February 23, 2013
Story by Jason Kane
Some rock bands burst onto the scene and then fade away. Others endure and maintain fan followings for decades. Lovers of classic rock music are in luck this year. Many great bands are embarking on exciting new tours. Here are five classic rock bands that are touring in 2013.
The Beach Boys
With a history stretching back fifty years, The Beach Boys music is renowned for capturing California culture. Their fun, carefree songs about surfing, girls, and hanging out at the beach have attracted generations of fans. Although the band has gone through many changes since the ’60s, the spirit of their music remains the same. The Beach Boys are starting their 2013 tour in Westerberg, New York, on April 4. It ends on October 12 in Biloxi, Mississippi.
This legendary ’70s band is known for “Sweet Home Alabama”, “Free Bird” and other favorites. Their music has been featured in many films and they are considered one of the most popular bands of the 1970’s. They are also one of the most iconic southern rock bands in history. Lynyrd Skynyrd’s tour starts in Chicago on March 15 and concludes on September 21 at the Edgewater Hotel and Casino.
Over three decades after their famous “Rumours” Album, Fleetwood Mac is back. The band traces its origins back to the late ’60s. Despite many lineup changes, Fleetwood Mac continues to gain fans. They are embarking on a new tour that is sure to please fans of one of the bestselling rock acts in history. The tour begins on April 4 in Columbus, Ohio. The finale occurs in July 6 in Sacramento.
The unique style and incredible endurance of ZZ Top has made them a rock favorite for four decades. ZZ Top still has the exact same lineup that it did when it started, an extreme rarity in rock music history. The band has sold 25 million albums in the United States alone. They have been members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 2004. ZZ Top’s members are known for their long beards and hats. This classic band is embarking on a tour that starts in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 2 and concludes May 25 in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Enormously popular in the 1980’s, Foreigner continues to attract a significant fan following today. The phenomenally successful band has sold nearly forty million albums in North America and an incredible eighty million worldwide. Their tour starts up in San Antonio on April 15th and finishes June 29 in Hampton, New Hampshire.
Jason Kane is a vinyl record collector and avid music blogger. Jason writes for SoundStage Direct, an online vinyl record distributor.