If there's anything we've learned from rock history, it's that it's very difficult to keep a band together.
We've seen huge feuds, lineup changes and breaks. Whatever the case may be, the last decade saw a lot of band reunions in the rock and metal world.
Guns N' Roses were one of the biggest, considering the beef between Axl Rose and Slash seemed it would never dissipate. Their reunion tour, which also included bassist Duff McKagan and sporadic appearances from drummer Steven Adler, would last three years, and gross over $580 million.
Black Sabbath having existed for five decades, have disbanded several times throughout their career, both with Ozzy Osbourne and Ronnie James Dio as frontmen. In November of 2011, the original Sabbath announced their reunion, which included a new studio album and a supporting tour. However, drummer Bill Ward bowed out before ever hitting the stage as a result of a financial disagreement. The band's final tour, dubbed The End, was still a huge success and concluded in February of 2017.
Guns N' Roses
By 1997, Axl Rose remained the only original member in Guns N' Roses. Over the next decade and a half, the singer went through several lineup variations, released an album and toured. "Not in this lifetime," he confidently said in 2012, regarding the possibility of a reunion with the original members. Four years later, Slash and Duff McKagan returned for the cleverly named Not in This Lifetime Tour, and they already have shows booked for the beginning of the next decade.
Soundgarden released a statement announcing their breakup in April of 1997, claiming the members would be pursuing other interests. On Jan. 1, 2010, frontman Chris Cornell announced Soundgarden's return on Twitter. They released King Animal in 2012, and toured throughout the decade until Cornell's death in 2017.
Motley Crue didn't exactly break up following their "final tour" in 2015, but they signed an agreement stating they could no longer tour, and certainly became inactive until they began working on songs for The Dirt soundtrack. March 2019 saw the release of the movie on Netflix, and due to an enormous streaming percentage increase, as well as a new generation of fans, the band decided to void the contract and announced their return in November. They will tour in 2020 with Def Leppard, Poison and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.
System of a Down
System of a Down announced that they were going on a hiatus in May of 2006. Four years later, the band announced a string of reunion shows, and they have since been touring sporadically throughout the decade.
Rage Against the Machine
Rage Against the Machine initially disbanded in 2000 due to visionary differences, which guitarist Tom Morello recalled to Metallica's Lars Ulrich on his "It's Electric" radio show. They announced a reunion in 2007, and toured on and off until 2011, which began another hiatus until the members, minus frontman Zack de la Rocha, formed Prophets of Rage in 2016. In November of 2019, the original Rage announced a handful of reunion shows for 2020.
My Chemical Romance
Around the time that they were planning to work on their fifth studio album, My Chemical Romance announced their breakup in 2013 in a statement on their website. While the members would go on to pursue other endeavors, MCR announced their reunion on Halloween of 2019 for a single show in December. The announcement has since been extended to several shows in 2020, as well.
After Rage Against the Machine parted ways in 2000, Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk recruited Soundgarden's Chris Cornell to form Audioslave. After releasing three albums, the band broke up in 2007. They reunited to play a show together 10 years later to protest the presidential inauguration.