So why do bands and artists like Black Sabbath, Motley Crue, Elton John, Kiss, Garth Brooks, and many others do “farewell” tours to end their careers with??? The answer is quite simple really is ’cause they know that “farewell” tours make big money. This is why legendary bands & artists end their careers with a tour instead of a final album. Bands retire without releasing one more album ’cause nobody cares about albums anymore, right? People nowadays care about live concerts more.
If you think these legendary bands and artists care about the fans, they don’t. They only care about the money, that’s it. These bands & artists have no reason to retire at all… they go out ’cause they want to make more money. They figure, “Why not call it quits, make a bunch of money and then enjoy the rest of our lives with it?”. That’s what it’s all about, really.
I remember reading interviews with Billy Joel and he criticized this. Billy Joel is definitely no fan of legendary bands & artists doing “retirement” tours. Billy said he would never do one and that’s good.
I really think “farewell tours” are pretty silly and nothing more but a big cash grab for sure. That’s all they are really.