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Five-star tours fuel anticipation in 2010
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Five-star tours fuel anticipation in 2010

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

We're just getting started on 2010, and the anticipation for these upcoming tours is already building.

Lilith Fair
Lesbian-palooza - or Lilith Fair, as it's better known - is back. Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan, who I had the privilege of speaking with on the phone several years ago, is reprising her all-female road show with a series of un-revealed dates this summer. The three-time Grammy winner has announced a short list of co-performers for the tour, with more to be added in the months ahead - Mary J. Blige, Miranda Lambert, Sheryl Crow, Erykah Badu, Metric, Emmylou Harris, Jill Scott, Tegan and Sara, Brandi Carlile, Sugarland, and Sara Bareilles are so far joining McLachlan on the rotating roster. I expect a concert date at The Gorge to be on the itinerary, and I'll announce it as soon as it becomes official.

U2
No Line on the Horizon is U2's latest album, and certainly not one of their strongest - more Achtung Baby, please! But it doesn't matter how masterful their music is (or isn't); they always give a killer live performance. I've seen them three times and have not even come close to complaining. Bono is God, or so he thinks he is, but he really knows how to work a stage and after all these years he remains visual sugar to women and men of all ages. U2 consistently mixes new songs with classic hits, so the band's June 20 appearance at Qwest Field will possibly include "With or Without You," "Mysterious Ways," "Pride (In the Name of Love)," "One," "New Year's Day," "Beautiful Day," and "Sunday Bloody Sunday."

Whitney Houston
Unless something really awful happens, such as a drug relapse (rumors are circulating), then a miracle of super diva proportions will have been bestowed upon us. Whitney Houston is scheduled to begin a five-month tour in Japan next month, followed by dates in Australia and Europe. If she makes it all the way through, a series of North American concerts is very likely. Though nothing's been reported yet, it'd be a complete shock for Houston to omit the US from her big comeback tour. Still, I'm not taking any chances and am considering an overseas trek to see the pop-R&B icon belt out "I Will Always Love You," "How Will I Know," "I'm Your Baby Tonight," "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)," and my personal fave, "So Emotional."

Soundgarden
What some thought would never happen is already in progress. Seattle hard rock quartet Soundgarden have announced a reunion for later this year, and are currently in the studio laying down a fresh set of tracks. The group broke up 12 years ago, which prompted lead singer Chris Cornell to branch out as a solo artist and launch a quite successful side project, Audioslave. The welcome return of Soundgarden is sure to stretch beyond the recording studio, as a roster of live shows is expected to develop in the months ahead, which means get ready to hear "Black Hole Sun," "Outshined" and the Grammy-winning "Spoonman" with thousands of roaring fans who also didn't think it would ever take place.

Bon Jovi
We've been robbed. First, Bon Jovi chooses Seattle to kick off their 2010 world tour, and then decides to open it a week earlier in Honolulu instead. Ticketholders, do you still feel special? Yep, I know it hurts, but cheer up, because the group, led by the never-unattractive Jon Bon Jovi, will motor through their 27-year resume of hits for what's expected to be two amazing shows on April 19 and 20, both sold-out according to the group's website. The New Jersey-bred act is one of rock's most successful bands with a long list of favorites, including "Livin' on a Prayer," "Blaze of Glory," "Wanted Dead or Alive," "It's My Life," and "You Give Love a Bad Name." Emo band Dashboard Confessional, fronted by the sexy and well-tatted Chris Carrabba, is the supporting act for both concerts. Mullets welcome, but so not necessary.

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