'80s Nostalgia Goes on Tour

MTV pioneers the Cure, the Pixies, Morrissey and Skinny Puppy are also coming out of retirement for long-awaited jaunts.

Robert Smith's the Cure recently returned to the stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and gave the fans a taste of what they can expect to see when the "Curiosa" Tour kicks off in West Palm Beach, Fla., on July 24.

After playing low-key shows in L.A. and New York earlier this spring, post-punker, eternal brooder and ex-Smiths vocalist Morrissey returns as a headliner on the Lollapalooza Festival, kicking off on July 14 in Auburn, Wash. Meanwhile, Frank Black, or rather Black Francis' reunion with the Pixies, will play a few dates on Lollapalooza before embarking on their own tour.

Not to be outdone, Skinny Puppy, who pioneered the fusion of industrial-Goth and electronic rock in the late '80s and influenced Marilyn Manson, returns after an absence of 12 years beginning June 11 in Portland, Ore.

Hard rock fans will get their dose of loud, wailing guitars as Van Halen, the biggest American supergroup of the '80s, returns after an absence of six years for one of the summer's most-anticipated tours.

The long-rumored reunion tour will feature vocalist/guitarist Sammy Hagar, the Van Halen brothers (Eddie and Alex) and bassist Michael Anthony. It kicks off in Greensboro, N.C., on June 11.

Glam-rockers and Van Halen apprentices Poison will be touring with KISS throughout the summer while the gods of Hard Rock, Metallica, will hit the road on Aug. 16 in St. Paul, Minn. Femme rocker Pat Benatar will hit us with her best shots starting June 26 in Missoula, Mont.

If you long to shake your body and do the conga this summer, don't fret because the original '80s Latin crossover queen, Gloria Estefan, returns in her first major tour since 1996.

Long before Ricky Martin, Shakira and Marc Anthony, Estefan's Miami Sound Machine introduced Latin sounds to middle America. The world record for the longest conga line was set during one of her concerts — 119,000 people in 1988 — and rumor has it that she'll try to break the record once again.

The '80s would not be complete without Dr. Noah Drake, a.k.a. Rick Springfield, who has just released an album of new material and will be on the road all summer and well into the fall playing "Jessie's Girl" every night as well as the new songs.

Somehow Springfield is living up to the "Working Class Dog" title that was bestowed upon him when he juggled a TV and music career 20+ years ago. Clay Aiken, who coincidentally is touring this summer, would be wise to study Rick's survival skills.

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