2016 has been a kick in the gut for many entertainment fans. The deaths across the music and acting world have shaken and provoked deep thought about our own mortality.
In the first four weeks of the New Year we are now without David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Glenn Frey, and Abe Vigoda. While reflecting upon these sad events, I revisited the Eagles which took me down the rabbit hole to music from my childhood, and some I discovered way too late. However, it got me thinking about all the bands that are no longer together, but still have a chance before it is taken away.
2015 saw one of the biggest acts of all time, Garth Brooks, come back onto the scene and sell out arenas across the country. One of the most unlikely reunions was announced early in January as Guns N’ Roses will headline Coachella with a possible tour to follow. I am a huge fan of both of these and would give an arm to see them, but with all the love flowing around why can’t we have more of these reunions and give the people what they have been clamoring for.
Here are my dream reunions in no particular order.
The White Stripes
The ex-husband and wife duo burst onto the scene in 2001 with their major labor debut White Blood Cells. The duo was very unique with Meg playing percussion or drums and Jack on the piano and string instruments. Over the course of the next 6 years they put out 4 albums and made some of the most creative and powerful music of the decade. They officially called it quits on February 2, 2011.
Jack White spends much of his time developing his own projects, but fans always ask about a White Stripes reunion tour.
Formed in 1991, this British rock band became one of the biggest selling bands over their 18-year career. In 1995, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? became the fourth bestselling record in UK history. Over the course of the next 5 albums front man Liam Gallagher would be at the forefront of controversy. Tension between Liam and his brother Noel were always high, and brought on many fights between the two. On August 28, 2009, minutes before a live performance the tension became too much and the band was no more.
Despite numerous attempts and insane amounts of money, they refuse to reunite. The two claim they still do not speak, but there have been subtle signs of cooler heads prevailing.
For 40-years, Pink Floyd remained one of the most creative and influential bands of all time. Their biggest success came during the 1970’s with four incredible albums: The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, and The Wall. Dark Side and Wall are two of the best selling albums of all time. The anthems and hits off these albums include “Time”, “Money”, “Wish You Were Here”, “Another Brick in the Wall”, and “Comfortably Numb”. Their stage shows were epic, and over the top. The four mainstays reunited in 2005 for the first time in 24 years for one show.
With one of the members gone, and one still not on good terms, it looks like a reunion is not on their minds, but I am still holding out hope for one last hurrah.
Creedence Clearwater Revival
San Francisco natives John Fogerty, Tom Fogerty, Stu Cook, and Doug Clifford coming together to sing about being on the bayou.
It may sound odd, but they became a household name within a few short years. To go along with their swamp rock, they would not shy away from their political beliefs and the Vietnam War. Creedence Clearwater Revival’s (CCR) second single reached #11 on the charts, along with two others that charted as well. With each release the band soared higher as they added hit after hit to their list. These include: “Proud Mary”, “Born on the Bayou”, “Bad Moon Rising”, “Down on the Corner”, “Fortunate Son”, “Travelin’ Band”, “Lookin’ Out My Backdoor” etc. From 1968 to 1972 they were one of the biggest bands in the world. In 1970, Tom Fogerty left CCR and in 1972 the rest disbanded. John Fogerty went on to have a solo career and on occasion performing CCR hits. Cook and Clifford formed Creedence Clearwater Revisited and have guest musicians come in. Tom Fogerty had several solo albums, but died in 1990.
CCR was inducted into the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, but did not perform together. Fogerty says it is a possibility for a reunion. Let’s all cross our fingers that we get to see CCR for the first time in 44 years.
Jimmy Page, John Bonham, Robert Plant, and John Paul Jones are possible the greatest band of all-time. They were the first band to be referred to as heavy metal, their debut album in 1968, reached #10 on the charts, and their second album reached #1 in 1969.
The Zeppelin-mania was on.
Everything they put out was a success. They aimed to please their fans, and the live shows were an experience. Their fourth album was one of the bestselling albums ever and contained their rock anthem “Stairway to Heaven.” After drummer John Bonham’s death in 1980 the band decided not to carry on. There have been a few performances since them. The most recent in 2007 at the O2 Arena in London. Page, Jones, and Jason Bonham have been willing for a reunion, but Plant has been busy with solo projects. Rumors have once again been swirling of a possible tour and there has never been a better time than 2016.
If Guns N’ Roses can reunite then anything is possible. Let’s keep hope alive.