Must-see summer concerts

The Chronicle

Britney Spears & Nicki Minaj:

Nicki Minaj was finally and thankfully confirmed as Britney’s opening act just a few weeks ago. The First Lady of Young Money and the Princess of Pop will make an epic team. The hair and makeup, the costume changes, the choreography; the potential level of fierceness on that stage is overwhelming. Tickets are selling anywhere from $40 to $995 on LiveNation. The two divas will be supported by Jessie and the Toy Boys and Nervo. Look for Nicki to make an appearance later in the show for her verse on the remix of “Till the World Ends.”



Goo Goo Dolls:

Since the late 80s, The Goo Goo Dolls have remained a current band in the music scene and on the radio waves. The band began creating music before some of us were even born, yet for many of us their songs are easily recognizable and identifiable. This veteran alternative rock group will kick off their “Something for the Rest of Us” summer tour on May 26. The Goo Goo Dolls’ soulful and nostalgic lyrics make for the perfect concert to attend on a warm summer night. Several Goo Goo Dolls radio hits include “Iris,” “Let Love In” and “Slide.”


Rihanna & Cee-lo Green:

With that flaming red hair and powerful voice, radio queen Rihanna will kick off her “LOUD Tour” early next month, which will also feature offbeat artist Cee Lo Green, best known for his hit single “Fuck You.” According to Roc Nation reports, the tour will feature new costumes, stage designs and production. “Loud,” Rihanna’s fifth album, has produced hit singles such as “S&M,”Only Girl (In the World)” and “What’s My Name?” If Rihanna’s upcoming tour is anything like her recent Grammy performance, audience members are in for an auditory and visual treat.



Dave Matthews Band:

best known for acoustic guitar skills and soft instrumental beats, the Dave Matthews Band “Caravan Tour” is the perfect laid-back summer concert. Last May the band announced they would take a summer touring hiatus in 2011 after nearly 20 years on the road. Luck for DMB fans, the idea of a concert break didn’t last very long. According to Billboard Boxscore, in a nine-year span Dave Matthews Band has sold 11,230,696 tickets to 547 concerts. The “Caravan Tour” line-up also features O.A.R., The Flaming Lips, and Guster.



Taylor Swift:

After releasing a new album earlier this year, the girl next door with the meaningful lyrics and catchy tunes will embark on her first world tour, “Speak Now,” beginning May 27 in Nebraska. But Miss Swift’s tix are in high demand. For those who already have their hands on a pair of coveted Swift tickets, be sure to keep them in a safe place. With many sold-out concert dates, tickets are still available for only two local concerts. Swift’s third album “Speak Now” sold over 1 million copies in the U.S. within its first week. “Speak Now” is Swift’s second major tour following 2009s nationwide “Fearless Tour.”



Ray Lamontagne & Brandi Carlile:

The sweet musical stylings of Ray LaMontagne and Brandi Carlile will cross paths when Carlile supports LaMontagne on his tour throughout several stops in the Northeast. LaMontagne is at a career high following his Grammy win for Best Contemporary Folk Album and a Record of the Year nomination. Carlile is touring in support of yesterday’s release of her live album, “Brandi Carlile: Live at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony,” which includes breathtaking versions of songs from her last studio album “Give Up the Ghost.” Both LaMontagne and Carlile should complement one another beautifully this summer.