2014 Summer Tour Guide
Our 2014 summer tour guide is here to make sure you don’t miss any of the great rock concerts hitting the road this summer. It looks like it’s going to be a fantastic season for live music, and we’ll help you map it out.
After all, bands like Aerosmith, the Allman Brothers Band, the Eagles, Kiss and Motley Crue — some, sadly, for the last time — are set to crisscross the country over the next few months. You quite literally are going to need a scorecard to keep up.
And that’s where we come in. Sharpen your pencils as we run down 2014’s must-see shows as part of Ultimate Classic Rock’s 2014 Summer Tour Guide …
Aerosmith / Slash
The Allman Brothers
The Allmans are set to quit the road after guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks announced they were leaving. But not before rescheduling some missed Beacon Theatre dates and adding a few more. If their fiery performance at June’s Mountain Jam is in any indication, these guys are going out with a bang.
Boston is in the midst of its biggest tour in ages after releasing ‘Life, Love & Hope,’ the band’s first album in 11 years. That project featured some of the last recordings with late singer Brad Delp; Tommy DeCarlo and David Victor are handling vocals these days. The Doobie Brothers also appear on select dates.
Chicago / REO Speedwagon
Chicago and REO Speedwagon team up for a double dose of Illinois rock. Despite sharing a label in the ’70s, this will be their first time touring together. Meanwhile, Chicago is set to release its first new studio effort since ’06 this summer; REO’s most recent project was 2012’s ‘Live At Moondance Jam.’
The Doobie Brothers
When not appearing with Boston or Peter Frampton, the Doobies will be doing a series of their own stand-alone shows beginning in late July. They have been at work on an album featuring re-recordings of some of their biggest hits, which will include several of country’s biggest stars as well as former Doobie Michael McDonald.
Frampton will play individual shows into the fall in addition to his dates with the Doobies. Highlights include a concert with Randy Bachman and seven shows with Buddy Guy. Frampton will also issue ‘Hummingbird in a Box,’ an EP that grew out of his collaboration with the Cincinnati Ballet, later this summer.
Journey / Steve Miller Band
Journey, Steve Miller and special guest Tower of Power all boast Bay Area roots. That shared history, Journey leader Neal Schon says, all but ensures some late-concert jam sessions together. Schon has just released a new solo album, while Miller’s most recent project was 2011’s ‘Let Your Hair Down.’
Kiss / Def Leppard
There’s more than music to this outing from Kiss and Def Leppard. As with Kiss’ last North American tour, $1 from each ticket sold will go toward several wounded warrior groups. Veterans will also be brought in to work the tour as part of the ‘Hiring Our Heroes’ campaign.
Lynyrd Skynyrd‘s nearly 40-date 2014 tour slate culminates with an appearance during the eighth Simple Man Cruise, set for November. The band, scheduled there with Foghat and Starship, has already confirmed that this will be their last cruise. Skynyrd’s last album was 2012’s ‘Last of a Dyin’ Breed.’
Motley Crue / Alice Cooper
If you plan to see Motley Crue in concert, this is your last chance to do it. The band says their aptly titled ‘Final Tour’ will be just that. A new Crue album is highly unlikely, but work on a film version of the band’s biography ‘The Dirt’ was to begin this summer. Alice Cooper joins them as special guest.
Original Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor will mount their first world tour with ex-‘American Idol‘ finalist-turned-glam rocker Adam Lambert, who has been standing in for the late Freddie Mercury on assorted dates since 2009. They’ll play North America through July, then hit Asia and Australia into September.
Soundgarden / Nine Inch Nails
Rod Stewart / Santana
Titled ‘The Voice, The Guitar, The Songs,’ this tour features two hall of famers who had never worked together before. Rod Stewart and Carlos Santana met up on stage back in May for a scorching version of Etta James’ ‘I’d Rather Go Blind,’ and that song has become a centerpiece of this on-going tour.
Styx / Foreigner / Don Felder
Styx, Foreigner, and Don Felder aren’t just sharing the stage for the Soundtrack of Summer tour. They also got together and recorded a new version of 1976’s ‘Hotel California,’ which Felder co-wrote for the Eagles. Styx and Foreigner are alternating as closing act, with Felder serving as the opener.
Toto / Michael McDonald
We just might have saved the best for last! Jeff Beck will play a set, followed by another from ZZ Top, and then the two will meet up for what promises to be a series of epic collaborations. Beck is at work on a new album; ZZ Top released ‘La Futura’ in 2012. Their only previous on-stage collaborations were in 2009-10.