With some musicians lying low for a while before making a reappearance, and others officially quitting the music business altogether before reinventing themselves for a shock return to the stage, it's always nice to see familiar faces coming back on the scene! Check out our list of some of the best musical comebacks of recent years...
1. Take That
One of the most exciting musical comebacks – especially if you were a young girl back in the 90s! The group split in 1996 shortly after Robbie Williams decided to leave to pursue his solo career, but came back to life as a foursome in 2005 and enjoyed a good few years of fame. Sadly, four became three when Jason Orange decided to hang up his hat, leaving Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald as the last men standing – but they’re still hanging in there!
2. Destiny’s Child
This girl group has seen a fairly high turnaround of members since it was first formed back in 1990, with the latest and most famous line-up consisting of Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. After deciding to focus on their solo careers back in 2000, they reformed to release one final album, ‘Destiny Fulfilled’, in 2004. They’re not quite dead and buried as a band though – they’ve reunited for the odd performance in recent years, singing together at the Stellar Awards earlier this year.
3. Backstreet Boys
Backstreet’s back, alright! Actually, these 90s heart throbs never officially broke up. There were many times we thought they did – such as during a hiatus between their 2001 Black and Blue tour and the release of their next album Never Gone in 2005. Or when Kevin Richardson left the band in 2006. Or when AJ McLean had to go to rehab – a few times. But nope, these boys just keep coming back to life! They’re about to embark on yet another ‘comeback’ later this year, with exciting plans to record some new music.
4. Justin Timberlake
Justin first rose to fame as a member of boy band NSYNC back in the 90s, before breaking off to excel in his solo career. Then, the man of many talents decided to go off and become an actor! It all went quiet on the music front for Justin between 2007 and 2012, before he came back with a bang in 2013 with his album The 20/20 Experience, which sold almost a million copies in its first week. That’s bringing Sexy Back!
5. Michael Jackson
When the King of Pop announced he’d be returning to the stage in his comeback show This Is It, which was to feature 50 concerts at the O2 Arena in London, fans could hardly contain their excitement. Having shot to fame as a solo artist back in the 70s, he’d become shrouded in obscurity in more recent years for his unusual ways and mysterious lifestyle, not to mention controversy surrounding child sex abuse rumours. In the end, he fulfilled his musical comeback posthumously – after his shock death in 2009, This Is It was made into a film, and became the highest grossing concert movie of all time.
6. The Stone Roses
Part of the ‘Madchester’ revolution back in the 1980s and 90s, the Manchester band’s first album The Stone Roses was a knockout success, with some dubbing it the best album ever recorded. But, after a few band member reshuffles, in 1996, The Stone Roses split up. It wasn’t until 16 years later, the rumour mill started hinting at a possible reunion… and the band announced a 2012 comeback tour! Their first sellout show at Warrington Parr Hall attracted the likes of Liam Gallagher, and was followed by a hugely successful tour.
7. Kate Bush
Possibly best known for her haunting performance in her debut single Wuthering Heights back in 1978, Kate Bush was one of the most successful female artists of her time, with 25 UK top 40 hit singles. Although she’s continued to lurk around on the music scene over the years, her Hammersmith Apollo string of 22 concerts in 2014 was one of her first live performances since the 80s, and caused much excitement among her fans – tickets sold out in just 15 minutes, proving Kate’s still got what it takes!