WRITTEN BY MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER
For 21st Century Media
We’re only a couple of weeks into the New Year, but 2015 is already shaping up to be one of the best in recent memory. From pop tarts to grizzled rockers to emerging upstarts, there’s something for everyone coming down the road.
Riding high on her latest, chart dominating album 1989, Reading native Taylor Swift is set to kick off a world tour next month in London at the famed O2 Arena, but that’s small potatoes compared to the stadium tour she has planned when it swings back to the States in the spring, including two dates at Lincoln Financial Field, June 12 and 13.
Playing the Linc is quite the feat which takes a massive degree of popularity to pull off, and so far only two other acts are scheduled; country favorite Kenny Chesney July 11 and One Direction Sept. 1.
Ariana Grande spent much of 2014 making waves in the pop world, and she’s immersing herself in the big leagues this year with her first headlining world tour, one which comes to the Wells Fargo Center March 12. Australian rapper Iggy Azalea comes the WFC May 10, with Jonas Brother Nick along for the ride as the opening act.
Besides grease-painted rockers Kiss, UK legends The Who probably hold the record for announcing the most “farewell” tours. But this time, it’s likely the end of the yearlong jaunts that the road dogs have become known for undertaking — it is their 50th anniversary after all. Singer Roger Daltrey said as much at a press conference last summer by revealing, “This will be the last old-fashioned, big tour.” It’s going to be a lengthy one as well; two dates at the Wells Fargo Center will have six months between them, checking in May 17 and Nov. 4.
The Foo Fighters are kicking off their U.S. run of dates in support of their latest album, “Sonic Highways,” with a 4th of July blowout at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. featuring among others rapper LL Cool J, Heart and Joan Jett. It’ll be a scaled down affair two nights later at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden but one still worth checking out.
The biggest name who’ve announced a road trip for the year, but at press time haven’t confirmed anything regional, is U2. The Irish quartet will be pulling off an impressive six nights at Madison Square Garden in July, as well as multiple night stands in other major markets across the country. It’s only a matter of time before spates of gigs at the Wells Fargo Center go on sale.
Destination music festivals have become the norm in the area highlighted by the relatively young Firefly Music Festival taking place in Dover, Del. June 18-21 and the two-day bi-coastal Made in America Festival in downtown Philadelphia over Labor Day weekend featuring musicians from multiple genres. Then there’s the long running Musikfest in Bethlehem, that will run from Aug. 7-16. Artists for all three festivals will be announced in the coming weeks.
And as always, the rumor mill is churning with exciting possibilities. The Rolling Stones, who performed just over a dozen dates in the States in 2013, spent all of 2014 traversing the globe with shows in Europe, Australia and Asia. Both Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have hinted in various interviews that a return trip to these shores could be in the cards next.
Having spent two decades on the outs, mainly because of friction between brothers Ray and Dave Davies, The Kinks have been threatening a reunion tour for years. Word is it was thisclose to happening last summer, which gives hope that this year it will finally come to pass.