With two huge arenas downtown and a plethora of other great venues, Vancouver is a requisite stop for all the big rock tours. This fall is no exception. Here are five can’t-miss concerts this season from the biggest names in rock and pop. Some of these rockers have been filling arenas since the ’60s (In fact, none is younger than 50!). Tickets to many of these performances will already be sold out – but there’s always Craigslist.
- Madonna, Sept. 29-Sept. 30 at Rogers Arena: The Material Girl is out to prove that she’s still the queen of pop on her latest tour in support of her album MDNA. Now 54, Madonna is still shocking audiences with risque shows that might even leave Lady Gaga blushing. She’s in town for two nights.
- Bob Dylan, Oct. 12 at Rogers Arena: Dylan’s new album, Tempest, has earned rave reviews from critics calling it his best effort in a decade. At 71, the legendary singer-songwriter is still spinning out incisive lyrics and hummable hits. Opening for Dylan is Mark Knopfler, the guitarist of Dire Straits fame.
- Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Nov. 11 at Rogers Arena: The godfather of grunge and his band are on the road for the first time in eight years in support of two new albums. Young has been performing with the same lineup since 1969’s Everybody Knows This is Nowhere. Now 66, he remains an alt rock icon in fine form.
- Paul McCartney, Nov. 25 at BC Place:When tickets for McCartney’s Vancouver show went on sale earlier this month, they apparently sold out within minutes. His current On the Run tour features an encyclopedia of hits spanning his years with The Beatles, Wings and as a solo artist. Considering that the last time McCartney was in town was 1964, this may be your last chance to see Sir Paul live in Vancouver.
- Bruce Springsteen, Nov. 26 at Rogers Arena: Get ready for some dancing in the dark when Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball tour rolls into town. In his fifth decade of performing, Springsteen shows no signs of slowing down. His high energy live performances – already legendary – have stretched to more than four hours on this tour. Tickets go on sale Sept. 28.
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