Summer concerts preview

As the season changes, a tune other than warm weather calls on music fans: summer concerts. More than a milestone for vacation-thirsty students, summer symbolizes the beginning of a multi-month period of concerts, shows and tours by countless musical artists and groups.

Starting one day after the official beginning of the summer movie season, No Doubt will regroup after nearly 5 years apart to perform cross-country from May 2 to Aug 8 alongside Paramore. The band, led by Gwen Stefani and having won two Grammy’s, will begin their tour in New Jersey, including a performance at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, and will conclude after 53 shows in California. Early in their tour, No Doubt will play at the Bamboozle festival in East Rutherford.

Katy Perry, whose tour begins in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on April 29, and ends after four shows, will perform with No Doubt on August 4 in California.

Disney protégés the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato will perform over the summer as well. The Jonas Brothers will begin their 2009 World Tour in Texas on June 26 and will end in Toronto on August 30. Lovato, accompanied by American Idol runner-up David Archuleta, will attempt to leave a lasting impression on fans with her first tour with songs from her debut album, “Don’t Forget”.

U2 will also have a memorable concert series with their 360 degrees Tour for their album No Line on the Horizon. The stage will be a circular platform with a 360 degree screen overhead, allowing for fans to experience the concert in a brand new fashion. Some of the money made from the concert will be donated to the (Red) Global Fund to fight AIDs in Africa, a cause in which the band has played an active role.

John Legend will perform songs from July fifth to August 29, with guest India Arie, whose music was featured in the Sex and the City movie, joining him on the first show. Legend will perform at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia on August 5.

Performing songs from her latest album, I am…Sasha Fierce, Beyonce Knowles will begin her nationwide tour on June 21 in Madison Square Garden in New York City, ending on July 23 in Connecticut. She will perform at the Wachovia Center on June 26.

With a concert extending from May 1 to September 28, The Killers will perform seven shows beginning in Indiana and ending in Phoenix, Arizona. On May 5, the band will play at the Susquehanna Bank Center in New Jersey.

Also playing into September, Rock Hall of Famers Aerosmith will perform with ZZ Top, who will join them for all but the first three shows. The legendary band will play in New Jersey on September 18 at the Susquehanna Bank Center, the last show of the tour.

With tours beginning in early May, students can look forward to soaking up lyrics and music from the end of one school year to the beginning of another.