Best and Worst Band Reunions Ever

author: jomatami date: 08/16/2013 category: features
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Best and Worst Band Reunions Ever
If there's a single idea that gets rock fans' blood pumping, it's band reunions, especially if it's regarding some of the genre's finest acts. Rock and metal music aficionados love to reminisce their favorite bands glory days, often forgetting such time is long gone and that mere studio gathering will not result in the same energy, vibe and ultimately quality. As usual, there are two sides to every coin - reunions can turn out epic, or they can blunder miserably. So are reunions really necessary? Should every band call it quits while at the top of their game? We'll give you a few examples of how regathering can or can't work and then you be the judge.

Best Reunions

Black Sabbath

We'll start with more recent affairs and the latest Sabbath reunion. Although not a full-fledged original lineup gathering, the reunion did bring Ozzy, Tony and Geezer back in the studio where they forged "13," arguably the best record of 2013 so far and more importantly, an album that brings the old Sabbath back to a good extent, rounding up their musical journey as somewhat of a full circle.

Megadeth

Back in 2002, the future of Megadeth wasn't bright. Fronmtan Dave Mustaine severely compressed the radial nerve of his left hand after falling asleep in a chair in bad position, making him unable to even make a fist. The band was officially disbanded, but Mustaine didn't lose hope - he underwent intense therapy and steadily regained control of his hand. What made his efforts seem super human is the fact that he actually had to learn how to play with his left hand from scratch and regain the ability to shred frets once again. So fast-forward to 2004, the band is regrouped, featuring drummer extraordinaire Vinnie Colaiuta and group's early axeman Chris Poland and has just unleashed "The System Has Failed." By all means a massive record, including such monster tracks as "Kick the Chair," "Blackmail the Universe" and "Back in the Day," the album also arguably became the last Megadeth effort to really amaze the fans. So super-human efforts from Mr. Mustaine and a crackerjack album, that's how scene returns are done and that's exactly what earned them a spot among the best.

Exodus

Thrash metal pioneers Exodus initially returned from their '90s hiatus in 2001, just to be struck by tragedy as original singer Paul Baloff passed away after suffering a stroke. The band was determined to finish what they started and had vocalist Steve Souza rejoin the fold. The resulting effort, 2004's "Tempo of the Damned," easily bested most, if not all of the group's early records, featuring such hit numbers as "War Is My Sheppard," "Scar Spangled Banner" and "Impaler," a tune dating way back to the time when Metallica's Kirk Hammett was in the band.

Iron Maiden

For metal giants Iron Maiden, the '90s were somewhat of a hit and miss era. After releasing "Fear of the Dark" in 1992, the group parted ways with singer Bruce Dickinson and hired Blaze Bayley of Wolfsbane to take over the vocalist duties. Almost seven years of work resulted in critically not too acclaimed records "The X Factor" and "Virtual XI," so with Dickinson's return in 1999, it was once again either make it or break it for the Maiden crew. What the reunited Maiden came up with was "Brave New World," a worthy contender of band's each and every classic album. Tracks such as "Wicker Man," "Blood Brothers" and the title song really speak for themselves.

Alice in Chains

Proving that they can still deliver even without such late frontman Layne Staley, Alice in Chains made a big return with their 2009 effort "Black Gives Way to Blue." Featuring vocalist William DuVall, the record made most fans glad that Jerry Cantrell and co. decided to carry on the flame. The latest album "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here" only further proved that the band still has a few things to say; however, a portion of skeptical fans unwilling to accept DuVall is also very much present and vocal.

Worst Reunions

Van Halen

We'll kick off the worst section in a similar manner with yet another fairly current reunion. Back in 2006, David Lee Roth officially confirmed his second Van Halen regathering, sparking hope for another "Jump" or "Panama" among the fanbase. The resulting effort, "A Different Kind of Truth," was a solid one at best, receiving mostly mixed reactions. The band even admitted using early unreleased material, seemingly giving away a lack of enthusiasm and desire to give 100 percent. Live performances weren't too briliant either, just check out the April 2013 footage below. No diss to Mr. Roth, he is unarguably one of the greatest, but the 1:53 "see what I mean" part will make even the most devoted Van Halen fans' teeth cringe.

Sex Pistols

Labeled a blunt cash-in, 1996 Sex Pistols reunion and the Filthy Lucre World Tour were frowned upon by some of the fans, as it seemed fairly aimless. The reformation resulted in no studio efforts, only deepening the ironic theory.

The Beatles

In 1995, the legendary Beatles reunited for a TV series project and three double CD box sets. Two new tracks based on early Lennon demos, "Free as a Bird" and "Real Love," were also included. Despite the series' commercial success, it is the Beatles we're talking about, making two mediocre tunes nothing but flop.

Guns N' Roses

Ever since the beginning of so-called "new" GN'R in late '90s, the band was under constant attack from the fans yearning for classic lineup reunion. Granted, current Guns N' Roses did release a solid studio effort and consist of great musicians, but some of the negative aspects have still earned them a spot in the lower category. Such aspects include the 14-year making process of "Chinese Democracy" and a simple fact that the current lineup simply pales in comparison to the classic one.

The Doors

Technically called The Doors of the 21st Century, new lineup of rock icons The Doors had an impossible task to fulfill from the very beginning - replacing Jim Morrison to an acceptable degree. Formed in 2002, the band was initially fronted by Ian Astbury of The Cult, who quit the band in 2007. Without releasing any studio material, the band performed old Doors songs until keyboardist Ray Manzarek's death this May.
The question remains the same - are reunions worth the effort, and which rock/metal acts would you like to see reuniting? Of course, if there's an act worth mentioning you think we've missed, let us know in the comments section.
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