Let’s Talk About Reunions

Every so often bands, solo musicians, and other performers return after years off stage. Usually a reunion is met with excitement from fans; especially, regarding performers with a large following. It’s always nice to get a chance to see a live show, or hear a new album from an act that hasn’t made music in years. How do you know if returning to the stage is a good idea, or if you should quit while ahead?

There are countless examples of reunions, some are long term, others are one night stands. In many situations, the musicians live up to the hype. However, every now and then legacies are damaged. Whether or not the new music they make is not up to snuff, or they can’t seem to integrate back into the modern music world, there is always concern about returning to the stage. There are many variables at play, but how does a performer know if audience perception will be one of a legend, or a has been?

Much comes down to passion. Does a band return because they truly enjoy performing or they simply need to rake in some extra money? If it’s the latter, you’ll hear it as well as see it on stage. Not only will the new music sound much worse than what they released in their heyday, but the live show will be far less entertaining, and energetic. Wrong intentions can certainly damage the reputation, and credibility, built over the years. On the other hand, if the musicians are at a point where they truly want to come back for the love of music, you can end up with a positive, nostalgic, and generally great reunion outcome.

In the end, perception is determined by the fans’ opinions. No matter how hard performers try, they cannot force the public to like their return act. Bands, solo musicians, and other performers are not certain their return to the stage will be met with open arms. Nevertheless, if intentions are pure, and they have the same passion that first earned them recognition, performers can attract a whole new audience, in a new era of music.

Damian Frederick

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