10 Bands Who Retired and Then Changed Their Minds
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On Saturday George Strait is supposed to play his last live show ever, with the caveat that while he won't be performing live any longer, he does have a five-album deal to fulfill for his record label, MCA Nashville. This is the sort of "retirement" we constantly see in the music world, as acts who hang it up are lured back by a big pay day or a love of going out and feeling the adoration of a live crowd. We're not saying King George won't be good to his word; we've just won't be surprised by whatever happens down the road. In honor of the occasion, we collected 10 of the worst offenders of the "retirement" con.
The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones have had so many farewell tours that it's not even a joke at this point. They were talking about calling it a quits in the '80s and even took a seven-year break between tours. Of course they just went on a tour celebrating their 50th year as a group. It's like they're cursed by the death of Brian Jones and doomed to tour the world for all eternity in hopes of staving off the icy grip of death that looms large over the senior citizens that make up the group.
Brooks "retired" after a series of shows that broke box office records, and a group of televised specials. Of course he returned in 2009 with a five-year residency in Las Vegas (this happens a lot) and is continuing his retirement by selling out shows in Ireland within 20 minutes. No word on that second Chris Gaines album has been put out yet; 15 years and counting on that one.
Man, Jay couldn't make it two years before putting out an album. Like owning a basketball team, retirement couldn't keep Jay's attention and he's been pumping out albums, songs and Broadway adaptations at a steady clip ever since. Hopefully fatherhood keeps his attention; hate to see him lose interest in Blue Ivy once she hits two. (Backs away from joke.)
34 years ago the band said hell would freeze over before they played again. Predictably, 14 years later they reunited, put out an album named Hell Freezes Over, made all the money in the world and have toured non-stop since. Your dad thinks this is awesome. You, me and Jeffrey Lebowski think it's hell on earth.
Not even death could stop Tupac from putting out six studio albums, roughly 800 singles, a few mix tapes and making an appearance at Coachella 16 years after his burial to perform with Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre. Continuing to endlessly work while being dead, that's some real dedication to not retiring.