ROCK THE MIC II
CURRENT TOURING WINDOW: last week of June-August

KEY CITIES: "All major cities" according to promoters (nothing specific at press time)

CHECK: No official site yet. S'up, Google?
The most jewelry-laden hip-hop tour from last summer will be even shinier this year. Headlined again by Jay-Z and featuring Kanye West, a nationwide Rock the Mic II tour is confirmed, but details are thus far sketchy. Expect a big-name cast of playahs, minus the one you might want most to see. Despite being courted for the DJ extravaganza, at least one source close to the action says current hip-hop royalty OutKast "doesn't want to tour."



ROD STEWART
CURRENT TOURING WINDOW: July 1-August 30

KEY CITIES: Orlando, Florida (July 1), Atlantic City, New Jersey (July 10), Cleveland, Ohio (July 27), Milwaukee, Wisconsin (August 17)
CHECK: www.rodstewart.com
Cringe if you must, Rod haters, but by embracing The Great American Songbook, the man who almost single-­handedly brought disco to its knees has revitalized his career, earned a 2003 Grammy nomination, and launched one of the hottest tours of 2004. Shows will feature hits from the Mod Rod oeuvre - "Maggie May," "Tonight's the Night," and perhaps even "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?"- along with his latest batch of martini-soaked love songs. Turns out all those critics who said Stewart was a sellout were right.



RUSH
CURRENT TOURING WINDOW: June 23-August 15

KEY CITIES: Dallas, Texas (June 23); Los Angeles, California (July 6); Las Vegas, Nevada (July 17); Atlanta, Georgia (August 1); Camden, New Jersey (August 4)

CHECK: www.rush.com
You'd think a dinosaur awakening from its Canadian tar pit would be a lumbering beast. But the Rush 30th anniversary tour - featuring the original power trio Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart - shot out of extinction as America's top-selling concert when tickets went on sale back in March. There are still seats to snag for the monster shows - at Canadian concerts last year, the band was as tight and driven as ever - that feature a set list drawn from all 17 albums.