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The July Guide to Los Angeles' Hard Rock and Metal Concerts
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The July Guide to Los Angeles' Hard Rock and Metal Concerts

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Updated: 11 December 2015
Metalheads and rockers everywhere know that Los Angeles is the place to be to see their favorite bands, as well as catch up with some of the best of California‘s music scene. This summer brought the ever-popular Rockstar Mayhem Festival in June, and California continues to deliver in July with some of the best summer lineups yet. Looking to get your rock and roll fix this summer? Be sure to catch one (or maybe all) of these fantastic shows!
Van Halen Promotional Tour Poster 2015
Van Halen Promotional Tour Poster 2015

Van Halen

Heavy metal giant Van Halen makes a hometown appearance in California with two dates near the LA scene. Diamond Dave has returned to the lineup for their current tour with three Van Halens (Alex, Wolfgang, and Eddie) on the drums, bass and lead guitars. Van Halen guarantees a good time for all fans who come out to see them as they blast through hits like “Panama,” “Jump,” and “Runnin’ With the Devil.” For those who don’t feel like making the dive this month, you can catch them again as they close out the tour in October with two dates at the Hollywood Bowl.

Saturday, July 11th at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, CA

Tuesday, July 14th at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, CA

Battle of the Bands for Cathouse Live Promotional Poster
Battle of the Bands for Cathouse Live Promotional Poster

Battle of the Bands

The Cathouse Live held in August is going to be an event with some of the biggest names in metal, and there are two open slots that have yet to be filled. Who is going to choose who comes out? Well, you are, naturally! The Whisky A Go Go is hosting a battle of the bands this month where local artists are competing for the two coveted slots to perform at the Cathouse Live. Hopeful locals need your support – you can vote for your favorite band by purchasing tickets through the various bands on the bill, and come out to cheer them on!

Tuesday, July 14th at the Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, CA

Alice In Chains Promotional Poster North American Tour 2015
Alice In Chains Promotional Poster North American Tour 2015

Alice in Chains

Alternative rock legend Alice in Chains is in the midst of their North American tour this summer, and a couple of California dates are on the roster. Coming to the Starlight Theatre in Pala this month, Alice in Chains fans are making the 96 mile trek to see their favorite band and jam along to hits like “Man in the Box,” “Them Bones” and “Rooster.” The event is 21+ in an outdoor venue, so be prepared for a great summer concert that fans won’t want to miss.

Friday, July 17th at the Starlight Theatre in Pala, CA

Cruefest Hollywood Official 2015 Logo
Cruefest Hollywood Official 2015 Logo Credit: Steven Talbott

Cruefest

A Hollywood tradition since 2001, Cruefest is a fan-organized charity event in honor and memory of Skylar Neil, daughter of Motley Crue’s lead singer Vince Neil. The sad news of Skylar’s passing due to cancer has inspired fans to show their support and raise money and awareness for cancer research. The Hollywood Cruefest has grown since its beginning and includes many bands and artists from around the world to participate every year. Now the Cruefest idea has spread and similar events are held across the United States and in Canada and Australia as well. Come out and support a good cause, and listen to some great bands at this year’s lineup!

Saturday July 25th at the Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, CA

Boston Self Titled Album Cover Art
Boston Self Titled Album Cover Art

Boston/REO Speedwagon

Two of the most popular American rock bands have teamed up this summer to deliver a show unlike any other. Boston and REO Speedwagon are taking the stage at the Forum this July in Inglewood, and it’s sure to be an unforgettable night. REO Speedwagon has become a classic rock staple over the years with their hits including “Keep on Loving You,” “Take it on the Run,” and “Roll with the Changes.” Meanwhile, Boston has been delivering phenomenal live performances since their formation in the 70s, and this tour is no exception as they’ll be cranking out fan favorites like “More Than a Feeling,” and “Rock and Roll Band.” Classic rock fans will not want to miss this show!

Sunday, July 26th at the Forum in Inglewood, CA