There's nothing like seeing your favorite band live. There's also nothing like going to a Miley Cyrus show and wondering what on earth she's going to do next. Here's my subjective list of this year’s most highly anticipated tours. Some rumored, some confirmed. Some huge productions, some just brilliant artists.
Eminem's new album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, has met enormous success and praise from critics and fans alike. So will Eminemfollow up his new album with a U.S. Tour in 2014? Eminem has shown up a few times with Dr. Dre, Jay Z, and other hip hop artists, but has not officially toured the U.S. since August 2011. Since his album release though we've seen much more of him, appearing on TV and radio around the world and performing tracks live. So far Eminem has announced dates in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, so is this just the beginning? Fingers crossed.
2. Katy Perry - PRISMATIC World Tour
I, for one, was pretty obsessed with the Katy Perry ‘Part of Me’ documentary that followed her California Dreams tour. Her new album Prism is considerably darker than her last, so it will be interesting to see what she does with the production on "PRISMATIC." According to the singer though, it's going to be memorable regardless. She said to Capital FM in London "I'm just really excited. I just did a big tour meeting yesterday and saw the graphic drawing of the stage and it's unlike anything I've seen for any other artist and it's unlike anything I've ever done. It's different, it's fresh, it's clean." The tour will open in the UK in May.
3. Lady Gaga - artRave: The ARTPOP Ball Tour
Gaga is, of course, known for her elaborate shows, each tour and each appearance seemingly more outlandish than the one before it. People seem to have become slowly less receptive to the shock factor though, with rumors of Gaga losing the label millions of dollars after the promotional campaign for ARTPOP. With the likes of Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus also lining up big tours for this year, we will wait and see which of the year's pop princesses wins in the battle of big productions.
4. Miley Cyrus - Bangerz Tour (with Icona Pop & Sky Ferreira)
Cyrus' Bangerz tour kicks off February 14th in Vancouver and wraps up on April 24th at New York's Nassau Coliseum. Support on the tour comes from Sky Ferreira and Icona Pop, and I for one would like to see backstage footage of that tour. Both Cyrus and Ferreira are known to enjoy letting their hair down every now and again, so hopefully they will make it through all 38 dates unscathed.
Either way, this tour is one of the hottest tickets in town for 2014. And if anyone has a spare, give me a call.
If you missed Lorde in 2013, you were probably living under a rock. The young Kiwi was everywhere by the end of the year, and it will be exciting to see what the "Royals" singer brings to her North American tour in 2014. It kicks off on March 3rd in Austin and hits major American and Canadian cities throughout the month.
Outkast has long been the subject of reunion rumors ever since Andre "Andre 3000" Benjamin and Antwan "Big Boi" Patton put their Grammy-winning duo on hiatus in 2007. Seven years later, could 2014 be the year of the duo joining forces once again?
Multiple sources have confirmed conversations about Outkast reuniting for Coachella this year, so could this mark the beginning of a slew of dates together? Speculation is rife and fans are hopeful. Let us know what you think of the rumors below.
7. Cher - Dressed To Kill Tour
Not to be outdone by Perry, Cyrus, and Gaga, The one-and-only original diva Cher revealed that she will kick off her 49-city "Dressed To Kill" North American tour in Phoenix on March 22nd with stops in NYC, LA, Boston, Vegas, and other major cities.
Cher's previous tour The Farewell Tour, later referred to as "The Never Can Say Goodbye Tour," was one of the most successful tours ever by a solo artist, playing a record-breaking 325 dates between 2002 and 2005, seen by over 5.5 million people.
8. Childish Gambino - The Deep Web Tour
After spending 2013 buzzing on the Internet and releasing the aptly titled sophomore album Because the Internet in December, Childish Gambino - also known as actor/comedian Donald Glover - has just announced a 2014 tour. Dubbed "The Deep Web Tour," it runs from late February to early May. News of the tour was revealed after Glover tweeted a link to a spoof sex cam website. Upon typing the word "tickets" in the chat box, users were given a link to the tour's actual website.
Scottish trio Chvrches have had an amazing couple of years, going from strength to strength and producing impeccable electronic pop, garnering fans all over the world after spending a good amount of the last year on the road. That doesn't stop in 2014 with an insane schedule of dates lined up in Australia, Singapore, New Zealand and across Europe, before returning to the US in the spring.
Finally, the sisters Haim will be heading out on tour this year following an exceptionally successful 2013. They will be bringing their unique brand of indie pop to cities across the U.S. starting April for a 17-date run.