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Live in 2012: Previewing upcoming Chicago concerts

By Nash Sanderson
On January 30, 2012

There is no experience quite like seeing your favorite band perform in person, right before your eyes all those songs you've listened to a hundred times.

Live performances are a visceral experience, allowing the audience to interact with the music. Live concerts are the ultimate test for a band or artist; some bands, like The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, and The Dave Matthews band have made the live concert an art form and can survive only on constant touring, while other artists make live appearances a rare treat.

No matter what genres you love, 2012 looks to be a sensational year for concerts. Here is just a brief look at what the New Year will offer in live music:


Chicago Date: Feb. 6 at the Antheneum Theatre

Jeff Mangum, mastermind behind beloved Indie band Neutral Milk Hotel is touring the U.S. and Europe this winter and spring —but playing in tiny venues. Good news for Mangum fans, he will play the Minehead ATP festival, which Mangum co-curates, he was also announced as a performer fon 2012's Coachella Festival. This typically secretive individual is almost entirely sold out already for his 2012 tour.


Chicago Date: Feb. 2 at the United Center

With a new album on the way and David Lee Roth back on lead, Van Halen looks to surge back to life in 2012. The band electrified their audience at a tiny surprise show in NYC and the Van Halen 2012 tour is sure to revolve around all their greatest hits from the David Lee Roth era.


Chicago Date: March 1 at The United Center

This incredible double billing arena tour brings together two of the most hyped rock bands of the year for one phenomenal concert. Fans of rambunctious rock and rootsy blues are sure to be right at home.


Chicago Date: March 2 at The Metro

The creative overlords of artsy indie return to the stage this spring with new material but that same lovable weirdness that separates of Montreal from its indie brethren. Warning: not for the faint of heart or those with strong moral objections to obscene amounts of makeup on guys.


Chicago Date: March 3 at The Riviera

Though most may know Donald Glover as Troy Barnes from NBC's hit comedy Community, Glover moonlights as a rapper by the name of Childish Gambino. Don't be fooled by Glover's assumed nice guy persona, he is also an incredible rapper. His debut full length album, Camp, was released in November to rave reviews.


Spring 2012

The dazzlingly loud and incredibly rocking little band from North Wales, The Joy Formidable announced their first ever headlining tour of North America. Starting March 1h in San Francisco, and winding through the continent in early spring, this is not a rock concert to miss. They put on one hell of a show.


May 28 at Allstate Arena

2012 Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame inductees, The Red Hot Chili Peppers are coming back to the live stage in 2012.

Beginning their U.S. tour in March (postponed due to a foot injury of Anthony Kiedis) The Chili Peppers are storming back with a live concert featuring their greatest hits along with songs from their newest LP, I'm With You.


Spring/Summer 2012

The UK's preeminent art rockers return to the stage in 2012 torsupport their newest record, The King of Limbs.

Having wowed crowds at a live show in NYC in late December, Radiohead's 2012 tour looks to up the ante even further. Though the band does not have a set date for Chicago yet, look for the band to potentially headline this year's Lollapalooza festival in August.


Spring 2012

With their new album, Reign of Terror to be released Feb. 2, the riotous, kick-butt, two-part rock outfit Sleigh Bells has announced their tour for this Spring, starting in Florida with hit producer Diplo, and moving up along the east coast with more dates to be announced soon.


Chicago Date: June 8 at Wrigley Field

Pink Floyd mastermind Roger Waters is bringing The Wall to stadiums around the country this summer. If you are a big Pink Floyd fan, this incredibly psychological musical experience should be more than enough to tide you over until the oft-rumored Pink Floyd reunion tour.


Summer 2012

Country darling Taylor Swift is set to have a big 2012 as well, prepping a new album (naturally about heartbreak) and a big tour. Expect throngs of screaming girls, heavy doses of acoustic guitar, and sweet, innocent songs about young love.


Summer 2012

With the most complete lineup in years and Brian Wilson back at the helm, this reunion tour is huge news in the music world. Though no official dates are set yet, the tour has been officially announced by none other than Wilson himself.


Summer 2012

After taking 2011 relatively slow by DMB standards, the band is set to begin its never-ending live tour once again this summer.


Chicago dates: Aug. 7 & 8 at the United Center

Touring in support of their excellent new album Mylo Xyloto, Coldplay will bring their trademark live energy to the United Center this August. These British rockers are touring throughout the U.S. over the summer.


A truly legendary rock band, The Rolling Stones look to embark on a 50th anniversary tour for Mick Jagger and company to rock and strut like they have for the past five decades. It is a tour not to be missed.


April 2012

After the death of the "Big Man, saxophone god Clarence Clemons, Bruce and his E Street band's future was unclear. Could the band really go on without Clarence?

A consummate professional and brilliant musician to the end, "The Boss" has made it abundantly clear that the band must continue and a 2012 world tour is in the works. This concert could prove to be the mosd compelling event of the year.


2012: Dates to be announced

With a new LP set for release in 2012, M.D.N.A., along with a performance at the Super Bowl halftime show, Madonna is going to have a huge 2012. Madonna is the Queen of the live concert. Having not toured since 2008, she is sure to pull out all the stops.


2012: Dates to be announced

It looks like the Blizzard of Ozz is returning this year, as the original lineup of Black Sabbath is back together and touring for the first time in years. Sabbath's trademark rock is sure to excite fans of all ages. The tour has one caveat however, Lead-guitarist Tony Iommi was recently diagnosed with lymphoma, and the tour was postponed. Here's hoping Iommi a speedy recovery.


2012: Dates to be announced

A follow-up to her extremely successful and lucrative Monster Ball tour, Lady Gaga will be hitting the road again in 2012 to continue her reign as one of the highest-grossing live acts of all time.

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