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Band: Van Halen
Tour reason: A reunion of the band’s original line-up of Van Halen brothers and David Lee Roth. (Guitarist Eddie Van Halen’s son Wolfgang replaces bassist Michael Anthony.
U.S. tour dates:May 9-Sept. 17

2012's hottest summer tours

Some of music's biggest acts are on tour this summer! We have the scoop on who's touring and when you can see them live.

Band: Aerosmith Tour reason: Reinforce its status as
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Band: Aerosmith
Tour reason: Reinforce its status as one of America’s biggest rock and roll bands.
U.S. tour dates:June 16-Aug. 8

Band: American Idol LIVE! Tour reason: The top
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Band: American Idol LIVE!
Tour reason: The top 10 “Idol” contestants hit the road to perform for their fans -- without getting criticized by the judges.
U.S. tour dates: July 6-Sept. 11

Band: The Beach Boys Tour reason: The band
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Band: The Beach Boys
Tour reason: The band has reunited to celebrate its 50th anniversary.
U.S. tour dates: May 8-July 10

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Band: The Black Keys Tour reason: To promote
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Band: The Black Keys
Tour reason: To promote “El Camino” (2011) the band’s seventh studio album.
U.S. tour dates: May 7-Aug. 3

Band: Coldplay Tour reason: To promote “Mylo Xyloto”
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Band: Coldplay
Tour reason: To promote “Mylo Xyloto” (2011), the band’s fourth studio album.
U.S. tour dates: June 22-Aug 11

Band: Dave Matthews BandBand Tour reason: DMB is
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Band: Dave Matthews BandBand
Tour reason: DMB is returning to the road after taking a year off from touring in 2011, which happened to be their 20th anniversary as a band.
U.S. tour dates: May 18-Sept. 9

Band: Lady Antebellum Tour reason: To promote “Own
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Band: Lady Antebellum
Tour reason: To promote “Own the Night” (2011), the band’s third studio album.
U.S. tour dates:May 10-June 30

Music act: Nicki Minaj Tour reason: To promote
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Music act: Nicki Minaj
Tour reason: To promote “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded” (2012), her second studio album.
U.S. tour dates: July 16-Aug. 12

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Band: Red Hot Chili Peppers Tour reason: To
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Band: Red Hot Chili Peppers
Tour reason: To promote “I’m With You” (2011), the band’s tenth studio album.
U.S. tour dates:May 7-Nov.26

Band: Van Halen Tour reason: A reunion of
(Credit: Getty Images)

Band: Van Halen
Tour reason: A reunion of the band’s original line-up of Van Halen brothers and David Lee Roth. (Guitarist Eddie Van Halen’s son Wolfgang replaces bassist Michael Anthony.
U.S. tour dates:May 9-Sept. 17

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