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I have three I can think of:
- Arab Strap
- Neutral Milk Hotel
My friend and I we're going to get tickets to seem them in brighton but didn't bother, then they broke up about a month later, disaster as i was in love with them at the time!
You can't always tell when a band is gonna split up. I was shocked when Larrikin Love split but thankfully I got to see them. Just see your favourite bands whenever you get the chance, thats what I do.
but they were well past their peak by the time they broke up. Circa 3 EPs they were about the most vital band in the world. Then they started making albums... :-S
saw them on the farewell tour and they were at the top of their game as a live band. Money or lack of is the reason they split. No we have the sorry mess that is the aliens instead. Thank god Steve Mason is still releasing records..
and, perhaps a little premature, having only just started listening to them, but Electrelane (indefinite hiatus is technically a break up, right?)
The tour was cancelled and they split, bummer.
GBV, NMH, mclusky
Also : - Electrolane,who I believe have split.
this makes me feel grateful.
I cannot lie, charlie - you missed out :-(
you missed out.
Before this though they had a different line-up of men called the Alpha Clones that toured the East Coast while Man Or Astroman? themselves simultaneously toured the West Coast.
still get your wish
that have all been mentioned
At The Drive-In
Stereolab (on hiatus at present)
Also, Les Georges Leningrad.
Cutting Pink With Knives
Bear vs Shark
Meet Me in St Louis
Life Without Buildings
and cheating a bit : Ash (with Charlotte Hatherley)
it was bands that were around during our musical lifetimes and that we could have had the chance to see but didn't.
And these ones people said above:
Guided by Voices
At the Drive-In
One of my housemates is getting Rock Band 2. Now I'll be able to badly mimic "Alex Chilton"! :-D
the Freddie Mercury version, not the current bullshit.
godspeed you! black emperor
The Beach Boys
Guided By Voices
The Dismemberment Plan
The Afghan Whigs
Braid, Mineral, Texas Is The Reason and just about every 90s emo band
if they do another re-union charity show type thing i'm flying out to see it, no question.
at the drive-in
At the Drive-In
though i would've been about 12 or 13
who played on my 17th birthday but I didn't go because I didn't want to go on my own. They never played in London again. WHAT AN IDIOT.
My girlfriend and I had tickets to see Elliott Smith at, I think, the Royal Festival Hall in what must have been 2002 or 2003.
If I remember correctly, it got postponed just a few days beforehand - official story he was finishing the new album, but there were inevitably plenty of rumours at the time too. Needless to say, he died not too long after. It seems so selfish to be upset not to see him perform, but those selfish feelings only added to the shock and regret on hearing the news and we still feel the disappointment & sadness all these years on.
was that the one where he was meant to be playing with an orchestra? that had the postential to be one of the best shows ever and was very sad that it didn't happen, even more so after what happened after...
A less morbid one but Monkey Swallows Te Universe, missed them a couple of times then they went on dreaded 'hiatus'... in a subsection of this I completely took for granted Cat on Form and Econoline and Cutting Pink as they gigged London so much, then they stopped. FAIL.
At the time the postponement was just a minor irritation - then of course we waited and waited and waited for a rearranged date until, ultimately, it could never happen. I don't know if he ever played live again anywhere after that cancellation.
I was actually fortunate enough to see him a couple of years before and it was an incredible night. I suspect it would have been a very special evening - my girlfriend's still so disappointed whenever it comes up.
Great musician. A very, very sad way to go.
At The Drive-In
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Ride (circa Going Blank Again)
Redjetson (having only just discovered them!)
...and probably loads more that I can't think of at the moment
c'est tout, je pense.
rage against the machine
Weezer (post-Pinkerton, by and large, equals 'broken up' in my books)
no one has said Zep with Bonham
was Mozart in a band?
the not really broken up, but on some sort of hiatus list
were truly awful live though! i wish i hadnt seen them! haha
on my list would be primus and nirvana. and if were being ridiculous and goin back to the 70s id choose led zep or the beatles
they split in 1970 didnt they? anyway my mistake haha
I heard Lamo play What A Waster on his evening session when it came out, and I thought it was the bollocks. A short time later I saw that they were playing Norwich Arts Centre (270 capacity) for £4, and, although I had planned to, I didn't go for, well, no real reason at all. Not too long after this the album dropped and they were superstars. I bet that gigs was electrifying.
I don't regret much in life, but I regret not going to that.
Yep, they were (pulls smug, but also sadly aging face).
Early Libertines gigs were great, actually seemed really tight, bizarrely...
and beecher :(
would've been rather nice & The Specials but that gets put right next week
Wandering through the room whilst Cannibal Ox were playing and not paying them any attention.
I also remember being in the upstairs room at Pontins whilst Silkworm were playing, but i think i was just chatting somwhere on the floor at the back and probably never even looked at the stage.
What i would do to have actually 'seen' those bands. And to think i only really had to stop and listen...