Comebacks to anticipate most

Jeff Yerger

Remember 2007, the year of a million comebacks?

So many things were happening: news anchors couldn’t get enough of David Beckham or Britney Spears, and everyone from The Police to the Spice Girls came back for reunion tours.

But alas, 2008 has brought nothing but tides of great boredom! Where did all the fun go?

Well, Linkin Park’s touring with Chris Cornell and the Bravery – yawn.

Oh, and Dave Matthews Band is sure to come around again this summer – double yawn.

I don’t know about you, but I am sick and tired of the monotony this year has brought so far.

I need some excitement, some color in my world. Like the song goes, “I want something else to get me through this semi-charmed kind of life.”

Here’s my list of just some of the people who need to make a comeback as soon as possible:

I have one word for you (cue the dancing): Thriller!

Yes, I’m talking to you, Michael Jackson.

You may be an unusually … uh … unique person who hasn’t led the most orthodox lifestyle, but one cannot deny the fact that you have been and always will be the king of pop.

The pop world is not the same without you, and we could really use a new dance move to get this party started. (How about the 3D moonwalk?) Can’t you just picture a Justin Timberlake and Jackson collaboration to bring in the summer of ’08?

Timbaland better get some new beats ready for this one.

Speaking of Timberlake, I think the time is right for those *NSync boys to get back together before they get as old as the Spice Girls.

Don’t get me wrong, as much as I would just love to see JC Chasez be the Simon Cowell of “America’s Best Dance Crew” for another season or two, just admit that you’re as disappointed as I am to see him sitting in a chair instead of dancing on stage.

Justin, we know you’re good looking and you’ve proved that you can make it on your own, but stop hogging the limelight!

Lance Bass and Joey Fatone aren’t doing anything at the moment, and Chris Kirkpatrick is still alive, believe it or not, so the time is right for a reunion.

The fact that they haven’t been around in a while is tearin’ up our hearts, so please come back, *NSync, because we don’t want to see you go bye bye bye anymore.

Shh … You hear that? It sounds like the opening notes to “Welcome to the Jungle,” and it’s coming from the “Guitar Hero III” game next door.

You know where I wish it was coming from? The real-life Slash and the rest of the original members of Guns ‘N Roses.

We hear so much about this “Chinese Democracy” project that Axl Rose has been working on since the beginning of time it seems, and as usual there’s no end in sight.

However, Velvet Revolver has just parted ways with frontman Scott Weiland, leaving them with no singer. Could this be fate?

If Guns ‘N Roses could come back in full form (maybe minus Axl’s new dreadlocks), rock as we know it could be saved.

What rock needs are new troublemakers to stir things up a bit in the everyday tedium of the so-called “saviors of rock” like Velvet Revolver, Avenge Sevenfold or even Fall Out Boy.

Anyone who can listen to a song like “Dance, Dance” and can seriously say that it’s the next best thing in rock is out of his or her mind and needs to be put away for life.

I’ll tell you what the next best thing in rock is: a full-throttle Guns ‘N Roses reunion.

There are plenty of other things people would like to see happen this year, like a Led Zeppelin reunion tour.

The question that has been on everyone’s mind since their show in December of 2007 has been will they go for it and keep the legacy alive, or will Robert Plant wuss out again?

There’s also the prospect of Metallica’s grand comeback, but if it releases something like 2003’s “St. Anger” again, I hope the band never comes back!

The comebacks of all comebacks this year would be if Dave Chappelle came to his senses and revived the “Chappelle’s Show.”

The world needs laughter; the world needs Chappelle.

Where the heck has he been? The man has such talent as a comedian, it would be a shame for him to just fall off the face of the earth like he has.

Chappelle’s disappearance is a perfect example of when “keeping it real goes wrong.”

Just think of what he could do with this year’s election, and wouldn’t you just love to see Tyrone Biggins again?

Come on Dave, take my advice: g-g-g g-g-g-get yourself back on TV!

Mick Jagger once said “you can’t always get what you want, but if you try, sometimes, you might find you get what you need.”

Well, wouldn’t you say that we need to see these things happen?

It’s not too late for any of these acts to make a return, so let the comebacks begin.