A Brief History Of Bands Who Went On A “Break”

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After news broke this weekend that One Direction are rumoured to be starting a one year break from the band in March, our first instinct was to lay in the fetal position and cry. We did that for a few minutes and then remembered that not all bands use a hiatus as a stepping stone to eventually breaking up….although some do.

Here’s a look at bands who made a break work and others who were just waiting for the word “up”.

No Doubt
No Doubt

Band Established: 1986
Hiatus Years: 2004 – 2008, 2012 – 2014
Current Status: After six albums and two hiatuses, No Doubt are one of the few bands that doesn’t scare us with the ‘h’ word since they always seem to find their way back to one another.

Blink 182

Band Established: 1992
Hiatus Years: 2005 – 2009
Current Status: Much to the dismay of his band mates, Tom DeLonge announced a hiatus for Blink-182 in 2005, saying he wanted to spend time with his family, only to reemerge the same year with his new band, Angels and Airwaves. Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker continued playing together as +44. After Barker was involved in a plane crash that killed two of the four passengers on board, the trio reconnected. Unfortunately, a messy break up that pitted DeLonge against his Blink bandmates this year looks like the final straw for the pop punkers.

Fall Out Boy

Band Established: 2001
Hiatus Years: 2010 – 2012
Current Status: After years of relentless touring, Fall Out Boy took a two-year break from themselves. Patrick Stump released a solo album, while Pete Wentz tried his hand at a few different musical ventures. In the end the break worked, with the band reuniting and releasing some of their strongest material to date.

The White Stripes
The White Stripes

Band Established: 1997
Hiatus Years: 2008 – 2011
Current Status: After a three year hiatus, Jack White announced he and drummer Meg White would be disbanding The White Stripes. Although we’re still getting great tunes from Jack every year, we’d love the chance to see a reunion between the duo.

Mumford and Sons
Mumford and Sons

Band Established: 2007
Hiatus Years: 2014 – 2015
Current Status: Um, guys, we’re really happy the band got back together so quickly, but maybe a hiatus that lasts less than a year doesn’t need to be announced?


Band Established: 1995
Hiatus Years: 2012 -2015
Current Status: The band went through some dramatic years, with the line up being updated every time fans hit ‘refresh’ on the band’s Wikipedia. As of now, Evanescence is scheduled to play Ozzfest in Japan this November.

The Civil Wars
The Civil Wars

Band Established: 2008
Hiatus Years: 2012 – 2014
Current Status: Folk duo The Civil Wars gained widespread attention for their music after having it featured on the soundtracks for Grey’s Anatomy, The Hunger Games and later touring with Adele. But after months of not speaking, the duo won their fourth Grammy in 2014 and announced their hiatus. They eventually announced their professional split in 2015.

The Wanted
The Wanted

Band Established: 2009
Hiatus Years: 2014 – Present
Current Status: After signing with Scooter Braun’s management team and doing their best to dethrone One Direction from the pop charts, The Wanted released three albums and decided to spend some time apart. The boy band announced their hiatus in 2014 and we’re still waiting for that update…