In the concert world, April marks the beginnings of festival season, which lasts all summer long. Crossroads Guitar Festival is a great opportunity for music buffs to commemorate the fun summer of music ahead.
Meanwhile, in sports, the MLB seasons starts! April is also big for theater, and most of Broadway's plays will be opening this month — including (finally) Tom Hanks in his role as Mike McAlary.
While we may not be looking forward to the April showers, we're totally looking forward to the warmer weather, as well as these upcoming events in concerts, sports, and theater:
Dave Matthews Band: Though the band toured frequently in the '90s, DMB hasn't toured since 2011. Now they're back with a tour that begins April 6 in Alabama; just a few weeks later, on April 28, they'll headline the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
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Beyonce: Beyonce last toured in 2009 following her I Am... album. Although the Mrs. Carter album has yet to be released, The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour kicks off April 24.
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Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival: After three years, the Crossroads Festival is back! This two-day festival is scheduled for April 12 and April 13 in New York, NY.
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Other Concerts in April:
- Fleetwood Mac begins April 4.
- The Postal Service begins April 9.
- Rush begins April 23.
- John Mayer begins April 25.
- Jimmy Buffett begins April 27.
A little under two years ago I wrote a post discussing five bands that should reunite and go on tour again. Well, with plenty of rumors in the air about acts that might reunite and go on tour in the next year or two, I thought it was time to consider a few more bands that should get back to the stage.
Why They Should Do It: Rather than tell you, I'll show you:
This graph represents the percentage of pageviews generated by our biggest blog posts since we pulled that trick last April Fools Day about 'N Sync returning. As you can see, that post is the most visited one out of any other. It's quite clear that fans are still running high on hopes of their return, so why not give it a go?
Why It Could Happen But Probably Won't: New Kids on the Block, Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees, Boyz II Men, Destiny's Child (briefly). Need I say more? Although there isn't any chatter from 'N Sync land on a possible reunion, now is definitely the time to do it if they want to get in on the action while people are still receptive to the idea. However, any tour may have to be without Justin Timberlake, who has taken great pains over the last decade to get away from that type of music. That alone could sink the idea, given his relative success compared to everybody else who was in the band.
Lady Gaga has announced that she will have to cancel the remainder of her "Born This Way" tour. Earlier this week, Gaga postponed four shows, citing a performance injury.
She tweeted, "I've been hiding a show injury and chronic pain for some time now. Over the past month it has worsened. I've been praying it would heal. To the fans in Chicago, Detroit, and Hamilton, I hope you can forgive me, as it is nearly impossible for me to forgive myself. I'm devastated and sad. It will hopefully heal as soon as possible. I hate this. I hate this so much. I love you and I'm sorry."
At the time of her tweets, which came Feb. 12, Gaga believed she’d just have to postpone four shows, which she’d make up at the end of her tour.
As it turns out, she will need surgery for a "labral tear of the right hip," according to LittleMonsters.com. While some are likely disappointed, most of Mother Monster’s fans have been supportive, and I can only imagine how Mother Monster feels, considering she seems to care about her fans a great deal. Get well soon, Gaga!
Following last night's Grammy performance (with Jay-Z, guys), Justin Timberlake announced that he'll be heading on tour... because why not? He joins Beyonce, New Kids on the Block/98 Degrees/Boyz II Men, The Eagles, and Fall Out Boy in artists-who-are-back-and-ready-to-tour-this-year. Not bad company to be in.
OMG? Am I dreaming, or was it just announced that New Kids on the Block, 89 Degrees, and Boys II Men will be touring this summer? And the first stop is Uncasville, CT?
Nope. This is real life. See you there!