However, it is not always the case that a comeback is just a way for bands to earn money because they have seen that others can do it. There is a difference in bands such as The Police and Led Zeppelin who have returned to the stage once more. It has taken The Police just over 20 years to reform, and it seems that they have a right to do so, for in their absence they have risen to legendary status, which I can hardly say for the likes of All Saints. The comeback tour or reunion gig is not a new thing for Led Zeppelin, who have been doing one-off gigs since that tragic day in September 1980. The sudden end to Led Zeppelin seemed to be before its time. It is this tragically cut short career that leads me to believe they are not just feeding off the nostalgia of once screaming teenagers but are doing it for the love of music. I can hardly say that East 17’s career was tragically cut short, they just weren’t selling records any more.
While Led Zeppelin and The Police re-capture the glory of their golden days pop bands from nineties seem to be desperately grabbing at straws: performing gigs on what has become known as the ‘nostalgia circuit,’ in places like Butlins because they have realised that poor dancing is not a skill that can cut it in the real world.
And then it suddenly dawned on me, it hasn’t just been music, the entire entertainment industry is looking backwards. With Harrison Ford about to don his Indiana hat for the first time since 1989 and Rocky returning to our screens it seems that 2007 has been the year of comebacks, no matter how successful or tragic they were. They say that history moves in cycles, like fashion, so I suppose the comeback is nothing new, but it has me wondering if in ten years time people will be on the phone for hours just so they can see Rhianna one last time. I just wish that the 90s would stay in the 90s and give the youth of today a chance to listen to great modern music that is springing up everywhere, as well as discovering true classics.