Category Archives: Hard Rock Music Tours

Lucky 13! – Alter Bridge Closes Out 2014 with 13-City Fortress Headlining Tour

Alter Bridge 2014 Fall Tour Dates - United States


Tickets and upgrade packages went on sale today for the final 13 dates of Alter Bridge’s U.S. headlining tour in support of their incredible album, Fortress.

Because of their various side projects including: Myles Kennedy fronting Slash’s band and Mark Tremonti’s solo work, Alter Bridge only comes around every three years or so.  If you live anywhere close to any of the 13 cities on the tour, don’t miss out on the chance to catch this vastly underrated band’s live performance.

This final 13-city run comes on the heels of their sold-out tour this past spring that had critics deservedly raving about their performance.

Before kicking off their headline tour on October 7th in Louisville, KY, Alter Bridge will be performing alongside the likes of Judas Priest, Korn, Limp Bizkit and Stone Temple Pilots at the Louder Than Life Festival (which also takes place in Louisville) on October 4, 2014.

Diehard Alter Bridge fans will not want to miss out on the VIP upgrade package that is being offered by the band which includes the following:  Meet & Greet, Photo Op, Autograph, Visit to Soundcheck, Exclusive AB Merchandise (lithograph, tour item, VIP laminate, VIP ticket).  The upgrade also includes a priority check-in, crowd-free merchandise shopping and an on-site host.

Click here for a list of dates and places for this 13-city tour.

Steel Panther Heading Out to the Highway with Judas Priest

Judas Priest Steel Panther Tour

It’s 2014.  The hair metal craze has long since passed, relegated to classic rock status at this point.  However, the one band that still carries the “Aquanet torch” – Steel Panther – is about to be rewarded for their dedication to all things heavy metal – an opening slot on Judas Priest’s Redeemer Of Souls North American Tour.  That’s right, “Fanthers,” your boys are heading out to the highway with Judas Priest, and they couldn’t be more excited!

“I cannot believe that we are touring with Judas Priest, one of the most iconic heavy-metal bands of all-time.  We are going to have THE most amazing tour this fall!” exclaimed vocalist, Michael Starr.

If this was thirty years ago, this would undoubtedly be called the “F**K the PMRC!” tour, as Steel Panther makes most “obscene” bands look like choirboys.

The band will be bringing their unique style of hair metal/comedy songs to North American cities beginning October 1st in Rochester, NY.  Steel Panther fans can take advantage of a limited number of VIP Experiences in each city.

There was a time when Steel Panther was looked at as nothing more than a novelty band by most, but opening for a legendary band like Judas Priest will show people that, musically speaking, this band is no joke!

One can only imagine the “cocky” lyrics that will be featured on Steel Panther’s next album after opening for Priest, as the band is already not known for being modest (see “The Burden Of Being Wonderful”).


Click here to see when this heavy metal tour for the ages will be coming to a town near you.

Geoff Tate Announces Farewell Tour as “Queensryche”

Geoff Tate Farewell Tour as Queensryche

For more than 30 years, the members of Queensryche focused on building an “empire,” but as the saying goes…all good things must come to an end.  It’s been nearly two years since quintessential frontman, Geoff Tate, was unceremoniously ousted from the “empire” that he helped build.  Devoted fans of the band were caught in the middle as Tate and the other original members of Queensryche (Michael Wilton, Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield) exchanged “killing words” in an attempt to stake their claim to the iconic band name.


The prolonged court battle for the Queensryche name resulted in the confusing scenario of having two separate entities releasing new music and touring under the same moniker simultaneously.  Some fans chose sides, while others embraced both versions of the band, but the uncertainty and fighting made things bittersweet for everyone.


It took much longer than it should have, but the battle is finally over, and an amicable settlement has been made between the two opposing factions.


Wilton, Jackson and Rockenfield along with new frontman Todd LaTorre and guitarist, Parker Lundgren will be the ones to write the next chapter in Queensryche’s illustrious history.  However, Tate will be given the opportunity to give the band name a proper goodbye as he does one final tour as Queensryche (sort of).


Billed as Queensryche Starring Geoff Tate – The Farewell Tour, Tate will tour the country with his version of the band [Rudy Sarzo – bass, Robert Sarzo – guitar, Kelly Gray – guitar, Simon Wright – drums and Randy Gane – keyboard].  The tour commences on July 31, 2014 in Hermosa Beach, CA (see below for complete list of tour dates).


On the forthcoming tour, Tate will perform all of Queensryche’s hit songs, along with some rarities to celebrate the music that he’s enjoyed making over the past three decades.


Upon the completion of the tour, the name of the band will change, at which time they will perform under the moniker, Geoff Tate: The Voice of Queensryche.  Despite the fact that the name is changing, the expectation is that the band members will remain the same.


Even though Tate didn’t end up with the right to the Queensryche name, he did retain something of tremendous value in this amicable settlement…the exclusive right to perform the concept albums Operation Mindcrime and Operation Mindcrime II as unique performances.  “Mindcrime was my thing and my story, so it’s only appropriate that I keep that,” stated Tate.


Queensryche fans the world over undoubtedly wish that the amicable settlement had resulted in the original band members reuniting.  However, based on the 3-part interview with Tate that was featured on Hard Rock Daddy back in August of 2013, things went about as well as can be expected.


Tickets go on sale for the majority of dates on the upcoming tour on Friday, May 2nd and Saturday, May 3rd.


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Wednesday, July 30 – Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach, California

Thursday, July 31 – The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, California

Friday, August 1 – Sycuan Casino in El Cajon, California

Saturday, August 2 – House of Blues in Las Vegas, Nevada

Sunday, August 3 – The Canyon Club in Agoura, California

Thursday, August 7 – Strummer’s in Fresno, California

Friday, August 8 – Theatre Deville in Vacaville, California

Saturday, August 9 – Downtown Amphitheater in Morgan Hill, California

Tuesday, August 12 – Music Marathon Works in Nashville, Tennessee

Wednesday, August 13 – Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, North Carolina

Thursday, August 14 – The Chop Shop in Charlotte, North Carolina

Friday, August 15 – Ziggy’s by the Sea in Wilmington, North Carolina

Saturday, August 16 – Ziggy’s in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Sunday, August 17 – Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia

Tuesday, August 19 – Trees in Dallas, Texas

Wednesday, August 20 – Aztec Theatre in San Antonio, Texas

Friday, August 22 – Rialto Theatre in Tucson, Arizona

Saturday, August 23 – Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona

Sunday, August 24 – Sunshine Theater in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Tuesday, August 26 – The Depot in Salt Lake City, Utah

Thursday, August 28 – The Cotillion in Wichita, Kansas

Saturday, August 30 – Tailgaters in Bolingbrook, Illinois





Kid Rock: “$20 Best Night Ever” Summer Tour 2013

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In spite of difficult economic times, most big name artists charge top dollar for concert tickets.  Although many shows still sell out, diehard fans are often priced out of the market and left disappointed.  Kid Rock had the opportunity to sell high-priced tickets on the summer leg of his tour supporting his Rebel Soul album, but he chose to give every fan the chance to see him live.  Calling it the “$20 Best Night Ever Tour” may sound a little “Cocky,” but as the song says…“it ain’t braggin’ motherf**ker if you back it up!”   If you’ve ever seen Kid Rock live, you know that he backs it up and then some.

The first time that I saw Kid Rock was on his Born Free tour in the summer of 2011.  It took place at Bethel Woods Center For The Arts, the site of the original Woodstock concert.  After seeing all of the great reviews of the show, my expectations were set at a very high level.  Having attended several hundred concerts through the years, the bar to be considered one of the best concerts ever was set extremely high, which is usually a recipe for disappointment.  However, the only disappointment of the night happened when the house lights came on and the concert had finally ended.

Kid Rock concerts are not short.  He played every song that I was hoping to hear, and yet I didn’t want the concert to end.  The concert could have gone on for several more hours, and the crowd would have loved every minute of it because Kid Rock makes you feel like you’re attending one of the coolest parties ever with the most badass host on earth.

Although he has achieved incredible success, Kid Rock carries himself like a struggling artist on the rise, totally grounded and truly appreciative of anyone who spends their hard-earned money to see him perform.  As he sat in his folding lawn chair on stage drinking a beer and talking to the crowd on that hot summer night in 2011, those lucky enough to be in the crowd felt like they were hanging out with a friend, not one of the biggest rock stars in the world.

At double the price, Kid Rock concert tickets would be a tremendous bargain considering what you get for your money.  Seeing Kid Rock for only $20 feels like stealing.  Those who don’t scrape together the money to see him will have to live with the regret of missing out on a golden opportunity.  Those who take advantage of this generous offer will undoubtedly have the “$20 Best Night Ever!”

Click on the link below to see when the tour is coming to your area…