Now, sure, sure, the obvious candidates have had their estates notified, I'm sure. I can only imagine the battle royal over at Cobain, Inc. Roll over Bon Scott and tell Janis Joplin's family the news!
If I'm Pete Townshend, I'm learning all I can about bringing Keith Moon and John Entwhistle back for one more "farewell tour" -- and then the subsequent tours that follow, of course.
10) Nick Drake: Considering Nicky never toured and had little success when alive, it would be a blast to sell out halls with people screaming out for "Pink Moon! Pink Moon! Pink Moon, you devil!" Actually, I attended a Nick Drake Tribute Night once, where I figured there'd be an album cover of Nick on stage and his music playing, and there was! The mosh pit was hell that night, I tell you.
8) Stuart Sutcliffe: It's pretty common knowledge that the Beatles rock days were before Brian Epstein spiffied them up for public consumption and they learned to write all those clever hit songs that kept them from doing the "true rock" they were always meant to perform. Stuart Sutcliffe, their much maligned bass player, was said to not play well enough to stay in the group. He did, however, look good. These days, where celebrity is everything, he would be the star, either as a pin-up or an alternative bad hombre.
6) Dee Dee King: I'm sure plenty of people would love to see The Ramones, but I'd like to leave those memories intact. "The baddest rapper from Whitestone, Queens" deserves another shot at rectifying his "rap" career.
4) Cliff Burton: Jason Newsted always looked like the "new guy" the entire time he grimaced on stage with these guys and Rob Trujillo similarly lacks icon status. So, it would be a relief to Metallica fans everywhere if they'd go back on tour with the only bass player who ever fit the band's original schematic. Bonus points: the band will only play songs from their first three albums!
2) Darby Crash: In Darby's case, I'm hoping we can hear some new material. I'm hoping he's matured and playing music more age-appropriate for a 53-year old superstar. Sure, he can throw a few Germs tunes in for old time's sake, but surely he's gone "Americana" like every other old punk.
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