Some of the most celebrated musicians in the world released albums in 2017 and that means in 2018, many are hitting the road for what they hope will be record-breaking tours. From old favorites playing a final farewell to youngsters who are on the cusp of superstardom, here are the most anticipated music tours of 2018.
Queen + Adam Lambert: 2017-2018 World Tour
Queen and Adam Lambert have forged a partnership that saw them touring the world four times in the last five years. Fans in Australia and New Zealand get their chance to see the legendary rockers with the pop star in February and March.
Taylor Swift: Reputation World Tour
After winning a sexual assault lawsuit and releasing an album that was a departure of sorts from her usual pop oerve, Taylor Swift will tour in support of Reputation, in what will surely be in the running for highest-grossing 2018 tour.
Lorde: Melodrama World Tour
Lorde is starting her 2018 Melodrama world tour with plenty of real drama, as she has canceled Israeli appearances at the urging of fans who boycott the country over its policies toward Palestinians. It’s a rocky start for one of the most anticipated tours of the year, as Lorde will finally headline North American arenas.
Pink: The Beautiful Trauma Tour
In late 2017, Pink made her triumphant return to music. Her tour is sure to be a hot ticket, kicking off on March 1st in Phoenix. Bleachers and Jack Antonoff have signed on as the opening act on at least its first 20 or so dates.
Demi Lovato and DJ Khaled
Packing the best value, Demi Lovato’s tour to promote Tell Me You Love Me will feature DJ Khaled. Tickets are going for as little as $26.50, making it a great night out.
Fleetwood Mac has announced a farewell tour kicking off in 2018, but no dates have been announced as of yet. The band’s seminal 1975 album Rumors will be remastered, but the band may not record a goodbye album. The last hurrah is sure to be one of the hardest tickets to get in 2018.
Ed Sheeran is the nice guy who won’t go away even if you want him to, that’s why the continuation of his 2017 tour will find him upgrading to stadiums once he hits the U.S. The tour kicks off at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on August 18.
Sam Smith: The Thrill of It All Tour
Sam Smith is back with a new album and a new tour. After wrapping up his UK tour in January and February, Smith will cross the pond to perform in Canada and the United States in 2018.
Maroon 5 remains one of the most popular bands in the world. They will headline a short tour in the U.S. starting in May and running until mid-October. The band’s touring mate will be the very talented Julia Michaels, who you’ll be hearing a lot about in 2018.
U2: Innocence + Experience Tour
Borrowing their tour name from a William Blake book (Songs of Innocence and Experience), rockers U2 return to the stage after a layoff. The band kicks off the U.S. leg on May 2 in Tulsa.
The Eagles, minus the late Glen Frey, will tour in 2018 with the likes of Chris Stapleton, Jimmy Buffett and James Taylor. The band will round out its membership with country star Vince Gill and Frey’s son, Deacon. Adding Gill to the band, with his guitar virtuosity and his smooth voice, will surely give it new life.