A recent trend is for bands that have broken-up, whether over arguments or creative differences, is to reunite for world tours and even new albums. The members of Cream (Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker) reunited in 2005 and sold-out shows anywhere and everywhere they played. Motley Crue reunited a few years ago to have one of the most successful tours of their career and have also recently released one of their best new albums in over a decade. More recently, The Police and Genesis successfully reunited to have a couple of the biggest selling tours of all-time. Even the “boy band” New Kids On The Block reunited to release a new album and do a world tour. While these are just some examples of the success of reunited bands, they are not the ones I’m waiting for to reunite.
Top 5 Bands That Should Reunite:
5. The Kinks - They have some of the biggest selling, most well-known rock songs in music history. They were inducted into the Rock & Roll hall of Fame in 1990. Ray Davies is one of the most successful songwriters in history. I was lucky enough to see them perform live in 1995 at the “old” Oakdale. It was one of the most innovative shows I have ever seen. While most of the members of The Kinks are in their late 60’s, they are one of the only bands from the 60’s that still have all of their original members still alive. The only thing stopping this reunion is the health and well-being of guitarist Dave Davies, who suffered a stroke in 2005. But next year, 2009 will be the 45th anniversary of their breakthrough hit, “You Really Got Me”. A perfect reason to reunite.
4. Guns N Roses - The original members of Guns N’ Roses have not performed together since 1990. Their debut album (Appetite For Destruction) has sold over 23 million copies and has since celebrated its 20th anniversary since being released in 1988. Right now, the time is right for a reunion. First off, nobody knows exactly who is currently in Guns N’ Roses. Secondly, Velvet Revolver members Slash, Duff McKagen, and Matt Soren (all formally of Guns N’ Roses) are currently looking for a new lead singer following the departure of Scott Weiland. Slash has been quoted as stating his his book that Guns N’ Roses have never been the same since Steven Adler and Izzy Stradlin left the band. I say they put their differences aside and give it try. They could easily become one of the biggest bands in the world. It might also help fans forget about if the album “Chinese Democracy” ever will be released.
3. Phish - When Phish disbanded back in 2004, a huge void was left in the jam band community. After Jerry Garcia passed away in 1995 and the Grateful Dead went their separate ways, Phish was there to take over the reigns. But, now that there is no Phish, the jam band community has been without a flagship band. Phish was one of the most innovative, experimental bands to to ever perform live. At some of their shows, they would play a single song for an hour, non-stop, intertwining other songs within their jamming on stage. It was a great thing to be a part of. Plus, you never knew what songs they would play, each night, each show was different.
2. Pink Floyd - The original members (minus Syd Barrett) have not played together since 1981, that was until 2005’s Live 8 show. The band reunited for 4 songs, hugged and then left the stage. It also left their fans wanting more. Now, with the recent passing of founding member Rick Wright, I feel that a possibility of a reunion tour has also died. In the near future, I think that the remaining members will reunite, at least one more time, to pay tribute to one of their own. The same way that Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunited to pay tribute to George Harrison. I hope that they realize, in the words of Roger Waters, that “Time is short”.
1. Led Zeppelin - Since last year’s reunion show in London, rumors have been swirling about a reunion tour. The latest news is that guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist John Paul Jones and drummer Jason Bonham (John Bonham’s son) have been jamming in the studio. But Jimmy Page has stated that for a proper reunion, you need all four guys. Which means the only member we are waiting on is lead singer Robert Plant. He has said that a reunion tour is not out of the question, but it won’t happen any time soon. So, Led Zeppelin fans, don’t hold your breath, just be optamistic for a future tour.