It's only a few days into 2017, but the rock concert year is taking shape quite nicely.
The release in the past few weeks of the lineups for spring and summer festivals like Hangout Music Fest in Gulf Shores, Alabama; Coachella, in southern California, and BottleRock in Napa Valley tell us a few things about what to expect in the coming year. (The Bonnaroo lineup will be announced Wednesday.)
Mumford & Sons will be back on the road.
So, too, will Foo Fighters – but apparently for only one show in Napa Valley. Word is the band will be spending most of its 2017 working on its next album.
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers will be touring, perhaps in their last nationwide trek. TP will be playing "locally" at Wrigley Field (June 29) in Chicago, Summerfest (July 5-6) in Milwaukee. The Wrigley show has sold out, and the last time I checked the Summerfest tickets were going fast.
News came Monday of two Chicago stadium shows you should put on your rock music radar.
U2 on Monday announced its 2017 tour commemorating the 30th anniversary of one of the greatest rock albums of all time, "The Joshua Tree." On the tour, U2 will play the complete album – making the show a must for fans – along with other songs. Among the tour dates is a June 3 show at Soldier Field in Chicago, with The Lumineers opening. Tickets go on sale Jan. 17.
And though Monday's announcement of Green Day's summer tour of the U.S. didn't include a stop in Chicago, the band already has teased a Wrigley Field show with Catfish and The Bottlemen opening. Green Day put on a great show in the fall at the Aragon in Chicago. Catfish and The Bottlemen are great live in smaller venues, and it'll be fun to see how that translates into a stadium setting. Word should be coming soon on that show. Stay tuned.
UPDATE: On Tuesday, the Chicago Cubs confirmed with an announcement that Green Day and Catfish and The Bottlemen would be playing at Wrigley Field this summer. No date or further information was provided. Continue to stay tuned.