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It seems that artists are determining that 2018 is it, the year to call it quits. Slayer announced earlier in the week that this is it and they are playing some nice sized venues with bands like Anthrax, Lamb of God, Testament and Behemoth as opening acts. Elton John is calling it quits to spend time with his kids and is doing a farewell tour too. Lynyrd Skynyrd is doing a farewell tour to bigger venues than normal this year as well. Looks like Neil Diamond is hanging it up too.

 

Is this just a ploy to get us to buy more concert tickets? Who is interested in catching these acts on their "farewell" runs (I think Diamond is just done, no more tours)? I am a rock fan in general and I already bought tickets to Slayer in Reading, PA but I almost feel like I am missing something if I don't buy tickets to the others.

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I've seen Elton. To me when half the band dies is a plane crash matter who you put in to replace them it still isn't the same. So for me Slayer. I started listening to them when Season In The Abyss came out. They are Metal. Many say they play Metal, but there is no denying it with them.

 

Can the Rolling Stones please retire. Please you guys are The Worlds Greatest Rolling Stones Tribute Band. Seen them. One of the worst concerts I ever went to.

 

I saw the Stones back in the 1980s and they put on a great show but would have no interest in seeing them now. The Slayer lineup with all 5 bands is too good for me to pass up.

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These days you have to tick the legends off on your bucket list before it's too late.

Clapton, McLaughlin both announced that their recent US visits would be their last.

Agree about the Stones.

So many of these people now have inevitable health issues due to age, wear and tear.

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I had to go see The Who in 1988 or 89 because it was being announced as their Farewell Tour.

They have since gone on tour several times.

So sometimes I think it's just something they say to sell more tickets.

 

Don't feel bad, I saw the first farewell tour in '82!

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I kind of wish I'd gone to Black Sabbath last year but only cos I never saw them and their music has been important to me as a kid and appreciated as an adult, but I don't go for bucket lists - that seems a poor reason to go to a gig (IMO).

 

Now IF Angus pulled together a lineup of Johnno, Rudd, Cliff and Stevie and set off on an AC/DC farewell/Malcolm tribute tour I'd go, but again as a respect thing and to see a great show rather than to say I did it. Might go to Slayer anyway, but more just as a Slayer show than a farewell.

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I think, over the years, that I've seen any and all of the people or groups that I've cared to see. (Paul Simon, Buffett, Sting, Chris Isaak, Etheridge, Eagles, Tina Turner, ZZ Top, et al to name a few) and maybe it's just old age, but I don't care for crowds anymore. Did see Sir Elton along with Billy Joel (thanks to the Mrs. and some freebie radio contest tix). Ho hum.

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And I voted none. Elton's not done anything I like in years, I don't like Slayer, and that ain't Skynyrd.

 

What he said. Although I won't say I don't like Slayer, I just don't like them well enough to go out of my way to see them live these days.

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At least with Slayer, there are 5 solid bands that I would see individually and the tickets were only $35 for lower level side tickets. Should be a great show. Elton John hasn’t done anything that hasn’t sucked in my mind for over 30 years. Lynyrd was done with the plane crash and are now just a cover band.

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Hey if your a fan and never had the chance to see any of the bands saying goodbye to the road, do it.

 

The last few years I've been able to see some musicians that for whatever reason I've missed live. Clapton, Bad Company, Foreigner etc.

 

I've seen Elton 3 times. Young and relevant, older and sober and then just old, so no reason to go there.

As for LS. Missed my chance to see them in the 70s before the crash. My buddies all went but I couldn't get out of work.

Really never got into Slayer so no interest there.

 

The Eagles are coming or the latest cover band incarnation but really not wanting to refinance my home so prolly won't go there.

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The Eagles are coming or the latest cover band incarnation but really not wanting to refinance my home so prolly won't go there.

 

My wife insisted on getting tickets to “An Evening With The Eagles”. I can’t get her to Slayer but she will go to the Eagles? Since we are going to see that one in Philadelphia we get the bonus of Folk Master JT as the opening act. Suffice it to say, we do have slightly different musical tastes.

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Don't feel bad, I saw the first farewell tour in '82!

 

 

I too saw the Who's "Farewell" tour in 1982...Ha Ha still touring funny. I also have to agree with FZ Fan, I saw the Stones in 1979 or 78 I dont remember now, It was the Some Girls tour and they sucked, Terrible almost and bad as Dylan. Both acts need to hang it up now.

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I don't have a problem with artists carrying on as long as they can, when you've been so successful in a career that you love, giving it up must be so difficult. I always think that about Grand Prix drivers when you can drive a car legally at 200 mph plus it must be one hell of a wrench to have to give it up.

If people are still willing to come and see (and pay for the privilege) I can't see the problem. Having said that I was watching a TV program the other night showing highlights from Glastonbury over the years and some of the acts did look a little silly, Paul Simon being one, I've always admired a lot of his early work with Art Garfunkel but to see him there at the centre of that huge stage singing You Can Call me Al just look a little sad.

 

Ian

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We've pretty much seen everyone we wanted. Elton's tickets are way too high so we won't see him. I voted none of the above! Deb wanted to see Elton with Billy Joe in the past but they wanted $200.00 per seat or more.

Agree. I saw most of my "fav's" when they were at their high point (i.e. Paul Simon on the Graceland tour). You didn't miss much by not seeing the Elton/Billy Joel show. 45 minutes each and then 45 together...we left early...and we had radio show "nosebleed" seats which carried a $100 price. As for the Eagles, well, these days it's just a Don Henley money grab IMHO anyway. I will say though, that Chris Isaak still puts on a great show (we,ve seen him about 4-5 times, both as an opening act and a headliner) and at 60, his voice is holding out.

 

As to Ian's point about GP drivers, depends on why you give it up. I raced cars for 20+ years, and when it went from "oh boy, I've got a race in 3 weeks, to oh damn, I've got a race this coming weekend", well, I knew it was time to quit. Mario still loves it, Rick Mears is fine without it. Go figure.

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