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« on: November 19, 2019, 08:55:44 am »

Around ten years ago 80's rockers Motley Crue struggled to fill mid-size cities when they toured.  They played here in Portland, Maine to a 3/4 house (which - when full - holds under 7,200 for a concert).  So what did they do?

What every band does when they can't draw any longer.  They go away for a year and a half, released a "greatest hits" CD (with a couple new songs) and announced a "final tour."  They went so far as to hold a press conference, showing a "legal document" (signed by the band) stating they could never tour again.  Off they went, touring the world (very successfully), around the world.  Fans, believing this was their final chance to see the band, soaked in the moments when they rolled in to town.  Instead of playing mid-sized cities like Portland, Maine the band was selling out arenas in large cities again.  158 shows and almost 1 billion dollars later, they were done.

Until last night when it was announced they were touring in 2020 with fellow 80's rockers (who, to their credit just keeping touring and don't pull this stuff) Def Leppard and Poison. 

How do you feel, as a fan, when a band pulls this stunt?  This certainly isn't the first (or last time) this will happen.  From pop music icons to glam metal to NIN; this spans each genre.  Do you care, are you happy to get a chance to see the band live again?  Or do you feel lied to?

Unlike the recent Guns 'N Roses tour - that band just imploded and the original members couldn't stand to be in the same room; this is a band playing on people's heart strings to get them to spend money.  Now they are looking for money, again.

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« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2019, 09:02:29 am »

Not really a "final tour" comment, but it is kind of sad to see how the once mighty end up falling.  I saw Jefferson Starship for free at Disney's EPCOT center once.  The same Jefferson Starship that used to sell out huge arenas. 

Some bands up doing 4 or 5 "final tours".   LOL
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« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2019, 10:02:05 am »

Not really a "final tour" comment, but it is kind of sad to see how the once mighty end up falling.  I saw Jefferson Starship for free at Disney's EPCOT center once.  The same Jefferson Starship that used to sell out huge arenas.  

Some bands up doing 4 or 5 "final tours".   LOL
"Starship" was the headliner in Daytona during Spring Break 86. The good ole days when MTV hosted some very crazy parties and played music videos.

I think it's stupid to have "Farewell tours" and then come back and do it again .... but I am actually looking forward to this one.  These three bands were pretty significant to my adolescent years.  The first thing I thought of when hearing this was how MC wasn't going to play together any longer because of Mick Mars' health. Hopefully he is doing well.
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« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2019, 06:14:05 pm »

Unless it's a group I never got to see "Live" in their heyday I'm not going to one of these final tour concerts.  A couple shows next summer that are near me that I have not seen before are "The Black Crowes" in July and a joint concert by "Journey and The Pretenders" in September.  Another group I never got to see but would like to is "The Who", but they're not playing anywhere near me.  Probably the only old group I would go see, that I've seen before, is "The Police"; but their too dysfunctional to do a tour.
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« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2019, 09:59:01 pm »

Not a fan of the final tour,  especially in situations like this. The Allman Brothers Band was the only one.
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« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2019, 09:55:37 am »

I don't care at all.  My desire to see a band isn't really related to the feeling of it being my last chance to do so.

I'll go see a band if I like them enough to.  Whether it's their last tour or not, I don't care.
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« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2019, 02:08:21 pm »

Not a fan of the final tour,  especially in situations like this. The Allman Brothers Band was the only one.

I still kick myself for never having seen the Allman Brothers Band.
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