Some of the biggest names in music — across the board — planned to tour in 2020. However, those tours were either halted, postponed or canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Live streams across all media platforms have been the rage these days. Here are some notable concerts within the last few years from artists slated to tour in 2020 that are worth streaming.
"Biebs" was gearing up for The Changes Tour in support of his Changes album. He was slated to visit all the regular stops throughout North America, including gigs in his home nation of Canada. His die-hard fans will just have to wait to see him take his shirt off on stage. Don't worry: Here's some Bieber from 2017's Purpose Tour.
The Boys were in Brazil when their DNA World Tour was halted. That early portion of the 2020 run included a stop in Argentina on March 7 . Fans of the 1990s boy band got a treat during Elton John's "iHeart Living Room Concert For America." Amid social seclusion in their respective homes, Backstreet offered a rendition (often singing over the studio version) of its hit "I Want It That Way."
One of the more anticipated country tours of 2020 was Bryan's Proud To Be Right Here run. However, after opting to delay the release of his latest album, "Born Here, Live Here, Die Here," until August, Bryan announced the tour would be pushed to 2021. In March, Bryan took to Facebook Live to perform a near-30-minute acoustic set from his Florida cigar store, which included his new song, "One Margarita."
The multi-talented Canadian entertainer announced in early 2020 that he had postponed his North American tour dates. However, Bublé took part in the "One World: Together at Home" project, and fans can turn to other options for their musical fix. Bublé, who likes to live stream with his family (and took some seemingly unjust heat), shined in an April 2019 show from Edmonton.
The Cuban singer-songwriter was part of the "One World: Together at Home" stream. Cabello, formerly part of Fifth Harmony, postponed The Romance Tour, another run that was expected to be in high demand in 2020. However, Cabello's Romance album dropped in December 2019, and fans can take in this 2018 concert from Amsterdam.
Following the birth of his daughter, Chance opted to postpone dates on The Big Tour. Then amid the world's current health crisis, he canceled the tour all together. While it gives the star rapper time be with his growing family, it's another example of what the entertainment — and music business especially — is facing during this time when the immediate future of mass gatherings is uncertain. Chance has been posting show footage and videos quite often on his official Facebook page. There are plenty full concerts of his available on YouTube as well, such as Lollapalooza Brasil from 2018.
The mega-popular country duo had big plans for a lengthy tour of the United States and some festival appearances in 2020. While fans can look forward to all that down the road, there are plenty of options on the internet to wet one's whistle. Like taking in this Florida set from early 2019 at Universal Studios, Orlando.
Eilish, who will also be part of the "One World: Together at Home," postponed her Where Do We Go? World Tour in North America after playing Miami on March 9. This was expected to be one of the most celebrated tours of 2020, and now it's in obvious limbo. The good news: Head to YouTube for some live Eilish from last year to tide you over until she'll be out live again.
Dave Grohl and Co. were set to head out on The Van Tour 2020, hitting some of the stops they played back in 1995. However, it's uncertain as to when the band will be able to go through with those performances. In the meantime, enjoy the Foos' show at the traditionally massive Rock in Rio festival from September 2019.
Another massive undertaking postponed was Green Day's Hella Mega Tour, hitting stadiums with Fall Out Boy and Weezer. Though Green Day fans are disappointed, there enough live Web options to be viewed. Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong was part of the "One World: Together at Home," and why not go back to 2019 in Madrid, as Green Day celebrates its breakout album Dookie.
Halsey's Manic World Tour did not happen in 2020, but fans were able to catch her at the JERSEY4JERSEY COV-19 benefit concert. That's when she joined music legends like Tony Bennett and Bruce Springsteen. The Edison, New Jersey native delivered a r ock-solid performance in early 2020 from Italy that fans can also enjoy via YouTube.
The legendary Elton John was a big part of the "iHeart Living Room Concert For America," and the "One World: Together at Home" project. Meanwhile Sir Elton's Farewell Yellow Brick Road was still going strong until the pandemic essentially shut down the world. For those looking to get their Elton fix, John wowed fans in Edmonton last September.
It's quite possible the release of Gaga's Chromatica album and the accompanying stadium tour were the two most anticipated music events of 2020. One happened. The other, obviously, did not. Instead, she was the apparent ringleader of "One World: Together at Home." Regardless the size or scope of the venue, Lady Gaga likely won't disappoint in her performance.
August and September 2020 were supposed to be a busy couple of months for Legend, as that's when his North American tour was to take place. However, we've enjoyed his live-stream work from home, and he was part of the "One World: Together at Home." His 2019 gig from London can be found on YouTube to keep his fans satisfied until they can see him again live.
McGraw's 2020 Here on Earth Tour was another highly anticipated summer setup. Instead, like Halsey and John Legend, McGraw spent time giving an online commencement speeches to graduates (high school and college) in 2020. Back to the music, enjoy McGraw with wife Faith Hill from 2017's Soul2Soul World Tour.
The 1990s queen of angst put out Such Pretty Forks in the Road in 2020. It was her first studio album in eight years, but the scheduled summer tour was a no-go. Alanis was part of the "One World: Together at Home" stream, and devoted fans looking to relive the '90s can check out some highlights of her stripped-down Apollo show from 2019.
We should have known better that the 2014-15 Final Tour would not be the last time we'd see the Crüe live. However, the coronavirus pandemic has pushed its tour with Def Leppard, Poison and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts to 2021. It could still end up being one of the hottest tours of that year. We'll see. Back in 2015, Mötley Crüe put forth a solid effort on that so-called last tour in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
The Seattle rockers planned to tour North America — likely over two legs — in 2020 to support their 11th studio release, Gigaton. That did happen, and perhaps it will possibly happen in 2021. Frontman Eddie Vedder was part of the "One World: Together at Home" stream. Let's go back to the Seattle "Home" shows from 2018 to keep those Ten Clubbers satisfied.
When word broke that Rage was returning to the stage in 2020, the excitement level went through the roof in many parts of the world. Unfortunately, the tour was postponed and rescheduled for 2021. We've waited this long to see RATM back together live; guess we can go a little longer. For the time being, and since Rage has not played live in some time, let's go back to its performance from 2010's SWU Festival in Brazil.
The former One Direction star postponed the European portion of his Love On Tour to 2021. Styles is sure to pack them in when he is able to take the stage again. And, one can guess there will be plenty of youngsters eager to be on hand. If you're scanning the web, make sure to spend a little time with his performance from the Jingle Bell Ball in 2019.
Swift's Lover Fest Tour was slated to make the rounds in Europe this summer. However, that was not to be. She was part of the "One World: Together at Home" event. Plus, those supporters who can't get enough of the pop superstar can head to YouTube to find plenty of concert footage to keep it going for a long time.
Also known as Abel Tesfaye, The Weeknd had plans for a monster 2020 tour, starting in his native Canada in June and then heading to through Europe. It would have been one of the biggest and, surely, most lucrative tours of 202. Still, fans have plenty of opportunity to see the magnetism of The Weeknd's live shows via YouTube.
Jeff Mezydlo has written about sports and entertainment online and for print for more than 25 years. He grew up in the far south suburbs of Chicago, 20 minutes from the Mascot Hall of Fame in Whiting, Ind. He’s also the proud father of 11-year-old Matthew, aka “Bobby Bruin,” mascot of St. Robert Bellarmine School in Chicago. You can follow Jeff at @jeffm401.