Van Halen, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga, and Radiohead are promising to be the five biggest concert tours of 2012.

As TicketNews previously reported, tickets for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s “Wrecking Ball” tour went on sale during the last week in January. The tour was of course planned to support Springsteen’s newest album, “Wrecking Ball,” which will be released on March 6.

“Wrecking Ball” is the Boss’ first album since 2009’s chart topping “Working on a Dream” and will also be the first Springsteen album to be bereft of the signature tenor saxophone of Clarence Clemons. Clemons passed away in June of 2011 from complications of an earlier stroke. Emotions will run high as Springsteen and the rest of the E Street Band hit the road without their old friend.

Another favorite artist, Van Halen is also gearing up for a 2012 tour. The band is hitting the road to promote its new album, “A Different Kind Of Truth,” which was released this past Tuesday, February 7, 2012. “A Different Kind of Truth” is original lead singer David Lee Roth’s first album with the band since the album “1984,” leading both fans and critics to eagerly await the new disc’s release.

Fans planning on checking out Van Halen in concert in 2012 can expect to see a great show with Diamond Dave and Eddie Van Halen tearing up the stage. This Van Halen tour is very likely to inspire a new generation of rock fans.

In 2007, after the inking of a $120 million deal with Live Nation in 2007, a fresh Madonna hit the road for her great comeback, the “Drowned World Tour,” which was her first tour in eight years. Now, five years later, fans can once again see the Queen of Pop live in concert. Madonna announced this Tuesday, February 7, 2012, that she will be kicking off a five-continent tour in May.

Prior to her big announcement, Madonna performed her new single “Give Me All Your Luvin” during the Super Bowl XLVI half-time show, and it was enough to prove to critics that the 51-year-old can still manage to captivate an entire stadium. A new album tentatively titled “MDNA” is expected to be released sometime in spring 2012, which will give fans just enough time to learn all the lyrics before her tour kicks off in May.

Lady Gaga, who just might be the Madonna for the Millennium generation, remains coy about her plans to tour in 2012. Despite not making any official announcements as of yet, Lady Gaga continues to drop hints about what her tour will be like.

“I just finished designing the stage,” Lady Gaga recently told Rolling Stone Magazine. “It’s bigger and better than ever. I’m so happy.” Lady Gaga has unashamedly incorporated other artists’ ideas into her own performances by reinventing the ordinary such as using outlandish outfits and racy dance numbers.

Radiohead is another big name with tour dates officially on the books for 2012. The band kicks things off in Miami on February 27, 2012. Radiohead’s tour is coming on the heels of their new album “King of Limbs,” songs from which the band previewed as special guests on The Colbert Report. Radiohead has already established itself as one of the premiere alternative rock bands. The band’s innovative electronic sound and powerful lyrics, like wine, only gets better with age.

Last Updated on February 11, 2012