Big summer music tours mostly bypass Wichita

I was interested yesterday when Rolling Stone magazine listed online the 40 biggest summer music tours in America.

Three are coming to Intrust Bank Arena: Styx, Foreigner and Don Felder, May 14; James Taylor, June 20;

The latest version of Foreigner is one of the few rock acts set to perform at Wichita's Intrust Bank Arena this summer.

The latest version of Foreigner is one of the few rock acts set to perform at Wichita’s Intrust Bank Arena this summer.

Motley Crue and Alice Cooper, July 12.

Three out of 40. That’s an .075 batting average, much worse than what most big league pitchers hit.

But nothing new. Since Intrust Bank Arena opened in 2010, the building has featured a slew of top country music acts. Other musical genres, though, have been under-served.

I am appreciative of being able to see my favorite band, the Eagles, at IBA a couple of times, most recently last fall. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Intrust Bank Arena. And there have been notable big acts outside of country music to appear at Wichita’s downtown venue such as Billy Joel and Elton John.

It’s just that I feel like I expected more. But having gone back and compiled a list of the musical acts that have performed at IBA since its opening, I suppose maybe I’m being unfair.

Country music headline acts at Intrust Bank Arena – George Straight (3), Taylor Swift (2), Zac Brown Band (2), Carrie Underwood (2), Rascal Flatts (2), Brad Paisley (2), Reba McIntyre (2), Jason Aldean (2), Tim McGraw (2), Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Hank Williams Jr., Miranda Lambert, Rodney Carrington, Brooks and Dunn, Sugarland, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antelbellum. That’s a total of 30 headlining country acts in the four years the arena has been open.

Non-country music headline acts at IBA – Eagles (2), Kid Rock (2), Nickelback (2), Elton John and Billy Joel, John Mayer, Daughtry, Bon Jobi, Shinedown with Three Days Grace, Aerosmith, Barry Manilow, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Josh Groban, Michael Buble, Avenged Sevenfold, James Taylor, Rush, Dave Matthews Band. That’s a total of 21 non-country acts, not including the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, which has already made four appearances at IBA.

Anyway, I would like to see more rock and roll acts at the big house. That’s just me.

And here is the Rolling Stone list of 40 top summer tours. I’ve noted some of the nearby venues some of these artists will be appearing.

Aerosmith and Slash

Damon Albarn

Arcade Fire

Backstreet Boys and Avril Lavigne – Oklahoma City, Kansas City.


Boston and Cheap Trick – Kansas City, Rogers, Ark.

Jimmy Buffett

Cher and Cyndi Lauper – Lincoln, Kansas City, Des Moines.


Fall Out Boy and Paramore – Oklahoma City.

Peter Frampton and Doobie Brothers – Lincoln

Barry Gibb

Goo Goo Dolls/Daughty/Plain White T’s – Des Moines

Billy Joel

Jack Johnson/Amos Lee

Journey/Steve Miller Band/Tower of Power – Kansas City

Kiss and Def Leppard – Des Moines, Tulsa

Lady Gaga

Linkin Park/30 Seconds to Mars/AFI

Dave Matthews Band – Tulsa

Bruno Mars/Pharrell Williams – Tulsa, Little Rock, Omaha

The Monkees – Kansas City

Morrissey – Lincoln

Motley Crue and Alice Cooper – Wichita, Tulsa, Des Moines, Omaha, Oklahoma City

Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden


Katy Perry – Kansas City, Lincoln, Tulsa


Queen with Adam Lambert

REO Speedwagon/Chicago – Kansas City

Lionel Richie and Cee Lo

Romeo Santos

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Rod Stewart and Santana – Lincoln, Kansas City

Styx/Foreigner/Don Felder – Wichita, Oklahoma City, Kansas City

James Taylor – Wichita, Lincoln

Tegan and Sara

Justin Timberlake – Kansas City

Under the Sun with Sugar Ray, Blues Traveler, Smash Mouth, Uncle Kracker – Omaha, Kansas City

ZZ Top and Jeff Beck – Oklahoma City, Kansas City