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The Fall Out Boy guys are hardly the first blast from the semi-recent past

  • Patrick Stump (left) and Pete Wentz perform with Fall Out Boy in 2007.
Patrick Stump (left) and Pete Wentz perform with Fall Out Boy in 2007. (AP file photo )
February 04, 2013|By Dana Moran, @redeyedana | RedEye

Fall Out Boy on Monday announced a new tour (which kicked off at Subterranean), album ("Save Rock and Roll," out May 7) and single ("My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)"). But we can't say we're terribly surprised—plenty of our faves have jumped back in the spotlight recently. Here's a trip down new-memories lane.

Spice Girls

The event: The London Olympics, August

SHAKE IT TO THE LEFT IF YOU'RE HAVING A GOOD TIME. Americans—and our former British overlords—pretty much freaked the hell out when Sporty, Baby, Ginger, Scary and Posh took center stage in front of an estimated 1 billion viewers to close the Olympics in August. They were so groovy, even London's mayor, Boris Johnson, couldn't resist shaking a tailfeather. "Viva Forever!" the Spice musical, also opened in December to wretched reviews—can't please 'em all.

Back for good? Nope

Justin Timberlake

The event: Website countdown to release of "Suit and Tie," January

We're first to admit we've been grousing for years about the need for a JT return to music. Last month, he did so in as dramatic a fashion as possible, posting a countdown clock to Jan. 14—the release date of his single, "Suit and Tie." Since then, he's revealed the March 19 release date of his first album since 2006, "The 20/20 Experience," and performed a 2-hour pre-Super Bowl show. The boy is back in town.

Back for good? For now!

Destiny's Child

The event: Super Bowl XLVII, February

OK, OK, we know it was Beyonce's show. Even though the appearance of Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams alongside their former diva-in-crime at Sunday's Super Bowl was one of the worst-kept secrets in diva history, the magic certainly wasn't ruined. After all, you have to be pretty fierce to pop out of a trapdoor wearing stilettos, stick the landing, sing backup on Beyonce's biggest single THEN leave the stage gracefully so as not to get in the way of her dancing.

Back for good? Nope

Kriss Kross

The event: So So Def All-Stars Anniversary Concert, February

Wiggity-wiggity-wiggity WHAAAAAAT? It's been more than 20 years since Mac Daddy and Daddy Mac slapped on the backward outfits for "Jump"—yes, that song came out in 1992. Chris Kelly and Chris Smith have joined the lineup of artists honoring the So So Def label's 20th anniversary. Jermaine Dupri, Da Brat and Bow Wow also will perform at the Feb. 23 show, but we're more curious to see how tracks like "I Missed the Bus" have held up.

Back for good? Nope

The Postal Service

The event: 10th anniversary re-release and tour, April

The side project of Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard and Dntel's Jimmy Tamborello, The Postal Service was never really meant to turn into a permanent gig. The duo released just one album, 2003's "Give Up," which will be re-issued April 9 with 15 bonus tracks. It's not yet known whether the group will put out a new album, but the lack of a Chicago date in a recent tour announcement gives us hope for a fest appearance this summer.

Back for good? Doubtful

98 Degrees/Boyz II Men/New Kids on the Block

The event: The Package Tour, May

The lesson here: When your fans get old, you get to use a smarmy tour name. NKOTB teamed up with the Backstreet Boys in 2011 and 2012 for a compilation album and tour, and now they're hitting up some new friends. Boyz II Men have been putting out albums consistently throughout the past decade, but Nick Lachey's 98 Degrees hasn't released anything new since 2000. They'll be at Allstate Arena on July 19, so start choosing the group most deserving of your tossed panties.

Back for good? NKOTB and 98 Degrees both are planning to release new albums this year; Boyz II Men never left

Rage Against The Machine

The event: Wild rumors

Blame this one on Black Sabbath. Although Rage's Tom Morello recently said the band may never play together again, Black Sabbath's bassist let something slip this week that seems to contradict his story. Whatever happens, it's sure to be angry.

Back for good? Who knows.

damoran@tribune.com

SOURCES: Rolling Stone, ABC, Entertainment Weekly, thr.com, spin.com, Los Angeles Times

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