Elton John, Rod Stewart, Bon Jovi, Dead & Company, James Taylor, Hall & Oates with Train…
2018 is shaping up to be an amazing, memory-filled year for Orlando rock music fans as the Amway Center boasts a once-in-a-lifetime lineup of rock ‘n roll legends. It is still only January, and we already have six can’t-miss shows scheduled this year at the big house on Church Street – each show featuring members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
As we watch a constantly growing list of rock stars leaving our planet behind, we are constantly reminded of how precious and fleeting these live concert opportunities are. If you love these bands, make sure you see them now, because, as we have seen too often, nothing is guaranteed for tomorrow.
Dead & Company, February 27, 2018
This is a bonus 2018 show, as special guest John Mayer came down with Appendicitis at the end of 2017, pushing this show out a few months. Dead & Company features former Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann 50+ years after the band’s formation and 24 years after their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Bon Jovi, April 18, 2018
Since their 1983 breakthrough hit “Runaway,” which I saw as a free show at a NJ amusement park, this band has done nothing but deliver hits. They’ve capped off their career with a 2018 Induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Still touring with three original members, Jon Bon Jovi is without Richie Sambora his primary song-writing partner for the past 30 years who left the band a few years ago, but this stop on the This House is Not For Sale Tour promises to be an amazing night.
James Taylor & His All-Star Band, May 9, 2018
Another Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, and he’s touring with yet another in Bonnie Raitt. Taylor is a consummate singer-songwriter who has been regaling loyal fans for 40+ years. During his stellar career, Taylor has sold more than 100 million records, including one of the best Greatest Hits albums in history. The five-time Grammy winner turns 70 in two months.
Hall & Oates with Train
OK, so, I’ll be honest. I don’t love Hall & Oates, but there’s no denying the impact they have made on the rock music scene. Since their humble start outside of Philadelphia, they have had a hit-filled career that saw them, too elected into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. I’l be at this one because I love the pairing with Train, and have heard that after separate sets, the two artists will wrap up the night with a third joint set.
Rod Stewart, July 26, 2018
Rockin’ Rod is back! I last saw him three decades ago, and he was tremendous live. This night will be no exception. He’s a legend with a huge catalog of hits and a legendary showman. He’s a sprite and vivacious 73, but looks and acts like he is 37, but don’t sit back and wait for his next tour… Stewart is touring with the iconic Cindy Lauper.
Elton John, November 27, 2018
This one is the most exciting show on the 2018 calendar. I missed him in 2013 and honestly thought I had blown my last chance to catch him in concert. I’ve never seen Sir Elton live, but his performances are legendary, and usually filled with surprises. John turns 70 this year, and his voice might not be as robust as it once was, but this is an absolute can’t miss show, and one of the few times this snooty critic will happily dip into his dusty wallet for a few tickets.
And, a few more…
RarasFarm also endorses spending your hard-earned cash on Pink on April 24th, Skillet on May 5th, Fall Out Boy on September 16th and Shakira on August 14th.
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