Machine Gun Kelly playing the Rave in October, Milwaukee’s first new concert announcement in 13 months

The Rave Monday in Milwaukee has announced its first new concert since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it’s a big one.

Machine Gun Kelly will be on tour this fall and will make a stop at the Rave’s 3,500-person Eagles Ballroom on October 5.

Tickets cost between $ 50 and $ 60 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday at the box office and The show is likely to sell out quickly.

The Rave is Machine Gun Kelly’s favorite haunt when playing Milwaukee. He last performed at the Eagles Ballroom as part of a co-headlining tour with Young Thug in 2019.

But Kelly’s profile has grown significantly since then, in part thanks to his acting career (he played Tommy Lee in the Netflix Motley Crue biopic “The Dirt”) and his relationship with Megan Fox.

He also became more popular on the music front, switching from hip-hop to pop-punk for last fall’s “Tickets to My Downfall,” his first album to debut atop the Billboard 200.

Machine Gun Kelly performs at Rave's Eagles Ballroom on October 27, 2019.

Like all Milwaukee sites, and most of them across the country, the Rave closed in March 2020 due to health concerns related to mass gatherings due to the surge in COVID cases. 19.

Aside from a scattering of driving concerts and streaming shows, the live music industry has been in limbo ever since. But with the vaccinations going, and every adult in America now eligible to receive one, venue operators and promoters are planning a return to concerts at the end of the summer.

After canceling in 2021 for the first time in 53 years, Summerfest is slated for September, with a previously announced headliner, Dave Matthews Band, confirming September 15th concert at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater.

Having completed a $ 51.3 million renovation last year, the amphitheater is also expected to host four concerts this year outside of Summerfest, while the 5,000-seat BMO Harris pavilion at Maier Festival Park tentatively plans six shows from July to October, two of which have already been announced.

Tour announcements have also increased for the Pabst Theater Group, which has announced several late summer and fall shows in recent weeks, for acts like Generalized Panic, Dawes and Japanese Breakfast, for Riverside Theater, Pabst Theater, Turner Hall Ballroom and Colectivo Cafe Backroom.

Shank Hall has announced new shows in recent days, and Cactus Club organizes its first concert in 13 months with local singer-songwriter Johanna Rose Friday.

Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Bucks Fiserv Forum announced new shows this month with Andrea Bocelli (October 13) and Kane brown (January 20) and in March has created a new position, Vice President of Reservations, to capitalize on an expected boom in concerts. Starr Butler, who held this position at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, is in the process of filling this role.

Requirements for masks, vaccine passports and rapid tests have been discussed as possible new protocols for the first concerts since the start of the pandemic. Live Nation and AEG, the two biggest concert promoters supposed to set the industry standards, have yet to commit to new benchmarks.

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

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

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