The top Tour acts of 05 have just been reported. I’m not sure how this should be interpreted. I’ve always been a fan of U2, but I thought they were going to retire a few years back. I guess the lucrative concert tours have made them change their minds.
So too with the Eagles, which I could have sworn have been doing farewell tours the last two years running. I guess it’s one of those extended goodbyes. Like the slow dances to their songs with high school girlfriends, you just don’t want those moments to be over. The next thing you know you’re 40 and have a gut that you wouldn’t want to show on stage. I noticed none of them seem to have that problem.
Coming in 9th is Jimmy Buffett. Way back in ’76 I can remember singing “lost shaker of salt” and wondering why you would need one for a place called “Margaritaville”. That guy started when the Eagles did, released albums and toured through the entire 14 years that they “went their separate ways”, was probably touring when Bono decided he was only going to have one name, and he’s still grossing in the top 10 acts of 2005.
I knew I was a parrothead for a reason. Or maybe it’s the other way around.
Editor’s note. We lost Glenn Frey in 2016. His wife has filed a wrongful death suit against the hospital where he died. The Eagles have died with him, the farewell tours have ended. Jimmy Buffett sails on. The pirate looks at sixty these days. I’m not sure why I said I was a U2 fan when I wrote this. I have a few albums. I can scream in the name of love when the song plays. Does that make me a fan?