Here is a shortlist of newly announced pandemic busting live Philly music events and tours for 2022.
Now that we’re busting down the doors of Omicron and finding a way to move past the (still-out-there-and-brewing, but you know) pandemic, every live music tour whose roll was slowed by Covid is making its comebacks, and then some. In the last week alone, more than a few old and new friends have found their way to jumping onto 2022’s jam-lively schedule. Here is just a choice few freshly announced live Philly music tours for the area:
Firefly 2022 Festival, The Woodlands, Dover, DE
Dua Lipa, My Chemical Romance, Green Day and Halsey will headline the 2022 Firefly festival, which returns to Delaware’s Woodlands Sept. 22-25.
Tickets go on sale on February 25. Other acts include Zedd, My Chemical Romance, The Kid LAROI, Weezer, Big Sean, Porter Robinson, Gunna, Bleachers, Avril Lavigne, Jamie xx, Rainbow Kitten Surprise Gryffin, Charli XCX, Little Simz, Conan Gray, Wolf Alice, Cordae, GAYLE and more.
Chris Rock’s Ego Death World Tour, April 2, Borgata Hotel Casino, Atlantic City
Rock, usually busy making horror films, gangster television and hanging with Dave Chappelle is gearing up for his first stand-up tour in five years with its first date in AC. Bring the Pain is still hilarious, so let’s do this.
Def Leppard / Motley Crüe / Poison / Joan Jett & The Blackhearts: The Stadium Tour, June 25, Citizens Bank Park
If you’re watching Pam & Tommy on FX, or even old VH1 episodes of Bret Michaels’ Shot of Love, my guess is that this time period (hair metal’s 80s), its accouterments (stripped poles) and this line up means the most. Having witnessed the Crüe and Def Lep in action, here’s hoping Tommy Lee and company take the headlining slot for the sake of energy.
Leon Bridges’ Boundless Tour with Little Dragon, August 13, Skyline Stage at the Mann
The Texan R&B singer has recently taken great weird excursions from his usual traditional soul tones into something more psychedelically garage-like and funky with 2021’s Gold-Diggers Sound album. What will he bring to swing on stage atop the Mann?
Lorde’s Solar Power Tour with Remi Wolf, April 20, The Met Philadelphia
No, I don’t care for Lorde’s move from bleak grey drama to sunshiny pop on her newest album either, but she puts on a grand theatrical show, her voice is creepy, and Billie Eilish isn’t coming back around for a minute, so deal.
Party in the Park 2022 with Josh Groban, July 12, TD Pavilion at the Mann
Currently, on his Harmony Tour, the always-operatic Groban will do his thing in the grass. I don’t know how much of a party he’ll actually bring but he is funny. Featured special guests include Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Lucia Micarelli, and Eleri Ward, so this could spark a flame.
Elvis Costello & The Imposters’ The Boy Named If & Other Favourites Tour, August 12, Bensalem, PA’s Xcite Center at Parx Casino
For his new punk rocking album (as opposed to his usual sophisti-cat balladeering) The Boy Named If, Costello is playing more guitar than usual (to say nothing of having Texas guitarist Charlie Sexton in the band) with Steve Nieve, Pete Thomas and Davey Faragher behind them, and promises a sweat-filled excursion in a suburban casino setting.