Summer music heats up 2023
As we enter the summer music season, live performances are in full swing.
Drummer Stewart Copeland, a founding member of The Police, performs at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan, Ill., May 19, 2023.
The concert, part of the “Stewart Copeland Police Deranged Tour,” featured such Police favorites as “Roxanne,” “King of Pain,” “Every Breath You Take,” “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” and “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic.”
This spring the heavy metal band Metallica launched a world tour that will last two years, promoting their latest album, “72 Seasons,” released in April. Each city visited will host two concerts with different set lists.
The first concert of their “M72” tour was held on April 27 at Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Guitarist James Hetfield of Metallica.
Drummer Lars Ulrich of Metallica in Amsterdam.
The concert featured live debuts of “Screaming Suicide” and “Sleepwalk My Life Away,” as well as “Lux Æterna” (their first new single in six years), from their latest album, “72 Seasons.”
They also performed the “Master of Puppets” track “Orion” as a show opener for the first time since 2011.
Bassist Robert Trujillo of Metallica performs in Amsterdam.
Lead guitarist Kirk Hammett of Metallica, at the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam, April 27, 2023.
Kirk Hammett’s Boris Karloff guitar.
Depeche Mode performs at the United Center in Chicago April 5, 2023.
First charting in 1981 with their debut album “Speak & Spell,” the English synth and electronic rock band has had eight Billboard Top 10 albums in the U.S., including the 1993 chart topper “Songs of Faith and Devotion.”
Since 1980 vocalist Dave Gahan and guitarist-keyboardist Martin Gore have been performing as Depeche Mode, which formed out of the band Composition of Sound.
Guitarist Martin Gore of Depeche Mode.
The setlist from Depeche Mode’s Chicago concert.
The group recently released their 15th studio album, “Memento Mori,” featuring the single “Ghosts Again.”
Placebo, an alternative rock band from the U.K. featuring Brian Molko and Stefan Olsdal, was at the Salt Shed in Chicago April 21, 2023.
Their setlist featured songs from their 2022 album “Never Let Me Go,” including “Forever Chemicals,” “Beautiful James,” “Hugz,” “Happy Birthday to the Sky,” “Sad White Reggae,” and “Chemtrails,”
John Mayer‘s acoustic tour took him to Chicago, at the United Center on March 31. His setlist included “Your Body Is a Wonderland,” “Heartbreak Warfare,” “Who Says,” and “Love on the Weekend,” as well as covers of The Grateful Dead (“Friend of the Devil”), Beyoncé (“XO”) and Tom Petty (“Free Fallin'”).
He also spent time at the piano, covering a-ha (“Take On Me”) and Harry Styles (“As It Was”).
The metal band Steel Panther prowled around the House of Blues in Chicago on March 25, 2023, with music from their new album, “On The Prowl.”
Michael Starr, Russ Parrish, “Stix” Zadinia and Joe “Spyder” Lester performed “Friends With Benefits,” “1987” and “Ain’t Dead Yet.”
The Pennsylvania rock band Crobot performed at the House of Blues in Chicago March 25, 2023.
Founding members Brandon Yeagley (vocals) and Chris Bishop (guitar), alongside Dan Ryan (drums) and Tim Peugh (bass), performed “Gasoline,” “Low Life,” “The Necromancer” and “Chupacabra.”
For the opening of his 2023 tour, Iggy Pop played at the Salt Shed in Chicago, on March 10. The Salt Shed is a new music venue along the riverfront, in what was once the Morton Salt complex.
Pop performed songs from his latest album, “Every Loser,” including “Frenzy,” “Strung Out Johnny,” and “Modern Day Ripoff,” as well as songs from his Iggy and The Stooges days (“Raw Power,” “Death Trip,” “Gimme Danger” and “I’m Sick of You”).
The glam rock band Angel originally formed in the 1970s, and regrouped in the ’90s. The current lineup features original guitarist Punky Meadows and singer Frank DiMino. They played the Arcada Theater in St. Charles, Ill., on March 19, along with guitarist Danny Farrow, keyboardist Charlie Calv, bassist Steve Ojane, and drummer Billy Orrico.
Their setlist included “Rock and Rollers” (from their 1975 debut album), and “Ain’t Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore.”
Depeche Mode guitars await their time on stage.
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Edited by senior producer David Morgan.
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