It’s a quirk of the upcoming concert season that one of the most noteworthy summer tours coming to area amphitheaters isn’t a concert at all.
Chris Rock, noteworthy Oscars presenter, and Kevin Hart are coming to area stages this summer in the Rock Hart: Only Headliners Allowed comedy tour.
Dates include July 21 at the Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater, Long Island; July 22 at the Prudential Center in Newark; July 23 at the Madison Square Garden in New York; July 24 at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel; and July 25 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Rock has not commented on receiving the infamous Will Smith slap at the recent Academy Awards, saying from a Boston theater stage that he hasn’t processed it yet. It will be interesting to see if he reflects, or jokes or fumes about it this summer.
As for the area’s amphitheaters, including the Waterfront Music Pavilion in Camden (formerly the BB&T Pavilion), there are lots concerts coming through, mostly of the classic rock, country music and ’80s and ’90s variety.
Tears for Fears, whose hits include “Shout” and “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” is touring in support of “The Tipping Point,” the duo’s first new album in 17 years. Shows include June 24 at the PNC Bank Arts Center and June 25 at Jones Beach. Special guest is Garbage, which had a number of alternative rock hits in the 1990s, including “Only Happy When It Rains” and “Stupid Girl.”
As for country music, the Chicks, formerly the Dixie Chicks, are on tour for the first time since 2017. The group is supporting the 2020 album “Gaslighter.” Patty Griffin opens the show.
The Chicks—Martie Maguire, Emily Strayer and Natalie Maines—are one of the country’s most provocative groups, so there should be lots of energy. See them July 2 at Jones Beach; July 6 at the PNC Bank Arts Center; and July 8 at the Waterfront Music Pavilion.
One of the most interesting double headliner bills this summer is Chicago touring with Brian Wilson, who has Beach Boys fellow travelers Al Jardine and Blondie Chapman backing him up on the Beach Boys classics and more.
The music of the Beach Boys and Chicago has provided the summer soundtrack to a few generations of fans. They have a history together, too. In 1974, Beach Boys members Jardine, Carl Wilson and Dennis Wilson, Brian Wilson’s brothers, sang backing vocals on Chicago’s hit single “Wishing You Were Here.”
Later, Chicago and the Beach Boys went on the “Beachago” tour together in 1975, and they hit the road again in 1989.
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It’s notable that the upcoming shows are the first time that Brian Wilson is touring on a bill with Chicago. He wasn’t a member of the Beach Boys live band in ’75 and ’89. Upcoming area shows include July 11 at the PNC Bank Arts Center; July 13 at the Waterfront Music Pavilion; and July 15 at Jones Beach.
Attendees this summer at the PNC Bank Arts Center and the Waterfront Music Pavilion must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken with 72 hours, or be fully vaccinated. There are no such requirements at Jones Beach as of press time.
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Here’s a look at the summer schedules:
PNC Bank Arts Center
Tim McGraw, May 27
Lumineers, May 28
Nick Cannon Wild ‘N Out Live, June 3
Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town and the Cadillac Three, June 10
Sammy Hagar and the Circle with George Thorogood, June 11
Train, June 12
Doobie Brothers 50th Anniversary Tour, June 14
Bill Burr, June 18
Tears for Fears and Garbage, June 24
Dave Matthews Band, June 29
Steely Dan and Snarky Puppy, June 30
The Chicks with Patty Griffin, July 6
Why Don’t We, July 8
Josh Groban and Preservation Hall Jazz Band, July 9
5 Seconds of Summer, July 10
Chicago and Brian Wilson with Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin, July 11
Cheer Live, July 14
OneRepublic, July 17
Backstreet Boys, July 19
Alanis Morissette, July 21
Third Eye Blind, July 22
The Black Keys with Band of Horses, July 23
Chris Rock and Kevin Hart: Only Headliners Tour, July 24
Halestorm and Pretty Reckless, July 28
Keith Urban, July 29
Rob Zombie and Mudvayne, July 31
Incubus with Sublime with Rome, Aug. 6
Goo Goo Dolls, Aug. 13
Santana and Earth, Wind and Fire, Aug. 14
Rod Stewart with Cheap Trick, Aug. 16
Imagine Dragons, Aug. 18
Styx, REO Speedwagon and Loverboy, Aug. 20
Kid Rock and Foreigner, Aug. 27
Dispatch and OAR, Aug. 28
Shinedown, Sept. 10
Gaslight Anthem, Oct. 8
Waterfront Music Pavilion
Tim McGraw, May 20
MMR festival, May 21
Brad Paisley, June 3
Lumineers and Brightside, June 4
Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town and the Cadillac Three, June 11
Train, June 14
Doobie Brothers 50th Anniversary Tour, June 23
Jack Johnson, June 25
Machine Gun Kelly, June 26
The Chicks with Patty Griffin, July 8
Chicago and Brian Wilson with Al Jardine and Blondie Chapman, July 13
Backstreet Boys, July 14
Dave Matthews Band, July 15, 16
One Republic, July 24
Rob Zombie and Mudvayne, July 29
Black Keys with Band of Horses, July 30
Keith Urban, July 31
Incubus and Sublime with Rome, Aug. 5
Styx, REO Speedwagon and Loverboy, Aug. 13
Imagine Dragons, Aug. 16
Santana and Earth, Wind and Fire, Aug. 18
Zac Brown Band, Aug. 26
Korn and Evanescence, Aug. 27
Shinedown, Sept. 11
Pearl Jam, Sept. 14
Outlaw Festival with Willie Nelson, Chris Stapleton, Zach Bryan and more, Sept. 23
Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Nick Cannon Wild ‘N Out, June 2
Tim McGraw, June 3
Lynyrd Skynyrd with the Outlaws and Devon Allman Project. June 4
Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, and the Cadillac Three, June 9
Train with Jewel and Blues Traveler, June 10
The Doobie Brothers 50th Anniversary with Dirty Dozen Brass Band, June 21
Jack Johnson, June 22
Tears for Fears and Garbage, June 25
Dave Matthews Band, June 28
Steely Dan with Snarky Puppy, June 29
The Chicks with Patty Griffin, July 2
Why Don’t We, July 6
Josh Groban and Preservation Hall Jazz Band, July 8
Chicago and Brian Wilson with Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin, July 15
Backstreet Boys, July 16
Third Eye Blind and Taking Back Sunday, July 17
OneRepublic and NEEDTOBREATHE, July 20
Chris Rock and Kevin Hart, July 21
The Black Keys and Band of Horses, July 22
Phish, July 26, 27
Incubus, Sublime with Rome, and The Aquadolls, July 31
Jimmy Buffett, Aug. 9
Santana and Earth, Wind & Fire, Aug. 13
Alice in Chains and Breaking Benjamin, Aug. 14
Joe Bonamassa and Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, Aug. 19
Goo Goo Dolls and Blue October, Aug. 20
REO Speedwagon and Styx, Aug. 21
Rod Stewart and Cheap Trick, Aug. 23
Chris Stapleton All-American Road Show, Aug. 25
Dispatch and OAR, Aug. 27
Korn and Evanescence, Aug. 28
Jones Beach is at 895 Bay Parkway, Wantagh, NY; Waterfront Music Pavilion is at 1 Harbor Blvd., Camden; PNC Bank Arts Center is off Exit 116 of the Garden State Parkway in Holmdel.
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Chris Jordan, a Jersey Shore native, covers entertainment and features for the USA Today Network New Jersey. Contact him at @chrisfhjordan; email@example.com.