Top 5 Must See Summer Rock Shows in Boston


by Quentin Singer

Those who recite the dreadful words ‘rock is dead’ clearly have no idea what’s going on in the industry these days. As of last summer, one the biggest tours was the Guns N’ Roses reunion tour grossing at over $475 million, making it the 4th highest selling tour of all time. If that’s not enough evidence showing rock is alive and well, then maybe these upcoming summer tours will help.

Coheed and Cambria: Blue Hills Bank Pavilion | July 17th

Prog rockers known for their rock-opera like performances, as well as their intricate concept albums, are hitting the road this summer with fellow bands Taking Back Sunday and The Story So Far. Coheed and Cambria have been at the forefront of rock ever since their 2005 album Good Apollo I’m Burning Star IV Volume One: From Fear Through The Eyes of Madness debuted at number seven on the top 200 Billboard chart. The album unleashed rock anthems “Welcome Home,” “The Suffering,” and “Ten Speed (Of God’s Blood & Burial),” through which the band built an immense following. The band is currently set to release their ninth studio album under Roadrunner Records.

Foo Fighters: Fenway Park | July 21st-22nd

Grammy-nominated and platinum-selling rock band Foo Fighters are playing Boston back to back dates. From the dozens of radio hits to the hundreds upon hundreds of shows they’ve played, practically every rock fan knows the Foo Fighters. The band is known for having some of the best and most memorable live performances in modern rock, and the already low ticket alert for these two shows definitely proves it.

Radiohead: TD Garden | July 28th-29th

Yet another back to back rock show in Boston, from a band just as noteworthy. While the band is known in pop culture for their 90’s hit song “Creep,” (which they almost never perform live) dedicated fans of the group hail them for their entire discography, especially the LPs OK Computer, Kid A, and The Bends. 

Smashing Pumpkins: TD Garden | July 31st

If it wasn’t clear that this is the summer for 90s rock, then maybe a Smashing Pumpkins reunion show will help. The 90s alternative group is embarking on their reunion tour this summer with all of its classic members (minus original bassist D’arcy Wretzky). While the band has headlined festivals and played sizable venues over their career, this marks the band’s first headlining arena tour making for an ambitious live production and all around tour.

Greta Van Fleet: House of Blues | July 23rd-24th

Referred to as the “next Led Zeppelin,” Greta Van Fleet have earned a remarkable amount of attention over the last two years for their very Led Zeppelin inspired classic rock sound. The band has created quite the polarizing discussion as well, with people claiming they blatantly rip off Led Zeppelin, and others applauding them for being so talented at such a young age. Regardless, the band has established themselves as the hot new band of modern rock, and with only one album out thus far they’ve acquired over 1,600,000 monthly listeners on Spotify. If you’ve been longing for a classic rock experience, or better yet wish you were born in the 1970’s, this two night concert will fill the void.

Bonus Show – Flamingo Club, Jacksonville Kid, and Heavy Sleeper: The Great Scott | July 18th

There’s a great bunch of Berklee based alt-rock bands playing in the local Allston area next week. Definitely worth checking out if you’re into a more affordable rock show that can still pack a punch!

What rock shows did I miss? Sound off in the comments!