Metal Insider’s Top Seventeen Tours to look forward to in 2020

Posted by on January 9, 2020

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2020 is the year we get to see Mr. Bungle’s first shows in twenty years, the return of Mercyful Fate, Faith No More, Rage Against the Machine, and more. We listed seventeen additional tours we’re looking forward to see. 


17) Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe, Poison & Joan Jett summer stadium tour

Skepticism has been circling this trek. There’s the question of what occurred behind closed doors to get Mötley Crüe to destroy the Cessation of Touring agreement. As we pointed out in our Ten Shocking Moments of 2019 list, there have been a few concerns raised, including the band allegedly asking for $3.25M per tour stop as well as health-related worries such as a member is working with a trainer and nutritionist to prepare for this tour. These curiosities have heightened our interest to see how the trek will transpire.  


16) Amaranthe North American Summer tour w/ Battle Beast & Seven Spires

Amaranthe has gone through many changes since their 2011 self-titled debut. These Swedish metallers who aren’t afraid to infuse pop with their music, have recently signed to Nuclear Blast and working on their sixth full-length record. We are curious about what their next chapter will look like on stage and if they will perform their cover of Sabaton’s “82nd All the Way” live. Additionally, Battle Beast will be supporting the run, and we’ve already expressed how impressed we are with their live performances. 


15) Vader winter tour w/ Abysmal Dawn & Hideous Divinity

It seems like it was only yesterday when this tour was announced, and in the blink of an eye, Vader’s tour is just around the corner. These Polish death/thrash titans will be celebrating three-album anniversaries, including De Profundis, Litany, and The Art of War, as well as songs from their latest EP, Thy Messenger, and potentially introducing new songs from their upcoming record. We are curious to see exactly how much of their promised material will be executed. And hopefully, they will also announce details on their next album. 


14) Airbourne North American spring tour

Airbourne are one of the most energetic and animated acts to see live. These Australian rockers are finally returning to North America and bringing their latest effort, 2019’s Boneshaker, with them. And we can’t wait. Simple as that.


13) Apocalyptica spring tour w/ Lacuna Coil

Apocalyptica have gone back to their roots with Cell-0, which will be released on Friday (10th). Lacuna Coil dropped their new album, Black Anima, in October 2019 via Century Media. With both groups showcasing new material and are not afraid of bringing (hopefully) collaborative surprises to the stage, we are excited to see how it will unfold.


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