I've recently realised that more bands from the past have decided to reform and tour the world, which has sparked some interest and doubt amongst fans. Doubt over whether they are doing this as they feel it's time to perform again and please their devoted fans or because it will make them a lot of money.
But do we really want to see aging artists try and make a comeback or should they remain in the past?
For me, when a band you love announces they are taking a long break or are breaking up, it is difficult to accept (Oasis, Foo Fighters, The White Stripes to name a few). To cope with the loss, I listen to their music. On repeat. Unfortunately, this brings about the undesired effect of making me sick to death of them. So the question is: do we want to see bands try again, or should we just appreciate them for who they were in the past, and let the memory of their legacy live on?
Many have made exhaustive attempts to bring back the past. Initially, hard-core fans go wild, and build up a huge hype for their new tour or music. My first example is Take That. I'm not a fan of Take That, myself, but I think we can all say that they did rather well, gathering up a new fan base from a new generation, with their new material - not bad at all for a comeback.
Another of the best reunions was in 2007, when the great Led Zeppelin announced a one-off concert, with the original members, and John Bonham's son filling in for him on the drums. Fans were treated to a spectacular performance which has gone down in history as one of the best one-off comeback gigs. They say they won't play again; a wise idea as it would be hard to recreate the greatness of that 2007 reunion.
However, more bands are following in their footsteps, thinking they can rule the world like they once did back in the day. The Rolling Stones were the latest victims of this, announcing a huge comeback tour. Unfortunately, they arrogantly decided to sell their tickets for ridiculous amounts of money - they obviously think they are that good. Instead of putting a hefty price tag on their comeback bands should focus on saving their reputation and not disappointing fans. The tour may have been incredible, but I believe everyone has their time to shine and even they shouldn't take that for granted.
Last year, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg headlined Coachella festival, joined by the late Tupac in holographic form. When I first heard about this, I thought it was amazing how they brought back a late legend in front of fans in a realistic way. Then it occurred to me that we could bring back any late musician. This would make possible reunions such as Nirvana, bringing back Kurt Cobain, which would most likely destroy the beauty of the music left by the band. For me, leave the sensation firmly in the past so we can appreciate their music with fond memories. Trying to resurrect them devalues them, and is a cheap way of trying to appreciate their image and music.
Recently, the mighty David Bowie announced a return with a new album. Yes, Bowie is a legend, but even Bowie fans will say his new material can't trump the likes of his Ziggy Stardust days. For me, reunions only work if they are not left too late. As for the dead, leave them at rest. Sometimes, hearing that a band is over due to breaking up or the death of a member can turn into a good thing... Let's just listen, appreciate, and enjoy the music they gave us the first time around.