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

  • Tuesday, November 19, 2019
  • 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 2020 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.

Mötley Crüe

80s rock icons Mötley Crüe hung up their touring shoes at the end of their Farewell Tour in 2014, which included a stop at the Chip. The band signed a cessation of touring contract and swore they’d never perform as the Crüe again. That is, until they decided, “Hey! What the hell?! Let’s tour some more!” and released a video of that contract being blown into flaming smithereens followed by the message “Mötley Crüe is back!” Maybe they’ll be back at the Chip for the 80th?


The musical rumor mill has been swirling lately with talk about a 2020 stadium tour featuring Poison, Mötley Crüe, and Def Leppard. It seemed a little crazy, especially since Mötley Crüe retired and signed a cessation of touring contract in 2014. Then a few days later the Crüe literally detonated that contract and announced they’re coming out of retirement. Suddenly the idea of three of the biggest hard rock bands of the 80s hitting the road together wasn’t so crazy.

Def Leppard

Def Leppard is one of the greatest selling bands of all time, having sold over 100 million albums worldwide, with 25 million of those coming from their 1987 smash album, Hysteria. The band currently have no tour dates announced, but the musical rumor mill has been whirring with talk of a 2020 tour eaturing Def Leppard, Poison and Mötley Crüe. If such a tour were to take place, it seems like there’d be no better venue for it than the Best Party Anywhere during the 80th anniversary of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, don’t you think?

Puddle of Mudd

Puddle of Mudd released their first new album in over 10 years in September 2019. Members of the band had undergone some legal and professional difficulties over the last few years, but they seem to be stronger than ever after the release of this latest album, which has already charted a hit single, “Uh Oh.” Would a performance from a revitalized Puddle of Mudd make you lose Control?

Doobie Brothers with Michael McDonald

California classic rock superstars The Doobie Brothers’ broad appeal comes from their incredible range as songwriters, crafting hit tunes that fall under the diverse umbrellas of R&B, Country, and Rock. They recently announced they are reuniting with former lead singer Michael McDonald and original lead singer Tom Johnston for a 50th anniversary tour. Would a return performance make you Listen to the Music?

REO Speedwagon

REO Speedwagon is one of those rock bands that have managed to chart numerous hit songs and albums over the course of several decades while continuously growing their audience with outstanding live performances. It’s been over 15 years since they’ve put on one of those stellar shows at the Best Party Anywhere


Tool is an enigma in every sense imaginable. The band’s metamorphic blend of progressive time signatures, psychedelic lyrical surrealism paired with the heaviness and aggression of 90s and 2000s alternative metal is a mind-blowing auditory fractal that’ll make you bang your head into a stupor while you re-examine everything you thought you knew about the world. They released a new album, Fear Inoculum, in August 2019, their first since 2006. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, and they are currently touring in support of it, with most dates selling out. Summer 2020 dates have not yet been announced, but seem likely given the massive success of the new album. Could that mean a stop at The Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling®?

Lynyrd Skynyrd

The Godfathers of Southern Rock and the self-proclaimed Sturgis Buffalo Chip house band have just concluded their Farewell Tour, but it would appear that they’re not completely done performing. They’ve recently announced a big New Years’ Eve concert as well as an appearance at Epicenter Festival in May 2020. Maybe another stop at their old stomping grounds, the Best Party Anywhere, is in the works for the 80th

The Black Crowes

The Black Crowes rapidly rose to fame in the early 90s with their classic blues-rock revival sound. Following a string of releases and lineup changes, the band underwent a short hiatus in the early 2000s, and then again in 2015. Recently the band’s founders, brothers Chris and Rich Robinson, announced they’ve patched things up and are embarking on a 30th anniversary reunion tour commemorating their 1990 smash debut album, Shake Your Money Maker. Would a debut from The Black Crowes at the Best Party Anywhere make you Shake Your Money Maker?

Five Finger Death Punch

In a little over a decades’ time, Five Finger Death Punch has become one of the biggest hard rock bands in the world. The band has charted 22 top ten singles with seven of those reaching number one. Those numbers continue to grow with each release along with their fan base, consistently making them top draws for rock festivals around the world. They brought huge crowds to the Chip in 2015 and 2016, and have been a top requested act every year since. Would a return from 5FDP lift you up?

Billy Idol

Rock and roll and pop culture icon Billy Idol began his music career with the pioneering punk rock band Generation X and then went on to a massively successful solo career throughout the 1980s. He is still spreading the rock and roll gospel to huge audiences around the world to this day. Would you let out a Rebel Yell if he returned to the Chip in 2020?


Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Heart combine elements of progressive rock and folk music into a memorable and hypnotic blend that’s been captivating audiences for nearly 50 years. Would you enjoy them going crazy on you for the 80th?

Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow has enjoyed massive success in the music industry since the release of her debut album, Tuesday Night Music Club, in 1993. She’s sold 50 million albums worldwide, won nine Grammy Awards, and also received awards from the American Music Awards, ASCAP Awards, Orville H. Gibson Awards and People’s Choice Awards. She hasn’t been at the Chip since 2001. If It Makes You Happy, then maybe a return from Sheryl Crow would be in order.

Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg is a household name. Multiplatinum-selling rapper, actor, TV and record producer, entrepreneur, youth football coach, Wrestlemania emcee, friend of Martha Stewart– the list of things Snoop is famous for is even longer than his dreads. Snoop made his debut at the Buffalo Chip in 2019 to a massive crowd and said he’d love to return some day. Maybe that day will come again in 2020?


Staind emerged as part of the nü-metal invasion of the late 90s and early 2000s and quickly separated themselves from their contemporaries with their knack for writing incredibly catchy massive hit songs. They’ve mostly been on hiatus since 2012 with lead singer Aaron Lewis pursuing a successful solo career as a country-rock singer-songwriter. However Staind has reunited periodically for one-off festival shows these last few years,


Halestorm made their Buffalo Chip debut in 2013 and they’ve been high on the fan request list ever since. Would you go nuts for a return performance from Halestorm during the 80th?

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 2020?


Korn is a pioneer and one of the most successful bands of the nü-metal genre, having sold over 35 million albums worldwide and earning two Grammy awards and numerous other accolades. They’re touring the US with Breaking Benjamin this winter and then heading across the pond for big festival dates in Europe and Asia in spring and early summer. They currently have no dates announced after July 4, 2020. Would it make your life peachy if Korn made their Sturgis Buffalo Chip debut during the 80th Sturgis Rally?

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 with Korn lined up until March. Maybe 2020 is the year they rock the Best Party Anywhere…


Volbeat’s blend of rockabilly and metal has quickly built them a large, rabid fan base and made them one of the biggest hard rock bands of the last decade. They made their Chip debut in 2019 and rocked the face off a huge crowd, and the requests for them to return in 2020 have been pouring in. Are you Still Counting the days until you hear an announcement featuring Volbeat?

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.


British hard rockers Whitesnake, much like their hair at the time, were huge in the late ‘80s. Back to back to back multiplatinum releases cemented them as one of the best bands of the era before they broke up in 1989. They’ve since reformed and tour/hit massive rock festivals around the world. Would you Slide It In to the Chip to see Whitesnake during the 80th?


German hard rock band Scorpions have been rocking the world like a hurricane for over 50 years. They’re one of the best-selling artists of all time, with over 110 million albums sold worldwide. Their last and only appearance at the Chip was in 2010. Seems like a return would bring about a nice Wind of Change.

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 15 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. Their schedule looks like there is plenty of room for them to start a Riot at the Chip in 2020.

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 2020 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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