Summer concert calendars are filling up quickly.

Summer concert calendars are filling up quickly. (iStock)

With March now here and the dog days of winter behind us in the States (or, at least we hope), the summer concert season is taking shape nicely. Don’t believe me? Check out your favorite amphitheater’s website and you’ll see a lot of those calendars filling up. That said, there were a handful of touring announcements over the past week that should be enough to add even more excitement to the coming months of live music. We’ll get to them in a minute. First, our monthly check in with Pollstar’s Live 75 chart, which ranks worldwide active tours by average tickets sold for shows performed over the past 30 days.

This month, you’ll never believe it: Coldplay, ye who somehow continue to tour stadiums around the world but hasn’t had a memorable hit in what feels like eons, takes the top spot – and by a landslide, clocking in at about an average of 52,000 tickets sold over the past four weeks and two days. For those interested in catching the Sad British Boys, they kick off a European run at the beginning of June and that trek will feature stops in everywhere from Bucharest to Rome to Dusseldorf. Coming in a distant second on the chart for the week of Feb. 26 was Luis Miguel, who averaged right around 20,000 tickets sold. Perhaps the most surprising tidbit from this past month? The Eagles finished at No. 9 with a mere average of 12,500 tickets sold.

No wonder Henley and his boys are getting all huffy and puffy about some lyrics written on a piece of paper 50 years ago.

Anyway, moving on to tour announcements, a fairly hefty lineup was announced last week for Willie Nelson’s annual Outlaw Music Festival. Not only will Nelson himself be performing, but he’ll be bringing along fellow legend Bob Dylan for all of the dates. Splitting time as the third act will be John Mellancamp, who hops on the show at the end of July in California, and the duo of Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, whose final stop on the tour will be July 7 in Hershey, Pa. Southern Avenue and Brittney Spencer will do the heavy lifting when it comes to the opening slots throughout the summer.

Oddly left off the lineup was London rapper 21 Savage, who announced the itinerary for his American Dream Tour, which is set to make 30 stops throughout North America in May and June. Kicking things off on May 1 in Vancouver, British Columbia, the run will include a smattering of festival dates, including a stop at New York’s Governor’s Ball on June 8.

And then there are a couple announcements for us sad saps. The National will hit the road with The War On Drugs in the fall. The September/October outing will primarily go down in outdoor venues across North America before wrapping in Los Angeles on Oct. 7. Also slated for a fall run is low-key legend (to some, at least) PJ Harvey. She’ll kick things off on Sept. 11 in Washington, D.C., and finish things up exactly one week after The National/TWOD tour in exactly the same city in which that duo is finishing up: Oct. 14 in Los Angeles.

While there is no word yet on if she will make it over to her native England to continue the tour as 2024 winds down, fans of hers are forever encouraged to put on that dress and go out dancing nonetheless (Can you believe that song is more than 30 years old?!).

OK. That’s enough. Happy concert-ing!

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