Monday, May 22, 2006

When should a band call it a day?

This question is kind of related to the other two topics of the day. I was thinking about Stephen Pearcy and about how unlike the bands that just do a summer tour, he has been going at it all year. I admire him to some extent, but at this point in his career I have to wonder if it's worth it. I don't think this kind of music is growing on young people and older fans generally want to hear the stuff from the 80's not the stuff off their new albums. So my question is when do you think a band should could call it quits? Should they tour until one night they take the stage and there is no one there? Or is it an age thing? Then again you have people like Alice Cooper and Ted Nugent who are well into their 50's and Lemmy turns 60 this year and these guys are playing hard and still getting an audience.

8 Comments:

Blogger OnMyWatch said...

I think they should quit while they're on top. Arena sizes should be the first clue - Maybe it's a curse from Mother Nature for puncturing a hole into the ozone with too much aqua-net.

6:11 AM  
Anonymous Bruce said...

Rock stars are just like aging athletes when it comes time to call it quits; some just don't know when it's time to get out. Difference between Alice, Ted, Motorhead, and Steven Pearcy is that the first three still have "it", and Pearcy is washed up.

6:20 AM  
Blogger Ben Heller said...

Ah, Mark that's such a tough one. Take a band like the Stones. They should have stopped years ago (some say they should have never started !), and yet they are still filling arenas all around the world. They played a concert in South America recently to over a 100,000. Personally, I would never go to see them, but I guess they still have an audience.

7:09 AM  
Blogger Bar Bar A said...

Great question! It all depends on if they still have "it" like Bruce said. Sometimes its pathetic to see old guys out there and sometimes its inspiring. Just depends on the band (the Stones are a perfect example)

10:21 AM  
Blogger :P fuzzbox said...

Got to pay the bills some way, I suppose.

10:28 AM  
Blogger Pixie said...

I agree, they should finish on top. I cringe to see the likes of the Stones and Paul McCartney all old and wrinkled prancing around the stage. Or if they want to do live shows then at least tone down your acts (and hair dye) to suit your age.

12:22 PM  
Blogger The Phoenix said...

I think bands stay in retirement until their checking accounts get a little thin. Some music is just more timeless than others.

2:08 PM  
Blogger Vicious Steve said...

It depends on the band. The Stones come around every 5 years and sell out stadiums for multiple nights at hundreds a ticket. Jimmy Buffet is another like this, try getting a ticket to a Buffet show at Tweeter in MA.....impossible! The Boss, Sir Paul, the Piano Man, Petty, Who, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi.....always a tough ticket.

Then there's Alice, Purple, Scorpions, Crue, Poison, KISS. They all still draw decent crowds but with major support.

A band of Ratt's caliber will have a hard time filling a large club or small theater. It's a cash grab either way.

3:01 PM  

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