Live Nation marks National Concert Day by selling 1 million concert tickets at a price of $20

Concerts featuring Depeche Mode, Deftones, Jimmy Eat World, and Kings of Leon are part of the promotion


    Photos by​ ​​Philip Cosores

    Entertainment giant Live Nation is easy to paint as the villain, what with their greedy consolidation of the festival market and last year’s laughable attempt to make up for Ticketmaster’s “excessive and deceptive” service fees. So in a move clearly designed to add some shine to their name, the corporation has announced its Kickoff to Summer Ticket Promotion, offering tickets to select summer tours for just $20.

    From May 2nd to May 9th, 1,000,000 tickets to over 1,000 shows during 50 tours will be sold for one, crisp Andrew Jackson, without any additional fees. AT&T subscribers can even get in on the deal a day early on May 1st through the AT&T THANKS program. Regular on-sale begins at 8:00 AM local time, with the AT&T pre-sale starting at 10:00 AM.

    Much like the original list of Ticketmaster free voucher shows, some solid tours are part of this $20 promotion. Kings of Leon, Future, Incubus with Jimmy Eat World, John Mayer, Depeche Mode, Deftones with Rise Against, Dead & Company, Young the Giant with Cold War Kids and Joywave, Lionel Richie with Mariah Carey, and Muse with Thirty Seconds to Mars are all part of the package. There’s a ton of classic rock, with tours like Boston with Joan Jett & The Blackhearts; Foreigner, Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience; Chicago and The Doobie Brothers; Earth, Wind & Fire with Chic featuring Nile Rodgers; Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper; Deep Purple and Alice Cooper; and Styx, REO Speedwagon, and Don Felder also listed.


    Oh, and Nickelback. You could also get tickets to Nickelback, ya know, if you wanted.

    The special promotion comes as part of National Concert Day, a May 1st celebration of the upcoming summer concert season. Together with State Farm, Live Nation is also marking the day with a special concert event at New York City’s Irving Plaza.The eclectic bill includes The Roots, Foreigner, Daughtry, Prince Royce, and Jason Aldean. Oh, and Nickelback.

    A list of the major nationally touring acts part of the Kickoff to Summer Ticket Promotion can be found below. A complete list, more info, and purchasing information can be found at

    Kickoff to Summer Ticket Promotion Tours:
    Boston with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
    Brad Paisley with Dustin Lynch, Chase Bryant and Lindsay Ell
    Brantley Gilbert with Tyler Farr and Luke Combs
    Chicago and The Doobie Brothers
    Chris Brown
    Dead & Company
    Deep Purple and Alice Cooper with special guest The Edgar Winter Band
    Def Leppard with Poison and Tesla
    Deftones & Rise Against
    Depeche Mode
    Dierks Bentley with Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi
    Earth, Wind & Fire and CHIC ft. Nile Rodgers
    Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull
    Florida Georgia Line with Nelly and Chris Lane
    Foreigner and Cheap Trick with special guest Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience
    Goo Goo Dolls with special guest Phillip Phillips
    Hank Williams Jr and Lynyrd Skynyrd
    Incubus with special guest Jimmy Eat World
    Jason Aldean with Chris Young and Kane Brown
    Jeff & Larry’s Backyard BBQ featuring Jeff Foxworthy & Larry the Cable Guy
    Jermaine Dupri Presents SoSoSUMMER 17 Tour
    John Mayer
    Kings of Leon
    Korn with Stone Sour
    Lady Antebellum with Kelsea Ballerini and Brett Young
    Lifehouse and Switchfoot
    Lionel Richie and very special guest Mariah Carey
    Luke Bryan with Brett Eldredge
    Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows
    Muse with special guest Thirty Seconds to Mars
    New Kids on the Block with Paula Abdul and Boyz II Men
    Nickelback with special guest Daughtry and Shaman’s Harvest
    OneRepublic/The Honda Civic Tour featuring OneRepublic with special guests Fitz & The Tantrums and James Arthur
    Prince Royce
    Queen + Adam Lambert
    Retra Futura
    Rod Stewart with very special guest Cyndi Lauper
    Sam Hunt with Maren Morris and Chris Janson
    Straight No Chaser / Postmodern Jukebox
    Styx and REO Speedwagon with special guest star Don Felder
    Sublime with Rome and The Offspring
    The KIDZ BOP Kids
    Third Eye Blind with special guests Silversun Pickups
    Train with special guests O.A.R. and Natasha Bedingfield
    Young the Giant with special guest Cold War Kids & Joywave
    Zac Brown Band