Setlist Top Tours of 2022

Live music is back. 2022 saw touring come back full swing. Some of your favorite artists were back on the road and back on stage all across the globe. From classic rockers to pop divas to alternative legends, everyone was ready to get back under the bright lights and in front of fans again.

To celebrate, here’s Setlist’s top 10 tours of 2022.

10. Pearl Jam - European Tour

Pearl Jam spent part of their summer on a whirlwind trip across Europe on a tour that had been moved from summer of 2021. The band hit up festivals like Pinkpop and Lollapalooza’s in both Stockholm and Paris. The tour wasn’t without it’s issues, though, unfortunately multiple dates had to be canceled due to Eddie Vedder having recurring vocal issues.

9. The Cure - Lost World Tour (European)

Essential 80’s rockers The Cure set out on a long European tour in October. They kicked off in Latvia where the band live debuted two songs and confirmed they have not one, but two new albums in the works. The tour is set to close with three huge dates at the WEMBLEY OVO Arena, the later two added just due to demand.

The Cure perform "Just Like Heaven" in Birmingham, UK

8. Iron Maiden - Legacy of the the Beast

Iron Maiden finally wrapped their massive Legacy of the Beast tour, which had originally begun in 2018. The rock and roll spectacle included a state of the art stage show but they also managed to find time to live debut new songs during the European tour kick off. And there’s truly no rest for the wicked: after wrapping this tour in October they’re already back on the road for their 25th Anniversary Tour!

Iron Maiden perform live in Frankfurt, Germany

7. Def Leppard- Stadium Tour

This joint tour with fellow rock legends Motley Crue kicked off huge with Def Leppard taking the closing spot the first night (the bands would trade off on alternate nights on the tour). Touring in part to promote their 12th studio album, Diamond Star Halos, they played several of their newest tracks alongside their hits and favorites.

Def Leppard perform "Fire It Up" in Atlanta

6. Elton John - Farewell Yellow Brick Road

If it’s going to be goodbye then at least it’s been a long, sweet one. Elton John launched what is meant to be his final tour in 2018 with plans to tour for three years before calling it quits for good. Unfortunately, some of those plans derailed, meaning the tour is still ongoing now, and will actually wrap in Europe in 2023. The final show at Dodger’s Stadium was livestreamed on Disney+ with plans to release a documentary in the future.

Elton John performs "Rocket Man" at Dodger Stadium

5. Dead & Company - Summer Tour 22

The all-star Grateful Dead tribute act rocked through the summer once again. They added even more classic rock to their repertoire alongside their long catalog of Grateful Dead covers. Want to catch them live? Well, you’ll actually get your last chance next summer as they’ve announced the dates for their Final Tour.

Dead & Company perform "Eyes of the World" in Burgettstown

4. My Chemical Romance - Reunion Tour

The New Jersey punks reunited for this twice-moved toured after a years long hiatus. They kept European and North American fans on their toes with a revolving setlist that included deep cuts and fan favorites. Lead singer Gerard Way ALSO kept them on their toes with some unique fashion choices. Check out our coverage of the first North American date and the last five.

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My Chemical Romance perform "I'm Not Okay" in Nashville

3. Lady Gaga - The Chromatica Ball

Mama Monster finally brought The Chromatica Ball to her Little Monsters. After being announced in 2020, the tour was delayed until this year and it was worth the wait. But of course it was, because if there is anything Lady Gaga knows it is how to put on a show, this time in support of the Chromatica album. Featuring old and new favorites, pyro and of course some fabulous costumes.

Lady Gaga performs "Replay" live

2. Coldplay - Music of the Spheres

Coldplay celebrated their 2021 Music of the Spheres album with this stadium tour. The show featured their trademark stage effects as well as a massive setlist incorporating new songs with some of their greatest hits. The tour also included a solemn moment to honor late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins. Demand for this tour was so massive that more dates had to be added after the initial wrap.

Coldplay perform "Humankind" in Costa Rica

1. Tool - Fear Inoculum 2nd Leg

The genre-bending Tool tops our list for 2022 with this tour supporting the album Fear Inoculum, their first album in 13 years. The original Fear Inoculum tour was cut short in 2020 due to COVID, but the band returned to the stage this year without missing a beat, including new to the tour tracks and the return of several songs to their live set.

Tool performs "7empest" at Ziggo Dome

So that’s 2022 wrapped! What’s up for 2023? You’ll just have to keep watching to find out!

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Last updated: 3 Oct 2023, 00:35 Etc/UTC