We don’t use the term “legend” lightly. The following acts have been influential in the world of music and theatre, selling into the millions of records and cementing themselves as household names worldwide. Among them they’ve been members of some of the biggest bands in history. They’ve sold out stadium after stadium, headlined some of the biggest events in the world and delighted countless fans. Their songs have soundtracked many lives, with fans reacting, responding, and understanding every word. At their gigs voices ring loudly repeating their much-loved lyrics. They are heralded as forerunners in their scene, inspiring and motivating many to come.
That’s what makes a legend.
Here are our handpicked all-time favourites hitting the road in the near future:
The Piano Man has sold over 150 million records over the past quarter century, with 33 consecutive Top 40 hits under his belt ranking him as one of the most popular recordings artists in history. Legend.
16 June 2018 – Old Trafford Football Ground, Manchester
They’ve just released their 11th studio album, which entered the Top 5 in the official UK album chart. 2006 saw them inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They’ve got 11 UK Top 10 singles under their belt, including six No.1s. Legends.
7 November – Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
8 November – Brighton Centre, Brighton
10 November – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
11 November – O2 Apollo, Manchester
13 November – Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham
14 November – SSE Hydro, Glasgow
16 November – O2 Academy Brixton, London
17 November – O2 Academy Brixton, London
He’s got thirteen studio albums to his name, including two that hit the top spot on the official UK album charts. In terms of singles, (Everything I Do) I Do It For You spent a whopping thirteen weeks at the top of the official UK singles chart. Legend.
24 May 2018 – Manchester Arena, Manchester
25 May 2018 – Genting Arena, Birmingham
26 May 2018 – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
27 May 2018 – First Direct Arena, Leeds
29 May 2018 – Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle
30 May 2018 – The SSE Arena Wembley, London
31 May 2018 – The O2, London
He founded Roxy Music in 1970, who went on to release eight studio albums including three No.1 records. He has also released 15 solo albums, including 1958’s No.1 Boys and Girls. He was made a CBE for his contribution to the British music industry. Legend.
9 April 2018 – St David’s Hall, Cardiff
11 April 2018 – Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool
13 April 2018 – O2 Apollo, Manchester
15 April 2018 – City Hall, Newcastle
17 April 2018 – Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
23 April 2018 – Waterfront Hall Auditorium, Belfast
25 April 2018 – Colston Hall, Bristol
27 April 2018 – New Theatre, Oxford
29 April 2018 – Symphony Hall, Birmingham
1 May 2018 – Palladium, London
Chic featuring Nile Rodgers
Chic, formed by Nile Rodgers, have been credited as influences behind many international bands built on minimalist disco. Bands include Duran Duran, The Smiths and Queen. Rodgers has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Legends.
27 October – Bluesfest @ The O2, London
The band are heralded as pioneers in the world of heavy metal and hard rock. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016, and now have twenty albums to their name. Legends.
17 November – Arena Birmingham, Birmingham
18 November – Manchester Arena, Manchester
20 November – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
22 November – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
23 November – The O2, London
They’ve sold over 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the most successful bands in history. They’ve had over 50 songs in the UK charts, including two No.1 singles. Every single one of their UK album releases have reached the Top 10, spending over 210 weeks in the charts. Legends.
17 November – Manchester Arena, Manchester
19 November – Arena Birmingham, Birmingham
22 November – The O2, London
Renowned for her work in musical theatre, Elaine Paige has been awarded an OBE by the Queen. She is known as the First Lady of British Musical Theatre due to her many starring roles in the West End and beyond. She has released 15 solo albums, as well as more cast recordings. Legend.
23 October – Eden Court, Inverness
24 October – Perth Concert Hall, Perth
27 October – Her Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen
28 October – The Queens Hall, Edinburgh
2 November – Venue Cymru, Llandudno
3 November – Arts Centre, Aberystwyth
11 November – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry
13 November – Milton Keynes Theatre, Milton Kenyes
15 November – The Sage, Gateshead
24 November – Winter Garden, Margate
26 November – The Alban Arena, St Albans
Hall + Oates
Daryll Hall and John Oates are masters of melody. They’ve sold around 40 million records during their career, making them the third best-selling duo of all time. Billboard have even named them the most successful rock duo ever. Legends.
28 October – Bluesfest @ The O2, London
As a member of Genesis and a solo artist, Phil Collins has firmly established his legendary status. Perhaps surprisingly, he’s been picked up in the urban music scene, reportedly influencing the likes of Kayne West, Alicia Keys and Beyonce. Legend.
22 November – Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
24 November – Sheffield Arena, Sheffield
26 November – Royal Albert Hall, London
27 November – Royal Albert Hall, London
29 November – Manchester Arena, Manchester
1 December – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
2 December – Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle
3 December – Genting Arena, Birmingham
Robert Plant founded Led Zeppelin in 1968. They rose to fame in the 70s with iconic songs such as Good Times Bad Times and Whole Lotta Love. Their music has dominated the airwaves since. Plant released his first solo record in 1982, with four since the turn of the century. Legend.
16 November – Pavilions, Plymouth
17 November – Colston Hall, Bristol
20 November – Civic, Wolverhampton
22 November – Venue Cymru, Llandudno
24 November – City Hall, Newcastle
25 November – Olympia, Liverpool
27 November – SEC Armadillo, Glasgow
28 November – Concert Hall, Perth
30 November – O2 Apollo, Manchester
2 December – Ulster Hall, Belfast
3 December – Bord Gias Energy Theatre, Dublin
6 December – City Hall, Sheffield
8 December – Royal Albert Hall, London
11 December – Guildhall, Portsmouth
12 December – Symphony Hall, Birmingham
His legendary live performances are renowned as immersive sensory experiences featuring high-class, state-of-the-art audio visual production and breathtaking quad sound. Solo live shows promise iconic tracks from Pink Floyd’s repertoire, as well as tracks from his solo career. Legend.
29 June – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
2 July – Echo Arena, Liverpool
3 July – Manchester Arena
6 July – Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time Hyde Park, London
7 July – Birmingham Arena
TINA – The Tina Turner Musical
Tina Turner celebrates being one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time. She’s directly involved in TINA The Musical, based on her turbulent rise to fame. The musical opens at London’s Aldwych Theatre in the West End on the 21 March 2018, currently scheduled to run until the 16 June 2018, featuring some of her biggest hits. Legend.
Honorary Mention: Mariah Carey
Easily on her way to legendary status, Mariah Carey is widely credited as bringing R&B and hip-hop into mainstream culture. With 13 full-length albums under her belt, including a spectacular 18 Billboard No.1 singles, she’s easily up there with the best.
10 December – Manchester Arena, Manchester
11 December – The O2, London
Honorary Mention: Shania Twain
Twain has won five Grammy Awards in her music career to date, cementing her as the reigning Queen of Country Pop. She’s sold over 90 millions albums worldwide, making her the top selling female country artist of all time. If that’s not legendary, we’re stumped.
21 September 2018 – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
22 September 2018 – Manchester Arena, Manchester
24 September 2018 – Birmingham Arena, Birmingham
26 September 2018 – 3Arena, Dublin
29 September 2018 – The SSE Arena, Belfast
2 October 2018 – The O2, London
3 October 2018 – The O2, London
Check back here regularly to find out the latest legends on tour.