The 25 Most Anticipated Tours of Fall 2017

Here are 25 can't-miss reminders of why we love going to concerts in the first place.


    Yes, summer is not technically over yet, but it’s not too early to look forward to what’s coming up for the rest of the year. The last few months have brought a wave of excellent shows allowing us to soak up the warm air that the hottest months bring. This has included Lady Gaga as the first solo female headliner at Wrigley Field, the launch of the Gorillaz tour in Chicago, and a very limited run for Sufjan Stevens’ Planetarium. We’ve seen Roger Waters in an arena, Green Day in a stadium, and U2 in an even bigger stadium, all of which still had a hard time topping one of cinema’s best composers competing against Lollapalooza.

    Will fall be able to top the summer season? Time will tell. But with a lineup that includes one of electronic music’s most exciting figures presenting a 3-D event, one of rap’s elder statesman making a triumphant return to touring, and a guitar god reaching her showstopping peak with a brand-new album and visual presentation. Yeah, it’s gonna be a big finish to the year and enough to remind us why we love going to concerts in the first place.

    –Philip Cosores
    Executive Editor


    25. Liam Gallagher

    Photo by Philip Cosores

    Fans of Liam Gallagher as a solo artist or Oasis as a band will surely already be lining up to grab the best spot in the venue for his upcoming tour (and justifiably so, as his Lollapalooza after-show was a hard-rocking revelation of no-shits-given swagger). However, it might be worth the price of admission just to find out what wacky controversial shit he has to say that given day or how he might decide to completely throw everything off the rails (as he did at his actual Lollapalooza set, after playing only five songs). But after that train wreck, it seems that the younger Fighting Gallagher Brother has been delivering solid performances, and previews of As You Were are more than promising in their feisty glam. Here’s hoping he keeps that positive streak going. As you were. –Lior Phillips

    Liam Gallagher 2017 Tour Dates:
    09/09 – Madrid, ES @ dcode
    10/07 – San Bernardino, CA @ CAL JAM 17
    10/29 – Dublin, IR @ Samhain
    11/10 – Dubai @ Party In the Park
    11/13 – San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre
    11/18 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
    11/20 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
    11/21 – Chicago, IL @ The Riviera
    11/23 – Toronto, ON @ Rebel
    11/25 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
    11/27 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
    11/29 – Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre
    11/30 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
    12/30 – Lorne, AU @ Falls Festival
    12/31 – Marion Bay, AU @ Falls Festival
    1/2 – Byron Bay, AU @ Falls Festival
    1/7 – Fremantle, AU @ Falls Festival
    1/14 – Jakarta, Indonesia @ Ecopark Convention Centre Ancol

    24. Goblin

    Hungry horror hounds, get ready for some October lunch as Goblin are back to elevate the Halloween season. No, Claudio Simonetti isn’t in the band anymore, but you do have three-fifths of the original band who helped carve out the signature sounds for Dario Argento’s Suspiria and George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead. By our count, folks, that’s what we call a majority, and in this day and age, that’s pretty much as good as it gets. Besides, are you really going to pass up the opportunity to hear tracks off two of the most iconic horror films of all time during the season of the witch? Get there. –Michael Roffman


    Goblin 2017 Tour Dates:
    10/25 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
    10/26 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
    10/27 – Montreal, QC @ Theatre Fairmount
    10/28 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Ballroom
    10/30 – Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
    10/31 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
    11/02 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater
    11/03 – Berkeley, CA @ UC Theatre
    11/05 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
    11/06 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
    11/08 – Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
    11/09 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
    11/10 – Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
    11/11 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
    11/12 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

    23. Flying Lotus 3-D

    Photo by David Brendan Hall

    Flying Lotus, ever the dynamic musician, is launching a 3-D tour. Yes, with the glasses and everything. The show premiered at Los Angeles’ FYF Festival in July. Pairing well with Flying Lotus’ dense and funky style, the FYF performance was laden with large screens, bright lights, and cinematic horror imagery. With the help of FlyLo collaborator Thundercat, the 3-D tour will kick off with two shows at the inaugural Red Bull Music Academy Festival in LA before lighting up across North America. Though Thundercat will only be present at the first two performances, Flying Lotus’ multimedia prowess is more than enough to carry him solo. Earlier this year, FlyLo released Kuso, a manic film full of grotesque imagery and horrific oddities. Even on a flat movie screen, it’s impossible to look away from Kuso. And if Flying Lotus is able to transfer his cinematic touch to the stage, his 3-D tour is guaranteed to be engrossing. –Carly Snider

    Flying Lotus 2017 Tour Dates:
    10/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery *
    10/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery *
    10/20  – Berkley, CA @ Greek Theatre
    10/26 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
    10/27 – San Diego, CA @ Observatory North Park
    10/28 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
    10/30 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
    10/31 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
    11/01 – New Orleans, LA @ The Joy Theatre
    11/02 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
    11/03 – Norfolk, VA @ NorVa
    11/04 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
    11/05  – Washington, DC @ Echostage
    11/06 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
    11/09 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
    11/10 – Toronto, ON @ The Danforth Music Hall
    11/11 – Cincinnati, OH @ Madison Theater
    11/12 – Detroit, MI @ Royal Oak Music Hall
    11/14 – Chicago, IL @ The Riviera Theatre
    11/15 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
    11/16 – Kansas City, MO @ The Truman KC
    11/17 – Denver, CO @ EXDO
    11/18 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
    11/20 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
    11/21 – Seattle, WA @ The Paramount Theatre
    11/22 – Portland, OR @ Roseland


    * = w/Thundercat

    22. Ministry and Death Grips

    At first take, Ministry and Death Grips may seem like an odd pairing — one is a staple of industrial rock, the other an anarchist rap trio. But both make music that is dense, confrontational, and dissonant; their mediums may be different, but their aura is the same. Their co-headlining tour kicks off in October and runs through November, taking the groups all around North America, including Detroit, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Denver. Ministry will be supporting their upcoming album, AmeriKKKant, which is due later this year. Even without AmeriKKKant, Ministry will have plenty of playable material from any of their 13 studio albums. Death Grips’ latest release, “Steroids (Crouching Tiger Hidden Gabber Megamix)”, is a 22-minute assault of sound. Upon the song’s debut, the band revealed it was working on their next album. If one thing’s certain, it’s that this tour is going to be loud. –Carly Snider

    Ministry and Death Grips 2017 Tour Dates:
    10/13 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
    10/14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
    10/16 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
    10/17 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
    10/19 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
    10/20 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
    10/21 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
    10/23 – Detroit, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
    10/24 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live
    10/26 – Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theatre
    10/27 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
    10/29 – Denver, CO @ The Fillmore
    10/30 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
    11/01 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox Sodo
    11/02 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
    11/04 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
    11/05 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
    11/07 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
    11/08 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Historic El Rey Theater
    11/10 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
    11/11 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live!

    21. John Carpenter

    Photo by Philip Cosores

    Did you catch John Carpenter last year? No? Good news, the Master of Horror is coming back for another round, and this time, it looks like he’s pivoting away from his solo albums and towards his forthcoming release, Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998, due out October 20th via Sacred Bones. That’s not to say we don’t want to hear his latest compositions — both volumes of Lost Themes make for incredible listens and do wonders for our Carpenter-starved imaginations — but to have a tour solely focused on his greatest themes is admittedly quite exciting. If we’re lucky, maybe he’ll go deeper on a few of his soundtracks and offer up choice selections like “Laurie’s Theme” or “Division 13” or “Chariots of Pumpkins”. Hey, it’s Halloween season; everyone’s entitled to one or two or three good deep cuts. –Michael Roffman


    John Carpenter 2017 Tour Dates:
    10/29 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint at Hard Rock Casino
    10/31 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
    11/02 – Anaheim, CA @ City National Grove
    11/04 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
    11/05 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
    11/07 – Maplewood, MN @ Myth Live
    11/09 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
    11/10 – Detroit, MI @ El Club
    11/12 – Toronto, ON @ The Danforth Music Hall
    11/13 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
    11/15 – Boston, MA @ Royale
    11/16 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
    11/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
    11/19 – Syracuse, NY @ The Palace Theatre

    20. Danzig

    2017 has been a monumental year for Danzig. The Misfits co-founder and former frontman released Black Laden Crow, his first new album in seven years, and is gearing up to tour throughout the month of September. Danzig will tour the United States, stopping in Cleveland, Detroit, and San Francisco among others. Most notably, however, he will be appearing at Chicago’s Riot Fest where he is set to perform his album Danzig III in its entirety. Danzig will be joined by Corrosion of Conformity and Deafheaven while on tour, with the latter performing the final three dates and the former performing each date prior to Riot Fest. It’s almost impossible for an artist to quietly resurface with new material after nearly a decade, so Danzig’s tour is sure to be one hell of an experience. –Lindsay Teske

    Danzig 2017 Tour Dates:
    09/07 – Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom *
    09/08 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory *
    09/09 – Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theater *
    09/11 – Huntington, NY @ Paramount Theater *
    09/12 – Lewistown, NY @ Artpark Amphitheatre *
    09/14 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora *
    09/15 – Detroit, MI @ Fillmore *
    09/16 – Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest
    09/22 – San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre ^
    09/23 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl ^
    09/25 – Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee ^

    * = w/ Corrosion of Conformity
    ^ = w/ Deafheaven

    19. Tegan and Sara perform The Con
    Tegan and Sara // Photo by Heather Kaplan

    Photo by Heather Kaplan

    What happened to the full-album tours? What was all the rage just a couple years ago may have already run its course. Is it our fault? Maybe. But while we’d love to take credit for influencing major industry trends, the truth is there will always be a market for full-album tours. And as they go, Tegan and Sara are the perfect artists to attempt it. It’s not just that The Con is a fantastic album (it is), but it’s also that Tegan and Sara have been touring their great last album, Love You to Death, for the last year and could use the shakeup. To sweeten the deal, the 22 shows will also include all-new acoustic arrangements of the songs. The result is a tour that feels like an ideal marriage of the right artist picking the right material at the right time. There’s no con about that. –Philip Cosores


    Tegan and Sara 2017 Tour Dates:
    06/24 – New York, NY @ Pride Island, Pier 26, Hudson River Park
    09/09 – San Bernadino, CA @ High and Low Festival
    09/15 – Flushing, NY @ The Meadows Music and Arts Festival
    10/20 – San Diego, CA @ Balboa Theatre #
    10/21 – Las Vegas, CA @ The Pearl at The Palms #
    10/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel #
    10/24 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel #
    10/25 – San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic #
    10/26 – Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall #
    10/27 – Seattle, WA @ The Moore #
    10/28 – Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre #
    10/30 – Calgary, AB @ Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium #
    10/31 – Edmonton, AB @ Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium #
    11/02 – Winnipeg, MB @ Pantages Playhouse Theatre #
    11/03 – Minneapolis, MN @ State Theatre #
    11/04 – Chicago, IL @ Rockefeller Memorial Chapel #
    11/05 – Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple #
    11/06 – Toronto, ON @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre #
    11/08 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre #
    11/09 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre #
    11/10 – Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theatre #
    11/11 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem #
    11/13 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle #
    11/15 – Austin, TX @ Paramount Theatre #
    11/16 – Austin, TX @ Paramount Theatre #

    # = The Con X: Tour Acoustic Show

    18. William Corgan

    The Smashing Pumpkins // Photo by Heather Kaplan
    Photo by Heather Kaplan

    Look, we’ve already talked about how excited we are to hear what Billy Corgan and Rick Rubin cooked up together for Ogilala. Hell, I wrote the entry in our accompanying albums list only a few days ago. But we’re also intrigued to see how he takes the stripped-down set on the road. In some respects, he kind of previewed this show last year when he offered acoustic renditions of his Pumpkins catalogue, even surprising fans by inviting out former guitarist James Iha. Elegant was one of the best ways to describe that tour, and we’re expecting the same thing for this run, particularly since new single “Aeronaut” suggests nothing more than tasty slices of ornate pop from the singer-songwriter. Even better, according to a press release, he plans on playing a second set of past favorites, and knowing Corgan, he’ll go very, very deep into his oeuvre. –Michael Roffman


    William Corgan 2017 Tour Dates:
    10/14 – Brooklyn, NY @ Murmrr Theatre
    10/15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Murmrr Theatre
    10/18 – Wilmington, DE @ Grand Opera House
    10/20 – Toronto, ON @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
    10/24 – Chicago, IL @ Athenaeum Theatre
    10/25 – Chicago, IL @ Athenaeum Theatre
    10/27 – Nashville, TN @ CMA Theater
    10/29 – Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater
    11/01 – San Francisco, CA @ Herbst Theatre
    11/02 – San Francisco, CA @ Herbst Theatre
    11/09 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Masonic Lodge At Hollywood Forever Cemetery
    11/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Masonic Lodge At Hollywood Forever Cemetery
    11/11 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Masonic Lodge At Hollywood Forever Cemetery

    17. Nas and Lauryn Hill

    Photo via PMA

    We can pick apart the validity and value of legacy tours 12 ways to Sunday, but every once in awhile, a tour comes around that just immediately brings back the magic feelings, and the jaded questions fade away. The combination of legendary Brooklyn rapper Nas and the enigmatic, charismatic, altogether incredible Ms. Lauryn Hill is just such a tour. A pairing that’ll bring together old-school hip-hop heads jonesing for a return to their glory days with youngsters craving a bit of that golden era. That said, the close friends won’t be coasting on the past. While Nas will surely gather together some material from his upcoming new album, Ms. Hill will surely pull from a decade-spanning set of covers, Fugees songs, and solo material. –Lior Phillips

    Nas and Lauryn Hill 2017 Tour Dates:
    09/07 – Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
    09/08 – Sterling Heights, MI @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
    09/10 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
    09/12 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
    09/14 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
    09/15 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
    09/20 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater
    09/22 – Miami, FL @ Bayfront Park Amphitheater
    09/23 – Jacksonville, FL @ Daily’s Place
    09/27 – Houston, TX @ Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
    09/28 – Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at Irving Music Factory
    09/30 – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater
    10/03 – San Diego, CA @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU
    10/05 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
    10/07 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
    10/10 – Seattle, WA @ WaMu Theater
    10/11 – Vancouver, BC @ Pacific Coliseum

    16. Kesha


    kesha Ke$ha // Photo by Philip Cosores
    Photo by Philip Cosores

    From September to November, Kesha will be touring Rainbow — her first album in five years. Kesha’s re-emergence is significant. The singer has spent the past several years fighting a legal battle centering on allegations against former producer Luke Gottwald, a time in which Kesha has revealed that she didn’t know if she would be able to release music again. The Rainbow Tour hits several major North American cities this fall, including Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, and Boston. Announcements of Kesha’s plan to tour again has evidently excited fans as the tour has almost sold out completely — regular tickets are only still available for two out of her 24 tour dates. As an album, Rainbow is peppered with themes of resilience, power, and self-love. Performed live, these elements will only be amplified. –Lindsay Teske

    Kesha 2017 Tour Dates:
    09/15 – Del Mar, CA @ KAABOO Del Mar
    09/16 – Las Vegas, NV @ M Resort Casino & Spa
    09/23 – Las Vegas, NV @ iHeartRadio Music Festival
    09/26 – Birmingham, AL @ Iron City
    09/27 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
    09/29 – Atlanta, GA @ Coca-Cola Roxy
    09/30 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
    10/02 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
    10/04 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
    10/06 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
    10/07 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
    10/09 – New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
    10/10 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
    10/13 – Lakewood, OH @ Lakewood Civic Auditorium
    10/15 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
    10/16 – Toronto, ON @ Rebel
    10/18 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
    10/19 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
    10/23 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theatre
    10/24 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
    10/25 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
    10/27 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
    10/28 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
    10/31 – San Francisco, CA @ Masonic Auditorium
    11/01 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium