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Reunited and it feels so good: Some iconic bands getting back together in 2019

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Maybe it has something to do with years that end with the number nine. If you’ve wondered what’s up with so many semi-defunct bands announcing comeback reunion tours for 2019, you’re not alone.

While rumors continue to circulate regarding some of rock’s most unlikely reunions (Led Zeppelin, The Kinks, Oasis and Pink Floyd among them), we can confirm that most – if not all – of the following groups will soon be brushing up on their respective back catalogs before hitting the boards this spring and summer.

Van Halen - Van Halen reunion rumors pop up fairly regularly, but it seems that a new story circulates every day with “Exclusive!” information. First we heard that the classic VH lineup (with Michael Anthony on bass) would reunite for their first shows together since 1985. Then, we heard about a VH reunion that includes Eddie Van Halen’s son, Wolfgang, while excluding Anthony. If I were a betting person, I’d put my money on a stadium tour that will include both Anthony and Wolfie. This is concert announcement season; expect official word soon.

Heart – You know what they say about absence. After three years apart, Ann and Nancy Wilson have announced the 39-date “Love Alive” tour, which will include Heart’s first performance at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor (July 23). Several guests are scheduled to join the tour for opening sets on various dates, including Sheryl Crow and Elle King (Bangor), Brandi Carlile and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.

The Stray Cats – After testing the water with three shows last year, these rockabilly revivalists will commemorate 40 years with a new album and tour, scheduled to begin in June. The trio has only one US date scheduled at the moment but that dance card will likely fill out nicely leading into the fall. The new album was recorded in Nashville with Peter Collins producing (Rush, Bon Jovi) and is currently awaiting a release date.

Spice Girls – For the first time since the closing ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics, the Spice Girls will reunite this year for the “Spice World 2019 UK & Ireland Tour.” Currently comprised of 13 dates, beginning on May 24, the tour will see four of five Spice Girls together again, with Posh Spice Victoria Beckham being the lone holdout. She stated that she’d rather spend the time focusing on her fashion label.

The Raconteurs – 2019 will mark the first new album and tour from Jack White, Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler, since the band’s sophomore release “Consolers of the Lonely” in 2008. Lead singles “Sunday Driver” and “Now That You’re Gone” are big on hooks, soul and crunchy guitars, leading this fan to hope for an extended reunion this time. The first show of the year is set for April in Australia. Expect to see US dates soon.

Spinal Tap – In celebration of the 35th anniversary of the greatest mockumentary of all time – 1984’s “This is Spinal Tap” - guitarists Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest), David St. Hubbins (Michael McKean) and bassist Derek Smalls (Harry Shearer) have confirmed at least one reunion date for this year. It’s set for the 18th annual Tribeca Film Festival (April 24-May 5) which is scheduled to include a concert and Q&A session with director Marti De Bergi (Rob Reiner) following a screening of the film. Hopefully they’ll have a larger dressing room than the puppets this time.

Hootie & the Blowfish – A quarter century since “Cracked Rear View?” How is that possible? To commemorate it, Darius Rucker and company have announced the 44-date “Group Therapy” tour, with Barenaked Ladies filling the opening slot. A new album is expected to coincide with the tour; it’s the group’s first since 2005’s “Looking for Lucky.”

Mott The Hoople – Believe it or not, Ian Hunter will become an octogenarian in June. At 80, the guy continues to amaze, not only by appearing three decades younger but by sounding it too. For the first time in 45 years, the band will tour the United States as “Mott The Hoople ’74,” with Hunter, Ariel Bender (guitar), Morgan Fisher (keyboards), James Mastro (guitar, sax, mandolin), Steve Holley (drums, formerly of Wings), Mark Bosch (guitar), Paul Page (bass) and Dennis Dibrizzi (keyboards). All the dudes may not be young but if he didn’t think they could deliver, Hunter would stay home. The first show is scheduled for Milwaukee on April Fool’s Day. See them at Boston’s Orpheum on April 9.

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