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THE BROOKLYN BOROUGH OF NEW YORK CITY, NY - OCTOBER 17:  Jennifer Lopez performs Tidal X: Brooklyn at Barclays Center on October 17, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, New York.  (Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/FilmMagic)
Jennifer Lopez.

The best concerts to gift this holiday season

The no-fail gift to give? Concert tickets to their favorite band.

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Your 2018 holiday mantra? Say no to boring sweaters and socks, buy the gift of experience for the people you love. The music lovers in your life will most definitely appreciate tickets to see their favorite band live more than, say, another useless stocking stuffer.

2018 is already looking to be a jam-packed year of concerts, as musical acts are coming back after years of hiatus and new acts are opening in places like Las Vegas. Here’s your gift guide of the best tours coming through your city in 2018, one for just about every music fan in your life.

Bono (L) and Adam Clayton (R) of Irish rock band U2 perform with the band on stage in Trafalgar Square in central London on November 11, 2017 during the "MTV Presents Trafalgar Square" ahead of the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) on November 12. / AFP PHOTO / Chris J Ratcliffe        (Photo credit should read CHRIS J RATCLIFFE/AFP/Getty Images)
Bono and Adam Clayton of U2.


The highly anticipated followup to the Joshua Tree tour in 2017 and the Experience + Innocence Tour in 2015, the British band is hitting the North American tour circuit — and releasing their new EP, Songs of Experience, on December 1. U2 fans in your family won’t want to miss the talked-about tour, as it was called a “reinvention” of the arena show by Rolling Stone.

U2; opening May 2 in Tulsa

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 07:  Lady Gaga performs onstage during the Lady Gaga 'Joanne' World Tour at Little Caesars Arena on November 7, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images for Live Nation)
Lady Gaga.
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Lady Gaga

Heads up for the Little Monsters in your life: Lady Gaga is still on the road for her Joanne World Tour, and tickets to a show may be the easiest gift to give. Building upon her jaw-dropping Super Bowl halftime performance — to which 117.5 million viewers tuned in — Lady Gaga embarked on her world tour and still sells out arenas across the world.

Lady Gaga; various dates and venues

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 12:  Bruce Springsteen performs onstage during "Springsteen On Broadway" at Walter Kerr Theatre on October 12, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
Bruce Springsteen.
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Springsteen on Broadway

One of the buzziest debuts on Broadway, Bruce Springsteen brings his blue-collar aesthetic to the Great White Way. The show’s already been hailed as a “triumph” as Springsteen plays out a live version of his recent memoir, complete with the big hits like “Born in the U.S.A.” and “Born to Run.” Rolling Stone sums it up: “It's not a concert; not a typical one-man-show; certainly not a Broadway musical. But it is one of the most compelling and profound shows by a rock musician in recent memory.” This is the golden ticket for every Springsteen mega-fan out there.

Springsteen on Broadway; playing now at the Walter Kerr Theatre, New York City

MIAMI, FL - NOVEMBER 12:  Jay Z  performs at the American Airlines Arena on November 12, 2017 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
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Jay-Z’s 13th consecutive platinum album, 4:44, may have been the most talked-about album of the year — only because Beyonce’s Lemonade came out in 2016. So naturally those shopping for Bey and Jay will want to go see Jay-Z live on tour.

Jay-Z; various dates and venues

HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 21:  Singer Pink performs onstage during the 5th annual "We Can Survive" benefit concert presented by CBS Radio at the Hollywood Bowl on October 21, 2017 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Scott Dudelson/WireImage)
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Pink is back with a new album, Beautiful Trauma, after a five-year hiatus. Now she’s opening a worldwide tour on her hit singles “What About Us” and “Beautiful Trauma,” so grab tickets for your girlfriends for a girl’s night out — pop rock anthems included.

Pink; various dates and venues

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 12:  Brandon Flowers of The Killers performs on stage during the MTV EMAs 2017 held at The SSE Arena, Wembley on November 12, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Brandon Flowers of The Killers.
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The Killers

The Killers made their name on songs like “Somebody Told Me” and “Smile Like You Mean It,” but the band is back with a reinvigorated sound on their new album, Wonderful Wonderful. It’s a bit disco-meets-rock, which is sure to help the band sell out arenas in the coming year.

The Killers; various dates and venues

NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 28:  Taylor Hawkins (L) and Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters perform during the 2017 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience at City Park on October 28, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
The Foo Fighters.
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Foo Fighters

Rock n’ roll purists will not want to miss the chance to see Foo Fighters live. After two decades of making record-breaking albums, Dave Grohl and his band members are back with album #9. Says Pitchfork about their newest album, “Concrete and Gold feels more interested in the granular details of rock songwriting and craft of rock album-making than anything the Foos have made in years.” For the Foo Fighters fans in your life, this will be one hot ticket — and the gift of tickets will make you an instant hit this holiday.

Foo Fighters; various dates and venues

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 31:  Elton John performs "The Million Dollar Piano" at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on New Year's Eve December 31, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
Elton John.
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Elton John in Las Vegas

Pay tribute to Elton John and the Million Dollar Piano while you still can. The iconic performer will end his Las Vegas run at the Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace after 13 years, more than 450 shows, and 1.3 million fans in attendance this coming year, so you better snap up tickets for the holiday season quickly.

Elton John at the Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace; ending May 2018

LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 07:  Singer/songwriter Billy Joel performs at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 7, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Bill Joel.
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Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden

Billy Joel’s residency at Madison Square Garden, going on its fourth year, has become a thing of legend in the music industry. The performer continues to sell out the “world’s greatest arena” and will hit two milestones in 2018: his 50th show in the residency, and, potentially, the 100th show Joel will sell out at MSG. Needless to say, if you give the gift of the Piano Man this year, you will score major points.

Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden; various dates

BURBANK, CA - NOVEMBER 07:  Adam Levine of Maroon 5 performs at the iHeartRadio Album Release Party with Maroon 5 at iHeartRadio Theater on November 7, 2017 in Burbank, California.  (Photo by Phillip Faraone/WireImage)
Maroon 5.
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Maroon 5

Adam Levine and his band have done it again: Their latest release, Red Pill Blues, was No. 2 in the U.S. when it came out this month, the fifth album to hit the No. 2 spot on the billboards. Quartz has even called Maroon 5 “the most popular American band of the 21st century.” So it basically goes without saying that tickets to see them live is a crowd-pleaser kind of gift.

Maroon 5; various dates and venues

MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 30:  Ed Sheeran performs on stage at American Airlines Arena on August 30, 2017 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Jason Koerner/Getty Images)
Ed Sheeran.
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Ed Sheeran

Britain’s current reigning music star has had a non-stop year: He came out with his album ÷ in March, and has risen to the top of the pop charts. To hear Sheeran perform “Castle on the Hill” and “Shape Of You” live, buy up tickets for the tour now for yourself and your friends.

Ed Sheeran; various dates and venues

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - NOVEMBER 07:  Lorde performs during her Melodrama World Tour in the Dunedin Town Hall on November 7, 2017 in Dunedin, New Zealand.  (Photo by Dianne Manson/Getty Images)
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The followup to her debut album, Melodrama, has been called “a masterful study of being a young woman, a sleek and humid pop record full of grief and hedonism, crafted with the utmost care and wisdom” by Pitchfork. All the more reason to get tickets for the Lorde fans in your life as she embarks on her 2018 tour.

Lorde; various dates and venues

THE BROOKLYN BOROUGH OF NEW YORK CITY, NY - OCTOBER 17:  Jennifer Lopez performs Tidal X: Brooklyn at Barclays Center on October 17, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, New York.  (Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/FilmMagic)
Jennifer Lopez.
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Jennifer Lopez in Las Vegas

Get excited, J.Lo fans: The singer is opening her own Vegas residency at The Axis at Planet Hollywood in February. If your friends and family love to shake it to “Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” these are the must-gift tickets of the season.

Jennifer Lopez at The Axis at Planet Hollywood; starting February 21, 2018

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