From Justin Timberlake to Elton John and many more: Here are the must-see concerts hitting Long Island and NYC soon. Concert dollars are precious, so it's important to plan well and plan ahead.
Now this is a victory lap: Pulitzer Prize winner Kendrick Lamar is bringing his Top Dawg Entertainment crew -- including SZA, Jay Rock and Schoolboy Q -- on the road to celebrate the prizes and showcase new successes like the top-selling "Black Panther" soundtrack. The "TDE: The Championship Tour" stops at Madison Square Garden on May 29 and Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater on May 30. For ticket information: ticketmaster.com.
Billy Joel's July show at The Garden is a milestone that seemed impossible before he began his record-setting residency in 2014. That concert will mark his 100th appearance at "The World's Most Famous Arena," the place where so many artists dream of playing once to prove their career is top-tier. See the Piano Man on June 2, July 18, Aug. 23, Sept. 30, Oct. 13 and Nov. 10. For ticket information: ticketmaster.com.
With the "Innocence + Experience" tour in 2015, U2 turned the lukewarm "Songs of Innocence" into a poignant extravaganza. It's hard to imagine what they will accomplish with the stellar "Songs of Experience" for the upcoming "Experience + Innocence" tour, their first Long Island appearance in 26 years. Catch them at the Nassau Coliseum on June 9, and at Madison Square Garden on June 25 and 26. For ticket information: ticketmaster.com.
HOT 97 Summer Jam
The 25th anniversary of the hip-hop station's annual summer kickoff party is as big as ever, with Kendrick Lamar headlining and a bill that includes Lil Wayne doing "Carter Classics" and Swizz Beatz and Friends. (Does wife Alicia Keys count as a friend? Hmm.) Depending on who else shows up, it could be the most-talked-about concert of the year when it stops at MetLife Stadium on June 10. For ticket information: ticketmaster.com.
Rock legends Journey will perform at Madison Square Garden with Def Leppard on June 13. For ticket information: ticketmaster.com.
Faith Hill and Tim McGraw
Country superstars Faith Hill and husband Tim McGraw will bring their "Soul2Soul" world tour to the Nassau Coliseum on June 14, 2018. For ticket information: ticketmaster.com.
WBLI Summer Jam
There will be screaming. Between Shawn Mendes, Liam Payne, 5 Seconds of Summer and Why Don't We, this year's party is packed with current heartthrobs, as well as throwback heartthrobs Backstreet Boys. Of course, Meghan Trainor, Alessia Cara and Dua Lipa will generate some screams of their own at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater on June 15. For ticket information: livenation.com.
Dead & Company
Dead & Company plans to hit the road this spring, including a two-night stand at Citi Field on June 15 and 16. For ticket information: ticketmaster.com.
This year, KTUphoria is all about the Power of Two. There's the unlikely reggae combo of Sting & Shaggy. There are 305 pals Pitbull & Enrique Iglesias, who are set to perform separately at Jones Beach on June 16, though you never know. For ticket information: livenation.com.
Imagine Dragons' "Evolve Tour" stops at the Madison Square Garden on June 19. For ticket information: ticketmaster.com.
John Fogerty and ZZ Top
John Fogerty and ZZ Top will team up for a summer tour that includes a stop at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater on June 20. For ticket information: livenation.com.
Harry Styles, of One Direction fame, is set for two back-to-back shows at Madison Square Garden on June 21 and June 22, 2018. For ticket information: ticketmaster.com.
Lynyrd Skynyrd's final tour, the "Last of the Street Survivors," Kid Rock, Hank Williams Jr., Bad Company, the Marshall Tucker Band and 38 Special, stops at Jones Beach on June 23. For ticket information: ticketmaster.com
The "Too Good at Goodbyes" Grammy winner finally says hello to New York as the "Thrill of It All" world tour finally arrives, just as fans are embracing the remix of the gorgeous "Pray," featuring rhymes from Logic. By the way, Smith promises he's very happy these days and his new music reflects that. He will play Barclays Center on June 27, and Madison Square Garden on June 29-30. For ticket information: ticketmaster.com.
In support of his fourth studio album, "Lambs & Lions," Chase Rice will be performing at The Paramount in Huntington on June 28. For ticket information: ticketmaster.com.
The party king is bound to make the second coming of the legendary Roslyn club "hot, hot, hot" on opening night. Will there be a conga line? We can only hope. Don't miss the show at My Father's Place at The Roslyn Hotel on June 29. For ticket information: showare.com.
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers are on a lengthy tour with Styx this summer, as the "Bad Reputation" documentary about Jett gathers steam. Jones Beach will be special for Jett, a longtime Long Beach resident, who gets to show her South Shore neighbors what she does best on June 29. For ticket information: livenation.com.
The ever-evolving rockers are still promoting 2016's underappreciated "A Moon Shaped Pool" album with shows that have been more surveys of the band's entire career than the concerts from the first go-round of promotion. They'll show how well "Daydreaming" and "Ful Stop" can fit next to "15 Step" and "You and Whose Army?" on July 10-11 and 13-14 at Madison Square Garden. For ticket information: ticketmaster.com.
Great South Bay Music Festival
Long Island's biggest music festival offers something for everyone this year -- from the indie-rock awesomeness of local heroes Envy on the Coast and indie-rock kings Get Up Kids to legends like The Dickey Betts Band and Little Feat, at Patchogue's Shorefront Park from July 12 through 15. For ticket information: greatsouthbaymusicfestival.com.
Shania Twain is scheduled to take the Barclays Center stage on Saturday, July 14, 2018. For ticket information: ticketmaster.com.
Sure, Dave Grohl may spend most of his time singing and playing guitar now, but he still knows the importance of the drummer. For this tour, drummer Taylor Hawkins will rock out through songs from "Concrete and Gold" on a 60-foot-tall drum riser, at Jones Beach on July 14, and Madison Square Garden on July 16-17. For ticket information: ticketmaster.com.
Chris Brown's "Heartbreak on a Full Moon Tour," featuring 6lack, H.E.R. and Rich The Kid, will stop at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on July 16. For ticket information: ticketmaster.com.
What gets lost in all the tabloid talk about Miranda Lambert's love life is that she is country's most ambitious superstar, as her album "The Weight of These Wings" and her well-crafted concerts show. Little Big Town will also perform with her at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater as part of the 2018 Country Megaticket on July 19. For ticket information: ticketmaster.com.
Panic! at the Disco
Brendon Urie says the upcoming "Pray for the Wicked" album is about his experiences of the past few years, including his run on Broadway. The highflying single "Say Amen (Saturday Night)" shows his rocking vocals are ready to soar again. The tour includes two stops in New York, at the Nassau Coliseum on July 20, and Madison Square Garden on July 24. For ticket information: ticketmaster.com.
Get ready for the snakes! Swift has taken the social media name-calling and turned it into the dominant image of her "Reputation" tour, showing how New Taylor is different from now-"dead" Old Taylor. Sure, she can still be "Delicate," but she's ready to scrap as well. The tour stops at MetLife Stadium on July 20-22. For ticket Information: ticketmaster.com.
Taking Back Sunday
Before the Long Beach-based Taking Back Sunday band begins writing the follow-up to the "Tidal Wave" album, they will hit the road with longtime pals Coheed & Cambria for the first time, which could lead to some fun potential collaborations at their Ford Amphitheater show on July 21. For ticket information: livenation.com.
Our time has come to rejoice. With Janet Jackson, The Weeknd and The Killers set to headline this year's Panorama festival, the weekend will be filled with good times and Jackson's "New Agenda." Dua Lipa will also be on hand to deliver her "New Rules' alongside hot acts like SZA and Daniel Caesar at Randall's Island on July 27-29. For ticket information: panorama.nyc.
Vans Warped Tour
Vans Warped Tour will celebrate its final nationwide tour when it pulls into Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater on July 28, 2018. For ticket information: ticketmaster.com.
Kesha and Macklemore
Kesha and Macklemore will bring their summer tour to Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater on July 30, 2018. For ticket information: livenation.com.
The Smashing Pumpkins
The Smashing Pumpkins will reunite and take their "Shiny and Oh So Bright" tour on the road, including an Aug. 1 date at Madison Square Garden. For ticket information: ticketmaster.com.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z
Now that music's reigning power couple has worked through their marital issues, their second "On the Run" tour is set to be a lemonade-sweet good time. Hov and Bey are both coming off arguably the strongest albums of their careers and, of course, their rumored new collaboration could drop before then.Catch the "On the Run II" tour at MetLife Stadium on Aug. 2 and 3. For ticket information: ticketmaster.com.
Shakira is bringing her "EL Dorado" world tour to Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2018. For ticket information: ticketmaster.com.
Black Summer Night For Social Justice
Maxwell says he was inspired by Harry Belafonte and Paul Robeson to bring attention to civil rights issues, leading to this fundraiser for the Southern Poverty Law Center and the #MeToo movement featuring performances from him, Fantasia, Jazmine Sullivan and others, on Aug. 11 at Forest Hills Stadium. foresthillsstadium.com.
The up-and-comers from Long Island aren't all 22 anymore and the response to their well-crafted new album should make them anything but blue, but they will still show off plenty from "Twentytwo in Blue" when they play their SummerStage show with Porches on Aug. 11 at East River Park. For ticket information: cityparksfoundation.org.
Pentatonix will bring its new tour, supporting the upcoming album "PTX Presents: Top Pop, Vol. 1," to Jones Beach on Aug. 15. For ticket information: livenation.com.
Drake and Migos
Drake will bring his "Aubrey and The Three Amigos" tour with rap trio Migos to Madison Square Garden on Aug. 24 and 25, and Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Aug. 30 and 31. For ticket information: ticketmaster.com.
Fall Out Boy
Fall Out Boy will kick off its American tour at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale on Aug. 29. For ticket information: ticketmaster.com.
Dierks Bentley's "Mountain High" tour stops at Madison Square Garden on Sept. 8. For ticket information: ticketmaster.com.
The most musical of the One Directioners has gone solo with his guitar-driven anthem "This Town" and the catchy "Slow Hands." Horan will take the stage at the Jones Beach amphitheater on Sept. 12, 2018. For ticket information: ticketmaster.com.
David Byrne plans to wrap up his massive "American Utopia" world tour with two New York shows, at Forest Hills Stadium on Sept. 15 and Kings Theatre in Brooklyn on Sept. 17. For ticket information: davidbyrne.com.
Paul Simon will bring his final tour, "Homeward Bound - The Farewell Tour," to Madison Square Garden on Sept. 20 and 21. For ticket information: ticketmaster.com.
Joan Baez is the latest legendary artist to announce her final "formal" tour, which will include two shows at the Beacon Theatre on Sept. 21 and 22. For ticket information: ticketmaster.com.
Get two more chances to see Bruno Mars on his "24K Magic World Tour" when he once again stops at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Oct. 4 and 5. He will be joined by his "Finesse" collaborator Cardi B. For ticket information: ticketmaster.com.
The Eagles' tour, "An Evening with The Eagles," will land at Madison Square Garden on Oct. 9. For ticket information: ticketmaster.com.
Elton John's final tour, "Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour," will stop at the Nassau Coliseum on Oct. 9, Madison Square Garden on Oct. 18-19 and Nov. 8 and Barclays Center on March 8-9, 2019. For ticket information: ticketmaster.com.
Maroon 5's 2018 tour, "Red Pill Blues Tour," will be stopping at Madison Square Garden on Oct. 14 and 15. For ticket information: ticketmaster.com.
Justin Timberlake is taking his "Man of the Woods" tour to Madison Square Garden. Tickets from Timberlake's rescheduled March 21 MSG show will be honored on Oct. 22, two days before his previously scheduled Oct. 24 show. For ticket information ticketmaster.com.