Over the weekend, we experienced one of the most exciting musical events of the year: The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. One of the main features of the festival is the reunion aspect. For most of Coachella's lifespan, it has featured at least one classic band back together for the first time in many years. If not the first time, then they at least usually catch the band on one of their first dates back.
We even got that disturbing hologram of Tupac Shakur. For the sake of argument, we'll leave them out of this, though, and reflect back on some of the best bands to make their comeback at Coachella in years past.
6. Pavement: In 2010, Pavement reunited for a short time and played a show for the Coachella audience. For once. a band "stuck to their guns," in the words of front man Stephen Malkmus, and refused to continue their reunion beyond a short jaunt, but for anyone that was there, it was a magical moment in music history.
5. Jane's Addiction: Jane's Addiction had been toying around with a reunion for several years before Coachella, but one of the biggest events in Coachella history and one of the reasons the festival still exists to this day is that the band came together once more to help Coachella get back on its feet in 2001, after a year's hiatus in 2000 and a huge money loss from the inaugural 1999 festival.
Were it not for Jane's Addiction reuniting for the cause then, we probably wouldn't have the tradition of reunited bands playing at Coachella, nor even a Coachella Festival to host them in the first place. These guys never stopped along the reunion path and made a new album last year.
4. Pixies: 11 years had passed since the Pixies had been onstage together and in the meantime they had influenced and spawned countless bands in the indie-rock world. Finally reclaiming their title as the kings and queen of indie, they came together in 2004 for a brief tour before taking the stage at Coachella for their first major show of their reunion. As of 2012, they're still together and the music world loves them for it.
3. Rage Against the Machine: In 2007, Rage Against the Machine returned, primarily for political reasons. Citing the "right-wing purgatory" the United States had descended into, they decided it was finally time to get back together start singing protest songs again, seven years after their breakup.
Regardless of the political spectrum their fans fell under, however, it was a great time for any and all fans of the band who had been dying to see these guys back onstage together from the first note Chris Cornell sang in Audioslave. The band has maintained good relations since and a new album has been off-and-on in the works for a few years now.
2. Faith No More '90s alt-rock and nu-metal pioneers Faith No More broke up in 1997 amidst the view that they would probably never reunite. The band had been fracturing for some time before they finally broke up and there was little hope for fans as frontman Mike Patton threw himself into multiple side-projects.
But in 2010, they changed their minds and returned against all odds. Though they looked like soccer dads, they played and performed like 20-year-olds. You can watch the full concert above and word is there will eventually be a new full-length album from Faith No More.
1. The Stooges Iggy Pop had brought the Stooges back together to record songs for his 2003 solo album Skull Ring, so it was only a matter of time before the band got back together full-time. They officially reunited later that year for a tour and eventually appeared at the 2003 edition of Coachella in fine form.
Even through the death of longtime guitarist Ron Asheton, the war-torn band has continued to play intermittently to this day, famously playing at Madonna's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame a few years back, still freaking out the establishment as much as ever.
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