Friends, don’t be fooled by the farewell tour.
If you haven’t noticed already, bands like to say goodbye, but many times they keep playing.
Take, for example, KISS’s 2000-2001 farewell tour. The band intended for it to be their last tour, but they came back in 2002. (Of course, it was the last tour with the band’s famous lineup.)
Last week, country star George Strait announced that his upcoming tour will be his last. Sorta.
Many articles were written about how Strait, 60, is “riding off into the sunset” or “parking his tour bus.” Of course, read farther through the press release and you’ll find he’s still going to play and he’s still going to tour. Strait just probably won’t tour in months-long stretches.
Can you blame him? I wouldn’t want to go on the road for three months either if I was 60.
Most older artists do the same thing, but they don’t announce fake farewells. It bothers me that he had to call it a “farewell tour” in order to trick fans into thinking it was his last set of shows.
It’s not just the artists who are to blame. We freak out when bands decide to call it quits.
On Monday, Foo Fighters played their last show of a very long tour after releasing “Wasting Light” in 2011. Frontman Dave Grohl said from the stage, “It’s the last show of the tour and it’s the last show for a long time.”
Cue the Internet, where fans and music blogs made Grohl’s simple statement about how the tour was over into an “announcement about the band’s hiatus.”
Even after Grohl was forced to publicly explain that the band isn’t breaking up and that taking a short break is a normal thing for a band, especially the Foo Fighters, Rolling Stone still tweeted “Dave Grohl confirms Foo Fighters are going on hiatus.”
Bands go on breaks. They break up. They lose members.
It’s not a big deal, so please try not to freak out.