The folks at Live Nation must have had their Wheaties this morning, because they are on a serious tour announcement rampage, and it looks like your pocketbooks are going to be stretched a little thin this year.
Foreigner and Cheap Trick are coming to Sleep Train Amphitheatre on Aug. 29, A Perfect Circle will be at Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre on April 11 and Green Day come back to San Diego on Sept. 13 after only a five month absence. Unfortunately, it looks like we’ll be having to do the Los Angeles commute to see U2 for their newly announced The Joshua Tree Tour. Sigh ...
It’s hard to believe, but 2017 will mark 40 years of Foreigner’s existence as a band. In celebration, they will be releasing the 40th anniversary album, “40 Hits From 40 Years,” which will include iconic hits like “I Want to Know What Love Is,” “Cold as Ice” and “Hot Blooded,” in addition to two new songs! Meanwhile, Cheap Trick will be celebrating 40 years since the release of their self-titled debut, and Jason Bonham will be bringing Led Zeppelin (for which his dad was, of course, the drummer) back with Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience.
“I was thrilled to hear Mick Jones wanted me to be involved in celebrating 40 years of Foreigner. I spent three years as their drummer and had a great time," said Bonham.
Coming up a little sooner than Aug. 29 is A Perfect Circle’s surprise April 11 appearance at SDSU’s Open Air Theatre. The progressive supergroup helmed by Tool’s Maynard James Keenan has stayed relatively quiet since the early 2000s, but it looks like they’ll be going back into the studio to record another album -- the first since 2004’s eMOTIVe. What’s the icing on the cake? San Diego’s own Prayers will open up the show.
And while it seems like only yesterday that we announced Green Day’s return to San Diego as part of their Revolution Radio Tour, turns out they just can’t stay away from America’s Finest City. In addition to their April 8 show at Valley View Casino Center, Green Day have added a Sept. 13 date at Sleep Train Amphitheatre with Catfish & the Bottlemen.
Green Day’s latest album, “Revolution Radio,” is doing wonders for them, with “USA Today” calling it a “bracing return to form.” So, the added tour dates are really no surprise.
What is a surprise? U2’s San Diego snub. The band will revisit their critically acclaimed album, “The Joshua Tree,” on The Joshua Tree Tour, but they will not revisit us. Instead, they will be going straight from Los Angeles on May 20 to Houston, Texas, on May 24. It’s a shame, because a lot of San Diegans would have been happy to also see the Lumineers, Mumford & Sons or Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds open up the show. But, alas, it’s not to be.
“If our audience is as excited as we are, it's gonna be a great night," said Bono. Rub it in, whydontcha?
Buy tickets for all of the San Diego shows on the Live Nation website this Friday, Jan. 13, at 10 a.m. And if you’re thinking about making the commute to Los Angeles for U2 and the Lumineers, snap those tickets up quick on Tuesday, Jan. 17 -- also at Live Nation.
Rutger Rosenborg was almost a Stanford neuroscientist before he formed Ed Ghost Tucker. He now plays in the Lulls and makes music on his own when he's not writing. Follow his updates on Facebook or contact him directly.