Most Anticipated Tours of 2019

With so many tour and music festival announcements lately, it's hard not to be excited for this upcoming year in music. Aside from a plethora of new albums on the way (Rihanna, Lana Del Rey, Megadeath, Future, Maggie Rogers and Bring Me The Horizon to name a few), a myriad of musicians are hitting the road.
2019 is going to be the year of the seasoned (The Rolling Stones, KISS, Paul McCartney), the fresh faced (Kacey Musgraves, The Faim, BTS) and the refurbished (Spice Girls, Backstreet Boys, Hootie and the Blowfish).
In no particular order, here are eight of our most anticipated tours of 2019.
KISS
If you're ready to rock and roll all night... this is your last chance to do so! KISS' End of the Road Farewell tour commences January 31st in Vancouver and hits 40 North American cities before wrapping up April 13th in Birmingham. Time to dust off your stage make-up and leather pants.
Check out the glam-metal gods' tour teaser below for a sneak peak.
KISS Tour Teaser
Ariana Grande
2018 was a big year for pop sensation Ariana Grande. Billboard's Woman of the Year released her critically acclaimed fourth studio album, Sweetener, experienced a whirlwind engagement and break up and still, career continues to pick up momentum in the new year.
The "thank u, next" singer is bringing her highly anticipated Sweetener tour to the U.S. this spring, kicking off March 18th in Albany, New York and hitting major North American cities before heading overseas and wrapping up October 13th in Zurich, Switzerland.
Check out her star-studded video for her first No. 1 single, "thank u, next" and make sure to visit her website for all ticket and touring info.
Ariana Grande "thank u, next" Official Music Video
The 1975
British pop rockers The 1975 are still riding the success of their third studio album, A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships, but I mean, how couldn't they be? With topics ranging from gun control to social media dependency to life in rehab, A Brief Inquiry has been dubbed "the Ok Computer of the millennial generation." Following its release, the album topped the U.K. charts and hit No. 4 in the U.S.
The quartet– fronted by Matty Healy and rounded out by Adam Hann, George Daniel and Ross MacDonald– hit the road January 9th in Belfast before embarking on a 22-date North American leg, which commences March 20th in Guadalajara, Mexico and wraps June 3rd in Toronto.
Always ones to please their fans, the band teased the idea of closing out the tour with a week-long residency at a rented venue to perform their catalogues in full.
Healy took to Twitter to suggest renting out a venue for a week to perform a different album/era each night: the first night kicking off with their early EPs, the second consisting of their 2013 self-titled debut, the third, I Like It When You Sleep...., and so on.
The 1975 on Twitter
The 1975 has also been hinting around that their fifth studio album, Notes on a Conditional Form, is slated to arrive sometime in May 2019.
But in the meantime... here's "It's Not Living (If It's Not With You)."
The 1975 "It's Not Living (If It's Not With You)" Official Music Video
All tour and ticket info can be found on the band's website.
Paul McCartney
Sir Paul McCartney seems pretty refreshed after the first leg of his Freshen Up tour that kicked off back in September.
The tour, in support of the rock icon's latest solo album, Egypt Station, reboots on March 20th in Santiago, Chile and runs through July 13th in Los Angeles.
Take a listen to the album's lead single, "I Don't Know."
Paul McCartney "I Don't Know"
The Rolling Stones
No, you can't always get what you want. But if you try sometimes, you might find you get what you need. What we needed was a Rolling Stones tour. AND WE'RE GETTING IT.
After teasing fans for weeks on social media with their elusive wagging-tongue logo, The Stones finally announced that they'll be playing 15 shows throughout the U.S. starting, hilariously, on April 20th in Miami and wrapping up June 25th in Chicago.
Mick Jagger on Twitter
Spice Girls
Apparently, 2019 is going to be a year of pop nostalgia. The Spice Girls have reconciled, proving that friendship never ends with a U.K. tour announcement via Twitter:
Spice Girls on Twitter
The 13-date Spice World tour kicks off May 24th in Dublin and runs through June 8th in Edinburgh. Though they won't be joined by Victoria Beckham, pop princesses Geri Horner, Mel B, Mel C and Emma Bunton are pretty excited to get back on the stage together for the first time since 2012.
You're probably wondering: um, hello? Where are the U.S. dates?
Unfortunately, it doesn't look like it's going to happen anytime soon. The group has reportedly turned down an £80 million offer to come play in the United States amid fear of “tensions.”
I'm just gonna keep refreshing their website and hope for the best. Fingers crossed!
Dead & Company
Dead Heads rejoice: the Grateful Dead legacy act is launching a two-month stint kicking off May 31st in Mountain View and wrapping up July 6th in Boulder.
For those of you who don't know, the band consists of former Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, and Mickey Hart along with Otiel Burbridge, Jeff Chimenti and your favorite online troll, John Mayer.
Since its inception in 2015, the band has completed five massive tours and become a record-breaking stadium act. This past summer, they embarked on an extensive summer tour and headlined Virginia's Lockn’ Festival.
Here's a clip of "Scarlet Begonias" from one of their recent performances at Folsom Field.
Dead & Co. "Scarlet Begonias" live
Backstreet Boys
Oh my god, they're back again.
The Backstreet Boys are back (alright!) with their biggest arena tour in nearly two decades. The band celebrated its 25th reunion with the news, and came in to talk to us about the tour ahead of their forthcoming tenth studio album, DNA, which is set for release at the end of January.
If you haven't already– and even if you have– check out our Tour Update with BSB below.
Backstreet Boys Are Back with DNA World Tour
The DNA tour opens in Europe in May before embarking on a 43-date North American leg in July. The Backstreet Boys are kicking things off July 12th in Washington, D.C. and ending their run September 15th in Newark. Ticket info is available on the band's website.
Check out one of the album's leading singles, "Chances," co-written by Shawn Mendes and Ryan Tedder.
Backstreet Boys "Chances" Official Music Video
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Last updated: 22 Mar 2019, 09:40 Etc/UTC