nurserozetta wrote: ↑
Sat May 21, 2022 4:15 am
Lets be honest here most bands have trouble continungly release great output . lets look at some of my favorite bands
You are absolutely right. It's almost impossible for bands to better their early albums for several reasons, nostalgia being a big one. The most you can usually hope for is a really good album, but it's unlikely it will ever eclipse the ones that made their name. Sure, the die hard fans know the newer material as well but the majority of the world want the early material.
To add to your examples (again IMHO):
Kiss: Who truly wants to hear that much from the 80s/90s Kiss?
AC/DC: no one cares about 90% of their output since Back In Black.
Guns'n'Roses: Appetite or nothing, as proved by the clamoring for the originals to reform.
Iron Maiden: Will never really better the first three albums.
Deep Purple: The 70s albums are it.
Ozzy: Pretty much the first two solo albums (plus Sabbath covers).
UFO: Could basically play 'Strangers In The Night' forever.
Robert Plant: No one cares about his solo material at all!
And you could go on and on. Every act from the 70s or 80s basically, in any genre as well. That isn't to say that some of these bands haven't done some good albums since their heyday (the absolutely have in most instances), just that the classics will always be the classics and are what the majority of their career is build on.
How many bands can you name that their 10th album is the absolute classic that supersedes everything they have done previously? Any?
So, to get back on topic, having a go at Alice for riding on the 70s albums is a little unfair. EVERYONE does it. They can't help but do it if they want to survive. It's extremely rare that a band has the pulling power and the courage to go out and play their new album in full. You have to a lot of faith in your audience, your material, and your level of success to be able to get away with it (Maiden and Rush spring to mind) - as most of the casual audience will be turned off by it. And in most cases that will effect your pulling power next time out.
An example being Bowie who once proclaimed the his then current tour (was it Glass Spider?) would be the last time he would be playing the "hits" from the 70s... and changed his mind just a couple of years later! You just can't do that and expect to continue at the same level you are at.
Look at Kiss taking the makeup off? They slowly went down and down and had to bring it all back.
It just doesn't work unless you accept you have to play the classics, and they are all very old songs. You might write better songs (in your mind) but that simply doesn't matter in the real world. They will always want to hear School's Out. Love Gun, It's So Easy or anything from the Bon Scott years. Just how it is. Condemning Alice for it is just a waste of time. Dennis/Blue Coupe do exactly the same thing.