Who Else Should Do A Retrospective Tour?

If you missed it, The Living End announced a very special tour. They’re playing all six of their albums over seven nights, playing their debut twice, in full. Furthermore, Regurgitator are taking a trip back to their early days, performing their first two albums in full on one night in most major cities.

This encouraged me to consider who else I would love to see perform their back catalogue in full. Here’s who I thought would be most impressive.

Muse

Ah yes. My favorite band. But can you blame me here? The band will have released six albums by the end of this year. That’s six since 1999-six in thirteen years. Each of these records have had distinct phases which define the band. For example, Showbiz was an obviously, more alternative album taking influence from bands like My Bloody Valentine and early Radiohead in tracks liek “Uno” and “Muscle Museum”. Origins of Symmetry was more developed and complex whilst Absolution took this complexity and combined it with Muse’s first taste of real commercial success in tracks like “Butterflies and Hurricanes” and “Blackout”. Black Holes and Revelations was the bridging album of their career. Whilst the alternative elements of their first three records were present in tracks like “Assassin” and “Map of the Problematique”, it was the future, Queen influenced tracks that stood out- epic tracks like “Knights of Cydonia” and “Starlight”. The Resistance took the concepts from those songs and spread it across an album with tracks like “Uprising” and “Resistance” having a very epic feel to them, if you were to walk down the street to these tracks it would feel like the most grandiose action of your life. Furthermore, the orchestral elements to the final three tracks, The Exogensesis Triology, displays what we can expect in some of the tracks on The Second Law, Muse’s new release due out in September. It’s evident in their olympic track “Survial+Prelude” which was released just over a week ago.

Imagine them to rock up to the Corner Hotel, Melbourne, or any club and play each of these records beginning to end. It would be blissful. It’s hard to say that the epic and grand nature of all their records wouldn’t be well received in the club atmosphere. It’d be a very special tour.

Radiohead

It was the obvious choice. Radiohead are one of the most influential and loved bands ever. Their eight albums each showcased different musicals stylings under the very broad ‘alternative’ genre. From their a-typical days as an alternative rock band in Pablo Honey and The Bends through to the down right bizarre in albums like Hail to the Thief and The King of Limbs, to see all of their albums performed beginning to end would be much like seeing eight different bands in eight different nights.

But it’s not. And it would be rad. Because Radiohead are awesome.

David Bowie

It’s very easy just to throw this man and his twenty three albums out into the mix and say “yeah done”. But to turn this idea into something tangible takes a whole lot more effort. The obvious point I’m making here is that Bowie cannot physically play all of his albums. It just couldn’t happen, I doubt he remembers all the words to all his songs. If he were to play one era, though.

Suppose he played, what became known as, the Early/Ziggy Stardust period of his music. This encompasses his first six works-David Bowie, Space Oddity, The Man Who Sold The World, Hunky Dory, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars and Aladdin Sane. These albums contain on them some of his best known tracks. The first appearance of Major Tom occurs in Space Oddity and the track of the same name, seminal piano rock song “Life On Mars?” and pop song “Changes” take the forefront of Hunky Dorey whilst Bowie’s greatest musical triumph: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars features “Starman”, “Suffragette City” and “Ziggy Stardust”.

It’s clear, that these concerts would be the best. Concerts. Ever.

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