Exciting concerts that will rock the summer

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Above: Lead singer of Metallica, James Hetfield, throwing up the horns during a performance. They will perform at the Hard Rock Stadium on July 7. 

Refuel your Zippo lighters and strap on your leather jackets because this summer, rock n’ roll icons are making their way down to Miami. In 2017, many say that rock n’ roll is dead. However, these four music legends beg to differ.

On June 11, Irish rock band U2 will perform at the Hard Rock Stadium for their “Joshua Tree Tour 2017.” To commemorate the 30th anniversary of their classic album “The Joshua Tree,” it will be played in its entirety for the first time in history.

With the current title of “Highest Grossing Tour of All Time” for their 2009 U2 360 Tour, the upcoming series of concerts are slated to be among the most successful of the summer. The tour kicked off in Vancouver on May 12 to a sold-out audience at the 54,500 seater BC Place Stadium, according to CBC News, marking a solid start for Bono and company.

With a fresh coat of black nail polish and studded headbands, heavy metal rockers Metallica are coming to the Hard Rock Stadium on July 7 for their “WorldWired Tour.” The group will be joined by modern rock band Avenged Sevenfold to promote their 2016 album “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct.”

The summer tour is expected to exceed the success of their previous world tour in 2009, with its drummer Lars Ulrich claiming “…it’ll be the biggest, craziest stadium tour we’ve ever done.” It will also be the first time Metallica makes a stop in South Florida in eight years, so grab your tickets before they sell out.

Fresh off the heels of his massive success at the 2016 “Desert Trip Festival” and his 2013 “The Wall Live Tour,” Roger Waters kicks off the “Us + Them Tour” on May 26 in Kansas City and will perform at the American Airlines Arena on July 13.

The former bassist and singer of Pink Floyd is keeping the details of the tour under lock and key, but promises that, “… it’ll be spectacular like all my shows have been.” He also promises a setlist chock-full of Pink Floyd classics, paired with new material, as well.

However, Waters is facing opposition for his political views. Both American Express and Citibank have pulled their tour sponsorships due to his strong anti-Israel stances. In addition, Jewish and Israeli organizations have rallied to protest his shows in New York City and Miami.

Wrapping up summer 2017 is Guns N’ Roses with an extended leg of their 2016 “Not in this Lifetime” reunion tour. The iconic ‘80s hard rock band reunited last year after 23 years of separation with their frontman Axl Rose, guitarists Slash and Dizzy Reed and bassist Duff McKagan.

According to Billboard, Guns N’ Roses has already grossed $230 million, making the “Not in This Lifetime Tour” the highest grossing tour of 2016. With an additional 39 shows, including a stop at Marlins Park on Aug. 8, there are no signs of stopping. Buy your tickets and welcome the Gunners back to the jungle.

Whether you’re a die-hard rock n’ roll fan or your parents are dragging you along with them, take this summer to experience four of the biggest names in rock history here in South Florida, and take a break from Ultra and Rolling Loud – at least you’re parents and I will thank you!