A Look at Farewell Tours

Last year Warped Tour announced its final tour, and the emo kid in all of us felt nothing but grief, and in order to make sure that we could catch our favorites perform one last time, we all clamored for tickets. However, now that a new year has started, we see that Warped Tour is celebrating its 25th Anniversary and has now condensed its show into three different festivals. Similarly, Mötley Crüe and Slayer announced their last tour signaling the end of an era for fan everywhere, however, they are still announcing more extensions to their tour and are continuing to make their music as well.

This sort of thing is sadly not a new phenomenon, and we have seen artists from different genres and labels pull this antic many times throughout the decades, and we cannot help but feel cheated because we spend a lot of money on these tickets out of fear of never being able to see our favorites perform live again, only for them to announce a comeback.

The reason why farewell tours usually do not stay farewell tours is because of the massive turnout of fans, and when there is a huge turnout, they start getting a lot of money, and this makes the artist or record question quitting in the first place. Similarly, with bigger franchises like Warped Tour, their sponsors are interested once again because of the massive turnout which causes money to start rolling in once more.

However, some artists tend to purposely take advantage of farewell tours as a sort of tactic to attract large crowds of people and fill up seats, and once the tour is over, they backtrack and say that they will continue touring and provide some sort of verbal loophole like “it was the last tour with this specific member” or “you did not honestly think it was goodbye, did you?” to get away from hate afterward.

Once again, as fans, being on the receiving end of this kind of lies and theatrics hurts and you cannot help but any longer be able to trust said artist or group, and you will no longer be able to gauge whether or not they will lie to you again the next time. Sadly, this kind of theatrics is usually done for the artist to get more money, and not for the sake of the fans. So, you cannot help but wonder whether or not there is any point to farewell tours, since the likelihood that the artist will never tour again are actually very minimal, and if nothing else, even if they do disband or stop touring, they somehow manage to come together again after a few years as a sort of a reunion tour and once again, attracting fans and making them buy their tickets once again. If you do not believe me, the Jonas brothers just made a comeback after a long gap, and people everywhere are buying their album and making them top the charts, so now you see where we are coming from.

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