Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Quit While You're Ahead


I’ll be frank: It’s not often I have positive thoughts about Mötley Crüe.

It’s not often I have ANY thoughts about Mötley Crüe.

But today, I take my hat off to ‘em, bless their little umlauts.

Band members Vince Neil, the drummer that was married to Pamela Anderson, the other one and, er, the other other one have decided to call it a day.

Not only that, they’ve signed a contract to say they’ll never get back together again.

Joking apart, this is a classy move.

Now, I’m all for musicians being able to make a lifelong career out of their art. Indeed, I’ve enjoyed many a night on the nostalgia circuit as a version of The Searchers or a solo John Walker belted out the old hits.

But the great ones, if they quit at all, quit while they’re ahead. And never go back.




This is one of the reasons why The Jam are our Band of the Week on our Rock’n’Roll London Facebook page this week. Weller split the band at the top of their game with three UK number ones to their name and a devoted army of followers. Weller ploughed his own furrow, and took, at times, a critical mauling in the process. Say what you like about him, this took guts.

Late last year he spoke yet again, with admirable patience, on the subject of a Jam reunion:


“You can't recapture those things, and also why should you? It would be absurd – three 50-year-old geezers jumping around the stage." (NME)


So well done Mötley Crüe. And good luck with your “Cessation Of Touring Agreement”.

Only the truly great ones quit while they’re ahead and stay quit. So pencil in that Oasis reunion any minute now.


 
Full Crüe story at the NME website: www.nme.com



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