Rock fans have learned over the years that not every farewell tour turns out to be final, although memorabilia from that time serves as a reminder of when we all thought we saw some action for the last time.
If you participated in Doobie Brothers‘ 50th anniversary touryou could easily be sitting behind a fan wearing a shirt from the band’s farewell dates, which took place back in 1982. Obviously, the band regrouped and continued to perform.
That first farewell trip to Kiss began on March 11, 2000 and ended on April 13, 2001, and that too was hardly the end of their career. They performed a handful of shows in 2002, then ventured out for 60 more dates on the World Domination Tour in 2003, which included co-headlining dates with Aerosmith. There were at least five more tours throughout 2015, including shared 2012 shows with Motley Crue. Kiss subsequently announced another farewell, dubbed End of the Road Tour.
Motley Crue is another band that previously threatened to retire and made waves in 2014 by announcing a final tour and signing a well-crafted “Termination of travel agreement.” They stuck with that plan for five years, but changed their minds in 2019, about six months later The Dirt was released on Netflix. The biographical comedy-drama film tracked their rise to fame and helped the band gain traction after retirement, eventually serving as the impetus to destroy the 2014 deal. They ended up back on the road next door Def Leppardwith Married and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts act as opening acts.
They all sold lots of merchandise along the way. Whether it’s actually a farewell tour or just another step in an artist’s career, fans connect through the T-shirts, posters and stickers that accompany these outings. If you take good care of it, the items you buy for a farewell show might last until the band’s next reunion. In the gallery below, we highlight the signature items that accompanied each artist’s farewell tour (or tours).
T-shirts and posters from 27 Farewell Tours
Ranking of each Kiss Album