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Weekend Rock Question: What Is the Most Exciting Tour of 2012?

Cast your vote in our weekly readers' poll

January 6, 2012 5:00 PM ET
Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen performs on stage during STING: 25th Anniversary/60th Birthday Concert to Benefit Robin Hood Foundation at Beacon Theatre in New York City.
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2012 is shaping up to be a huge year for big-name tours, with artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Van Halen, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Radiohead and the Rolling Stones all expected to hit the road.

Our question for you is: Who are you most excited to see in concert in 2012?

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You can vote here in the comments, on facebook.com/rollingstone, or on Twitter using the #weekendrock hashtag.

Last weekend, we asked you to choose the best new artist of 2011, and we compiled the results in this video gallery.

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