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13 Tours We’d Like To See In 2013

From Outkast to David Bowie, here’s our list of dream tours for next year

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It's never too early to start thinking about the 2013 touring season. This year has already seen amazing shows from acts including Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Neil Young and Crazy Horse and Radiohead, while the Who and the Rolling Stones are still on their way. But there are lots of other major acts that have been sitting at home for way too long. Read on for the top 13 artists we'd love to see hit the road in the next calendar year, from David Bowie to Outkast. And while this is a dream list, we've tried not to get too implausible – so that means no Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, the Smiths or any other long-dormant bands that all signs indicate will never, ever reunite.

By Andy Greene

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Genesis With Peter Gabriel

Peter Gabriel finally broke down this year and went on his first truly retro tour – a recreation of his 1987 tour in support of So, down to the same band and onstage props. It was a pretty amazing show, but there's something else that the true fans are holding out for: a reunion tour with Genesis. The classic 1970s line-up of Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford and Steve Hackett met in 2004 to discuss such a tour, but Gabriel ultimately backed out. Since then, Collins has suffered nerve damage in his hands that makes it difficult for him to play drums. This makes a Genesis reunion difficult, but Collins has played a couple times in recent years, and he's said he is making slow and steady progress. Maybe he'll be ready to give it a shot in a year or so. If not, longtime Genesis live drummer Chester Thompson can handle his parts. Whatever happens, Genesis should end their career right where it began. The fans have waited long enough. 

Simon and Garfunkel Farewell Tour

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Simon and Garfunkel Farewell Tour

"Can you imagine us years from today, sharing a park bench quietly?/How terribly strange to be 70," Simon and Garfunkel sang on their classic 1968 tune "Old Friends." Well, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel both turned 70 last year. They aren't just sitting around park benches together throwing crumbs at pigeons, though – both have released new music in the last year and gone on solo tours. For Art, it was his first time playing shows since a major vocal ailment forced the cancellation of a Simon and Garfunkel reunion tour in 2009. He seems to be pretty close to recovery these days, and it's time to make up those gigs. Paul has recently said he wants to tour with Art one last time, and Art has made it clear he's down. So what are they waiting for? If they call it a farewell tour, they'll basically be printing money. 

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Outkast and Fugees

Outkast are technically on some sort of indefinite hiatus, but with every year that goes by without a new album or tour, it looks more and more like they're over. The Fugees, meanwhile, are definitely broken up. They hate each other. While these two situations differ in many ways, they have one crucial thing in common: both of these beloved hip-hop acts have huge fan bases that miss them like hell. Just imagine how awesome it would be if they joined forces for a massive arena tour together – like the Nineties hip-hop equivalent of those Billy JoelElton John tours a few years ago.

It's hard to see Lauryn Hill eagerly signing on for this, but with the IRS on her case, some quick, easy money might not look so bad. And while André 3000 is pretty focused on his movie career right now, he could always change his mind. We can safely say that Pras, Wyclef and Big Boi would all do this tour tomorrow. Now we just have to wait for the other two to come around. (It's probably going to be a while.)

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David Bowie Farewell Concert

For those who haven't noticed, David Bowie pretty much vanished sometime around 2006. Sure, he walks the streets of New York with his wife Iman and their daughter and makes the occasional appearance at black tie charity balls and movie premiers – but he hasn't released a new album since 2003 or performed a concert since 2004. He obviously has every right to retire, but the man is only 65. Chuck Berry is a full 20 years older, and he's out there all the time. How great would it be if Bowie did one final tour, giving us all the opportunity to say goodbye? The 2003-4 Reality tour was amazing, but nobody knew it was the end of the line. David, at the very least pull a Led Zeppelin and give us one final concert. Let's end this this properly. Singing "Changes" with Alicia Keys at a charity show is no way to go out. 

Billy Joel Farewell Tour

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Billy Joel Farewell Tour

Billy Joel hasn't released a new record since River of Dreams nearly 20 years ago. The money for concerts, however, was too much to pass up, so he kept touring through the 1990s and 2000s even when he didn't have any new songs to sing. That is, until the tours suddenly stopped with no warning or notice. Billy Joel hasn't played a single real concert since a quick series of make-up dates with Elton John in February and March of 2010. By many accounts, he has no intention of doing shows anytime soon, maybe never again. While his fans certainly had ample opportunity to say goodbye, and the 2008 Shea Stadium shows were pretty spectacular, it would be nice if he did a proper victory lap. He has all the time in the world to fiddle with his motorcycles and hobnob with Howard Stern and Matt Lauer in the Hamptons. The fans need closure. 

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Rage Against the Machine

Rage Against the Machine are, hands down, one of the greatest live bands to emerge in the past two decades. Maybe even of all time. They broke up in 2000 near their peak, but seven years later they started reuniting for live shows here and there. The thing is, most of these shows have been at festivals, often in Europe. By the time Rage hit the stage, many fans have been baking in the heat for 12 hours. It's not an ideal venue for the band – particularly when many of their original fans are no longer so into the idea of a mosh pit full of black-out drunk frat boys. At some point, Rage should really do a proper arena tour so their older fans can chill out and sing along to "Bulls on Parade" without risking life and limb. 

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Stone Roses and Blur

Why does England get to have all the fun? In the past year, Blur and the Stone Roses have both reunited for a bunch of triumphant U.K. shows – leaving their American fans to watch them on YouTube if at all. Both of these groups clearly have a bigger fanbase over in their home country, but they'd still sell a lot of tickets stateside. They'd kill at Coachella, and they could even go on a brief American leg together, for the ultimate Anglophile double bill.