For anyone wondering why so many aging rock legends hobble back on stage to reunite for the one final, or “this time we really mean it” farewell tour, take a look at the cash they were able to stuff into their deep pockets. With nostalgic Baby Boomers more than willing to pull a few Franklins from their wallets to rekindle their early life memories, plenty of classic rock artists are cashing in.
The Best Rock Bands Touring This Summer
A RARAsFarm look at a dozen “Can’t Miss” rock bands touring this summer.
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As we leap into June, and the dog days of summer, I took a look at the best live acts on the road today. There were many killer rock acts to choose from, including a few bands we have not previously seen, but we decided to limit the list to a dozen acts that we can personally vouch for as guaranteed to deliver a great rock ‘n roll music experience.
Here you go – twelve bands from very different rock music genres, but all twelve linked together as the top dozen live rock artists touring this summer; a dozen bands who put on a fantastic show every time they hit the stage.
I list them here in alphabetical order, but every one of these acts delivers a killer show every night, and they are all absolutely worth seeing.
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|Foo Fighters||Dave Grohl is one of the most dynamic front men around, and he’s got one hell of a catalogue of songs to play. The Foo Fighters are playing a bunch of stadiums on this tour, but I’d recommend one of their more intimate arena stops if you can swing it||Tour Dates ||
|Frank Turner||He just might be the best storyteller gracing the rock ‘n roll landscape today. Every show is a diverse, eclectic collection of wonderful songs from the punk rock icon turned rock ‘n roll troubadour. (Read our review)||Tour Dates | Review|
|Matt And Kim||Surely the most pop-infused artist on our list, but this talented couple dish out fun danceable rock music that is guaranteed to keep you moving. Matt Johnson on keys and drummer Kim Johnson are energetic, athletic, and fun to watch.||Tour Dates | Review|
|Neon Trees||They’ve had a few big hits, but these talented Alt-rockers truly shine during their killer stage shows, and the spotlight shines brightest on charismatic frontman Tyler Glenn who is one of the best live performers on the rock landscape today.||Tour Dates | Review|
|New Politics||Energetic Danish pop-punk that translates perfectly in their powerful live show. Acrobatic lead singer David Boyd flies around the stage, often sings from amidst the crowd and is guaranteed to deliver at least one headstand each show.||Tour Dates | Review|
|Nothing More||Industrial hard rock out of Texas with a very unique twist. This quartet does a lot of fun and dishes out unique stuff on stage, always delivering an entertaining and loud show. As an added bonus, they are touring with another great live act, Shinedown||Tour Dates | Review|
|Of Monsters And Men||One of the more mellow rock acts on the list, but the folksy Icelandic quintet always deliver a tight performance and sound perfect. Their unique blend of Indie rock is a joy to listen to and they pour out creative boy/girl rock onstage.||Tour Dates | Review|
|Paul McCartney||Sir Paul does not tour much, but when he does, it’s “Can’t Miss” rock personified. He is rock ‘n roll royalty, and in his 70’s, still delivers an amazing show every night. Three plus hours of engaging music from the greatest catalog ever and he still glides effortlessly through all of the offerings.||Tour Dates | Review|
|Radkey||Three young brothers who know how to rock. They’ve got a unique garage rock sound tinted with clear punk stylings. This trio is uber-talented despite the fact their average age is under twenty. Catch them now while they are still playing smaller venues.||Tour Dates | Review|
|Rolling Stones||You may have heard of these young guns out of England? They’re celebrating 50+ years of touring together and still boast the same line-up that first appeared 40 years ago! These guys are timeless and still deliver a great rock ‘n roll experience every time they storm the stage.||Tour Dates ||
|Super Bob||This Virginia quartet work their asses off; touring constantly and pouring themselves into every show. Frontman Matt Santoro is a fantastic entertainer, paired with three other maniacs who love playing live. Their blend of dancey hard rock is a guaranteed good time for any rock music fan.||Tour Dates | Review|
|21 Pilots||Hip hop meets alt-rock, and this duo have created a fantastic niche in the rock landscape. Aside from delivering catchy addictive music, these two guys fly around the stage and always deliver an engaging, interactive show.||Tour Dates | Review|
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Paul McCartney Out There Concert Review
Paul McCartney kicked off his U.S. Tour at the Amway Center last night, and the show was spectacular. He made his first visit to Orlando in thirty years a memorable one; a show that was amazing in every sense of the word.
- 165 minutes of amazing hits.
- 38 songs.
- 25 Beatles songs.
- A dozen priceless stories.
- At least 5 Beatles songs never before played by McCartney in the US.
- 2 encores.
- 1 amazing genre defining show.
Those of you who read this blog regularly know that I’ve been attending rock shows for many years, and have probably seen a thousand rock artists perform live. I was too young to catch The Beatles and somehow never caught Sir Paul. Saturday night in Orlando, I realized what I’ve been missing all these years. Simply put, it is just one of those shows that needs to be in any rock and roll animal’s concert-going portfolio.
“Oh my, that man is 70 years-old”
Uncharted charisma, boundless energy, superb musical talent, a liberal sharing of his immense library of timeless hits and a voice that is still one for the ages; it’s a sure-fire recipe for success.
This is a show and a tour that any rock fan of any age needs to attend. At seventy, there likely won’t be many more chances. And, regardless of the age, he puts on a performance absolutely better that almost any artist on the road today.
As an honest confession, I started the show as a reporter, but less than an hour into the spectacle, I had changed my perspective to “Screw it, I am going to just sit back (or stand up), enjoy this evening and soak it all in.” And damn sure, that’s exactly what I did.
Now, before I get into the details, here’s a spoiler alert: If you are going to see the show soon and want to be surprised, now might be a good time to stop reading. The setlist is provided here if you’d like to check it out.
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It didn’t take long to get the sold out Amway Center crowd on their feet. McCartney and his band mates took the stage to a rousing welcome and kicked into a smashing version of “Eight Days A Week,” a song Paul has rarely played, and not once since 1965! Not quite Beatlemania, but the crowd was instantly at near-fever pitch. He followed that with a powerful version of his Wings hit “Junior’s Farm” and the electricity never left the show.
The stage set-up was fitting for a rock show of this magnitude. Their was a large video screen behind the stage, flanked by two smaller ones for fans to the sides of the stage. However, the coolest video feature was a stage floor that was fully animated, adding an extra level of interactive entertainment to the experience. The lighting was fantastic and the pyrotechnics excellent.
Throughout the evening McCartney showcased his broad musical talent. At various times, we saw him play an assortment of guitars, bass guitar, ukulele, piano and keyboards. Although the show is all about McCartney, he has again surrounded himself with a superbly talented band. Guitarist Rusty Anderson and the versatile Brian Ray traded off nice leads all night, while keyboard player Paul Wickens and Drummer Abe Laboriel were excellent, as well. Most of the players have been touring with McCartney for years and they were extremely tight on stage.
McCartney dug deep into his robust catalog for a few other Beatles songs he had never played before in the United States. We heard the American debuts for “Your Mother Should Know,” a rollicking version of “All Together Now” and a cool take on John Lennon’s masterful “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!” He pulled out “Lovely Rita” during the first encore set and also played his seldom heard classic “Another Day.” Lots of unexpected treats for the fans from Florida.
During the bluesy Wings rocker “Let Me Roll It” we heard the now familiar tribute to fellow lefty Jimi Hendrix, and a nice long snippet of “Foxy Lady,” where McCartney nailed Jimi’s solo. He again shared a nice story about how Hendrix opened his 1967 tour with a version of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” just two days after the album was released. It’s a story, like a few others this night, that we’ve heard before. But, Paul, a master story-teller is like that beloved uncle sharing the same old stories and still bringing a smile to your face every time. We heard some new tales, too, including a few humorous stories from his recent Brazilian tour and the virally famous grasshopper incident. As McCartney said, “just Google McCartney Grasshoppers” to see it.
An hour into the show, McCartney grabbed an acoustic guitar and moved to a small platform in front of the main stage, while the band took a short break. As he played the Civil Rights-era anthem “Blackbird,”, the stage elevated about twenty feet. Before descending, he also offered up a poignant version of his John Lennon tribute “Here Today.” There were some minor sound issues on the latter, but still a highlight moment.
He pulled out the ukulele for a cool re-imagined version of “Something,” sharing a story about jamming on duel ukuleles at George Harrison’s place. He then shared Frank Sinatra’s timeless quote that “Something” is “the greatest McCartney/Lennon song ever written!” Great compliment, but as Paul noted,”George wrote it.”
Towards the end of the main set, we heard a few popular Wings’ songs. “Hi, Hi, Hi” was a fun surprise and another one not often played by McCartney, and was followed up by a killer version of “Band on the Run.” From there it was “Back in the USSR,” an electrifying “Let It Be” and the explosive “Live and Let ie.” He closed the set with an extended sing-along version of “Hey Jude.”
Over the course of the two encores, he offered up eight more Beatles classics, including “Day Tripper,” “Get Back,” a tender solo version of “Yesterday” and a heavy, powerful rendition of “Helter Skelter,” where the video boards and stage were fantastically animated.
As we neared the three hour mark, it was the familiar closing medley of “Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight / The End,” the fantastic culmination of “Abbey Road” and a fitting end to a magnificent night in Orlando.
Paul McCartney Amway Center Setlist
Paul McCartney kicked off his US Tour in Orlando last night, and the show was spectacular He made his first visit to Orlando in thirty years a memorable one, featuring 38 songs in a three hour set, including 25 Beatles songs! Below is the setlist. Follow Us on Twitter or Like us on Facebook to get notifications when the show review is published.
Here’s the Show Review
Eight Days a Week (The Beatles song)
Junior’s Farm (Wings song)
All My Loving (The Beatles song)
Listen to What the Man Said (Wings song)
Let Me Roll It (Wings song) With a nice piece of Foxy Lady thrown in
Paperback Writer (The Beatles song)
Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five (Wings song)
The Long and Winding Road (The Beatles song)
Maybe I’m Amazed
Hope of Deliverance
We Can Work It Out (The Beatles song)
And I Love Her (The Beatles song)
Blackbird (The Beatles song)
Your Mother Should Know (The Beatles song)
Lady Madonna (The Beatles song)
All Together Now (The Beatles song)
Mrs. Vandebilt (Wings song)
Eleanor Rigby (The Beatles song)
Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! (The Beatles song)
Something (The Beatles song)
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (The Beatles song)
Hi, Hi, Hi (Wings song)
Band on the Run (Wings song)
Back in the U.S.S.R. (The Beatles song)
Let It Be (The Beatles song)
Live and Let Die (Wings song)
Hey Jude (The Beatles song)
Day Tripper (The Beatles song)
Lovely Rita (The Beatles song)
Get Back (The Beatles song)
Yesterday (The Beatles song)
Helter Skelter (The Beatles song)
Golden Slumbers (The Beatles song)
Carry That Weight (The Beatles song)
The End (The Beatles song)
May Rock Music Calendar
It’s a great month Rock And Roll Animals with a diverse appetite for rock music. The weekend of May 17th in Orlando is a whole month’s worth of great, and very different rock music packed into three fantastic nights – from the ultimate in classic rock, to some great new punk and a killer free show. Over the rest of the month there is amazing alternative rock all over the schedule. Lots of stuff to choose from, especially when you add in Jacksonville and Tampa area shows. Nice…
05/01 – The Black Crowes, House of Blues
05/02 – The Airborne Toxic Event, The Beacham. One of the most talented rock bands touring today. This show is a must see. Rescheduled to 6/8
05/02 – Willie Nelson, Savannah Center (The Villages)
05/03 – Suicidal Tendencies, The Plaza Live. Remember catching these guys in Philly just as they were starting out. fun show…
05/04 – Of Montreal, The Social
05/05 – Crosby, Stills & Nash, Hard Rock Live – Legendary.
05/06 – The Joy Formidable, The Social – Excellent live Alt-Rockers we got to check out in a short festival set last year. Looking forward to their headlining set. See our review.
05/08 – Phoenix, House of Blues – This band is HOT. This will likely be your last chance to see them in a small venue.
05/10 – Cheap Trick, Hard Rock Live – Always a great show!
05/10 – Alkaline Trip, House of Blues
05/17 – The Bastard Suns, The West End (Sanford) – This Atlanta-based group is fantastic live. Punk, ska, reggae mix at one of our favorite local venues. See a recent review.
05/17 – Bloc Party, The Beacham. Fun Alt-rock.
05/18 – Paul McCartney, Amway Center. The biggest show ever in Orlando. His first of two amazing night. See our preview.
05/18 – Brett Michaels, Downtown Orlando
05/18 – Starship Starring Mickey Thomas, Epcot Center – Another rock legend on a two night Orlando gig. See our show review.
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05/19 – Paul McCartney, Amway Center – Night two, and then he’s off to tour the world.
05/19 – Starship Starring Mickey Thomas, Epcot Center
05/21 – The Hush Sound and Hockey, The Social
05/23 – Bad Veins, The Social – Ben Davis’s band. Good stuff.
05/23 – The Original Wailers, Milken’s Reef (Port Canaveral)
05/24 – Yngwie Malmsteen, The Plaza Live
05/30 – The Fixx, Hard Rock Hotel. Hard Rock’s Velvet Sessions, Orlando’s Best (and only) Rock And Roll cocktail party.
05/31 – Ours, The Social
05/02 – The Smashing Pumpkins, St. Augustine Amphitheatre
05/03 – Styx, REO Speedwagon and Ted Nugent, St. Augustine Amphitheatre – Three excellent midwestern American classic rock acts.
05/05 – Bob Dylan, St. Augustine Amphitheatre
05/05 – Donna the Buffalo, Freebird Live
05/08 – Black Francis (aka Frank Black), Jax Underbelly
05/11 – Imagine Dragons, St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Super hot Alt-Rockers.
05/17 – Crosby, Stills & Nash, Florida Theatre
05/24 – Sevendust, The Roc Bar
05/01 – The Airborne Toxic Event, State Theatre (Saint Petersburg) Rescheduled to 6/9
05/01 – Peter Murphy, Orpheum
05/01 – Willie Nelson, Ruth Eckard Hall (Clearwater)
05/03 – Funshine Music Festival, Florida State Fairgrounds. Train, The Smashing Pumpkins, Cheap Trick, Youngblood Hawke and more, and at a fantastic price!
05/04 – Donna the Buffalo, Jannus Live (Saint Petersburg)
05/04 – Funshine Music Festival, Florida State Fairgrounds. REO Speedwagon, Styx, Ted NugentWe The Kings, New Found Glory and more.
05/05 – The Joy Formidable, State Theatre (Saint Petersburg)
05/05 – The Wallflowers, Funshine Music Festival, Florida State Fairgrounds.
05/07 – Crosby, Stills & Nash, Van Wezel Perf. Arts Hall (Sarasota)
05/18 – Bryan Adams, Van Wezel Perf. Arts Hall (Sarasota)
05/18 – The Original Wailers, State Theatre (Saint Petersburg)
05/22 – Bad Veins, The Crowbar
05/23 – The Hush Sound and Hockey, State Theatre (Saint Petersburg)
05/26 – Sevendust, State Theatre (Saint Petersburg)
05/26 – Yngwie Malmsteen, Orpheum
05/30 – Everclear, Live, Filter and Sponge, Mahaffey Theater (Saint Petersburg) – Part of the bands’ Summerland Tour. Everclear always puts on a killer set. Live and Filter are great live artists, too.
05/31 – The Fixx, Capitol Theatre (Clearwater) – Cy Curnin is an excellent and talented front man, definitely worth checking out live.
Paul McCartney Concert Announcement
The world’s biggest rock icon is coming to Orlando – Paul McCartney has announced that he will be kicking off his all-new 2013 “Out There” tour right here in Central Florida at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on May 18th. This is a huge coup for the Amway Center, which is a great arena to catch a show. It’s also one of the few locales where you won’t be in an outdoor stadium environment, which will offer local fans a rare intimate setting for the Beatles’ legend.
McCartney is famous for his three hour rock spectaculars and has been creating amazing rock experiences for fifty years. At a spry 70, he still puts on a great show, and is a performer that just can’t be missed. This trip will be McCartney’s first performance in the city in twenty years, and will be his only Florida performance on this tour.
McCartney’s “Out There” tour is a brand new, never-before-seen production featuring hours of material from the greatest catalog in rock history. McCartney will be performing songs spanning his entire career: as a solo artist, member of the Beatles and from his days with Wings. Simply put, it’s a show that can’t be missed by any rock fan.
See below for ticket information
From the press release:
The McCartney live experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity. For approximately three hours, many of the greatest moments of the last 50 years of musical history–not to mention the soundtracks of entire lives–are magically brought to life as only McCartney’s can do. Last year marked 40 years since McCartney’s premiere tour as a solo artist and these past four decades have seen him play in a staggeringly impressive range of venues and locations, including outside the Coliseum in Rome, in Moscow’s Red Square, at the White House, a free show in Mexico to over 400,000 people and even a performance beamed into outer space. Having played with his peerless band of Paul ‘Wix’ Wickens (keyboards), Rusty Anderson (guitar), Abe Laboriel Jr. (drums) and Brian Ray (bass/guitar) for over ten years, Paul never disappoints.
McCartney is throwing himself into 2013 with full force following yet another landmark year in 2012, which saw him conclude his record-breaking “On The Run” tour, release his Grammy®-winning “Kisses On The Bottom” album, accept a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, play at both the Diamond Jubilee and Olympics Opening Ceremony, be named MusiCares Person of the Year and headline 12-12-12 The Concert For Sandy Relief–to highlight just a few memorable moments. With the “Out There'” tour and a new studio album in the works, it looks like 2013 will show no signs of McCartney slowing down.
- Tickets on sale beginning Friday, April 12 at 10 a.m. at Ticketmaster.com.
- American Express® Card members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday, April 9 at 10 a.m. through Thursday, April 11 at 10 p.m EDT.
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PAUL McCARTNEY – OUT THERE U.S. TOUR 2013 (more dates will be added soon)
May 18 – Orlando FL – Amway Center
May 22 – Austin TX – Frank Erwin Center
May 26 – Memphis TN – FedEx Forum
May 29 – Tulsa OK – BOK Center
July 9 – Boston MA – Fenway Park
July 12 – Washington DC – Nationals Ballpark
July 19 – Seattle WA – Safeco Field