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look for his band's comeback tour
Reunions are hardly a new trend. Even the briefest trawl through a Sunday tabloid’s show adverts provide a rich vein of who’s who from the past; Kid Creole, Inspiral Carpets, Four Tops (basically the Harlem Globetrotters of karaoke soul) and lots more besides. The nostalgia and cabaret circuit is a little different; you’ve got to make your money somewhere. But reunions from groups operating on a higher level can be viewed more cynically. At The Drive-In’s much-anticipated 2011 get together was essentially a smash and grab job for the money, as revealed by Omar Lopez-Rodriguez to a number of other publications. Speaking of money, Sting & The Police raked in £zillions following a lengthy and lucrative world tour. The prominent green activist Sting did his bit for the environment by being partly responsible for the deployment of massive convoys of trucks carrying stage equipment and countless chartered jets to ensure prompt venue arrival time.
This year’s crop have at least released or planned new recordings. ATD-I and The Police got away with the old hits. Soundgarden’s King Animal is passable and Black Sabbath’s mooted album should at least have some decent musicianship. With Aerosmith and KISS having dumped duds on our collective chest, the average score for our 2012 Comeback Kids is wholly unremarkable.