Posted by: Admin | July 23, 2010

OLD ROCKERS NEVER DIE…

…THEY JUST ROCK HARDER!

I used to have a T-shirt that bore the legend: Old Fords never die, they just go faster. Happily, old rock stars have had much greater longevity than my Cortina Mark 1. I’ve mentioned before about the Paul McCartney “Up and Coming” Tour that landed in Hyde Park a couple of weeks ago. I saw some reviews that sneered that Macca’s voice wasn’t up to live performance any more. I’ve heard the clips on YouTube and I can see where they’re coming from, but believe me, it sounded fine live. The guy is 68, for goodness sake, and he and his band put on a damn good show. He looks fantastic as well. Maybe he’s had a little work, I don’t know, but his physique can only be the result of a healthy diet and exercise.

Now I know that yesterday I was demanding new music. Today I’m back to nostalgia for a few hundred words. No apologies!

When they first started out, some of the comeback kids currently doing the rounds must have assumed they would be pushing up daisies long before they got a second chance to rock out. Look at Ozzy Osborne. Nowadays, his default expression seems to be one of mild bewilderment. No wonder when he spent his youth trying to destroy himself.

These survivors of the seventies and eighties must surely feel grateful they can still pick up a guitar after watching so many of their contemporaries bite the dust. So I doubt that gripes about the strength of his voice will be any more than a mild irritant to Paul McCartney.

I once saw Robert Plant perform with Alison Krauss. The golden voice wasn’t all that it used to be, but the performance was so assured, the performer so comfortable on stage, the audience were entranced.

Two years ago, I took a road trip with Son no.2. We flew into Nashville and meandered to Memphis, New Orleans and up to Mississippi. There, we saw BB King perform at his annual homecoming concert and David “Honeyboy” Edwards who, at the age of 94 (yes, NINETY FOUR) performed for two hours. I’d like to share some of that trip with you in later posts, but for now I can only say that there’s something about making a career in music that seems to super-charge a musician’s blood. Survive the crazy years and they seem to go on and on, like the Duracell bunny.

Tomorrow’s Saturday interview is with a performer who is still rocking past 50, along with his loyal band of fans. Check back in, why doncha?

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