Flowchart: Should I See This Old Band?

Categories: Sound Advice

Mike Brooks
Television and/or your local championship bingo team.

Rock & roll is fewer than 60 years old, remember, so the idea of multiple generations of active bands is still a fairly new one. But as big-ticket concerts and festivals become prevalent, more and more people are going to get the ol' band back together for another shot. We don't want anyone's precious memories tainted by a subpar relic (see most state-fair nostalgia acts) nor do we want you to miss a must-see (the Elton John show this weekend definitely falls into the "go" category).

It's a risky proposition, seeing a band you had in your cassette deck 25 years ago, so we've made this handy flowchart to help you decide whether to go see that old band.

First, let's define some terms: Is the band you're thinking about old?


OK, if you've made it this far, the band is question is, indeed, old. Now for the nitty-gritty:



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Brandon Herges
Brandon Herges

"Is it Guns 'n' Roses? Yes? RUN AWAY". This flowchart satisfies me greatly.


Yes was badass although the have a new singer.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

does the old guy with the long gray ponytail want to see them? if "yes"...then don't go see that band.

Rick Kohn
Rick Kohn

Depends on who it is, their are many classic rock bands that are past their prime and riding on the songs they wrote 30 years ago and their are some that are still putting out great music ( that you never hear on local radio) and put on a dynamic show. Yet, when you see many of these acts back when for a fraction of the cost, it's tough to cough up the big bucks to see them again.

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