In addition to predicting who might make it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in any given year, predicting which bands may or may not reunite for a tour or album continually keeps music fans out of trouble. Regular names like Oasis, Talking Heads, and The Smiths keep resurfacing, but it’s the ones we least expect that keep the guessing game interesting.
2022 has seen a number of bands reunite after a long hiatus from live performances. Slide compiled some of the most notable meetings of the year.
The most recent of these reunions comes from Washington State. Post-hardcore band Unwound have officially announced a reunion tour set to hit the road in 2023. The announcement comes after a mysterious video was uploaded to the band’s social media page. The phrase “1991-2091” became a focal point of this tour, with the year markers alluding to the band’s earlier products. This will be the band’s first time performing in 20 years after their initial breakup due to the untimely death of founding bassist Vern Rumsey. The 7-show tour is set to kick off with a return show in Seattle before a series of West Coast dates ends on the East Coast with stops in Chicago before the final show in Philadelphia.
Rage against the machine
Now more than ever, the voice of Rage Against The Machine is needed. In a country where every day there is a cause for civil unrest, the very opinionated rap/rockers are there to provide background music to a revolution. RATM announced their reunion via social media in May and kicked off the public service announcement tour this Saturday, July 9. It was the band’s first concert in 11 years. The tour got off to a rocky start after lead singer Zach De La Rocha injured his foot during the second show of the tour. The flexible singer continued the show and no update was given on his status.
The bad boys of yesteryear are back on the road with fellow hair rock veterans Def Leppard, Poison and Joan Jett. The four musicians have always been road dogs, touring extensively since their rise to popularity in the 80s. This recent tour, however, comes as a shock, given the contract they signed in 2014. de tour” stipulated that the band was officially retiring from touring after a long series of shows that brought them to the end of 2015. tour was over, the band’s live performance of “Dr. Feelgood” was only meant to be experienced through live albums and Youtube videos. Breaking their own legal document,
The bad boys of yesteryear are back on the road with fellow hair rock veterans Def Leppard, Poison and Joan Jett. The four musicians have always been road dogs, touring extensively since their rise to popularity in the 80s. This recent tour, however, comes as a shock, given the contract they signed in 2014. de tour” stipulated that the band was officially retiring from touring after a long series of shows that brought them to the end of 2015. tour was over, the band’s live performance of “Dr. Feelgood” was only meant to be experienced through live albums and Youtube videos. Breaking their own legal document, they embarked on “The Stadium Tour” with the aforementioned bands in June this year. Their first show at Atlanta ended the 7-year hiatus and all legally binding documents Mötley Crüe went on “The Stadium Tour” with the aforementioned bands in June this year Their first show in Atlanta ended the hiatus of 7 years and all legally binding documents.
It was one of the most shocking reunions of recent times. The sinfully sweet quartet shocked everyone when they announced their debut album of new material was hitting audiences in late 2021. It was the first time we’d heard new music from the ’70s sensation since 1981. It only became more shocking when the Mama Mia The soundtrack artists announced that a short tour would accompany the new music, and what happened next was unpredictable and futuristic for the supergroup. Although the full band was seen in person together at shows, they did not perform on stage. Instead, holograms of the band in their prime were projected on stage to perform the band’s dance classics, becoming more of a tribute show than a full concert. The Swedish pop group have taken their holograms around the world after a long residency at London’s ABBA Arena. The first show took place on May 20 this year and will have a four-year residency in their own arena. The show will also do select dates across the United States starting July 14.
For the first time in 17 years, indie rock stars Karate are going on a short-lived tour. In 2005, after years of bringing their post-hardcore sound to the masses on long tours, vocalist Geoff Farina developed hearing problems and the band was forced to disband. After a string of vinyl reissues from their trusty label The Numero Group, a newly awakened interest brought the band together. The 8-show tour kicked off July 7 in their home turf of Massachusetts before dates in Philadelphia, Brooklyn and a string of dates on the West Coast.
In September, everyone’s favorite indie head band reunites and they’re stronger than ever. Pavement had been offstage for more than two decades before their May 23 reunion in Los Angeles. The full tour announcement came just after the band shocked their die-hard fans by announcing they would be performing at Primavera Sound in Spain. These reunions were accompanied by a reissue of their Spit on a Stranger EP starting in 1999. Pavement is making a big comeback, the three-month tour will kick off with dates across North America before heading overseas. Their reunion tour kicks off in September in San Diego before heading to the European leg in mid-October.
Much to the shock of their day one fans, Bryan Ferry and the original members of Roxy Music are heading into a 50th (!) anniversary tour for their debut album. The art-rock icons are celebrating this milestone with a 13-date international tour that will begin in early September. This will be the first time the band have shared a stage since their 2011 tour. The majority of dates currently announced have the band traveling across North America before three UK dates. The band continues the celebration with reissues of their classic albums available through their website.
The unsung heroes of the UK rock scene Porcupine Tree are back. Last year, the three members shared a cryptic video on their social media that would launch the rollout of their first new single in over 12 years, as well as announcing an international reunion tour for the following year. The band never officially broke up and rumors have swirled around the internet about a possible comeback for years, but frontman Steve Wilson’s plunge into his solo career has made things bleak for fans of the progressive rock band. . Along with their 2021 single, the band announced their brand new album Closing / Continuation will be released in June 2022, and the album was released on schedule and to critical acclaim. All of this new material will be wrapped up in a bow when the band begin their long-awaited reunion tour in September. The tour took the band to cities across North America and Europe.
The Gaslight Anthem
Seven years ago, New Jersey rockers Gaslight Anthem announced an indefinite hiatus. Lead singer Brian Fallon credits Bruce Springsteen’s constant comparisons and the pressures that come with filling the boss’ big shoes forced the band to break up in 2015. Four years after their initial breakup, Gaslight Anthem played a short series of shows to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their 2008 album The ’59 sound, but now Fallon is proud to announce an official reunion. No sign of new music has come from the band, but fans will still be able to catch the quartet live during their planned long tour of the United States and Europe starting August 9 in Berlin, Germany.
Pantera is one of the most surprising reunion announcements of recent times; Surviving Pantera members Phil Anselmo and Rex Brown will be touring under the Pantera banner in 2023. While many might say it really isn’t Pantera without the Abbott Brothers (Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul) on guitar and on drums, newly appointed guitarist and drummer Zakk Wylde and Charlie Benante were both Estates approved. Both Benante and Wylde have expressed their fandom for PANTERA music over the years, so hopefully they’ll give Pantera one last go-around for the fallen brothers.