Long ago, I posited that every band would get back together, if they are alive. Long ago. I wrote that, specifically, about Pink Floyd. Since then, the most acrimonious of break ups have re-united. Pink Floyd got back together, so did Zeppelin. Van Halen got back with Roth.
So, who is left? Well, Oasis, but that is easy. They are attention whores, and will be back together soon. Tougher? Stephen Page and Barenaked Ladies. Will they? Yes, without question. Why? Well, the same reasons all other bands get back together. Both are not as good without the other. Both bands are having less exposure, and selling less tickets. This is common. Ask Ratt, Motley, Maiden, or Anthrax… who all fired their lead singers… and then had to take them back.
Tougher level of degree > this one is, to me, the holy grail of potential reunions. not Pink Floyd, or Led Zeppelin. No. Guns and Roses. Will they get back together? I think they have to. None of them are doing anything near what they were doing as a band. I imagine they all became intolerable… we certainly know that Axl did. However, now they are older (Axl just turned 50) so I assume they have melllowed a bit. Plus, there is literally billions of dollars on the table here. I can’t imagine Axl is rich anymore. He took 15 years to release ‘Chinese Democracy’, and he refused to do press or tours for it. So, that is 15 years he wasn’t making any money. Now, he is gigging again, but not making much. The new Guns shows aren’t selling out… yet their costs remain fixed (roadies, union stuff, venue rental, transpo, security etc). These costs are the same if you sell 1 ticket, or 18,000 (average amount of seats in venues they are playing, NBA arenas).
Plus, each smart local promoter has put fines in place if Axl goes on late. Axl goes on late every show. Generally, the new Guns and Roses do not go on until after midnight, and then play three hours. So, let’s say it’s a work night (odds are, it is)… the concert is over until 3 am, you get home at 4 am. The opening band, see, is over by 9 pm. So, it’s 9 pm and beer sales have just stopped. You now have a 3 hour wait to see if they will show.
So… is there any band where the principles are alive that will not get back together in some fashion? No.