What constitutes a nostalgia band? How are they defined? I have to borrow a few lines from a blog that I saw on this subject called, "Aging Hip Replacement." (very funny)
There are several types of nostalgia acts (text taken from the blog):
There’s The Stones and Aerosmith. You know, bands that continue to put out albums and when you go and see them live will play one or two cuts from their latest, but let’s be honest, you’re there to see “Start Me Up” and “Walk This Way” and they better play it and they better play it the way you want to hear it!
NOTE: I'm sure you know some concert goers in the crowd.
The next type is-- let’s use the Guess Who or Kansas (sorry guys). These are the acts rock has been good to but not as good. They’re still out there, still have a fairly large cult following, still record albums but are playing rib fests and baseball games.
The difference in ticket price is about $75. Most of these bands only have one or two original members and are clearly doing what they do because either they love the music or planned extremely poorly when younger and now, not knowing a decent trade, still have to play the festivals to make ends meet.
NOTE: You could probably fill in loads of other bands that fit this description.
Finally there are the super acts, the Led Zeppelins, Genesis and Police of the world. You know, the acts that get back together for a tour here or there, make millions and millions of dollars and then don’t play again for another 10 years. There’s no new music here, there’s just nostalgia.
NOTE: You could probably fill in a few more bands in this category, too.
Just wondering ... do you think a band that has all of its original members fits into a unique and ELITE classification of nostalgia act, by virtue of their longevity together? Completely and utterly different from a band that reunites for the sole purpose of touring and replenishing their bank accounts?
How about a band that has only one original member? Or is it all the same -- in the end. ?? Is "nostalgia" vs. "reunion" in the eye of the beholder?
The guy on the blog went into great detail about U2 being a nostalgia band. His thoughts were that no one who goes to their concerts wants to hear anything that was done since Achtung, Baby in 1991. So that means, all of the songs they do in concert are *at least* 20 years old. U2 might well be one of the premier nostalgia acts going, in fact, because none of their fans want anything to do with Zooropa or newer. The show will be powerful, but the play list could have been written in 1988.
Nostalgia acts make people happy; they get people off their feet. They will not lead a revolution, that's not what they are meant to do. Although nostalgia acts might be revolutionary to a youngster who wasn't even born when the band was at the height of popularity. :)
Mostly for fun. Any thoughts?