“This House Is Not for Sale” tour — Bon Jovi
Next February, beloved American rock band Bon Jovi is set to embark on its first full tour since 2013 to showcase material from its upcoming LP “This House Is Not for Sale.” This album is the band’s first without longtime guitarist Richie Sambora, who departed in 2013. Compared to the band’s 102-show “Because We Can: The Tour,” the dates for its 2017 leg seem relatively scarce, with 20 dates spanning six weeks. Beginning in Greenville, S.C., on Feb. 8, then wrapping up in Indianapolis on March 22, the tour is expected to add dates.
“Kaleidoscope” — Coldplay
Earlier this fall, the critically acclaimed British rock band announced its “Head Full of Dreams” tour. The North American leg of the tour launches at MetLife Stadium on Aug. 1, and contains 18 dates in total. Featuring Coldplay’s first performances in Canada in five years, this highly anticipated tour is the band’s most extensive. Its latest EP “Kaleidoscope” was disclosed just weeks after the band announced its 2017 tour, to the delight of fans. The name for the EP comes from an interlude track in 2015, and details including the track list are still an enigma. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Chris Martin described his spurt of inspiration after “Ghost Stories” back in 2014: “I was being sent so many songs from the universe that I said, ‘I’ve got to just keep recording.’”
Album Release — Ariana Grande
After the huge success of “Dangerous Woman” in 2016, the upcoming year will most likely be blessed with yet another album release from Ariana Grande. She will embark on the United States leg of her world tour Feb. 2, 2017, with 37 dates in North America and 21 across Europe. On this tour, it seems likely that she will be debuting some of her new work. On the new content, in an interview with Ryan Seacrest, Grande said, “I really want to experiment with playing little bits of what I’ve been creating recently for my fans, and just kind of getting their feedback and sharing that with them.” The content on her albums is generally difficult to predict, as she told fans on Snapchat: “I didn’t mean to make an album, and I don’t know if it’s done at all, but I just have a bunch of songs that I really like.”
“A girl, a bottle, a boat” — Train
Although fans were shattered by the departure of lead guitarist Jimmy Stafford, who announced in October that he had left the band temporarily, American rock band Train will appease fans with the release of its newest album, “A Girl, a Bottle, a Boat” next year. Due in January, the band’s seventh studio album will feature the debut single “Play That Song,” which has been wildly successful since its Sept. 29 release. The single incorporates the melody from the 1938 song “Heart and Soul,” allowing the catchy tune to reach a younger generation of listeners. Best known for its pop-rock songs that have soared to the top of charts, the San Francisco-based band has and will continue to top the charts again in the coming year.
2017 Tour — Eric Clapton
One of the most influential guitarists of all time, Eric Clapton announced to a surprised but ecstatic public the launch of an abbreviated 2017 tour. In 2015, Clapton vowed he was done touring, writing, “I swear this is it, no more. I know I’ve been threatening retirement for the last 50 years, but I didn’t think I’d ever really want to stop” in the program for an event celebrating his 70th birthday. After an apparent reconsideration, he will return to the stage with four dates in March, two in New York City and two in Los Angeles, as well as a trio of dates in May at London’s Royal Albert Hall. This upcoming tour is by no means an extensive one. Yet with Clapton now celebrating a long and renowned 50 years in music and being joined by blues-rock guitarists Gary Clark Jr. and Jimmie Vaughan, this upcoming tour may be one of the most anticipated of 2017.
The Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Ala., revealed its 2017 lineup Nov. 29 and does not fail to deliver. With headline sets from Frank Ocean, Chance the Rapper and Mumford and Sons, accompanied by other acts like MGMT, Young the Giant, The Head and the Heart and DJ Snake, tickets to this festival are sure to sell out quickly. The acts this year for the Hangout Festival are said to be the strongest and most popular in all of festival history. The three-day tickets went on sale Thursday Dec. 1. The site of the festival includes the public beach and is centered around the Hangout Restaurant. The sold-out 2016 festival was also a huge success, with lineups including The Weeknd and Florence + The Machine.
The Japanese House
Ranked on BBC Sound of 2017’s Longlist, an annual list compiled by influential figures and leading experts in the music industry, The Japanese House is one of the favored up-and-coming artists of 2017. Originally from the U.K., 20-year-old Amber Bain chose the pseudonym The Japanese House for her project to remain identity-free when she first began her career. She intentionally chose to have a band name instead of using an individual’s for additional ambiguity. Bain is often compared to Bon Iver and Imogen Heap, and her single “Still” was Zane Lowe’s last Hottest Record on Radio 1.
The one-year anniversary of the death of iconic American singer and song-writer Prince will be honored by Celebration 2017, a four-day celebration from April 20 to 23 in Paisley Park, Minn., a museum dedicated to Prince in his former estate. Performers include The Revolution, New Power Generation, members of 3rdEyeGirl, Morris Day & the Time and Liv Warfield & Shelby J. The celebration will highlight the life and legacy of Prince, bringing together fellow musicians and those who worked closely with the legend himself. The four days will be filled with live music, panels and presentations that all focus on his achievements, talent and life. Tickets start at $499 for general admission passes and $999 for VIP passes.
“Love and War” — Brad Paisley
Everyone’s favorite country artist has recently announced the release of a new album called “Love and War,” set to release in 2017. The longtime co-host of the “Country Music Awards” made this announcement at the iHeartRadio Theater in Los Angeles to a very favorable reception. The album will feature many star guests, with a collaboration with Demi Lovato in “Without a Fight” and guest features by Mick Jagger and Timbaland. This album will be Paisley’s 11th studio album, and will cross genres in a way that Paisley has not previously done before. Paisley himself described a collaboration with singer-songwriter Brent Anderson that is featured on the album as “one of the best songs I’ve ever written.” The album is projected to be released sometime in February, and a headlining tour is soon to follow.
Album Release — Kelly Clarkson
Following her 2015 album “Piece by Piece,” 34-year-old singer and 2002 American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson is already back at work. The songstress recently announced she is currently working on a new “soulful” album to be released in 2017. This new album is under her new deal with Atlantic Records, soon after she left her longtime label, RCA Records, with which she has released six full albums. Clarkson said about this new album, in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, “I’m so excited because they want to make the album that I’ve been dying to make since I was a kid and since I was on ‘Idol.’ Everybody’s been asking me to make a soulful record for years.”