I still remember going out and buying my first VCR so I could record The Who’s farewell concert, which was simulcast from Maple Leaf Gardens in December, 1982.
Turns out they didn’t mean it – and still don’t since they’re already advertising their 50th anniversary tour scheduled for 2015. Well, half The Who anyway.
The Who were not alone in giving us a long goodbye, as Rolling Stone’s 10 Farewell Tours That Didn’t Stick makes clear. Judas Priest, Kiss, Cher … heck, even Sinatra couldn’t resist the temptation to give ‘er one more go. Well, if we’re going to buy the tickets, why not?
It’s probably a good thing that we did get fooled again. Between farewell tours, re-union tours and why-should-I-stop(?) tours, a fair amount of joy has been spread through the land in the last couple of decades.
Anyway, it gives us a good excuse to wear those “Still Pissed At Yoko” tee shirts.