Photo credit: Greg Caparell

With the summer concert season behind us for the most part, it’s time to ask: what was the best concert of Summer 2022?


Summer 2022 truly felt like the return of live music. Granted, last summer had its fair share of tours and big name acts out on the road. But plenty of people–myself included–were still wary of heading out to big summer shows during the Coronavirus pandemic. Now that it seems we’ll be living with COVID-19 for the foreseeable future, plenty of people–myself included–are making their peace with that and heading back out regularly to enjoy live music again.


I hit up a few shows this summer, starting with the (un)official kickoff of the summer music season: Boston Calling Music Festival. Two nights of Nine Inch Nails was a dream come true. And Metallica closing down the festival on Sunday night was epic. Then, it was a summer of lots of swimming and body surfing and pizza boarding in Maine and points north. So I missed out on The Black Crowes at Tanglewood and The Cult at Leader Bank Pavilion, two shows I was looking forward to. But I did drag my kid to see Spoon and Interpol at Bold Point Park in Providence. And we were on hand for Red Hot Chili Peppers, St. Vincent and Thundercat at Fenway Park. They even reviewed the show for me!


The Best Concert of Summer 2022

So how about you? The Ticket Troll gave away a metric ton of tickets to big summer shows starting all the way back in June. And the winning continues this week with tickets to see Smashing Pumpkins and Jane’s Addiction or Alice In Chains and Bush. Get the details here. Then scroll through my list of 21 summer concerts and vote for your favorite.

  • Aerosmith at Fenway Park

    Aerosmith at Fenway Flyer

  • The Black Crowes at Tanglewood

    the black crowes

  • The Cult at Leader Bank Pavilion

    the cult

  • Dave Matthews Band at Xfinity Center


  • Dead and Company at Gillette Stadium

    dead and company

  • Flogging Molly & The Interrupters at Leader Bank Pavilion

    Flogging Molly

  • Godsmack at MGM Music Hall

    Godsmack show poster

  • Halestorm and The Pretty Reckless at Leader Bank Pavilion


  • Incubus & Sublime w/Rome at Xfinity Center


  • Korn & Evanescence at Xfinity Center


  • Metallica and Nine Inch Nails at Boston Calling

    Boston Calling 2022

    Nine Inch Nails, The Strokes, and Metallica headlining? With bands like Cheap Trick and Weezer on the undercard? I’ll take it.

  • My Chemical Romance & Thursday at TD Garden

    MCR Thursday Flyer

  • Phish at Xfinity Center


  • Rammstein at Gillette Stadium

    Rammstein 02

    Photo credit: Greg Caparell

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers at Fenway Park

    Red Hot Chili Peppers at Fenway Park Flyer

  • Rob Zombie at Xfinity Center

    Rob Zombie

  • Roger Waters at TD Garden

    Roger Waters Tour Poster

  • Spoon and Interpol at Bold Point Park


  • The Stadium Tour at Fenway Park

    Stadium Tour Poster

  • Third Eye Blind & Taking Back Sunday at Xfinity Center

    Third Eye Blind

  • ZZ Top at Leader Bank Pavilion

    ZZ Top

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