I’m not one to deny ageing pop and rock stars their pensions but it’s clear that Take That’s successful return (without Robbie Williams) has prompted an outbreak of reformations and de rigour touring, some welcome, others indifferent or worth trying to ignore.
Hot on the heals of the sell out(!) Spice Girls tour comes the news that Bananarama (now a duo)are to tour also. I used to think that it was hard to make money from touring but the price many concerts demand these days and associated marketing probably makes it a much more attractive option.
We’re living in a peculiar moment in the story of popular music where many of the established stars who didn’t happen to ‘die before they get old’ as The Who once sang and are keen to keep plying their trade well into their twilight years.
It’s a curious dichotomy that at the teen end of the pop market artists can have little more than a 12 month valid success period especially those from TV talent shows whilst those from a previous generation are seemingly able to extend their careers well past any theoretical sell by date. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t think that pop music is or should be exclusively for or made by the young but to some extent it is still marketed that way. What with the Sex Pistols reforming once more and with most of them now pushing 50, let alone the combined age of The Rolling Stones it’s clear that pop music wants to grow old very disgracefully.