Most weekends are pretty rocking in Dallas, but some weeks are built to rawk more than others are. Whether you're already a fan of hard rock or still figuring out if you look good in black leather, there's a show in Dallas for you June 23-29.
(And yes, leather's a great look.)
Iron Maiden and Ghost: June 23
The iconic and fervently-followed British metal pioneers last played Dallas in 2012, and it seems as though absence has only made metal hearts grow fonder as tickets sold well for the Iron Maiden/Ghost gig. This tour, featuring Swedish doom metal act Ghost, has been so widely celebrated by fans and media it seems as though the group formed in 1975 has plenty of gas left in the tank. There are plenty of hits (see: "The Trooper," "Flight of Icarus"), but the band has been known to play super deep cuts and some of the killer tunes from 2015's The Book of Souls album. Be sure to arrive early enough for the openers, as Ghost is a dramatic, foreboding force not to be missed.
- June 23 at 7:30 p.m. at American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave., Dallas. $39.50-$99.50. ticketmaster.com.
Deftones and Rise Against: June 27
This serious double bill will make thousands sweat out their aggression, whether it's hot on the amphitheater lawn or not. (Though, it's late June in Dallas, so maybe wear your sleeveless black shirt for this one.) Deftones are one of the most dependable modern rock outfits out there. Once lumped into the brainless nu-metal group with the silly likes of Limp Bizkit, the Chino Moreno-led crew has expanded its sound with groove and psychedelic-infused tunes. The group is almost 30 years old, but its most recent record, the hard but melodic Gore, was one of 2016's best rock albums.
- June 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Starplex Pavilion, 3839 South Fitzhugh, Dallas. $18-$69.50. livenation.com.
Rammstein: June 29
Of the multiple metal groups from overseas visiting Big D this week, German giants Rammstein are perhaps the heaviest of the head-banging lot. The Berlin-based six-member group has been a solid crew, unchanged since its formation more than 20 years ago. The group won millions of American fans in 1997, when its industrial-strength single "Du Hast" (which means "you have" and sounds a lot like the German translation for "you hate") conquered the more aggressive end of the radio dial. No stranger to politically-connected controversies at home, the band continues to soldier on with one bleak, ominous album after another.
- With Hellyeah. June 29 at 8 p.m. at Starplex Pavilion, 3839 South Fitzhugh, Dallas. $26-$76. livenation.com.