What do the bands Rage Against the Machine, Crowded House, The Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, and James have in common? Well, besides being quite good, they all announced impending reunions since breaking up. Of course, for the most part, this is to participate in live shows and tours, rather than new recordings (though some will add that to the mix). And, all these announcements are coming this time of year, as concert promoters do their best to hype the spring and summertime tour season.
Other acts planning to give it another go include Genesis (sans Peter Gabriel), Dinosaur Jr., and The Billy Corgan Solo Experience (a.k.a. The Smashing Pumpkins). Acts that could demand high-dollar prices but have since relented, include The Police, Pink Floyd, and The Smiths. In fact, at SXSW 2006, Smiths frontman Morrissey commented that his former band has turned down six-figure deals for such an idea. A while back, I blogged the question, Do Bands Even Break Up Anymore? And, the answer seems to be an overwhelming, “Not really.”
Is it motivated by creative urges, camaraderie, or just cold hard cash? Ian Youngs writes up a feature for the BBC, about this week’s wave of band reunions, adding:
According to Mark Sutherland, London bureau chief of Billboard magazine, there is one big reason why many bands get back together.
“It’s called money,” he says. “Essentially that’s what a reunion boils down to. In most cases, these people can make more money in their old band than they can doing whatever they’re doing now.”
Two bands that should get back together stat, in my opinion, are Blur and Catherine Wheel. I believe their break-ups were premature, and there is probably good music still to be produced. Who cares if they tour, just make new records. Any other wishlist reunions out there?