Since the rockstars are getting older each passing year we are seeing more and more farewell tours from our favorite bands, but, some of them have already made a tour saying goodbye and came back sometime after that. So, we’ve prepared a list of 8 bands that got together again and toured even after their “Farewell Tour”.
Bands that toured again after the Farewell Tour:
Mötley Crüe Farewell in 2015
Crüe’s “last gig” took place on December 31, 2015 in Los Angeles. At the time, bassist Nikki Sixx even said that “there is no amount of money that would make me do it again because I’m so proud of how we’re doing.” But, in 2019 and they exploded the contract that said they would never do it again and Motlëy Crüe will tour again in 2020.
KISS Farewell in 2000
In 2000, Gene Simmons stated that “there are no more mountains to climb” with KISS. After just two years, the guys came back saying that “people change their minds.”
Paul Stanley, at least, was sincere:
“Am I doing this for the money or the fans? Both, and let’s not forget that I’m doing this for myself.”
With (one more) farewell tour going on right now through all the world, let’s see if now the band will retire for good…
Black Sabbath farewell in 1999
In March 1999, Black Sabbath stated:
“The envelopes are sealed. The table is set. The millennium event is being prepared once and for all – The Last Supper of the Black Sabbath.”
Although the band has changed its mind after all, it was nevertheless a historic show. The performance was the last with Bill Ward on drums so far, and the musicians seem to have actually ended their activities after the 2017 The End tour. But who knows if they can come back in a near future.
The Who farewell in 1982
Saying that “it’s a nightmare,” Roger Daltrey assured in 1982 that The Who would no longer tour. Part of that, however, was due to Pete Townshend’s addiction problems, which managed to improve over time and consequently the band returned to play. Eventually, after a few more “farewell tours,” they admitted that they would remain active and get together sporadically.
Ozzy Osbourne farewell in 1992
In 1992, the legendary Ozzy Osbourne guaranteed that he was retiring from the stage. The tour even had a proper name: No More Tours. In 2018, the Prince of Darkness announced the No More Tours 2.
Elton John farewell in 1977
Is another musician that is since 2018, in it’s second farewell tour. In 1977, however, Elton John’s first goodbye occurred and the thing was a little offhand.
In video recorded for HBO, airing before the broadcast of his “last show” in the USA, he said:
“On the night of the show, I made my decision that this would probably be the last occasion I would perform in public for a long, long time. So I made the announcement on stage, to the surprise of my agent and the band and the people in the audience.”
Two years later, Elton changed his mind and claimed that drug use influenced him to make that decision. Luckily, he completed 29 years of sobriety.
Judas Priest farewell in 2011
Perhaps the most sincere band on the list. In 2011, Glenn Tipton warned that that year’s tour would be the “last chance to see the Priest live.” In 2013, he admitted, “We lie.” The Metal God are still active and have done a giant tour in the last two years.
LCD Soundsystem farewell in 2011
In 2010, James Murphy announced the end of LCD Soundsystem. The band even played an anthological show at Madison Square Garden in New York City in 2011, which lasted more than 3 hours – all in 2016 to announce a comeback, including a new album.
Nine Inch Nails farewell in 2009
In 2009, frontman Trent Reznor said he needed to stop so as not to become Gene Simmons (KISS), “an old man who puts on makeup to entertain children, like a clown going to work.” Four years later, he changed his mind to feel “more energized and inspired” than in the past and it’s been two albums since then, Hesitation Marks (2013) and Bad Witch (2018).
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