March 5, 2024

On the Radar: Metallica Announce 2018 Tour, Warped Tour Lineup, Saba and Concerts

On The Radar. Music, News, Artist Features and Concerts.

Too tired from your Oscar’s party to keep up with the latest music news? Now’s your chance to get caught up with this week’s On the Radar.

Metallica announce 2018 – 2019 North American tour dates

If you missed out on seeing Metallica last year, you have another chance. Last Monday (Feb. 26) the heavy metal titans revealed the 2018 North American leg of their WorldWired world tour. Dates kick off September 2 in Madison, WI and wrap up in Grand Rapids, MI March 13, 2019. Tickets are currently on sale. Every ticket purchase comes with a physical or digital copy of their latest album, Hardwired…to Self-Destruct.

Comedian Jim Breuer will host a pre-show party at every gig. And in case you want to follow Metallica around on tour, the band is offering a special deal. Wherever I May Roam tickets gives fans floor access to every Metallica show on the tour. Only 250 will be available, so make sure to get yours fast. Check out all the announced dates here.

Smashing Pumpkins add second Chicago and LA shows despite low ticket sales

Things are still kind of iffy with the Smashing Pumpkins’ (sort of) reunion. Last week, Twitter user solace pointed out the huge number of seats available for the band’s upcoming shows. This includes shows in Saint Paul, Sioux Falls, Salt Lake City, and Detroit. Only a handful of these tickets are sold since the tour went on sale the previous week. While we don’t know for sure, you can’t help but assume the low sales are related to D’arcy Wretzky’s absence from the tour.

But things look better in the Chicago and LA markets. Both shows there sold out almost immediately and prompted the band to add additional shows in these cities. The band will play another Chicago show August 14 and a second LA show August 31. Tickets for these new dates are currently on sale. But hey, if you miss out on these tickets, there are still tons of tickets for other dates.

Warped Tour reveals its final lineup for 2018

Last week, the Van’s Warped Tour revealed what will be their final touring lineup for 2018. A number of fan favorites return, but many will only play the festival on certain dates. Included on the bill are Asking Alexandria, Motionless in White, Sum 41, Taking Back Sunday Mayday Parade, and Everytime I Die to name a few. Check out all the acts along with when you can see them here.

Even though this is the final year for Warped Tour, there are plans for a 25th-anniversary show in 2019. The festival kicks off in North America June 21 in Pomona, CA. Tickets are on sale now. Check out the full itinerary here.

Upcoming Shows

Miguel brings his War & Leisure tour to the Riviera Theatre Monday, March 5. Special guests include Sire and Nonchalant Savant. Be sure to grab tickets.

Catch P!nk and her dazzling stage show at the United Center March 9. You still have a chance to grab tickets here.

G-Eazy plays the Aragon Ballroom on his The Beautiful and Damned Tour March 9. Grab tickets here.

Danny Brown and Joey Purp swing by the House of Vans March 10 as part of Goose Island’s 312 Day. Space is limited so RSVP here.

Chicago Artist Spotlight: Saba

One of the city’s most promising rappers is back with new music. Last week, Saba released his new single “Busy,” which finds him dealing with social anxiety and trust issues. The song also received a music video directed by Peter Collins Campbell, which you can check out above. Hopefully, this means more new music is on the way soon.

Saba will hit the road on his Care For Me Tour this spring. Shows kick off April 10 in Boston, MA and wrap up May 19 in Toronto, ON. Strangely enough, there are no dates scheduled in Chicago. Does this mean we should expect to see him at one of our major festivals? We’ll just have to wait to find out. Check out all the dates here.