The Top Rock and Metal Tours of All Time

The Top Rock and Metal Tours of All Time

Although any major tour announcement is exciting and fun, some tours stand head and shoulders above the rest because of the massive impact they made in the world of music. Here are a few of the tours that STILL have fans remembering what happened in those amazing concerts.

Nine Inch Nails: Self Destruct Tour, 1994-95

Nine Inch Nails has one foot firmly in the rock world and another in the metal world, and yet another foot in a world that they alone occupy. Nine Inch Nails’ Self Destruct Tour was most known for the massive performance at Lollapalooza in ‘94; this concert firmly cemented NIN as a popular band in the minds of thousands of Americans at the time. It propelled NIN to massive levels of stardom in the early 2000s, and even today people still virally love the grinding riffs of NIN. The Self Destruct Tour was the first big budget tour the band did; most concerts ended in massive chaos, with the band destroying the equipment and inciting riots.

Marilyn Manson: Dead To the World Tour, 1996

THIS is the tour that made Marilyn Manson a household name and a satanic icon; dubbing himself the American Antichrist, Manson embarked on a tour that was notorious for riots, massive crowds of aggressive people, and shocking imagery and sexual suggestions. His concerts contained massive sets, which would have required massive storage units and pallets to carry them, such as those found at Manson was outright banned from many cities because of the destruction in his wake, which only made more people want to go and see what all the fuss was about. The 1990s were the time to go to concerts!

Behemoth: The Satanist Tour, 2014

Not all the good tours happened in the 1990s; Behemoth’s “Satanist” tour attracted as much controversy as any other. Many American towns in the Midwest did not want the tour to come to their city; and when touring abroad the band actually was jailed in Poland for inciting Satanism and anti-Christian ideals. There’s still good out there, death metal fans: not all bands are vanilla, wimpy bands. Some are so hardcore that they get arrested for being amazing!

Twins of Evil Tour: Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie, 2011

Ok, Manson makes the list twice here, but let’s talk about Rob Zombie. This artist/filmmaker corners the market on elaborate musical sets; his concerts are like being inside a crazy horror/sci-fi movie. He reported that he lost money on many tours because of the elaborate sets; however, he found it worth it because the fans loved the massive sets and cinematic feel.

This tour didn’t have quite the controversy of many 1990s tours involving Manson, but it was FUN. This tour was nonstop amazing, and kept a great shock-rock vibe the whole time.

Never miss the opportunity to go see a big band on tour; you never know when that tour might go down in history as legendary!

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