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Summer’s biggest indoor concerts

Posted 9:14am on Thursday, May. 08, 2014

Not all the big shows set for the next four months are outdoors. Here are some of the major concerts coming through the area where you won’t have to worry about sun block.

Morrissey (May 22)

The dandy of the downcast returns to North Texas in advance of the 20th anniversary re-release of what some contend is his finest solo effort, Vauxhall & I. The former Smiths frontman is playing Dallas at the Majestic, and that venue’s ’20s-era Renaissance Revival grandeur is fitting for Moz’s sense of classic style. The likes of Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now and There Is a Light That Never Goes Out should sound radiant within those walls. ($39.50-$99.50, ticketmaster.com)

George Strait (June 7)

South Texas’ favorite son is retiring and playing his final show at AT&T Stadium. If you don’t have tickets, you may be out of luck. The concert sold out within hours of going on sale back in December. Also on hand for the performance will be a who’s who of current country, including Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Asleep at the Wheel, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and Lee Ann Womack.

James Taylor (June 15)

This singer-songwriter’s career has remained steady for more than 40 years and his winning personality has kept him a reliable concert draw, even if he doesn’t have any new material to promote. He’s playing Grand Prairie’s Verizon Theatre on this tour and, with its good sightlines and sound, it should be a prime environment to appreciate Sweet Baby James’ lengthy catalog. ($69.75-$89.75, www.verizontheatre.com)

Paul McCartney

(June 16)

Sir Paul has just released what may be his best solo work in years, New, and now he’s on the road again, landing at the American Airlines Center. He’s only playing two Texas concerts on this tour and the other one is not in Austin or Houston but Lubbock, the opening date of his North American swing, which also includes shows in North Dakota and Montana. Maybe this is McCartney’s fracking and drilling tour? ($29.50-$253.75, ticketmaster.com)

Night of the Proms: Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Chic and the Pointer Sisters

(June 19)

Night of the Proms, a meshing of pop and classical music, began in Europe in the ’80s and now is coming to the U.S. with Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Nile Rodgers & Chic, and the Pointer Sisters performing with the Belgian orchestra known as Il Novecento. In North Texas, Proms is making a stop at Verizon Theatre. ($25-$125, www.verizontheatre.com)

Merle Haggard (June 28)

The country king comes back to the area with a Billy Bob’s show. His 45th anniversary/double-CD edition of his classic Okie From Muskogee album has recently landed in stores, so this is a good time to appreciate his contributions to country music and American heritage. ($15-$40, billybobstexas.com)

Queen & Adam Lambert

(July 10)

Lambert has performed lead vocal duties with Queen a number of times, but this tour, which comes to the American Airlines Center in Dallas, is his first official swing with the veteran act. By filling in for Freddie Mercury and, more recently, Paul Rodgers as the Queen frontman, Lambert indeed has some big shoes to fill. ($35-$125, ticketmaster.com)

Lady Gaga (July 17)

Her last album, Artpop, may not have been the huge smash some were expecting, but Lady Gaga is still an impressive live draw — especially since she’s no stranger to stirring up controversy. The last time she was in Texas, for SXSW in Austin, she invited performance artist Millie Brown to vomit on her while onstage. It’s these kind of antics that will have the “little monsters” out in force at the American Airlines Center. ($38.75-$203.75, ticketmaster.com)

Beyonce and Jay-Z (July 22)

America’s first couple of groove, Beyonce and Jay-Z, share the bill at what promises to be a visual spectacular. Their tour is coming to the AT&T Stadium after all, so don’t expect anything approaching understatement from these two. ($40.50-$251, ticketmaster.com)

Austin Mahone (July 27)

The San Antonio teen-pop sensation and Radio Disney Music Awards winner comes to North Texas at the Verizon Theatre on the heels of his tracks Say Somethin’ and 11:11. ($29.50-$65, www.verizontheatre.com)

Tori Amos (July 29)

The singer-songwriter has a new disc out, Unrepentant Geraldines, but no doubt she will be playing the likes of Silent All These Years and Cornflake Girl for the faithful when she headlines Dallas’ Winspear Opera House. This venue should be a great space in which to appreciate her work. ($39.50-$59.50, attpac.org)

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell (Aug. 1)

Brickell, who once called Dallas home, has been in the news lately for a spat with husband Paul Simon. There shouldn’t be any friction, though, between Brickell and her tourmate, musician/comedian Steve Martin, when they play the sold-out Winspear for a night of folk and roots music.

Aerosmith and Slash (Aug. 22)

It will be a night of hard-rock memories when the heavy hitters from Boston and the former Guns N’ Roses guitarist from L.A. team up at the American Airlines Center. ($49.50-$149.50, ticketmaster.com)

One Direction (Aug. 24)

The British boy band plays its biggest North Texas show when it lands at AT&T Stadium. Expect lots and lots of screaming. ($39.50-$99.50, ticketmaster.com)

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