On Sunday August 23, 2015 a day that will live in infamy the boys in One Direction announced they are going on hiatus starting in March 2016.
The group, which is now made up of Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and and Niall Horan, has mutually agreed to take at least a year long break from the band to pursue their own projects, a source confirms to PEOPLE.
But what does hiatus mean? Is it a breakup or will we ever see the boys back together, including Zayn Malik who left the group back in March of 2015? Only time will tell but thanks to Wikipedia I can look up a list of bands that went on hiatus and see if they did ever get back together.
Phish go on hiatus in 2000, get together again New Year’s Eve of 2002. Go back on hiatus in 2004 and reformed in 2009. They are still touring together
Black Crowes: After a hiatus between 2002 and 2005, the band released Warpaint, which hit number 5 on the Billboard chart.After the release of a double album, the greatest hits-like and mostly acoustic Croweology in August 2010, the band started a 20th anniversary tour that was followed by an ongoing second hiatus. The band announced that they would return in early 2013 but that December they returned to hiatus status with no specific return date. They announced their break-up in 2015.
Blink-182: Tom DeLonge leaves the group in 2005, sending the band into what was termed an “indefinite hiatus”. The trio reunited in 2009, producing their sixth album, Neighborhoods (2011). In 2015, DeLonge again exited, and was replaced by Alkaline Trio guitarist and vocalist Matt Skiba.
The Backsteet Boys came back (alright!) in 2005 after a 5 year hiatus and released their fifth studio album in Never Gone. After the conclusion of the Never Gone Tour in 2006, Kevin Richardson left the group to pursue other interests. The group then released two albums as a quartet: Unbreakable (2007) and This Is Us (2009). In 2012, the group announced that Richardson had rejoined them permanently.
Weezer: The band goes into hiatus after their second album Pinkerton is released from 1997-1999. They reunite in 2000 and continue to make records. In 2006 Rivers Cuomo confirms that Weezer is now on hiatus again. Commenting on the band’s future he said, “I’m not certain we’ll ever make a record again, unless it becomes really obvious to me that we need to do one.” They put out albums in 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2014. They continue to tour.
Starting in 2007, Wikipedia created a section especially for bands announcing their hiatus. Here are a few of the major players that needed a break.
Evanescence (currently touring)
Nickel Creek (reformed in 2014)
Train (reformed in 2009)
Outkast (toured in 2014, future TBD)
Red Hot Chili Peppers (reformed 2010)
Incubus (reformed 2011)
Dixie Chicks (still hiatus but have been know to play some corporate gigs)
Foo Fighters (back in 2011)
Nine Inch Nails (back in 2014)
Fall Out Boy (indefinite hiatus lasted until 2012)
TV On The Radio (reformed 2011)
The Killers (reformed 2011)
Jonas Brothers (broke up officially in 2013
Mumford & Sons (reformed in 2015)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs (still on hiatus from December 2014 announcement)
fun. (announced hiatus in February)
One Direction (only time will tell)