BILLY JOEL: Time to Hang It Up
Rolling Stone has compiled a list of tours they'd like to see next year, and, if they got their wish, it would spell the end of touring for four acts - Billy Joel, Simon & Garfunkel, David Bowie and Genesis with Peter Gabriel.
Billy Joel Farewell Tour: "Billy Joel hasn't played a single real concert since a quick series of make-up dates with Elton John in February and March of 2010. By many accounts, he has no intention of doing shows anytime soon, maybe never again. While his fans certainly had ample opportunity to say goodbye, and the 2008 Shea Stadium shows were pretty spectacular, it would be nice if he did a proper victory lap. He has all the time in the world to fiddle with his motorcycles and hobnob with Howard Stern and Matt Lauer in the Hamptons. The fans need closure."
Simon and Garfunkel Farewell Tour: "Paul has recently said he wants to tour with Art one last time, and Art has made it clear he's down. So what are they waiting for? If they call it a farewell tour, they'll basically be printing money."
David Bowie: "How great would it be if Bowie did one final tour, giving us all the opportunity to say goodbye? The 2003-4 Reality tour was amazing, but nobody knew it was the end of the line. David, at the very least pull a Led Zeppelin and give us one final concert. Let's end this this properly. Singing 'Changes' with Alicia Keys at a charity show is no way to go out."
Genesis with Peter Gabriel: "The classic 1970s line-up of Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford and Steve Hackett met in 2004 to discuss such a tour, but Gabriel ultimately backed out. Since then, Collins has suffered nerve damage in his hands that makes it difficult for him to play drums. This makes a Genesis reunion difficult, but Collins has played a couple times in recent years, and he's said he is making slow and steady progress. Maybe he'll be ready to give it a shot in a year or so. If not, longtime Genesis live drummer Chester Thompson can handle his parts. Whatever happens, Genesis should end their career right where it began. The fans have waited long enough."
And other tours they'd like to see:
U2 in arenas
Van Halen with both David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar
Elton John doing some of his classic albums in their entirety
Eagles with all seven members