At the beginning of 2012, I talked about the five albums I wished would be released that year. This list included a follow up from The Postal Service and new music from universal heartthrob Ryan Gosling and his band Dead Man’s Bones. None of the albums I wished for were released, although I wasn’t surprised. As 2013 starts to unfold, I still want those albums I mentioned to be released, but this year I am focusing on another wistful musical musing: which reunion tours I am hoping for in 2013.
After a band you like announces that it is disbanding, it is hard to not wish for a reunion sooner rather than later. Artists can only pursue solo careers and entrepreneurial endeavors for so long, right? I mean, I would love to eat tacos made by the drummer of The Shins, but I would rather he still be with The Shins, you know?
So here are my top reunions I am hoping for in 2013.
Finally, after six years of collectively holding our breath, Justin Timberlake is making music again. He released a single earlier this month called ‘Suit and Tie’ with collaboration from King-Of-America Jay Z. While the single met mixed reviews, I have to admit I can jam to the funk beat in my car, and I am excited to see how the rest of the album will pan out. However, every day since I was eleven I wake up hoping that today will be the day that N*SYNC announces they are getting back together.
The most opportune time for this would have been 2011, as a ten year anniversary shout out to their final album Celebrity. But JT was too busy running out of time and making out platonically with Mila Kunis to think about his boy band days, Lance Bass was going to space or something, and Chris Kirkpatrick was just too old to begin with. Still though, the nine year old in me is hopeful that someday these now “man-band” men will come to their senses and do one last tour, no strings attached.
3. The Format
Nate Ruess, the front man of band fun., started out in The Format. After two albums the band split up and Ruess joined up with Jack Antonoff of Steel Train and Andrew Dost of Anathallo and fun. was created. fun. released their first album Aim and Ignite quietly during the summer of 2009. The sound was a bit different from The Format, but I dug it. Then the band exploded last year when Glee covered their song ‘We Are Young’ off their latest album Some Nights and everything changed.
I am happy for fun. and the success they have, but I miss The Format. I daydream of Ruess announcing that in the midst of his career skyrocketing into the stars with Grammy nominations and SNL performances, that instead of touring fun. this summer, he is going to tour with The Format. Just to mix things up. A couple summers ago I was able to interview him for the campus radio station and he seemed like the kind of dude that would have the ‘GOTCHA!’ kind of sense of humour. So you know, Nate, it’s just a thought. I don’t think anyone would complain.
I always say that if I could go back in time to say, 2005, I would and I would go see Interpol live. That was right in between their second and third albums when their music was (in my opinion) at its prime. Of course I was 14 at that time and it would be two more years before I started listening to Interpol, but I would make my past self go to a show.
My Obstacle 1 with Interpol is that they have been on hiatus since 2011 after their performance at Reading Festival, which hasn’t even been two years yet, but they haven’t released an album since 2010. While, admittedly, this is not as long as other bands on this list, there is no word of them getting back together any time soon. This is a heartbreaking fact for me, and one of the reasons why I wish this would be the year. Back in December they rereleased their debut album Turn On The Bright Lights to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the album. To me this is the perfect excuse to do another tour. Perhaps one where they just play TOTBL in its entirety. Although I guess Paul Banks is busy being a rapper now, so this isn’t looking good now.
1. LCD Soundsystem
On February 5th, 2011, LCD Soundsystem announced that they were disbanding. Their last show was April 2nd of that year at Madison Square Garden. The band was around for a decade and in that time only released three albums. In the beginning they never really planned on playing shows, and when James Murphy announced that the band was ending, the whole thing seemed so meticulously thought out and well planned it was almost eerie. They captured the final show as well as some footage from the few days before and after in their DVD Shut Up and Play the Hits.
Because the end of LCD Soundsystem was so formal, it feels permanent. And it might be. But something about that sense of permanence makes me want a reunion even more. The longer and longer it becomes since their last live show, the more and more I hope for just one more chance to see them live.
Of course I need to take a moment to shout out to The Postal Service, who if hadn’t just hinted that they are going to reunite for a few shows this year as well being added to the Coachella lineup, would definitely have been number one.