The Year in Rock 2019: Crue, Chem, Rage & more: it’s a reunion-palooza!

Credit: Paul Brown2019 came to a close with a flurry of reunion announcements from bands that seemed long dead.

My Chemical Romance kicked things off on Halloween when the beloved emo rockers announced they’d be ending their six-year break-up. Gerard Way and company made their official return to the stage in December with a show in Los Angeles, and will play a number of international concerts in 2020.

The very next day following MCR’s announcement, news broke that Rage Against the Machine would also be reuniting, thanks to an under-the-radar, unverified Instagram post. The Instagram page was later verified, confirming that the political rap-rockers, who hadn’t played a show together since 2011, were playing tour dates in 2020, including headlining Coachella.

The end of the Rage hiatus also spelled the end for the off-shoot band Prophets of Rage, who confirmed their breakup following the reunion news.

Next came the reconciliation of possibly the biggest brother feud in rock to not feature a Gallagher. Chris and Rich Robinson announced the reformation of The Black Crowes, who’d previously broken up in 2015. The Southern rockers headlined two underplay shows in November, and will launch a massive tour in 2020 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their 1990 debut album, Shake Your Money Maker.

Then, Mötley Crüe revealed that they were also returning to the stage, four years after the ’80s metallers played what they billed as their last show on New Year’s Eve 2015. In order to tour again, the Crüe had to tear up their “cessation of touring agreement,” which they had signed ahead of their final tour in order to legally prevent them from ever playing live together again.

The tour will kick off in 2020, and will also feature Def Leppard, Poison and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.

The reunion was partly inspired by the response to the band’s Netflix biopic The Dirt, which had premiered earlier in the year. The Crüe recorded three new songs for the film, including the Machine Gun Kelly-featuring “The Dirt (Est. 1981).”

Finally, Red Hot Chili Peppers announced that on-again, off-again guitarist John Frusciante had rejoined the band. Frusciante had originally joined the Peppers in 1988 before leaving in 1992. He then returned in 1998 and remained with the group until 2009.

Now again back in the fold for the third time, Frusciante takes the place of guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, who’d been the official guitarist in the Chilis since 2009.

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