As well as some goodbyes, 2016 also welcomed back some acts who’d previously gone their separate ways
LCD Soundsystem: The split: The dance-punk group called it a day in 2011 after a big send-off at New York’s Madison Square Garden. “What was looming was either make something terrible, or make something willfully obscure, or become bigger — and none of those were all that enticing,” James Murphy told Rolling Stone in 2014. The reunion: Following a surprise Christmas song shared on Christmas Day, the band were announced to headline 2016’s Coachella in Indio, California and put out a statement saying they would be making a new record, not just touring. “This isn’t a victory lap or anything, which wouldn’t be of much interest to us,” it read.
Arab Strap: The split: Aidan Moffat and Malcolm Middleton’s cult band split in 2006, later calling it “a good time to call it a day”. The reunion: In June, they announced they would be getting back together to celebrate their 20th anniversary with some shows and possibly new music. “We wanted to celebrate it while we’re still relatively young and don’t look too embarrassing on the stage,” Moffat told Steve Lamacq.
Belly: The split: The ’90s dream-pop group broke up in ’96 because of “a lot of negative stuff going on”. The reunion: They announced their return in February, saying they were “very excited to be playing together again”.
Guns N’ Roses: The split: Drummer Steven Adler was fired in 1990 after his drug addiction meant he was unable to perform or even work in the studio. Guitarist Slash left in 1996 following tensions between him and frontman Axl Rose. Bassist Duff McKagan followed suit in ’97 saying the band’s operation didn’t fit his “hopes for parenthood, for stability”. The reunion: The classic line-up (minus guitarist Izzy Stradlin and Adler) reunited to headline Coachella and went on to announce shows around the world. Adler later joined them to perform two songs in Cincinnati.
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