Groups That May Never Reunite
I'm Sure You've Heard...
"Why can't _______ reunite? They were so awesome together."
"Why did ______ leave the group? They messed up everything."
"You know who had some good songs? _______. Man, they were the bomb!"
If you've heard these statements in some context to your favorite musical band or group of yesteryear. Whether or not we want them to reunite, there's no way that they well. Below, I'll talk about a couple of groups/bands that we miss, but probably won't reunite, ever.
What's the Scenario?
Back in the Day: A Tribe Called Quest was the premier hip-hop group in the early 90's. With hits like "Check the Rhime", "Electric Relaxation," and "Bonita Applebaum," they set the trends for the Native Tongues Posse which also included De La Soul and Jungle Brothers. They released their last album, The Love Movement in 1998 to underwhelming reviews and sales. Since then, there have been on-stage reunions and tours but no definite plans for an album have been made.
Who's to Blame? Q-Tip, the group's leader and most prominent solo artist has long shouldered the brunt of criticism from fans and critics alike because of his tempestuous attitude. There's also been rampant rumors of in-fighting and personal conflicts that have dampened the atmosphere for hip-hop's pioneering collective to return.
The Legacy: Actor Michael Rappaport toured with ATCQ back in 2008 to capture footage for what would become "Beats, Rhymes, and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest." It details other artists love for the group and their impact on the industry as well as their sudden demise.
The Chances: Slim to none. Personal conflicts that go beneath the surface are hard to suddenly resolve themselves. Egos, money, and age also don't help the group's chances either.
Tearin' Up Our Hearts
Back in the Day: *NSYNC sold millions of albums and had many teen hearts aflutter with their dance moves and charming personalities. They broke the one week sales record with their album No Strings Attached. Their tours and appearances also helped them garner awards. In 2002, after their huge Celebrity tour, they announced plans for a hiatus which then became a breakup.
Who's to Blame: Justin Timberlake has been the villain for a long time for several fans. His solo career and subsequent movie career as well as his 50 other ventures. The others, particularly Lance have been gung-ho about getting the boys back together for one last time.
The Legacy: *NSYNC became one of the best selling boy bands of the late 20th and early 21st century and were recently ranked number 2 on E! Network's list of the 15 Awesomest Boy Bands. Newer boy bands such as One Direction and The Wanted have cited *NSYNC has their influences.
The Chances: Never say never, as they say but I think this might be an exception. Unless JT hits hard times, I do not see this happening. Even Lance finally admitted that Justin would do himself a disservice by joining everyone else for a reunion tour.
I Don't Think They're Ready
Back in the Day: Destiny's Child became one of the biggest selling acts ever, despite lineup changes and lawsuits. Their vocals, custom-made outfits, and show stopping performances kept everyone wanting more. However after their last album, the cleverly titled Destiny Fulfilled, we knew what was coming. After touring behind the record, the group decided to call it a day.
Who's to Blame: Beyonce' has achieved massive success and while she did come back to the group once, don't expect her to want a double helping. Her superstar solo career and motherhood as well as acting, fragrance lines, and fashion have separated her from her group mates considerably.
The Legacy: Since DC broke up, there's been no dominant girl group on the scene. Their Supremes-like dynamic as well as their TLC-esque songs have yet to be copied or mimicked in the music industry.
The Chances: Beyonce' is a new mom. Kelly has a huge hit. And Michelle well, uh, hold that thought. In other words, unless Beyonce' gets tired helping girl run the world, I think we just better try to run back to 2000 and remember the good times. Matthew Knowles, father of Beyonce' has said he would like DC to reunite. However, considering he was their manager- I think he is also talking about his paycheck.
Don't Stop Believin'
Back in the Day: Journey was the number one band in the 1980s for power ballads and love songs. They first hit it big in the late 1970s with a series of hits after an early career spent as a jazz rock outfit. But they blew up in the early 80s with the massively infectious "Don't Stop Believin'" featuring the vocals of Steve Perry. Perry, was not an original member of the group but joined in the late 1970s and helped change the dynamic of the group.
Who's to Blame: Steve Perry left the group in the mid-1980s after years of fighting and disharmony. He went on to have a mildly successful solo career and eventually did a brief reunion with Journey in 1996 but left again due to health problems. There has since been back and forth about Perry coming back but in interviews, guitarist and founder Neal Schon said it is possible for a farewell tour.
The Legacy: One thing you can say about Journey is that there are no groups who compare to them. Essentially the helped infuse the power pop genre by producing songs that have universal themes that appeal to multiple audiences.
The Chances: Slim to none. Journey recruited powerhouse Filipino singer Arnel Pineda and have enjoyed a great surge in attention due to 80s nostalgia and Glee who famously covered "Don't Stop Believin'" in their pilot episode. Steve Perry, meanwhile has kept a low profile and has not commented much on his plans in the present or future.
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