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by Catherine Van Bergen (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer who lives on the Bellarine Peninsula. I enjoy finding new things to see and do in the beautiful area that I live in. I'm also a booklover- see my reviews at
Published January 29th 2013
Taking a look at the upcoming concerts page of the local paper, you could be forgiven for thinking that you were back in the 70's (if you were actually around then). Even if you're like me and you weren't, you might still be surprised at the amount of well-known performers from decades long ago that are returning to Australia on 'comeback' tours.

Why Are So Many Old Bands Making Comebacks?
The tagline says it all really, doesn't it? www.ticketmaster,

Yes, it seems that in their twilight years, many bands and musical artists from the mid to late decades of the 20th Century have decided to return to the music scene and try their hand at winning back audiences. But is it really a love for the profession, or are there other reasons for their return?

Why Are So Many Old Bands Making Comebacks?
This concert has become highly anticipated by glam rock fans

This is only my opinion, but I strongly stand by it- while many may be returning for another taste of the adoration that they once received from their fans, it's probably a safe bet that a lot more are returning simply because their money is running out. When you think about the lavish lifestyles that many of these performers have led throughout the years (with thanks to hefty record deals, merchandising and royalties), it's not hard to believe that at some point, the funds will run out, and they will once again be forced to make an income to maintain their current standard of living .

Why Are So Many Old Bands Making Comebacks?
The Boss has always been a firm favourite on the touring circuit.

With the increase in illegal downloads in recent years (which has significantly impacted on the amount of royalties that some performers receive), their incoming funds are dwindling down so fast that many of the artists are getting forced back onto the stage to do the only thing they really know how to do- entertain.

Why Are So Many Old Bands Making Comebacks?
Barry Gibb's high falsetto made The BeeGees famous, and you can see him doing solo performances this year!

However, while it's a little sad that it has come to this, plenty of people are getting excited about the fact that their favourite old bands are reforming and hitting the tour trail once more. With the exception of some artists whose performances leave a lot to be desired (and I'm not pointing the blame solely at Meatloaf), there have been just as many who have wowed Australian audiences, such as AC/DC back in 2010. There have also been plenty of highly anticipated returns (such as 90's groups The Spice Girls and Hanson) who have lasted just as long as their tour before stopping again, and some like John Farnham who just can't seem to hang up the guitar, despite having several 'final' tours.

Why Are So Many Old Bands Making Comebacks?
Some performers prefer to play in small venues like Crown Casino, while others prefer Stadium concerts.

It's true that some of the performers who will be returning to Australia have never actually stopped the tour circuit (many still play small gigs and festivals), but the fact that they're still around after all this time goes to prove that, as long as you still have an audience, and your music still has a presence, you can make a comeback any old time that you want.

Why Are So Many Old Bands Making Comebacks?
As long as there are jukeboxes and cover bands playing in pubs, The Angels will remain popular performers.

Some of the bands and performers who will be touring Australia in 2013 include (in no particular order):

- Black Sabbath
- Jacksons (Jackson 5, minus Michael, of course)
- Barry Gibb of the BeeGees
- Paul Simon (of Simon & Garfunkle)
- Guns N' Roses
- Deep Purple
- Journey
- Joan Armatrading
- Dragon
- Cliff Richard
- Mötley Crüe
- Bruce Springsteen
- The Angels
- Thin Lizzy
- Robert Plant (from Led Zeppelin)
- Santana
- Steve Miller Band
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