5 Hot-ticket concerts in Vancouver this summer

If you hate crowds, this isn’t for you. Expect to sing and dance all night with thousands of other fans at one of these big-ticket concerts rolling through Rogers Arena this summer.

Queen + Adam Lambert

Not many American Idol contestants can garner the type of attention that Adam Lambert can, but that’s why the season-eight runner-up is performing on the same bill as rock legends Queen. On this short 19-date North American tour, which kicks off in June and ends at the end of July, Lambert will be fronting a reformed Queen that includes members Brian May and Roger Taylor. Of course you’ll be hearing iconic hits like “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions”, but you’ll likely also hear material from Lambert’s two studio albums, For Your Entertainment and Trespassing. Tickets peak at $140, which makes this a pretty affordable chance to see Queen.


Cher might be nearly 70 years old, but that isn’t slowing her down at all. In March, the singer launched her Dressed to Kill Tour—her eighth solo concert tour in support of her 25th studio album, Closer to the Truth. At this point, Cher knows what her fans enjoy, and that’s a sparkly high-energy spectacle set to a dance-pop soundtrack. This tour gives fans all of that, with an eclectic mix of old and new Cher hits, including “The Beat Goes On”, “Strong Enough”, “If I Could Turn Back Time”, and “Believe”. She’ll be bringing her tour to Vancouver at Rogers Arena on June 27, joined by special guest Cyndi Lauper. Tickets are as high as $173, but that’s the price you pay to see two divas still going strong.

Rod Stewart + Santana

One of England’s best-selling singers of all time has joined forces with one of the most iconic guitarists of our time. Rod Stewart and Santana launched an 18-city North American tour in May, and the good times will roll into Vancouver’s Rogers Arena on August 2. Expect to hear hits from Rod Stewart’s five-decade spanning career, including “Hot Legs”, “Some Guys Have All the Luck”, “Forever Young”, “Downtown Train”, and “Ruby Tuesday”. Tickets run from &70 to $180.

Katy Perry

Pop queen Katy Perry is currently on her third solo tour with the Prismatic World Tour. It began in May in Europe and will run until the end of the year. The tour celebrates Perry’s fourth studio album, Prism, which includes such hits as “Roar”, “Dark Horse” and “Birthday”, while also giving fans a taste of past hits, such as “I kissed a Girl”, “Teenage Dream”, and “California Gurls”. In true Katy Perry fashion, expect to see over-the-top costumes, rainbow décor, and a few pyrotechnics. In Vancouver, Perry will be joined by Canadian twins Tegan & Sara for two shows at Rogers Arena on September 9 and 10. Tickets are $41 to $170.

Elton John

Prolific British songwriter Elton John will bring his sequined suits and honky-tonk piano to Vancouver for two nights in September. He’ll perform at Rogers Arena on September 13 and 14. The tour will feature hits from Elton John’s five-decade career, including the recently rereleased 40th anniversary edition of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. While tickets soar to over $200, that’s the price you pay for a rare opportunity to dance along to Elton John and his band’s “Crocodile Rock”.

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