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Old 04-20-2010, 06:17 PM   #1
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Bands that WILL NOT Unite

Seems like every band at one time or another has reunited. I can only think of a handful who haven't, who can't and/or probably never will. Here's the first three I came up with...

Jimi Hendrix Experience - They never did and never will because they're all deceased.

Creedence Clearwater Revivial - John Fogerty doesn't associate with the other two surviving members, and doesn't really need them to have a career.

Dire Straits - Mark Knopfler has a solo career, and pretty much was Dire Straits anyway.

I'm sure there are others. Please weight in...
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Old 04-20-2010, 06:23 PM   #2
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Creedence Clearwater Revivial - John Fogerty doesn't associate with the other two surviving members, and doesn't really need them to have a career.
You got that right! Fogerty is doing just fine flying solo.
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Creedence Clearwater Revivial - John Fogerty doesn't associate with the other two surviving members, and doesn't really need them to have a career.
You got that right! Fogerty is doing just fine flying solo.
Seems to be the case with Knopfler too.


BTW, how's that expanded Exile treating you?
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Re: Bands that WILL NOT Unite

damn, i was totally gonna say the Jimi Hendrix Experience
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Old 04-20-2010, 06:25 PM   #5
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Re: Bands that WILL NOT Unite

Would you say The Band fits in this category? Obviously it is impossible for them to do a full reunion b/c Richard Manuel and Rick Danko are deceased. But a partial reunion is not going to happen either...I can't see Levon and Robbie ever working together again.
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Re: Bands that WILL NOT Unite

i wouldn't see why the Band wouldn't count, thats another great example
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Old 04-20-2010, 06:28 PM   #7
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Would you say The Band fits in this category? Obviously it is impossible for them to do a full reunion b/c Richard Manuel and Rick Danko are deceased. But a partial reunion is not going to happen either...I can't see Levon and Robbie ever working together again.
Actually, they did reunite with and without Robbie Robertson.

Here's the scoop from a Wiki entry:

In 1983, the Band reformed and recommenced touring, though without Robertson. Several different musicians were recruited to replace Robertson and to fill out the group. The reunited Band was generally well-received, but found themselves playing in smaller venues than during the peak of their popularity.

While the reunited Band was touring, on March 4, 1986, Manuel committed suicide in his Florida motel room. It was revealed later that he had suffered for many years from chronic alcoholism. According to Levon Helm's autobiography, in the later stages of his illness, Manuel was consuming eight bottles of Grand Marnier per day.

The band participated in former Pink Floyd leader Roger Waters' The Wall Live in Berlin concert in 1990, and in Bob Dylan's 30th anniversary concert celebration in New York City in October 1992. The group was the opening band for the final Grateful Dead shows at Soldier Field, in Chicago, Illinois in July 1995.

Richard Manuel's position as pianist was filled first by old friend Stan Szelest (who died not long after), then by Richard Bell. (Bell played with Ronnie Hawkins after the departure of the original Hawks, and was best known from his days as a member of Janis Joplin's Full Tilt Boogie Band.) The reformed group recorded Jericho in 1993 with much of the songwriting being handled outside the group. Two more post-reunion efforts followed, High on the Hog and Jubilation, the latter including guest appearances from Eric Clapton and John Hiatt.

The Juno Awards of 1989 hosted a special reunion of several band members when The Band was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. This was also the year that Robbie Robertson won 3 awards for his self titled album. With Canadian country rock superstars Blue Rodeo as a back-up band, Music Express called the 1989 Juno appearance with Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, and Garth Hudson a symbolic "passing of the torch" from The Band to Blue Rodeo.

In 1994 Robertson appeared with Danko and Hudson as The Band for the second time since the original group broke up. The occasion was the induction of The Band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Helm, who has feuded with Robertson for years over accusations of stolen songwriting credits, did not attend.

On 10 December 1999 another member was lost when Rick Danko died in his sleep at age 56. He had been a long-time drug user. In 1997 he had been found guilty of trying to smuggle heroin into Japan. He told the presiding judge that he had begun using the drug (together with prescription morphine) to fight life-long pain resulting from a 1968 auto accident. No drugs were found in his system at the time of his death. Following the death of Rick Danko, The Band broke up for good.

On 15 June 2007, The Band's late-period keyboardist Richard Bell died from multiple myeloma.

Although The Band received The Grammy Award's Lifetime Achievement Award on February 9, 2008, there was no reunion of all three living members, as Levon Helm held a "Midnight Ramble" in honor of the event in Woodstock, NY.
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Old 04-20-2010, 06:29 PM   #8
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Never say never.

I saw Cream - twice.
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Would you say The Band fits in this category? Obviously it is impossible for them to do a full reunion b/c Richard Manuel and Rick Danko are deceased. But a partial reunion is not going to happen either...I can't see Levon and Robbie ever working together again.
Actually, they did reunite with and without Robbie Robertson.
Yeah, that is why I was thinking they didn't quite fit
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Never say never.

I saw Cream - twice.
Um...OK...Good for you...

We're discussing bands that will never reunite, not ones that have.
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Re: Bands that WILL NOT Unite

Not a classic rock example but there is no way in hell Uncle Tupelo is re-uniting. Son Volt and particularly Wilco are doing way too well on their own and Jeff Tweedy and Jay Farrar play completely different kinds of music now.
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Creedence Clearwater Revivial - John Fogerty doesn't associate with the other two surviving members, and doesn't really need them to have a career.
You got that right! Fogerty is doing just fine flying solo.
Seems to be the case with Knopfler too.


BTW, how's that expanded Exile treating you?
True Phant. Knopfler was Dire Straits as Fogerty was Creedence - and they both seem content and happy with their solo careers, I don't see them returning to the bands they once fronted.

As for Exile....it's treating me just fine. It's one sweet little package I'll tell you that.

Getting yours soon?
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Creedence Clearwater Revivial - John Fogerty doesn't associate with the other two surviving members, and doesn't really need them to have a career.
You got that right! Fogerty is doing just fine flying solo.
Seems to be the case with Knopfler too.


BTW, how's that expanded Exile treating you?
True Phant. Knopfler was Dire Straits as Fogerty was Creedence - and they both seem content and happy with their solo careers, I don't see them returning to the bands they once fronted.

As for Exile....it's treating me just fine. It's one sweet little package I'll tell you that.

Getting yours soon?
I hope. I was promised a copy by my Universal contact and promised a copy by the Stones' publicist. Someone's gotta pull through for me...

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Re: Bands that WILL NOT Unite

I don't see Dickey Betts ever playing with the ABB again. I know that he was asked to join in the 40th anniversary of the Beacon run last year and passed.
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I don't see Dickey Betts ever playing with the ABB again. I know that he was asked to join in the 40th anniversary of the Beacon run last year and passed.
I'm glad I got to see Betts with the ABB in the 90s.

I wish he was back in the band, but when you have newer blood like Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks, that probably complicates things. I mean, it's not like they're going to fire those guys...
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I hope. I was promised a copy by my Universal contact and promised a copy by the Stones' publicist. Someone's gotta pull through for me...


Call 'em up and say "Can't You Hear Me Knocking?!"

When you score one, I guarantee you'll be spinning it like mad.
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Call 'em up and say "Can't You Hear Me Knocking?!"

When you score one, I guarantee you'll be spinning it like mad.


Yeah, I'm anxious to hear it...

Another band that will not REunite...

Gentle Giant
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^ You can still see Three Friends. Not sure who's in there or what they play, but I'm assuming it's the next best thing.

As much as I'd love to see The Kinks, I'm 99% sure they will never reunite either.
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