Fall 2016 concert season offers big names
Paul Simon, Elton John, Red Hot Chili Peppers among highlights
The fall concert season is shaping up, with everything from current pop sensations to rock idols. Once the summer festival ends, it is time for indoor shows again, and September kicks off with Red Hot Chili Peppers, who were last in town in 2012.
Finally coming after the previous tour was canceled due to illness, Nickelback will also play in September. Their most recent album is No Fixed Address. The Canadian band, despite being named the second-worst band of the 1990s by Rolling Stone magazine, has sold 50 million albums worldwide and by record sales is the second-most popular foreign act in the US after the Beatles.
September closes out with Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals performing from their new album, Call It What It Is. Guitarist Harper has three Grammy Awards and plays blues, folk, soul, reggae and rock.
October has something for all generations. Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams is touring with Get Up, his first album of new material in seven years. His hits include “Cuts Like a Knife” and “Summer of '69.”
One of the most enduring stars, Paul Simon is coming on his own. A previously scheduled concert with Sting had to be canceled due to illness. Simon's career stretches back to 1957. In the 1980s he was instrumental in bringing South African music to the world stage. His most recent album is Stranger to Stranger.
New Wave / Goth band the Cure features vocalist and guitarist Robert Smith as the only original member. The current tour has “37 years of Cure songs, mixing hits, rarities, favorites, and as yet unreleased tracks in a brand new stage production,” according to a press release.
For the younger crowd, pop star Selena Gomez will perform songs from Revival, her second solo studio album. She rose to fame as a child actress before launching into music with her band the Scene. Her hits include “Good For You” and “Come and Get It.”
November sees two superstars from the 1970s: Rod Stewart and Elton John, who each put on impressive, crowd pleasing shows. Rod Stewart will be performing a retrospective of his career in a tour called From Gasoline Alley to Another Country. Elton John is touring n support of Wonderful Crazy Night, his 32nd studio album. The tour so far includes hits from Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road and other landmarks in his career alongside new material. Sir Elton has announced he will tour less frequently, so if you haven't seen him now is the time.
Justin Bieber is also coming in November with his Purpose World Tour. Tickets sold out quickly for his first Prague appearance.
Alternative rock band Placebo has been around 20 years and has announced a tour called A Place For Us To Dream. “There will be songs in the set that I've sworn never to play again,” frontman Brian Molko said in a press release. “I think it's time that we purposefully acknowledged what a lot of Placebo fans really want to hear.”
December so far is a bit thin, but some big shows should turn up soon. So far, French singer ZAZ as the biggest international act.
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Sept. 4 at 8 p.m. / O2 Arena
Sept 14 and 15 at 8 p.m. / Forum Karlín
2016 European Tour
Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. / O2 Arena
Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals
Call It What It Is Tour
Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. / Forum Karlín
The Get Up Tour
Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. / O2 Arena
Live in Concert
Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. / O2 Arena
Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. / Lucerna, Velký sál
Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. / O2 Arena
Oct. 24 at 8 p.m. / O2 Arena
Twenty One Pilots
Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. / Tipsport Arena
A Place For Us To Dream
Nov .8 at 8 p.m. / Forum Karlín
Electronica World Tour
Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. / O2 Arena
From Gasoline Alley to Another Country
Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. / O2 Arena
Purpose World Tour
Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. / O2 Arena
Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. / Lucerna, Velký sál
Wonderful Crazy Night Tour
Nov. 26 at 8 p.m. / O2 Arena
Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. / Forum Karlín
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