Summer, that once enjoyable, carefree time of the year, is now riddled with whack internships, chores around the house and hours of deep boredom because you realize that college life is the best life. When you get back to school, people will ask you what you did over the summer. You will thrust your hands into your pockets and say “nuthin” because it’s true, you literally did nothing.
But not this summer. The rock gods have bestowed a vast array of legendary bands on an intense touring cycle that is sure to be coming to your neighborhood (unless you live in a “Little House on the Prairie” setting, you backwoods dork). I’ll break down what bands are on tour that you NEED to go see. All of these bands are going to be in Dallas in the coming months.
Van Halen. The Dutch brothers are hitting the road with Diamond David Lee Roth at the helm and Eddie’s 24-year-old son Wolfgang on bass. Fresh off the release of their first live album with David, now is the time to catch this family in action. Gexa Energy Pavilion, Sept. 23, 7:30 p.m.
Rolling Stones. Touted as the world’s greatest rock band, they are playing a short tour of huge stadiums and, honestly, this will probably be their last. They are too damn old. But they have been proving over the last few years that they have still got it. The only problem is that the tickets are extremely expensive. AT&T Stadium, June 6, 8 p.m.
Def Leppard/Styx/Tesla. This is an awesome lineup of three great bands. You can see 80’s giant Def Leppard with its trademark hard rock sound; Styx, which blends progressive rock with blaring guitars (don’t be fooled by Dennis DeYoung and “Mr. Roboto”), and another lesser-known 80s band, Tesla, who is awesome in its own right. This is a great deal, plus the tickets are relatively inexpensive. Gexa Energy Pavilion, Aug. 21, 7 p.m.
Judas Priest. The Gods of heavy metal will be back in the states for a few shows this summer. I caught Priest last November in Dallas, and let me tell you, these guys have still got it. With blazing guitars coupled with Rob Halford’s trademark screams, Priest proves that heavy metal is still alive and well. Verizon Theatre, July 13, 7 p.m.
Rush. The Canadian kings of progressive rock are heading out for what they are referring to as their last big tour. Rush is one of the most technically proficient bands out there. The live shows are crazy, and these musicians always mix classics with deep cuts, sure to please any Rush fan. American Airlines Center, May 18, 7:30 p.m.
So there you have it: five different touring acts that are sure to put on high energy, kick ass tours. If you don’t listen to any of these bands just go out and see one of them anyways. There is nothing like going to a rock’n’roll show, and you definitely have an opportunity this summer.