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

  • Friday, September 28, 2018
  • 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 2019 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.


Kiss is one of rock and roll’s most legendary bands. Their outlandish stage shows and massive productions changed the game of concert touring in the 1970s. They’ve influenced generations of bands, secured themselves a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and have sold over 100 million records. They just announced that they will be ending their career with the “One Last Kiss: End of the Road World Tour.” Would a stop at the Chip make you Rock and Roll All Nite?

Stone Temple Pilots

Stone Temple Pilots are one of the most commercially successful bands of the 1990s. They’ve endured extreme ups and downs throughout their career, including the death of founding lead vocalist Scott Weiland in 2015 and the death of Chester Bennington in 2017, who fronted STP from 2013-2015. However, the band has regrouped and recruited new lead vocalist Jeff Gutt, released a new album and are touring all over North America right now. Would you sing an Interstate Love Song from your scoot if STP came to the Chip?


Tool is an enigma in every sense imaginable. The band’s metamorphic blend of progressive, psychedelic and art rock with the heaviness and aggression of 90s and 2000s alternative metal is a mind-blowing auditory fractal that makes you want to bang your head into a stupor while you re-examine everything you thought you knew about the world around you. The musical rumor mill has been swirling for years regarding when they might release a follow-up to their 2006 album, “10,000 Days.” During a recent awards acceptance speech, frontman Maynard James Keenan stated "I’ll go on record now saying you’re gonna see some new music next year." Could that mean a new album, plus a tour with a stop at The Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling®?

A Perfect Circle

What would a conversation about enigmatic rock bands be if it didn’t include A Perfect Circle? After all, Maynard James Keenan of Tool is also the front man of APC. While the rock world has been waiting for new Tool music for 12 years, they had been also waiting for new music from A Perfect Circle for 14 years. APC fans have rejoicing since the release of their brand new album “Eat The Elephant” in April, as well as the string of U.S. and European tour dates that’ll keep them rockin’ ‘til mid-December. Will APC come full circle in 2019 and swing by The Best Party Anywhere?

Nine Inch Nails

Nine Inch Nails is perhaps the most important band of the Industrial Rock genre. Founder and, until 2016, sole official member Trent Reznor has been the principal creative force and done the lion’s share of instrumental and production work on each of Nine Inch Nail’s nine full length albums and six EPs. NIN’s ninth full length “Bad Witch” dropped in June 2018, and they’re currently on tour in the US with dates scheduled through mid-December. Would a debut performance by Nine Inch Nails at the Buffalo Chip be The Perfect Drug for you?

Toby Keith

Country megastar Toby Keith is a touring machine with over 40 million albums sold in his 20+ year career. He’s currently touring the US on the “Should’ve Been a Cowboy XXV” tour, commemorating 25 years since his first number one hit and the most played song on country radio through the ‘90s. Do you think he’d make a good addition to the Buffalo Chip’s motorcycle and music festival in 2019?


Legendary arena rockers Styx are the first band to ever be awarded four consecutive multi-platinum albums. They released their first new album in over a decade last June and are tearing it up on tour across the U.S. as we speak. Right now, nothing is on the schedule past mid-January, but this incredibly hardworking band plays well over 100 shows a year. Would you say “Domo Arigato, Mr. Woodruff” if they came to the Chip this year?


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 new album “The Desaturating Seven” continues their tradition of weird, wonderful, heavy, funky, folky, “what-the-f*ck-did-I-just-hear” music. Their 2019 schedule is wide open, so it could be time Primus made their Buffalo Chip debut this August.

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?

Collective Soul

Collective Soul’s journey to success in the ‘90s is atypical of most bands. Lead singer Ed Roland recorded demos with no intent of forming a touring band, but that changed when their first demos quickly becoming the most requested songs on a nearby 100,000-watt college radio station. Since then, they’ve released nine albums, sold millions of copies and charted dozens of hit singles on the Mainstream and Alternative rock charts, with seven number one hits. Would a 2019 appearance by Collective Soul at the Chip Make your light Shine Down?

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. The band released their latest album, “Ember”, in April 2018, which scored them their ninth number one hit on the Billboard rock charts. They have tour dates lined up into mid-December. Maybe 2019 is the year they rock the Best Party Anywhere…

Jack White

Innovative alternative/garage/blues rocker Jack White rose to prominence throughout the 2000s with his groundbreaking duo The White Stripes. After noteworthy releases with The Dead Weather and The Raconteurs, he began his solo career in 2012. All three of his solo albums have hit number one on the Billboard charts, including his third album, “Boarding House Reach,” which dropped in March 2018. He is currently touring arenas in Europe and Canada through mid-November. Would a debut performance by Jack White at the Chip get your blood pumping?


Blending alternative metal, shoegaze and experimental rock, Deftones were originally considered part of the nü-metal movement of the late ‘90s/early 2000s. Their continuous musical evolution has allowed them to shed that categorization, grow their fan base among listeners of other genres, all while not alienating the fans of their earlier material. Since the release of their eighth album “Gore” in 2016, Deftones have been touring the world, playing everything from huge rock festivals and arenas to more intimate theaters and clubs. They’ve yet to make an appearance at the Buffalo Chip, so maybe 2019 is the year for that to Change.

Limp Bizkit

Limp Bizkit were one of the biggest bands of the late ‘90s and early 2000s. Their first three albums are all multiplatinum in the U.S., and they’ve sold an estimated 50 million albums worldwide. The band hasn’t released a new album since 2011, but that hasn’t stopped their name from being near the top of the bill at dozens of the biggest rock festivals around the world the last few years. Maybe 2019 is the year Limp Bizkit should come Rollin’ into the Buffalo Chip?

Bad Wolves

Although Bad Wolves is a new name in the world of rock and metal, the LA-based quintet has an impressive pedigree in the genre. Composed of vets from many accomplished metalcore bands of the 2000s era, Bad Wolves debut album just dropped in May of 2018. It hit number 3 on Billboard’s Top Rock Album charts, and their cover of “Zombie” by The Cranberries hit number 1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart. They’re about to hit the road with Five Finger Death Punch and Breaking Benjamin, and the buzz around them continues to grow. Would an appearance by Bad Wolves at the Chip make you howl?

Florida Georgia Line

Country rock duo Florida Georgia Line became an overnight sensation when their first single “Cruise” dropped in 2012. It was downloaded over seven million times and became the first country song to ever receive Diamond certification. Since then, they’ve released three full-length albums, all of which hit number 1 on the US Country charts, as well as releasing five number 1 singles. Their anticipating releasing a new album in early 2019, which can only mean some big tour plans are sure to follow. Would you Cruise over to the Chip to see Florida Georgia Line?

Judas Priest

You’d be hard pressed to find a list of “Greatest Heavy Metal Bands of All Time” that didn’t list Judas Priest near the top. You’d also be hard pressed to find any band on those same lists that came out after Priest who wouldn’t cite them as a major influence. Judas Priest has sold approximately 50 million albums worldwide. They released their 18th album in March 2018 and are finishing up a few dates in the states before heading overseas until the end of March 2019. Would a performance by Judas Priest add some serious FIREPOWER to the Chip’s 2019 lineup?

Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden is another band that inevitably comes up when the topic of discussion is legendary heavy metal bands. And, alongside Judas Priest and many others, are considered pioneers of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. The band has reputedly sold somewhere between 80 million and 100 million albums worldwide. They recently wrapped up the 2018 Legacy of the Beast tour, and, at this time, their schedule only shows a performance at the 2019 Rock in Rio festival in October 2019. Would you Run to the Hills to see Maiden at the Chip in 2019??

Three Days Grace

Canadian hard rockers Three Days Grace are one of most successful hard rock bands of the new millennium. The band has landed a record 14 number 1 songs on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, a record previously held by Van Halen for two decades. They released their sixth album in March 2018 and are currently touring Europe and then Canada through mid-December. After that, their schedule looks like there is plenty of room for them to start a Riot at the Chip in 2019.

Andrew W.K.

CThrow a piano into a powder keg with sticky pop punk hooks and pumped up party metal vibes, and you’ll begin to capture the music and live performance experience that is Andrew W.K. His high-energy performances and party hard positivity are incredibly infectious and fun as hell to watch. The Buffalo Chip has been The Best Party Anywhere® since 1981, so it seems like the self-proclaimed “King of Partying” ought to fit right on. Would you party hard with Andrew W.K. at the Chip in 2019?


311’s blend alternative, reggae, funk, metal and rap has made them one of the most enduring and innovative alternative rock bands to emerge in the 1990s. They’ve sold over 8.5 million records in the United States, with their third album going triple platinum and bearing a number 1 single, “Down.” They released their 12th album in June of 2017 and currently only have a few festival dates on their tour schedule, so August 2019 is wide open. Would a 2019 performance by 311 at the Chip Do You Right?

Geta Van Fleet

The guys in Greta Van Fleet may look young, and they are, but holy sh*t do they rock. If you listened to their debut EP “Black Smoke Rising” without knowing better, you might think it was a long lost Led Zeppelin album. Their debut full-length is scheduled for release in October 2018. They’ve got a slew of U.S. and European tour dates scheduled through early January, and most of them are already sold out. Seems like the best way to ensure you’ll be able to see them is at a music festival. If they swung by The Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling, would you do that?

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 2019?

Alice in Chains

Alice In Chains are one of the few remaining legends of the Grunge era. They released their sixth studio album, “Rainier Fog,” in August 2018 and are currently touring the states through October with some big festival dates in South America scheduled for November. After that, they’re wide open, but it sure seems like they’d want to be out on the road rocking faces off with the tunes from their first new album in five years. Would a 2019 appearance from Alice in Chains get you to move Them Bones of yours out to the Chip?

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.

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

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