15 biggest concert tours coming to Florida now through end of 2021

While the start of fall in Florida offers little in regard to a change in weather, it does mean we can get excited about a fresh batch of concert tours coming to the Sunshine State. 

There are a couple interesting reunions and a final concert tour among the bunch, although we have learned to be very suspicious of “farewell tours,” which have been used and abused over the years by everyone from Frank Sinatra to Judas Priest. The lineup also includes some of the most famous musicians to hail from Florida playing their home state.

Regardless if you’re a fan of rock, hip-hop, country or pop, we’ve got you covered with our picks for the most highly anticipated shows playing the state’s biggest venues. Starting this weekend and continuing through December, they’re presented in chronological order. Note: for this list, we’re focusing on individual concerts, not the various festivals visiting Florida throughout the rest of the year.

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Guns N' Roses performing in 2019.

Guns N’ Roses 

Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 2-3, Seminole Hard Rock Live, Hollywood

Having recently released the new singles “Absurd” and “Hard Skool,” it should be a thrill seeing (most) of the gang back together with Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan and Dizzy Reed playing a mix of new songs and their legacy material. In addition to beloved originals from the 1980s and ’90s like “Welcome to the Jungle,” “Civil War” and the epic power ballad “November Rain,” recent setlists have also been populated by a few interesting covers, including classic rock, punk and even a country tune.

Harry Styles performing in 2020.

Harry Styles

Oct. 7, Amway Center, Orlando; Oct. 8, FLA Live Arena, Sunrise; Oct. 10, Amalie Arena, Tampa

Originally a member of boy band One Direction, Harry Styles has found even greater success since going solo, releasing two acclaimed albums including 2019’s “Fine Line,” featuring the Grammy-winning No. 1 hit “Watermelon Sugar,” and starring in films such as “Dunkirk” and the upcoming “Don’t Worry Darling.” Get there early to see opener Jenny Lewis, who fronted indie-rock band Rilo Kiley before herself starting a solo career that’s still going strong, including the well-received 2019 album “On the Line.”

Brooks & Dunn performing in August in Nashville.

Brooks & Dunn

Oct. 8, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa

One of the biggest country music acts of the 1990s, Brooks & Dunn’s recently relaunched Reboot 2021 tour comes to Tampa after a performance last month at the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam on Panama City Beach was canceled when the festival rescheduled for 2022 due to rising Covid-19 cases. Expect the duo, on their first major tour in about a decade, to play a long list of timeless hits ranging from the line-dance anthem “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” to the tear-in-my-beer ballad “Neon Moon.”

KISS performing in 2019.

KISS

Oct. 8, iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach; Oct. 9, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa

The face paint-donning rockers visit Florida on their End of the Road final tour (actually their second farewell tour, following one in 2000.) Formed in the ’70s and known for staples such as “I Was Made for Lovin’ You” and “Rock and Roll All Nite,” the group still features founding members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. Original guitarist Ace Frehley is no longer with the group, but will visit the same Florida venues mere days later opening for Alice Cooper, who also plays Daily’s Place in Jacksonville.

Pitbull performing in 2020 at the Latin Grammy Awards.

Pitbull

Oct. 12, Daily’s Place, Jacksonville; Oct. 13, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa

With hits including the No. 1 singles “Give Me Everything” and “Timber,” Miami-born and raised rapper Pitbull is one of the most successful musicians to ever come from Florida, earning the titles of Mr. 305 (named after the Miami area code) and Mr. Worldwide. He’s joined on this tour by another hip-hop and pop star originally from the other side of the globe: the Australia-born Iggy Azalea, who’s known for her No. 1 hit “Fancy” and released her new album “The End of an Era” last month.

Nick Jonas, from left, Kevin Jonas and Joe Jonas, of the Jonas Brothers, performing in May at the Billboard Music Awards.

Jonas Brothers

Oct. 15, Daily’s Place, Jacksonville; Oct. 16, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa; Oct. 17, iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach

One of the biggest pop acts of the late 2000s and early ’10s, the group comprising brothers Nick, Joe and Kevin Jonas went their separate ways in 2013 and pursued solo endeavors but came back together in 2019 with the chart-topping reunion album “Happiness Begins,” featuring the No. 1 hit single “Sucker.” The Jonas Brothers are joined on these dates by country-pop musician Kelsea Ballerini, who’s scored Best New Artist and Country Album Grammy nominations.

Rick Ross performs at the Wireless Music Festival.

Legendz of the Streetz

Oct. 15, FLA Live Arena, Sunrise; Oct. 16, VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville; Oct. 17, Amalie Arena, Tampa

Miami’s Rick Ross – another one of the most famous Florida rappers who just appeared on Drake’s No. 1 album “Certified Lover Boy,” name-dropping Hialeah – headlines this tour featuring other hip-hop stars including Jeezy, Gucci Mane and 2 Chainz. That’s not the only Sunshine State connection, either: along with Gucci Mane’s co-starring role in the St. Pete/Sarasota-shot film “Spring Breakers,” the tour’s Florida dates are set to include fellow Miami rapper Trina on the bill.

Enrique Iglesias performing in 2018.

Enrique Iglesias/Ricky Martin

Oct. 22-23, FTX Arena, Miami; Oct. 30, Amway Center, Orlando

Two of the most successful Latin musicians of all time team up for this co-headlining tour. The Miami-raised Enrique Iglesias has several Spanish and English-language hits (including “Bailamos” and “Hero”) and just released the first part of his supposedly last album “Final.” Ricky Martin rose to fame in the group Menudo before starting a hugely successful solo career including the inescapable 1999 hit “Livin’ la Vida Loca,” and in recent years had an Emmy-nominated role in the 2018 Miami-set and shot series “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.”

The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger and Keith Richards performing in 2019.

The Rolling Stones

Oct. 29, Raymond James Stadium, Tampa 

Iconic rock group The Rolling Stones, featuring lead singer and Lakewood Ranch homeowner Mick Jagger, continue their No Filter tour with their only current Florida date up the road at Raymond James Stadium, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ home field that holds a crowd of about 65,000. The group played for an audience for the first time without recently deceased drummer Charlie Watts on Sept. 20 at a private party, with Steve Jordan as his replacement. A member of the “Saturday Night Live” band in the 1970s and Paul Shaffer’s “Late Night with David Letterman” group in the 1980s, Jordan is best known to Stones fans for being a member of Keith Richards’ X-Pensive Winos following an appearance on the Stones’ 1986 record “Dirty Work.” 

James Hetfield of Metallica performing in 2019.

Metallica 

Nov. 4, Seminole Hard Rock Live, Hollywood

After recently releasing a 30th anniversary deluxe edition of their blockbuster 1991 self-titled release, which everybody just calls “The Black Album,” along with a 53-track covers collection titled “The Metallica Blacklist,” Metallica is set to perform in Hollywood ahead of headlining the Welcome to Rockville festival in Daytona. What to expect? During a recent surprise, $20 show in Chicago the heavy metal titans reportedly offered a career-spanning setlist dating back to “Whiplash” from their groundbreaking 1983 debut album “Kill ‘Em All.”

James Taylor performing in 2016.

James Taylor

Nov. 10, FLA Live Arena, Sunrise; Nov. 11, Amalie Arena, Tampa; Nov. 13, VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville; Nov. 14, Amway Center, Orlando 

Singer-songwriter James Taylor, known for self-penned hits such as “Fire and Rain” as well as covers including his rendition of Carole King’s “You’ve Got a Friend,” visits Florida after winning his sixth Grammy earlier this year for 2020’s standards collection “American Standard.” He’s joined by another singer-songwriter who rose to fame in the ’70s: Jackson Browne, whose tracks include “Running on Empty,” “Somebody’s Baby” and the often-covered “These Days.”

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Kane Brown performs at the 56th annual Academy of Country Music Awards in 2021.

Kane Brown

Nov. 12-13, Daily’s Place, Jacksonville; Dec. 2, FTX Arena, Miami; Dec. 3, Amway Center, Orlando

Country singer-songwriter Kane Brown visits Florida after winning Video of the Year at this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards and being named one of Time’s 100 most influential people of 2021. For his Time write-up, fellow country star Darius Rucker praised Brown as a boundary-breaker, both as another Black artist finding success in the genre as well as introducing it to a new generation, with Brown featuring guests like rapper Swae Lee and Florida-raised alt-R&B artist Blackbear on his tracks along with country performers.

Chris Stapleton performing in 2017.

Chris Stapleton

Nov. 18, Amway Center, Orlando; Nov. 19, Hertz Arena, Estero; Nov. 20, iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach 

Following an August date in Tampa and a scheduled September appearance at the now postponed Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam in Panama City Beach, soulful country singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton returns to Florida for a string of dates that should find him performing material from his acclaimed hit albums such as 2020’s “Starting Over,” and maybe his recent cover of Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters.” And be sure to arrive on time: Sheryl Crow, who should probably be billed as a co-headliner, is listed as an opening act along with Kendell Marvel for each of these dates.

Lauryn Hill, seen here performing in 2019, will be part of the Fugees reunion tour coming to Florida.

Fugees

Nov. 21, FTX Arena, Miami

An artistic triumph that immediately became mandatory listening for Generation Xers, Fugees’ 1996 album “The Score” is a brilliant synthesis of hip-hop, R&B, soul and reggae that finds inspired originals including “How Many Mics,” “Ready or Not” and “Fu-Gee-La” augmented by freshly updated covers of “Killing Me Softly” and “No Woman, No Cry.” While the Fugees would never deliver a truly worthy follow-up, at least not as a group, Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, and Pras Michel recently announced a Fugees reunion tour to celebrate 25 years of their masterpiece. Looking for more classic soul and hip-hop sounds from the 1990s? Check out Erykah Badu with special guests Goodie Mob and Scarface Oct. 29 at Amalie Arena in Tampa.

Jimmy Buffett performs in July in Cincinnati.

Jimmy Buffett

Dec. 4, Amalie Arena, Tampa; Dec. 7, VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville; Dec. 9, iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach; Dec. 11, Amway Center, Orlando

It should be every Floridian’s duty to experience at least one Jimmy Buffett concert, which is basically a two-hour celebration of the Sunshine State-style of living he learned first-hand while dwelling in the Keys. Also, Buffett is a first-rate songwriter. For evidence, listen to the second side of his 1974 album “A1A,” which includes the hit “A Pirate Looks at Forty” (covered once by Bob Dylan and Joan Baez) as well as the equally poignant  “Trying to Reason with Hurricane Season” and “Tin Cup Chalice.”

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Wade Tatangelo, the Herald-Tribune’s entertainment and dining editor, may be reached by email at wade.tatangelo@heraldtribune.com. Email entertainment reporter Jimmy Geurts at jimmy.geurts@heraldtribune.com. Support local journalism by subscribing.​​​​​​

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