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Retirements that didn't last

Retirements that didn’t last — Frank Sinatra, Jay-Z, and Barbra Streisand are some of the performers that can’t stay away from the stage

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Frank Sinatra
The Promise Facing society’s changing tastes, Ol’ Blue Eyes bowed out in 1971.
The Truth Psych! In a mere two years he was back, and continued to ring-a-ding-ding on stage up through a February ’95 event — at the ripe old age of 79.

Cher
The Promise In June 2002, she kicked off Living Proof: The Farewell Tour.
The Truth Its smash success carried the show through ’05. Plans for a new studio album are currently on hold, but not discounted by her rep. Do you believe in life after Cher?

KISS
The Promise Gene Simmons claimed they were done in 2000; a ”final” tour followed in 2002…
The Truth …and so did a 2003 30th-anniversary tour. In ’07, the aptly named comic-book series Kiss 4K: Legends Never Die hit stores nationwide.

Barbra Streisand
The Promise La Diva (famous for her severe stage fright) threatened to quit performing live in 1999.
The Truth Babs returned in ’06 for a string of national dates, and is playing a series of shows in Europe.

Jay-Z
The Promise The hip-hop kingpin declared 2003’s Black Album would be his last.
The Truth Not so much: See 2006’s Kingdom Come; his just-announced disc, American Gangster; rap cameos for Rihanna, Fall Out Boy…

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