Co-headline tours really seem to be the ‘in thing’ at the moment. American pop-punk band All Time Low teamed up with British rock icons You Me At Six for a huge arena tour this week, ending with a night at London’s O2 arena on Valentine’s Day. But that’s not the only co-headline tour set to rock 2015; post-hardcore fans are already wetting themselves with excitement as Pierce the Veil and Sleeping With Sirens are set to join forces on a co-headline world tour, including UK dates in April, while Cancer Bats and While She Sleeps are heading out on a heavy-as-fuck tour of the country together in the same month. These are some pretty badass tours, but we’ve come up with five more amazing co-headliners we’d absolutely love to see!
Aerosmith and Def Leppard
Dream big, right?! While their successes came a decade apart, both bands produced some classic rock tunes that your parents probably loved (and made out to) in their teenage years. Dominating the ‘70s with their blues-rock/glam-rock crossover, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler still knows how to rock a stage even in his twilight years, while Def Leppard have kept the party going since the ‘80s with their revival of British metal and hard rock, injecting some sleazy sex appeal into the genre for good measure. Can you imagine hearing live performances of songs like ‘Love in an Elevator’ and ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’ all in one night? We’re not sure if we could handle it, actually…
Gallows and Misfits
A co-headline tour would be the perfect opportunity for a real look at how music genres have grown and changed over the years. There are any number of combinations that could give a ‘Then vs. Now’ view of music; punk rock is just one example. Horror-punk legends Misfits are one of the world’s most iconic punk bands, not only for their innovative pop-culture spin on the genre but also their progression from the original Ramones-esque punk sound to a faster, more brutal approach. Fast forward to today and that sound can be translated to hardcore punk, of which Gallows are a prime example. It would be amazing to see the veterans of a genre and a modern day equivalent come together in one place; can someone make this happen, please?!
Jimmy Eat World and Mayday Parade
The emo scene has dwindled considerably since the early ‘00s, but there’s still a place in our hearts for the band that brought it into the mainstream in the first place; Jimmy Eat World have played around with alt-rock and pop-punk every now and then over the years, but we all know that they’re still emo kids deep down, and we love them for it. One band who has flown the heart-on-your-sleeve flag in more recent years is Mayday Parade, who layer pop-punk vocals over heartfelt lyrics that would have been right at home in last decade’s emo scene. To see both of these bands pour their hearts out in one tour would be just the revival that fans are looking for – although you might find yourself emotionally exhausted by the end!
Sum 41 and The Offspring
Does this really need an explanation? Okay… Rewind to the ‘90s and, thanks to the phenomenal success of Green Day’s Dookie, the new wave of punk is taking off faster than anyone could have imagined, paving the way for other bands to finally break out of their underground scenes and taste success. Enter The Offspring, who also saw their first commercial album release in 1994 and enjoyed riding the waves of punk rock popularity. Skip ahead a few years, and skate-punk band Sum 41 are still making the most of their predecessors’ success, with their first single from their first album becoming a huge hit in 2001. Thanks to these bands, pop-punk surfaced and continued to grow into the thriving scene that we know and love today. This is one co-headline tour that should definitely happen, if only for the blast of nostalgic mainstream punk from two of the revival’s biggest names.
Bring Me The Horizon and You Me At Six
Okay, so given that they’re fresh off of their co-headline tour with All Time Low, it’s unlikely that You Me At Six will be willing to share the stage again any time soon, but it’s not often that two bands from very different genres share fan-bases to quite the extent that Bring Me The Horizon and You Me At Six seem to. One might be a heavy metalcore band from Sheffield while the other is an alternative rock band from the south of England, but fans of one are often also fans of the other – especially since Oli Sykes performed guest vocals on the much-loved YMAS single ‘Bite My Tongue’ and Josh Franceschi performed guest vocals on Bring Me’s track ‘F**k’. We all know the bands are great friends too so, come on guys, do a Bring Me The Horizon/You Me At Six version of ‘lads on tour’ just for us!