Classic rock outfits are all the rage in this week's batch of new concert announcements. Paul McCartney, Willie Nelson, Dead & Company, Queen, Steve Earle and Judas Priest headline some of the top upcoming performers. Read further though, for even more exciting news.
Sir Paul McCartney makes a triumphant return to North Texas for a June 14 performance at Globe Life Park in Arlington. It's the former Beatle's first trip this way since a 2014 stop at the AAC. As for the venue, this concert is a nice addition for Globe Life's 2019 farewell tour. Tickets are on sale Dec. 13 at livenation.com.
Dead & Company are heading back out on the road for a lengthy summer amphitheater and festival run. The ensemble featuring John Mayer, Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, with Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti will visit Dos Equis Pavilion for a show on July 2. Tickets are on sale Dec. 7 at livenation.com.
Hootie & the Blowfish are heading back out on the road after a decade-plus hiatus. The Darius Rucker-fronted band will be out on the road with fellow '90s chart-toppers Barenaked Ladies as part of the Group Therapy tour. Hootie is celebrating the 25th anniversary of their landmark Cracked Rear View album and will also release new material this upcoming year. Tickets for the June 15 show at Dos Equis Pavilion are on sale Dec. 7 at livenation.com.
- With Bohemian Rhapsody out in theaters and selling tickets, Queen with Adam Lambert is gearing up with a summer tour to capitalize on the momentum. The original Queen lineup with Lambert out front in Freddie Mercury's place, will make an appearance at American Airlines Center on July 23. Tickets are on sale Dec. 7 at livenation.com.
Willie Nelson & Family are returning to Dallas for a Feb. 16 performance at The Bomb Factory. While area performances are common for the 85-year-old legend, appearing at the cavernous Deep Ellum concert hall will be a new endeavor. Tickets are on sale Dec. 7 at ticketfly.com.
- Heavy metal icons, Judas Priest are coming to The Bomb Factory for a show May 31. In their nearly 50-year career, the U.K. outfit fronted by Rob Halford have continued to remain relevant with a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination and a slew of new music releases. They'll be joined at this stop by venerable prog-rock institution Uriah Heep. Tickets are on sale Dec. 7 at ticketfly.com.
Citizen Cope, real name Clarence Greenwood, is a singer-songwriter/musical savant who has been penning catchy tunes and engaging large audiences around the globe for several decades now. Soulful and relaxing, laid-back and chilled-out, Cope's concerts usually attract a ferociously loyal band of enthusiasts. Tickets for his April 4 performance at The Bomb Factory are on sale Dec. 7 at ticketfly.com.
The 15th Annual Dallas Blues Festival will take over The Theatre at Grand Prairie on March 9. This year's lineup features Sir Charles Jones, Shirley Jones, Calvin Richardson, Pokey Bear, TK Soul, Theodis Ealey, Tucka and more. Tickets are on sale Dec. 7 at axs.com.
- YouTube sensations, The Piano Guys, consisting of pianist Jon Schmidt and cellist Steven Sharp Nelson, are heading out on a busy tour in early 2019. The duo reached a larger audience when their composition "A Million Dreams" was featured prominently in the film, The Greatest Showman. Tickets for their April 27 show at The Theatre at Grand Prairie are on sale Dec. 8 at axs.com.
- Country singer and social media sensation Jessie James Decker is rolling into The Majestic Theatre for a performance on May 31. It's been over two years since she has embarked on a proper tour, so this time out should likely bring forth the fans. Tickets are on sale Dec. 7 at axs.com.
Travis Tritt & The Charlie Daniels Band are joining forces for the Outlaws & Renegades Tour, a venture that will take them across the United States for a good part of 2019. Locally, they'll appear at The Theatre at Grand Prairie on June 8 with The Cadillac Three in tow. Tickets are on sale Dec. 7 at axs.com.
- Singer-songwriter and Sirius XM host Elizabeth Cook will head this way for a show Feb. 18 at Sons of Hermann Hall. A prolific writer and a wonderfully entertaining storyteller, she'll be out on a brief jaunt road-testing some new songs for her follow-up to 2016's Exodus of Venus. Fellow singer-songwriter Kendell Marvel will open. Tickets are on sale Dec. 7 at prekindle.com.
Stephen Kellogg has been referred to as "the best live act you've never seen." Additionally, he's a road warrior who has released a boatload of his own recordings in addition to collaborating with many industry heavy hitters. He's also an in-demand public speaker and activist who has given TED talks and been featured on several insightful news programs. Catch him at Sons of Hermann Hall on April 9. Tickets are on sale Dec. 7 at prekindle.com.
- Michael Lerner, the drummer/songwriter/principal architect of Telekinesis, is heading out on the road for a lengthy tour in support of his fourth album. With a kinetic feel and pop-synth sensibility to his songcraft, Lerner has been a member of the Merge Records roster for quite some time. Tickets for the April 22 show at Ruins are on sale Dec. 7 at prekindle.com.
- Singer-songwriter, activist, author, actor and all-around badass Steve Earle is coming to The Kessler Theater for a solo show Feb. 21. Out on the road for much of the last two years in support of his most recent album, So You Wanna Be An Outlaw, Earle will tell tall tales and play tunes from his vast catalog of material. Tickets are on sale Dec. 7 at prekindle.com.
- Multi-instrumentalist, composer and singer Devonte Hynes is best known by his stage name, Blood Orange. He's plotted a 16-date North American tour for early 2019 that will bring him to the The Granada Theater for a Feb. 23 performance. Tickets are on sale Dec. 7 at prekindle.com.
Jenny Lewis will be releasing On The Line, her latest studio album in early 2019. In turn, she'll be out on the road traversing the globe in support of the release. Locally, she'll appear at Canton Hall for a performance April 5. Expect some jams and many favorites from her vast catalog of songs. Tickets are on sale Dec. 7 at axs.com.
The Beach Boys, minus Brian Wilson of course, are heading out for a spring/summer outing that will bring them to The Majestic Theatre on March 20. Their Now & Then tour will be packed full of nostalgic hit songs and lots of trips down memory lane. Tickets are on sale Dec. 7 at axs.com.
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