Seattle’s concert roster for 2016 is filling up fast, with an impressive array of performers planning a stop in the Emerald City. From hard rock to pop classics to sweet soul, there’s something for every taste:
May 18, 2016
Tickets: $45-$601, Ticketmaster
Beyoncé’s performance of “Formation” at this year’s Super Bowl halftime show was followed by a commercial announcing her upcoming Formation World Tour — which generated such excitement her website crashed. And while other dates on the tour have sold out, the Seattle show will be held at the massive CenturyLink Field (home of the Seattle Seahawks), with tickets still available at time of writing. Expect plenty of costume changes and high energy dancing mixed in with the hits.
Tickling the ivories
May 20, 2016
Tickets: $53.76-$425, Ticketmaster
In contrast to other elaborately produced shows, Billy Joel likes to keep things simple. No oversize sets, no dancers, no pyro — it’s just the man, his band, and, of course, his piano. Adding to the fun, Joel also treats concerts like club dates, meaning that there’s no fixed set list (though you can certainly expect to hear “Piano Man”), and he’ll even take requests. He’s also not in a hurry to leave the stage; shows have been running close to three hours.
Oh, what a voice
July 25 and 26, 2016
Tickets: $35.50-$446, Ticketmaster
Riding high on the success of her #1 smash album 25 and the accompanying hit single “Hello,” Seattle will have two chances to see the British soul singer in concert. The “Adele Live 2016” tour, which opened overseas, has been winning rave reviews, with audiences held spellbound by that voice. It’s only Adele’s third major tour, making this a golden opportunity to watch a young artist coming into her prime.
Back in action
Guns N’ Roses
August 12, 2016
Tickets: $45-$746, Ticketmaster
There have been rumors about original Guns N’ Roses members Slash and Duff McKagan returning to the fold for so long, it’s likely fans had given up, thinking it would never happen. But the details were finally hammered out and the “Not In This Lifetime Tour” is finally up and running. Early set lists have a mix of classic hits (“Welcome to the Jungle”) and interesting covers (Derek & the Dominoes’ “Layla”). It’ll also be a hometown show for Seattle resident McKagan.
Just Monkee-ing around
September 25, 2016
Tickets: $42.50-$350, Seattle Theatre Group
It was 50 years ago that “The Monkees” show made its TV debut. To celebrate the occasion, surviving band members Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork (Davy Jones died in 20xx) are releasing a new record, “Good Times,” the first Monkees album of original material since 1997. Then Dolenz and Tork will hit the road in “Good Times: The 50th Anniversary Tour,” billed as “An evening of magic, music, multimedia, and memories.” Half a century later, catchy classics like “Last Train to Clarksville” and “I’m a Believer” remain irresistible.