A little under two years ago I wrote a post discussing five bands that should reunite and go on tour again. Well, with plenty of rumors in the air about acts that might reunite and go on tour in the next year or two, I thought it was time to consider a few more bands that should get back to the stage.
Why They Should Do It: Rather than tell you, I'll show you:
This graph represents the percentage of pageviews generated by our biggest blog posts since we pulled that trick last April Fools Day about 'N Sync returning. As you can see, that post is the most visited one out of any other. It's quite clear that fans are still running high on hopes of their return, so why not give it a go?
Why It Could Happen But Probably Won't: New Kids on the Block, Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees, Boyz II Men, Destiny's Child (briefly). Need I say more? Although there isn't any chatter from 'N Sync land on a possible reunion, now is definitely the time to do it if they want to get in on the action while people are still receptive to the idea. However, any tour may have to be without Justin Timberlake, who has taken great pains over the last decade to get away from that type of music. That alone could sink the idea, given his relative success compared to everybody else who was in the band.
Last week, we challenged our followers on Twitter to review New Kids on the Block in 140 characters or less, and we got a lot of great responses! You can find all of them by searching mentions of @TicketNetwork on Twitter, but I picked a few of my favorites to feature below. How would YOU review them in just 140 characters?
- @Allijo99: Singing. Abs. Dancing. Abs. Five hot men. Abs.[...] A Wahlberg, 2 Knights, Joe and Danny. Did I mention abs?
- @jthompson73: NKOTBSB concert was Heaven. A non stop Thrill Ride filled w/Hotness, Great Dancing n Singing, Excitement n LOVE. They ROCKED!
- @Hollywood732: the @NKOTBSB was AWESOME it was the “boy band” concert of my dreams I felt like a teenager again and loved it
- @sassycarmichael: As we danced our <3 out @NKOTB my 3 BFF’s & I were reminded that after 22 years, we were still Hanging just as Tough. MAGICAL
- @MeganDafford: NKOTB can’t be summarized in just 140 characters. It was amazing, and Please Don’t Go Girl made my life complete.
- @psychobabble5: being a fan since 7th grade and now in my thirties they still are and always will be…PHENOMENAL!
- @Kimmie0218: Scrumptious
- @brward131: I went to the NorCal @NKOTBSB concert. It was the most amazing, epic concert ever! One of the best nights of my life!!
- @emdem0429: best reunion ever. They made that teenage obsession SO worth it. I think we are all having so much more fun this time around.
- @nkotb_chickadee: How about in 1 word: AMAZEBALLS!
- @justwrite115: If I could freeze time, I’d have done it 6/3/11 at the @NKOTB concert! Then I’d be stuck in my fave time period-Block Ages!
- @saxy15: To me @NKOTB is a reputable, loving, down to earth talented group of guys that mean so much to me and my fellow Blockheads.
- @Glad2BreMe: After 20ish+ years, my best friend & I FINALLY got to see @NKOTB ! It was AMAZING!<3ed the 1st show so much,got tix to a 2nd!
It seems like 2011 is the year that bands are getting back together again. Every month I feel like I hear about another group that is going on a new tour after “x” amount of years, or ones that are rumored to return. This spring, Soundgarden, The Monkees, The Cars, and Buffalo Springfield all announced tours. The latter two completed short runs in May and June respectively, and Buffalo Springfield is planning more dates for the fall.
Some bands are the frequent subject of rumors about possible reunions. Most turn out to be fruitless, but occasionally something actually happens. For example, Davy Jones of the Monkees denied rumors of a reunion for several years, and then in January he announced one. So, with that in mind, I thought of five bands that I think should tour again, and judged the possibility of it happening.
Why They Should Do It: Since breaking up in 1980, they've occasionally gotten back together. Unfortunately, every time they've worked together (1985, 1988, 1995, and 2007), it's ended in disaster. But I think there's hope. Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, and Jason Bonham (son of the late drummer John Bonham) seem willing to work together. So it's only a matter of convincing Robert Plant to get on board.
Why It Might Happen: While a full tour seems unlikely, a one-off gig is certainly possible. As I mentioned above, they've done it before. Also, even though Plant insists that a tour will never happen again, that doesn't exclude the possibility of a single performance. The prospect of anything from these guys is slim right now, but time will tell.