Sometimes it's better just to quit while you are ahead. Of course, there are a few very famous musicians who have apparently never heard this saying before. They have stayed active long past their prime or reformed in order to reignite their popularity. Sometimes a forced retirement is just a more graceful way to go out.
A lot of people believe the time has come for the Rolling Stones to call it quits. The Stones are still a great band and can still put on a great concert, however. There is nothing wrong with them staying around. The same is true for bands like Aerosmith, who still have all their original members. Then there are those other bands; bands that never achieved the amount of success that the Stones did, but for some reason they are still hanging around.
These are the bands that need to call it quits. They need to just admit the fact that their years of immense popularity, as well as their creative high point, are a thing of the past. This is a very hard thing for these guys to do. It's never easy to admit when you have worn out your welcome. This is especially true when you are used to hordes of people worshiping the ground you walk on. But all good things must come to an end. These bands just need to sit back and count their money and remember all the good times they had. It is like The Beatles said just “let it be.”
10 The Backstreet Boys
9 Green Day
8 Blink 182
7 Black Sabbath
4 Jefferson Starship
3 Lynyrd Skynyrd
2 Guns N' Roses
KISS was formed in 1973. The band became popular by stealing Alice Cooper’s live theatrics and caking enough make up on their faces to distract the audience from their inability to play instruments. Since their inception, KISS has been through ten different band members. The current lineup includes Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, but has replaced Peter Criss and Ace Frehley with Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year. KISS made headlines because they were unable to decide on what lineup to use. Criss and Frehley refused to play with Thayer and Singer dressed in the two original members’ costumed. Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley refused to play without Thayer and Singer. The result was no KISS at the induction ceremony. This was not a bad thing, as it allowed for the remaining members of Nirvana, who Simmons notoriously bashed before the Hall’s voting was finished, to be given more time to perform.
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