With 2014 just over a week away, it’s time to look ahead to possible concert tours for the coming months. Although several artists have already confirmed North American tour dates, there are many more artists who are gearing up to release new albums, support old releases, and continue the tradition of live concert tours in the new year.
Next year will mark the 30th anniversary of the monumental Bruce Springsteen record “Born in the U.S.A.,” but instead of plotting an anniversary tour, The Boss is moving full steam ahead with a new album, due out Jan. 14. Titled “High Hopes,” the forthcoming project will feature a host of new and re-recorded songs, like the title track, as well as music from late E Street Band members Clarence Clemons and Danny Federici. Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, who toured with Springsteen in 2013, is also featured on several tracks.
California native Katy Perry dropped her fourth studio album, “Prism," in 2013, and it ultimately reached the top of the Billboard 200 and spawned the No. 1 single “Roar.” The singer already announced she’ll be on tour in 2014, but so far has only confirmed dates for a European leg that starts on May 7 in Belfast. The Prismatic World Tour is scheduled to remain in the U.K. through the end of May, so it’s very likely Perry will return stateside at some point during the year.
Reportedly due out in April, the upcoming U2 album has been kept well under wraps, but a recent “Los Angeles Times” interview with the band revealed the songs draw inspiration from early punk bands like The Clash, as well as a collection of soul and R&B artists. The Irish band’s most recent tour, the U2 360° Tour, still holds the world record as the highest-grossing concert tour of all time, so any upcoming tour is sure to be a major hit with fans around the world.
Metallica celebrated the 30th anniversary of its debut album in 2013 and earned a new world record by becoming the only band to perform on all seven continents over the course of one year. The group just released a live recording of the show in Antarctica (the aptly titled “Freeze ‘Em All”), and they’ve also released a number of 2014 tour dates for South America and Europe, but North American tour dates are still pending.
At an Australian concert last year, Coldplay hinted that they were planning to take a three-year break, but rumors are swirling that the group may be recording a new album soon with a release date rumored for late spring/early summer of 2014. If the album is released in the coming months, it’s possible the seven-time GRAMMY winners will bring their music back to the U.S. before 2015.
More Tour and Album Rumors
In addition to these tour rumors above, fans are waiting for full-fledged 2014 tour dates from Dave Matthews Band, which typically tours the U.S. over the summer. Billy Joel has also been announcing concert dates throughout the U.S. next year outside of his Madison Square Garden residency, but no official tour has been arranged. Meanwhile, Trent Reznor confirmed through a Reddit Ask Me Anything that Nine Inch Nails will make a return to North America in 2014, but he has yet to confirm a touring schedule.
In news from artists across the pond, the constantly touring Rolling Stones had a massive year in 2013 celebrating its 50th anniversary, but the tireless band has already revealed a number of 2014 tour dates in Asia and Oceania. British powerhouse Adele may also be on the verge of a North American tour. The GRAMMY Award winner has been rumored to be working on a new album, but the songstress is known for taking her time between releases, so it remains to be seen whether 2014 will offer fans any Adele tour dates.