Good idea, or no?
I have mixed feelings about it. I guess it depends on the band. When Jane’s Addiction reunited a few years back, I thought about going to see them play. But the show I saw them do in 1988 is one of the best shows I’ve ever seen, and I didn’t want to mess with that memory by seeing them again, and not having it be as good.
Soundgarden reunited recently. Another band that was so excellent live back in the day–they actually opened for Jane’s Addiction at that show. I don’t have any interest in seeing them live now. (Although if someone were to give me a ticket, I’d probably go!)
I recently saw Floor, a band that broke up awhile back. I’d seen them live once and they blew me away. They’ve reunited to do a tour and seeing them again was almost as good as the first time. Probably because they’re playing the same small venues as when I originally saw them. (I say “almost” as good because the line up doesn’t include the second guitarist who would sing harmony, and their vocal harmonies were what put them over the edge–that and how they tune their guitars.)
Another legendary band has recently reunited–sort of. Kyuss were a stoner rock band that spawned a whole slew of stoner bands in the 80s. I mean they inspired a whole scene. Kyuss had different line ups, including different drummers and bassists, but always the same singer–John Garcia, and always the same guitarist–Josh Homme (who is now in Queens of the Stone Age). John Garcia has reunited with Brant Bjork on drums (who also played in Fu Manchu for a long time) and Nick Oliveri on bass (who also played in QotSA for quite awhile, as well as the Dwarves), but no Josh Homme. I think I read somewhere that Garcia said it’d never be a Kyuss reunion without Josh, so instead of calling it Kyuss, they’re calling it Kyuss Lives.
They’re doing a tour and recording a new album. And I think it could be really good.
So what bands do you wish would reunite? Which have reunited that were a disappointment to you, and which weren’t?