NYC concerts: Elton John, Kiss, more must-see shows

By Meghan Giannotta

Whether you live and breathe pop, hip-hop or rock music, there's a concert for you.

There's no shortage of high-profile bands and artists slated to perform in NYC, from Cher to Elton John to Shawn Mendes. You'll want to purchase tickets for these shows now.

Here's who to see around the city.

Anderson .Paak (Feb. 22)

The California singer, songwriter and drummer is up for a best rap performance Grammy, for "Bubblin." His live performances, which often include him rapping while drumming, are some of the most fun in music today. (Hammerstein Ballroom)

Travis Scott (March 3)

Rapper Travis Scott will take to Brooklyn in March in support of his Billboard 200-topping album "ASTROWORLD." (Barclays Center)

Elton John (March 5-6; 8-9)

The legendary performer will be making his final curtain calls in New York as part of his "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" tour. He will be playing the most famous hits from his 50-year career. (March 5 & 6, Madison Square Garden; March 8 & 9, Barclays Center)


Fleetwood Mac (March 11)

The seminal rock band returns to New York - albeit down one band member. While Lindsey Buckingham won't be touring with Mac, it will surely be a show to remember with Stevie Nicks' induction into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame in Brooklyn later in the month. (Madison Square Garden,

Robyn (March 8)

The goddess of dance-pop returns to New York on a massive scale, in support of an album that received sterling reviews from Complex to NPR. Bring dancing shoes and drink water (or liquid courage, as needed); no matter where you are in the arena, you will be moving. (Madison Square Garden)

Mariah Carey (March 25)

The legendary performer will be making a stop in her hometown as part of her "Caution World Tour." (Radio City Music Hall)

KISS (March 27)

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will hit up New York twice in 2019 as part of their farewell "End of the Road World Tour." Their performances will culminate a 45-year career of hit tunes and over-the-top performances. (March 27, Madison Square Garden; also Aug. 20, Barclays Center)

Muse (April 8)

The influential rock band - in the midst of The Simulation Theory World Tour - is notorious for their grandiose live performances. Prepare yourself for electric choruses, emotive piano interludes and a galactic light show. (Madison Square Garden)

Tony Bennett (April 13)

New York City-born legend Tony Bennett will be serenading Madison Square Garden on April 13, just short of his 93rd birthday. (Madison Square Garden)

Cher (May 2)

Cher heads back out on the road with the "Here We Go Again" tour, her first in five years. After an appearance in "Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again," the artist is expected to release an ABBA tribute album on Sept. 28. (May 2, Barclays Center)

Lizzo (May 12)

The rising hip-hop singer and troupe of dancers will take the stage at Brooklyn Steel in support of her upcoming third studio album "Cuz I Love You." (Brooklyn Steel)

The Who (May 13)

In celebration of releasing their first song in 13 years, The Who are embarking on the 2019 "Movin' On!" tour. If you're keen on winning tickets to the date, try spotting The Who's Magic Bus driving through NYC. (Madison Square Garden)

Pink (May 21)

The "What About Us" singer just didn't get enough of New York City the first time around. She's added a second Madison Square Garden stop on her Beautiful Trauma Tour, extending the run into 2019. (May 21 at 7 p.m., Madison Square Garden)

Ariana Grande (June 14-15, 18-19)

In support of her widely-anticipated album "Thank U, Next" as well as 2018's "Sweetener," the pop star will take the stage at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on June 14 and 15 before heading across the river to play the Garden on June 18 and 19. (Barclays Center, Madison Square Garden)

Iron Maiden (July 26)

The classic metal band will head to Brooklyn in the summer as part of its "Legacy of the Beast Tour." (Barclays Center)

Queen feat. Adam Lambert (Aug. 6-7)

On the heels of the feature film "Bohemian Rhapsody" Queen returns to tour with none other than former American Idol star Adam Lambert. (Madison Square Garden,

Shawn Mendes (Aug. 24)

There will be nothin' holding Shawn Mendes back when he heads out on his world tour next spring. The "Treat You Better" singer will be performing tracks off his self-titled album, due out May 25. (Barclays Center)

Carrie Underwood (Oct. 2)

Carrie Underwood released her latest album, "Cry Pretty," this fall, but the country singer will wait until 2019 to head out on tour to celebrate. (Madison Square Garden)