While not directly hardcore related, there is a lot of truth to what Pixies frontman Frank Black had to say about reunion shows.
"We're interested in anything that's going to earn us a fair wage. It's not to say it's not about art, but we made that art fucking 20 years ago. So forget the fucking goddamn art. This ain't about the art anymore. I did the arty farty part. Now it's time to talk about the money. How much do you think we should sell the tickets for? Where do you think we should play? How many shows do you think we should play?"
There have been so many reunion shows over the past few years and the bands always have a tendency to side-step the question about why they decided to get back together. No one wants to admit that they're only doing it to earn a few extra bucks—especially if it's a hardcore band.
The bottom line is that—and this is kind of the sad part—for most of these old hardcore guys, this is all they know. That Slapshot documentary (Chip On My Shoulder) kind of opened up a whole new perspective on this because it showed that a lot of these guys spent so much of their formative years touring the world and playing hardcore shows that they never developed any skills to fall back on. Since you can't be in a mid-level hardcore band forever and expect to live comfortably, you need to figure out another way to earn a living. A lot of older hardcore guys never did and had to learn the hard way. Now they're stuck in crappy clubs playing the same songs they wrote in 1989 so they can pay their bills. Granted, there are a lot of people that went on to have successful careers in music or other fields and avoided this, but at the same time, there are a lot that didn't.
What do you think? Am I way off base here or is there a lot of truth to what Frank Black has to say?