24 Bands That Could Rock the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s Motorcycle and Music Festival?  

  • Wednesday, November 8, 2017
  • by Jeff Smith

Securing bands for The Best Party Anywhere® is no easy feat.

It often takes the entire year before all the variables fall into place.

But the process always starts by listening to requests from fans like you.

Planning is currently underway, and lots of you have been asking about bands, and listing ones you’d ride across the country naked in a blizzard to see perform.

The following is a list of 24 bands that fans like you have put on the Chip’s radar. Are these the bands you’d go nuts to see join the 2018 Sturgis Buffalo Chip lineup?

If so, and if not, tell us what bands you would like to see in the comments below!

DISCLAIMER:  The following list in no way indicates any of these bands have been or will actually be able to be confirmed. It simply creates a place for you to share your band requests so the Chip can find out who you'd like to have rock your socks off. Sturgis Rider® News takes no responsibility for any band on this list failing to rip their shirt off and dive into the crowd, smash and set their instruments ablaze, zipline across the amphitheater, spank your girlfriend with an oar or even show up at the Chip at all. Share at your own risk.


Primus has been blowing minds with their genre-defying psychedelia for nearly 30 years now. Propelled by front man Les Claypool’s otherworldly bass technique and surreal lyrical concepts, their brand new album “The Desaturating Seven” continues their tradition of weird, wonderful, heavy, funky, folky, “what-the-f*ck-did-I-just-hear” music. Their 2018 schedule is wide open, so it could be time Primus made their Buffalo Chip debut this August.

Avenged Sevenfold

In just over a decade, Avenged Sevenfold have gone from relative obscurity to being one of the biggest rock bands in the world. Since winning the 2006 MTV award for Best New Artist, the band has continually released some of the catchiest and simultaneously unrelenting hard rock and heavy metal tracks of the 2000s. They just finished supporting Metallica on their summer tour and are about to embark on a headlining world tour of their own. Would you Scream for an Avenged Sevenfold concert at the Chip?

Breaking Benjamin

You couldn’t turn on rock radio for more than an hour in the mid-2000s without hearing one of Pennsylvania-based, alternative-metal band Breaking Benjamin’s hook-heavy, melodic hit tunes. After a hiatus from 2010-2014, the band is back to their chart-topping tendencies with 2015’s “Dark Before Dawn.” In a recent interview, the band revealed the title of their yet-to-be released new album, “Ember”, and said they have tour dates lined up going into 2018. Maybe one of those dates is at the 2018 Best Party Anywhere…

ZZ Top

When you hear the term “blues rock,” you can’t help but think of the biggest little band from Texas, ZZ Top. These tres hombres have been churning out killer albums and delivering unbelievable live performances for over 40 years, and they’re not stopping any time soon. Would you put on your Cheap Sunglasses and ride to the Chip to see ZZ Top in 2018?


It’s hard to pin down exactly what kind of music Clutch plays. Is it metal? Sometimes. Punk? Occasionally. Fuzzed-out psychedelic stoner rock? Most definitely. Blues rock? From time to time. Even funk metal? Sure, why not? Whatever you want to call their music, most people would agree it’s awesome and that they’d fit into the Best Party Anywhere like they’d been here every year since the band formed in 1991. As they say, it’s better late than never, so maybe 2018 will see their first visit to the Chip.

Sturgill Simpson

Rising alt-country star Sturgill Simpson has come from nowhere and propelled at light speeds to the top of the Nashville scene. His raw and self-reflective songwriting is a breath of fresh air in a genre that’s growing more prim and polished. His 2016 release, “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth,” won the 2017 Grammy award for Best Country Album and was nominated for album of the year as well. Would a 2018 debut from Sturgill Simpson be your idea of Living the Dream?

Alice Cooper

The Godfather of Shock Rock is no stranger to The Best Party Anywhere, and that’s because he always delivers the goods. The band’s super spooky stage show coupled with the pyrotechnic rock guitar chops of scintillating lead guitarist Nita Strauss creates an experience that raises the dead and gets all the boys and ghouls screaming for more.

John Kay & Steppenwolf

You could try to argue there exists a more iconic biker rock band than Steppenwolf, but you would be wrong. Steppenwolf has been the soundtrack of motorcycle culture since their classic tunes “The Pusher” and, of course, “Born to Be Wild” were featured in the greatest biker movie of all time, “Easy Rider,” in 1969. Would it get your motor runnin’ to party to Steppenwolf at the Chip in 2018?


Mastodon brought a new kind of heavy to the Buffalo Chip in 2013. They’ve since released two full-length albums and an EP, all the while touring incessantly. Would you Show Yourself if Mastodon return to rock the Buffalo Chip in 2018?

Greta Van Fleet

The guys in Greta Van Fleet may look young, and they are, but holy sh*t do these guys rock. If you listened to their debut EP “Black Smoke Rising” without knowing better, you’d be inclined to think it was a long lost Led Zeppelin album. Be on the watch because these guys are going to explode…and SOON. Would you like to be able to say you saw them at the Buffalo Chip before they blew up into the stratosphere

Alan Jackson

Country music hall of famer Alan Jackson is one of the greatest selling artists of all time having sold over 80 million albums worldwide, with more than half of those being in the U.S. Just last month, he released a brand new song called “The Older I Get,” the first single from his upcoming album set for release in 2018. Would you come from way down yonder in the Chattahoochee to see Alan Jackson perform at the Buffalo Chip?

Ozzy Osbourne

The Prince of Darkness. The Godfather of Heavy Metal. Ozzy F***ing Osbourne. There is no more iconic figure in the world of metal and hard rock. He and master shredder Zakk Wylde rocked the 2017 Best Party Anywhere into a frenzied oblivion of screaming, motorcycle revving and wailing guitars that could be heard for five miles around. He just announced his farewell world tour that’ll be extending into 2020. Would you hop on the Crazy Train to catch Ozzy at the Chip again in 2018?

George Thorogood

Blues rock legends George Thorogood and the Destroyers are truly bad to the bone. Steeped in the tradition of classic blues artists Robert Johnson and Elmore James, their intense performances move both your body and soul. They rocked the hell out of the 2017 Best Party Anywhere and left a signed guitar as a keepsake. Would you “Move It On Over” if George came to the party?

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I want to win a guitar signed by George Thorogood!

Royal Blood

British garage rock duo Royal Blood could theoretically tour in a Toyota Prius, but their sound is more akin to that of a freight train or a Mack Truck. Comprised of front man Mike Kerr’s roaring, fuzzed-out bass guitar and Ben Thatcher’s punishing drum attack, the band has surged to the forefront of festival bills around the globe since their formation in 2013. They’ve also earned hundreds of thousands fans along the way, including Howard Stern and Jimmy Page. Would you Come On Over to the Chip to see this insanely fast-rising band?


Godsmack’s pull-no-punches attitude and head-bangin’ tunes crushed fans during their Buffalo Chip debut in 2015. Guitarist Tony Rombola and drummer Shannon Larkin told Chris Trew in their Studio 14 interview how much they loved looking out and seeing all the motorcycles in the crowd. Do you hope they’ll be able to do it again at the Chip’s 2018 celebration?

Alice in Chains

Alice In Chains recently revealed a tentative early 2018 release is planned for their highly anticipated follow up to their 2013 album “The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here.” Maybe they’ll bust out a few of the new ones alongside their classic catalog at a 2018 Chip performance?


On a good day, you can’t turn on a decent classic rock station for more than an hour without hearing a Boston song. Boston, propelled by Tom Scholz, wrote some of the biggest songs of the ‘70s, and they are still out on the road killing it every year. Does Boston coming to the Chip in 2018 sound like a Smokin’ good time to you?

Queens of the Stone Age

Queens of the Stone Age are the most widely known purveyors of the style of music known as desert rock. What is desert rock? A psychedelic stew of blues, heavy metal, hardcore punk and alternative rock that makes you slide into a transcendental state of head-banging rock and roll bliss for undisclosed amounts of time. QOTSA is currently touring in support of their new album “Villains.” Would you Go With the Flow if QOTSA came to the Buffalo Chip?

Eagles of Death Metal

While the band’s name may be utterly ridiculous (they sound nothing like the Eagles, and they’re certainly not death metal), EODM are no joke. Their brand of sassy, fuzzed-out, bluesy, garage rock sounds like what driving a motorcycle down a winding road through a desert on the way to a killer party feels like. Would some Peace Love and Death Metal make your 2018 party at the Chip complete?


Classic rock megastars Foreigner are one of the best selling bands of all time, having sold more than 80 million albums worldwide. This band has written some of the catchiest damn songs you’ll ever hear, and they still kick ass at performing them live. It’s been over a decade since they were last at the Chip… Would Foreigner returning to the Best Party Anywhere get you Hot Blooded?

The Offspring

Punk / alternative rock legends The Offspring have sold over 40 million albums worldwide. Their aptly named 1994 album “Smash” has sold over 11 million copies worldwide alone, making it the best-selling album to ever be released on an independent label. They’ve been churning out great albums and touring like crazy ever since. The band is currently producing their 10th studio album, due for release in 2018. Would a 2018 Buffalo Chip debut from The Offspring make you Come Out and Play?

Red Fang

Red Fang expertly bridges the gap of neck-breaking heavy metal and accessible clean vocals with catchy riffs. It’s heavy enough to be bona fide badass, and sweet enough to not scare all the chicks away, man. They also have a wacky sense of humor and a love for partying as evidenced by their over the top music videos. Seems like a good fit for the Best Party Anywhere. Would you sink your teeth into a Red Fang performance at the Chip in 2018?

Chris Stapleton

Propelled to prominence by a stunning performance at the 2015 CMA’s, Chris Stapleton might not be a household name, but he’s written no. 1 songs for artists so famous you’d have to live under a rock to not know, including George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Peter Frampton and Sheryl Crow. His name has been popping up on the Chip’s requested artists list more and more, so 2018 could see him visiting the Largest Music Festival in MotorcyclingÒ for the first time. Would you raise a glass of Tennessee Whiskey to that?

Social Distortion

Social Distortion is the epitome of the do-it-yourself mainstay rock ‘n’ roll bands. Founded by lead singer and guitarist Mike Ness at the age of 16, the band has endured countless ups, downs and lineup changes while managing to build a devoted following without the support of large record labels or radio stations. Their debut Chip performance in 2015 absolutely rocked the house. Would you go through a burning Ring of Fire to see them again in 2018?

Dying to know more about how the Buffalo Chip books its acts? You can find out what goes into the process under the "How do you choose bands?" section of the Chip’s FAQs.

Want to be the first to find out which bands will be rocking the Chip during the 2018 Best Party Anywhere? Be sure to sign up for the Sturgis Rider® Newsletter!

What bands you would like to see at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip? Tell us in the comments below!

Presented by the Sturgis Buffalo Chip

Known as The Best Party Anywhere®, the Legendary Buffalo Chip believes festivals should be fun like a high five, reenergize you like a broken rule, and romance you like someone you just met and have to take home. 

This nine-day festival of concerts and motorcycle events promises to bring you exciting events like flat track races and live performances from artists like Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne, Willie Nelson, Five Finger Death Punch, Kid Rock, Rob Zombie and many more. 

Find out more or get passes to the Best Party Anywhere at www.BuffaloChip.com and find out why it continues to be one of the most televised festivals in the world.

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