As some of you are probably aware, the Swedish House Mafia (Sebastian Ingrosso, Axwell, Steve Angello) have announced that they will be ending their final tour at 2013 Ultra Music Festival. In what’s actually a pretty great tribute to the trio, Ultra will both open and close with performances by the Swedes. Since the festival is now moving to a two-week format (a la Coachella), that means that the SHM will headline the first Friday night (March 15th) and the last Sunday night (March 24th).
Since the Swedish House Mafia are arguably the biggest group in electronic dance music today, the honor is fitting–they made their North American debut at Ultra back in 2010. Those of you who have seen the short documentary Take One (which I’m just now realizing could be a reference to drugs) will also remember that set was the first time that they ever played the hit single “One.”
So what if you can’t make it to Ultra or any of the stops on their farewell tour? Should you be concerned that you won’t get to see them perform together ever again?
Not at all.
I’ve got a pretty good inclination that the three aren’t going to meet with the same individual success that they would if they stuck together. As with every great band or group who aren’t really in it for the art (I’m sorry, I just can’t bring myself to believe that these guys really “do it for the music” anymore), it’ll come down to dollars and cents.
I give it three years maximum before the three hit the studio again. Four years (tops) before they start going on tour.