Santana and Earth, Wind & Fire push tour to 2022, including American Family Insurance Amphitheater show in Milwaukee

Another 2021 concert is off the calendar for Summerfest’s renovated American Family Insurance Amphitheater. 

Halsey and Khalid already pulled the plug on their Summerfest 2021 headliner shows earlier this year. Now, Santana and Earth, Wind & Fire have pushed their 30-date “Miraculous Supernatural” North American tour to 2022. 

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers were supposed to tour last summer, before the COVID-19 pandemic forced nearly every artist to get off the road. The American Family Insurance Amphitheater stop had been scheduled for the night before the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, which also never materialized.

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The Milwaukee stop was rescheduled for July 11, 2021. But with the tour pushed off yet another year, Santana and Earth, Wind and Fire will now play the Milwaukee amphitheater on July 10, 2022.

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Aside from some drive-in concerts and socially distant gigs, the pandemic has grounded the live music industry for 13 months. And some big artists with scheduled Milwaukee-area shows, including Kenny Chesney, Roger Waters and Rage Against The Machine,  pushed their tours back again to 2022.

Some shows still on summer calendar 

But with every American adult now eligible for vaccines, some artists forced to stay home in 2020 are planning to play Milwaukee this year. 

The American Family Insurance Amphitheater, which completed a $51.3 million renovation last year, has four shows still scheduled in August and September, outside of Summerfest, with the Black Crowes, Maroon 5, Hall & Oates and KISS with David Lee Roth.

Summerfest itself, forced to cancel for the first time in its 53-year history last year, is scheduled for Sept. 2 to 4, 9 to 11 and 16 to 18.

Dave Matthews Band, originally booked for Summerfest 2020, will play the American Family Insurance Amphitheater for the festival on Sept. 15. Five other previously announced Summerfest amphitheater headliners booked for 2020 — Justin Bieber, Guns N’ Roses, Chris Stapleton, Luke Bryan and Blink-182 — have yet to announce if they’ll play Summerfest in September or next year, or cancel their appearances completely, like Halsey did in January and Khalid did this month. 

Some scrapped 2020 shows for Fiserv Forum are scheduled for this August through October, including Joe Rogan, Alan Jackson, Michael Bublé, Dan + Shay and Tame Impala. 

And some brand-new shows have been announced for this year with Widespread Panic (Oct. 21-24 at the Riverside Theater), Mt. Joy and Trampled by Turtles (Summerfest’s BMO Harris Pavilion Sept. 24), and Andrea Bocelli (Fiserv Forum on Oct. 13).

Summerfest to announce headliners 

Summerfest is expected to announce new headliners for September, and four standalone shows that have yet to be announced are on the books this year for its 5,000-seat BMO Harris Pavilion, according to Summerfest parent company Milwaukee World Festival Inc.’s tentative calendar of events.

Don Smiley, president and CEO of Milwaukee World Festival, has told the Journal Sentinel that reduced-capacity concerts are generally not financially viable. But new safety protocols may be in place for an anticipated concerts comeback, such as mask requirements, vaccine passports and rapid COVID testing. Summerfest and industry leaders like Live Nation and AEG have yet to announce any new criteria.

Contact Piet at (414) 223-5162 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at @pietlevy or Facebook at facebook.com/PietLevyMJS.

Piet also talks concerts, local music and more on “TAP’d In” with Jordan Lee. Hear it at 8 a.m. Thursdays on WYMS-FM (88.9), or wherever you get your podcasts.

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