Riffs: Killers, Dixie Chicks, Nine Inch Nails... What to expect when your favorite band goes 'on hiatus'
The Killers recently saddened literally dozens of fans when they announced they were joining the long, proud tradition of bands going on hiatus.
Hiatus is a strange, late-20th-century rock star malady, usually caused by a combination of disappointing album sales, touring fatigue, drug-related fatigue and delusions of successful solo careers. Worse than a hiatus is the dreaded "indefinite hiatus," a state from which few bands ever return. (There's even a Facebook group dedicated to its sufferers.)
What's the status of your favorite, currently languishing band? Click Track takes a look at some of rock's most prominent holdouts after the jump.
Who: Nine Inch Nails
Years AWOL: Played their "last" show in September of '09.
Stated Reason For Hiatus: Frontman Trent Reznor posted on the NIN site that he wanted "to make NIN disappear for a while."
Likely Reason For Hiatus: Burnout, boredom, Reznor's new marriage.
Longterm Prognosis: It's alive! Reznor recently announced that 2010 would bring new NIN material.
Who: The Dixie Chicks
Years AWOL: Roughly three, since the end of their last tour in late 2006.
Stated Reason For Hiatus: None given.
Likely Reason For Hiatus: Burnout, spotty ticket sales, continuing fallout from their controversial Iraq war remarks, singer Natalie Maines' reluctance to return.
Longterm Prognosis: Maines' bandmates, Marti Maguire and Emily Robison, will release a new disc under the name Court Yard Hounds. When your bandmates get so frustrated they make a record without you, it's a bad sign.
Who: The Fugees
Years AWOL: About thirteen, not counting a brief 2004-2005 reunion.
Stated Reason For Hiatus: None given at the time.
Likely Reason For Hiatus: The band's members wanted to pursue solo careers. Ongoing tension between members/ex-lovers Lauryn Hill and Wyclef Jean. Hill's increasingly eccentric behavior.
Longterm Prognosis: We're hoping for a reunion at the Haiti benefit telethon, though this is unlikely. Jean and rapper Pras have hinted that Hill is the reunion holdout. "If you mentally ill, you mentally ill," Pras explained.
Who: Led Zeppelin
Years AWOL: Almost thirty, with occasional one-off reunion gigs.
Stated Reason For Hiatus: The death of drummer John Bonham.
Likely Reason For Hiatus: The death of drummer John Bonham.
Longterm Prognosis: Reunion tour rumors endure; singer Robert Plant is the lone holdout.
Who: The Strokes
Years AWOL: Almost four.
Stated Reason For Hiatus: Only that the band was going to take a "much needed break."
Likely Reason For Hiatus: Burnout, rumored substance abuse issues, band member diaspora.
Longterm Prognosis: A new album is being recorded; festival dates are planned for next summer.
Years AWOL: Seven and counting.
Stated Reason For Hiatus: Band members wanted to spend more time having actual lives.
Likely Reason For Hiatus: Band members wanted to spend more time having actual lives.
Longterm Prognosis: The band members still seem to like each other, which is a good sign. But their indifference to big money reunion shows doesn't help.
January 20, 2010; 4:00 PM ET
Categories: Riffs | Tags: Dixie Chicks, Fugazi, Fugees, Killers, Led Zeppelin, Nine Inch Nails, The Strokes
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