When a band breaks up, fans cry out in agony, sometimes because they missed seeing that band in concert one last time before the group called it quits.
Remember when R.E.M. broke up a year ago?
“I’m still crying over that one,” said Mike App, a Maha Music Festival board member.
With some bands taking their final bows seemingly in their prime (R.E.M.) and others looking like they’re on the way out after decades (the Rolling Stones), or others that just aren’t the same without their original members (like Guns N’ Roses), some music fans have been wondering aloud who they’re dying to see one last time — or, occasionally, who they’d like to see reunite after a hiatus.
We asked readers for their band bucket list — the acts they’d love to see one more time.
Some of the answers
David Bowie, because I don’t think he’s going to be compelled to come out of retirement and go on tour unless he has an absolutely out-of-this-world idea for a show. That’s something I would love to see.
Jeff Beck of Saddle Creek Records
I would absolutely love to see Nine Inch Nails again. I remembering seeing them at Civic Auditorium when I was in middle school and was absolutely blown away.
Denver Dalley of Desaparecidos, Statistics
The Postal Service because I don’t want to believe that they will never perform again.
Katherine Leszczynski, Omaha
Talking Heads. I would follow them on tour.
Sasha Forsen, Omaha
New Order, and of course there's always room for one more The Cure show (most recently saw them at the Beacon last year). But the question did get me thinking about reunion acts — I was hoping I could see fIREHOSE at Maha, but now it's a battle between The Replacements (with Paul, Tommy and Chris) and Husker Du.
Tyler Owen of Maha Music Festival
I would go for a reunion of The Smiths for sure. As far as bands that are still together and presumably not dependent on oxygen — I would say maybe The Cars or Duran Duran.
Mike Toohey of Maha Music Festival
If Whiskeytown ever gets back together, I'd go to a few shows. Make it happen, Ryan Adams.
Nick Rosenbloom, Omaha
I would love to see Fugazi. They played at UNL when I was going to school there, but I didn't realize what I was missing at the time. Locally, I want to see Frontier Trust rev it up again. I never saw Frontier Trust, either. But their self-titled LP has been on regular rotation since I discovered it on TheBandBrokeUp.com.
Andrew Norman of HearNebraska.org
I really wish Glen Campbell's final tour would have come through Omaha or Lincoln. I think he has only one show left, in L.A. in June.
Marq Manner, Omaha
Nine Inch Nails would be great one last time. It would be even better if he went all '90s on us and tore the stage up.
Corey Podwinski, Omaha
Already saw it, Rage Against the Machine — Lollapalooza 2008.
Bill Grennan, Omaha
Talking Heads. I would run through the streets of Omaha NAKED if Talking Heads played here!
Neal Duffy, Omaha
It already happened: Jane's Addiction. Other than that? At the Drive-In and The Replacements.
Marc Leibowitz of 1% Productions
2 Skinnee J's and The Urge at the site of the old Ranch Bowl.
Carl Samuelson, Papillion
Fleetwood Mac, Black Sabbath, Van Morrison, Led Zeppelin, Everly Brothers, KISS, Duran Duran, Radiohead, The Who, Tom Waits, The Cars, Creedence Clearwater Revival and AC/DC.
Mike Fratt, Homer's Music
Tim Kasher, Cursive
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