By now we all know that Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, Eric Clapton, Muse, Lady Gaga, Dave Matthews Band, Carrie Underwood, and P!nk are all on the touring warpath to Houston in the next few months. I even saw a notice about Keith Urban coming to the Woodlands sometime next summer; guess he broke out of the RodeoHouston corral.
It's not like Houston didn't get a fair share of ginormous concerts this year. Paul McCartney, Madonna, the Chili Peppers, Eddie Vedder, El Beebs, Maiden, the Beach Boys, Radiohead, Aerosmith, The Black Keys, Motley/Kiss, Van Halen, One Direction, Coldpay, and others we have forgotten all graced Houston stages in '12.
We missed out on Leonard Cohen, who came to Austin, but you all would have probably screamed, hooted, and hollered the entire time. Them LC crowds are a rambunctious bunch, you know.
But who can we look forward to coming to town in 2013, permitting there is a 2013? Well, let's do some digging.
MUMFORD & SONS The Mumfords are easily one of the most polarizing acts running right now. The music snob-population seems equally split on them, with some folks equating them with a faux-folk Nickelback, and others praising them as saviors in a pop-music landscape gone to pot. Either way, expect them to hit the Toyota Center or Bayou Music Center in '13, and for there to be gnashing of teeth/tears of joy.
NO DOUBT Middling new album Push and Shove gives Gwen and crew incentive to push and shove it out on the road. The last time they came through Houston in 2009, they sold out every seat and section of grass in The Woodlands with Paramore and The Sounds as support.
PEARL JAM A real maaaaaaaaaaaybe, after the crowds that Eddie Vedder had to deal with at Jones Hall. I would have thought sure a few weeks back. Look for them to play the major festivals and maybe release another studio disc, though.
CHER The 66-year-old has a new album on the way and comes with a built-in diva-hungry audience, which means there is lots of $$$$ to be made on the road. Tease it as her "last" tour on the second leg and watch the ticket prices soar.
FLEETWOOD MAC The 'Mac already announced a '13 tour around the time Lindsey Buckingham was on his solo club jaunt.
ELTON JOHN Rolling Stone got us thinking about John touring a few of his classic LPs in full, which is a grand idea. He hasn't been in Houston in years, so he owes us at least two nights here at Toyota Center.
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN The closest he got to Houston in '12 was a set at SXSW, but he ignored Texas altogether on the Wrecking Ball tour. Of course, Rocks Off's buddy Greg Liestman saw the Boss probably five times this year alone.
SOUNDGARDEN I need more time with the grungelords' new King Animal but I would welcome a Soundgarden date in Houston. Any chance to see Kim Thayil in action should be taken, and that Cornell guy isn't bad either.
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE A new album and tour with Dave Grohl playing drums on the road? Yes? Please?
THE WHO The Who, sans the cool dead ones, are eying a longer tour in '13, maybe the summer if the stars align. For now, check out some pics of The Who in Whouston over the years over here.
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THE ROLLING STONES I'll believe it when myself, Chris Gray, Brittanie Shey, and a photog to be named later are standing in front of the guys. The band has been on various versions of these lists I have been puking out since 2008.