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Whatever kind of music you like there must have been a time when you thought how sorry you were because you would not be able to see some band performing because they broke up. Some of them are lost forever, since no Nirvana would ever be Nirvana without Kurt, and no Pantera would really be Pantera without Dime. But, in the past decade many of the bands from our youths-however different times those might be in-decided to grace us with another gig. Whether the reason is money or reignited flame plus money, we felt happy even if we couldn’t see them. Led Zeppelin didn’t really reunite, but they had a great show at London’s O2 arena in 2007, and the dithyramb reviews were everywhere.

Most bands fell apart due to their members’ conflicts, and same goes for Pixies. Ongoing quarrels between guitarist/singer Black Francis and bassist/singer Kim Deal led to the end of the band, but they soon reunited, and their live performances are just amazing. You really should check them out.

Police reunited as well. Most of people who stop playing lose much of their skills, but even after the band stopped existing, Sting and co kept performing, which only made them better. So much better that they were actually the most-earning band in 2008. Watching any of them perform is just great, but all of them together is money well spent.

On the other hand, some of them should’ve stayed away from each other. Especially if there are nine of them altogether. New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys did a tour together. In the height of their fame they were no more than a teen sensation with teen songs, teen performance, teen lyrics and teen appearance. They sang well, danced well and made girls wet. That’s it. Everything else was mediocre, to say the least. Bill Hicks, talking about that subliminal-messages-in-songs-played-backwards hype, joked that ‘’if you play New Kids on the Block albums backwards-they sound better.’’ But, they served their purpose. However, they are New Gramps on the Block and Backstreet Middle-Aged-Men now, so their purpose is kind of vague. The whole idea was called BOY-band, for Christ’s sake. They did their best, still look good, sing well and dance not as well, but vast majority of their audience were middle-aged women, and the main fuel was nostalgia. Something like going out, getting wasted and throwing-up the next day after five years of quiet family life. Great one night fun, but you are too old for that to be done all the time.

There are also reunion veterans around. Black Sabbath, the band which moved blues towards metal and influenced many world famous bands, such as Metallica, had several reunions. The first one was for a gig in 1992, then 1997, 1998, 1999, then 2004, 2005, and finally some talks about new album and tour in 2012, which did not happen because the guitarist Tony Iommi fell seriously ill, and the drummer Bill Ward wanted a different contract. So, that many of them must mean money, but, what matters the most is that Ozzy Osbourne and the guys are still doing a great job.  Their shows are full of energy, where even Ozzy looks much more alive than in The Osbournes where he seems a bit sleepy. If you get the chance, and like that kind of music, you will not be disappointed.

So, should you see a reunited band? For some of them, things are fairly clear. Rage Against The Machine, and Faith No More play with the ferociousness from their beginnings and sound just as good, while Blink 182 are no more than a shadow of a punkish band they used to be. But, the ladies who watched that boy-bands’ reunion definitely had fun, if for one night only. How individual things are we can see best if we take a look at Guns’n’Roses. Axl’s project is definitely not as good as they used to be, just like he isn’t, but you will not find a band with more differing reviews than this one. So the verdict is-go and see your heroes reunited. You may be disappointed or thrilled in the end, but if you don’t go you will feel sorry for sure.



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