There’s no off season in the music biz, but summer is clearly playoff time. This summer will be no exception.
While the lineups are still being put in order, the 2012 summer tour circuit will be a good one, with a usual mix of hot ticket concerts and a few surprises, including a few reunion tours which may or may not be big draws. We thought we’d highlight a few.
One tip: We’re not in the habit of listing tour dates unless they officially come from the bands themselves. So, where we haven’t included dates you can easily google and find out when the shows are coming to your town from any number of bloggers and music writers. Anyway, here’s what’s coming up:
Radiohead – This is always one of the hottest tickets around. The band is scheduled to hit the stage in St. Louis today and will then embark on a world tour that will bring them to the New York metro area in June. If you’re a fan I don’t have to tell you that the time to start trying to score tickets was last month.
Dave Matthews Band – Dave and the band is another big draw. Matthews’ legion of followers make these tickets a commodity as well, so move fast. DMB hits the road in May, and will play a few shows in upstate New York and at the Jones Beach Theater.
Pearl Jam – Eddie Vedder and the boys will be on the road this summer, starting with two shows in Las Vegas in early April. The current list of tour dates don’t include shows in the New York metro areas – at least not yet. Fingers crossed.
Beach Boys – This one should be interesting. The Beach Boys reunion tour will feature three original members in Brian Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine. The tour marks the band’s 50th anniversary, and it will include two shows at the Beacon Theater in May. We’ll see.
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Another reunion tour of sorts will see Red Hot Chili Peppers back on the road. I haven’t seen these guys in some time, but reports from the road is that they’re putting together a pretty solid show. They should be at the Prudential Center in Jersey in early May.
Coldplay – The U2-ish hit rockers will kick off their tour in Boston in mid April, and will work their way to the Izod Center in Jersey in August. Hard to argue with the band’s success, and their shows always bring out huge crowds.
Those aren’t the only tours coming up this summer, obviously. Here are a few others, including bands that have been on the road, some rumored to be going back on the road, and some who’ve been dormant for a while and are getting back in gear.
Pink Floyd – Roger Waters has had great success with his The Wall tour. Look for more shows this summer, even as rumors persist that a reunion with David Gilmour and Nick Mason may be in the offing. Last year we kept hearing that Gilmour was going to join Waters’ tour full time. We’ll see.
The Rolling Stones – The Hall of Fame rockers are expected to go on the road this summer, but have been pretty coy about confirming it. This would be a 50th anniversary tour, so it stands to reason that the Stones – never shy about promotion – will jump at the chance any way. Any one hear tour dates?
Aerosmith – Tickets for Aerosmith’s next tour are expected to go on sale this month, with the band reportedly hitting the road in June. No official word on what venues the band will be visiting, but much of it is on hold until Steve Tyler finishes his “American Idol” gig.
Alice in Chains – The Seattle grunge pioneers, who’ve had plenty of high profile tragedy in their careers, are rumored to be hitting the road this year. The thing is we don’t have tour dates nor official confirmation from the band. So keep your ears peeled.
Rage Against the Machine – This could be my favorite. They reunited a while back after a long hiatus. Now they’re headlining Bonnaroo. Definitely keep an ear out for other dates. We just couldn’t pin them down.
As I said, this is hardly a complete list. Honorable mention summer shows also include The Strokes, Guns N Roses, Tool, Rush and a reunited Van Halen.
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