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1967’s best rock bands still touring (The Who, Dead, Beatles, Clapton, Floyd, more)

Paul McCartney at Metlife Stadium
photo by Dana Distortion

It’s officially the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, and last week we published a list of the 50 Best Psychedelic Rock Albums of the Summer of Love (aka 1967). Check out the list (which includes all of 1967), and listen to a playlist with music from almost all 50 albums HERE.

If you’d like to see some of the artists on that list live in 2017, there are more than a handful of chances:

Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band with Special Guests are playing Central Park SummerStage on August 30 (tickets) and Dead & Co (ft. Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann) are touring, including NYC’s Citi Field on Saturday (6/24) (tickets). On a related note, the new Dead film Long Strange Trip is on Amazon Prime now and it’s fantastic. Even if you’re not a fan of the band, it’s worth seeing.

Roger Waters of Pink Floyd is on tour now (though he’s not playing any songs off Piper at the Gates of Dawn).

The Who are touring this year, including a stop at Outside Lands. Pete Townshend is also doing an orchestral tour of The Who’s non-Summer of Love album Quadrophenia.

Cream’s Eric Clapton is doing his “final” tour this year.

The 13th Floor Elevators’ Roky Erickson announced a tour very recently.

Donovan is touring, having played NYC earlier this month.

Brian Wilson is doing a tour that has him playing 1966’s Pet Sounds (which was surely getting some play during the Summer of Love), including a Radio City show (tickets). Mike Love’s version of The Beach Boys are also touring this year, but Brian hasn’t been in that band since the 2012 50th anniversary tour.

The Kinks’ Dave Davies recently toured and hopefully will again soon. His brother Ray Davies recently put out a new album.

The Beatles’ Paul McCartney is touring, including EIGHT NYC-area shows! Ringo Starr is touring also.

The Stones have European dates coming up.

The Monkees toured last year and hopefully will again, though Peter Tork of The Monkees is touring with Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone, including a Long Island show in October.

The Red Krayola sadly had to cancel their 50th anniversary shows but we’re hoping they reschedule.

The Doors guitarist Robby Krieger is doing a Doors’ 50th anniversary show at New Jersey’s Bergen PAC on September 23 (tickets).

John Cale celebrated the 50th anniversary of The Velvet Underground & Nico in Liverpool earlier this year, and he’ll do it in NYC in November.

The Byrds’ David Crosby tours a lot and surely will again soon. In case you missed it, read our interview with David Crosby on Donald Trump, the late Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane, the “psychedelic” label, last year’s Lighthouse LP, and more.

Jefferson Airplane members Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady’s band Hot Tuna always incredibly active and have tons of upcoming tour dates. Airplane singer Marty Balin toured as recently as last year.

Vanilla Fudge, The Left Banke, The Troggs, and probably more artists from our Summer of Love list also remain active and may tour near you soon.

Eric Burdon & the Animals, Phil Lesh, Booker T, and Michelle Phillips (making an appearance with The Head and the Heart) all just played the Monterey Pop 50 festival last weekend.

Stay tuned to BrooklynVegan for more tours as they’re announced, and get listening.

SUMMER OF LOVE SPOTIFY PLAYLIST

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