2012 has seen a seemingly endless run of classic rock acts reuniting, either to please old fans or to milk their old cash cows.
But who do the fans really want to see reform?
That's what we asked
UG readers on Wednesday, and as usual hundreds of you placed nominations in the comments to find the authoritative top 10 bands we most want to make a comeback.
We had a few ground rules: most of the members had to still be alive, and in a position to reunite for real. Otherwise, it didn't matter if they were formally broken up maybe they had just been dormant for a bit longer than you'd like.
The results are in, and we've counted your votes. So which bands do UG readers most want to make a comeback? Read on to find out.
10. The Velvet Underground
and John Cale
were among the lineup for this wildly influential band from the 1960s. Lou Reed might be making barmy concept albums with the likes of Metallica
these days, but back then he was seen as a pioneer. As Brian Eno
once said of the Velvet Underground
's first album, it may have only sold 30,000 copies but "everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band."
9. Led Zeppelin
Drummer John Bonham
died long ago, but the band reformed with his son Jason
in 2007 for a one-off arena show in London. The resulting footage became "Celebration Day"
which is set for release on DVD next week. But will they perform again? Not likely. "I think if there had been any more concerts to be done, we'd already be talking about them. So I don't see it,"
says guitarist Jimmy Page
8. Pink Floyd
The prog-rock titans reformed in 2005 for Live 8, despite saying for years it would never happen. The surviving members Roger Waters
, David Gilmour
and Nick Mason
were last seen on stage together for the last set of The Wall
shows in 2011, and Waters has just announced
plans for The Wall to tour 24 open-air venues next year maybe they'll regroup again then.
7. The Smiths
One of the most relentless rumors in music history is that The Smiths
will make a comeback. Concert promoters are keen to make it happen, with a reported $123 million offer being rejected by the band in 2006. But Johnny Marr
and Morrissey want to retain their legacy and leave it be. "I would rather eat my own testicles than reform The Smiths, and that's saying something for a vegetarian,"
Morrissey said in April.
6. Temple Of The Dog
This short-lived band was formed by Soundgarden
frontman Chris Cornell
in 1990 as a tribute to his late friend Andrew Wood
. It was essentially a supergroup with members including Pearl Jam
's Eddie Vedder
, but only in hindsight because its members were yet to breakthrough as superstars in their respective bands. Their only album was well received by critics.
5. Guns N' Roses
Alright, so Gn'R
are technically alive and touring, but we all know it's not the real band. The world wants to see the classic lineup of Axl Rose
, Izzy Stradlin
, Duff McKagan
and Steven Adler
. Sadly, certain members (read: Axl and Slash) will never get over their long-term tensions, and their one big chance to reform at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
this year didn't happen
4. The Raconteurs
Seriously? Okay, let's run with it. Jack White
formed this band in Detroit a mere seven years ago with several respected rock musicians. They were successful, and occasionally perform and release new tracks via White's Third Man Records
imprint, but it remains a side-project while they focus on their main bands.
Never has a band been so discreetly influential. Fugazi
are often credited with inventing post-hardcore but their impact is felt across the punk spectrum and beyond. Their militant DIY
stance meant that fans could pay as little as possible for albums and live shows, which they always insisted were open to all-ages. They announced an indefinite hiatus in 2003, leaving a glimmer of hope that they'll reunite in the future.
2. Rage Against The Machine
They split in 2000, but reunited for a series of festival performances in 2007. They reunited again in early 2011 to celebrate a successful campaign
in the UK to get their song "Killing In The Name"
to the top of the Christmas chart, in a protest against X Factor
. Now the question is, will they record another album? Bassist Tim Commerford says "definitely, maybe"
but now Tom Morello
has played down
these claims. If anything is happening, it's still top secret.
1. System Of A Down
This is odd, because after going on hiatus in 2006 they've already made a comeback and just came off a summer tour with Deftones
. But we know what you really want: a new album. "I'm waiting for an album just like [the fans] are," said
drummer John Dolmayan
in 2011. "It's gonna happen when it's right and when we can make something that tops what we've done in the past." Since then he's hinted that he wants to record again in 2013, so let's home the rest of the band agree with him.
Thanks for posting your nominations and casting your votes for the artists you most want to make a comeback.
Did your fellow readers miss anyone out? Are there any smaller, lesser-known bands that you think deserve a shout-out? Let us know in the comments.