What Was 2017’s Tour or Show of the Year? UCR Fan Choice Awards
Once again, the concert industry kept classic rock fans busy all year round. Now it’s time for you to vote for your favorite tour or show that you saw in 2017.
We’ve included everything from stadium- and arena-filling spectaculars, including Guns N’ Roses‘ Not in This Lifetime tour, U2‘s 30th anniversary celebration of The Joshua Tree, Metallica‘s WorldWired campaign and Queen + Adam Lambert‘s second tour of North America.
Many tours also gave a bigger bang for the buck by combining two or more acts for a hit-filled evening. These included Stevie Nicks with the Pretenders, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with Joe Walsh, Styx with REO Speedwagon and Don Felder. Fans also had two versions of Yes to choose from, one with Steve Howe, Alan White and Tony Kaye, and Yes featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman.
Then there were the live moments that technically aren’t classified as tours, but were so special that needed to acknowledge them. The Eagles gave their first shows without Glenn Frey at Classic West and East, which saw them share a bill over two days with Fleetwood Mac, Journey and Steely Dan. Foreigner reunited with original members Lou Gramm, Ian MacDonald and Al Greenwood, marking their first performances with Mick Jones since 1980. And Bruce Springsteen brought an intimate and personally revealing show to Broadway.
We’ve included 25 tours or shows, so check out the full list and then make your decision. Voting for each of the 2017 Ultimate Classic Rock Fan Choice Awards categories ends on Jan. 2, 2018, at 11:59PM ET. As always, the winner will be decided solely by reader’s votes.