Are Final Farewell Tours a Farce?
Imagine, if you will, Muse announcing a final farewell UK tour after a highly successful career for no other reason than they are splitting up. Tickets are priced at £50-£80 for seating and standing. The shows are in selected large arenas in the UK, Manchester, Birmingham and London. The shows go off without a hitch and Muse are then just a distant memory.
Fast forward 3 years. MUSE ARE BACK. The Comeback Tour! Another UK tour, London, Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester, Leeds and maybe a welcome back to Teignmouth where they are from, because why not? The money pots are probably dry… Tickets are once again £50-£80 with the option of £500 VIP to cash in a little bit more.
How would this make you feel if you shelled out three years ago previous thinking that you would never ever see them again? Rocking up at the ‘reunion’ tour with a ‘Farewell Muse‘ shirt would be amusing.
Now, as far as I am aware (and hope) Muse are not planning anything of the sort but there are certain bands (and musicians) that have done this not once but several times. Most notable to me, Ozzy Osbourne.
November 15, 1992 concluded Ozzy’s ‘No More Tours’ Tour. June 9, 1995 was the start date of his ‘Retirement Sucks Tour’. This is why I have trust issues with bands saying that “things are over”. His 1995 ‘comeback tour’ was then followed by :
- The Ozzman Cometh Tour (1998)
- Down to Earth Tour (2001-2002)
- Scream World Tour (2010-2011)
- Ozzy and Friends Tour (2012)
- No More Tours II Tour (2017-2018)
This list is not including the on/off relationship he has had with Black Sabbath either. Coincidentally, their final tour concluded in 2017.
The press release notes say that Ozzy’s final tour will tour world over and he’s expected to be on tour through 2020. Note the language: ” This tour, expected to take Ozzy around the world with dates into 2020, will mark the end of global touring for the legendary artist, though he will continue to perform select live shows in the future. Throughout his career, Ozzy has sold more than 100 million records.”
So, ‘No More Tours II Tour’… will that be the end of Ozzy or is it more of a future pension pot for the man who just can’t/won’t retire?
Let me know what you think…