With a variety of music streaming services available, there is never a shortage of new artists to listen to. However, 2019 is full of artists making a comeback. Whether it is the breaking up of a band or an unexplained hiatus, lots of artists have chosen to take a break in the last few years. While this may have disappointed fans in the past, artists like the Jonas Brothers and the Spice Girls are back making new music.
It has been six years since the Jonas Brothers have released new music as a collective group. Although the band parted ways for a while, the members have not been totally out of focus. Over the past couple years, Nick and Joe Jonas have had successful solo music careers and Kevin Jonas was featured on E!’s television show “Married to Jonas.”
The group announced their reunion and appeared on “The Late Late Show with James Corden” to celebrate their comeback. The band released a music video for their single “Sucker,” which featured each of the band members’ romantic partners. The Jonas Brothers are working on a new album and have hinted at a 2019 tour. The breakup of The Jonas Brothers lasted less than a decade and the reunion has gotten many quite excited.
“The Jonas Brothers were a really fun band when I was in elementary and middle school,” said freshman Madison O’Brien. “‘Year 3000’ by them just reminds me of the summertime and grabbing Cold Stone with friends. I liked them because they were different and just wrote some pretty catchy songs.”
Some artists have earned somewhat of a veteran status such as the Spice Girls and Wu-Tang Clan. The Spice Girls have announced a UK tour after a 19-year-long hiatus. The shows start up in May but will will be missing Victoria Beckham, also known as Posh Spice, who will not be reuniting with the group.
Wu-Tang Clan released their last album only two years ago, but have announced a 25th Anniversary Tour celebrating the release of their first album “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).” This tour will also start in May and although they won’t be stopping in Arizona, they will hit big cities such as Seattle, Boston and Chicago.
“I know my dad would play this Wu-Tang album when he was running errands or when we had people over because most of my family is from Detroit so they are fans,” sophomore Quin Kennedy said. “It is wild going back and listening to old songs because they have a sentimental feeling to me.”
Another music veteran that is planning to resurface in 2019 is The Cure who has recently been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Eleven years after the release of their last original album, The Cure has announced a festival tour and an upcoming album in 2019 and will perform at Fuji Rock Festival in Japan. The band will also perform four nights in the Sydney Opera House to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their album “Disintegration.”
A comeback that has also caught music lovers by surprise is The Strokes. The Strokes blew up in the early 2000s, releasing five albums between 2001 and 2013. They took a two-year break before releasing an extended play titled “Future Past Present” in 2016. Afterwards, the band members went separate ways with lead singer Julian Casablancas starting a group called The Voidz while other members released music as solo projects. In December, The Strokes unexpectedly announced they would be playing festival shows in Spain over the summer. They later announced that they would headline the third day of Governors Ball Music Festival in New York City. This is the only US show they have announced so far, but fans are speculating there is more to come and possibly new music. Freshman Marina Shapiro, a long-time fan of The Strokes, shared her excitement for their comeback.
“I go to this music festival in San Francisco called Outside Lands [Music and Arts Festival] every year so I hope The Strokes will play there,” Shapiro said. “If they’re planning on making more music before they do a full tour, I think it will be different from their last stuff because bands tend to evolve and change to fit the trends and the technology that’s available.”
Vampire Weekend’s frontman Ezra Koenig has been hyping up their upcoming album “Father of the Bride” for quite some time now but fans are finally getting a taste of their new sound. The band released two singles in January titled “Harmony Hall” and “2021.” The music video for “Harmony Hall” was directed by Emmett Malloy and even features actor Jonah Hill. Vampire Weekend released two more singles, “Sunflower” and “Big Blue” March 6. The 18-track album is set to be released in spring 2019. The tour that starts in May has already sold out in many cities as fans have been waiting six years for new music.
“I’m pretty stoked for all of these bands to continue to make music because I know how much music means to me and what it has done in my life,” O’Brien said. “I can’t imagine how the die-hard fans are going to feel getting to experience listening to their new music.”
Many of these bands were a part of people’s childhood, so fans are pleased to see their favorite bands growing up with them.