Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Six tours that we'd love to see come through, but won't

Six tours that we'd love to see come through, but won't.

Posted By on Wed, Feb 8, 2012 at 8:32 AM

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Bands, why must you forsake Kansas City (and Lawrence)? It seems that many, many tours coming through in the upcoming months hop right past our section of the Midwest, going from St. Louis to Denver, or from Oklahoma City to Omaha. Why are we your day off, rockers? There's a goodly bunch of interesting shows we'd love to host here, but for one reason or another, they're passing us by. Let's take a look at why it might be, shall we?

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Megadeth is currently out on the road with Motorhead, Lacuna Coil and Volbeat for the Gigantour. While that sounds like a pretty fantastic package of metal, the 'Deth's been here at the Beaumont in 2009, along with a stop at Sandstone in 2010 with Slayer. Motorhead comes through every year on tour, as well, so while it'd be kind of cool to see a lineup like this destroy the Midland, it's not likely.
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Andrew Jackson Jihad and Laura Stevenson & the Cans are touring together. Every stop on this bunch of dates will end up being the highest concentration of confessional yet catchy musicians for 100 miles. Sadly, both acts passed through Kansas City or Lawrence in the past year, meaning that the March 20 hole between St. Louis and Omaha will probably end up being a travel day for both acts.
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Intergalactic costumed metal act Gwar is hitting the road with thrash revivalists Municipal Waste for a stretch of dates in March and April, and there's a day off on March 29, between Tulsa and Lincoln that would be perfect for a stop. It's been over a year since Gwar last hit our happy little burg, and almost three for the Waste. We're due.
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When was the last time Nada Surf played around here? We get their opening act, An Horse, at RecordBar March 12, just a little over a week before they join up with Nada Surf in L.A. If our research is correct, however, Nada Surf hasn't played the area since a gig at the Bottleneck in 2003. This is despite touring with Kansas City's own Republic Tigers in 2008. I think we're due, guys.
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The revue of acoustic punks known as the Revival Tour, with Hot Water Music's Chuck Ragan, Tommy Gabel of Against Me!, and an ever-revolving bunch of punk-rock frontmen, has never stopped in Kansas City or Lawrence. The closest it's stopping this year is a date in Omaha on April 11. There will be further shows announced for April 13-22 sometime later this week, but as the tour's on its way west at that point, I don't see them doubling back for a show in our neck of the woods. As to why we've never gotten a stop, I've no earthly idea.
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Somehow, the Rockstar energy drink-sponsored Mayhem Fest has skipped Kansas City the past couple of years. Last year, we got the lesser Rockstar Uproar Festival with Avenged Sevenfold, Lacuna Coil and Three Days Grace — nu-metal mediocrity, essentially. On the Mayhem side of things, there are some legitimate metal powerhouses in the form of Slipknot, Slayer and Anthrax, along with rumored main-stage guests Motorhead. Now, granted, we've gotten three of those four acts in the past year or so, but the combined power of those acts would draw every metalhead in the area. There's a July 19 spot open between OKC and St. Louis, but I'm not holding my breath.

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