Let’s face it: 2016 was an exhausting year. However, if there was one positive to take from away, it was all of the incredible classic rock tours that made their way across the country. Here’s our ranking of the top five classic rock tours of 2016 complete with expert commentary.
5. Paul McCartney
Sir Paul never disappoints, and his “One on One” tour was no exception.
“For Paul McCartney to sell out MetLife Stadium (capacity of 80,000+) TWICE just shows the timelessness of The Beatles.”
-Matt Knight, WJRZ
“I laughed. I cried (twice.) I danced. I held my cellphone up like a lighter. He was just amazing! A true living legend.”
-Marie Daley, WJRZ
4. Stevie Nicks/Chrissie Hynde
Two of the most legendary woman in rock and roll history sharing the stage on the same night? To omit this tour from our list would be a crime.
3. Black Sabbath
The final leg of “The End” tour saw the greatest heavy metal band in history say goodbye to their fans in North America. Their final/homecoming shows on February 2 and 4 in Birmingham will undoubtedly make countless “Best of 2017” lists, too.
2. Guns N’ Roses
The “Not In This Lifetime…” tour was an absolute monster. The fact that GN’R took to the stage on time was almost the most shocking thing of all.
“Not only was it a chance for the younger generation to see Slash, Duff and Axl together, it was also a chance for the 40 year olds to relive some rock and roll memories.”
-Steve Black, WRIF
“This show was the highlight of the summer, as well as the year. The tour announcement came as a real surprise…and nothing tops singing along to ‘Welcome To The Jungle’ at the top of your lungs!”
-Gabby Canella, WDHA
“The tour NO ONE thought would happen happened in 2016! I’m still blown away from their show at MetLife Stadium!”
-Chris Snyder, WRAT
“Completely exceeded my expectations.”
-Jim Monaghan, WDHA
“Getting to hear Slash put his signature guitar work on a few ‘Chinese Democracy’ tracks was just icing on the cake.”
-Chuck Bean, WRIF
“They sounded phenomenal, and there was no fighting or name calling, which was amazing considering their past?”
-Matt Gamba, WDHA
1. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
The River tour was simply a force, as was The Boss and the iconic E Street Band who performed multiple record-breaking, sets that went over four hours. Talk about getting your money’s worth!
“Those shows were his longest shows and most varied shows in over 30 years with tons of cuts from his first two studio albums!”
-Ray Koob, WMGK
“It’s hard to top Springsteen and the E Street Band’s tour, where most shows approached or exceeded four house with varying set lists, and the energy and showmanship they brought to every show.”
-Rich Russo, WDHA
Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter. The first man she ever loved was Jack Daniels. True story.