Musicians that Came Out of Retirement

Musicians that Came Out of Retirement

When musicians announce their retirement, all hell breaks loose in their fandom.

Honestly, hearing the news of your favorite artist retiring is really heartbreaking.

Sure there is plenty of music they have released over the years for us to survive. But being a music fan means we need new materials every once in a while.

You know, just for closure. And to make sure they’ve still got it.

American heavy metal band Tool came out with a song Fear Inoculum in 13 years.

They announced what looked like their final tour in 2019. and just after a month of their European tour, they came up with a 10 min single on their official YouTube channel.

Tool also announced their long-awaited fifth studio album “Fear Inoculum” which will be available to purchase on August 30 on Apple Music.

On that note, let’s take a look at 8 musicians that came out of retirement.

Frank Sinatra.

Frank Sinatra, one of the greatest and most successful musician announced that he was stepping away from the mic, a lot of hearts were broken.

He announced his retirement from music in 1971 upsetting his millions of fans worldwide.

But surprisingly the retirement didn’t last long. Two years later, in 1973, he made a comeback to the music scene.

He came out with an album and a television special Ol’ Blue Eyes Is Back. He continued making more music and doing more than 1,000 shows before finally retiring in 1995.

The jazz phenomenon died at the age of 82 in 1998.

Tina Turner.

The rock/RnB songstress with a career spanning half a century announced it was time to hang up her dancing shoes in 2000.

“I’ve done enough. I’ve been performing for 44 years. I really should hang up my dancing shoes,” she revealed to Rolling Stones.

And for 8 years, she did hang her dancing shoes up.

But in 2008 she made a comeback for her 50th-anniversary tour. A 90-show tour of which she played 59.

And she also performed alongside none other than Beyonce at the 2008 Grammy Awards.


When rappers announce retirement, you shouldn’t really believe them. But when rap’s first billionaire Jay-Z announced his retirement from rap in 2003, it seemed serious.

After releasing one of the greatest rap album “The Black Album,” he claimed he would not be making any more songs.

Rather, he’d focus on his side projects.

However, after three years he came back with “Kingdom Come.”

Since then, he has gone on to make five studio albums and four collaborative albums.

And of course three babies and a billion-dollar.

Lauryn Hill.

One of the most acclaimed R&B singer and rapper Lauryn Hill released her debut solo album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” in 1998.

The album was critically acclaimed and also won her two Grammys.

But after the release, she decided to step away from the limelight.

Ever since then, she’s been arrested for failing to pay taxes and also going MIA from the music scene.

She made a brief comeback in 2001 with an “MTV Unplugged” session and in 2004 with a Fugees reunion tour.

Ms. Hill has been touring continuously since 2012 and making headlines especially for either showing up late or canceling shows.

However, she hasn’t come up with any new music yet.


At just 19, Adele won the hearts of millions worldwide with her debut album “19”. But it was her second album “21” that made her what she is today.

She released another album in 2015 titled “25”.

The singer received immense success and accolades for her music that she didn’t know how to handle it.

Adele announced in 2017 that she’s retiring from touring as it was too hectic for her.

But there is a piece of good news for all you Adele fans out there. She might release a brand new album around Christmas this year.

The Eagles.

One of 70’s greatest rock bands The Eagles stopped making music in the after 1979 after releasing their sixth studio album “The Long Run”.

They released a live album in 1980 and gave it a rest.

14 years later Eagles released their second live album “Hell Freezes Over”.

And after another 13 years hiatus, the band finally released their seventh studio album “Long Road Out of Eden”.

In 2016 Eagles came up with another live album “Lives of Outlaw Men (Live)”.

The Rolling Stones.

Formed in the ’60s, The Rolling Stones have had a number of farewell tours and retirement plans.

But every time they come out of it with a bang.

They’ve had a 7 year-long break in between tours. But the band reunited to celebrate their 50th anniversary as a band.

And ever since then, they’ve been touring around the world every now and then.

Ozzy Osbourne.

Ozzy Osbourne famously announced his retirement from music and touring back in 1993, after the “No More Tours” tour.

But just two years later he was back with a new album “Ozzmosis”.

And he also began touring again.

He reunited with his band Black Sabbath in 2011 and released an album “13” in 2013.

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