Seeing your favorite band live can be a spiritual, otherworldly experience. There is nothing quite like standing for 5 hours with a mass of sweaty people who are all there for the same reason; to rock out to the best songs of all time. When your favorite band breaks up though it can feel like a betrayal or like a close friend has passed on. Occasionally some of these bands will reunite and put on one last great tour (or multiple “last great tours”). Sometimes a band that breaks up vows to never reunite; and they mean it. What follows is a list of 10 bands that need to get back together, like right now. You won’t find any bands like Nirvana or The Ramones on here though, this list only has bands where all (or most) of the members are still alive, and bands whom have never had a reunion tour unlike Rage Against the Machine, Evanescence or Aerosmith.
- The Postal Service
Last Album: We Will Become Silhouettes EP (2005)
Broke Up: 2005 (hiatus)
Ever since 2007, Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie and Jimmy Tamborello say they’ve been thinking about a reunion. Nothing happened of course, and fans kept waiting until all hopes were seemingly crushed in November 2012 when Gibbard said on his Twitter that there are no plans to release a new record. Fans have reason to rejoice though because earlier this month it was announced that The Postal Service might be doing a reunion at this year’s Coachella. One can only hope to hear “Such Great Heights” live once more.
- Fall Out Boy
Last Album: Folie a Deux (2008)
Broke Up: November 2009
The ultra-popular, award winning pop punk band was a force to be reckoned with ever since they made their debut in 2001. Winners of numerous Grammys and breaking the Top Ten too many times to count, the band announced in 2009 that they were all taking a rest and working on other projects, but that they weren’t breaking up, just taking an indefinite hiatus. The four members all moved on to separate projects, but last year rumors started circulating that Fall Out Boy was working on a new album. This was inevitable as Pete Wentz’s and Patrick Stump’s solo projects tanked.
- The Smiths
Last Album: Strangeways, Here We Come (1987)
Broke Up: 1987
They have been called one of the most important alternative rock bands to come out of England’s independent music scene. Lead singer Morrissey cites that it was business problems that led to their break up, but there is much more than just that at issue. The band has been offered sizable sums of money over the years, but each offer has been turned down. Unfortunately, hope of a reunion are slim, especially when Morrissey said this in an interview; “We are not friends, we don’t see each other. Why on earth would we be on a stage together?”
Last Album: Revelations released 2006
Broke Up: 2007
This rock super-group which consisted of Chris Cornell and former Rage Against the Machine members was nominated for 3 Grammy awards before they disbanded due to personality clashes and musical differences. Both Cornell and Tom Morello pursued solo projects for a short while, and now both Soundgarden (Cornell’s original band) and Rage Against the Machine have reunited, so the odds of an Audioslave reunion are slim or next to nothing.
Last Album: Music from the Edge of Heaven (1986)
Broke Up: June 1986
George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley made up this British duo that sold 25 million records from 1982 to 1986 alone. They broke up after Michael decided he wanted to cater his music to a more adult audience than the mostly teenage screaming girl audience that Wham! catered to. During their final concert the two members gave a tearful goodbye to each other and hugged. It was rumored that the band would reunite for the 30th anniversary of their first album, but Michael said there was no truth to that rumor. The good news is that since they’re still friends a reunion tour might not be out of the realm of possibility.
Last Album: Idlewild (2006)
Broke Up: 2007
One of the most successful hip hop bands of all time, Andre “3000” Benjamin and Antwan “Big Boi” Patton won six Grammy awards and have sold over 25 million albums since their debut in 1992. The group disbanded in 2007 when they both decided they wanted to pursue solo careers (I’m sensing a decidedly selfish pattern here among these bands). When GQ magazine asked Andre 3000 about a possible reunion he replied that he wasn’t sure a new album would ever be recorded. Though, there is still hope yet.
Last Album: Dig Out Your Soul (2008)
Broke Up: August 2009
On top of selling upwards of 70 million records since their inception in 1991, the band also holds a Guinness World Record for “Longest Top 10 UK Chart Run by a Group” after an unprecedented run of 22 top 10 hits in the UK. They also won countless awards. Unfortunately, they broke up after brothers Liam and Noah Gallagher got into a fight backstage and Liam broke Noah’s favorite guitar. Because of this spat a reunion seems like a miniscule chance, but in December Noah said, “You can never predict what you’ll be doing in 20 years’ time, but I guess if everyone remains vaguely slim and has not gone bald, then it’s on the cards. Forever.”
- Pink Floyd
Last Album: The Division Bell (1994)
Broke Up: 1995
They’ve been called one of the most influential bands of all time, have sold more than 250 million albums, and are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. There is no one area in which blame can be placed for their break up; it was just a slow process over many years. Technically they reunited in 2005 for a benefit concert called Live 8. After that two of the original members passed away which possibly cemented the fact that there will never be a reunion of surviving members. Though one can only hope.
- White Stripes
Last Album: Icky Thump (2007)
Broke Up: 2011
The three time Grammy winning duo of Meg and Jack White took a lengthy break from recording from 2007 till they broke up officially by citing a myriad of differences. They said they wanted to preserve what is beautiful and special about the band before ruining what made them so great. What’s most interesting is how they even lasted till 2011 because the couple divorced in 2000 yet continued to make music and tour together. The chances of a reunion, according to Jack White, are none. Nada. Zip. Unless he went bankrupt.
- Guns N’ Roses
Last Album: The Spaghetti Incident? (1993)
Broke Up: Not technically broken up
I know what you’re thinking; “Hey dude, Guns N’ Roses is still alive and well and touring. Your list sucks.” I’m aware of that; I’m talking about the original line-up. I’m talking about one of the greatest rock bands of all time. The only original member still in the band is Axl Rose. Recently when asked about an original line-up reunion tour, Rose said this short sentence that made a million rock fans cry; “Not in this lifetime.” Now if only Slash and Rose could stop hating each other’s guts then Rose could possibly take that sentence back. Only the Gods of Rock can help us now.
If this list kind of depresses you because now you’re thinking about all the great bands that might never be, then we need only think about the many bands people said would never get back together, but did. Yes, the Beach Boys reunited, or rather only a few of them did because Mike Love and Brian Wilson hate each other, but nonetheless, they did reunite. Granted, many of the bands who do reunite don’t really fare to well critically. Creed is a great example of a band who reunited and who’s become so universally hated yet continues to expel garbage. New Kids on the Block, Spice Girls, Lynryd Skynryd, Blink-182, and the Police are just a few other examples, and it’s up to you to decide whether these bands did well for themselves. Money-wise though, these bands make a ton by reuniting and of course make die-hard fans happy. And I guess that’s what counts right? Money and fans. We can only hope that if any of the above mentioned bands do decide to go at it again that they will create quality music and get along long enough to crank out some great tunes once more.
By Brian Ledtke