Some great tour news for 2012 have already been announced over the past few months and 2012 promises to be packed with live gigs of some of the biggest names of the music industry.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band have announced dates of a world tour recently. The tour will be preceded by the release of a new album. Madchester legends, The Stone Roses, have annouced their reunion, three huge Manchester gigs and have already been confirmed to play a host of European summer festivals next year, today only they were announced as headliners of Hungary’s Sziget festival and the German Southside/Hurricane twin festivals.
The reunited Black Sabbath have announced their world tour dates and festival headline slots for next year, they are also working on a new album with producer Rick Rubin. Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers return to the UK and Ireland, Coldplay, Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rammstein, Florence And The Machine are all touring in 2012.
On the boy band front, Westlife, NKOTBSB, JLS and One Direction will fill the gap after Take That‘s huge tour that took place this year.
Now to the tour rumours for 2012. The Rolling Stones‘ Mick Jagger and Keith Richards seem to have burried the hatchet and are discussing how to properly celebrate the bands 50 year anniversary. A tour will most likely happen. AEG Live, Live Nation and veteran Stones promoter Michael Cohl have already reached out about acquiring the band’s anniversary tour, which has the potential to be the biggest of all time. “It would be a total home run,” says the source.
Mick Jagger has been very active this year. He formed super group SuperHeavy with Dave Stewart, he’s been featured in Maroon 5‘s ‘Moves Like Jagger’ video and sings and appears in the video of Will.I.am‘s recent single ‘T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)’.
Another big act that is expected to announce world tour dates soon is Madonna. She has signed a deal with Interscope for three new studio albums this week, her new songs ‘Masterpiece’ from the soundtrack of her film ‘W.E.’, and ‘Give Me All Your Love’ leaked online and her new studio album is expected to be released early next year. Dancers for her tour have already been casted. Madonna is expected to announce tour dates following her Super Bowl halftime show in February.
Lady Gaga is also expected to announce world tour dates early next year. She recently spoke about plans for her ‘Born This Way’ tour and said that she’s thinking about a huge 450 date tour that is to take place over the next two years.
Kanye West and Jay-Z are currently touring North America and promoting their current joint album ‘Watch The Throne’. Earlier this week, rumours emerged that the two hip-hop giants might tour Europe together in 2012 as well.
Lil Wayne and Eminem have recently toured South Africa and Australia together. Shawn Gee, Wayne’s tour manager said about the possibility of the two stars touring Europe and the UK together:
“One of our goals for Wayne’s touring business at the start of this cycle was to expand his reach outside of North America. We feel there is a huge opportunity to build Wayne into a true global touring force.
“We recently completed a string of dates in Australia and South Africa where Wayne played in stadiums, with Eminem, in Melbourne in front of 65,000 fans and arenas in Johannesburg and Capetown. In 2012 we plan to build on this international success and tour Europe and South America to further expand his global reach.” Lil Waynes 60 date ‘I Am Still Music’ tour grossed a total of 47 million dollar in the US alone.
Oh, Van Halen also have plans to reunite and tour as well.
Eminem Ft. Mr Porter and Lil Wayne in Sydney, Australia