Summertime and the living is easy. Except for most of us are still working, scrambling for cash, lathering on sunscreen, and trying to make the most of summer. With another season of festivals and must-see concerts, the FOMO is running high. Here’s why you need to get another job, mow the neighbour’s lawn, or do whatever you can to buy the ticket and see the show.
There are some of the best musical investments for the months ahead.
Guns N’ Roses
They said that it would never happen. After years of public acrimony and bitter words, Slash and bassist Duff McKagan have reunited with Axl Rose. For the first time since 1993, they’re packing stadiums for two months with various support including Alice In Chains and Lenny Kravitz. Catch them at the Rogers Centre July 16.
Prophets of Rage
Rage Against the Machine fronted by Chuck D and B-Real of Cypress Hill were formed to Make American Rage Again on their 35-date tour. Molson Amp will open the gates in late-August for these boys to turn up the ruckus.
The Tragically Hip
The Gordfather and his band of brothers will be touring cross-Canada for their annual trek with several stops in Toronto before parking in their hometown of Kingston on August 20. If you haven’t had the opportunity to fully completely witness the transformative melodies, spend your life savings on Stubhub or pray to the music gods for that free Downsview show.
Bad Boy Family Reunion
Bad Boys for life! Sean “Puff Daddy, P Diddy, Diddy” Combs has brought together the indestructible force that is Lil Kim, Faith Evans, Mase, 112, Total, Carl Thomas, The Lox and French Montana. Yes. This is really happening — at the ACC on September 6th.
Pop punk boys Blink 182 are bringing their teen angst, nostalgia-inducing live show to audiences across North America this summer. Hardcore fans have been divided about how the band will hold up with Matt Skiba taking on co-singing duties since Tom DeLonge’s departure last year. But, if we can draw any conclusions from their recently released album California, expect to see the band relive their 2000s glory days August 21st at the Molson Amp with their patented joke-cracking, loud and peppy rock show.
It’s been 25-years since the Queen of Country has toured Canada. She’ll be slinging her six string and hitting up every little town, including Toronto’s Molson Amphitheatre in September. Don’t take this opportunity for granted!
In their first North American tour in four years, it’s a fairly limited run with merely festival dates and two-night stands in New York and Los Angeles. Although this doesn’t fall within GTA-perimeters, might we make the suggestion to travel eastbound toward Montreal for Osheaga or even their Madison Square Garden residency. If the romanticism of the conquest isn’t enough to entice you – “Creep” has resurrected on their current set list.
Drake & Future
What a time to be alive. OVO Fest brings its seventh year of celebrations in Toronto on the weekend of July 29 with Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa. Drake and Future launch their Summer Sixteen showcase for back-to-back nights with many special guests expected on the Sunday and Monday. Recently, Drizzy revealed that the Saturday will be a Caribana celebration that will feature Machel Montano, Beenieman, and as expected – more special guests. Unofficial after party at Real Jerk.
Back in 2011 James Murphy’s LCD Soundsystem held a farewell Long Goodbye tour, concluding at a massive sold out show in Madison Square Gardens. No one thought they’d ever be able to dance themselves clean until rumours began to circulate late last year. Having already warmed up at some of North America’s largest festivals, LCD Soundsystem returns to Canada for a headlining performance Friday night at WayHome Music & Arts Festival.