What's your dream megaconcert?
Show of hands: Who's making the drive to Orlando on Saturday to watch Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax perform at Hard Rock Live?
If you're a fan of old-school metal, this concert is probably as good as it gets ... almost. If only it was the "big four" touring together, instead of just these three -- as was the case when Metallica performed festival dates with those three bands this summer -- it would be the ultimate metal tour of all time, right?
That got us thinking. If you had to create a dream megatour, who would be on the bill?
We're not talking about a big-name headliner with a cool opening act, either -- i.e. Muse opening for U2 at Raymond James Stadium last year, or Radiohead opening for R.E.M. at the Thunderdome (now Tropicana Field) in 1995.
No, we mean a blockbuster tour with multiple blockbuster headliners -- a concert event, if you will. The Big Four tour would certainly qualify, at least in the metal world. So would Elton John and Billy Joel at the St. Pete Times Forum. Or, if you squint, Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard at Ruth Eckerd Hall.
Without further ado, here are five dream megaconcerts we'd love to see come to Tampa Bay:
1. Eminem and Jay-Z: A no-brainer. There is no reason this pairing, which recently rocked stadiums in their respective hometowns of Detroit and New York, shouldn't launch a cross-country co-headlining tour. It would be the biggest hip-hop show ever. Give us one good reason why this can't happen.
2. Paul McCartney and Brian Wilson: Might as well swing for the fences, right? Given the historic influence both of these artists had on each other, it's not inconceivable that the Beatle and the Beach Boy would want to test their chops together in concert. There's a mutual respect there. Wilson has said, "the only person I really want to work with is Paul McCartney." McCartney gave the induction speech when Wilson entered the Songwriters Hall of Fame. If these two ever made an album, it would sweep the Grammys, and they could charge $1,000 per seat on tour, and people would pay it.
3. Uncle Tupelo reunites: Let's say Jay Farrar and Jeff Tweedy put their differences aside and decided to tour again as alt-country forefathers Uncle Tupelo. THEN let's say both brought their bandmates in Sun Volt and Wilco along for the ride -- and those bands played songs from their respective catalogs, too. This show might not sell out arenas, but it would have alt-country fans wetting their 501s with glee.
4. 'N Sync and the Backstreet Boys: You know what we realized not long ago? It's entirely possible that 'N Sync will never play another concert -- not as long as Justin Timberlake is the biggest male star in pop music. Now, one might argue that's a good thing. But N'Sync has, and will always have, the biggest single-week debut in the history of album sales, and you have to imagine there are millions of fans who would pay to hear the original group sing their biggest hits. Throw into that mix the original lineup of the Backstreet Boys (who are still pretty popular in their own right), and if you were a 12-year-old girl in 1999, this would be like the Beatles and Stones touring together.
5. Madonna and Lady Gaga: Why couldn't this work? Sure, both could sell out an arena in their own right -- especially Madonna; can you believe she's never performed in Tampa Bay? -- but putting these two together would draw attention from every media outlet in the world. Forget arenas -- they could tour stadiums.
What dream megaconcert would you love to see? Leave your ideas in the comments!
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*