Global supergroup The Allies, which officially broke up 67 years ago, met this weekend at Camp David to discuss reuniting for one last European tour.
The group reached the height of its international renown in the early 1940s. It disbanded shortly after its explosive yet controversial tour through Japan in the summer of 1945, though many critics point to the group’s wildly successful German tour as the cause of the ideological differences that ultimately split the members apart.
“The unexpected triumph of that spring tour through Germany really went to the head of some of The Allies,” said Dr. Alan Stepwell, professor of International Relations at Berklee College of Music and one of the preeminent scholars on the group’s history. “The cracks between the American and Russian members in particular were very deep, even before they traveled to Japan.”
Most members of The Allies, as well as the majority of their fans, sided with New Wave innovator United States and its band of brothers NATO in its embarrassingly public dispute with Russian-led band–Warsaw Pact, a darker, techno-infused endeavor that is often described as “depressing” yet “captivating.” Only in the past 20 years have both sides been able to put aside their differences and collaborate again, but not as part of the collective that catapulted them to global prominence.
That all might change, as President Barack Obama met this weekend with many former Allies members. Invited to join in this special reunion were new additions Japan and Italy, two former members of Axis Powers, the only group to ever compete with The Allies on an international stage. German Chancellor Angela Merkel also attended the meeting to discuss a potential repeat of The Allies’ dominating Berlin performance during the spring of 1945.
“Right now the only question is the economics of the situation, and how much The Allies expect the German people to fund this extravaganza,” said Chancellor Merkel, adding that she would “love nothing more” than to facilitate a reunion of The Allies since the first tour had clearly brought so much benefit to Germany and its citizens.