By Chuck Cox

Special Contributor


Jonsi performs during a 2010 solo show at Verizon Theatre. He will be back at the same Grand Prairie venue, this time with his band, Sigur Ros, on April 8. (Photo: Chuck Cox)

The big question among concert enthusiasts concerning 2013 is, “Will the Rolling Stones tour this year or not?”

I’ve already heard and read enough hints from band members that indicate the Stones will indeed celebrate their 50th anniversary (a year late) with dates across the states. If so, I will have to be there. The Rolling Stones are by far the biggest band that I’ve never seen in concert. I know it won’t be cheap, but sometimes you’ve just got to bite the bullet and go see a legendary act while you still have the chance. And I get the feeling this very well could be the last time they roll through town.

Having said that, there are already several big shows I’m really looking forward to in the new year. Here are a few of the music tours that I’m anticipating the most.:

1. Drive-By Truckers, Jan. 26, Billy Bob’s: Whether you’re familiar with DBT or not, this band will put on a show worth seeing. Although parts of the group are like a revolving door, the steady one-two punch of Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood and their musical abilities is mighty impressive. I’m pretty sure this is the first time the band has ever played Billy Bob’s, so that will be an added treat. If you want to get familiar with DBT, pick up a copy of “Southern Rock Opera.” Amazing stuff.

2. Eric Clapton, March 19, American Airlines Center: Clapton is the only three-time inductee into the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame — as a solo artist, and a member of Cream and the Yardbirds. This will by my first time to see “Slowhand,” and I am super excited about this show. Jakob Dylan and the Wallflowers are opening, which should also be pretty solid. This is a biggie to cross off my list.

3. Sigur Ros, April 8, Verizon Theatre: Icelandic rock at its finest. It’s been a while since Sigur Ros has been around Dallas. I did get to see lead singer Jonsi play a solo show at Verizon in 2010. And it was an amazing, though not very well attended, show. I’m guessing Sigur Ros will be a tad more crowded. This is the kind of band that just has such a great, big sound to it. And how often can you say you’ve heard a song performed in Icelandic?

4. Bon Jovi, April 11, American Airlines Center: I told you guys in an earlier post I am a child of the 1980s, which makes it pretty difficult to not go to a show like this one. The first time I saw Bon Jovi, it was about 85 percent women in the crowd, and Skid Row opened. I was immediately hooked. It says a lot for a band like Bon Jovi to still be able to pack in arenas. If you’ve ever seen Bon Jovi live, you understand why. These guys are great musicians and great showmen.

5. Fleetwood Mac, June 4, American Airlines Center: Yeah, Christine McVie is no longer with the band. And that is a bummer. But Fleetwood Mac always brings the house down with its hit-packed shows. Lindsey Buckingham is also a pretty underrated guitarist, in my opinion. That guy can trade licks with the best of them. This will be my third time to see Fleetwood Mac, and I’m sure it won’t be the last.

I’ve got a few more shows already lined up. And there will be many more to come. I look forward to telling you guys all about them. I hope you had a Merry Christmas and you have a Happy New Year.