by Albert Rodriguez -
SGN A&E Writer
As we settle into the New Year, something to really look forward to in the months ahead is a wave of live shows by some of the world's top performers. If Santa put cash in your stocking, or your boss came through with a holiday bonus, treat yourself to a good concert in 2016. Here are eight to have on your radar.
The 'highway to hell' begins here. Rock veterans AC/DC will kick off its massive world tour at the Tacoma Dome next month, playing what is expected to be a set list of fan favorites, which could include 'Back to Black,' 'Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap,' 'Hells Bells,' 'For Those About to Rock,' and 'You Shook Me All Night Long.' The band's latest release was 2014's Rock or Bust that reached #1 in several countries, including its own, Australia. For ticket information, go to ticketmaster.com.
The Showbox SoDo
This show is so highly anticipated, it sold out more than three months in advance. Galantis, who earned their first Grammy nomination for the single 'Runaway (U & I),' enjoyed an amazing year in 2015; they pretty much expanded their fan base from across Europe to around the world. The Scandinavian duo's debut album, last summer's Pharmacy, has produced 5 singles and peaked at #45 in the U.S., a worthy accomplishment for a breakout EDM act. Aside from 'Runaway,' you'll probably also hear 'Peanut Butter Jelly' and 'Firebird' at The Showbox SoDo. No more tickets are available at this time, but log onto showboxpresents.com closer to the performance date for any last minute-released tickets.
Who's got the biggest you-know-what? And by you-know-what, I mean the biggest concert happening in the coming months here in Seattle? This guy! The Biebs is not only embarking on a major world tour in 2016, he's actually launching it right here. Come March 9, the pop superstar will perform his top hits, from 'Baby' to 'Boyfriend' to 'Sorry,' at Key Arena in front of a sea of Beliebers (straight girls and Gay men). Whatever he sings, whatever he does, and whatever color of Calvins he wears underneath those saggin' jeans, we'll be the first to find out. For ticket information, go to aeglive.com.
She announced that she'd be back this year with a new album, and the girl was right. Ellie Goulding told a reasonably sized crowd gathered at Memorial Stadium, when she headlined the final night of Bumbershoot last fall, that she'd return to Seattle, and she kept her word with a show happening just up the pathway at Key Arena in early April. I assume she'll include 'Lights,' 'Love Me Like You Do,' 'Outside,' and 'Power,' her collaboration with Major Lazer and Tarrus Riley, in her show. For ticket information, go to aeglive.com.
2015 was a relatively quiet year for Rihanna, unless you count those two forgettable singles, 'Bitch Better Have My Money' and 'FourFive Seconds' (with Kanye West and Paul McCartney). But she's still Rihanna. And we love her for the other music, like 'Rude Boy,' 'Umbrella,' 'Disturbia,' 'Don't Stop the Music,' 'Only Girl in the World,' and 'We Found Love,' to name a few. Anti is the Barbados-born singer's newest full-length record that is expected to arrive in record stores in 2016, presumably before she begins her tour in late February, at San Diego's Viejas Arena. She skips to Seattle in April. For ticket information, go to livenation.com.
She's a huge supporter of the LGBT community, attending LA Pride a few years ago and then banned from performing in Russia in 2013 when she criticized their government's strict anti-Gay laws. That's one reason to love her. Another reason is that she could probably tell you whether Justin Bieber's drapes match his carpet (I'm guessing they don't). But an even better reason is her music; you just can't get the actress-singer's songs out of your head, from 'Love You Like a Love Song' to 'Come & Get It' to 'Me & the Rhythm.' That said, Gomez will appear in Seattle this spring. For ticket information, go to aeglive.com.
White River Amphitheatre
Reunited, and it feels so good. The Dixie Chicks are returning to the spotlight, after a long break that allowed them to raise families, launch solo careers and side projects, and just take time off. The successful country trio - Natalie Maines, Emily Robinson, Martie Maguire - released four top-selling albums between 1998 and 2006, but suffered backlash for political comments made during a concert in London. That behind them now, the Chicks should be able to pack White River Amphitheatre when they head back to these parts for a show in mid-July. For ticket information, go to livenation.com.
The last time Adele said 'Hello' to Seattle was August 2011, when she performed to a sold out audience at the Paramount Theatre. Five years later, she's coming back and staying overnight. Yep, the Grammy and Oscar-winning singer is appearing back-to-back nights at Key Arena, giving thousands of fans the opportunity to hear her belt out 'Rolling in the Deep,' 'Rumour Has It,' 'Skyfall,' 'Chasing Pavements,' and 'Someone Like You.' A recent search for available tickets was unsuccessful, so it's very possible both shows are sold out, but log onto aeglive.com closer to the concert dates for any possible tickets.
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