I don't know why it's taken me so long understand this aspect of reporting, but without fail, a lot of drama makes for good copy. More specifically, when it comes to covering bands in the press, whenever you have warring words between current and former members, it always seems like something worth writing about and having people read. It's like you have a big new cow with plenty of milk ready to come out. Of course, when the band members reunite, it's like all's well, even though there's all this bad blood in the press.
Earlier today, I read this article on Creed's recently-announced reunion. I was reminded of the years of very pointed words between singer Scott Stapp and the other former members, especially Mark Tremonti. Then I read this article on UB40's now former singer and the possibility of reuniting with the group: "I will never again play with the remaining members of UB40 while I live and breathe."
I bring all this up not to be a robot and pretend like I've never said anything mean or harsh about somebody behind his or her's back. Oftentimes you just want to express your hurt by saying hurtful things. But for me as a rock music fan, and knowing full well that bands are made up of human beings, I can't help but take caution whenever estranged band members appear all chummy-chummy again. From blink-182 to Van Halen to the Smashing Pumpkins to Suede, I just wonder what can really turn people around from saying hurtful things into saying lines about how "time heals" and so on. And I'm not so sure money is the sole root.