2022 DFW Summer Concert Headliners

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Wow. Check out this seriously good area concert lineup through Labor Day, when and where:

July 1Rod Stewart  English singer Rod Stewart released his first album in 1969 at the tender age of 24. Now, over 50 years later, he shows no signs of slowing down, as he released his 32nd album, The Tears of Hercules, in November 2021. While not quite on the same level as McCartney, you can only count on so many more tours from the 77-year-old, so it’s best to appreciate this concert at Dickies Arena while we still can.

July 2Outlaw Music Festival with Willie Nelson & Family  Speaking of legends, Willie Nelson remains a standard bearer for country music a full 60 years after he released his first album. And that’s not just because of his work during his prime, although his iconic songs alone are reason enough to venerate him. It’s mostly because he puts all other prolific artists to shame, releasing his 72nd album, A Beautiful Time, on his 89th birthday on April 29. He’ll lead this festival-style concert at Dos Equis Pavilion, with help from Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Brothers Osborne, Charley Crockett, Steve Earle & The Dukes, and Allison Russell.

July 30Garth Brooks Thanks to his output and superstardom in the late ’80s and 1990s, Garth Brooks long ago lost any reason to continue giving his all to his fans. And yet he remains the consummate entertainer, embarking on a stadium tour in early 2019 that continues to this day, and releasing his 11th album, Fun, in 2020. This concert at AT&T Stadium will be one of the final ones on the four-year tour, so fans can expect a blowout of epic proportions.

August 4Leon Bridges  It’s always great to see a local artist make it big, and Leon Bridges has been making us proud for many years now. Breaking out in 2015 thanks to his debut album, Coming Home, and the hit song off that album, “River,” Bridges has been making friends all over the music landscape ever since. He’s made two EPs with Houston trio Khruangbin, 2020’s Texas Sun and 2022’s Texas Moon, which sandwiched his third album, 2021’s Gold-Diggers Sound. He’ll play at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory.

August 14The Weeknd  It’s been a long journey for The Weeknd to finally get back in front of his fans in Dallas-Fort Worth. He was supposed to play shows in both Dallas and Fort Worth in 2020 as part of his “After Hours” tour, but the pandemic and then a change in tour plans canceled both of those, replaced by this huge show at AT&T Stadium. He’s got plenty of material to work from, as he released After Hours in 2020 and DAWN FM earlier this year.

August 23Lady Gaga  With Lady Gaga’s movie career going gangbusters in the past few years, you might think her music career would get short shrift. But she’s been as busy as ever on that front, releasing both Chromatica, a solo album, in 2020, and Love for Sale, a duets album with Tony Bennett, in 2021. A star of her stature deserves a bigger stage, and she’ll get it in this concert at Globe Life Field in Arlington.

August 30Duran Duran  We’ve seen a good amount from Duran Duran in recent years, as they played in Dallas in both 2016 and 2017. But this will be their first concert at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, which is reason enough to put them on this list. You may think they’re strictly a nostalgia act, playing all their hits from the ’80s, but they’ve released six new albums in the 21st century, including Future Past in 2021.

September 3Imagine Dragons  Just eking in before the unofficial end of summer, Labor Day, will be one of the biggest bands of the last 10 years, Imagine Dragons. The band out of Las Vegas will come to Dos Equis Pavilion on the heels of the release of Mercury – Act 2, the sequel album to 2021’s Mercury – Act 1. Singles off those albums haven’t reached the stratosphere like “Radioactive,” “Thunder,” and “Believer” did, but when you have songs like those to get fans’ hands in the air, you don’t need much else.

Reference material taken in part from the following sources: Dallas Culture Map

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