This summer's concerts will include headbanging and country crooning

By Evan Serpick
May 18, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT
Sade: John Marshall/LFI

Headbanging isn’t just for Ozzy anymore: Organizers of the Extreme Steel tour, featuring Pantera, Static-X, Morbid Angel, Slayer, and Skrape, hope you’ll mosh more at their speed metal fest, which kick starts June 20 in New Haven, Conn. If those acts are too ungodly for you, try the Festival Con Dios, featuring Christian acts the Newsboys, Audio Adrenaline, and O.C. Supertones, opening May 17 in Fort Myers, Fla.

This year, country acts storm the road show rodeo: The Brooks & Dunn Neon Circus and Wild West Show, which began corralling crowds in April and continues through Aug. 5, features Toby Keith, Montgomery Gentry, Keith Urban, and the chart topping hosts. The George Strait Country Music Festival 2001, with Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Sara Evans, Asleep at the Wheel, Lee Ann Womack, Lonestar, and Strait, also got a spring on the summer season and kicks off its boots June 10 in Dallas.

Hopefully, after the June 5 release of ”Amnesiac,” Radiohead will remember they’re launching a national tour June 18 in Spring, Tex. Still on the rise, U2’s Elevation Tour 2001 winds down June 22 in East Rutherford, N.J. Blues Traveler began their sojourn April 29 and close at Red Rocks in Colorado July 4. Fellow bluesy travelers the Black Crowes join Oasis and Spacehog for sibling revelry on the Tour of Brotherly Love, opening in Las Vegas May 11. To support their latest release, ”Just Push Play,” aging rockers Aerosmith push off for their road show June 6 in Hartford. And Tom Petty rejoins the Heartbreakers to tour the States, starting in Corvallis, Ore., May 9.

Blazing the pop trail, the Backstreet Boys, along with Shaggy and newcomer Krystal, will take their show on the road in Orlando June 8. Meanwhile, Backstreet brother Aaron Carter begins his tour in Phoenix, June 16. Vancouver is a hot spot this summer: Rod Stewart starts his tour there June 1, Dido and Travis debut their double bill in the Canadian outpost June 10, and Janet Jackson launches her tour north of the border July 5, as does R&B rival Sade, on July 14.

As usual, road veterans mount the stage this summer, too. A bill featuring Journey, Peter Frampton, and John Waite will begin shows on June 2 in Las Vegas. Perennial tourers Styx, Bad Company, and Billy Squier opened their tour May 10 and will go through July 15 in Milwaukee. And he may be going to Carolina in his mind, but James Taylor will be in West Palm Beach, Fla., when he kicks off another round of summer sets June 1.