Kevin Westenberg; Sean Evans; Rob ShanahanBesides The Grateful Dead‘s 50th anniversary “Fare Thee Well” concerts, the Faces reuniting for a one-off show, Billy Joel getting married and becoming a dad again, and Motley Crue calling it a career, there actually were a number other interesting things that happened in music in 2015. Let’s take a look at some of last year’s other noteworthy stories involving veteran artists:

–The two major creative forces behind Pink Floyd for most of the band’s long history, singer/guitarist David Gilmour and singer/bassist Roger Waters, both released solo projects in 2015. In September, Gilmour issued Rattle That Lock, his first solo studio album since 2006’s On an Island. The record peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200, making it his highest-charting solo effort ever in the U.S. It also hit #1 on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart. Gilmour has been supporting Rattle That Lock with a world tour that will visit North America during March and April of 2016.

Meanwhile, Waters’ new concert film, Roger Waters The Wall, which features footage from select shows on Roger’s 2010-2013 The Wall Live Tour, was screened in theaters around the world in late September. The film also includes scenes of Waters musing about war, as well as footage of him traveling to the French cemetery where his grandfather — who was killed during World War I — is buried, and to Anzio, Italy, near the site where his father died in World War II. The movie later was released as a home video in various configurations, while an accompanying soundtrack album also was issued. Waters also revealed to Rolling Stone in November that he was making progress on a new original concept album that he said asks the question, “Why are we killing the children?”

The Electric Light Orchestra is a living thing once again. Jeff Lynne reactivated his old band last year under the moniker Jeff Lynne’s ELO to play a huge concert in London’s Hyde Park, and the singer/songwriter solidified the return of the group in 2015 with live appearances and a new album. Lynne’s ELO performed on the Grammy Awards in February, and released an album of new original tunes called Alone in the Universe in November. The band played intimate shows in New York and Los Angeles to celebrate the album’s arrival, and has plans for a European tour in April and May of next year. Lynne also was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in April, and Tom Petty and Joe Walsh were on hand to speak at the ceremony.

–The end is near, apparently, for Black Sabbath. In March, the heavy metal legends announced they’d play a farewell Ozzfest concert in Japan in November, but canceled the performance in April. Then in September, the band revealed official plans for farewell trek dubbed “The End” tour, that will kick off with a North American leg in January 2016. Black Sabbath subsequently added a second North American leg that will run from mid-August to late September. Meanwhile, the band was honored with a Lifetime Achievement prize at the U.K.’s Ivor Novello Awards in May. Surprisingly, estranged Sabbath drummer Bill Ward attended the event, along with guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler. Ward hasn’t taken part in the group’s recent reunion activities, and had bickered with singer Ozzy Osbourne about the way his band mates have treated him.

–Several years ago, Phil Collins retired from touring and recording, citing health issues and the desire to spend more time with his youngest children as factors in his decision. This past October, the longtime Genesis singer and drummer announced he’d decided to return to music, revealing that he planned to tour again after he healed from a recent back operation. “I’m no longer officially retired. The horse is out of the stable and I’m raring to go,” he told Rolling Stone. He added, “My kids are now 10 and 14 and they want to see what their dad does. They were in nappies when I was last on the road. They love my music and I’d like to take them out so they can enjoy it.”

–In September, Keith Richards released Crosseyed Heart, the Rolling Stones guitarist’s first solo album since 1992’s Main Offender. The rock legend didn’t play any shows in support of the record, but he was featured in a making-of documentary called Under the Influence that aired on Netflix. The album peaked at #11 on the Billboard 200, and landed at #17 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the best albums of 2015.

Led Zeppelin‘s catalog reissue campaign, which was launched in 2014, came to a close on July 31 with the release of expanded and remastered editions of the band’s final three studio albums — 1976’s Presence, 1979’s In Through the Out Door and 1982’s Coda. Guitarist Jimmy Page, who oversaw the reissue project, explained to ABC Radio, “There’s such in affection for Led Zeppelin music within the audience, it could only be the right thing to do to put out a real authoritative package.” Page revealed in a number of recent interviews that, with the campaign done, he now is planning to focus on playing and recording new music again as a solo artist.

Kinks fans hoping that Ray and Dave Davies, the infamously contentious sibling duo who founded the band, could put aside their differences and reunite finally got their wish this month. The reunion was a brief one, with Ray making a surprise appearance at the end of a solo concert Dave played at a London club on December 18. For the final song, Ray unexpectedly took the stage and sang the Kinks classic “You Really Got Me” accompanied by Dave and his backing band. It marked the first time the Davies brothers performed together in public since the last Kinks tour in 1996. No word yet if further reunion plans are in the works.

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