The sounds of summer

The summer concert season should be a hot one. Bands are coming out of the woodwork, some touring together for the first time in more than 20 years. It all starts with The Police. Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland are back at it, touring really for the first time since "Synchronicity" in 1983-84.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

The summer concert season should be a hot one.

Bands are coming out of the woodwork, some touring together for the first time in more than 20 years.

It all starts with The Police.

Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland are back at it, touring really for the first time since "Synchronicity" in 1983-84.

The group stops at The Quicken Loan Arena in Cleveland July 16, but tickets sold out in minutes.

Genesis, which now consists of front-man Phil Collins, guitarist/bassist Mike Rutherford and key-man Tony Banks, will play Quicken Loan Arena Sept. 29. This concert also sold out in about 45 minutes.

The rumor was original front-man and vocalist Peter Gabriel would tour with Genesis for the first time since 1975, but that news proved untrue, as Gabriel is busy with other projects. Some say it's a real longshot that Gabriel would ever play with Genesis again.

Also back at it this summer are classic rockers Rush.

Rush is actually touring in support of a new CD, "Snakes & Arrows," which hit record-store shelves May 1.

Rush will open its tour June 13 in Atlanta and play locally Aug. 30 at Blossom Music Center near Cuyahoga Falls. The band will also play the Germain Amphitheater in Columbus on Sept. 2.

Heaven & Hell, which is really Black Sabbath with Ronnie James Dio at the helm, will play the Time Warner Cable Amphitheater at Tower City on Friday. The group recently recorded its stop at Radio City Music Hall in New York City for a CD/DVD release later this summer. The band also releases a greatest hits collection in April that also featured three new songs.

Don't forget the Honda Civic Tour stops at Blossom Music Center May 20. This tour features Fall Out Boy.

Poison with Ratt and White Lion play Blossom on June 23. Poison recently released another greatest hits package, while Ratt's Stephen Pearcy is once again handling lead-vocal duties. White Lion, which only features original vocalist Mike Tramp, is best known for its 1988 hits, "Wait" and "When the Children Cry."

John Mayer will play Blossom July 1, while Nickelback will perform at the same venue on July 10.

The Dave Matthews Band, which traditionally tours each summer, makes another stop at Blossom this year, this time on Aug. 20.

Nelly Furtado will play Tower City on June 9, while Incubus brings their music to the same location Aug. 1.

On Aug. 3, 311 plays Tower City.

The Time Warner Cable Amphitheater at Tower City will host Meat Loaf on Aug. 9 and Bryan Adams with George Thorogood and the Destroyers Aug. 10.

Dream Theater, which will release its new CD, "Systematic Chaos," on June 5, plays Tower City on Aug. 11. Dream Theater recently completed its 20th anniversary tour in 2006, which included a stop at Cleveland's Agora Theatre and the recording of a CD/DVD at Radio City Musical Hall.

The Goo Goo Dolls are at Tower City Aug. 28 and Donny Osmond brings his music to Tower City on Sept. 2.

The House of Blues will be plenty busy this summer starting Monday with the Mastodon show.

The Tragically Hip plays the HOB Wednesday, while Porcupine Tree hits the HOB stage on May 18 and plays the Majestic Theatre in Detroit on May 30.

The House of Blues will host Les Claypool May 29 and the Deftones May 30.

Ted Nugent will bring his brand of American rock to the HOB June 13 while Stephen Stills is in Cleveland at the House of Blues on June 17.

Other bands of note are touring, but might require a bit longer of a drive to see.

The first is Stevie Nicks, as she co-headlines a tour with Chris Isaak. This tour stops at the DTE Energy Music Theatre north of Detroit in Clarkston, Mich. on June 9. Nicks just released "Crystal Visions," a best of collection.

Tool will perform at the DTE on July 3. Tool still is touring in support of "10,000 Days" which came out in May 2006 and has sold more than 1.2 million copies.

Queensryche is tentatively slated to play the House of Blues on July 3, but tickets are not yet on sale. The band is touring this summer, playing some hits, but some rarities as well.

Alan Jackson with Brooks & Dunn will be at the Germain Amphitheater May 19, while Kenny Chesney plays at Germain June 7.

Def Leppard with REO Speedwagon and Styx are at the Germain July 8, while Ozzfest will take place at this Columbus location Aug. 8.