Music News: Elton John Returns, Sturgill Simpson Goes Arena-Sized and Louis Tomlinson Makes a Stop

The Rocketman is back, and one of his dates will be on a "Saturday, Saturday, Saturday ..."
Mike Brooks
The Rocketman is back, and one of his dates will be on a "Saturday, Saturday, Saturday ..."
You'll have another opportunity, if you missed the first one last year, to catch a rock legend in person on a farewell tour. The days of enjoying the intimacy of seeing a genre-bending firebrand in venues like Dada and The Bomb Factory have officially passed. You'll now need to bring the binoculars. However, as always, there are plenty of smaller-scale shows popping up that you'll surely want to lock in on the calendar. All of the details ahead in this week's concert announcements.
  • Sir Elton John has added additional dates to his Farewell tour. Sure, the legendary singer has legions of fans, but there are also, you know, books to sell and docu-films to promote. To follow up on his 2018 performance in town, he'll appear at American Airlines Center on June 26 and June 27. Now you can purchase tickets with his autobiography as holiday gifts. Tickets are on sale Nov. 1.

  • Sturgill Simpson has officially upgraded to arena rock. While his recent album, Sound & Fury, is bombastic in that '70s guitar-based, synth-driven, pyrotechnic way, he's taken things to the next level by playing actual arenas on his upcoming tour. Alongside Tyler Childers, Simpson's "A Good Look 'N Tour" will stop in at American Airlines Center on March 27. Tickets are on sale Nov. 5.

  • Pitbull is coming back to these parts to make ya party and have the best times of your life. The global phenomenon, singer-rapper and light beer pitchman will be entertaining audiences up I-35 at the Global Event Center at WinStar on March 13 ... just in time for what is likely his favorite time of the year: spring break. Tickets are on sale Nov. 1.

  • Storied singer-songwriter and bassist Juliana Hatfield is going out on tour with her band and will be performing fan favorites from her solo catalog, including her most recent album of originals, Weird, along with select covers from Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John and Juliana Hatfield Sings The Police. Locally, she'll appear at The Granada Theater on Jan. 21. Tickets are on sale Nov. 1.

  • Electronic act The Crystal Method have been one of the biggest names on the scene since their debut nearly 30 years ago. Things have changed, though, as it's now just Scott Kirkland holding down the fort since the retirement of his musical partner Ken Jordan. The new and stripped-down version will play Canton Hall on Dec. 14. Tickets are on sale Nov. 1.

  • Marco Anthony Archer, known in the music industry as Phora, will be heading out on a North American tour in early 2020. The performer's profile has increased in stature since signing with Warner Brothers Records in 2017. He'll perform at Canton Hall on Jan. 24. Tickets are on sale Nov. 1.

  • The Driver Era, composed of brothers Ross and Rocky Lynch, are an alternative rock duo that have made waves with hit singles "LOW" and "Preacher Man." The band is hitting the road in 2020 with a slew of North American dates that will bring them to Canton Hall for a performance April 21. Tickets are on sale Nov. 1.

  • It wasn't that long ago that Criss Angel was a true major American celebrity with national TV specials, famous fans and sold-out arena shows. The magician, illusionist and sometime musician has recovered from a nasty accident and is back on the road rebuilding the brand. He'll perform at The Theatre at Grand Prairie on Feb. 11. Tickets are on sale Nov. 1.

  • Venerable bluesman Buddy Guy is returning to the area for a performance at House of Blues on March 21. At 83, he's still going strong, heading out on the road for extended tours and holding forth at Chicago blues clubs for extended residencies. Tickets are on sale Nov. 1.

  • Louis Tomlinson will be performing at South Side Ballroom on July 11. The one-time member of One Direction has embarked on a solo tour that has gained him large audiences on both sides of the pond. His recent single "We Made It" has given his former bandmates a run for their money on the pop charts. Tickets are on sale Nov. 1.