It was a week of massive concert announcements, and it doesn’t get any bigger than Iron Maiden, at least in the metal world. 

These titans of the genre have become a “must-see” act over the years by consistently delivering sonic and visual masterpieces tour after tour. 

The next leg of The Future Past World Tour will give us something to look forward to next fall. Unfortunately, Allstate Arena in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont on Oct. 24 will be your only chance to see it in our region. 

Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood said in the announcement for the tour it will be “one of the most exciting tours we’ve ever done, and to be performing both brand-new material and songs that haven’t been played for many years with a mix of fan favorites has been a great experience for both the fans and the band.”

Green Day heading out

In October, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong promised fans the band’s next tour would be a massive one, featuring special guests The Smashing Pumpkins, Rancid, and The Linda Lindas.

That has become a reality as the band just announced The Saviors Tour, celebrating the 30th anniversary of Dookie and 20th anniversary of American Idiot, featuring all the bands Armstrong mentioned. 

The first leg of the tour takes place in Europe, with Nothing But Thieves, The Hives, Donots, The Interrupters, and Maid of Ace on the bill. 

The tour continues in North America in late July with a scheduled stop at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Aug. 13 followed by Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati on Aug. 22, and Comerica Park in Detroit on Sept. 4.

Blink-182 playing arenas

This is no small thing. Another pop-punk band is heading back out. 

Blink-182 is returning next summer with the announcement of the One More Time… Tour. 

The 30-date trek includes a stop at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Aug. 2, Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena on Aug. 12, and Schottenstein Arena in Columbus, Ohio, on Aug. 13. 

Pierce the Veil will open the shows.

Stapleton adds shows

Mega-country star Chris Stapleton, winner of multiple Grammy, CMA and ACM awards, has added 23 stops to his 2024 road itinerary to go along with his already-scheduled stadium appearances with George Strait

Stapleton will kick off his 2024 run in March and stop near Cleveland on May 31 at Blossom Music Center with special guests Marcus King and The War and Treaty

He will then head to Huntington Center in Toledo on July 18 and to Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio, on July 19 with King and Nikki Lane

The George Strait tour with Little Big Town and Stapleton will visit Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on May 4, Ford Field in Detroit on July 13, and Soldier Field in Chicago July 20.

Creed strike when iron’s hot

Finally, the band that has seen its music return to the public consciousness thanks to the Texas Rangers showcasing them during their World Series championship run last month has announced a reunion. 

Creed will embark on the 40-city Summer of ’99 Tour in July, marking their first outing in 12 years. 

Detroit will get the first of our region’s shows when their joined by 3 Doors Down and Finger Eleven at Pine Knob Music Theatre on July 31, followed by Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati on Aug. 2, Ruoff Music Center in Noblesville on Aug. 10,  and Credit 1 Union Amphitheatre in the Chicago suburb of Tinley Park on Aug. 16.

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