Concerts

10 Concerts We're Looking Forward to in Metro Phoenix in 2022

Elton John greeted the audience after nearly every song.
Elton John greeted the audience after nearly every song. Jim Louvau
It's a new year, and if your resolution is to go out and see more live shows, we've got good news: The metro Phoenix 2022 concert calendar is stacked with big names. Whether you're into multiplatinum pop, local acts that made it big, or hard-driving rock, there's a show for you.

click to enlarge Maynard James Keenan performs with Tool at Gila River Arena on Saturday, January 18, 2020, in Glendale. - JIM LOUVAU
Maynard James Keenan performs with Tool at Gila River Arena on Saturday, January 18, 2020, in Glendale.
Jim Louvau

Tool
Friday, January 21
Footprint Center
Arizona music legend Maynard James Keenan kept himself busy during the pandemic with a Puscifer album and a pair of livestreamed performance films. But it's his band Tool he'll be kicking off 2022 with. The rockers take the stage at Footprint Center, 201 East Jefferson Street, later this month. Tool hasn't released an album since 2019's Fear Inoculum, but you'll no doubt hear highlights from the band's 30-year catalog. The show is sold out, but tickets are available for big bucks on the secondary market. Jennifer Goldberg

click to enlarge Injury Reserve rescheduled their Van Buren gig for March. - ORIENTEER
Injury Reserve rescheduled their Van Buren gig for March.
Orienteer

Injury Reserve
Friday, March 4
The Van Buren

Local fans of Injury Reserve are getting a treat later this year as the homegrown hip-hop act will return to the Valley in March after their December 2021 show was postponed. The Tempe-born ensemble of rapper Ritchie With a T and producer Parker Corey’s current tour will include a show at The Van Buren, 401 West Van Buren Street. Fittingly, the tour and local performance will be in support of their new album, By the Time I Get to Phoenix. It’s the first music Injury Reserve has released since founding member Stepa J. Groggs died in June 2020. The album was reportedly recorded before the rapper’s passing and features his contributions. Tickets for their Phoenix gig, which starts at 8 p.m., are $22 to $25. Slauson Malone 1 and Zsela will open. Benjamin Leatherman

The Format
April 1 to 3
The Van Buren

Fingers crossed that two years after The Format were scheduled to play a set of reunion shows, it'll really happen this time. The dates have been pushed several times since the pandemic began, but we're optimistic that Nate Ruess and Sam Means will indeed take the stage at The Van Buren, 401 West Van Buren Street. The duo, who began The Format in Phoenix in 2000, announced they were going on hiatus in 2008. Since then, Means founded the company Hello Merch with his wife, and Ruess found greater fame as the lead singer of fun. Tickets for all three shows are sold out, so you should check the secondary market if you want to witness the long-awaited reunion. Jennifer Goldberg

click to enlarge You're finally going to get to see RATM. - PENNER/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
You're finally going to get to see RATM.
Penner/Wikimedia Commons

Rage Against the Machine
Monday, April 4, and Wednesday, April 6
Gila River Arena in Glendale
It might feel like it’s been a decade or longer since all that hand-wringing and hullabaloo about overpriced tickets for Rage Against the Machine’s reunion tour when, in reality, it’s only been a shade under two years. Zack de la Rocha, Tom Morello, and the rest are still set to visit the Valley in April (knock on wood) when the twice-rescheduled jaunt comes to Gila River Arena, 9400 West Maryland Avenue. While the band’s message is more timely than ever these days (particularly as the U.S. slides inexorably towards autocracy and minority rule), we’re guessing most of the aging Gen-Xers in attendance who could afford the $125-plus ticket price will probably only be there to shout “Fuck you I won’t do what you tell me!” along with de la Rocha. Hip-hop duo Run the Jewels share the bill. Benjamin Leatherman

click to enlarge Billie Eilish is scheduled to perform in the Valley in April. - KELIA ANNE MACCLUSKEY
Billie Eilish is scheduled to perform in the Valley in April.
Kelia Anne MacCluskey

Billie Eilish
Saturday, April 2, and Sunday, April 3
Gila River Arena in Glendale

If it seems like you've heard the name "Billie Eilish" a great deal lately, that's because you have. From winning tons of Grammy Awards to singing the theme song for the latest James Bond film, No Time to Die, the singer-songwriter has been extraordinarily busy the last few years, even with the pandemic. Now, the 20-year-old pop star is gearing up for Happier Than Ever, The World Tour, her latest trot around the globe as a musician. It's in support of her latest album and will include a two-night stop at Glendale’s Gila River Arena, 9400 West Maryland Avenue, at the beginning of April. Both shows are at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $65 to $145. Carolina del Busto

Chris Martin and the gang will be in town in May. - JAMES MARCUS HANEY
Chris Martin and the gang will be in town in May.
James Marcus Haney

Coldplay
Tuesday, May 3
State Farm Stadium in Glendale

Metro Phoenix often gets overlooked by concert tours, so we were delighted to learn that Glendale is one of just 11 U.S. stops for Coldplay's Music of the Spheres World Tour. The British superstars are touring to promote Music of the Spheres, their album that came out in October 2021. H.E.R. will be the opening act. When the band announced the shows back in October, they also revealed a plan to reduce the tour's carbon dioxide emissions by 50 percent compared to their last world tour. So you can listen to Chris Martin and feel good about your environmental footprint. Tickets are officially sold out, but we've seen them as low as $52 on the secondary market. Jennifer Goldberg

Olivia Rodrigo
Tuesday, May 17
Arizona Federal Theatre

The voice that backed a million TikToks is coming to Arizona Federal Theatre, 400 West Washington Street, this spring. The 18-year-old newly minted superstar released her album Sour in May 2021; the album broke the global Spotify record for the biggest opening week for an album by a female artist and Billboard and Rolling Stone proclaimed it the best album of the year. You're sure to hear hits like "Drivers License" and "Good 4 U" if you were lucky enough to snag a seat before the tickets sold out. If not, you can buy tickets on the secondary market for exorbitant prices. Jennifer Goldberg

click to enlarge Jack White - DAVID JAMES SWANSON
Jack White
David James Swanson

Jack White
Saturday, May 28
Arizona Federal Theatre
It's been four years since White Stripes alum Jack White headlined a tour, but last month, he announced The Supply Chain Issues tour, which will stop at Arizona Federal Theatre, 400 West Washington Street, in downtown Phoenix this spring. White's been busy in the studio during the pandemic; the tour will celebrate the release of not one, but two new albums. Fear of the Dawn drops on April 8, and Entering Heaven Alive will follow on July 22. Tickets start at $65 and go up to $315 for the Blue VIP package, which includes special parking and tons of merch. Jennifer Goldberg

The Killers
Sunday, August 28
Gila River Arena in Glendale
These days, a rock band that packs an arena has become a rarity. Sell-out stadium shows are almost exclusively relegated to the rock royalty of yesteryear, because watching four or five people play instruments on stage is nearly passé to the younger generation. But alongside the U2s, Guns N' Roses, and Blondies of the world are the Killers, the last men standing from the early '00s "the" bands phenomenon. They have seven albums of material to mine, but don't worry — they'll still take it back to 2004 and play your middle-school dance favorite, "Mr. Brightside." Johnny Marr opens the 7:30 p.m. concert. Tickets are $19.50 to $225. Celia Almeida

click to enlarge Elton John is bringing his farewell tour back to the Valley. - JIM LOUVAU
Elton John is bringing his farewell tour back to the Valley.
Jim Louvau

Elton John
Saturday, November 12
Chase Field

Local fans of Elton John who missed out on the rock/pop legend’s sold-out show in 2019 at Gila River Arena in Glendale are getting one final chance to see the Rocket Man perform in the Valley before he calls it quits. The rock/pop legend will bring his piano, backing band, and biggest hits back to town this fall for an outdoor concert at Chase Field, 401 East Jefferson Street, in downtown Phoenix. It will serve as one of the final stops of John’s “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” world tour and the second time it's rolled through metro Phoenix. As is the norm for any farewell tour, it features John playing a lineup of his biggest hits and plenty of nostalgia. Tickets for the 8 p.m. concert are $47 to $242. Benjamin Leatherman
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