When I heard that Pink Floyd would be releasing a new album in October, I thought about how exciting the news is for Pink Floyd fans – but I also thought about the bands that will never reunite to do anything new.
I will never forget the feeling I had when John Lennon was murdered in 1980. I was doing a morning radio show and had gone to bed early the night news of Lennon’s death was announced. Breaking news did not travel as fast in 1980 and there was no social media. I remember being alone on a dark sidewalk downtown about to go into the radio station when I picked up a newspaper to see on the front page that John Lennon had been killed outside of his apartment building in New York City.
There had been growing talk of a possible reunion of The Beatles and though it was unlikely – the possibility of The Beatles getting back together died when John Lennon died. My thoughts focused on the finality of The Beatles – a band that my generation grew up with and a band that had a major impact on our lives and society. I felt something from my life had been lost.
When Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994, I thought about the loss that would mean to a new young generation that was, in part, defined by the music of Nirvana. By committing suicide, Kurt Cobain robbed an entire generation of experiencing how he would have musically evolved as they matured.
As I watched The Cure at Voodoo Fest last year, I imagined how important is was for fans of the band to watch Robert Smith and The Cure sounding – and for the most part – looking like they did in the 80s and 90s.
As a member of the Baby Boomer generation, I find comfort in knowing that many of the bands I grew up with and was playing on the radio during my early years as a young disc jockey in New Orleans are still performing today. The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Aerosmith and the upcoming reunion concert of Crosby, Stills and Nash give a sense of security for the generations that can mature, but still experience the comfort of the music that was the soundtrack of their lives.
It is sad when any performer dies at an early age, but it seems particularly sad when young generations are robbed of experiencing how their music trailblazers would adopt to changing times. Kurt Cobain represented the most significant change in the direction of pop music since The Beatles and the British Invasion. I would love to hear what Kurt would be writing today and how we would be relating to the generation his music helped define.
When I watch the music video for the Justin Timberlake song, “Love Never Felt So Good,” and I see the innovative dancing of Michael Jackson, I realize that Michael Jackson will not be around to continue to mature with the many generations he touched. And would he still be inventing new dance moves?
With the announcement that the legendary Pink Floyd will be releasing a new album in October – what band would you love to see come back and do something new? Or, just reunite to tour again? And what band are you most sorry will never reunite?