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Summer music heats up 2023

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Depeche Mode performs at the United Center in Chicago, April 5, 2023. | Jake Barlow/CBS News


As we enter the summer music season, live performances are in full swing.

Scroll through our concert gallery, featuring images by CBS News photojournalist Jake Barlow and photographers Ed Spinelli and Kirstine Walton.

The Zac Brown Band

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The Zac Brown Band performs at Milwaukee’s Summerfest, June 23, 2023.

Held for the 55th year on 75 acres of festival grounds along the shore of Lake Michigan, Summerfest features hundreds of performances on 12 stages over three weekends. Produced by Milwaukee World Festival.

Three 6 Mafia

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The hip hop group Three 6 Mafia (DJ Paul, left, and Juicy J, wearing a Hannibal Lecter mask and strait jacket) performs at Summerfest, on the USCellular Connection Stage, June 22, 2023.

Gryffin

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Musician and DJ Dan Griffith (a.k.a. Gryffin) performs on the Miller Lite Oasis Stage at Summerfest in Milwaukee, June 22, 2023.

Buddy Guy

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Blues guitarist Buddy Guy performs at Summerfest, on the Uline Warehouse Stage, June 22, 2023. Guy is a Kennedy Center Honoree, a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and an eight-time Grammy Award-winner.

Elle King

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Singer-songwriter Elle King performs at Summerfest, at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater, June 22, 2023.

The Zac Brown Band

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The Zac Brown Band at Summerfest, June 23, 2023. Among the hits they performed: “Chicken Fried,” “Toes,” “Colder Weather,” “Knee Deep,” “Keep Me in Mind,” “Homegrown” and “Beautiful Drug.”

They also performed several covers, including Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the Charlie Daniels Band’s “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” the Rolling Stones’ “Paint It Black,” and the Allman Brothers Band’s “Whipping Post.” 

Bleachers

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Jack Antonoff’s rock band Bleachers performs at Summerfest in Milwaukee, on the Generac Power Stage, June 23, 2023.

Radkey

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The punk rock band Radkey (the brothers Isaiah Radke, on bass; Solomon Radke, on drums; and Dee Radke, guitars and vocals) performs on the Uline Warehouse Stage at Summerfest, in Milwaukee, June 23, 2023.

James Taylor

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James Taylor performs at Summerfest, at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater, on June 24, 2023. 

His setlist included such Taylor standards as “Sweet Baby James,” “Carolina In My Mind,” “Fire and Rain,” and “You’ve Got a Friend.”

Sheryl Crow

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Sheryl Crow, a 2023 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, performs at Summerfest in Milwaukee on June 24, 2023. 

Her setlist included “If It Makes You Happy,” “Strong Enough,” “Everyday Is a Winding Road,” and “The First Cut Is the Deepest.”

Noah Kahan

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Singer-songwriter Noah Kahan performs at Summerfest in Milwaukee, June 24, 2023. He performed music from his recent album, “Stick Season,” including “All My Love,” “She Calls Me Back,” “Northern Attitude” and “The View Between Villages.”

Elvis Costello & The Imposters

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Elvis Costello & The Imposters performs at the BMO Pavilion during Summerfest in Milwaukee, June 24, 2023.

Lyle Lovett

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Singer-songwriter Lyle Lovett performs on the Uline Warehouse Stage at Summerfest in Milwaukee, June 24, 2023. 

The Dave Matthews Band

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The Dave Matthews Band performs at Summerfest, at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater, June 29, 2023. 

Their setlist included “Madman’s Eyes,” “Don’t Drink the Water,” “Crash Into Me,” and “What Would You Say.”

Debbie Gibson

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Debbie Gibson performs on the Miller Lite Oasis Stage at Summerfest, June 29, 2023. Her setlist included “Foolish Beat,” “Out of the Blue,” “One Step Closer” and “Lost in Your Eyes.”

Coi Leray

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Rapper Coi Leray performs at Summerfest on the USCellular Connection Stage, June 29, 2023.

Odesza

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The electronic music duo Odesza performs at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater during Summerfest, in Milwaukee, June 30, 2023.

Earth, Wind & Fire

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Verdine White, of Earth Wind & Fire, performs at the BMO Pavilion during Summerfest, in Milwaukee, June 30, 2023. 

The group played such classics as “Shining Star,” “Boogie Wonderland,” “That’s the Way of the World,” “Serpentine Fire,” and of course, “September.”

Brett Young

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Country singer-songwriter Brett Young performs at Summerfest in Milwaukee, July 1, 2023.

Sean Paul

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Rapper Sean Paul performs at the Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard in Milwaukee during Summerfest, July 1, 2023.

Ava Max

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Singer-songwriter Ava Max performs during Summerfest at the BMO Pavilion in Milwaukee, July 1, 2023. She performed her 2018 breakout hit, “Sweet But Psycho,” as well as “Salt,” “Kings & Queens,” “Who’s Laughing Now,” and “Diamonds & Dancefloors.”

Information Society

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The band Information Society (featuring singer Kurt Harland, percussionist Paul Robb and bassist James Cassidy) performs at Summerfest in Milwaukee, July 1, 2023.

Their songs included “What’s on Your Mind (Pure Energy),” “Walking Away,” “Going, Going, Gone,” and “Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds.”

Billy Strings

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Billy Strings, who has been referred to as “The Future of Bluegrass,” performed at the Huntington Beach Pavilion at Northerly Island in Chicago, June 17, 2023.

The set list included “Taking Water,” “Running,” and “Long Forgotten Dream” (from his 2019 Grammy-winning album, “Home”), and covers by such artists as Stonewall Jackson, Bob Dylan, Bill Monroe, Doc Watson and Bill Emerson. 

The Cure

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As part of their “Shows of a Lost World Tour,” The Cure performed to a sold-out United Center in Chicago on June 10, 2023. The English rockers played a nearly three-hour set, featuring 32 songs. 

Pictured: Bassist Simon Gallup. 

The Cure

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Lead singer-guitarist Robert Smith, of the alternative rock band The Cure, performing at the United Center in Chicago, June 10, 2023. 

Dead & Company

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In the first of two sold-out shows, Dead & Company performed at Chicago’s Wrigley Field on June 9, 2023.

This latest incarnation of the Grateful Dead (featuring surviving Dead members Weir and Mickey Hart, along with John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, Jeff Chimenti and Jay Lane) is on its final tour, slated to wrap up July 16 in – where else? – San Francisco. 

Dead & Company

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Bob Weir of Dead & Company. 

Taylor Swift

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Taylor Swift brought her “Eras Tour” into Soldier Field on June 2, 2023. It was the first of three sold-out shows in Chicago. 

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The Eras Tour, which features music from Swift’s 10 studio albums over the past 17 years, began in March in Arizona, and is running through November, with the final concert to be held in São Paulo, Brazil.

Taylor Swift

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Wearing an Atelier Versace bodysuit, Taylor Swift performs songs from her album “Lover” (including “Cruel Summer” and “You Need to Calm Down”). 

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Taylor Swift performs “The Man” at Soldier Field on Chicago on June 2, 2023.

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Taylor Swift at Soldier Field on June 2, 2023. More than 55,000 ticket-holding Swifties attended the first of three Chicago concerts. 

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs

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The Yeah Yeah Yeahs (singer-pianist Karen O, guitarist-keyboardist Nick Zinner, and drummer Brian Chase) perform at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island, Chicago, June 1, 2023. 

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs

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Guitarist Nick Zinner of The Yeah Yeah Yeahs in Chicago, June 1, 2023.

The indie rock band’s setlist included “Spitting Off The Edge Of The World,” “Burning,” “Zero,” Wolf” and “Maps.”

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs

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Guest member Imaad Wasif performs with The Yeah Yeah Yeahs in Chicago, June 1, 2023. Drummer Brian Chase is in the background. 

Stewart Copeland

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Drummer Stewart Copeland, a founding member of The Police, performs at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan, Ill., May 19, 2023.

The concert, part of the “Stewart Copeland Police Deranged Tour,” featured such Police favorites as “Roxanne,” “King of Pain,” “Every Breath You Take,” “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” and “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic.”

The Flaming Lips

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The Oklahoma-based psychedelic rock band The Flaming Lips performs at the Salt Shed in Chicago May 5, 2023, as part of their “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots 20th Anniversary Tour.” 

The Flaming Lips

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Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne (inside the space bubble) performs at the Salt Shed in Chicago May 5, 2023. 

Metallica

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This spring the heavy metal band Metallica launched a world tour that will last two years, promoting their latest album, “72 Seasons,” released in April. Each city visited will host two concerts with different set lists.

The first concert of their “M72” tour was held on April 27 at Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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Lead singer and guitarist James Hetfield of Metallica. 

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Drummer Lars Ulrich of Metallica in Amsterdam. 

The concert featured live debuts of “Screaming Suicide” and “Sleepwalk My Life Away,” as well as “Lux Æterna” (their first new single in six years), from their latest album, “72 Seasons.” 

They also performed the “Master of Puppets” track “Orion” as a show opener for the first time since 2011. 

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Bassist Robert Trujillo of Metallica performs in Amsterdam.

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Lead guitarist Kirk Hammett of Metallica, at the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam, April 27, 2023. 

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Kirk Hammett’s Boris Karloff guitar. 

Depeche Mode

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Depeche Mode performs at the United Center in Chicago April 5, 2023. 

First charting in 1981 with their debut album “Speak & Spell,” the English synth and electronic rock band has had eight Billboard Top 10 albums in the U.S., including the 1993 chart topper “Songs of Faith and Devotion.”

Depeche Mode

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Since 1980 vocalist Dave Gahan and guitarist-keyboardist Martin Gore have been performing as Depeche Mode, which formed out of the band Composition of Sound. 

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Guitarist Martin Gore of Depeche Mode. 

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The setlist from Depeche Mode’s Chicago concert.

The group recently released their 15th studio album, “Memento Mori,” featuring the single “Ghosts Again.” 

Placebo

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Placebo, an alternative rock band from the U.K. featuring Brian Molko and Stefan Olsdal, was at the Salt Shed in Chicago April 21, 2023.

Their setlist featured songs from their 2022 album “Never Let Me Go,” including “Forever Chemicals,” “Beautiful James,” “Hugz,” “Happy Birthday to the Sky,” “Sad White Reggae,” and “Chemtrails,”

John Mayer

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John Mayer‘s acoustic tour took him to Chicago, at the United Center on March 31. His setlist included “Your Body Is a Wonderland,” “Heartbreak Warfare,” “Who Says,” and “Love on the Weekend,” as well as covers of The Grateful Dead (“Friend of the Devil”), Beyoncé (“XO”) and Tom Petty (“Free Fallin'”). 

He also spent time at the piano, covering a-ha (“Take On Me”) and Harry Styles (“As It Was”).

Steel Panther

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The metal band Steel Panther prowled around the House of Blues in Chicago on March 25, 2023, with music from their new album, “On The Prowl.”

Michael Starr, Russ Parrish, “Stix” Zadinia and Joe “Spyder” Lester performed “Friends With Benefits,” “1987” and “Ain’t Dead Yet.”

Crobot

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The Pennsylvania rock band Crobot performed at the House of Blues in Chicago March 25, 2023.

Founding members Brandon Yeagley (vocals) and Chris Bishop (guitar), alongside Dan Ryan (drums) and Eddie Collins (bass), performed “Gasoline,” “Low Life,” “The Necromancer” and “Chupacabra.”

Iggy Pop

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For the opening of his 2023 tour, Iggy Pop played at the Salt Shed in Chicago, on March 10. The Salt Shed is a new music venue along the riverfront, in what was once the Morton Salt complex.

Iggy Pop

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Pop performed songs from his latest album, “Every Loser,” including “Frenzy,” “Strung Out Johnny,” and “Modern Day Ripoff,” as well as songs from his Iggy and The Stooges days (“Raw Power,” “Death Trip,” “Gimme Danger” and “I’m Sick of You”). 

Angel

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The glam rock band Angel originally formed in the 1970s, and regrouped in the ’90s. The current lineup features original guitarist Punky Meadows and singer Frank DiMino. They played the Arcada Theater in St. Charles, Ill., on March 19, along with guitarist Danny Farrow, keyboardist Charlie Calv, bassist Steve Ojane, and drummer Billy Orrico.

Their setlist included “Rock and Rollers” (from their 1975 debut album), and “Ain’t Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore.”

Guitars

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Depeche Mode guitars await their time on stage.

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