The on-going trend of anniversary tours hasn’t run it’s course yet, and thankfully for all of us music fans, several bands are finding reasons to head back out on tour, whether it’s to promote a new album or to ride the wave of nostalgia.
The pattern is becoming pretty clear: a band or artist shows up on social media, seemingly out of nowhere, and starts dropping hints of a reunion, comeback, or anniversary tour before going silent again. What follows are extended hours of speculation and mystery until poof — they announce the tour of your dreams.
So, if you’re still wondering (or you can’t keep track), we’ve put together a gentle reminder of all the bands you’re going to need a ticket to see this year.
In honour of the 25th anniversary of Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morissette announced a world tour, and there was nothing ironic about it. Every angsty ‘90s child who scored a ticket to the sold-out show at Budweiser Stage on July 11th will also be in the presence tour openers Liz Phair and Garbage, respectively — making it a girl-powered night to remember. And if you were hoping for more Canadian dates during this tour — fear not! There are still some rumours brewing that additional dates could be added. Afterall, Alanis can’t skip her hometown of Ottawa, can she?
Like most of the comeback artists on this list, Bright Eyes began teasing their upcoming tour on social media. It’s been nearly a decade since fans have seen the band back together, so it’s safe to say that emo hearts were bleeding all over the place when Bright Eyes confirmed they were working on new material after signing a deal with indie label Dead Oceans. So far, there are only a handful of reunion dates, most of which take place in the U.S. But there’s still time to add more potentially.
Like most hair bands of the ‘80s and ‘90s, Mötley Crüe at one point vowed they would never tour together again — but with a twist. On January 28, 2014, the members of your favourite glam rock band signed the “cessation of touring” agreement after their final show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and then promptly disbanded. This legally binding contract meant that none of the members could tour again under the title of Mötley Crüe. After the successful release of the Netflix’s biopic The Dirt, the band decided to destroy the contract by setting it on fire, and are now set to headline a new string of shows currently scheduled for the U.S. only. They will be joined by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Def Leppard, and Poison.
Hella Mega Tour – Green Day, Fall Out Boy, Weezer
Fans of rock bands Green Day, Weezer and Fall Out Boy lost their collective minds when they heard the news that all three would be on the road together for the Hella Mega tour. Each band has been working on new material and touring in their respective lanes, but joining forces is the rock gift we never knew needed. The Hella Mega tour will begin its reign in June, when all three bands hit Paris, Europe, the U.K., and eventually North America. Their Toronto stop takes place at the Rogers Centre on August 24th.
Rage Against the Machine
The hiatus that lasted nine years is officially no more. The buzz all began when Rage Against the Machine announced a 2020 festival run, which includes Coachella, Boston Calling, and Firefly. As it seems to go, fans and the media speculated that a reunion tour was imminent and man, did they deliver. The world tour consists of 40 shows across North America, the U.K., and Europe, and that includes several Canadian dates, with the band passing through Toronto on July 23rd to perform at Scotia Bank Arena. Rage also stipulated that proceeds from the first three shows on their tour will go directly to immigrant rights organizations.
My Chemical Romance
When My Chemical Romance announced their first reunion show in October 2019, every emo kid that shouted the words to “Welcome to the Black Parade” promptly grabbed their studded belt and grew their bangs out in preparation. What followed was perhaps the longest stretch of anticipation ever known to fans, which came to a grinding halt in January when the band confirmed they would be committing to a full reunion tour. The band brings their particular blend of emo punk rock to Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on September 14th. And it should go without saying that we’re not okay, we promise.
After announcing their first studio album in seven years, Pearl Jam doubled down by dropping a 16-date tour schedule. Fans of the long-time rock band will have the chance to hear new tracks from Gigaton, plus old faves. Speculation began when the band began dropping little Easter eggs on their social media page, turning the event into a digital scavenger hunt. Before long, the tour was announced, and it includes a handful of Canadian cities, with Toronto kicking off the tour at Scotiabank Arena on March 18th.
The Black Crowes
In celebration of the 30th anniversary of their album Shake Your Money Maker, The Black Crowes will head out on a 46-date trek and only one of the dates includes Canada. The band announced their break up nearly half a decade ago when brothers Chris and Rich couldn’t come to an agreement on who owns the band. Luckily for rock and blues fans, the brothers have clearly worked on things and will be hitting Budweiser Stage on July 28th.
The last time we saw Matchbox 20 on tour was back in 2017 when they celebrated the 20th anniversary of their debut album Yourself or Someone Like You. This year, the band will head out on the Matchbox Twenty 2020 Tour (yes — you read that correctly). Joining them for this round is another blast from the ‘90s, The Wallflowers. So if you’re tired of singing Matchbox 20 songs in some rundown karaoke bar, now you can sing them from the top of your lungs at Budweiser Stage in Toronto on August 30th.
A true ‘90s line up will take shape during the Barenaked Ladies’ sixth run of their summer tour series Last Summer on Earth Tour; a tongue in cheek play on the Mayan calendar. This year, the band will be joined on stage by the Gin Blossoms and Toad the Wet Sprocket, both of which are offering Meet and Greet ticket options during the tour. The shows kick off in the U.S. and will appropriately end in the Barenaked Ladies hometown at Budweiser Stage on July 23rd.
The original riot grrrl’s, Bikini Kill, will hit the stage on a 17-show tour that kicks off in the Spring. The band, who is known for fiery feminist lyrics and a low tolerance for BS, disbanded in 1997 when the media attention became too much as they began to misrepresent what Bikini Kill was actually about. With the rise of feminine movements and a call for action that refuses to be silenced, 2019 seemed like no better time for the band to reunite. Their two back-to-back shows at the Danforth Music Hall on May 19th and 20th are currently sold out.