Top 5 Concerts
Lady Gaga: Wells Fargo Center – PA│Philadelphia, PA│September 10th
Lady Gaga is finishing up her first of two U.S. legs for her “Joanne World Tour” this coming week in Philadelphia. The September 10th show is the first of two nights. Then, Gaga heads to Europe for September and October before returning to the U.S.
Billy Joel: Citizens Bank Park│Philadelphia, PA│September 9th
Billy Joel is also performing in Philadelphia this coming week for one show on Saturday. Joel then performs once in Missouri before returning to his Madison Square Garden residency for the end of the month.
Paul McCartney: Prudential Center│Newark, NJ│September 11th
Paul McCartney is touring until early October in the U.S. His September 11th show at the Prudential Center is one of two nights in Newark, NJ. McCartney then plays two shows at Madison Square Garden and two shows in Brooklyn. This shows the immense popularity of the Beatle to play six shows within the same area throughout next week.
U2 & Beck: US Bank Stadium│Minneapolis, MN│September 8th
U2 is touring with Beck as the opener heading into the fall season. This lineup goes throughout September before U2 begins a leg in South America. The band is known to bring along epic openers, such as OneRepublic and The Lumineers who both opened for them this past summer.
Guns N’ Roses & ZZ Top: Alamodome│San Antonio, TX│September 8th
Guns N’ Roses are finishing up their “…Not In This Lifetime Tour” dates with ZZ Top as the special guest in mid-September. September 8th is their last show with ZZ Top, and Alice Cooper will follow up as the opener in late September. Then, Guns N’ Roses continues to tour solo in October and November.
What’s In Tune: New Music
Jack Johnson│All the Light Above It Too
Jack Johnson is finally releasing his new album All the Light Above It Too. Johnson has not released an album since 2013’s From Here to Now to You. His laidback, surfer lifestyle keeps him out of the spotlight when he’s not touring or promoting a new album. However, he’s finally recorded and released his new record, and that means more feel good guitar music for your playlist. Johnson’s lead single “My Mind Is For Sale” began to show listeners his political lean in the new album. Johnson is an eco-friendly advocate, and one of the album’s songs is from his documentary The Smog of the Sea. His love of surfing and the ocean supports his eco-conservation passions, and the hostile political climate in denial of global warming is the fuel for parts of All the Light Above It Too. This is his seventh studio album.
Johnson remarked that the album’s inspiration is from Donald Trump’s commentary, camping, and surfing. His second single “Sunsets For Somebody Else” dropped in early August, and the third single “You Can’t Control It” dropped in late August.
All the Light Above It Too Tracklist:
2. “You Can’t Control It”
3. “Sunsets for Somebody Else”
4. “My Mind Is for Sale”
6. “Big Sur”
7. “Love Song #16”
8. “Is One Moon Enough?”
10. “Fragments (From The Smog of the Sea)
Tori Amos│Native Invader
Tori Amos released her new album Native Invader. She is touring from the fall until early December. Amos is an excellent composer, pianist, and singer-songwriter who rose to fame in the ’80s and ’90s, and her songs are about deep social issues topics and struggles she’s gone through. She was raped when she was twenty-one years old, and this and many more life obstacles have been her musical fuel. Amos’s song “Flicker” is in the credits of the Netflix documentary Audrie & Daisy, a documentary about sexual assault cases and the aftermath in modern day society.
Native Invader is her fifteenth studio album. The lead single “Cloud Riders” dropped in late July. The album’s themes circulate around Amos-eccentric: nature, politics and folklore. Another unique feature about Amos is her inspiration derived from The Muses 9, nine muses from Greek mythology that were daughters of Zeus. Therefore, Amos’ musical inspiration is derived from specific and unique sources. Songs sometimes come other, and this mythical, oddball persona is what makes Amos so niche yet so influential.
Native Invader Tracklist:
1. “Reindeer King”
3. “Broken Arrow”
4. “Cloud Riders”
5. “Up The Creek”
8. “Chocolate Song”
13. “Mary’s Eyes”
14. “Upside Down 2”
What’s In Tune: Television Appearances
Jack Johnson is promoting his new album All the Light Above It Too that drops today. His performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live will be filled with new music.
Toby Keith│The View│September 8th
Toby Keith dropped his new album The Bus Songs today. The name stems from the recording sessions that Keith had on his tour bus, and the album is catered towards adults and not the mainstream, wider audience.
Pete Townshend, The Who’s guitarist, is performing the Classic Quadrophenia in mid-September in New York, Illinois, and California. Townshend’s appearance on The Tonight Show will promote these upcoming tour dates.
Shawn Mendes and Maren Morris│The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon│September 13th
Shawn Mendes toured with Charlie Puth for his “Illuminate Tour” this summer. Maren Morris toured on several country tours including Sam Hunt’s “15 in a 30 Tour.” She is touring solo after Hunt’s tour in over throughout October. Both are rising stars who have charted this past year and continue to be artist to watch for.
Father John Misty│Late Night with Seth Meyers│September 12th
Father John Misty released his 2017 album Pure Comedy earlier this year. He is now touring in support of the album from September through October.
Fifth Harmony dropped their first album with four members, the self-titled album, a few weeks ago. After their VMAs and GMA performances, Fifth Harmony demonstrated that they’re more than capable of putting on a great show.
Ryan Adams dropped his album Prisoner earlier this year. He will tour for a few fall dates in support of the album, and his time on The Ellen Show will promote his upcoming tour.
Portugal. The Man│The Ellen DeGeneres Show│September 11th
Portugal. The Man is performing on The Ellen Show after dropping their new album Woodstock earlier this summer. Their tour kicks off in October and heads through the month.
Fifth Harmony is making the talk show rounds after dropping their self-titled album a few weeks prior. Their appearance on James Corden should be very entertaining, as the group has consistently wowed during performances the past few weeks.