Big Fall Music Tours To See Now That Summer Is Ending
Summer might technically be over, but the fall music tours are just getting hot. After a number of summer festivals, the inner rock star in us all can get out and slow head bang as we watch the leaves fall. Except in Los Angeles, where people will binge on fall TV or watch people their parent’s age attempt to wear skinny jeans, studded belts and blow lines of Viagra before they head in to see Mötley Crüe. The point is — yes, there is a point — fall tours are underway, and the weather has never been better for lifting your cellphone up in the air in a crowd.
Dave Matthews Band
Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View, CA (Sept. 11)
Following another strong summer tour, DMB will head to Shoreline before hanging their hats, but not with releasing a gorge of live music. It was recently announced the band will release two
live volumes in the fall, one from their 2009 tour and one dating back to 1994, a few years after the band got its start.
The Forum, Los Angeles (Sept. 21-23)
Their main man, Dave Grohl, might be on the DL with a leg injury, but he’s far from out. After hitting up the summer festival circuit, Growl and his Foo Fighters continue to carry on into fall, even if that means he has to play sitting down on a throne of rock ‘n roll.
AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA (Sept. 25)
They may have more than four decades under their belt, but that doesn’t mean these Australian rockers are too old to get down with a nice pair of cut-off shorts. Despite founding member, Malcolm Young’s diagnosis of cancer and dementia earlier in 2015, the band continues on into the fall after headlining big festivals like Coachella.
Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA (Sept. 25 & 26)
It doesn’t matter how much you dislike the guy, his “808’s & Heartbreak” is considered one of modern hip hop’s greatest masterpieces of the last 15 years, and Kanye is coming to town to celebrate the 2008 album in its entirety at one of the most renowned outdoor venues in America. This is what happens when you get carried away with your clothing line and becoming a controversial celebrity with a serious god complex: You revisit the glory days to keep people liking you. Luckily for Kanye, we love “808’s & Heartbreak” and eagerly await his next album, “SWISH.”
KeyArena, Seattle, WA (Sept. 27)
The Who Hits 50! Amongst 50 years of windmill strums and solo misadventures, Roger Daltrey, Pete and the rest of The Who are going out with a band after five decades of rocking. That’s pretty much all there is to say after 50 years.
The War on Drugs
Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY (Oct. 8)
After touching down on the biggest summer festivals, Kurt Vile’s former band, The War on Drugs, continues on with last year’s “Lost in a Dream” as they reach the tail-end of their tour cycle. Their show at Radio City Music Hall is their final tour date. Don’t miss it.
The Cosmopolitan, La Vegas, NV (Oct. 11)
Another lead singer to fly solo successfully to this day, Neil Young won’t just be tearing down the house in Sin City this fall, he’ll also be entering the doorway into his 70s in November. You thought he was already 80, didn’t you? Well, that’s what rock ‘n roll would have you believe, but the man continues to tour like a goddamn 20-something-year-old animal, shredding 16-minute songs with no end in sight.
University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI (Oct. 14)
Rock ‘n roll’s love bug, Passion Pit, is hitting up all the great L.A. venues like The Wiltern and the O.C.’s Observatory, but for all you east coasters with some free time, check out Passion Pit this October, too. In support of “Kindred,” their spring 2015 release, the band continues to hit the pavement — the passion pavement — in support of their first release since 2012.
The Troubadour, West Hollywood, CA (Oct. 16)
There’s no much left on the books for The National, other than back-to-back Aspen shows around New Year’s, but if you can manage to find tickets to either of the two sold-out benefit shows at Los Angeles’ Troubadour, we highly recommend you do just that. We don’t care who or what you have to sleep with.
Father John Misty
The Wiltern, Los Angeles (Oct. 16 & 17)
Marching on through until the end of the year in support of “I Love You, Honeybear,” Josh Tillman, formerly of Fleet Foxes fame, continues to demonstrate his ability to fly solo. Somewhat deadpan and docile in his monotone M.C. persona, Tillman takes his listeners on an unexpected musical journey where his songs either resonate lyrically like they never have before, or he blows the doors off out of nowhere. Speaking from experience, it’s quite a spectacle, as will his back-to-back shows in Los Angeles’ Wiltern Theater.
Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport, CT (Oct. 16)
After a few summer months touring with special guest, Alice Cooper, the crew continues through the fall on into the winter, ending their tour with a three-night musical marathon at The Staples Center in L.A. Is this something you can afford to miss? Yes. But then you won’t have anything to brag to your parents about, or scare the hell out of them with. Any chance to see Tommy Lee’s dong potential flail is worth the likely absurd ticket price.
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY (Nov. 16)
What would fall be without a little Canadian R&B? The Weeknd — young Abel Tesfaye isn’t quite as badass — is pushing his sophomore release, “Beauty Behind the Madness,” from August onto folks as he hits up some of the big arenas in your area. Madison Square Garden? He must be good. He must have an impressive Twitter following. Oh, 2.7 million and a shoutout to Jay-Z after he got to headline Made in America — the end of the summer festivals — nice!