Aging Rockers--When Should They Quit?
- 2010/01/21 16:48:23
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It wasn't the 25-year-old lead singer of some 80s hair band. It was musical legend Prince singing in Philadelphia for his Musicology tour six years ago at age 46. Despite being middle-aged, the pint-sized performer pranced around in platforms, switched guitars and costumes a dozen times and sang strong and clear for the better part of three hours.
Prince is one of those aging legends who, for whatever reason, still "has it." Others in his league: Bruce Springsteen, who still plays three-hour sets and is in good shape for someone five years from Medicare eligibility, and the Rolling Stones, whose lead singer Mick Jagger can still hop around the stage like he did 40 years ago (sans the illicit drugs, we hope).
But there are other aging musical legends whose performances in recent years have garnered less than stellar reviews, such as Bob Dylan (one concert reviewer said his voice sounded like it had been "dragged through tobacco fields." Ouch.). Then there are other band members, such as former Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, who may still be clinging to their earlier wild child ways of abusing drugs. But even if the band can still play and the singer can still croon, do you really want to hear someone old enough to be your grandpa sing about sex and drugs? Cringe.
The ladies at Yahoo! Shine also recently pondered the questions of when musicians should fold 'em. Here are some signs that a band might want to consider hanging up its guitars:
1) Their voice has gone to crap.
2) One or more band members is still struggling with addiction.
3) They can barely play for two hours.
4) They don't have the energy. They don't have to do gymnastics or big leaps like David Lee Roth, but they can't stand there like a plant either.
Here's IGN's list of the top 10 aging rockers for you to agree or disagree with.
What are other signs that a band should call it quits? What bands still have it in your opinion, and which ones don't?
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