Why Do We Always Expect Our Favorite Bands To Reunite?

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John Hammond, the billionaire CEO of InGen and the curator of Jurassic Park found out the hard way that sometimes things from another time and place don't mesh well with different surroundings. A guy even got eaten by a Tyrannosaurus rex while he was taking a dump, and one of those spitting dinosaurs spit poison at Newman from Seinfeld and killed him.

It was a mess. They even made three movies about the ordeal

In the past year, there have been many rock band reunions, each met with fandemonium of an epic scale. Rocks Off, the blog, and even myself have fallen victim to it, gushing loudly and romantically about reunions from The Beach Boys, Death From Above 1979, At The Drive-In and Refused. We wrote lengthy lists about who should reunite next and why, rubbing our sweaty hands together at the idea of a Smiths reunion.

But along the way, I started to think of the idea of band reunions differently. Maybe not every one of your favorite bands needs to reunite, just because you want them to. Maybe some of them said their piece over a career and are in fact done with that chapter of their lives.

Our emotional connection to a band's product, and their now-broken bond, is so great that we long for it to be to be whole. To somehow make a part of ourselves whole.

"Axl and Slash just have to play music together again, you guys. It would rule so hard," some say.

But what would that change about the past 20 years? Nothing would be gained, except ratings and pageviews for whatever station or Website first posted the video and pictures. It wouldn't bring back the grit and glam of Appetite For Destruction, it would just be two middle-aged guys trying not to kill one another on live television. There would be no grand re-ignition of the old fires, or an Appetite 2.

It's like this: Your parents are divorced. They got divorced for a reason. Dad cheated, maybe your mother cheated, someone liked to spend too much money and lie about it. They grew apart, things got violent. Whatever reason, your parents decided to end their exclusive domestic partnership. This station is no longer operational.

As much as you would want them to reunite, smile, hug, kiss, hold hands walking through grassy meadows together, it's not going to happen unless the stars align and it feels right to them. This is where we as fans are when it comes to bands that are broken up or estranged: Children of musical divorce, dreaming of the day when there will be a cryptic tweet or Web site update, alluding to a reunion.

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The really good bands never break up, but turn into city franchises. I took lessons from a guy who owned the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in Houston. It was no rip-off--the charts were original, and the guys who showed up were professionals. All that was missing was the Dorsey magic.Houston was once a great venue for large combos, but, alas, not so much any more. Even trios are having a hard time gigging.


Let me guess you just bought Jesus and Mary Chain tickets and felt inspired to write this? Morrissey is a fraction of his former band, and has been pale and lifeless since Viva Hate. Some artists actually have some principles, look to Mike Nesmith of the Monkees for one, once a corporate shill refused to cash in in the 80's. I'm fine without old men reliving their former glories, and wish idiots like Metallica and Van Halen would just hang it up already, you're effing old.


I'm still mad at the Pixies for chasing cash.


"Van Halen works for me because well, I don't know. It just does. I always saw Van Hagar as totally separate beast than Roth's Van Halen, so the band hooking back up with Diamond Dave sans Michael Anthony seems fair enough."

I was just about to say there's gonna be a lot o' folks bummed at those VH shows. But then I liked Van Hagar and only remembered how much Dave made my a55 itch after seeing a recent concert clip. Enjoy it. Not my kind of party.

A couple of years, (I'm old so don't bother me with exact dates) some geezers I knew went to see The Police at three bills a pop. After the show, they laid on the enthusiasm like a cheerleader after a bad prom night in the backseat but boy-howdie you could see the disappointment in their eyes.

I never saw The Clash or RunDMC, The Beasties or REM, (I'd say it does suck being me but I saw Prince with Rosie Gaines on keys and Sheila E on the full kit, so FACE.). Besides, the concert I've staged in my mind, to my own mix tapes were a million times better, anyway. I skipped the Doors refit with Ian Astbury as well as the multiple Social D reboots. Nostalgia and angina are two other acts I intend to avoid like a Milli Vanili tribute band.

Good article, Mr. Hlavaty.

Craig Hlavaty
Craig Hlavaty

I don't even really like the JAMC. I mean, they are a fun group, but this didn't come about because of their new little tour.

I wrote this because of the constant noise I hear about bands that "should" get together, when all actuality, we won't like the ensuing tour, and it will in fact sully our image of the band forever.

Except for when Sleep reunited. They never changed one bit and it ruled. Funny how that works.

Jason Smith
Jason Smith

Dude, Your Arsenal is an amazing album.  I'll agree Morrissey has been inconsistent since that album with a good song here and there, but not enough good stuff.


 Their glory years are 20+ years in the rear view, try moving on? I promise there is good music out there, but you can't keep plowing the same field.

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