20 Mega Concerts for 2016


Aidin Vaziri | Adele, the Biebs and the Boss are just some of the superstars bringing their tours to the Bay Area in 2016. Here is a rundown of some of the biggest shows headed our way in what is sure to be a music year packed with more action than anyone’s bank account can reasonably withstand.

•Super Bowl 50 (Feb. 4-7) Football is fine, but what we’re really excited about is all the music happening around the big game. Pharrell Williams and the Dave Matthews Band will headline a weekend full of entertainment at the official Super Bowl 50 party at San Francisco’s Pier 70, while hard-rock demigods Metallica represent the bay with an AT&T Park concert as part of “CBS Radio’s The Night Before” series. On game day, Coldplay, touring in support of the new album “A Head Full of Dreams,” will stride in for a touchdown performance as the halftime act at Levi’s Stadium.

This is the end for Black Sabbath. No, really. The pioneering metal band led by Ozzy Osbourne will spend the year on a lengthy farewell tour dubbed “The End” that will hit the Bay Area at least twice — SAP Center in San Jose (Feb. 9) and Oracle Arena in Oakland (Sept. 15) have been announced so far. Plans were recently scrapped for a second comeback album so the group — rounded out by Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler (original drummer Bill Ward was not invited for this round) — can just focus on the good stuff.

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band are on a 24-date trek celebrating “The River,” featuring a complete performance of the 1980 album at every stop, along with the usual mix of classics that make people want to punch life in the face. The Boss and a stripped-down version of his trusty band are expected to hit Oracle Arena in Oakland (March 13).

Justin Bieber, the neurotic 21-year-old pop star who is on the comeback trail following his very public breakdown, plays a pair of Bay Area dates in support of his new album, “Purpose.” He’ll perform back-to-back concerts at SAP Center in San Jose (March 17) and Oracle Arena in Oakland (March 18) hoping to get redemption and win back the love of the tweens.

Adele is on her first North American tour in five years, in support of her record-breaking album, “25.” But getting tickets to one of her concerts in the Bay Area — SAP Center in San Jose (July 30-31) and Oracle Arena (Aug. 2) — could be harder than singing the second verse of “Hello.” They’re going for more than $9,000 on secondary seller sites.

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