2018 Con­cert Pre­view: Con­fir­ma­tions & ru­mors

The Hamburg Area Item - - Entertainment - By Michael Christopher

It’s time to look for­ward to 2018 and what mu­sic the new year is go­ing to bring to the area. Yes, it’s still early, but so many shows are al­ready on sale, about to be an­nounced or heav­ily ru­mored to be com­ing to the re­gion. Let’s break it all down in an over­view.


When an artist is ca­pa­ble of sell­ing out sta­di­ums, it pays to put the shows on­sale way in ad­vance, help­ing to plan out if ad­di­tional dates are needed or if things need to be scaled back; though the lat­ter rarely hap­pens in the case of these acts.

Coun­try su­per­star Kenny Ch­es­ney re­turns to the re­gion May 19 at Lin­coln Fi­nan­cial Field. Tay­lor Swift will be bring­ing her Rep­u­ta­tion tour to the venue July 14 and Ed Sheeran will be do­ing the same, but not un­til Septem­ber 27.


The Wells Fargo has a ridicu­lous lineup al­ready. The Killers ( Jan­uary 13) and Lana Del Rey ( Jan­uary 21) start off the year, while Kid Rock is the sole act so far for Fe­bru­ary, bring- ing his “Great­est Show on Earth” tour to the arena on the 23rd.

Blake Shel­ton head­lines the “Coun­try Mu­sic Freaks Tour” come March 17, joined by Brett El­dredge, Carly Pearce and Trace Ad­kins. New Zealand songstress Lorde will cel­e­brate her lat­est ef­fort, Melo­drama, and the hit sin­gle “Green Light” with an April 2 gig, while lo­cal hero Pink brings her Beau­ti­ful Trauma World Tour home on April 13.

Ir­ish rock leg­ends U2 will come back to Philly for a two- night stand at the WFC June 13 and 14, then make way for One Di­rec­tion’s Harry Styles June 15. There will be fire­works of the heart­bro­ken kind on the 4th of July when Sam Smith plays the hol­i­day there, and coun­try diva Sha­nia Twain con­tin­ues her come­back run July 12. Later in the sum­mer, on Au­gust 24, will be the long- awaited re­turn of Jeff Lynne’s ELO, who were in­ducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ear­lier this year.

At Read­ing’s San­tander Arena, Avenged Seven­fold, Bul­let for My Valen­tine and Break­ing Ben­jamin loudly kick­off the year Jan­uary 16. Fan­ta­sia will be there Fe­bru­ary 24 while leg­endary crooner Paul Anka cel­e­brates 60 years of hits May 9.


The Fillmore has quickly be­come the go to mid- size venue for so many artists. High­lights al­ready on the docket for next year in­clude Steve Aoki Fe­bru­ary 11, Awol­na­tion Fe­bru­ary 23 and Franz Fer­di­nand May 14.

Across the river at Cam­den’s BB& T Pavil­ion, once the warm weather hits, it’s the place to be, start­ing with the WMMR BBQ May 19, which this year al­ready boasts Alice in Chains, Stone Tem­ple Pi­lots and their new singer Jeff Gutt and the corpse­painted Ghost at the top of the lineup. The next month, June 23, will rock out with Whites­nake, Jason Bon­ham’s Led Zep­pelin Ex­pe­ri­ence and For­eigner.

The Foo Fight­ers are back at BB& T July 7, and it’s a dream lineup with Weezer and Pix­ies July 21. Ke­sha and Mack­le­more team up for a gig July 25, and the an­nual XPoNen­tial Mu­sic Fes­ti­val has the War on Drugs, Preser­va­tion Hall Jazz Band and Sturgill Simp­son lined up July 28.

Down on South Street at the Theatre of Liv­ing Arts, some of the top gigs in­clude Big Head Todd & The Mon­sters Jan­uary 26, Ma­chine Head Fe­bru­ary 8 and Noth­ing More Fe­bru­ary 9 bring­ing the heav­i­ness and elec­tronic mu­sic stal­warts O. M. D. March 7.

Out in Glen­side, The Keswick Theater is no stranger at look­ing down the road, and in the com­ing months has the likes of Ge­orge Clin­ton and Par­lia­ment Funkadelic there Fe­bru­ary 8, gui­tarist Eric Johnson March 3 and k. d. Lang March 23.


The re­gion has be­come a hot­bed of mu­sic fes­ti­vals in re­cent years, and that trend looks to con­tinue in 2018. We’ve al­ready touched on the XPoNen­tial Mu­sic Fest in late July, but be­fore that will be the Roots Fam­ily Pic­nic, which will be cel­e­brat­ing its 11th year.

The Firefly Mu­sic Fes­ti­val will be taking place June 14 – 17 at the Wood- lands of Dover, Delaware. The pre­sale is al­ready sold out, so keep an ear to the ground for then the gen­eral tick­ets are made avail­able. July 13 at the BB& T Pavil­ion will see the fi­nal Warped Tour roll through town, as or­ga­niz­ers are call­ing it a day af­ter 23 years.

The Made in Amer­ica Fes­ti­val has yet to an­nounce it will be re­turn­ing next year, but go­ing by the sold- out at­ten­dance in the past few years, there’s lit­tle chance it won’t con­tinue to be a sta­ple over La­bor Day Week­end. And look for Rock Al­le­giance to re­turn some­time in the fall, though it’s not clear if it’ll be in Cam­den or back in Ch­ester


The ru­mors are run­ning ram­pant for who might be hitting the road in 2018. Fleet­wood Mac is set to an- nounce a re­u­nion tour of their Ru­mours- era lineup. Ozzy Os­bourne al­ready re­vealed he will be em­bark­ing on a farewell tour be­gin­ning next year, though no North Amer­i­can dates have been set in stone just yet

Pearl Jam is sup­pos­edly plan­ning a sum­mer run. Me­tal­lica hit sta­di­ums ear­lier this year, and are likely go­ing to hit are­nas – pos­si­bly for mul­ti­ple nights in cer­tain cities – in the fall. Kanye West is look­ing to get back to are­nas next year, but he might do fes­ti­vals in­stead.

Two of the most in­ter­est­ing ru­mors cir­cu­lat­ing are Van Halen re­unit­ing with their clas­sic lineup – in­clud­ing bassist Michael An­thony – to cel­e­brate the 40th an­niver­sary of their self- ti­tled de­but al­bum. Even more in­trigu­ing is Led Zep­pelin’s Jimmy Page, who was quoted ear­lier this month as say­ing, “There’s all man­ner of sur­prises,” com­ing to cel­e­brate the band’s 50th an­niver­sary. Re­al­is­ti­cally, a re­u­nion tour is not in the cards, but we can dream.

To con­tact mu­sic colum­nist Michael Christopher, send an email to rock­mu­sic­menu@gmail.com. Also, check out his blog at www.thechron­i­cle­sofmc.com.


Tay­lor Swift will per­form in Philadel­phia in July.

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