Worth the trip: Taylor Swift, Drake, Olivia Rodrigo & more huge concerts for Delawareans

by 24USATVFeb. 12, 2024, 7 p.m. 21
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From Taylor Swift to Drake, there are a ton of huge shows happening this year, yet many of the biggest names won't be coming to Delaware.

But that doesn't mean concert lovers should be confined to only enjoying shows in the First State.

Here are 16 must-see shows worth traveling out of Delaware to see in North America. Yep, that includes Canada and Mexico. But most of these shows are in the United States.

Pop superstar Taylor Swift is on the international portion of her “The Eras Tour,” before returning to the United States for more shows Friday, Oct. 18 through Sunday, Nov. 3. You and other Swifties will likely hear tunes from her newly announced album "The Tortured Poets Department" that drops April 19.

Rap icon Drake is buzzing hard on the "It's All A Blur Tour," which includes fellow emcee J. Cole. As if two music stars weren't already enough, Chicago drill rapper Lil Durk is now part of the tour, Drake announced on his Instagram page earlier this month, promising fans this musical adventure will be "Bigger & Bigger." Dates for "It's All A Blur" are Monday, Feb. 12 through Tuesday, April 16.

Folks can show off their moves like Jagger when The Rolling Stones work the stage on their "Hackney Diamonds" tour, in support of their new album. Fans can expect to hear the rock titans dish up their most popular songs such as “Start Me Up,” “Gimme Shelter,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Satisfaction” and more, plus fan-favorite deep cuts and music from "Hackney Diamonds." Tour dates are Sunday, April 28 through Wednesday, July 17.

The only artist to stand between Taylor Swift topping the album most streamed globally on Spotify in 2023 is rapper/singer Bad Bunny. The Puerto Rican superstar had the most-streamed album for the second straight year with "Un Verano Sin Ti," racking up over 4.5 billion streams globally. He's bringing his "Most Wanted Tour" across the country from Wednesday, Feb. 21 through Sunday, May 26.

Springsteen and the E Street Band had to cut their tour short last year after The Boss was sidelined by peptic ulcer disease. This year the rock icon is back with tour dates from Tuesday, March 19 to Sunday, April 21, before going overseas. He'll be back in North America Thursday, Aug. 15 to Frida, Nov. 22.

In support of her new album "Guts," Grammy-winning singer Olivia Rodrigo announced dates on Instagram last summer for her upcoming "Guts World Tour." The North American leg of the tour is Friday, Feb. 23 through Tuesday, April 9. Then she returns for stateside performances Friday, July 19 to Saturday, Aug. 17. Special guests on "Guts World Tour" include The Breeders, Chappell Roan, PinkPantheress and Remi Wolf.

Folk-pop artist Noah Kahan, popular for the songs "Dial Drunk" and "Stick Season," already has sold out a chunk of his shows this year, for both his performances overseas and in North America (including Canada). The recent Grammy Awards performer is touring in North America on Saturday, March 2 through Sunday, Aug. 4. Bear in mind, some of those sold-out gigs are sandwiched between dates when tickets are still available.

From performing at this year's Super Bowl halftime show to dropping the new album "Coming Home," R&B sensation Usher is already hitting the ground running in 2024. Usher is celebrating his longstanding music career, which started in the '90s, on his "Past Present Future" tour on Saturday, Aug. 24 through Thursday, Oct. 31. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m., Monday, Feb. 12.

Tearing it up in the country music scene is Morgan Wallen. His concerts were highly coveted last year, and this year is looking like a déjà vu. The "Whiskey Glasses" singer is touring Thursday, April 4 through Friday, Aug. 9.

Green Day's "The Saviors Tour" features the band playing "Dookie" and "American Idiot" in its entirety. Tour dates are Monday, July 29 to Saturday, Sept. 28. The band is joined by luminaries Rancid and The Smashing Pumpkins, plus the rising band The Linda Lindas.

Country singer-songwriter Zach Bryan, known for tunes like "Something in the Orange" and "Oklahoma Smokeshow," will be punching the time clock on "The Quittin Time Tour." Show dates are Tuesday, March 5 through Thursday, Dec. 19.

He made his fans emotional when he sang the National Anthem at the Super Bowl last year. This time fans will get a whole evening of Chris Stapleton, the Grammy-winning country singer who's back on tour Friday, March 1 through Wednesday, Aug. 21, before heading overseas. He'll close out the year with George Strait and Little Big Town in Las Vegas on Saturday, Dec. 7. Stapleton's tour also includes appearances from Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, Elle King, The War and Treaty, Allen Stone, Marcus King, Turnpike Troubadours, Grace Potter, Nikki Lane, plus Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives.

Heavy metal legends Metallica will take their "M72 World Tour" to North America on Friday, Aug. 2 through Sunday, Sept. 29. The band won a Grammy this month for Best Metal Performance on their album "72 Seasons."

Barbie rapper Nicki Minaj will paint the town pink with a deep catalog of songs to choose from. This includes music from her new album "Pink Friday 2," a project that offers features from Drake ("Needle"), J. Cole ("Let Me Calm Down"), Lil Wayne ("RNB") and others. Fans can catch her on tour in North America from Friday, March 29 through Monday, May 13.

Legendary pop-punk trio Blink-182 is fresh off dropping their reunion album, "One More Time." The classic band lineup is back with Tom DeLonge, Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus. Songs off the new record include "Dance with Me" and the titular "One More Time." Blink-182's tour, which features guest rockers Pierce The Veil, is Saturday, March 30 through Thursday, Aug. 15.

Fans will bend the knee to rock royalty when Hall of Famers Def Leppard reign down buckets of hits on stage. Leppard is known for tunes like "Pour Some Sugar on Me" and "Hysteria." Their tour is Saturday, July 6 through Sunday, Sept. 8.

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