Just recently, Brendon Urie announced the end of his solo project Panic! At the Disco. A lot of bands have been going away lately such as Blessthefall, NOFX, and Tristania. Most of these bands break up for multiple reasons such as lack of interest, changes in life plans, money, and chemistry issues.
Panic At The Disco have broken up. pic.twitter.com/zXcXtIt6c4
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One of my favourite bands, After Forever, broke up back in 2009. It all started in 2008 when guitarist/harsh vocalist Sander Gommans wanted to take a year-long break. After a year, they realized they all wanted to go in different directions. They decided to break up after this revelation, with no current plans for any kind of reunion.
Some bands don’t even want to get back together. Take Linkin Park for example. When Chester Bennington passed away, people started to wonder about the future of the band. They did a tribute concert a few months after his death and Mike Shinoda performed Faint with Sum 41. As of right now, Mike Shinoda says there are no plans to continue the band any further.
Then there are cases where people think the band should just stop. The big one most people want to see end is KISS. For years, they have been doing farewell shows, without a sign of an end coming. I think bands should be allowed to stick around for as long as they like. As long as they are able to still support themselves through the band, I don’t think they should have any obligation to end it. If they enjoy what they do, then let them be. There’s only so much time a person has before not being able to do the things they love.
Bands come and go. Whether a band needs to break up or not is up to them. At the end of the day, as long as they got their chance to do something, they achieved something in life.