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Rock band reunions that turned out to be a disaster

When it comes to a reunion, it's important that the desire to reunite on the same stage comes from the core of your soul, and from everyone involved. Otherwise, it can turn into a total collapse... As in these cases.

The long-awaited rock band reunions that didn't work out

Time is not always kind to some of our favorite artists. Even though you can exist as a band of brothers every time you go on stage, it's hard to be with the same people over and over again and hope to experience the same magic you had at the beginning of your career... Sometimes bands cease to exist for whatever reason. Of course, this saddens the loyal fans, who are very hopeful for reunification. However, practice shows that reunion is not always a good solution.

If we are talking about a reunion, it is very important that the desire to reunite on the same stage comes from the depths of our souls, and from each participant. If it happens in the pursuit of profit, for hype, for charity, or simply "out of boredom" - especially if there are still enemy relations - It's better not to excite the minds of the fans unnecessarily. Otherwise, the bright impulses might turn into a total Collapse...As in these cases.

Sex Pistols

Sex Pistols
Sex Pistols

Truth be told, the reunion Sex Pistols in 1996 could not be called terrible. But the play of the participants was also not so enthusiastic and sincere... When they went to a very profitable Filthy Lucre Tourthey played a series of concerts around the world, playing obscenely large venues that stunned even the band itself. Despite the totally non-punk idea of a reunion tour for money, the chance to stuff their wallets was too tempting to pass up...

Subsequently, in his interview John Lydon stated:

"We still hate each other fiercely! But we found a common interest, and that's money.

Of course, many fans sensed the Pistols' commercial interest, and there were those who stayed disappointed - not even so much in the tour as in their idols. Well, the desire to make more money really set the tone for the reunion.

Van Halen

Van Halen band during a concert
Van Halen band during a concert

In 2004, the group managed to persuade Sammy Hagara join the tour, which included 80 concerts!

However, according to Hagar himself, it was not a fun musical journey with his old comrades, but the worst torture of his career. Much of it was because of Eddie's addiction. Van Halen finally sobered up in 2008, but Hagar would never play with the band again.

"I've had enough. What happened during the reunion tour in 2004 was one of the most miserable, horrible and simply unbearable episodes of my life..."

The Doors

The Doors
The Doors

There is no doubt that Ray Manzarek and Robert Krieger played a crucial role in the formation of the The Doorsbut reuniting when they were both in their sixties indicated that it was all about the money, not the fans.

The reunion got off to a bad start when they announced at the first concert that the original drummer John Densmore can't participate because he has tinnitus. When Densmore found out, he was furious and said they hadn't even asked him to join. Densmore teamed up with Jim Morrison's family to stop the duo from using The Doors name, and they won the case, allowing them to change their name to The Doors of the 21st Century. The whole meeting turned into a soap opera, there were no winners, and it only tarnished their legacy.

Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin got together for a good cause at John F. Kennedy Stadium in 1985. But they performed badly... Therefore, they banned their performance from being released on DVD and CD
Led Zeppelin got together for a good cause at John F. Kennedy Stadium in 1985. But they performed badly ... Therefore, they banned their performance from being released on DVD and CD

In 1985, as part of the Live Aid charity festival, the band Led Zeppelin reunited for the first time since the John Bonham passed away untimely in the early '80s. John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant decided to perform at the global event, but their reunion was marred by a number of mistakes. The band played for 20 minutes, performing "rusty versions of rock and roll" (as critics pointed out, and many fans agreed with that statement).

One of the main problems was that John Bonham's place was replaced by two drummers at once - Tony Thompson and Phil Collins! In addition, there were practically no rehearsals, there were equipment problems during the show, and Robert Plante's voice appeared to be dead even before he went on stage.

"I got hoarse. I played three concerts before I got to Live Aid. We rehearsed in the afternoon, and by the time I got on stage, my voice was long gone."

Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd Photo
Pink Floyd Photo

Pink Floyd desperately tried to bury the hatchet for Live 8 in 2005. But despite the fact that their show was nothing short of sublime, it somehow managed to worsen relations even further David Gilmore and Roger Waters

The artists were given only a 20-minute set, making it difficult for the band to choose their set list. The problematic choice led to further clashes between Gilmore and Waters. For example, Gilmore flatly refused to play "Another Brick in the Wall"because I didn't think the message was appropriate for the event.

"The songs Roger wanted were not what I thought we should do. The arrangements of the songs weren't what Roger wanted them to be. But I kind of insisted."

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