#1. Wu-Tang Clan
Though mainly associated with that other borough, Staten Island, Wu-Tang Clan boasts four members who were born, if not raised, in Brooklyn: RZA, GZA, Masta Killa, and Ol’ Dirty Ba*tard. The concert wouldn’t be a full reunion (ODB passed away in 2004), but it would probably sell out in all of 36 seconds.
#2. Neil Diamond
This show seems inevitable. I tried to track down the last time Diamond played in his home borough; the information is readily available, but it’s been awhile. Whenever he swings around these parts, it’s always for a two or three show run at Madison Square Garden or Jones Beach, so Barclays wouldn’t be a step down or anything, either. Just remember: don’t take the Brooklyn Roads to get there. (I’m sorry.)
#3. Black Star
This is a two-step process. First, Mos Def, I mean, Yasiin Bey and Talib Kweli need to release their forever-rumored second album (which is actually supposed to come out this year). After doing that, and only after doing that, can they announce a show at Barclays, where they perform selections from the new record, as well as the entirety of Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star. Also, have Michel Gondry film the whole thing and make Bey promise to never appear on Dexter ever again. EVER.
#4. The Firm
No, I’m not hoping for a reunion of the cast of the NBC series, but rather, the hip hop supergroup – made up of Nas, Foxy Brown, AZ, and Nature, not Cormega – that released all of one album in 1997. Honestly, the Dr. Dre produced The Album isn’t great (it suffers from a lack of a cohesive sound and everyone involved doesn’t sound as focused as, say, Nas was with Illmatic), but nostalgia is quite popular these days. Foxy Brown could probably use the work – the royalties from her song on the Rush Hour 2 soundtrack aren’t cutting it anymore.
#5. Lou Reed and John Cale
I’m honestly curious: if Lou Reed, who was born in Brooklyn, and John Cale, who was not, teamed up again (they could do another underrated album dedicated to a dead artist, I guess), how many of Barclays’ 19,000 seats do you think they could sell? More than half, right? What if Moe Tucker and Doug Yule joined them (RIP Sterling) to raise funds for their lawsuit against the Andy Warhol Foundation? I think that could sell out the place, and invoke thousands of “SELL OUT” comments, as well.
#6. The National/TV on the Radio/St. Vincent/Dirty Projectors
Because the world needs more blog posts about what it means when indie rock bands play stadiums. Throw LCD Soundsystem in there, too.