New Jersey concerts: Summer 2016’s can’t-miss music
Summer is around the corner and the concert schedule around the Garden State is jam-packed. Seriously, my bank account is screaming in agony.
That won't stop me from attending at least a handful of these summer concerts. I've done some research on what shows you should be on the lookout for in the next few months.
Below are the five most-talked-about summer concerts at each of New Jersey's four busiest music venues. Topping each list is my pick for that venue's can't miss concert of the summer.
Metlife Stadium — East Rutherford, NJ
The can't-miss concert: Guns N' Roses — Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24
This is at the top of my Metlife priority list this summer. Their full concert schedule is one amazing act after another, but millions have been waiting for the day when Slash and Axl Rose would suck it up and reunite for a real Guns N' Roses tour, and now it's finally happening.
The video clip above is actually from the very first night they shared a stage together in 23 years. I don't have an ounce of musical talent, but I guarantee you I can hum every note of Slash's three guitar solos in "November Rain" better than you.
Paul McCartney — Saturday, Aug. 7
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band — Tuesday, Aug. 23 and Thursday, Aug. 25
Kenny Chesney — Saturday, Aug. 20
Coldplay — Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17
For ticket information and Metlife Stadium's full concert calendar, click here.
PNC Bank Arts Center — Holmdel, NJ
The can't-miss concert: Blink-182 — Sunday, Aug. 14
One of my favorite bands growing up is back with new music and a new vocalist. Matt Skiba from Alkaline Trio has replaced UFO enthusiast Tom DeLonge and the members of Blink 182 are taking a bunch of their friends on the road with them. By friends I mean THREE MORE AWESOME POP PUNK BANDS that I and many others listened to nonstop in high school. The full lineup for this Blink-182 tour includes A Day To Remember, All Time Low and The All American Rejects.
Def Leppard — Wednesday, July 13
Dave Matthews Band — Monday, June 6
Toby Keith — Saturday, June 18
ZZ Top & Gregg Allman - Thursday, Sep. 1
For ticket information and PNC Bank Arts Center's full concert calendar, click here.
The Stone Pony Summerstage — Asbury Park, NJ
The can't-miss concert: Blues Traveler and The Wallflowers — Friday, Aug. 26
Princeton's own Blues Traveler will grace the Stone Pony Summer Stage in August along with The Wallflowers, led by Bob Dylan's son, Jakob. I can't think of a better way to spend this likely humid Friday evening. Blues Traveler and The Wallflowers both put on great sets and they play their hearts out each and every time out there. Sure, I may only know four songs total between the two acts, but I don't need to know every word to every song to have a good time.
Summerland Tour (Sugar Ray, Everclear, Sponge, Lit) — Saturday, July 23
Jane's Addiction — Saturday, July 16
Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes — Saturday, July 2
Flogging Molly, Frank Turner, The Sleeping Souls — Saturday, Aug. 20
For ticket information and The Stone Pony's full concert calendar, click here.
BB&T Pavilion — Camden, NJ
The can't-miss concert: Dead & Company — Monday, June 20
Ever since this band was assembled last year, this has been a bucket-list concert of mine. Dead & Company consists of former Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, as well as the one and only John Mayer. This project was initially supposed to be a one time only event at Madison Square Garden last Halloween, but due to high demand and great reviews, a tour soon followed. They're hitting the road again this summer and Camden is one of their first stops!
I Love The '90s Tour (Salt-N-Pepa, Vanilla Ice, Kid 'N Play, Coolio, Color Me Badd, Young MC, All-4-One) — Saturday, Aug. 6
Jimmy Buffett — Saturday, Aug. 27
Heart with Joan Jett and Cheap Trick — Sunday, July 31
Hall & Oates — Sunday, July 10
For ticket information and BB&T Pavilion's full concert calendar, click here.