How long after a group disbands do you have to wait before staging a reunion? A reader implicitly raises the question in this comment to my post about the Crabb Reunion scheduled for early next year, not even two years after the group “retired.”
One one hand, in a nostalgiafied genre like sg, it would be silly to NOT stage a reunion if there was demand for it. Between a concert full of bad but sentimental covers of music from the past by aging members of a bygone group (or even their far less talented descendants), or one showcasing the best new gospel music, smart money would bet that in sg the new music would play to a smattering of roadies, groupies, and in-laws, while the reunion would sell out and people would be paying 20 bucks a pop for commemorative hankies signed by the nephew of a woman who was once married to a guy who filled in for one of the Stamps when they sang for Elvis in Peoria in 1975.
On the other hand, reunions usually work only when they tap into an enormous reserve of goodwill, typically built up over decades of touring by the original performers, and when audiences believe the reunion gives them access to something rare, and close to extinction. If, as in the Crabbs’ case, all the original members are still working a full roster of gigs year round and start simply folding in the occasional reunion so that it’s more or less indistinguishable from their other dates (only with more Crabbs in tow and prefaced by a grandiose press release), audiences might well and justifiably start wondering what they’re paying for.
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