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Groups That May Never Reunite

Updated on June 8, 2013

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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    • Alecia Murphy profile imageAUTHOR

      Alecia Murphy 

      3 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      From one Journey fan to another, thanks Paula!

    • Alecia Murphy profile imageAUTHOR

      Alecia Murphy 

      3 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Me too, Sunshine! Thanks for stopping by!

    • Paula Atwell profile image

      Paula Atwell 

      4 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Journey is definitely part of my personal music history.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I'm still rooting for Savage Garden to reunite! :)

    • Alecia Murphy profile imageAUTHOR

      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Hi Sam,

      I agree it's better to leave on top than go on struggling and leaving fans disappointed.

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      6 years ago

      Its good that all these acts left on top or they would have had the same fate as ... Backstreet dads. Better to evolve then do same things forever.

    • Alecia Murphy profile imageAUTHOR

      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Thanks so much for the support mary615!

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Hi, I just came by to show you support, but I am just not into this music thing. I'll bet my young kids would love to read though. If these groups had to depend on folks like me to survive, they just wouldn't.

      Oh well. Thank goodness everyone is not an old fuddy duddy, right??

    • Alecia Murphy profile imageAUTHOR

      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Thanks Keith! I understand your anger. I think the musicians involved get too caught up in their own hype and they forget the importance of us as fans and the reason the bond they shared over creating music. But thankfully we have the memories of great records to hold us until then.

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      6 years ago

      I absolutely hate it when I hear stuff like this. Yes, they were all great together; however, who's to say we can choose who stays with who so they continue to make music? The Beatles split up and each one of them had their own musical style from there on after. Other bands, like Nighwish, are still holding really strong even with their original singer, Tarja Turunen, leaving the band and she has a successful solo career. Just because a band splits up does not mean the end of music.

      Sorry for the rant, Alecia! LOL goes to show I find this hub really thorough and filled with great examples. Well done! Voted up and tweeted!

    • Alecia Murphy profile imageAUTHOR

      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Hey Sunshine!

      I wish I had been able to see NSync and Destiny's Child in concert- I think DC is more likely to reunite but NSync- not so much.

      Yeah I loved Savage Garden too, they had some awesome jams.

      I think Rob Thomas and Gwen Stefani are similar- they love having the freedom to do other projects but are very loyal to their bandmates and I respect that alot. Thanks as always :)!

    • Alecia Murphy profile imageAUTHOR

      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Thanks Tracy! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I saw both NSync and Destinys Child in concert and I had a blast! I wouldn't mind an NSync reunion, but they are all busy doing their own thing.

      I was bummer when Savage Garden broke up, what were they thinking?!

      I was devastated when Rob Thomas left Matchbox 20, but they are back in action with new music and a new CD! Yay!

      Yay to another awesome hub that brought back fab memories from the past (and present!)

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      Tracy Lynn Conway 

      6 years ago from Virginia, USA

      This is great! I have often wondered about what happens to groups that cease to be. Great info here!

    • Alecia Murphy profile imageAUTHOR

      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Thanks Weestro :P!

    • Alecia Murphy profile imageAUTHOR

      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Thanks Daisy for coming by and commenting!

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      Pete Fanning 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      A tribe called quest brought back some memories, them and De La Soul are still great in my opinion! I will have to check out that documentary. Thanks Alicia, great hub, although I did skip the NSYNC section!

    • Daisy Mariposa profile image

      Daisy Mariposa 

      6 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)


      You have an incredible amount of knowledge about music groups, both ones who performed in the past and present-day ones.

      Thanks for sharing your insight with us.

    • Alecia Murphy profile imageAUTHOR

      Alecia Murphy 

      7 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Thanks for our comments! Yeah, maybe Destiny's child but I don't know, if I were Beyonce' I would wait a little longer. Yeah, I liked Beyonce better in DC as well. With the exception of "single Ladies" and a couple others, I can't really get into their solo looks either. A Tribe Called Quest would probably be what I would look forward to.

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      7 years ago from Canada

      Another interesting read, your articles are awesome. I'm not gonna lie I did enjoy their music much more back when Destiny's Child was together. Kelly Rowland has had a few good songs, and I really only liked Beyonce's first solo debut album, though some of her other singles were good as well. Justin Timberlake's two solo albums have both been really good, I'm eager to see what he comes out with next it's been too long.

      For the record I could see Destiny's Child having some sort of a reunion though, if not an album at least a tour, kind of like the Spice Girls did.

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      jami l. pereira 

      7 years ago

      Very well written and informative Hub , voted up , useful and interesting , thanks for sharing !


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