Peter Gabriel/Sting, Pearl Jam tours skipping Pittsburgh

Written by Scott Mervis on .

la-et-peter-sting-tourYork Tillyer photoThis was like Super Tuesday for tour announcements, and most of the news was bad, as most of them are not stopping in Pittsburgh. They can be added to the list with Adele and AC/DC, among others:

Peter Gabriel/Sting

Peter Gabriel continues to avoid Pittsburgh, his last show here being 1993 at Star Lake. This time he is touring with Sting, last here in 2000, on the Rock Paper Scissors Tour, a reunion of sorts of the Amnesty International tour in the ‘80s.

They will play separately and together. “What intrigues me is that you get a good bunch of musicians together and interesting things will happen,” Gabriel said in a statement.

The tour is skipping Pittsburgh, like many other British artists mysteriously do, Radiohead and Adele being top examples.

Dates closest to Pittsburgh are:

June 21: Columbus, Ohio, Nationwide Arena (on sale Feb. 1)

June 23: Washington, DC, Verizon Center (Jan. 25)

June 24: Wantagh, NY, Jones Beach (Feb. 1)

June 26: Philadelphia, Pa., BB&T Pavilion (Jan. 25)

June 27: New York, NY, Madison Square Garden (Jan. 25)

June 29: Toronto, Air Canada Centre (Jan. 25)

June 30: Detroit, The Palace of Auburn Hills (Feb. 1)

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Pearl Jam

The Seattle grunge band, which opened its 2013 tour at Consol Energy Center, announced a 2016 North American tour, running April through August that will not stop here.

Here are all the closest dates:

April 28, 29  – Philadelphia, Wells Fargo Center

May 1-2 – New York, NY, Madison Square Garden

May 10 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre

June 9-12 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival

Aug. 5, 7  – Boston, MA @ Fenway Park

Aug. 20, 22: Chicago, IL @ Wrigley Field

Rob Zombie/Disturbed

Zombie has been a regular here in recent years, so it isn’t that big of a deal that this tour is not stopping here.

This time, though, he will have a new album as he is releasing “The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser” on April 29.

Here are the closest dates:

May 20-21 – Columbus, OH at Rock On The Range

May 22 – Hershey at Giant Center

May 24 – Grand Rapids, MI at Van Andel Arena

Alice Cooper

We went a really long stretch here without seeing Alice Cooper, and now he seems to come every year.

He brings his nightmare back to Stage AE Outdoors on May 20. Tickets are $35; on sale Friday via

Also announced:

Explosions In The Sky

The stunning post-rock band from Austin (best known perhaps for the “Friday Night Lights” music) is heading out in support of its sixth album, “The Wilderness,” on a tour not playing here.

There are limited East Coast dates that are anywhere near us:

May 17 - Norfolk, VA - The NorVa

May 18 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club

May 20 - Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore Philadelphia

Alabama Shakes

The Southern soul band fronted by Brittany Howard released one of last year’s most acclaimed records with “Sound & Color.”

The band’s last show here was at Stage AE on May 8, the same night Lady Gaga played Consol (so I didn’t see it).

This is more of a Southern tour with dates in Nashville, Charlotte, Charleston, etc., so there might be some Northeast dates announced later in the summer.

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