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

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 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, spank your girlfriend with an oar or even show up at the Chip at all. Share at your own risk.

Rob Zombie

Rob Zombie rose to fame as the longtime front man for industrial metal outfit White Zombie, but shot up to superstar status when he went solo in the late ’90s. As an artist constantly pushing boundaries, he says his latest album, “The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy,” is the best he’s ever put his sinister name to. Zombie made his one and only appearance at the Chip all the way back in 2013. Would you ride like a Demon Speeding to get to another Rob Zombie show at the Chip and hear his latest?

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?

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. Would a 2022 Buffalo Chip debut from The Offspring make you Come Out and Play?

Lee Brice

CMA and CMT Music Award-nominated recording artist Lee Brice has enjoyed massive success with a long string of hit country songs. He’s sold out arenas, amassed billions of streams and is currently sitting no. 1 at Country Radio with his fastest rising single career to date, “One of Them Girls.” His current tour puts him just one state away from South Dakota at the start of the Sturgis Rally. Do you think we’re starting a Rumor or could a performance from Lee Brice really be happening at the Chip in 2022?

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. Would it take away your blues to see him perform at the Chip again?


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 48 years, these prog pioneers have become known the world round for their expansive songs, mystical lyrics and elaborate live productions. The band’s European tour ends in June, leaving their plans for the rest of the summer anyone’s guess. Would you vote YES to see them make their Buffalo Chip debut in 2022?


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?

Willie Nelson

For over six decades, renegade country icon Willie Nelson has proved that amazing things can happen when you play by your own rules. His attitude toward the conventional Nashville sound brought about a slew of songs that have now become woven as tightly into the fiber of American life as the very braids draped over his shoulders. “Shotgun Willie” hasn’t made a stop at the Chip since 2016. Are you ready to take another ride with this outlaw country legend?


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 in 2022?


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 for Best Metal Performance and were nominated for 2019 Best Rock Album. Tobias Forge and the Nameless Ghouls are heading out with past Chip performer Volbeat for a couple dozen shows this spring, but summer is wide open. Would a debut performance by Ghost at the 2022 Best Party Anywhere make for a supernatural good time?Motorcycling®?

Jon Pardi

Much like the Buffalo Chip, country singer Jon Pardi isn’t concerned with what’s trendy; he cares about with making something that will last. That’s why his songs are stocked with classic Nashville melodies, blue-collar lyrics, real drums, loud-and-proud fiddles and twangy steel guitar. His current tour ends in June, which leaves him wide open during the Sturgis Rally. Would you go Head Over Boots to join your fellow Pardi Animals 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. Given the massive success of their newest album, “Fear Innoculum”, they could easily tack more dates tonto their 2022 tour. 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 adding the Best Party Anywhere to the tour 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?

Sammy Hagar

Sammy Hagar’s list of musical and business ventures are long as your arm. From solo success to stints with Van Halen and Chickenfoot to tequila, rum and restaurant brands, the man seems to have done it all. But one thing Hagar has never done is make an appearance at the Legendary Buffalo Chip. Would you drive over 55 to see the Red Rocker make his debut performance at the Best Party Anywhere?

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 2022?


If you are lookin’ to get “Lit Up”, it’s hard to find a better band to do the job than Buckcherry. It’s part of the reason why these seductively slithering rockers have made their way into the lineup of the Best Party Anywhere a whopping 11 times. Do you think the Buffalo Chip should make room on their 2022 party mix for the crushing chords and familiar refrains of songs like “Crazy Bitch”, “All Night Long,” and “It’s a Party”?


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 over 50 years. Would you enjoy them going crazy on you at the Chip’s in 2022?

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 2022?


Halestorm made their Buffalo Chip debut in 2013 and they’ve been high on the fan request list ever since. During COVID-19, the band recorded their fifth album through a “socially distant” studio process. So far, they’ve released the track “Back from the Dead”, with the rest of the album to drop sometime in 2022. Would you go nuts if Halestorm returned to the Chip in support of the album during the upcoming party?


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 May 28, 2022. Would it make your life peachy if Korn made their Sturgis Buffalo Chip debut during the 82nd 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’s most recent album, “Ember”, scored them their ninth number one hit on the Billboard rock charts. Their tour schedule for 2022 is currently 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 2022 have been pouring in. Are you Still Counting the days until you hear an announcement featuring Volbeat?


If it feels like It’s Been a While since you’ve seen hard rock heavyweights Staind on the Buffalo Chip band lineup, that’s because it has. Although front man Aaron Lewis played the festival in 2018, the last time the full band made an appearance at the Best Party Anywhere was 2008. The band’s tour schedule is currently wide open, meaning we’re not So Far Away from a potential return. Do you hope it happens?

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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