The below list may be the most impressive we have seen in many years of legendary artists who have been active since the 60s and are currently on tour or starting their tour soon. Although many of them are only visiting one continent for now, if you live in Europe or in the US, there’s a good chance that you’ll be able to catch at least one of them this Autumn.
The Rolling Stones
The Stones are currently on a European tour and playing in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden and Holland this September and October. They were unable to schedule any UK dates this year due to sporting fixtures.
After a summer tour of North America, the Who are visiting Brazil, Chile and Argentina next. Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey are then going to play some of their own solo shows in the US and Canada.
The new leg of Dylan’s “Never Ending Tour” was recently announced, consisting of dates in nearly two dozen American cities in October and November.
McCartney has concerts coming up in the US, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico this September and October. He’s then moving on to Australia and New Zealand in December.
Another ex-Beatle is also on tour this Autumn. Starr’s latest solo album ‘Give More Love’ came out on 15th September, and he has 19 US shows scheduled in October and November in support of the record.
The Pink Floyd founder released his fourth solo studio album in June, shortly after embarking on a lengthy world tour. The North American leg is finishing in the end of October, and Australia and Europe are next in the new year. We reviewed Waters’s spectacular show earlier this year
Deep Purple are going on a short tour titled “The Long Goodbye” this November, visiting Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and the UK. They are then going to play a few dates in South America. Their 20th LP ‘Infinite’ came out in April this year, and the name of the upcoming tour might suggest that they are ready to retire.
The ex-Led Zeppelin frontman has announced a 15-date UK tour, starting in November. The tickets have already sold out for most of the gigs. His next solo record ‘Carry Fire’ is being released on 13th October.
Collins is playing eight shows in the UK in November and December, including two dates at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
Diamond is currently on a European tour and is visiting Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, the UK and Ireland in September and October.
King Crimson are going to play in several American cities in October-November. It was recently announced that long-time ex-frontman Adrian Belew is going to rejoin the group as their ninth member, although there are no plans for him to participate in the upcoming tour.
Jethro Tull’s sole constant member is taking the band’s classic material to Germany, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and the US this Autumn. He’s then going to visit Poland before playing a couple of dates in England in December.
The Moody Blues
Justin Hayward and John Lodge have a number of solo shows scheduled for this Autumn: Hayward is visiting the UK, Australia and New Zealand, while Lodge is limiting his tour to the US. They are going to play together as the Moody Blues again early next year.
After receiving the Prog God Award at this year’s Progressive Music Awards, Palmer is starting the second leg of his American tour later this month, celebrating the legacy of Emerson, Lake & Palmer. He’s then going to play a number of shows in the UK in November and early December. Palmer is the progressive rock supergroup’s only remaining member after both Keith Emerson and Greg Lake passed away last year.
The iconic 60s band are currently on a European tour and visiting Denmark, the Netherlands, Finland, Malta, Italy, Poland and France next. Gary Brooker is the only founding member still present in the line-up.
P. P. Arnold
Having first arrived in London as a member of Ike and Tina Turner’s Ikettes, Arnold is embarking on a 13-date UK tour this Autumn. She’s also going to play one date in Spain in October. She’s currently working on a new solo album, which will be released next year.