I read this morning that rock legends Black Sabbath played their last ever gig in Birmingham last night. While I won't pretend to be a Sabbath fan, surely this must be regarded as the end of an era...or is it? So many groups have these final shows these days, only to announce a year or two later, often to great fanfare, that they're having a reunion or comeback tour, that I can't help wondering whether they mean it. Does gone really mean gone these days? Have we really seen Ozzy Osbourne sing his last song?
Of course, that does not just apply to Black Sabbath but any group which has been around awhile. Nostalgia, it seems, is good for business. The Comeback tour is now a phenomenon. It revolves around an affinity for the past, and the desire to relive what was thought to have gone. That's why tickets for the Monty Python reunion sold out so quickly in 2013: people ceased the opportunity to see this legendary comedy group which we all thought was long, long gone.
The question I'm mulling over now is, who's next? Black Sabbath will probably take it's time, but they'll be back - mark my words. In the meantime, which band or group will be next to reunite? Genesis announced their reunion yesterday. The second Python reunion I speculated about a couple of years ago never came about, sadly: cool though it might well have been, I daresay Terry Jones' dementia puts a final end to any prospect of that happening. Yet their 2014 reunion is proof that any such band or group can get back together - there just has to be an appetite for it. My question now is, which band, comedy group or whatever, would you next like to see reunite? Answers in comments please.
[Edited 05/02/2017 at 15:24:12 - added a bit]