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Tour Preview: Why 2012 Is Shaping Up to Be a Monster Year

Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones, Lady Gaga, Madonna and more are planning to hit the road

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The ancient Mayans supposedly predicted that the world was going to end in 2012. That might explain why so many giant touring acts seem to be hitting the road next year. (They want to make their money while they still can.) Some acts like U2 and AC/DC may be taking the year off, but many of the other biggest names in the business seem to be gearing up for tours – even if they publicly refuse to admit it at this point. Here's a guide to the biggest (likely) tours of 2012.

By Andy Greene

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The Eagles

According to Joe Walsh, the Eagles are going to celebrate their 40th anniversary in the second half of 2012. "We’ve archived so much stuff from the band’s early days, concert footage and film and interviews and stuff," Walsh says. "We’re going to put a show, kind of a retrospect show together around that. But it’s a new show because everybody’s seen our show, so we have to put together something new. And the 40-year anniversary theme will work well and be valid. So we’re putting that together and that’ll probably take four or five months."

Likelihood: 95 percent. Who are we to call Joe Walsh a liar? The thing is, 40 years ago the Eagles have a pretty different line-up. They should suck it up and invite Randy Meisner and Bernie Leadon out on the road. Hell, even suck it up big time and invite Don Felder back. Sure, you hate his guts – but it would make for a much better show. The anniversary should be celebrated by all seven Eagles. (There's about a .0001 percent chance that Don and Glenn will agree with that assessment.)

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Fleetwood Mac

Let's allow Lindsey Buckingham to comment on the possibility of Fleetwood Mac touring next year. "We're doing something for sure," the Fleetwood Mac guitarist told Rolling Stone in August. "I wouldn't be shocked if it was a tour and possibly an album. We'll have to wait and see. Nothing is on the books right now. With Fleetwood Mac, there's a lot of landmines out there politically and it's hard to get everybody on the same page at the same time – but I think this might be one of those years where everyone will want to do the same thing. Whatever that is."

Likelihood: 60 percent. This could easily move into 2013 – especially if they decide to cut an album first. Also, it was widely reported that they were going to tour stadiums with the Eagles in the summer of 2010, and that didn't happen.


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Coldplay are one of the few rock acts to emerge within the last decade that had successfully made the leap to arenas. They can even fill stadiums in Europe. They played a bunch of festival dates this year and are hitting European arenas this December. The only 2012 dates on the books right now are U.K. stadiums in May and June, but there's almost certainly a U.S. arena run coming.

Likelihood: 99 percent. They have a new album out, and they've been very clear that they're supporting it on the road.

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