Bob Dylan, Tool, Spoon and Duran Duran (possibly) add Calgary concert dates

Calgary music lovers might want to take out a loan for the coming months.

Monday produced a trio of pretty excellent concert announcements for the summer, with everything from a flat-out legend to contemporary prog metal vets to dad rock biggies.

Oh, and possibly Duran Duran.

But first up Sir Bobness is on his way to town for a slight more intimate show than the last few Dome dates. Bob Dylan and his band will hit town for a July 16 Jubilee concert to coincide with the March 31 release of his first three-disc album Triplicate. According to his website, “Each disc to be presented in a thematically-arranged 10-song sequence, illuminating compositions from great American songwriters interpreted by Dylan through his artistry as a vocalist, arranger and bandleader. 

Tickets for the Dylan show will run you $57, $87 or $127 (plus service charges) and go on sale Friday from

That site will be a busy on that day as that’s when tickets for American dark rock kings Tool’s first show in this city in 11 years go on sale. The band, led by frontman Maynard James Keenan, will hit the Dome for a June 12 appearance. Tickets for that one are $75, $89.50 and $125 (plus service charges).

A new Tool album — what would be their first since 2006’s 10,000 Days — has been rumoured for the past several years, but nothing official has been announced.

To wrap up the summer just right, indie rockers Spoon will hit town for an Aug. 31 MacEwan Hall gig in support of their acclaimed ninth release Hot Thoughts. If you want to catch this show — and you should — you can pick up ducats for $39 (plus service charges) on Friday.

As for aging ’80s dreamboats Duran Duran, according to reports they will perform in Calgary on July 11, the day after an already confirmed and announced July 10 show in Edmonton at Rogers Place.

Possibly the local show will be at the Saddledome as part of the Calgary Stampede’s Virgin Mobile Concert Series, which already includes shows by Johnny Reid (July 12), Alabama (July 14), Usher and The Roots (July 15), and “comics” Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy July 16. Or the band could also be the headliners for this year’s Stampede Roundup, which is, coincidentally, set for that date at Shaw Millennium Park.

Stay tuned for details.