It's summertime in the big city, which means there are too many concerts and not enough time. So let us help you with your FOMO: These are the concerts in Dallas-Fort Worth you shouldn't miss.
When in doubt, head to the American Airlines Center in Dallas. Of the summer's 10 best concerts, an impressive seven take place at the AAC.
FOMO factor: Thrashing.
Not only has the seminal metal band released a fine record recently, but this massive stadium tour brings the Bay Area titans to town for the first time in almost a decade.
Do this instead of: Talking about the good ol' days beforeHetfield and company cut their hair and went to therapy.
Songs to watch with your eyes (and not through your phone): "One," "The Unforgiven," "Atlas, Rise!"
Outlaw Music Festival with Willie Nelson, Avett Brothers, Sheryl Crow, Margo Price and more
FOMO factor: High. (See what we did there?)
You shouldn't miss a Willie Nelson concert in Dallas. And when he brings an all-star cast of new generation Americana headliners, including Avett Brothers and Margo Price, it's an even bigger no-brainer. Sheryl Crow continues to cross genre lines and has more than her share of rootsy tunes to show off here. This gig serves as a suitable substitute for his annual 4th of July Picnic, which was held in Fort Worth for a few years but has returned to Austin.
Do this instead of: Complaining about the current state of modern country music.
Songs to watch with your eyes (and not through your phone): "Whiskey River," (Nelson) "Hurtin'" (Price), "Leaving Las Vegas" (Crow)
FOMO factor: Numb.
With all due respect to David Gilmour, seeing Roger Waters live is super close to actually seeing Pink Floyd perform. The fact that the outspoken Brit can still release quality tunes is a plus, though it'll be the classics such as The Wall that keep us coming back for every mammoth show.
Do this instead of: Caring whether or not Waters and Gilmour ever truly make amends.
Songs to watch with your eyes (and not through your phone): "Wish You Were Here," "Mother," "Comfortably Numb"
FOMO factor: Alright. As evidenced by his latest album Damn., California's Kendrick Lamar can seemingly do no wrong when it comes to releasing the most urgent, inventive rap today. We're not far removed from the days the Grammy winner packed smaller local clubs, but don't be surprised when everyone you know files into Dallas' American Airlines Center for his biggest Dallas show yet.
Do this instead of: Watching Florida Georgia Line try to rap.
Songs to watch with your eyes (and not through your phone): "Money Trees," "Alright," "Humble"
FOMO factor: Sweet.
Any bucket list without a Neil Diamond show on it is incomplete. The Jazz Singer may be getting on in years, but he can still rock a bedazzled collared shirt with the best of them. His anthems are custom-built for arenas and are as dramatic as they are iconic. This tour is to celebrate his 50th anniversary as a performer.
Do this instead of: Waiting to see him on the inevitable 75th anniversary tour, because he will certainly be alive and performing in 2042.
Songs to watch with your eyes (and not through your phone): "Cracklin' Rosie," "Coming to America," "Sweet Caroline"
FOMO factor: Witchy.
Given his worldwide superstar status, it's easy to forget Don Henley is a local singer-songwriter. He turns 70 the day of the concert, a year and a half after the death of fellow Eagle Glenn Frey, yet he isn't slowing down. Henley's birthday show will feature Stevie Nicks and some of his mates from the Eagles.
Do this instead of: Spending the money to see a Frey-less Eagles at one of the band's upcoming festival appearances.
Songs to watch with your eyes (and not through your phone): "The Boys of Summer," "Leather and Lace," "The End of Innocence"
Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey
FOMO factor: Endless.
Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey offer up a double dose of smooth jams. Seeing the timeless Richie shouldn't require further encouragement, but do not miss out on Carey. She's seen less-than-fabulous headlines, but her catalog of classics and that powerful voice are undeniable. We don't see either icon around here often, so why miss it?
Do this instead of: Watching Glitter on VHS again.
Songs to watch with your eyes (and not through your phone): "Hello" (Richie), "Vision of Love" (Carey), "Endless Love" (both)
FOMO factor: Don't wait on the world to change.
For a stretch of time, it seemed as though Mayer would go down as a dude who was more interested in shocking the public with idiotic statements about sex than putting out decent records. 2006's Continuum has held up as a fine record and his latest, The Search for Everything, shows us that Mayer is back.
Do this instead of: Caring whether or not he and ex-girlfriend Katy Perry get back together.
Songs to watch with your eyes (and not through your phone): "Waiting on the World to Change," "Say," "Love on the Weekend"
FOMO factor: Fire.
The ginger superstar one-man band only gets bigger with every album and every tour. Unlike pop-friendly boy bands and Radio Disney stars, Sheeran continues to mature as his appeal grows beyond the minivan.
Do this instead of: Reading yet another article about how he's besties with T-Swift.
Songs to watch with your eyes (and not through your phone): "Sing," "I See Fire," "Galway Girl"
FOMO factor: Indie-riffic.
Perhaps no other band currently touring represents the benefits of the music blog explosion of the past decade. At least Robin Pecknold and crew have produced three full-length albums that warrant the cyber love and indie-rock fanboy enthusiasm. With its new record Crack-Up, this is the first time in six years the anthemic neo-folk group has hit Dallas or released a record, so it's time to see what all the flannel-clad fuss is about.
Do this instead of: Wondering what indie-folk really is or what it means.
Songs to watch with your eyes (and not through your phone): "White Winter Hymnal," "Helplessness Blues," "Third of May/Odaigahara"