With a lot of artists emerging every year, it can be hard for a once-a-superstar to reclaim the spot they had enjoyed during their prime. Most of the great artists go through a period of time when their every release becomes an instant hit, they make millions of dollars and their music defines an era.
But, many of them slowly fade away and don’t appear in the spotlight for various reasons, be it their extensive touring for years or their health issues or personal life struggles.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Neil Diamond has enjoyed his time as a pop and soft-rock superstar for about 50 years of his life. For his immense contribution to music, he has been celebrated with several honors, including Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984, Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000, the Kennedy Center Honors in 2011 and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018 among others.
In January of 2018, the Sweet Caroline and Love on the Rocks singer revealed just before his 77th birthday that he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and would immediately stop touring. The tour dates on his final leg of his 50 Year Anniversary World Tour in New Zealand and Australia were canceled, and he immediately announced on his official website that it was with ‘great reluctance and disappointment’ he had come to the decision. He said
“I will remain active in writing, recording and other projects for a long time to come. I have been so honored to bring my shows to the public for the past 50 years.”
He thanked his loyal supporters for the ride together over the years and said he would remain eternally grateful for their love.
In February 2016, the Rolling in the Deep hitmaker was on her world tour which started in Belfast. Towards the end of the tour, during two of the final four shows at Wembley Stadium in London, she struggled with her voice. Despite her hard time on stage, critics loved her performance calling it “poignant” and “instinctively charismatic.” One of her Wembley concerts saw 98,000 people, a stadium record for a UK music event.
The Londoner had to seek medical advice right after the show and was advised to cancel the remaining two shows at Wembley. Apologizing to the fans for canceling her shows, she stated at the time,
“I had to push a lot harder than I normally do... It turns out I have damaged my vocal cords. On medical advice, I am simply unable to perform over the weekend. I've considered doing Saturday night's show, but it's highly unlikely I'd even make it through the set and I simply can't crumble in front of you all and walk out on you in that way.”
That was not the first time she had problems with her vocal cords. In 2011, she had to undergo throat surgery to remove a benign polyp. Although she is no longer touring, one of the world's best-selling music artists is now actively working on her fourth studio album, which is expected to be released in December 2019. More recently, she posted a photo of herself dressed up as a late country singer, June Carter Cash, one of her idols.
Green Day has been at the forefront of the punk-pop music scene since the 90s. Since their seminal first album, Dookie came out in 1994, they have been actively recording, releasing and touring. They have so far released 10 studio albums and two live DVDs, with their last release being 2016’s Revolution Radio.
They toured extensively for that album, playing a total of 119 shows from September 2016 to November 2017. They released a compilation album Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band in November 2017, but remained inactive throughout 2018. This year marks the 25th anniversary of their first album, Dookie. We are likely to see them once again taking the center stage in 2019 celebrating the 25th year of their debut album.
This year, they are also celebrating the legacy of their 2004 album, American Idiot, whose hit title track was dubbed “a punk rock opera.” Their American Idiot musical will be taken on a UK tour this year on the occasion of 15 years since their release of the album. The tour dates have been announced, with the first show beginning on January 17 and wrapping up in June. Meanwhile, the band is also working on the big-screen adaptation of American Idiot.
Sky Ferreira was just a passionate singer on Myspace before she was discovered by production duo, Bloodshy & Avant. She scored a recording contract with Parlophone in 2009 and released her 2013 debut studio album Night Time, My Time. But after her careers in modeling and acting began to take shape, she perhaps shied away from music. She hasn’t yet been able to release a follow-up album to Night Time, My Time which is already five years old.
However, she hasn’t completely written off the prospect of recording another album though. Recently in late 2017, she explained that she has been ill for a while and needs to get completely better so that she can record and tour. She also said that she would release her new music pretty soon.
A Tribe Called Quest
The pioneers of Native Tongues movement in the late 80s and early 90s in the hip-hop scene in the US, A Tribe Called Quest has enjoyed a lot of fandoms. After a long hiatus, they had reunited in 2015 to perform on The Tonight Show.
The group enjoyed their time together and decided to give another shot at a new record. They arranged a time for the album around rapper Phife Dawg’s schedule as he had to frequently visit the hospital to get his kidney dialysis. On March 22, 2016, Phife died from complications of Type II diabetes.
Remaining members of the group, Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad finished the album and toured for it in festivals and TV shows in 2016 and 2017. They also performed on the first The Tonight Show episode after president Trump took the seat, playing an anti-gentrification track, We the People.. from their latest album. On September 9, 2017, they headlined Bestival in England which has been their last performance.