Why bands should not go on 10-year anniversary tours

Chris Picazo

Over the past couple of years, it has become common for bands to celebrate a 10-year anniversary of an album in their discography.

Bands usually celebrate by embarking on nationwide tours playing a set that includes playing the album in full. The tours can usually bring feelings of nostalgia for big fans of the band or album. Other than that, celebrating an album through a tour is completely unnecessary.

Whenever I see bands announce a tour like this, a couple of things always come to mind.

First: bands are taking advantage of their fan base by exploiting them to go for a quick cash grab.

Bands know they can take advantage of playing a fan favorite album and they know they will be album to get a good response in doing so.

Second: playing a 10-year tour is a complete disservice to band and their talent. If a band has been around long enough to celebrate a 10th anniversary of an album, it usually means that they also have a larger discography.

With age, comes experiences, and as a band grows older and matures, their sound and lyrics do as well.

For a band to go back to playing an entire album from earlier in their career for an entire tour is a waste of their talent.

Bands should be touring for new material to show they have progressed through their career instead of reverting back.

A band that has spoken out about performing 10-year anniversary tours is Fall Out Boy.

When the band reunited in 2013 after a three-year hiatus, fans expected an anniversary tour of the band’s debut Take This to Your Grave, released in 2003. Instead, the band released and toured for their album Save Rock and Roll.

Fast forward to 2015, fans were expecting a 10-year tour of fan favorite album From Under the Cork Tree, released in 2005.

The band crushed those rumors by explaining they would never do a 10-year anniversary tour, and instead the band released their newest album American Beauty/American Psycho in Jan. 2015.

Fans were upset at this announcement, but the band has every right to do this. The band has steadily evolved over the past decade from the genre of simple pop punk to pop rock with arena anthems.

The band is too talented to go back and play something simple musically and lyrically just for a quick cash grab.

Every band should have this mindset when it comes to their music. Musicians should hone their talents and play what they are capable of playing.

10-year anniversary tours for albums are complete waste and bands should be focusing on how to progress musically instead of regressing.

Chris Picazo can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected].