With the rousing success of Jersey Boys, I started thinking about which band could be in the jukebox musical of the future. The Four Seasons were chosen for their catalog of memorable hits and a history that was far different than their image.
Perhaps the next legendary rock group to sell, would be The Eagles tickets, the story of a soft rock band that is anything but relaxed and copasetic behind the scenes. The journey from being Linda Ronstadt’s recording band to the infamous Long Night at Wrong Beach would be as compelling as any bad band breakup out there.
Watching the divide between Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner could end the first and second acts, with Don Felder, Timothy B. Scott, and Joe Walsh coming on to try and fix a group that had long been infected with egos and clashing personalities.
Of course, the problem would be to get everybody to sign off on the project, considering that this group has had nearly as many lawsuits exchanged as records produced, this might be a little difficult.
It would be much easier to sell Coldplay tickets to the story of the group that almost always seems to get along. They would split the profits equally between Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman, and Will Champion.
If they fought they would just swear off hard drugs again and Chris Martin would feel after trying to kick Champion out of the band and seeing him doing shots at the local pub.
Another direction would be to go with the Jackson 5, but that story might be too scary and dysfunctional for the public to see.