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Behind the Music: Disbanding Bands

Michael Brief
Photo of a promotional charity show at the Orange County Observatory.

Hi Rams! Welcome back to Behind the Music! This time we will be talking about four iconic bands that have announced their retirement in the last year. 

Aerosmith, an iconic American rock band formed in 1970, announced their farewell tour on May 1, 2023. According to Billboard, “In a career that dates back to 1970, the Bad Boys from Boston have placed 28 songs on the Billboard Hot 100, sold more than 150 million records, and earned a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.” 

Lauren Moran, a COMPASS junior said, “ [Aerosmith] have amazing music and their farewell tour is going to be great. I am going to miss them because I have known them for a long time.” 

Aerosmith,  best known for their songs “Walk this Way” and “Dream on”, started their “Peace Out” tour on Sep. 2 and will eventually touch down in Los Angeles at the Kia Forum; despite the tour’s indefinite postponement announced on Friday, Sep. 29, due to the unfortunate circumstances following Stephen Tyler’s injured vocal cords and fractured larynx. Although this is not the first time Aerosmith has broken up, the band’s old age can lead fans to speculate that this will be Aerosmith’s final farewell. “It’s not a goodbye it’s a PEACE OUT! Get ready to walk this way, you’re going to get the best show of our lives,” the band stated on their Instagram post announcing the tour on May 1st, 2023. 


NOFX, a famous punk band founded by frontman Fat Mike, is reaching the end of their final tour on  Jan. 27, 2024. The band was founded in Los Angeles in 1983 and to my knowledge still has all of its founding members to this day. 

“It sucks to see [NOFX] go since they’ve been around for a while now. I used to listen to them with my dad a lot, so I grew up with them in a way,” said Jensen Calderon, a QUEST junior. “I am not 100% sure why they are disbanding, but I feel like they’ve made their mark,” he added. 

This year is the band’s 40th anniversary. “40 years is a long time to be in a band”, Fat Mike said, “I just don’t enjoy it like I used to.” 

Photo of local Indie bands Verum and Boycomma playing at the Observatory.  (Michael Brief)

Another influential punk band announced that they are disbanding. Sum 41 was founded in 1996 by Deryck Whibley, who was only 16 years old at the time. This band is responsible for radio hits such as “In Too Deep” and “Fat Lip.” On May 8, in the middle of their tour with The Offspring and Simple Plan, they announced that they were calling it quits after 27 years. However, they will not be leaving us without a final farewell. 

In their farewell statement on Instagram, the band announced that they will be releasing a final album titled “Heaven and Hell” which will be accompanied by a farewell tour when it is released. On Sept. 27 they released their new song Landmines as a single to promote their soon-to-be-released final album. 

Deryck Whibley, the band’s singer was admitted to the hospital on Sep. 14 and released on Sep. 15 with a severe case of pneumonia which put him at risk for heart failure. Despite this, he remains optimistic that the band will play at their scheduled concerts. 

“I’m still bedridden, having a hard time breathing, tight chest pains, and some pretty wild fever dreams, that I guess are keeping this whole thing somewhat entertaining,” said Whibley on an Instagram update Sep. 19, “I plan on being my absolute best for When We Were Young next month. That’s my goal,” he added. 


Continuing with the theme, Panic! at the Disco’s frontman, and only founding member, Brendon Urie announced the end of an era with the end of his band. Highly influential to the

scene in the early 2000s, Panic! at the Disco produced hits such as “House of Memories,” “I Write Sins not Tragedies,” “High Hopes,” and “Viva Los Vengeance.” Urie announced that the band would no longer tour because he wanted to focus more on being a father. 

Although bands break up for a variety of reasons, they leave their fans heartbroken in the process. The bands noted in this article just scratch the surface of all the bands that have ended their careers in recent years. Their ends can be chalked up to artistic differences, old age, and even the pandemic; but one thing is certain, music connects us, making bands an important part of history. 

Be sure to tune into the next issue of Behind the Music, and remember to listen to what makes you happy. 



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Payton Miller, Editorial Editor
My name is Payton Miller (she/her). I am a COMPASS Junior and this is my second year writing for the Millikan Corydon. Some of my favorite things to do are foster kittens, go to concerts, read, take photos, go camping, and sleep. I love animals and would like to pursue a career in wildlife conservation. I am super excited to continue writing and bringing change through this wonderful paper!

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    Allyson RichterOct 25, 2023 at 9:13 am

    Miller wrote a very informative and well structured article that covers four major bands who have announced their final tour and/or disbandment. I’m glad Payton chose to write about multiple bands rather than one, because it gives us a look into different groups and genres. Not everyone is a fan of the same music, so by including four bands she has widened her audience. This article stays very current with its news as well. Miller includes a lot of information and quotes from bands about recent updates and opinions about tours. I think this helps the article stay relevant, since some of these bands are on the older side. Another aspect I like about the article is the student quotes. Reading about students who have a connection or memory with the bands is nice to see. Including these quotes from Millikan helps us better understand how people are responding to these disbanding bands. Thank you Payton for writing this great article.

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    Mark WatsonOct 24, 2023 at 2:59 pm

    There’s so few times that we allow ourselves to be vulnerable, but music breaks the preconceptions that we have. All it does is ask us to listen to it, and there’s no particular way that we can fulfill that request without unveiling some of our own pushed back emotions. We don’t place our emotions as our highest priority, it’s our expectations that drive us into action or inaction. We want to connect with people even if only in internally presumed selfish-confusion, yet we convince ourselves that if we can’t accept ourselves how could anyone else? In music, or art in general we tend to embrace the emotions (not change them necessarily) and experience them in greater intensity because we want to feel an emotion which overpowers all others, a feeling of genuinity.
    Forming a band then is unique, many emotions blending into both confusion and discomfort; only to find this new envelopment to be pushing the emotions further into a world where they aren’t ignored. A commitment not to just making music, rather enabling ourselves to be more independent of ourselves. This is where the sound world of music is at this point in time too, musicians are looking for sounds that off-put people; not because modern music means (unapproachable) but to reinforce the fact that music will not wait for people to listen to themselves before they realize they’re not speaking. I agree with Miller’s request, “Listen to what makes you happy,” but I think we should listen more so to anything that makes us at all.

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    Grace CozattOct 24, 2023 at 1:53 pm

    What I love about this article is that it shares a variety of different reasons why a band might call it quits. This article has piqued my interest for a variety of reasons, but it has left me wondering how the common reasons for disbandment have changed throughout the years. Miller mentions that Aerosmith had disbanded before the current time and I wonder what those other reason(s) were. There is such a long history of music and so many causes to a band’s end. It would be very interesting to read an article exploring that or an extended version of this one that helps to put the situations depicted in the article in context. This article does a great job explaining what bands are disbanding and why, but how might this fit into the timeline of the music industry?