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Five for Friday: Memorable Reunion Tours

There's nothing quite like the excitement that comes when you hear one of your favorite bands – or any great group, for that matter – is not only reuniting, but embarking on a tour in celebration. For this week's edition of Five for Friday, here are five of the most memorable reunion tours.

Eagles
Following a now-infamous 1980 concert in Long Beach, at which Don Felder and Glenn Frey openly argued on stage, the Eagles called it quits. Don Henley even went as far to tell various publications that the band would get back together when hell freezes over. Well, as far as we know, only one of those two things ended up happening: The Eagles reunited in April 1994. It all started when they put aside their differences for the sake of filming an MTV special, of all things, at which they recorded 11 live tracks that served as the foundation for the aptly titled album Hell Freezes Over. Months after the album manhandled the charts, the Eagles embarked on a tour – one that forever changed the industry with then-unprecedented $100 ticket prices – and in the span of three years, played more than 150 concerts worldwide.

Fleetwood Mac
While Fleetwood Mac once sang, "I'm never going back again," the group proved itself wrong yet again when it announced a 2014 reunion tour with Christie McVie, who originally quit the group in 1998. The amicable split seemed permanent. She went to England and recorded a solo record. Her creative partner, Stevie Nicks, even declared "as much as we would all like to think that she'll just change her mind one day [about playing], I don't think it'll happen" But then, in 2013, McVie joined Fleetwood Mac on stage in London to perform "Don't Stop," which led her to realize she wanted back in. Cue the demand. The subsequent tour, appropriately titled On with the Show, stretched more than a year and grossed nearly $200 million.

LCD Soundsystem
After releasing three acclaimed studio albums and amassing a reputation for thrilling live shows, LCD Soundsystem surprisingly disbanded in 2011 with a final gig at New York City's Madison Square Garden. The divorce wasn't made to last. In October 2015, reunion rumors became so abundant that the band's label, DFA Records, aggressively posted a rebuttal on Twitter: "Hey idiots, LCD Soundsystem isn't reuniting. They're dead, along with your good looks and cultural relevance." Noted. Come winter, LCD Soundsystem rose from the dead. Coachella organizers confirmed the reunion via a lineup that listed the dance pioneers as headliners. James Murphy and friends then went on to bring their infectious party around the world as they also headlined Primavera, Lollapalooza, and Panorama.

The Police
The Police's unexpected reunion jaunt related to the band's 30th anniversary, if not the promise of healthy paychecks. In February of 2007, the group first reunited to play the Grammys and the following day, announced a worldwide tour. Excitement immediately reached feverish highs. Dates sold out in a matter of minutes and the tour ultimately pulled in a sum north of $360 million. Most concerts primarily addressed hits and fan favorites, with many shows opening with "Message in a Bottle." Regardless of whether the band members were on the best of terms – and it's safe to say, Sting and company despise one another – they figured the celebration must go on, feelings be damned.

The Beach Boys
Like the Police, the Beach Boys hit the road in 2012 in honor of an anniversary – the group's 50th. Brian Wilson toured with the band for the first time since 1965. The trek also witnessed the ensemble's return to the Hollywood Bowl, where it last played two sold-out shows in 1967. Pre-tour hype came in the form of a few big-scale performances, including an appearance at the Grammys (with Maroon 5 and Foster the People) and a staging of the national anthem at the Dodgers' season opener. True to Beach Boys form, the excursion ended in flames. Rumors sparked that Love fired Wilson. Alas, Wilson simply wanted to go beyond the original 50 dates in 50 cities plan. So he did, and during this past summer, the singer toured solo performing Pet Sounds in its entirety.

November 4, 2016

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