Years in the Black’ tour, rounded out by Born of Osiris, I See Stars,After the Burial, Upon a Burning Bodyand Bad Omens. The trek will launch on Oct. 25 and come to an end on Dec. 6.
Godsmack frontman Sully Erna will be releasing his solo record, Hometown Life, on Sept. 30, following it up with a nearly month-long tour in support. Featuring just Erna and one member of his solo outfit, the set will be stripped down, kicking off on Oct. 26 in Atlanta, Ga. The tour will come to a close in Boston, Mass. on Nov. 23.
Bush just can’t stay off the road! They’ll be kicking off another series of North American dates on Oct. 27 in Saskatchewan, Canada, which will run through Nov. 8 in San Diego, Calif. Joining them on select dates will be veteran rockers Chevelle, so check listings carefully.
Veteran rockers Evanescence have been pretty quiet over the last year, but it’s time to make some noise again! The band will be hitting the road for nearly a month, stopping at 16 cities this fall. Kicking off in Dallas, Texas on Oct. 28, the run will come to an end in Huntington, N.Y. on Nov. 23.
The Black Dahlia Murder / Napalm Death
This one’s going to be brutal! The Black Dahlia Murder and Napalm Death are linking up for a co-headlining tour for three weeks in November. Support will come from Pig Destroyer, Misery Index, Power Trip and Abnormality. Each opener will only be performing on select dates, except for Abnormality who will remain on the tour for its entire duration, so check listings carefully.
Punk icons NOFX will head out on a brief tour in support of their 13th studio record, First Ditch Effort. The band is notorious for their cheeky live shows and witty stage banter and will be spread across North America between Nov. 2 through Nov. 18. Support will come from Pears and Useless ID.
Helmet will be releasing their first new record, Dead to the World, this year and are naturally hitting the road in support. They’ll kick things off on Nov. 3 in Bloomington, Ind. and wrap it up in St. Louis, Mo. on Dec. 17. Local H will serve as the opening act each night.
Dark Tranquillity are readying the release of their 11th studio album, Atoma, and will hit North America in the Fall in support of the record. The tour, which will also feature Swallow the Sun, Enforcer and Starkill, will kick off on Non. 4 in New York and wrap up over one month later in Houston, Texas on Dec. 7.
Symphonic power metal vets Epica will be hitting North America for a headlining run in support of their seventh studio album, The Holographic Principle. Fleshgod Apocalypse will represent the more brutal sound of symphonic metal, providing direct support. The rest of the bill is rounded out by Russia’s Arkona and Canada’s the Agonist. Xandria will replace Arkona on the first three dates of the trek, spanning from Nov. 4 through Dec. 3.
After an 11 year career spanning six albums and one EP, For Today will be calling it a day. The band announced their breakup in conjunction with a farewell tour, which will consist of two North American legs. The first will run from Sept. 14 through Oct. 8, picking back up again on Nov. 4 and coming to a close on Dec. 15.
Temple of the Dog
Temple of the Dog have reunited and have announced their first ever tour. The run will only include five dates in total, stretching between Nov. 4 and 20, hitting major cities on each stop. Chris Cornell, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Mike McCready and Matt Cameron will all take part in the reunion, but Eddie Vedder has not been listed among the members who will take the stage.
Finnish power metal legends Sonata Arctica will be hitting North America in support of their ninth studio album, appropriately titled The Ninth Hour. Joining them on the run will be Leaves’ Eyes and Omnium Gatherum. The tour will kick off on Nov. 6 in Charlotte, N.C. and finish up Dec. 17 in Atlanta, Ga.
Carcass / Deafheaven
Carcass and Deafheaven, two bands at pretty opposite ends, will be teaming up for pure sonic devastation this November! The co-headlining run will bring melodic, gore-loving death metal and cascadian, trance-inducing black metal along with Inter Arma’s all-encompassing sludgy brand. Starting in Baton Rouge, La. on Nov. 7, the run will finish up 20 days later in Madison, Wis. on the 27th.
Animals as Leaders
Animals as Leaders are staged to release their fourth record, The Madness of Many, on Nov. 11 and the instrumental outfit will set out on a headlining tour one day prior to its release. Starting off in Scottsdale, Ariz., the trek will take the group on a month-plus long route across North America, wrapping up on Dec. 17 in San Francisco.
Escape the Fate / Nonpoint
Escape the Fate and Nonpoint will team up for the ‘Hate Poison’ co-headlining tour at the tail of 2016. The two bands will be joined by Get Scared, Failure Anthem and Through Fire on the nearly month long run. The tour will start on Nov. 10 in Denver, Colo. and finish up in Chicago, Ill. on Dec. 3.
The Word Alive
This winter, The Word Alive will headline the ‘Overdose Tour,’ which will also feature Volumes, Islander and Invent Animate. The run will launch from Portland, Ore. on Nov. 11 and extend through Dec. 18, closing it out in Mesa, Ariz. The Word Alive will be supporting Dark Matter, which was released in March earlier this year.
In Flames / Hellyeah
In Flames will be releasing Battles in November, immediately stepping out onto the road on a co-headlining trek with Hellyeah who have been touring relentlessly behind Unden!able. The ‘Forged in Fire’ tour will kick off on Nov. 14 in Silver Spring, Md., finishing up in Portland, ore. on Dec. 19. Support will come from From Ashes to New and Source.
Progressive metal luminaries Queensryche have put a tremendous amount of support behind 2015’s Condition Human and will be brining new cuts from the record alongside the classics on a month-long run across the U.S. Support will come from veteran metal outfit Armored Saint and newcomers, symphonic metallers Midnight Eternal. The tour will begin on Nov. 15 in Seattle, Wash. and finish on Dec. 15 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
An absolute shock to nobody, the holiday season will of course see another extensive Trans-Siberian Orchestra tour! The band will be performing two sets at each stop with one matinee show and another at night. The trek will begin on Nov. 17 and come to an end on Dec. 31, hitting over 60 cities by New Year’s Eve.
Red Fang know how to get the party going with some sweet, sweet rock ‘n’ roll. Catch the Oregon natives on tour with Torche and Whores this winter starting Nov. 18 in San Francisco, Calif. The run will last nearly one full month, coming to a close back on the West Coast on Dec. 16 in Seattle, Wash.
Former singers of three of the world’s best metal bands, Queensryche, Judas Priest and Iron Maiden, will be teaming up for the ‘Trinity’ tour. Geoff Tate, Tim “Ripper” Owens and Blaze Bayley will be hitting the road for a special series of performances. Each singer will take the stage to perform classics from their respective former band with a backing band handling all of the material. The run will stretch from Nov. 20 through 27.
With new music on the horizon from Art of Anarchy, former Creed frontman Scott Stapp will mostly remain focused on his solo career in the waning weeks of 2016. The singer will hit the road for nearly one month, starting in Huntington, N.Y. on Nov. 22. The trek will come to a conclusion on Dec. 10 in Tyler, Texas before heading to South America.
Children of Bodom
Children of Bodom will be returning to North American, making a month long run before the curtain falls on 2016. With support coming from Abbath, Exmortus and Oni, this tour promises to be a total rager. The trek will launch on Nov. 23 in Quebec, Canada and come to a close on Dec. 19 in Brooklyn N.Y.
Melodic death metal merchants Battlecross will embark on another edition of the ‘Winter Warriors Tour’ to honor veterans. This year, they’ll be joined by Allegaeon and the newly formed outfit Necromancing the Stone as their U.S. run takes them from Erie, Pa. on Nov. 25 to Westland, Mich. on Dec. 17.
Giraffe Tongue Orchestra
Giraffe Tongue Orchestra have found a narrow window to get on the road in support of their Broken Lines debut record. Featuring members of Mastodon, Alice in Chains and the soon-to-be defunct Dillinger Escape Plan, they’ll launch the tour in Boston on Nov. 29. Extending just under two weeks, the run will end in Detroit on Dec. 10.
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 will open each night in January, dropping off after Jan. 21. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue will remain on the bill throughout the entire tour which has extended bouts off between some of the dates.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.