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  posted on 2/24/2010 at 10:48 AM
5 Bands That Will Never Reunite
Ellen Barnes | 02.24.2010
http://www.gibson.com/en-us/Lifestyle/Features/5-band-that-will-never-0224/

Reuniting is the new breaking up. The Police, Mötley Crüe, Pavement and The Pixies all struck up their bands again after lengthy hiatuses. And of course there’s hardcore speculation about whether or not Led Zeppelin will rekindle its rock and roll flames, especially after its incredible one-off benefit concert in 2007. We’re not sure if it’s peer pressure or relentless badgering by fans and journalists, but many aging bands are choosing to mend old wounds and dust off rusty guitar licks. For other bands, however, there’s no tour lucrative enough to get everyone together on a stage again. Here are five bands that we predict will never, not ever, reunite.

The Allman Brothers Band with Dickey Betts
As founding members of the Allman Brothers Band, Dickey Betts and Duane Allman were perhaps the greatest guitar pair to come out of the ’60s. After Duane died in a motorcycle accident in 1971, Betts went on to write some of the band’s biggest hits with Duane’s brother Gregg Allman. During the ’90s, Betts’ involvement with the band became spotty. An ongoing drug and alcohol problem caused him to be frequently absent from gigs, and guitarists like Jack Pearson, Jimmy Herring and Zakk Wylde were asked to fill in for him. In 2000, Gregg Allman notified Betts, via fax, that he would not be a part of the Allman Brothers’ summer tour. Betts was incensed, posting the following on the Allman Brothers Band website: “Last Thursday I received a fax notifying me that I would not be performing this summer with ABB. It said, ‘You have not been performing well and our shows have been repeatedly disappointing to both us and our fans as a result.’ The implication was that I was suffering from some sort of health or drug problem. This is totally, absolutely unfounded!” Betts went on to file a lawsuit against original members Gregg Allman, Jaimoe Johnson and Butch Trucks. In 2009, Betts was invited to perform with the band during its 40th anniversary run of shows at the Beacon Theater but he declined. Just last month Trucks told Glide Magazine, “Despite our differences &#8213; and as you know, our differences are very deep &#8213; we asked him to be part of [the Beacon shows]. There’s been a lot of name calling over the years, and to be honest with you, getting him out of the band was like getting an 800-pound gorilla off my back. The man has very serious issues … The last few years, without that dark cloud on stage night after night … well, we’ve got seven guys that respect each other. Every night is different and every night is fun.”

’N Sync

When ’N Sync announced that it would be going on “temporary hiatus” in the spring of 2002 and Justin Timberlake began work on his solo album, no one thought for a moment that Timberlake would be able to overcome the boy band stigma to become one of the world’s biggest pop stars and a fixture on Saturday Night Live. In 2007, Lance Bass — who, since ’N Sync, came out on the cover of People and became a NASA-certified cosmonaut — told the Orlando Sentinel, “We’re definitely broken up. It’s not a hiatus. Justin made it clear that he wouldn’t be interested in discussing another album any time soon.” Fellow ’N Sync-er Chris Kirkpatrick was more hopeful — and we think, delusional — telling People, “I think when the stars are aligned, the time is right, and all five of us have our heads on straight and know the direction we’re going as a band, it’ll eventually happen. If not, I know we’ll be best friends forever.”

Pink Floyd

In 2005, Pink Floyd reconvened to play four songs for the Live 8 charity concert. After decades of lawsuits over everything from royalties to use of the Pink Floyd name, it was the first time in almost 25 years that estranged bandmates David Gilmour and Roger Waters had agreed to be on-stage together. Reviews of the performance were phenomenal, and both Nick Mason and Roger Waters said afterwards that they would consider a full-fledged Pink Floyd reunion. Gilmour, however, told the Associated Press, “The rehearsals were less enjoyable. The rehearsals convinced me it wasn’t something I wanted to be doing a lot of. There have been all sorts of farewell moments in people’s lives and careers which they have then rescinded, but I think I can fairly categorically say that there won’t be a tour or an album again that I take part in.” Even though Gilmour stated that his disinterest in a reunion wasn’t because of any lingering animosity, he surely can’t have forgotten the band’s bitter past. In 1986, Waters began proceedings with the London High Court to formally dissolve Pink Floyd because, he said, it was “a spent force creatively.” Gilmour and Mason then countered that just because Waters had quit the band didn’t mean they wouldn’t continue on under the Pink Floyd banner.Gilmour ultimately won the rights to the name Pink Floyd and a number of Pink Floyd songs, while Waters won the rights to the band’s iconic album The Wall and all of its songs. Sometimes, as the saying goes, you can forgive but not forget.

The Smiths

By the time The Smiths released its fourth album Strangeways, Here We Come in September 1987, the band had already split up. Johnny Marr had decided to leave the band two months earlier, mostly due to his person differences with Morrissey. Among other things, Marr was reportedly sick of Morrissey’s fondness for covering 1960s pop songs. Morrissey told Greenscene magazine, “The Smiths never had a managerial figure and there were somany horrible business problems that ultimately nobody could stand it. Everybody just ran away really …I think Johnny felt the strain the hardest.” When asked about a possible Smiths reunion in the same interview, Morrissey said, “At the moment I can’t see one!” In 1996, The Smiths drummer Mike Joyce took Morrissey and Marr to court, claiming he’d not received his fair share of recording and performing royalties. After the trial, which saw that Joyce be awarded £1 million in back pay and 25 percent of The Smiths royalties from there on out, Morrissey commented, “The Smiths were a beautiful thing and Johnny left it, and Mike has destroyed it.”



Talking Heads

Talking Heads made some of the most brilliant pop-punk of the ’70s and ’80s before frontman David Byrne announced its disbandment to a Los Angeles Times reporter in 1991. Byrne’s fellow band members reportedly got word of the split only after reading the interview. Many speculate that the band’s demise came as the result of Byrne wanting to take more and more artistic control over the band. But don’t fret for the Talking Heads’ fellow members. Husband and wife team Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth have had great success on their own right as Tom Tom Club, and Jerry Harrison has produced first-rate albums for bands like Violent Femmes, Crash Test Dummies and No Doubt. In 1996, Frantz, Weymouth and Harrison reunited for a short-lived project they called simply The Heads — going on tour together and releasing an album called No Talking, Just Head. Byrne subsequently filed a lawsuit against his former band members. Of the lawsuit, Byrne told Rolling Stone, “Although [the other members of the band] may claim otherwise, it’s a pretty obvious attempt to cash in on the Talking Heads name.” All members of Talking Heads did reunite to play three songs the night of its 2002 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but don’t hold your breath for a full-fledged reunion. In separate instances, Weymouth told the press that Bryne is “a man incapable of returning friendship” and that “cutting off attachments when there is a perceived threat to ego is the lifelong pattern of his relations.” Byrne himself has said he’d never consider a reunion as the Talking Heads. “We did have a lot of bad blood go down,” he told Australia’s The Age in 2005. “That’s one reason, and another is that musically we’re just miles apart. The only reason to get back together would be to do one of those ‘sound like you used to sound’ kind of tours. And who wants to do that? I’ve already sounded like that once. I don’t need the money.”

 

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  posted on 2/24/2010 at 11:16 AM
Well, except for In Sync, I'd like to see the remainder get back together, at least some. Especially Talking Heads. Saw them only once in '82, and it remains one of my top 5 shows of all time. Never saw the Smiths and liked them pretty well back in my new wave phase.

Still, I can imagine Bryrne, Morrissey, Betts and Gilmour/Waters are probably difficult to deal with in their own ways.

 

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  posted on 2/24/2010 at 11:38 AM
Genesis w/ Peter Gabriel is already going thru this problem as they are set to be inducted into the R&R Hall of Fame. I think Peter Gabriel said he has to do his laundry on the night the induction ceremony is to take place.

 

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  posted on 2/24/2010 at 12:35 PM
The Beatles........

 

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  posted on 2/24/2010 at 01:48 PM
Betts? hard to deal with? more than anyone else? not buyin' that.

 

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  posted on 2/24/2010 at 01:50 PM
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Betts? hard to deal with? more than anyone else? not buyin' that.


me , either...

 

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  posted on 2/24/2010 at 01:56 PM
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Betts? hard to deal with? more than anyone else? not buyin' that.


Oh no, did I start one?!

All I'm saying is he was asked to leave. There must have been a reason why the band would oust one of its most recognizable players (and best songwriter).

 

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  posted on 2/24/2010 at 03:14 PM
I'd say its "atop this list" because of location, location, location.

 

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  posted on 2/24/2010 at 03:53 PM
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Oh no, did I start one?!

All I'm saying is he was asked to leave. There must have been a reason why the band would oust one of its most recognizable players (and best songwriter).


According to some here, He's an angel who couldn't possibly have done anything to warrant being asked to leave the band....

It was ALL.... SOMEBODY ELSE'S FAULT.

 

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  posted on 2/24/2010 at 04:20 PM
The Talking Heads would be just killer. I know it isn't going to happen. Too bad for their fans. David Byrnes last tour was awesome and highly recommend that you go see him if you get the chance.

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  posted on 2/24/2010 at 04:47 PM
The Byrds???

I believe only Crosby, McGuinn & Hillman remain...both Clark(e)s have passed on, both Parsons (Gram & Gene), too if I recall, plus latter day bass player Skip Battin, & of course Clarence White.

 
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  posted on 2/24/2010 at 06:13 PM
i don't think these 2 bands wil ever reunite:

1 led zeppelin for more than a one off show

2 cream ever again

 

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  posted on 2/24/2010 at 06:59 PM
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The Byrds???

I believe only Crosby, McGuinn & Hillman remain...both Clark(e)s have passed on, both Parsons (Gram & Gene), too if I recall, plus latter day bass player Skip Battin, & of course Clarence White.


gene pasrons is still alive and well.

 

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  posted on 2/24/2010 at 09:34 PM
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Betts? hard to deal with? more than anyone else? not buyin' that.


me , either...

Given he was the one asked to leave, seems pretty believable to me.


Me too. VERY believable to me. His "issues" have been widely documented, sometimes (according to his wife) showing up in police records.

Those problems make the ABB's comments on the subject very believable.

And I am not anti-Dickey. He has probably influenced my guitar playing more than any of my other guitar "heros" (Duane, Clapton, Santana, BB King, etc).

Dickey simply has MAJOR issues.

 

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Genesis w/ Peter Gabriel is already going thru this problem as they are set to be inducted into the R&R Hall of Fame. I think Peter Gabriel said he has to do his laundry on the night the induction ceremony is to take place.


He actually said he was on tour at the time....truth or lie....don't know.

 

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  posted on 2/24/2010 at 10:03 PM
And as far as Pink Floyd goes, let's not forget that Richard Wright died of cancer last year. He was a HUGE part of the Pink Floyd sound, and a reunion without him at the keys would seem kind of cheap.
 

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And as far as Pink Floyd goes, let's not forget that Richard Wright died of cancer last year. He was a HUGE part of the Pink Floyd sound, and a reunion without him at the keys would seem kind of cheap.


There is no Floyd without him.

 

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i don't think these 2 bands wil ever reunite:

1 led zeppelin for more than a one off show

2 cream ever again



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  posted on 2/24/2010 at 11:20 PM

Unless the brothers can ever end their fued, I'd say The Kinks.

I'd love to see a Dire Straits reunion but I bet it never happens.

 

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I believe only Crosby, McGuinn & Hillman remain...both Clark(e)s have passed on, both Parsons (Gram & Gene), too if I recall, plus latter day bass player Skip Battin, & of course Clarence White.


gene pasrons is still alive and well.


GREAT NEWS!!

My apologies for having him gone. I guess I must've just lumped him in with Skip Battin & Clarence White, since they were all in the same incarnation of The Byrds.

 
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Genesis w/ Peter Gabriel is already going thru this problem as they are set to be inducted into the R&R Hall of Fame. I think Peter Gabriel said he has to do his laundry on the night the induction ceremony is to take place.


He actually said he was on tour at the time....truth or lie....don't know.


I believe this is true and I there is really no animosity, just trouble getting the guys together at once... I think they would do it otherwise. It's had when everyone has their own career.

 

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And as far as Pink Floyd goes, let's not forget that Richard Wright died of cancer last year. He was a HUGE part of the Pink Floyd sound, and a reunion without him at the keys would seem kind of cheap.


Yes... I agree 100% Something tells me that perhaps Gilmour knew Rick was ill or something too and that helped make his mind that it would never be more than Live 8.

 

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  posted on 2/25/2010 at 06:51 PM
I also just think Peter Gabriel is wise enough to leave the past alone. He only played one or two Genesis songs live when he first went solo, and he stopped playing those ones pretty quickly. He now rarely does any of his early solo songs, from what i can see. He has had continuous firm belief in his newer material and in the audience's ability to listen to it. Bless him.

It may also just be smart music. His voice has changed enough that he might not be able to do some of those old songs justice. I'm glad he does not try, then.

Along those same lines, I respect Plant's desire not to live in the past. I disagree with the post that says there's no Zepp without Bonham; I have heard the ABB without Duane and Deep Purple without Blackmore (and also without Gillan) and Black Sabbath without Ozzy. I just think it's a neat move that he can keep pushing forward.

 
 


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