More Bands Reuniting and Returning to the Road This Summer
In: Founding members Neil Finn and Nick Seymour along with keyboardist Mark Hart and new drummer Matt Sherrod.
Out: Neil's brother Tim won't be on hand (unless he pops up as a guest), and original drummer Paul Hester, who passed away in 2005, will be missed behind the kit.
Set-list requests: Solo stuff by Neil (and, if he shows up, Tim); old, rare, and new (from the just-released Time on Earth album) material; and a nod to the Split Enz, the Finn brothers' first band, would do nicely.
To get psyched for the show: Watch the DVD Farewell to the World, which captures the group's final show, a November 24, 1996, gig in Sydney.
In: Phil Collins, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford.
Out: Though Peter "Sledgehammer" Gabriel was part of the original lineup, he has steered fairly clear of the outfit since Phil Collins came out from behind the drum kit to take over on vocals. Guitarist Steve Hackett also left, and Genesis became a trio that released the self-explanatory And Then There Were Three in 1978.
Set-list requests: Please, no "Illegal Alien." Stick to the stuff off of Abacab and Duke, and if you must throw in some solo material, lean more toward the "I Don't Care Anymore" side of things than anything by Mike & the Mechanics.
To get psyched for the show: The track list of 1982's Genesis: Three Sides Live includes opener "Turn It On Again" and "Follow You Follow Me" and should be enough to properly get you into the live-show state of mind.
In: Iggy Pop, Ron Asheton, and Scott Asheton. Minutemen bassist Mike Watt played on their new album, The Weirdness, but they have yet to name the touring bassist.
Out: Late original bassist Dave Alexander.
Set-list requests: Anything off of their John Cale-produced 1969 self-titled debut; the follow-up, Fun House; or the just-released The Weirdness. Oh heck, Iggy, anything.
To get psyched for the show: Listen to the Uncle Tupelo cover and original Stooges version of "I Wanna Be Your Dog" back-to-back. Or any Strokes tune.
In: Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin.
Out: Can it truly be called a reunion if two of the founding members aren't involved? Sometimes, but even with Corgan's vocals and Chamberlin's frenetic drumming, it's hard to picture the Pumpkins sans D'Arcy Wretzky and James Iha.
Set-list requests: Anything and everything off Gish, then maybe the B-side "Blue," and then back to Gish.
To get psyched for the show: Spend some time with the band's 1994 DVD Vieuphoria, which contains songs off Gish and Siamese Dream, the original foursome's best records.
Rage Against the Machine
In: Singer Zack de la Rocha, guitarist Tom Morello, drummer Brad Wilk, and bassist Tim Commerford.
Out: No one. These are the original members who formed the band in L.A. in 1991.
Set-list requests: Anything and everything off the quartet's outstanding 1992 self-titled debut.
To get psyched for the show: Energy drinks. Lots of energy drinks.
In: J Mascis, Lou Barlow, and Murph, the three founding members.
Set-list requests: Is it too much to ask for them to bust out their Cure cover, "Just Like Heaven"?
To get psyched for the show: Get their new album, Beyond, and mix with a little Green Mind and Where You Been.