Any serious music lover in Dallas-Fort Worth should already have a packed schedule in 2018 (and a lighter wallet) thanks to a number of massive concert tours. Here are our most anticipated shows of 2018.
Lana Del Rey: Feb. 8 in Dallas
In 2015, Lana Del Rey canceled her Starplex show minutes before she was to take the stage. (Courtney Love, the opening act, had already performed.) Del Rey canceled because of a threat of inclement weather and no return date was scheduled. Fans were less than thrilled, but with Lust for Life, yet another well-received album, out, this February show should be worth the wait.
With Kali Uchis. Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. at the American Airlines Center. Details.
St. Vincent: Feb. 24 in Dallas
By the time Annie Clark's tour finally rolls into her native hometown, her latest album, the stunning Masseduction, will have been featured on many critics' best of 2017 lists. It will have been more than two years since her last Dallas show, so the buzz circuiting around the Bomb Factory should be positively electric when the night finally arrives.
Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. at the Bomb Factory. Details.
Lorde and Run the Jewels: March 18 in Dallas
The last time Lorde performed in Dallas, she packed Southside Ballroom on the strength of her still-addictive breakthrough single "Royals" in 2014. She returns as a conquering hero with arguably the best pop album of 2017, Melodrama. She better bring her A-game though, because her opening act, legends-in-the-making rap duo Run the Jewels, are as great a live act as there is today.
March 18 at 7 p.m. at the American Airlines Center. Details.
Taylor Swift: Oct. 6 in Arlington
If there was any doubt that T-Swizzle was anything less than the globe's biggest current star, that should've been put to rest following the uber-successful release of her latest chart-topping album, Reputation. She captivated the cavernous AT&T Stadium in 2015, and she's bound to do the same in 2018.
Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. at AT&T Stadium. Nearly sold out. Details.
Royal Blood: June 6 in Dallas
In four years, British rock duo Royal Blood have gone from unknown to award-show regulars in England thanks to the pair's energetic, scorching blend of blues, psych and straight-ahead rock. The band's Austin City Limit festival set this year was one of my favorites, so I can't wait to see them again.
June 6 at 9 p.m. at the Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., Dallas. $35.50. granadatheater.com.
Pink: May 1-2 in Dallas
Anytime an artist quickly books a second show because the first one sold out so effortlessly, it's safe to say anticipation is high. As reliable of a hit-maker as Pink has been for over a decade, her acrobatic, electric live shows are equally as reliable.
On May 1-2 at 7:30 p.m., American Airlines Center. Details.
If you're looking for even more recommendations, I'm looking forward to these shows, too:
Bon Iver at the Bomb Factory on Jan. 23 (sold out)
Margo Price at the Kessler Theater on Jan. 26
Tyler the Creator at the Bomb Factory on Feb. 8
Noel Gallagher at the Majestic Theatre on March 6
Foo Fighters at Starplex Pavilion on April 21
Wyclef Jean at the Winspear Opera House on May 2
The Eagles with Chris Stapleton at AT&T Stadium on June 23