Joe Walsh and David Crosby at 50th Commemorate — May 2
Inspired by the tragic shooting at Kent State University on May 4, 1970, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young’s “Ohio” became the rallying of the '70s protest movement. While the song’s writer Neil Young won’t be in attendance, singer David Crosby is headlining the 50th Commemoration Concert at Kent State’s Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center, along with Joe Walsh, who attended the school. Crosby has visited and performed at Kent multiple times since the incident, including in 1997 when Crosby, Stills and Nash performed an acoustic rendition of the song. “Artists like Joe Walsh and David Crosby provided the soundtrack for both those that went to fight in the Vietnam War and for those who were against it,” says Rod Flauhaus, project manager for the May 4 50th Commemoration, in a press release. “Their music was the common thread that helped to raise national awareness, inspire activism and helped us to heal as a nation.” The event raises money for an endowment scholarship fund. Not much ticket information has been released yet, but they go on sale at 10 a.m. on March 6.
Foo Fighters Van Tour — May 18
The Dave Grohl-led band turns 25 years old this year, and to celebrate, it’s going back to its roots to celebrate the days of touring in rusty, old van. The tour, which kicks off April 12 and hits Cleveland’s Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, also promotes Dave Grohl’s new documentary What Drives Us, which explores van touring life and what drives musicians to leave friends, family and jobs to follow their dreams. Tickets start at $62 and go on sale Feb. 21.
Primus — June 27
The experimental alternative rock band’s cross-country summer tour pays homage to prog-rock legends Rush, whose drummer Neil Peart died in January. The funk metal band will perform Rush’s classic 1977 album A Farewell To Kings as well as its own music at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica. Tickets went on sale at 10 a.m. today at Live Nation.
Alanis Morissette — July 23
You, you, “You Oughta Know” that the '90s hitmaker behind classic 1995 album Jagged Little Pill. Morissette is joined by Liz Phair and Wisconsin rockers Garbage at the Blossom Music Center. Tickets start at $55 and can be purchased at Live Nation.
Dead & Co. — July 27
Blossom Music Center is ready to turn into "Shakedown Street" once again, as Grateful Dead loyalists the Deadheads roll into town. Led by John Mayer and Bob Weir, the Dead-adjacent band hits the Cuyahoga Falls outdoor music venue for the first time since 2018. If you ask a Deadhead, at least one that’s not in the anti-Mayer faction, the jams have reallllyyy been far out lately. Plenty of tickets, starting at $51, are still available through Live Nation.
Backstreet Boys — July 28
Backstreet’s back, and their hitting Blossom Music Center in July. The band is setting off for its DNA World Tour, the American leg of which kicks off in New York on July 10 after a South American run. The boy band last visited Cleveland in 2013, when it played shows at both House of Blues and Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica. Tickets are on-sale now at Live Nation starting at $45.
Rage Against The Machine — July 29
After an eight-year hiatus, the radical band is bringing its politically charged tunes on a 48-city tour. The band is donating 100% of the profit from the Public Service Announcement tour, which stops at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in July, to charity and community organizations in each respective city. A very limited number of tickets remain for the show, and the band is urging fans not to buy aftermarket tickets, as scalpers have already scammed fans in various cities.
Janet Jackson — July 29
One of the best-selling pop stars of all-time is hitting the road to promote a new album, Black Diamond. The show will also feature a special performance of her hit, “Rhythm Nation,” which debuted in 1989. Jackson was inducted into the Rock 'n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2019. Tickets start at $62.
The Weeknd — Aug. 28
Dark themes lie beneath this Canadian singer’s pop and R&B hooks, but his 57-date After Hours tour, named after his '80s-inspired hit single, is a fun, can’t-miss arena spectacle worthy of his '80s-inspired B-side banger “Blinding Lights.” Tickets to the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse show go on sale Feb. 28 at 10 a.m. at rocketmortgagefieldhouse.com and livenation.com.
Korn and Faith No More — Sept. 13
Blast off to the mid-’90s as nu-metal band Korn turns Blossom Music Center into Woodstock '99. Faith No More co-headlines the show. Korn last visited Cleveland with Alice in Chains in 2019. Snag tickets, which went on sale today, at Live Nation.