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

  • Saturday, January 9, 2021
  • 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.

So far, the Buffalo Chip has already secured Kid Rock and is taking submissions for two additional acts through an opportunity with ReverbNation. But there’s room for a lot more!

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 2021 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.

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 11 full length albums and six EPs. The year 2020 brought about two new NIN studio albums and a long-overdue induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Would a debut performance by Nine Inch Nails at the Buffalo Chip be The Perfect Drug for you?

Joe Bonamassa

Hailed worldwide as one of the greatest guitar players of his generation, Joe Bonamassa has been wowing audiences ever since opening for B.B. King at age 12. Since his last performance at the Chip in 2003, he has continued his takeover of the blues-rock world with more than a dozen no. 1 blues albums. Joe’s current tour schedule is set up perfectly for a trip through South Dakota during the rally. Would it take away your blues to see him perform at the Chip again?


Shinedown’s hard rock Molotov cocktail of fiery vocals and razor-sharp riffs have detonated into some of the most explosive concerts of the Sturgis Rally. The Jacksonville, Florida quartet was set to cut the cord on The Best Party Anywhere® in 2020, but COVID-19 had other plans for them. Are you crossing your fingers that the Sound of Madness can return in 2021?


They may not have invented progressive rock, but YES is indisputably considered one of the genre’s most successful, influential and longest-lasting bands. Over the past 47 years, these prog pioneers have become known the world round for their expansive songs, mystical lyrics and elaborate live productions. The band’s current touring schedule ends in the spring, leaving their summer plans anyone’s guess. Would you vote YES to see them make their Buffalo Chip debut in 2021?


Foreigner’s electrifying mix of blustery blues and impeccably crafted pop have captivated generation after generation of music fans. Over their 40+ year career, the band has sold more than 75 million albums and experienced multi-platinum success around the world thanks to an enormous catalog of catchy hit songs. Would you go dizzy and develop Double Vision singing your lungs out with Foreigner at the Chip?


Godsmack’s pull-no-punches attitude and head-bangin’ tunes crushed fans during Buffalo Chip performances in 2015 and 2019. 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 40th anniversary celebration in 2021?


Ghost’s dark and mysterious aesthetic paired with their heavy, head-banging riffs and knack for writing pop song-worthy hooks has them rocketing toward the hard rock stratosphere. They won the 2016 Grammy award for Best Metal Performance and were nominated for Best Rock Album in 2019. Would a debut performance by Ghost at the 2021 Best Party Anywhere make for a supernatural good time?Motorcycling®?

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 in 2017 with whom they’ve continued to tour and have since released two new albums. Would you sing an Interstate Love Song from your scoot if STP came to the Chip?

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. Should 2021 be the year they make their triumphant return?


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 no. 1 on the Billboard 200, and they had begun touring in support of it before COVID-19 shut most venues down. Given the massive success of the new album, more tour dates seem imminent. Could that mean a stop at The Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling®?

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. In late 2019, the band’s founders, brothers Chris and Rich Robinson, announced they’d patched things up and were 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 2021?


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 Chip’s 40th anniversary?

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 2021?


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 Chip’s 40th anniversary party?

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 2021?


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’ve got a handful of US and European tour dates this spring before, but there’s currently no dates announced after June 17, 2021. Would it make your life peachy if Korn made their Sturgis Buffalo Chip debut during the 81st 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. Their tour schedule for 2021 iscurrently wide open. Maybe this 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 2021 have been pouring in. Are you Still Counting the days until you hear an announcement featuring Volbeat?


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 in 2021?


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 2021.

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 2021 Best Party Anywhere? Be sure to sign up for the Sturgis Rider® Newsletter!

Do you know a band interested in performing at the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling? Are you in one yourself? The Sturgis Buffalo Chip ReverbNation Band Opportunity is now open and aiming to select up to two ReverbNation Bands to perform at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip during its historic 40th anniversary festival that runs August 6–14, 2021. Submit your band here!


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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