In 1980 Black Sabbath and Blue Oyster Cult played a tour called the Black and Blue Tour. It got me thinking that there should be more of these — lots more of these.

So, here’s my list of bands at should play together based on their names alone. It would be very interested to see some of these together:

Billy Ocean / Little River Band

The Monkees / Bananarama

The Cars / Mike + The Mechanics

The Kentucky Headhunters / Georgia Satellites

Three Dog Night / Stray Cats

100cc / The Fix

Twisted Sister / George Strait

Mamas and the Papas / The Babies

ACDC / Electric Light Orchestra

The Police / The Outlaws

Alabama / Kansas / The Ohio Players


The Raspberrys / Strawberry Alarm Clock / Wild Cherry (The Fruit Salad Tour)

Richard Marx / John Lennon (The Commie Leader Tour)

Joan Jett / Jefferson Airplane

Barry White / Clint Black / Simply Red

Los Lobos / Steppenwolf

Coldplay / Hot Chocolate

Led Zeppelin / Iron Butterfly

Green Day / Red Hot Chili Peppers

Johnny Cash / Eddie Money

Genesis / Exodus

Rolling Stones / Stone Ponies

Meat Loaf / The Black Eyed Peas

Kiss / Heart

Doobie Brothers / Linkin Park (Light It Up Tour)

The Four Tops / Tina Turner

Exile / Foreigner

Elton John / Olivia Newton-John

The Temptations / Barenaked Ladies

Guess Who / Who / Yes / U2

Boys II Men / Men at Work

Parliament / The Buckinghams

Moby / Hootie and the Blowfish

The Kinks / The Sex Pistols

Death Cab for Cutie / Crash Test Dummies

Styx / The Rolling Stones (Styx & Stones Tour)

The Grateful Dead / The Zombies

Pearl Jam / Bread

Peter, Paul & Mary / Jesus Jones

The Spinners / The Four Tops

Journey / Blues Traveler

Rush / REO Speedwagon

The Isley Brothers / The Pointer Sisters

Wham! / The Doors

Dusty Springfield / Donna Summer / Fall Out Boys / Edgar Winter Group (All Seasons Tour)

Snoop Dog / Cat Stevens

Reverend Horton Heat / Bad Religion

Dead Kennedys / George Clinton

Milli Vanilli / The Pretenders


Ones I’ve seen online (I can’t take credit for)

The Carpenters / Nine Inch Nails

Ratt / Poison

Vanilla Ice / Cream

Goo Goo Dolls / Lady Gaga / (Goo Goo Gaga Tour)

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers / The Flaming Lips (my favorite one)
  • Phish / Styx (my second favorite)
  • Poison / The Cure
  • Boston / Chicago
  • The Beatles / The Crickets
  • Fine Young Cannibals / The Missing Persons
  • Gorillaz / The Monkees
  • 50 Cent / Nickelback
  • Vanilla Ice / Ice-T / Ice Cube