For­get the ha­tred, it’s time for love, hugs and re­unions

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

Once upon a time, a band get­ting back to­gether again was an event. Now, the re­union is part of the ca­reer plan.

Look at this year’s Elec­tric Pic­nic bill, for in­stance, which was an­nounced yes­ter­day and fea­tures sev­eral fa­mil­iar faces you thought you’d never see again.

Say hello (again) to The Cure. Wel­come back (again) Or­bital. And you’ll also be get­ting 1990s goth­core (again) from Cranes, whether you like it or not or can even re­mem­ber them from the first time around.

But they’re not the only ones who have a long­ing to get back into ac­tion with their old muck­ers. This sum­mer, you can’t move for bands of old do­ing the re­union shuf­fle. From The Stone Roses to The Cran­ber­ries, it’s time for hugs, smiles and col­lec­tive bon­homie –at least in public.

For some acts, it’s an in­ter­est­ing U-turn. They may have called it a day while they were still just about on grunt­ing terms with each other but, fast-for­ward 10 years, and the acrimony of old is for­got­ten when solo projects fail to ig­nite and bill pay­ments are over­due. Noth­ing beats the lure of a big cheque to over­come any lin­ger­ing doubts band mem­bers might have about do­ing one more for the road.

Some­times, the re­union works won­ders for act and au­di­ence. There are many who speak highly of re­cent re­union shows by Pulp and Blur as high­lights of those par­tic­u­lar years.

Some­times, though, the re­union re­minds you vividly that the band in ques­tion will never be able to re­live their glory days what­ever they think. Case in point? Pix­ies, who re­turned to great ac­claim in 2004, but quickly be­came part of the fur­ni­ture by play­ing any­where that would have them. Lethargy and dis­in­ter­est soon fol­lowed from all but the hard­core fan­base. That should serve as a warn­ing to those bands siz­ing up the re­union trail for the sum­mer.


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