You Wanna Rock? Classic Rock Tours are Making a Comeback, Banking on Nostalgia

Bassist Ricky Phillips, guitarist/vocalist James Young and guitarist/vocalist Tommy Shaw of Styx performs at the House of Blues on January 13, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana
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So many classic rock bands are heading out on tour, we thought we would round up a list for you! Many of these bands are either on a farewell tour, promoting a new album, or just want to bank on all of the recent nostalgia around classic rock these days.

Foreigner and Styx

Mick Jones of the group Foreigner performs at Prudential Center on June 26, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey

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Foreigner and Styx are coming together for a huge tour called the Renegades and Juke Box Heroes Tour. Foreigner lead singer Kelly Hansen and Styx co-lead vocalist Tommy Shaw came together to promote the new tour and Hansen shared, “This is the second year of our farewell tour, it’s always been a two-year farewell tour, and we’re happy to be joining Styx co-headlining this tour along with John Waites. We haven’t played together in 10 years on tour, so it’s really great.”

Their tour begins in Grand Rapids, Michigan on June 11, 2024, and travels all around the country. Get tickets to Foreigner and Styx.

The Eagles and Steely Dan

Don Henley of the Eagles performs with Scott F. Crago and Deacon Frey at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 27, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada

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The Eagles are currently on their years-long farewell tour and announced that Steely Dan will join them to commemorate their decades-long career. The Eagles wrote about their tour, which will extend into 2024 and maybe even 2025, “Our long run has lasted far longer than any of us ever dreamed. But, everything has its time, and the time has come for us to close the circle.” Get tickets to The Eagles and Steely Dan.


Joe Perry and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith perform live on stage at the Wells Fargo Center on September 02, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Aerosmith is currently also doing a farewell tour called The Peace Out Tour but has been postponed due to lead singer Steven Tyler‘s medical issues. They had to postpone the shows into 2024 after he sustained a serious vocal injury and needs to rest and get ongoing care. Tyler shared, “I am heartbroken to not be out there with Aerosmith, my brothers and the incredible Black Crowes, rocking with the best fans in the world. I promise we will be back as soon as we can!” Get tickets to Aerosmith.

The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones perform live at Adelaide Oval on October 25, 2014 in Adelaide, Australia

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After the release of their album Hackney Diamonds, the first new studio album in 18 years, they announced a 2024 tour. They will play in 16 cities across North America. Sadly, the tour will be without their longtime drummer, Charlie Watts, who died in 2021. The band has not yet shared who will be taking his place. Get tickets to the Rolling Stones.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Musician Bruce Springsteen performs on stage at the New York Comedy Festival and the Bob Woodruff Foundation's 9th Annual Stand Up For Heroes Event on November 10, 2015 in New York City

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Bruce Springsteen is another musician who began his tour in 2023 but has since postponed dates for health issues. He is suffering from peptic ulcer disease and is currently being treated so that he can resume the tour next year. Get tickets to Bruce Springsteen.

Journey and Def Leppard

Marco Mendoza, Arnel Pineda, Jonathan Cain, and Neal Schon of Journey perform onstage during the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Festival on September 18, 2021 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada

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In another awesome collaboration, Journey and Def Leppard are teaming up for a new tour in 2024. In addition, bands such as the Steve Miller Band, Heart, Toto, and Cheap Trick will be joining the tour on select dates. Journey shared, “No matter which city you come to this will be an amazing night of music.” Get tickets to Journey and Def Leppard.


Musicians Robert Trujillo, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich and Kirk Hammett, of Metallica, perform at The Silverlake Conservatory of Music Benefit at the Wiltern Theater on May 14, 2008 in Los Angeles California

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Metallica is going on tour in 2023 and 2024 to promote their new album 72 Seasons. Get tickets to Metallica.

Van Halen

Jason Bonham, Michael Anthony, Sammy Hagar and Joe Satriani visit the Howard Stern show at SiriusXM Studios on November 14, 2023 in Los Angeles, California

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Next year, former Van Halen vocalist Sammy Hagar will be joined by bassist Michael Anthony, guitarist Joe Satriani, and drummer Jason Bonham for a Van Halen Tribute tour. Get tickets to Van Halen soon.

Who are you hoping to see on tour?

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