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Mark these 10 concerts on your 2019 calendar

From Kiss to Elton John, this year will offer plenty of terrific concerts


The music industry relies on concert proceeds like never before.

Since the digital revolution made album sales vanish into thin air and streaming proceeds make artists less money than standing on a corner spare changing, musicians tour to eat.

This is not a great situation for them. And it could be argued that this pressure to be on the road as much as possible affects the quality of a lot of the music being released because it gets rushed to market.

But the truth is that consumers get a lot more opportunit­ies to enjoy live performanc­es and that’s awesome.

Combing through the hundreds of dates announced in the coming year to come up with 10 shows you should see in 2019 was hard, but here is what is undoubtedl­y going to be a debatable list:


When: Jan. 31, 7 p.m. Where: Rogers Arena

Tickets and info: ticketmast­ History hasn’t really been kind to this cartoon hard rock crew, who are really unknowns to the non-’70s generation. But everyone will agree that the band has always been better with its makeup on and playing golden oldies like Deuce and Shout It Out Loud while stuff blew up all around them. This is the last time you’ll get to see Kiss lick it up, so you can expect a doozy of a sendoff.


When: Jan. 30, 8 p.m. Where: Astoria Tickets and info: $12,

This Uruguayan singer has released two fantastic albums on the Captured Tracks label and his latest looks to make that a hat trick. As the artist was acting in an indie film shot in Argentina, living in Mexico City, Peru, Chile and Puerto Rico, he sought out collaborat­ors in each locale whose style was really representa­tive of their regional musical traditions. This makes for a collection of catchy tunes for Wauters to present.


When: Feb. 17, 18, 7 p.m. Where: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, UBC

Tickets and info: Not only does he possess a singular talent unlike any other vocalist, McFerrin in concert is absolutely riveting. No performanc­e is ever the same, but the energy he brings to the venue captures everyone and is totally hypnotizin­g. You won’t worry, and you will be happy.


When: Feb. 28, 7 p.m. Where: Pacific Coliseum Tickets and info: $77, ticketlead­

With Honey, this Swedish pop diva made one of 2018’s finest pop albums. Her career stretches back to 1997, but really can be seen as beginning with 2005’s self-titled Robyn. That marked when she took her taste for complex electronic rhythms, slinky hooks and smart lyrics and put them all together. She has been getting better with every subsequent release.


When: March 22, 8 p.m. Where: Harbour Convention Centre

Tickets: From $35, This Long Beach MC is one of the hottest on the rap scene today. His flow is fiery and fast — most of the songs on his latest album FM! clock in under a minute — and his lyrics spin black pride, street life, his hometown and more with real freshness. He burns up the microphone live.


When: April 5, 8 p.m. Where: The Commodore Ballroom

SOLD OUT: $26.50 at Red Cat Records, ticketmast­

Paris-based producer Vincent Fenton records under the name French Kiwi Juice, or FKJ. Like fellow countrymen Daft Punk, he has pursued a sound unlike others and pretty much defined a new smooth electronic subgenre of French House music. His live shows are supposed to be impressive displays of his multiinstr­umental skills and funky beat making.


When: April 7, 7:30 p.m. Where: The Rickshaw Tickets and info: From $29.50,

There’s a reason people like Dave Grohl feel honoured when they can play on the same stage as Bob Mould, and it’s because the former Husker Du and Sugar frontman is a killer songwriter. His earnest, honest and driving songs have a timeless quality about them that has been an enormous influence on American indie rock. Not everything he’s done solo is quite as good as those earlier acts, but his new album Sunshine Rock, on Merge, is a return to full band/full volume fun.


When: April 22, 8 p.m. Where: Orpheum Theatre Tickets and info: From $63 at

Few of the wave of legendary bluesmen that influenced a generation of rock and rollers remain. But, as the title of his latest album says, The Blues Is Alive And Well with Buddy Guy. This spectacula­r guitarist who has eight Grammy Awards to his name doesn’t hold back when he performs. At age 82, it’s possible he might not tour too much more, preferring to hold court at his legendary Chicago club.


When: May 25, 6 p.m. Where: Rogers Arena Tickets and info: From $109, ticketmast­

One of country music’s top vocalists, Carrie Underwood dropped her most recent recording Cry Pretty last September. The lead single and album both debuted at No. 1 across all genres in the U.S. and followups such as the powerful Love Wins have kept her on top of the charts all over the world. This tour is going to feature a 360-degree stage with an all-female backing band as well as guests Maddie and Tae and Runaway Jane. For sure one of the year’s big tours.


When: Sept. 21, 22, 7 p.m. Where: Rogers Arena

Tickets and info: ticketmast­ Due to popular demand, this star added 25 dates to this farewell tour. Elton John’s set list draws on songs from throughout his storied career, going all the way back to his pre-glam rock beginnings right up to his arena rocker era, and subsequent long career on top of the pops.

 ?? CHRIS PIZZELLO/INVISION/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/FILES ?? Country singer Carrie Underwood will perform on a 360-degree stage when she brings her Cry Pretty Tour to Rogers Arena on May 25.
CHRIS PIZZELLO/INVISION/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/FILES Country singer Carrie Underwood will perform on a 360-degree stage when she brings her Cry Pretty Tour to Rogers Arena on May 25.

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