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2013’s Hottest Tours

2013 tour preview

There's no shortage of big names hitting the road this year, from Lady Gaga to the Who to Taylor Swift. The one thing that's missing from the 2013 tour schedule? A truly massive superstar who can automatically sell out stadiums and arenas everywhere, like U2 or Madonna. Then again, that could change as soon as the Rolling Stones tour dates we're all waiting for come through. Read on for our guide to 2013's 18 biggest tours.

By Steve Knopper

One Direction

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One Direction

June 13th-August 9th

One Direction's summer run of amphitheatres and arenas – many of the dates sold out last year, when their popularity was first exploding – seems designed to give hunky Harry, Zayn and the other what's-their-names flexibility to add more shows if hordes of screaming young fans make them necessary.

Rihanna

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Rihanna

March 8th-May 1st

Rihanna is one of the few survivors of the Bad Summer of 2010, in which the sputtering economy and high ticket prices forced her (and many others) to cancel dates and offer last-minute discounts. This year is different: She's back to being one of the world's biggest pop stars, having sold almost 1.4 million copies of her new single "Diamonds" during the holiday season alone.

Paul McCartney

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Paul McCartney

Dates unknown

Macca has hinted at a new album this year, and his late-2012 tour dates (not to mention his Hurricane Sandy telethon appearance in December) indicate the 70-year-old and his band are ready for action. Nothing's official yet, but don't expect Nirvana.

Justin Bieber

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Justin Bieber

Through January 27th, June 22nd-August 10th

Bieber's recording career took a hit in 2012 after his album Believe sold disappointingly few copies compared to contemporaries such as One Direction and Taylor Swift, and he received zero Grammy Awards nominations. He'll boost his buzz by playing tons of arena dates all year – in the U.S., then Europe, then back again.

No Doubt

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No Doubt

Dates unknown

This tour, most likely for summer, is still in the rumor stages, but Gwen Stefani let confirmation slip during a recent Jimmy Kimmel Live! appearance.

Bob Seger

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Bob Seger

February 27th-April 2nd

Seger, 67, has said he won't be touring much longer, so take advantage while you can. You'll have lots of chances this year – the run of 11 U.S. and Canada dates he announced in early January is just the first leg of his "Rock and Roll Never Forgets" tour.

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