10 Hottest Tours for Summer ‘19
Memorial Day is behind us and the summer concert season is just beginning to heat up. As you might imagine, long-established heavy hitters like The Rolling Stones — on the road for the better part of 50 years — are among the biggest tour draws, their expansive rock catalog resonating with fans both young and old.
But there’s a youth movement afoot, too. Newcomers like JoJo Siwa (16), Billie Eilish (17) and Shawn Mendes (20) have cracked the Top 10, disruptors intent on shaking up the music scene.
“Seeing veteran acts like The Rolling Stones, Queen and Paul McCartney top the list is something we’ve come to expect,” said StubHub’s Jeff Poirier. “Coming off of BTS’s reign at the beginning of the year, it’s refreshing to continue to see young faces and emerging genres drive significant demand as represented by Billie Eilish and JoJo Siwa’s presence on the list.”
Here’s StubHub’s Top 10 tickets based on sales for US tour dates from Memorial Day to Labor Day:
The Rolling Stones: The British Invasion lives on. Mick and the boys stand tall atop our list, the 17-stop No Filter Tour among the summer’s most anticipated big-stage jaunts. The septuagenarians continue to bring new life to standards like “Satisfaction,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Sympathy for the Devil” and “Start Me Up.”
Queen with Adam Lambert: Fresh off the success of the Academy Award-winning film Bohemian Rhapsody, Brian May, Roger Taylor, John Deacon and Freddie Mercury stand-in Adam Lambert are enjoying a well-deserved renaissance. This summer, Queen will bring its classic rock catalog to audiences across North America, including capacity-crowd stops at New York’s Madison Square Garden and The Forum in LA.
Paul McCartney: The former Beatle bassist and half of one of the most prolific and successful songwriting duos of all time, Lennon-McCartney, is still wowing audiences at the age of 76. Supporting his 2018 release Egypt Station, the Liverpudlian will play everywhere from Vegas to Vancouver on the Freshen Up Tour.
Ariana Grande: Fresh off the 2019 Billboard Music Awards, where she received the Top Female Artist honor, Ms. Grande will skip through the summer on the Sweetener World Tour, highlighting material from her fifth studio album. The pop idol, 25, recently became the youngest artist ever to headline Coachella.
Shawn Mendes: If you caught Mendes’ recent SNL appearance, you know just how gifted the Canadian crooner is. To think he first gained exposure on Vine. Now Shawn Mendes: The Tour will see this fast-rising star play 49 North American dates — LA’s Staples Center, Oakland’s Oracle Arena, Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, etc. — performing such hits as “Treat You Better,” “Mercy,” “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” and “In My Blood.”
Billie Eilish: Like Lorde before her, this emo-leaning electropop sensation is performing beyond her years. Her dark-and-delightful shows at Coachella left audiences begging for more. They’ll get their chance this summer, as the LA-born teen takes her act on the road. The When We All Fall Asleep World Tour packages a slew of North American dates from coast to coast.
JoJo Siwa: Just 16, YouTube wunderkind JoJo Siwa may just be is the hardest working act in our Top 10. Her first major concert tour — D.R.E.A.M. The Tour — encompasses 52 cities across the US and Canada. With her platinum-selling debut single “Boomerang,” and songs like “Kid in a Candy Store,” “I Can Make U Dance,” “Hold the Drama” and “Every Girl’s a Super Girl,” Siwa has built a strong global fanbase.
Twenty One Pilots: The only contemporary rock act to make our list, the Ohioans are sure having their moment. Trench, Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun’s first studio release in three years, has been snapped up more than a million times worldwide. Hits like “Jumpsuit” and “Nico and the Niners” can be heard on The Bandito Tour.
Hootie and the Blowfish: It’s been a quarter century since these frat rockers — led by Darius Rucker — first captured our attention with Cracked Rear View — one of the fastest-selling debuts of all time. “Only Wanna Be with You” and “Hold My Hand” were a veritable soundtrack for the ‘90s. Now the band is back together on the full-scale Group Therapy Tour, ending a decade-long hiatus.
Florida Georgia Line: The country combo of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley, Florida Georgia Line is the band behind “Cruise” — the first country song ever to receive the RIAA’s Diamond certification. FGL’s fourth studio album, Can't Say I Ain't Country, was issued in February, igniting a sweeping tour of major markets like Boston, Philadelphia and Atlanta.
Overall, BTS has been StubHub’s top-selling act of the year, but the K-Pop sensations wrap their US tour before our summer dates start, so they don’t qualify for our Top 10. But K-Pop fans needn’t fear. There are other acts hitting the road this summer. The genre’s most renowned girl group, Twice, will make its American debut in three cities. GOT7 and Monsta X have nine big shows between them before Labor Day. Plus, the KCON lineup includes a dozen acts, with two shows in New York and four in LA.