Hear in St. Louis: Special “The Stars Come Out in the Fall” Edition
The biggest stadium-packing acts of the year are picking St. Louis to either wind their Summer tour down or fire their Fall tour up. Use this list to plan accordingly, because we’re clearly experiencing an epic jamboree at the confluence.
Mary J. Blige – September 13: Global superstar Blige is responsible for selling 50 million albums. Come see her Strength of a Woman tour and see why. Her passion is infectious. At the Fabulous Fox, 8 p.m., $55–$150.
U2 with Beck – September 16: Arguably the single hottest ticket in the touring concert world is U2’s celebration of the 30th anniversary of Joshua Tree. Word is Bono has never sounded better, and this show seems to be less about the monster sets and more about the music. Edward Jones Dome, 8 p.m., $35–$917.
Ed Sheeran – September 17: Who has the guts to play arenas solo? Sheeran. He and his loop pedal sold out L.A.’s Staples Center for three nights, so this is a memorable show. James Blunt opens. Scottrade Center, 7:30, $103–$675.
Billy Joel – September 21: The piano man hasn’t produced a note of new pop music in nearly 25 years, but that doesn’t keep him from selling out arenas (he has a standing near-monthly gig at Madison Square Garden). Busch Stadium, 8:00, $92–$602.
Brad Paisley – September 24: Our “shed” (aka Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre) has been the scene of dozens of fun summer concerts, but Mr. Paisley will likely top them all. He’s a real guitarist with an offbeat sense of humor and is immensely entertaining. Paisley has picked our town to end his Weekend Warrior tour, so it’ll be especially rowdy. 7, $18–$585.
Matchbox 20 and Counting Crows – September 26: One of the great co-headlining tours of the summer, these two monster acts are a great fit. Their A Brief History of Everything tour is filled with hit songs that will take you all the way back to the 1990s. Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, 7:30, $23–$969.
Sammy Hagar – September 30: St. Louis loves the Hagar aka the Red Rocker, and he is the headliner of classic rock’s KSHE 95’s 50th Birthday celebration. Joining in the celebration is ZZ Top and Collective Soul. Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, 5:30, $25–$200.
The Avett Brothers – October 7: The Avett Brothers are touring on their eighth studio album, Magpie and the Dandelion, which debuted at number five on the Billboard Top 200 chart. Singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile opens. Chaifetz Arena, 7:30, $44–$389.
Bob Seger – October 12: The rumor is that Mr. Seger will retire after this tour, and while betting if that actually happens is a fool’s errand, why take the chance? His band sounds better than ever and so does he. Nancy Wilson opens. Scottrade, 7:30, $52–$122.
Fall Out Boy – October 21: Less than a month after the release of their seventh album, Mania, this quartet comes to St. Louis. Their shows always include gags and hijinks adding to the party atmosphere. Blackbear and Jaden Smith are the openers. Scottrade, 7:00, $47–$375.
Janet Jackson – October 21: A Janet Jackson show still packs a spectacular punch, and since she had to cancel her last outing here in 2015, we are pretty sure she is more than going to make up for that here (oh and those tickets are good for this show). Chaifetz Arena, 8:00, $29–$125.
Katy Perry – October 22: Ms. Perry, with a new look and a new album (Witness), brings it all to St. Louis. This will surely be another pyro-centric dance-heavy spectacle. Miley’s little sister, Noah Cyrus, opens. Scottrade, 7:00. $47–$177.
Lady Gaga – November 16: The Lady brings the Joanne World Tour to Scottrade, and she reportedly will put every era of her career on the stage. The two-hour marvel includes plenty of costume changes and an eye-popping set. 7:30, $60–$462.
Music Note of Note, Stadium Edition: In 1966, the Beatles played the three-month-old Busch Stadium. None of the 23,000 fans who showed up for it would admit this, but it had to be disappointing, at least by today’s standards. It rained, the primitive P.A. was drowned out by the screaming, and they only played 11 songs for about 30 minutes.
— Written by local writer, musician, and live music fan Kevin M. Mitchell