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The unretired Eagles
Retirements in everyday life are often final, rewarding caps to distinguished careers so that the retirees can pursue lifelong hobbies and ambitions. Alternatively, they move to Florida and join a country club.

In music, however, retirements are often little more than an excuse to sell concert tickets for a "farewell" tour and to hold big press conferences, later to be followed by comeback tours, comeback albums, and more big press conferences. And who are these Brett Favres of the music world?

5. Nine Inch Nails

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Our most recent unretiree, NIN leader Trent Reznor, pulled the plug on his lifelong project with a round of "final" shows in 2009. Back then, Reznor said he might consider writing new Nine Inch Nails material at some point if the urge ever struck him, but that he would never play live again because he didn't want to "be Gene Simmons." Incidentally, Simmons didn't appreciate this.

Regardless of what Gene Simmons thinks, though, the urge has apparently stricken Reznor, who has now announced he's dedicating his full attention to a new Nine Inch Nails album. What's more, he's said that shows are again a possibility. So much for not becoming KISS.

4. The Eagles

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In the '80s, Eagles drummer Don Henley told the press that the Eagles would reunite "when Hell freezes over." Then they launched a comeback tour in the '90s followed by an appropriately titled live album, Hell Freezes Over.

Now it seems like Hell just can't catch a hot day. Even after "farewell" tours, the Eagles are still kicking and ruining ACL lineups. It's not that I hate the Eagles, but their "comeback album" The Long Road Out of Eden was pretty awful and they're hardly the kind of band you want to close out your festival experience. In fact, they're hardly the kind of band you'd really want to listen to at all anymore, unless Frank Ocean is singing over their music and thengetting threatened for it.


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