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21 Must-See Summer 2015 Tours

Sam Smith returns after surgery, 5SOS become arena headliners, Shania Twain does her final live run ever—read about everything you've gotta see this summer

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Nicki Minaj

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 17: Nicki Minaj performs onstage during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Aren
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What: The Pinkprint Tour's first North American run and second spin through Europe

When: June 4 – August 19

Why It's a Must-See: Dear old Nicki's in an amazing place right now, a place you wanna see her in. She dropped The Pinkprint in December; it's her most personal record yet, full of devastatingly clever and badass lines and sterling, disturbingly dope production. And she's been touring the album, sharpening the setlist and doing an exclusive video diary series on Tidal since March.

She's also engaged—or not engaged but basically engaged?—to Meek Mill, one of her openers on the tour. Throw in Rae SremmurdTinashe and Dej Loaf, and why would you want to see any other concert? Zach Dionne

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Fall Out Boy & Wiz Khalifa

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What: The Boys of Zummer Tour

When: June 10 – August 10

Why It's A Must See: Pop-punk and hip hop aren't the most common bedfellows, and that's a shame. Fall Out Boy know the value of joining forces with the rap world, with a hot Jay Z feature and 2 Chainz' show-stealing spot on "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark." This year, Illinois' illest are co-headlining a frat-tastic tour with chart topping buddy Wiz Khalifa. Best of both worlds, we think. Maria Sherman

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Taylor Swift

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 15: Recording artist Taylor Swift performs on stage during Rock in Rio USA at the MGM Resorts Festival Gr
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What: The 1989 Tour

When: May 20 – October 31

Why It's A Must See: Let's be real: It's Taylor Swift's world and we're just living in it. The pop princess is on the road with her new country-less album, and the gigs already look like quite the spectacle. If you're looking for her old hits, look elsewhere. This is the new Swift. —Maria Sherman

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5 Seconds of Summer

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: 5 Seconds of Summer performs on stage at iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2014, hosted by Z100 New York an
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What: The Rock Out With Your Socks Out Tour

When: July 17 – September 13

Why It's A Must See: 5 Seconds of Summer have blown our minds the last couple of years opening for One Direction in the warmer months, so who wouldn't we want to see them again? Now the hunks from Down Undah are embarking on their first-ever arena headlinging gig. Let's bring power pop-punk to the masses! Maria Sherman

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Ariana Grande

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Ariana Grande performs onstage at Madison Square Garden on March 20, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo
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What: The Honeymoon Tour, second North American leg

When: July 16 – October 15

Why It's a Must See: We don't need to tell you that Ariana Grande's My Everything album has been a runaway success. With five hit singles under it (so far), it's no wonder Grande is bringing a second leg for America this summer. Even if you did see the initial Honeymoon run, maybe "One Last Time" just became your jam and you need to hear it live again. We'd more than understand.

Don't miss supporting act Prince Royce, the bachata artist who's prepping his debut English album. He should have a slew of slick pop/R&B jams to get the crowd more than warmed up for Ari. Jeff Benjamin

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The Foo Fighters

BURBANK, CA - MARCH 17: Musician Dave Grohl performs onstage during the Foo Fighters SONIC HIGHWAYS album celebration hosted
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What: The Sonic Highways Tour

When: May 25 – August 29

Why It's a Must-See: The Foos have been on such a roll lately. You've probably had a lot of chances to see em in their 21-year career, but it's hard to imagine Dave Grohl going for it any harder right now than he has in years prior. With projects like HBO's Sonic Highways documentary series and the new Kurt Cobain/Nirvana documentary Montage of Heck, Dave is on his Grohl-grind super hard. —Zach Dionne

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Fifth Harmony

ROYAL OAK, MI - MARCH 16: Fifth Harmony perform in support of 'The Reflection Tour' at at The Royal Oak Music Theater on Marc
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What: The Reflection Tour's second leg

When: June 14 – September 16

Why We're Excited: We're completely head-over-heels in love with 5H, the greatest American girl group in recent history. With their biggest hit to date, "Worth It," all over radio, it's the perfect time to see them live. This time they're taking a few new opening acts: Debby Ryan + the Never Ending, Natalie La Rose and Bea Miller, a teenage diva who we believe is posed to break out this year. Get on the Miller train early like Fifth Harmony already has! —Maria Sherman

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D'Angelo and the Vanguard

CONCORD, CA - SEPTEMBER 8: D'Angelo performs part of his Occupy Music Tour at Train Pavilion on September 8, 2012 in Concord,
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What: The Black Messiah Tour

When: June 7 – July 20

Why It's a Must-See: The sexy R&B/neo soul master is hitting Europe and the U.S. with his first album in 14 years, the follow-up to 2000's Voodoo and only his third LP in a 19-year recording career. You don't need any more reason. Go see D'Angelo before he starts another stretch of being unseeable. —Zach Dionne

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Marilyn Manson & Smashing Pumpkin

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What: The End Times Tour

When: June 3 – August 16

Why It's a Must-See: The below video was all the proof we needed to connect the dots between Manson and Corgan, two frontmen whose bands have been revolving doors over the years and have always provided top-notch live experiences. Almost an unthinkable supertour, but it's going to be a J.T./Jay Z or Rihanna/Eminem–style event for a certain stripe of '90s alt-rock/goth-rock devotee. The Smashing Pumpkins are touring their ninth LP, December 2014's Monuments to an Elegy, while Manson is following up his ninth album, January's well-received The Pale Emperor. Synergy! —Zach Dionne

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Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Recording Artists Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga perform onstage during The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awa
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What: The Cheek to Cheek Tour

When: June 19 – August 1

Why It's a Must See: Take a step back in time when it was more than enough entertainment to watch the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong scat on stage with just a few instruments backing them. Satisfy that yesteryear yearning by checking out Gaga and Bennett's co-headlining tour. You'll get to hear classic standards and witness the duo's adorable onstage banter in person. —Jeff Benjamin

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Shania Twain

CALGARY, CANADA - JULY 10: Shania Twain performs at the Calgary Stampede at Scotiabank Saddledome on July 10, 2014 in Calgary
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What: The Rock This Country Tour—her last live run ever

When: June 5 – August 23 (first leg)

Why It's a Must See: The country legend announced that her Rock This Country will be her final time going on tour. So let us give it to you straight: This is your last time ever to hear "Man! I Feel Like a Woman," "You're Still the One," "That Don't Impress Me Much" and all her other country-pop hits live...ever!!! —Jeff Benjamin

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Sam Smith

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Sam Smith performs on stage at the BRIT Awards 2015 at The O2 Arena on February 25, 2015 in Lo
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What: The In the Lonely Hour Tour

When: July 17 – August 17

Why It's a Must See: Things looked uncertain for GRAMMY-snatcher Sam Smith's touring future as the British crooner put his latest trek on hold and cancelled 20-something shows to undergo vocal chord surgery. Luckily, reports came back that the operation was successful and Mr. Smith will be recovered in time for the summer. Fingers crossed that with all his down time he found inspiration to write a few new songs we'll get to hear onstage. —Jeff Benjamin

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One Direction

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 07: Harry Styles of One Direction performs during the 'On the Road Again' World Tour at Allianz
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What: The On the Road Again Tour

When: July 9 – September 12

Why It's A Must See: Post-Zayn Malik One Direction should prove to be only marginally as heartbreaking as it sounds. The four British babes will continue on in their gorgeous pop tradition and, like, have you noticed how deliciously raspy Liam Payne's voice has been sounding recently? Swoon city. —Maria Sherman

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Kelly Clarkson & Pentatonix

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What: The Piece by Piece Tour

When: July 11 – September 20

Why It's a Must See: Kelly Clarkson's in a sweet spot right now with a new baby and No. 1 album in tow. Get a piece of her sunshine with her summer theater tour, where you'll hear shoutalong classics like "Since U Been Gone" to the deeper cuts on her very-excellent Piece by Piece record. An added bonus: The theater setting will make Kelly's openers, the five-piece vocal meaestros Pentatonix, sound that much more magical. —Jeff Benjamin

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Jill Scott

NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 28: Jill Scott performs on "Black Girls Rock!" BET Special at NJPAC ñ Prudential Hall on March 28, 2015 in
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What: The R&B diva's summer tour 

When: July 17 – August 28 

Why It's A Must See: Jill Scott spoiled fans earlier this month when she not only dropped her new single "Fools Gold," but also announced a headlining tour for the summer. The GRAMMY winner's live show will preview her upcoming fifth album, the uber-anticipated follow up to 2011's The Light of the Sun, which hit No. 1. —Jeff Benjamin

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​I the Mighty

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What: The rising hard-rock act's headlining tour with openers Hail the Sun and Too Close to Touch

When: June 25 – July 24

Why It's A Must See: I the Mighty's new Connector album (stream it here) puts the band in prime position for a major breakout in 2015 (they've got Paramore and All Time Low's producer working on it) and the guys will follow up with a huge summer in support. Expect to see a more eclectic—not to mention bigger—crowd if you've seen the San Fran band in the past. —Jeff Benjamin

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Paul McCartney

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 23: (STRICTLY EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Sir Paul McCartney performs live on stage at The O2 Arena on May 23,
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What: A continuance of the Out There Tour

When: May 28  – July 9

Why It's a Must-See: Sir Paul never stops, and neither do your chances to see one of the two living Beatles. Whether it's your first or 14th time, why miss the man who gave us "Rocky Raccoon"? Maybe he'll even bring out Kanye and Rihanna once or twice for "FourFiveSeconds." One thing that's sure is McCartney will be well-oiled, having taken the Out There Tour through the Americas—North, South, Central, all of 'em—for 32 dates in 2014. He also did a number of shows in Japan, South Korea and Europe earlier this year.

(We cannot promise Paul McCartney is playing "Rocky Raccoon." We can only hope and dream.) —Zach Dionne

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Third Eye Blind & Dashboard Confessional

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What: The bands' co-headlining summer tour

When: May 29 – July 26

Why It's A Must See: We've run out of '90s nostalgia, how about revisiting the early '00s? This is the making of a super memorable tour that will have you confused about what year it is...in the best way! "Hands Down," this is the best tour ever... —Maria Sherman

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Epik High

AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 19: DJ Tukutz, Mithra Jin and Tablo of Epik High perform at K-Pop Night Out at Elysium during SXSW on Marc
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What: The Korean hip hop/pop act's 2015 North American tour

When: May 28 – June 14

Why It's a Must See: Not only is this Epik High's first tour in nearly six years, it's also the largest K-pop tour in half a decade. With 11 dates on the trek, the guys will bring their signature brand of "sad fun" hip hop that made them one of the buzziest acts at SXSW this year. If you're on the East Coast, don't miss the guys' June 13 show in New York featuring Korea's veteran rapper/producer Masta Wu. —Jeff Benjamin

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Imagine Dragons

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 23: Imagine Dragons perform onstage at the 2014 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live o
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What: The Smoke+Mirrors Tour

When: May 29 – September 10

Why It's a Must-See: Most rock superstars in the culture are here 'cause they've been here so long. Imagine Dragons are that rare act that's captured the nation's attention and held it past the first few moments. The band's sophomore album, Smoke + Mirrors, released in February, will get the full live treatment—with Fuse faves Metric and Halsey playing support. —Zach Dionne

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - APRIL 03: (L-R) Musicians Brian Bell, Rivers Cuomo and Scott Shriner of the band Weezer perform onstage du
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What: The Everything Will Be Alright in the End Tour

When: June 6 – August 2

Why It's A Must See: Weezer's ninth album—and their first in four years—dropped in October, and they're hitting a bunch of festivals to celebrate. What better way to see "Buddy Holly" and "Undone – The Sweater Song" than with a rabid, grateful festival crowd alongside you, outdoors, on a summer's eve? —Zach Dionne

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