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5 bands that should and should not reunite

- March 5th, 2013

Bands get back together for a myriad of reasons, with the main one being the lure of the almighty dollar.

Some reunions have been hits. Soundgarden reformed and released a well-received album and their accompanying tour was a hot seller, Alice in Chains soldiered on valiantly without late-frontman Layne Staley, and Van Halen’s recent North American jaunt with David Lee Roth back in the fold proved to be a commercial success (even though the album tanked).

With the news of Zeppelin possibly getting the Led out once again in 2014, here’s a short rundown of some the groups we think should get back together and the ones that should keep their gear packed away in storage.

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Get back together now:

Rage Against the Machine

This is one of the greatest examples of a band who gave it all up at the height of their popularity. Why these guys aren’t back together is a head-scratcher. No one seems to know. Frontman Zach de la Rocha isn’t exactly busy these days and the rest of the band members are all for a reunion.

Reunion probability: 7/10

The Smiths

They’ve been offered millions to play various festivals, but for guitarist Johnny Marr and frontman Morrissey, it’s all about keeping the cult favourites’ legacy in tact. Oh, and the nasty lawsuits brought on by the other two guys. “I would rather eat my own testicles than reform The Smiths, and that’s saying something for a vegetarian,” Morrissey once said.

Moving on….

Reunion probability: 0/10

Oasis

They haven’t had a great album in over a decade, but the high entertainment value of brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher battling it out while on tour is immeasurable. Mom almost had them back together last Christmas, so we think the odds are high that we’ll see them back again, most likely with a hockey referee.

Reunion probability: 7/10

Guns ‘N Roses (original lineup)

We don’t think there’s a rock fan in the world that wouldn’t want to see Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan, Izzy Stradlin and Matt Sorum back in the studio and back on stage together. But if the fightin’ fivesome couldn’t make an appearance for their Rock Hall induction, the chances of anything else happening is remote. Jack Daniels could possibly help.

Reunion probability: 1/10

Talking Heads

The band reunited on stage for the first time in 18 years for a one-off, three-song gig at the 2002 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and they sounded as tight as ever. There’s no reason why the quartet wouldn’t translate into the studio as well, if they would ever kiss and make up.

Reunion probability: 3/10

Please stay away:

The Police

Ex Sex Pistols leader John Lydon’s infamous “Do you ever feel like you’ve been cheated?” line resonated with us while they belted out a lacklustre set at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto back in 2007. They were listless, uninspiring and devoid of any passion. The kicker was Sting having his handler serve him hot tea during the show. How rock n’ roll.

Reunion probability: 5/10

Spice Girls

The fascination over the British girl group still confounds us. Rumours of their inevitable reunion spring up on a weekly basis, with the main holdout being Victoria Beckham due to her popular fashion line. Let’s hope that particular endeavour continues to be a success.

Reunion probability: 8/10

INXS

Talk about feasting off of the dead. The Aussie group, who were at one time one of the biggest bands in the world, tried to re-attain that status in the tackiest of ways by doing a reality show called “Rock Star: INXS” in a feeble attempt to replace their deceased frontman Michael Hutchence. What they ended up with was Canuck singer J.D. Fortune, who has been a sideshow himself. At least Michael isn’t around to witness their legacy slowly implode.

Reunion probability: 9/10

The Rolling Stones

They’ve never officially broken up, so this technically shouldn’t count, but having to endure Mick Jagger pounce around the stage like a geriatric buffoon leaves us with the willies. Yes, they make a lot of money on tours that fans inexplicably pay top dollar for, but that’s no reason to continuously embarrass themselves every five years.

Reunion probability: 10/10

The Eagles

No one deserves this. Especially your pocketbook.

Reunion probability: 7/10

What are some acts that you’d like to either see get back at it, or leave it well enough alone? Leave a comment below!

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20 comments

  1. Tom Thornton | March 6, 2013 at 4:48 am

    Always thought it would be great if Pete and Roger would team up with Paul and Ringo. Ladies and gentlemen…the Whotles!

  2. James | March 6, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Waters, Gilmour and the rest need to do it again.
    That said, I’m one of the few who loved The Division Bell, so even a partial reunion would be fine by me.

  3. Jeffrey | March 6, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    All the bands mentioned here are lame. The ones favouring a reunion are the usual critics favourites. Talking Heads would be a hopeless disaster, considering the original band was so depressing and musically weak. GNR was just a glorified garage band. I saw them supporting Iron Maiden who were far more professional. A show featuring re-formed Triumph and the Scorpions would blow them all away. But the best would be Judas Priest reuniting with KK Downing.

  4. Me | March 7, 2013 at 12:38 am

    Get back together (Can-Con edition):
    1. The Northern Pikes
    2. TPOH
    3. Lowest of the Low
    4. Payola$

  5. Rob | March 7, 2013 at 1:28 am

    I think Triumph would be a great band to get back together who can forget Rik Emmett, Gil Moore and Mike Levine…..but you should Never say Never….Next to Rush they were the best band from Canada.

  6. Jeff | March 7, 2013 at 2:23 am

    I’d love to hear more from Audioslave. Hopefully, they could slip it in as a side project now that Soundgarden is back touring.

    And I agree with James. New Floyd with Waters and Gilmour together again would blow minds!

  7. bobfrantic | March 7, 2013 at 5:53 am

    Should get back together: Genesis with Peter Gabriel

    Should pack it and go on their own way: Fleetwood Mac

  8. dave | March 7, 2013 at 7:10 am

    Rage Against the Machine got back together like 5 years ago. They just haven’t produced anything.

  9. Ray | March 7, 2013 at 7:37 am

    I have one guilty pleasure and thats ABBA, I would like to see them together again. But please dont tell anyone.LOL

  10. Richard | March 7, 2013 at 9:15 am

    I would like to see ANDY TAYLOR return to Duran Duran as their lead guitarist. With Andy in the lineup, Duran Duran are more rock than pop, and their live shows are infintely better served.

  11. Peter | March 7, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Pink Floyd of course. A reunion album, tour, or any other projects between David, Roger, and Nick will be a success.

  12. Jeff | March 7, 2013 at 11:08 am

    The Stones Roses.

    Personality flameout after only two albums, one widely considered one of the top albums of all time.

  13. Scott | March 7, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Dire Straits! A fantastic band from the late seventies that went viral during the early MTV years.

  14. Stephen | March 7, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Two words… Max Webster!

  15. rick miller | March 7, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    I would like to see supertramp get back together and tour.

  16. Krashman | March 7, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    I saw The Smiths at the height of their career, no need to see them again. Morrissey is a d*ck. Now the Talking Heads. I’d pay top dollar to see that. Throw in Bowie as well.

  17. Derek | March 7, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    I don’t agree about the original GnR lineup getting back together. Frankly, I think Axl is better off doing his own thing and Slash doing what he does (and teamed up with Myles Kennedy is MUCH BETTER than being teamed up with Axl IMHO)!

  18. Chucker | March 7, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Max Webster, Triumph, and Spinal Tap. By the way, no one cares about the Smiths.

  19. TheSpaceLord | March 8, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Lots of good suggestions here. Also going with Max Webster and Triumph. And Pat Travers and Nicko McBrain were recently spotted jamming again which may hopefully spark rumors of another collaboration between both musicians again like on his early albums – but only if it happens during Iron Maiden’s downtime though.

    And the Smiths had their time. Morrissey knows it. Too bad he was the reason they broke up.

  20. Weller's ghost | September 20, 2013 at 1:22 am

    The almighty Jam!!

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