As 2017 winds down, we are starting to look ahead to 2018, which is already looking like a momentous year for music fans. The concert schedule already includes three stadium shows and more than a dozen arena shows. Here’s a look ahead, with some recommendations and a reminder: Concert tickets make great presents.
Kenny Chesney with Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion and Brandon Lay, July 14 at Arrowhead:. This will be Chesney’s sixth Arrowhead show in seven years; each has drawn well over 50,000 fans. In 2015, with Jason Aldean and Brantley Gilbert as support, Chesney drew a crowd of 57,368, breaking the stadium’s record for concert attendance of 56,132, set by Pink Floyd in 1994. Tickets are $27 to $325.
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Taylor Swift, Sept. 8 at Arrowhead: If anyone poses a challenge to Chesney’s attendance record at Arrowhead, it is Swift. In each of her past two appearances in Kansas City, she has sold out the Sprint Center two nights in a row (2013 and 2015). In her only Arrowhead appearance, in 2011, she drew a crowd of more than 48,500. She will be touring on her latest album, “Reputation,” the biggest-selling album of 2017 and her fourth straight to sell at least 1 million copies in the U.S. its first week of sales. Opening acts have yet to be announced. Tickets are $45.50 to $420.50. VIP packages are available for $495 to $895.
Ed Sheeran, Oct. 13 at Arrowhead: He knows what it’s like to perform at Arrowhead Stadium. In June 2015, Sheeran opened for the Rolling Stones on their Zip Crowd Tour, which drew a crowd of nearly 50,000 to Arrowhead. In Kansas City Sheeran has graduated from filling theaters (the Midland) and arenas (he sold out the Sprint Center in June) to headlining stadiums. Tickets are $35 to $116.
Pink, March 15 at Sprint Center: This is one of the most anticipated shows of 2018. Pink has headlined in Kansas City only twice: at the Bonner Springs amphitheater in July 2006 and at the Sprint Center in November 2013. (She was also an opening act for N’Sync at Kemper Arena in 2000.) Her live shows have become lavish, must-see spectacles, and she has sustained the unwavering voice of an independent, pop star — a woman in her late 30s and a mother of two who continues to make music that is at times profane but always fearless and free-spirited. Tickets are $62.45 to $222.45.
Lorde with Run the Jewels and Tove Style, March 3 at Sprint Center: Like Pink, Lorde has been scarce as a live performer around Kansas City. Her lone performance was in March 2014 at the Midland theater, when she was touring on her blockbuster debut album, “Pure Heroine.” Nearly four years later, she returns, but this time as an arena headliner, propelled by a new album, “Melodrama,” released in June, which has made more than a few “best of” lists this year. The tour opened in England in September and brought on some stellar reviews. From The Independent: “Tonight sees her spin and weave her pop into clever, sleek and danceable shapes but there’s also the sense that she’s letting go. She can’t stop smiling. ‘This show is all feelings, all the time,’ she exclaims at one point.” Tickets are $39.50 to $99.50.
Miranda Lambert with Jon Pardi and Ashley McBryde, March 17 at Sprint Center: Lambert is the rare woman in country music who can headline an arena tour. This will be her second headlining show at the Sprint Center; the first was in March 2013. Lambert is touring on “The Weight of These Wings,” her sixth album, which chronicles her highly publicized divorce from country star Blake Shelton. It won album of the year in 2016 from the Academy of Country Music. Tickets are $39.75 and $59.75.
The Eagles, March 19 at Sprint Center: They won’t be the same without founding member Glenn Frey, who died nearly two years ago, but the Eagles will still include Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmidt, who will be joined by a couple of new additions. In November, the band announced that Deacon Frey, 24, had permanently joined the band in his father’s place. Vince Gill will also be part of the band on this tour as he was during the recent “An Evening With the Eagles” tour. This will be the Eagles’ first Kansas City appearance since a show at the Sprint Center in October 2013. Ticket prices: $99.50 to $229.50.
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Feb. 13 at the Truman: This California trio deserves comparisons to Jesus and Mary Chain for their approximation of noisy post-punk (with some garage-rock accents). Once a regular visitor to Lawrence (four shows at the Bottleneck and Granada in 2003-07), the band was most recently at Liberty Hall in April 2008. In January, they will release “Wrong Creatures,” their eighth studio album and first in five years. Tickets are $25 to $28.
Glen Hansard, March 15 at the Truman: This “An Evening With” performance will showcase the onstage charm as much as the sterling voice and stellar balladry by the Grammy- and Oscar-winning Dublin native and member of the Irish folk-rock band the Frames. Tickets are $35 to $40.
K.D. Lang with Moorea Masa, March 13 at the Uptown Theater: One of the most dynamic singers of her generation, Lang will return to the road in 2018 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of her most beloved and successful album, the Grammy-winning “Ingenue,” released in March 1992. The show features “Ingenue” in its entirety plus several of Lang’s best-known songs and covers. Tickets are $45 to $177.
Other notable shows
▪ Drive-By Truckers, Jan 26 at the Truman.
▪ Marilyn Manson, Jan. 28 at the Midland.
▪ Josh Ritter, Jan. 30 at Liberty Hall.
▪ Tyler the Creator, Feb. 7 at the Midland.
▪ Alan Jackson, Feb. 8 at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.
▪ Pedro the Lion, Feb. 9 at RecordBar.
▪ Brad Paisley, Feb. 16 at Sprint Center.
▪ Ani DiFranco, Feb. 20 at the Madrid Theatre.
▪ Marty Stuart, Feb. 21 at the Madrid Theatre.
▪ Steve Winwood, March 2 at the Uptown theater.
▪ They Might Be Giants, March 13 at the Truman.
▪ Dan Auerbach, April 4 at the Truman.
▪ Franz Ferdinand, April 28 at the Truman.
▪ Kesha and Macklemore, June 26 at Sprint Center.
▪ Shania Twain, July 24 at Sprint Center.
▪ Agent Orange, July 31 at RecordBar.
▪ Sam Smith, Aug. 18 at Sprint Center.
▪ Jethro Tull, Sept. 1 at Starlight Theatre.
▪ Maroon 5, Sept. 11 at Sprint Center.
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