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10 Classic Album Concerts We’d Like to See: From Dylan to Madonna

Now that the mighty U2 have given into the trend, we’re calling out other major acts we’d love to see play a landmark LP

Dylan, Madonna, Fleetwood Mac, here are our picks for other acts that should do album shows.

Now that U2 are taking The Joshua Tree on tour it seems like nearly every major band has gone on a classic album tour of some sort in recent years. It's easy to understand why. The collapse of the recording industry has forced artists to make more and more of their money on the road, and at a certain point fans want to see something different. Not only does a complete album show guarantee they will see their favorite songs, it also offers a unique experience that may never come around again. Casual fans get guaranteed hits and hardcore fans get the promise of deep cuts. But there's still many acts that haven't given into the trend. Here are 10 complete album shows we'd like to see in the future.                                    

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Rod Stewart, ‘Every Picture Tells a Story’

Rod Stewart challenged his audience last year when he played a huge show in London's Hyde Park that was nothing but rarities. There was no "Maggie May," "Forever Young," "Reason to Believe" or even "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy." It's easy to imagine that many fans walked away a little disappointed, but there's an easy solution. He just needs to play Every Picture Tells a Story. That means he'll still do "Maggie May," "Mandolin Wind" and "Reason to Believe," but also "Every Picture Tells a Story," "Seems Like a Long Time" and "That's All Right." It's win/win. He can also do Gasoline Alley and we'll be pretty happy. Rod, your pick. 

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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, ‘Damn the Torpedoes’

Tom Petty originally planned on playing Wildflowers straight through this year, but it eventually morphed into a 40th anniversary tour with Wildflowers pushed back to some point in the future. But there's no reason he still can't do a beloved album at some of the shows. The obvious choice is Damn the Torpedoes. That means big hits – like "Refugee," "Here Comes My Girl" and "Even the Losers" – along with lesser-known songs, such as "Louisiana Rain" and "You Tell Me." As long as he's at it, he should also do the amazing B-side "Casa Dega" from that time period. An Echo tour also remains in our fantasies, but we gotta be somewhat realistic here.

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Madonna, ‘True Blue’

It's been a long time since Madonna has released an album that connected with a mass audience, and her live show tends to be divided evenly between huge hits and brand new tunes much of the arena doesn't know. Why not break out of that cycle by re-staging a classic album like True Blue? Songs like "Live to Tell," "Papa Don't Preach" and "Open Your Heart" have aged remarkably well. It would be a huge event that would really fire up the Madonna faithful. From there, she could do Ray of Light and Like a Prayer. It would be the perfect way to give her career a huge jolt.

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Fleetwood Mac, ‘Rumors’

It seems pretty unlikely that Stevie Nicks is going to agree to record a new Fleetwood Mac album anytime soon, which means their shows will continue to focus exclusively on the music they made between 1975 and 1987. A tour late in the year or early 2018 seems like a very safe bet at this point, but it would be a shame if it was just a repeat of the last one. With Christine McVie back in the fold now, they have the chance to do Rumors straight through. They already do nine of the eleven songs. They'd just need to add in "I Don't Want To Know," "Oh Daddy" and then play them all in sequence. The hardcores are going to ask for Tusk, but let's do one thing at a time here. We need to live in the land of the possible. 

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