Rock

Why Do We Always Expect Our Favorite Bands To Reunite?

John Hammond, the billionaire CEO of InGen and the curator of Jurassic Park found out the hard way that sometimes things from another time and place don't mesh well with different surroundings. A guy even got eaten by a Tyrannosaurus rex while he was taking a dump, and one of those spitting dinosaurs spit poison at Newman from Seinfeld and killed him.

It was a mess. They even made three movies about the ordeal

In the past year, there have been many rock band reunions, each met with fandemonium of an epic scale. Rocks Off, the blog, and even myself have fallen victim to it, gushing loudly and romantically about reunions from The Beach Boys, Death From Above 1979, At The Drive-In and Refused. We wrote lengthy lists about who should reunite next and why, rubbing our sweaty hands together at the idea of a Smiths reunion.

But along the way, I started to think of the idea of band reunions differently. Maybe not every one of your favorite bands needs to reunite, just because you want them to. Maybe some of them said their piece over a career and are in fact done with that chapter of their lives.

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Our emotional connection to a band's product, and their now-broken bond, is so great that we long for it to be to be whole. To somehow make a part of ourselves whole.

"Axl and Slash just have to play music together again, you guys. It would rule so hard," some say.

But what would that change about the past 20 years? Nothing would be gained, except ratings and pageviews for whatever station or Website first posted the video and pictures. It wouldn't bring back the grit and glam of Appetite For Destruction, it would just be two middle-aged guys trying not to kill one another on live television. There would be no grand re-ignition of the old fires, or an Appetite 2.

It's like this: Your parents are divorced. They got divorced for a reason. Dad cheated, maybe your mother cheated, someone liked to spend too much money and lie about it. They grew apart, things got violent. Whatever reason, your parents decided to end their exclusive domestic partnership. This station is no longer operational.

As much as you would want them to reunite, smile, hug, kiss, hold hands walking through grassy meadows together, it's not going to happen unless the stars align and it feels right to them. This is where we as fans are when it comes to bands that are broken up or estranged: Children of musical divorce, dreaming of the day when there will be a cryptic tweet or Web site update, alluding to a reunion.

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Craig Hlavaty
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