Some of the biggest names in music are hitting the road this summer. And none of them are set to play Tucson. Which means you need to tune up the car air conditioner and fill up the tank for the blistering drive to the Valley of the Sun. Here are two musical reasons for each month this summer — June, July and August — to make that trip:


Billy Joel plays US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Sunday.

Worth the drive? It’s the Piano Man’s first headlining Arizona show in eight years so it’s been a while since we’ve slipped into that dreamy Joel-inspired “New York State of Mind.” 8 p.m. Sunday; $49.50 to $119.50 through

Vans Warped Tour pulls into Mesa’s Quail Run Park, 4155 E. Virginia St., June 18. 

Worth the drive: Let’s do the math: Ticket price divided by nearly 60 pop-punk-rock bands/artists — including Yellowcard (left), Saves the Day, Less Than Jake, and We the Kings — scheduled to appear on multiple stages is pretty darn reasonable. Doors at 11 a.m. June 18; $23.50 to $45 through


‘The Voice’ Tour stops at Comerica Theatre downtown, 400 W. Washington St., July 24.

Worth the drive: If you’re a fan of the talent show, sure. The lineup includes Tessanne Chin, Jacquie Lee, Will Champlin and Dia Frampton. (Frampton opened for Lindsey Stirling at the Rialto Theatre Monday.)  7:30 p.m. July 24; $47 to $79.75, through

Lady Gaga’s “The ARTPOP Ball Tour” at Us Airways Center, July 30.

Worth the drive: Hello? It’s Lady Gaga! Anything could happen. 7:30 p.m. July 30; $39.75 to $204.75 through . 


Justin Timberlake brings his “20/20 Experience” back to Arizona, Aug. 9.

Worth the drive: This has got to be one of the fastest tour encores ever, but even if you saw Timberlake in his sold-out US Airways Center show last December, you might want to relive it. It’s Justin Timberlake, after all, and he can sing and dance the heck out of a song and look terrifically cool doing it. 8 p.m. Aug. 9 at Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale; $49.50 to $175 through

Paul McCartney brings his “Out There” tour to US Airways Center, Aug. 12.

Worth the drive: He’s a Beatle. He’s a pop legend. He has a gazillion songs and many of them have played lead roles in shaping the 20th century pop culture. Enough said.

8 p.m. Aug 12; $84.75 to $250 through

I cover music for the Arizona Daily Star.