The Most Exciting Reunions, Returns & Rumors of 2016
Two-thousand-and-sixteen is proving to be quite the historical year in music. Although we’ve lost some legends, it seems that many of our favorites are making their triumphant return to the stage for a summer filled with reunions and revivals. From Guns N’ Roses to Radiohead, Puff Daddy to The Misfits, check out our list of reunions, returns and rumors below!
In possibly the most-hyped reunion of the summer, LCD Soundsystem shocked us all when they returned to the stage after a brief five-year breakup. They’ll be performing at some of the biggest festivals this summer–Primavera Sound, Bonnaroo, FYF Fest–with a full-fledged tour in the works. View LCD Soundsystem tickets & tour dates.
You can thank Trey Anastasio for the surprising reunion of beloved alternative Ween, who disbanded in 2012 after a 28-year run. Just months after the Phish frontman called on the band to “get back together and start playing again,” they did just that, and have several festival appearances plus one-off shows in Philly and San Francisco later this year. View Ween tickets & tour dates.
Guns N’ Roses
With several warm-up shows already under their belt, it seems as though Guns N’ Roses are finally delivering on the promise of a reunion. Now all they have to do is not break up from now until June 23, and we can officially call this a rock n’ roll resurrection for the ages. View Guns N’ Roses tickets & tour dates.
Puff Daddy & The Bad Boy Family
Hold onto your puffer vests, folks, this is going to be one hell of a ride. Puff Daddy and the whole Bad Boy Family clan–Lil’ Kim, Mase, Faith Evans, 112, the Lox and more, are all heading out on tour for what’s being hailed as “a moment in hip hop history.” After two shows in Brooklyn in honor of Biggie’s birthday, the official run begins on August 25. View Bad Boy Family tickets & tour dates.
For the first time since 1983, Glenn Danzig has rejoined The Misfits (along with original bassist Jerry Only) for Riot Fest in Denver and Chicago. Guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein will also be there, meaning that three-quarters of the lineup that appeared on 1982’s Walk Among Us will be performing together. Finally. Let’s hope this means a full tour is coming next. View The Misfits tickets & tour dates.
Radiohead pulled a Beyonce recently and dropped arguably one of their greatest albums, A Moon Shaped Pool, to critical and commercial acclaim. Now, in addition to their numerous festival appearances around the globe this summer, you can catch them in New York City, Los Angeles, and several locations throughout Europe. They’ll be joined by Holly Herndon, Dawn of Midi and Shabazz Palaces for varying dates. View Radiohead tickets & tour dates.
The future of this pop-punk staple was uncertain after Tom DeLonge left Blink 182, but the guitarist has since been replace by Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba. Skiba, along with Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker, have just dropped new single, “Bored to Death,” and are embarking on a North American tour this summer. View Blink 182 tickets & tour dates.
Red Hot Chili Peppers
After years of waiting, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have put a release date on their new album–June 17 via Warner Bros.–and have a stacked summer of festival appearances to promote it. Their upcoming tour dates take them from Ottawa to Japan, Berlin to Belfast, starting with BottleRock Fest in Napa Valley on May 29. View Red Hot Chili Peppers tickets & tour dates.
Prophets of Rage
You’ll have to wait until June 1 to find out what Prophets of Rage have planned, at least according to the website recently launched by the rock supergroup. Comprised of members of Rage Against the Machine, plus Chuck D and Cypress Hill, the band has one simple message: “Take the power back.” We hope that’s code for upcoming tour dates. Sign up for Prophets of Rage ticket & tour date alerts.
Sure, there’s absolutely no supporting evidence behind this rumor, and, OK, maybe members of the band have flat-out denied that a reunion is happening. But in this crazy year of music we’re not counting anything out. The seed has been planted, now all that needs to happen is for somebody to offer David Byrne a fat check. Sign up for Talking Heads ticket & tour date alerts.
It’s no secret that the Gorillaz are working on artwork and material for a new album, but other important follow-up questions like: “When will it be released” and “Will they tour behind it” are still up in the air. In terms of new tunes, rumors of collabs between Vic Mensa, Noel Gallagher and the late great David Bowie have all been thrown into the ring. For now, your guess is as good as ours. Sign up for Gorillaz ticket & tour date alerts.
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