This year, Dallas hosted some of music’s most talented performers and largest tours. The year kicked off with an early visit by the Red Hot Chili Peppers in January. In March, Dallas’ Demi Lovato performed at AT&T Stadium. Chance the Rapper headlined JMBLYA on Cinco de Mayo. In May, U2 relived the past on the The Joshua Tree Tour, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the album of the same name. Metallica and John Mayer played in Dallas over the summer, and Bruno Mars was the highlight of October for many Dallasites.
As 2017 comes to an end, we look to 20 of the biggest acts coming to North Texas next year. Mark your calendars accordingly.
Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit with James McMurtry
Jan. 5 at Bomb Factory
This show was originally scheduled for Sept. 23, 2017, but it was canceled after a death in the family of 400 Unit bassist Jimbo Hart. The show at the Bomb Factory will feature music from the group’s new album, The Nashville Sound.
Jan. 14 at American Airlines Center
Katy Perry will perform at the American Airlines Center with special guest Carly Rae Jepsen. There’s no word on whether Backpack Kid will be joining the tour.
Jan. 28 at American Airlines Center
After taking some time off, Shakira released her new album, El Dorado, in May. Her visit to the AAC will be her first since The Sun Comes Out World Tour in 2010.
Tyler, the Creator
Feb. 8 at Bomb Factory
Tyler, the Creator will perform at the Bomb Factory in early February. The show will celebrate his newest album, Flower Boy, nominated for best rap album at the 2018 Grammy Awards.
Lana Del Rey
Feb. 8 at American Airlines Center
While Tyler, the Creator is playing the Bomb Factory, Lana del Rey will perform at the AAC. Del Rey last visited Dallas on May 9, 2015, but the show at the venue then called Gexa Energy Pavilion was rained out before she could take the stage. It was never rescheduled.
March 2 at American Airlines Center
Fresh off of his newest album, Texoma Shore, country music star Blake Shelton will play at the AAC. Brett Eldredge, Carly Pearce and Trace Adkin are also on the bill.
Demi Lovato x DJ Khaled
March 7 at American Airlines Center
Demi Lovato returns to Dallas in 2018, this time with DJ Khaled for a show at the AAC. Lovato’s performance will focus on her newest album, Tell Me You Love Me.
March 18 at American Airlines Center
Much has changed since Lorde played Dallas' South Side Ballroom in March 2014. She now has an album, Melodrama, nominated for album of the year at the 2018 Grammy Awards. She also has enough star power to fill up the AAC.
March 23 at Verizon Theatre
Alabama will play at the Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie in March. Its most recent album is 2015's Southern Drawl, and you can count on the group to play hits from the past four decades.
April 26 at Winspear Opera House
At 91, Tony Bennett is still touring. The singer with more than 50 albums will perform at the Winspear Opera House.
Judas Priest at Bomb Factory
Judas Priest will play at the Bomb Factory in late April. The band has not released a new album since 2014 but is scheduled to release Firepower in March.
May 1 and 2 at American Airlines Center
P!nk hasn’t visited Dallas since The Truth About Love Tour in 2013. She released a new album, Beautiful Trauma, in October and will play two nights at the AAC.
May 2 at Winspear Opera House
In 2017, Wyclef Jean released an EP, J’ouvert, and an album, Carnival III: The Fall and Rise of a Refugee. In May, a full symphony orchestra will accompany Jean at the Winspear Opera House.
June 5 at American Airlines Center
In 2017, Harry Styles released an eponymous album, and he played at the Toyota Music Factory in October. This time, he’ll perform at the AAC.
June 9 at American Airlines Center
Maroon 5 will play in Dallas for the first time since Feb. 16, 2015, when the group kicked off its Maroon V Tour. It returns to the AAC with a new album, Red Pill Blues.
June 23 at AT&T Stadium
The Eagles have not produced a new album since 2007, but they really don't need to with hits like “Hotel California” and “Take It Easy.” They will play at AT&T Stadium with Chris Stapleton.
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July 20 at American Airlines Center
Sam Smith will play Dallas for the first time. (He skipped us on his first tour in 2015.) Smith released The Thrill of It All in 2017.
Jeff Lynne’s ELO
Aug. 13 at American Airlines Center
After the Electric Light Orchestra re-formed in 2014 as Jeff Lynne’s ELO, it released a new album, 2015's Alone in the Universe. But based on set lists from other cities, you can still count on hearing ELO hits such as “Mr. Blue Sky” and “Don’t Bring Me Down” at the AAC.
Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience
Sept. 16 at American Airlines Center
The release date for Game of Thrones season 8 hasn’t been announced yet. In the meantime, you can listen to music from the series at the AAC in September.
Oct. 6 at AT&T Stadium
This will be one of the hottest tickets in Dallas next fall. Swift returns to AT&T Stadium with her new album, Reputation, which sold more than 1.2 million copies in the United States in its first week, making it 2017’s best-selling album.