On the road again.

About 10 years after taking a hiatus to let Darius Rucker pursue his wildly successful country career, Hootie & the Blowfish has decided the time is right to reunite.

Can you blame them? Nostalgic tours featuring ’90s and ’00s acts are booming, and Rucker was already playing his Hootie songs at his country gigs. Why not bring the boys back on the road?

It’s cool that Hootie & the Blowfish is going on tour again, and the band’s upcoming tour with Barenaked Ladies should be a smash. But I’d be lying if I said it was the top of my list for reunions.

This is who I’d rather see hit the road in 2019.

Led Zeppelin

This is top of the list in two ways: bands that I want to see play again and bands that are highly unlikely to ever do so. Their reunion seems ever more unlikely the further away we get from the surviving band member’s 2007 concert with Jason Bonham on drums, but I can dream. Unfortunately, Robert Plant says he isn’t going to do it because he’s not bored.

Rage Against the Machine

We’ve had Audioslave and Prophets of Rage. But we need the real Rage Against the Machine. It’s time for a Rage reunion. We could all use the catharsis. And though they have reunited for a tour or two, it’d be great to see an album, too. Maybe it’ll happen if they make it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year.


Though they haven’t toured or made a record in more than 15 years, Fugazi never broke up. The punks are living legends, and though they haven’t ruled out touring or making new music, they are also noncommittal. Their last album, 2001’s “The Argument,” was fantastic, which makes things more difficult.

“You kinda got the best record out of us at the end,” bassist Joe Lally told Guitar World.

Rilo Kiley

When Rilo Kiley broke up, the band didn’t seem to end in a friendly way. Guitarist Blake Sennett said the band ran its course, eventually describing it as akin to a corpse with a tag on its toe. But maybe there’s room for a reunion. Last year, Sennett joined frontwoman Jenny Lewis onstage at Coachella.

My Chemical Romance

With four albums, My Chemical Romance became one of the most popular rock bands around in its decade-plus of existence. But then they stopped. Frontman Gerard Way wrote a philosophical essay about the band’s end without saying much about why, but the “Black Parade” band has hinted a reunion is possible.

“I don’t know if anything will happen in the future, but what I do know is everyone has a really great life right now,” Way told British newspaper i.

The Black Crowes

Though the former members of the Black Crowes still play their old songs in new bands the Magpie Salute and As the Crow Flies — clever names, those — frontman Chris Robinson is still feuding with his brother, guitarist Rich Robinson. They don’t talk. But we’re holding out hope they patch it up.

The Thermals

I know they just broke up, but can they get back together now? I need more Thermals.

Black Star

Though technically never broken up, I could use more of the team-up of Talib Kweli and Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def). Rumor has it they have a new album in the works. Let’s hear it!

Bright Eyes

It’s not like Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis and Nathaniel Walcott don’t get along. Mogis has been at Oberst’s recent solo dates. Mogis and Walcott are making movie scores together. Oberst is just on a solo kick, which means at concerts he plays whatever songs he pleases, Bright Eyes or otherwise. Would he bring the boys back for a tour where they were stuck to one set of material?

’N Sync

This one’s been on my mind because of a certain former Mouseketeer who’s making an appearance in Omaha this week, but it would be fun to see. There appears to be no animosity among the members of this boy band, who were seen having a good time together recently as they got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. They just need a reason to do it, and Justin Timberlake is currently busy being incredibly popular and famous and talented.

It’s not ever happening, so I didn’t put them on my list: R.E.M., The White Stripes, Talking Heads, Husker Du, The Smiths.

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Kevin Coffey is the entertainment editor and critic, covering music, movies, video games, comic books and lots more. Follow him on Twitter @owhmusicguy. Phone: 402-444-1557.

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