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Pair will visit Brown County during tour for album

Jeff Beck and Johnny Depp are embarking on a tour.

Chris Hupe

Whatzup Features Writer

Published August 24, 2022

Rock guitar legend Jeff Beck will tour North America this fall in support of 18, his recent musical collaboration with actor/musician Johnny Depp

The tour will kick off Sept. 23 in Texas before eventually heading to Brown County Music Center in Nashville, Indiana, on Oct. 19, Andrew J. Brady Music Center in Cincinnati on Oct. 20, and The Chicago Theatre on Oct. 23.

The tour will focus on the new album, as well as explore Beck’s legendary career through instrumentals like “You Know You Know,” “A Day in the Life,” and “Brush with the Blues.” 

According to the announcement, Beck and Depp met in 2016 and bonded quickly over cars and guitars. At the same time, Beck’s appreciation grew for Depp’s serious songwriting skills and his ear for music. That talent and their chemistry convinced Beck they should make an album together. 

“We were going to call the album Kitchen Sink, because we threw everything in it,” said Beck, a two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee. “The only game plan we had was to play songs we like and see where they took us.”

1980s bands join forces

Headlined by A Flock of Seagulls, the Lost 80s Live tour brings several radio-friendly 1980s bands together for a night chock full of hits that will have you singing the whole night. 

Also featuring The English Beat, Animotion, Naked Eyes, Dramarama, Stacy Q, and Tommy Tutone, the tour’s final stop will be at The Piazza in Aurora, Illinois, near Chicago, on Sept. 23.

You can almost hear the set list now as these bands dominated with huge hits at various times during the MTV era. 

Tickets start at just $22.50. You really can’t beat that price in today’s concert market.

Blackpink coming to Chicago

Just a day after K-pop’s biggest girl group, Blackpink, celebrated its sixth anniversary, they announced dates for their 2022–23 world tour. 

The Born Pink World Tour will take Blackpink across the world in what they describe as the “largest-scale world tour in K-pop girl group history.” 

They will hit only major cities, but they have a two-night stand at the United Center in Chicago on Nov. 10-11. 

Their sophomore album, titled, you guessed it, Born Pink, will be released Sept. 16.

Butch Walker heads out

Butch Walker has been nominated for Grammys as a producer for albums by Weezer, Fall Out Boy, and Green Day, but he is also an artist himself. 

Walker’s 10th studio album, Butch Walker as … Glenn, sees the singer-songwriter trading in his guitar to write entirely on piano. 

Butch Walker as … Glenn is slated for an Aug. 26 release, and Walker has planned a short tour to support it with a stop at the House of Blues in Chicago on Oct. 18 and Saint Andrew’s Hall in Detroit the following night. 

Paramore pleases fans

When it was first revealed that Hayley Williams was reviving Paramore for a headlining spot at October’s When We Were Young Festival in Las Vegas, fans began hoping that the hugely successful pop-punk band would add more shows to the slate. That is indeed the case, as Paramore recently unveiled a 12-show run in the fall that will mark their first outing since 2018. 

The trek includes a stop at The Chicago Theatre on Nov. 9 and the tour finale a couple days later in at The Andrew J. Brady Music Center in Cincinnati on Nov. 11.

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