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Summer Music Preview: Tours

Dave Matthews Band, Lady Gaga, and Rihanna prepare to hit the road

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GREEN DAY
The Green Day live experience has become more than a mere rock show — it’s now the inspiration for a hit musical. That said, the boys still enjoy a good old-fashioned arena blowout. Catch them on a late-summer U.S. outing. (8/3-9/2)

CARRIE UNDERWOOD
The Idol star-turned-pop-country queen has extended her spring jaunt. (Through 7/4)

TIM MCGRAW
The ”Southern Voice” singer will be donating part of each ticket price to charities supporting military families and children’s initiatives. (Through 8/7)

ZAC BROWN BAND
Grammy’s current Best New Artists keep the Southern hospitality rolling, hosting pre-show Eat and Greets for fan-club members, just in case you like to eat and hear your ”Chicken Fried.” (Through 8/20)

DAVE MATTHEWS BAND
The jam-band road warriors will be joined at various shows by Gov’t Mule, Raphael Saadiq, and the Felice Brothers. (Through Sept.)

BRAD PAISLEY
His H20 world tour features fishing simulators and dunk tanks in the parking lot. (Through Sept.)

SUGARLAND
The Incredible Machine tour delivers the hits, and new songs like ”Stand Up” give fans a preview of the upcoming album. (Through Oct.)

ERYKAH BADU
Unlike in her controversial ”Window Seat” video, clothes will most likely stay on throughout Badu’s ”Out My Mind, Just in Time” tour. (5/28-8/11)

U2
The world’s biggest band brings its mammoth 360° tour to the U.S. (6/3-7/19)

ADAM LAMBERT
He’s launching a Glam Nation tour for your entertainment this summer, with openers Allison Iraheta and Orianthi. (6/4-Sept.)

KINGS OF LEON
It’s been an extraordinary couple of years for the band, and their newfound large-osity is reflected in the scale of this amphitheater tour. (6/5-Sept.)

THE EAGLES AND DIXIE CHICKS
The two groups take flight for stadium dates. It’s the Chicks’ first tour in four years. (6/8-6/24)

JUSTIN BIEBER
Teen pop’s petit prince will road test hits like ”Baby” on his first headlining tour. (6/23-Sept.)

RASCAL FLATTS
The Flatts stay ”Unstoppable,” heading out with Kellie Pickler and Chris Young in tow. (6/25-9/19)

LILITH FAIR
They’ve got cofounder Sarah McLachlan, yes, but the gynocentric fest’s return offers more than ’90s nostalgia: Kelly Clarkson, Mary J. Blige, Colbie Caillat, Erykah Badu, Cat Power, and others are on the roster. (6/27-8/16)

LADY GAGA
What Gaga herself has dubbed ”the first-ever pop-electro opera” promises to bring the Lady’s trademark pomp and circumstance (and perchance a costume change or 12) to stadiums all summer long. (6/28-Sept.)

AMERICAN IDOLS LIVE!
This season’s top 10 — Crystal Bowersox, Lee DeWyze, Siobhan Magnus, etc. — are hitting the road together. (7/1-Sept.)

RIHANNA AND KE$HA
Two of pop’s brightest female stars are joining forces for the Last Girl on Earth tour. Expect lots of glitter, lasers, and banging beats. (7/2-8/25)

JOHN MAYER
After getting in trouble over interview gaffes, Mayer’s now letting his guitar do the talking. (7/16-Sept.)

JONAS BROTHERS
Tween screams will echo throughout the land as the JoBros play 45 cities with help from Demi Lovato and other costars from Disney Channel’s upcoming Camp Rock 2. (7/27-Oct.)

ALSO ON TOUR
Bon Jovi, Rush, Roger Waters’ The Wall, Jack Johnson, Rob Thomas, Vans Warped Tour, Brooks & Dunn, Toby Keith, Maxwell and Jill Scott, Montgomery Gentry and Jamey Johnson, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Nickelback, Maroon 5, Christina Aguilera, Paramore, Stone Temple Pilots, Disturbed, Ozzfest, James Taylor and Carole King, Hole, Aventura, 50 Cent, Sheryl Crow, Robert Plant, Carnival of Madness