I've been posting about all of the band reunions announced in the past two weeks, and most of them are really great news. The key factor being that in almost every case, all of the key players are involved in the reunion. Sting and Copeland are there for the Police, Dinosaur Jr. has its founding members. Van Halen has DLR and Eddie, but no Michael Anthony. Some people say it is not VH without Michael Anthony, but most will say that DLR and Eddie are the two key ingredients.
So many times in the past we have seen bands reunite without certain key members. It gets to the point sometimes, where it is almost an insult to keep the band name without those people. Journey without Steve Perry? When I was a kid, my mom took me to see the Beach Boys and Chicago at Jones Beach. The Beach Boys without Brian Wilson, and Chicago without Peter Cetera.
As a side note, New Jersey is trying to pass a law against tribute bands who try to pass themselves off as the real thing. There are several versions of The Four Tops going around right now. Sometimes an oldies group will recruit a new member. He leaves the band and starts his own band with the same name. You could potentially have dozens of versions of the same oldies group playing casinos in A.C.
Article about NJ law
So tell me your opinion on the issue in the comments section of this post. When is a band no longer the band? What bands can you think of who have tried to make a buck by continuing on without key players involved? I have a bunch of bands in mind, but I'll add more in the comments section if you all don't beat me to them.