The 2017 calendar is already filling up with big arena concerts taking place in the spring, summer and fall.
What was the rush?
Two reasons -- both having to do with the bottom line.
The first is that concert promoters and band managers like to put next year's shows on sale before the holidays to cash in on the Christmas gift-buying frenzy.
But the more important reason is the interest that racks up when you stockpile tens of millions of dollars in ticket sales for 6 or 12 months before a tour starts. That $100 ticket you bought for Bruno Mars' Oct. 27 show may be helping Bruno and his business partners finance new homes in Aspen.
The upside for concert-goers is they get plenty of time to plan for and get excited about that big show that's way down the road. With that in mind, here are 10 of the most eagerly awaited concerts of 2017.
Sting: Feb. 20
Showing no signs of slowing down at age 65, Sting is mixing Police classics with new tunes like "I Can't Stop Thinking About You," from his 12th and latest solo album, 57th and 9th. Joe Sumner, Sting's 40-year-old son, opens the show.
Green Day: March 4
Their rock opera American Idiot has conquered Broadway, won a Tony and is now being made into a film, but the Bay Area punks are still at their best onstage, where they'll be playing tunes from their new Revolution Radio album.
Ariana Grande: April 9
She's dubbed herself a "Dangerous Woman" -- to borrow the title of her recent hit song and album -- but Grande seldom strays from the innocuous-but-infectious dance-pop that's made her a YouTube sensation.
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: April 22
Having wrapped his tour with his old band Mudcrutch, Petty is back with guitar ace Mike Campbell and the rest of the Heartbreakers. With no new album to promote, they'll be bouncing between greatest hits, deep cuts and cover tunes. Joe Walsh opens the show.
The Weeknd: May 4
The Canadian singer-songwriter The Weeknd -- Abel Tesfaye to his family -- continues to expand the boundaries of R&B on his third album Starboy. The singer says the disc was influenced by everyone from the Smiths to Bad Brains.
Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey: May 15
Two of pop's biggest chart-toppers team up for a show that's bound to be one long hit parade. The only question is whether Carey will be in the mood to duet with Richie on "Endless Love."
Roger Waters: July 3
As David Gilmour continues to nix a Pink Floyd reunion, the next best thing is hearing the band's classics performed by Waters, Floyd's bassist, co-lead singer and creative mastermind.
Neil Diamond: July 18
Well-preserved at age 75, the "Solitary Man" is still in fine voice, although his fans may do most of the crooning on singalongs like "Sweet Caroline" and "I'm a Believer."
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill: Oct. 7
Country's best-known husband-and-wife team are hitting the road together for the first time in a decade to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary. Take that, Blake and Miranda.
Bruno Mars: Oct. 27
In the studio, Mars is a jack-of-all-trades -- singing, writing, playing and producing. But onstage is where he really shines, as he proved during his Super Bowl half-time show in 2014 and his Super Bowl cameo performance in 2016.