Band Reunions Fans Go Crazy For
Summertime is the perfect season for large-scale concerts and festivals, with dozens of established performers hitting the road to support their latest albums. But it's always a bit more special when a legendary group reunites for a reunion tour after a breakup or hiatus.
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Die-hard fans go crazy for this kind of thing, especially when it's a band they've always dreamed of seeing just one more time. That's probably why it was such huge news for Fleetwood Mac followers when they announced a reunion tour earlier this year, kicking off in the U.S. and Canada before traveling across Europe and Australia.
So if you're still longing to see your favorite former bandmates kiss and make up, all hope isn't lost. As Fleetwood Mac and the following reunited groups have shown us, a spectacular reunion show isn't entirely out of the question.
Check out a few of them below.
This British band was one of the hottest groups during the 1980s. After numerous members came and went, the band took a hiatus before reuniting over a decade later. They would eventually be awared a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards. And they continue to rock, releasing their latest album in 2011.
Guitarist Pete Townshend, along with Roger Daltry, John Entwistle and Keith Moon became The Who in 1964. Following Moon's death in 1978, the group put out several albums before eventually breaking up. In 1989, The Who rejoined forces for a reunion tour to celebrate the band's 25th anniversary.
Three men, with an unheard-of lead vocalist known as Sting, hit the world's stage with pop and punk-inspired tunes before going bust less than a decade later. Eventually, the band was back together to celebrate the 30th anniversary.
New Kids on the Block
The New Kids on the Block first hit the music scene in 1984. After teen girls fell in love with Jordan, Jonathan, Donnie, Joey and Danny, the genre of the boy-band was born. But as the group grew in popularity, its members grew apart. The band would break up officially in 1994, but after much hype, NKOTB finally reunited in 2008 with the release of a new album, "The Block."
En Vogue hit the stage in 1989 and never looked back. The group sold millions of records and received many Grammy nominations, but with the departure of Dawn Robinson in 1996, things had changed. Less than a decade later, however, Robinson returned and En Vogue formally announced they would reunite — making "Hold On" fans ecstatic.
At the height of their popularity, Wilson Phillips was the best selling female group of the '90s. They released their debut album in 1990, which included the mega-hit "Hold On." The group "held on" for another few years before Chynna Phillips decided to explore a solo career. After a decade apart, they got back together with the release of "California,"an album of cover songs. They even had their own reality show in April 2012.
The Backstreet Boys only took a short hiatus before getting back together, and have been doing reunion shows on and off for the past decade. Their most recent reunion tour was with NKOTB.
The Spice Girls burst out of the U.K. and onto the world scene in 1994 with monikers such as Posh, Baby, Ginger, Scary and Sporty. But after only nine years, the girls would take a break. Finally, in 2007, the gang answered the wishes of fans all over and launched a glittery reunion tour.