One of the most anticipated tours comes to North America as The Beach Boys are touring together again for the first time in more than two decades. With an appearance on the Grammy Awards behind them, some festival dates scheduled, and a new album planned for release this year, the iconic group announces a new Chicago, Holmdel and Wantagh dates, and also come to New York City, Pittsburgh, Uncasville, White Plains, Las Vegas, Berkeley, Manchester, Camden, and more.
With the release of their 2011 sophomore album “Chickenfoot III,”Chickenfoot announces a U.S. national tour. The super-group, comprised of Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani, Kenny Aronoff, and Michael Anthony, hit the road starting in May, and once again have partnered with Feeding America to make donations to local food banks in each market they play. The band comes to Denver, Minneapolis, Chicago, Detroit, Boston, Atlantic City, New York City, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Seattle, and more.
Sting visits Germany and the UK during February and March, and then on June 9th returns to the US for a show at the Borgata Events Center in Atlantic City.
REO Speedwagon & Styx, often accompanied by Ted Nugent, begin a 25+ city tour on May 1 in Hidalgo, continuing through a July 7 stop in Gilford, NH.
Counting Crows are embarking on a spring tour in support of their upcoming album “Underwater Sunshine” (or “What We Did On Our Summer Vacation”), which is due out April 10th. The alternative rock band is focusing on more intimate venues to capture the camaraderie they had while making the album. The tour includes two shows in their hometown of San Francisco, as well as a stop at SXSW in Austin. They will also appear in Seattle, Portland, Oakland, Los Angeles, Denver, Minneapolis, Chicago, New York City, Boston, Jacksonville, Atlanta, Nashville, and more.
Created by Vans Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman, Country Throwdown Tour announces its 2012 lineup. Included this year are Josh Thompson, Eric Paslay and Sunny Sweeney, with special guests Justin Moore and Rodney Atkins; with Gary Allen headlining. The only tour of its kind in the world of country music, Country Throwdown Tour 2012 brings together top-selling artists with talented, emerging singer-songwriters in a festival atmosphere where fans enjoy continous music on multiple stages all day long. The tour comes to Gulfport, Gilford, Bangor, Clarkston, Kettering, Anderson, Glen Allen, Danville, Sioux Falls, Rockford, and more.
For the first time ever Rob Zombie & Megadeth have partnered to co-headline a May U.S. tour. The tour starts in New Jersey and includes stops at music festivals Rock On The Range and Rocklahoma. The tour comes on the heels of Megadeth’s critically acclaimed return of the traveling festival Gigantour, and will be the first time Rob Zombie has performed since last year’s “Hell on Earth” tour. The tour comes to Holmdel, Moosic, Pittsburgh, Grand Rapids, Columbus, La Crosse, Sioux City, and Valley Center.
Europe’s most successful live entertainment show, Apassionata: The Beginning is coming to North America for the first time. The show which features more than 40 horses and is seen by more than five million fans in over forty cities will make its North American debut with an eighteen month, sixty-six city arena tour. Due to the show’s remarkable and consistent success in Europe, producer-creator Peter Massine and his American producing partner Tanya Grubich were motivated to bring the experience and excitement of Apassionata to North America, which boasts the largest equine interest in the world. The theatrical sensation combines original music, scored specifically to work with the horses, with the finest equestrianship and exhilarating stunt riding. The event travels to Greenville, Louisville, Charlotte, Baltimore, Raleigh, Detroit, Toronto, and many more.
After a sold out run of performances in 2010, Madea returns to the stage with Tyler Perry’s Madea Gets a Job. The musical, starring Tyler Perry, follows Madea as she is forced to find work, and it’s clear that she and her employer will never be the same after one day on the job. Tyler Perry is an American actor, director, playwright, and author, known for his films, stage work, and television shows such as “Diary of a Mad Black Woman,” “Madea’s Family Reunion,” and “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne.” The play comes to Memphis, Chicago, Washington, DC, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Detroit.
North Carolina based rock band The Avett Brothers undertake a massive North America tour this spring. The prolific band, renowned for their high energy live shows and mix of eclectic musical styles, are known for playing upwards of 150 shows a year. They bring their electrifying shows and hard work ethic to Iowa City, Springfield, Whichita, Baton Rouge, Tulsa, Tupelo, Montreal, Morgantown, Albany, Providence, and more.
Grammy-nominated hip-hop star J. Cole, a member of Jay-Z’s Roc Nation family, announces the “Campus Consciousness Spring 2012/The Sideline Story Tour” in support of his gold-certified album “Cole World: The Sideline Story.” During the tour, Cole will also make his way to 17 college campuses with the hope of not only showcasing his music, but to highlight voter registration and plastic free initiatives. He will be joined by rappers Reverb and Big K.R.I.T. and comes to Charlotte, Lowell, Kingston, Babson Park, Waterville, Champaign, Dekalb, Lexington, Johnstown, Greensboro, and more.
Marilyn Manson unveils dates for a U.S. spring tour that will bring the shock-rocker to intimate theaters and clubs. The tour kicks off April 27th and includes a performance at the massive Rock on the Range festival in Columbus, Ohio, on May 20th. Manson is touring in support of the band’s upcoming album, “Born Villain,” which is due out in May. Find the tour in Providence, Hampton, Huntington, Silver Spring, Atlantic City, Pittsburgh, Grand Rapids, San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, Oklahoma City, Minneapolis, and more.
Academy Award-winning actor and multiple Grammy Award-winning performer, Robin Williams, known for his unparalleled imagination, repertoire of characters, free-associative monologues and astute social and political observations, joins Canada’s own David Steinberg for an evening of laughs at the River Rock Casino Resort. The legendary performer, who’s endless list of television and film credits include “Good Morning Vietnam,” “Dead Poets Society,” “The Fisher King,” “Mrs. Doubtfire,” and “Good Will Hunting,” comes to Richmond, Canada, June 8th and 9th.