Reunited, and it feels so good

Reunions are cool. No, not high school reunions. Never been to one, never plan on going to one. I’m talking about musical reunions. In the 1990s, we saw the original KISS reform for MTV Unplugged in 1995 and then go on a massive tour in 1996 (I saw them twice that year). Jimmy Page and Robert Plant did a quasi-reunion, again for MTV Unplugged. And then there were the Eagles. Oh yeah, they did Unplugged too. That was back in the day when MTV was still Music Television.

Other bands reunited in the 1990s to less publicity. Guitarist C.C. DeVille came back to Poison; Motley Crue welcomed Vince Neil back to the fold after a failed (but vastly underrated) record with John Corabi.

Now 2008, and reunions are still in style. The Van Halen brothers are touring with original lead singer David Lee Roth. Yes, I know that Michael Anthony is not in the band. To be honest, I don’t really care. The surviving members of Led Zeppelin (plus the son of the deceased drummer) got back together at the end of last year for a supposed one-off show, but they are talking about a full tour beginning this fall.

And another reunion that has not yet been officially announced–but is a done deal–is Warrant. The band released an album in 2006 with former Black ‘N’ Blue lead singer Jamie St. James. It’s really a great rock album, and I highly recommend it to fans of arena rock. But it just wasn’t the same, and everybody knew it. The voice behind “Cherry Pie,” “Heaven,” “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” and “Down Boys” is back. The one and only Jani Lane has come back to the fold, and I for one could not be happier. Warrant was one of the great hair metal bands. I would not be surprised to see them on the road opening for Poison in 2008, and I will definitely be in the stands for the show.

Now bring on Guns N’ Roses…the real Guns N’ Roses…Axl, Slash, Izzy, Duff, and Steven.

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Posted on January 30, 2008, in music and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. If Axl doesn’t die suddenly….you might see a reunion in 2010. Not anytime sooner. You have to wait for Velvet Revolver to implode (I give it another year), Chinese Democracy will surely drop this year, and in two years Axl will be desperate enough to reunite seeing as he probably doesn’t have another 13 years to work on a follow up to C.D.

    BTW, your package just left me. Thanks again for the cards and the cool stamp.

  2. Weiland dropped some hints lately that Stone Temple Pilots was getting back together, so VR may be over sooner than expected. I think VR is good, but GNR was great.

  3. STP coming back? Ouch.
    I think you are getting your hopes up.
    Just as long as another Snake Pit album never surfaces I will be happy.

  4. You didn’t like Slash’s Snakepit? I thought the first album was phenomenal, but didn’t spend much time with the second one. Some friends really dig it though. (Who am I kidding, I don’t have any friends.) But anyway…

    Yes, STP is reforming after the current VR tour, according to Slash. Although it may not be a full-fledged reunion, but just a few shows. Check it out here:

    Personally, I loved STP back in the day. A lot more than any of their contemporaries.

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