With all of this chatter about Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr’s possible Beatles reunion at the Grammys, we wax nostalgic on some of our own favorite pop/rock reunions.
If Beatles buds Paul and Ringo actually end up reuniting on stage for a pop-studded performance at the Grammy Awards this Sunday night, we’ve got our Beatles hashtag loaded up on Twitter ready for the trending. You ready for it? #PINGO. And you’re welcome.
Although there’s been a lot of buzz about Sir McCartney and Mr. Starr rocking out together on music’s Oscar night, alas, there’s been no confirmation. What has been confirmed, however, is that the two artists will reunite on stage for a Grammys TV special, which commemorates the 50th anniversary of when the band first appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show. The special is slated to air on CBS on February 9th and includes a slew of other musical heavy hitters like John Legend, Alicia Keys, John Mayer, and…drum roll…the reunion of The Eurythmics. Pretty epic, right?
With all of this mind-blowing reunionizing going on, it made us wax nostalgic on some of our favorite pop/rock reunions.
Sonny & Cher
Even though Sonny and Cher divorced in 1975, their “I Got You Babe” reunion on Late Night with David Letterman 12 years later was a testament that true chemistry and friendship never really die. By the late 80s, the famous ex duo were on two very different trajectories in their careers: Cher had a Grammy and Oscar under her belt, while Sonny would eventually set aside his acting career to become a California Congressman. If only time had been good to Sonny (he died from a skiing accident in 1998), you can only imagine how many more happy reunions may have occurred…and how many smart-alecky jokes the two would’ve made about Cher’s unrelenting appetite for younger dudes.
In the years between 2008 and 2012 receding hairlines never looked so boyishly fiiiine. Even immediately after NKOTB’s post-pubescent years, hits like “Please Don’t Go Girl” and “Cover Girl” were already doing a number on Joey McIntyre and Donnie Wahlberg‘s vocal chords. But regardless of the strain, the boys from Beantown decided in their mid 30s and early 40s that there was nothing like the freedom of pelvic thrusting and the ensuing piggy squealing fanfare that came along with it. (And yes, even anxiety-ridden Jonathan Knight decided to come along for the ride, although he sometimes ran off and hid mid performance.) The “Hangin’ Tough” crew loved their self-proclaimed “mid-life crisis” comeback so much that they decided to tag team with mega boy bands the Backstreet Boys, Boyz II Men, and 98 Degrees.
Marking its 30th anniversary, The Police sent the world a major “Message in a Bottle” in 2007 when they announced they’d be going on a world tour that year. To date the group’s milestone endeavor is the third highest-grossing tour of all time. Apparently, the thought of hearing Sting singing hits like “Every Breath You Take,” “Roxanne,” and “Don’t Stand So Close to Me,” drove fans to sell out venues within minutes in many cities, and for guitarist Andy Summers that was a rather nice gesture, considering he found the trio’s performances ridiculously rickety at times. Thankfully, they reportedly got a jolly good laugh out of it.
The Spice Girls
The world experienced a Benjamin Button and girl-power(!) moment in 2008 and 2012 when Posh, Scary, Baby, Sporty, and Ginger Spice joined forces again. The Spice Girls had sure come a long way from their lip-lining, belly-button revealing, and spandex-loving ways in their “Wannabe” days of the 90s. As much as fans would probably love to see another reunion again, Posh Spice (Victoria Beckham) recently ruled out that possibility. During the group’s first get together in 2008, Beckham admitted in an interview that her enthusiasm waned quite quickly—only because she found her passions lay elsewhere (we’d understand if we were married to David, too…ahem). And judging from her performance during the group’s second semi-reunion at the London 2012 Olympics, it’s fairly obvious that Posh was seriously saying ‘peace’ to the zig-a-zig-ah chapter in her life.