20 times bands played their new album in full on tour

Playing albums in full is quite common in today’s touring climate, but the feat is typically reserved for anniversary celebrations, not a brand new album. Still, a number of rock and metal bands have taken the daring decision to play their latest record in its entirety away from home, and we’ve rounded up 20 instances where it’s happened.

As excited as anyone in a band is to play new material after going through their older songs a few hundred – if not thousands – of times, the reality is that blasting out about 10 new songs never makes a whole lot of sense out. On a trip. The die-hard fans might want to hear a bunch of new tracks, but there will always be a handful of people who are seeing the band for the first time, and yes, they want to hear the hits! Who could blame them?

Others, such as Iron Maiden, tend not to fall into this category, and the metal legends often play a handful of new songs on the road, many of them stretching into the seven- or eight-minute territory and beyond, meaning that much of the set is reserved for recent standouts. However, they have only played the entire album once.

Two bands here even toured their album when it came out and later embarked on a 10th anniversary tour and played it in full again. Of the 20 groups here, only one has been bold enough to do this with two separate new albums, but they’re a quirky bunch anyway, so maybe that’s not too surprising.

To see 20 Times Rock + Metal Bands Played Their New Album in Its Entirety on Tour, scroll through the gallery below.

Note: We found instances where some bands played their new record once or twice on tour, but we chose not to feature them as they were more special shows than a proper full album tour.

20 Times Rock + Metal Bands played their new album in full on tour

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