It's the beginning of another year, and that means it's time to predict all the artists and bands we think will tour during the year. Of course, many acts already have planned tours coming up, but you can be sure that there will be at least another four or five that announce them in the coming months. In particular, the months after June are looking pretty empty at this point, and will need plenty of acts to fill them up.
We think there is a pretty decent chance that the following five artists and bands will tour this year.
The Rationale: Over the last decade or so, U2 has seemed to have a pretty reliable four to five year gap between albums, and three to four year gap between their tours. Well, 2014 is exactly the right number of years for the next album to come out and the next tour to be announced. To be exact, the end of 2014 is at the lower end of the gap, so I wouldn't at all be surprised to see a tour announcement by the end of the year, if not the first dates of that tour.
Besides, what do they have to lose? Nothing, that's what. U2 is always an extremely popular touring act, and the previous 360° Tour was the highest-grossing tour ever. So come on U2: don't leave us waiting for much longer!
Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band
The Rationale: Although The Boss just wrapped up a European run of his Wrecking Ball Tour, Bruce Springsteen's tours come about a bit more frequently than do U2's. Like U2, however, Springsteen is one of those artists that people don't really get tired of when they tour year after year.
However, the greatest rationale for a tour is perhaps the most simple one: Springsteen is already planning to tour beginning next week in support of his latest album, High Hopes. It's just that the tour will be in South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand; no dates have been announced for the U.S. yet. Springsteen and The E Street Band will also have an appearance tomorrow on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in promotion of the tour. Perhaps we'll get an announcement of U.S. dates then?
The Rationale: Unlike Springsteen and U2, Christina Aguilera hasn't actually toured for a long time. Her last date on the Back to Basics Tour was in 2008, and the last U.S. date was 2007. It's been almost seven years since she's toured in the U.S. In the live performance world, that's practically a lifetime, so she should definitely get back on stage soon.
Aguilera had a pretty good reason for not being too available for the last few years: she was busy being a judge and coach on the NBC series The Voice. However, now that she's left the series again, there's a good chance that she'll be looking to return to the touring world.
The Rationale: She apparently has an album coming out in the first half of 2014, and new albums normally suggest a tour. Unlike Christina Aguilera, however, Jennifer Lopez is returning to her reality show, American Idol, starting this week. The return was announced months after the album, so that may have delayed the album's release. We don't know, though, as we haven't heard too many details since it was initially announced that Lopez had a new label, other than that collaboration with Swift.
However, that doesn't mean she can't tour. She has, after all, done it before. In 2012, Lopez did a tour following the end of Season 11. On the other hand, it's likely that the tour cost her the judge spot on season 12 of Idol, being that most of it was during prime time for the initial auditions. Maybe she'll leave Idol again to do the tour? It could happen, but we'll have to wait to see.
Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Rationale: Their upcoming appearance at the Big Game doesn't necessarily mean that the Chili Peppers will tour this year, but I'd offer that it's pretty good evidence. Beyonce's set last year was a demo for the "Mrs. Carter Show World Tour" that's currently ongoing, with the tour being announced shortly before her appearance.
Judging by this, I'd be very surprised if, shortly before or shortly after the halftime show, the band didn't announce either a new tour or a new U.S. leg of the "I'm With You" tour.
Is there anybody you're hoping will tour this year?