Read our round-up of the summer’s hottest tours, including Bruno Mars, Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar and many more. Al Pereira/WireImage/Getty, Chelsea Lauren/Rex, Christopher Polk/Getty
Summer is when music’s biggest names hit the road with their grandest spectacles, and 2017 is no exception. The coming months will see tours from pop superstars (Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars), rock heavyweights (The Who, Metallica, Green Day), hip-hop chart-toppers (Future, Kendrick Lamar) and tons more. Read on for the highlights of what’s shaping up to be a stellar season for live music.
August 1st–December 18th
Gaga officially graduated from arenas to stadiums at the Super Bowl, where she reminded the world she’s one of pop’s best performers. She previewed her upcoming 41-date Joanne tour at Coachella, bringing flames, fireworks, dancers and plenty of sentimentality, like when she sat at the piano and delivered a soulful “The Edge of Glory.”
July 14th–September 3rd
On a map, Phish’s 2017 summer tour looks unusually short: just five cities. That’s because 13 of the 21 shows are in one room, New York’s Madison Square Garden. Dubbed “The Baker’s Dozen,” the Garden dates will be the most Phish have played in a row in one venue since their club days. “We feel comfortable there,” singer-guitarist Trey Anastasio says of the arena, where Phish’s end-of-year runs are already a tradition. “If you played me five different tapes, I would be able to pick out the Garden. It has a reverberation you can feel.” So far, there hasn’t been much discussion about repertoire or potential guests. “There are conversations like, ‘Maybe we should plan this,'” Anastasio says. “And the next conversation will be, ‘Maybe we shouldn’t plan anything.'” Ultimately, that “relaxed feeling is the point of a residency. Relaxed is good.”