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Old 10th May 2014, 13:22
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Too old to rock and roll...

Nobody wants to be accused of being past it and being put out to pasture!

Still it seems that some folks are are able to go on and on doing the stuff they are good at... from rock and roll to running big businesses... etc.

I proffer this musical example of an older dude done good... (although he has 'recently 'retired').


What other good examples of older folk are there who are still clearly rocking despite their age?

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Old 10th May 2014, 13:28
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I have tickets for BB King in July - he's 88 and still does 100 concerts a year!


Saw Gordon Lightfoot (75) last week. How many guys kicking around now had Elvis do covers of their songs?
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Old 10th May 2014, 13:40
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I saw the Rolling Stones at Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, earlier this year and I was amazed at the energy they all had, and Jaggers voice is still strong and can carry the lyrics without straining.

They played for around 2 hours which puts many of the new bands, and the odious little cretin Beiber, to shame. I am told they struggle to complete a 1 hour set. The guitar playing is just as good as ever as well.

Guns n Roses a couple of years ago were also excellent at the same venue, though I seem to remember they did get booed off the stage somewhere in Europe on the same tour.
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If you think you're too old for Rock and Roll you probably are.
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Good God, I saw BB King in concert when I was 19 y/o.

His act was very good then and I imagine it still is now. Well done that man.
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You don't stop playing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop playing.
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Vera Lynn is still kicking along just fine at 97 and has just released a new album to celebrate her 90 years in show business!

Dame Vera Lynn, 97, to release new album - Telegraph

Here's the list of the 100 oldest living rock stars. Although many are still living, not many are still performing.

The 100 Oldest Living Rock Stars - I Hope I Die Before I Get Old

Saw Leonard Cohen year before last and he was skipping around the stage at age 73.
Petula Clark is doing an Australian tour this year - she's 82.
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"and Jaggers voice is still strong and can carry the lyrics without straining."


And that is what is amazing.

Out here in Aus, we had Meat loaf do a couple of songs for our football grand final entertainment.

Let's just say it was embarassing to say the least.

He had hardly any voice and certainly couldn't get to the top where he used to.

If you want to see it, it's on Youtube under AFL Grand Final Meat loaf.

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Old 10th May 2014, 20:04
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Just ordered the latest John Mayall CD, due later this month. John is 80. James Last is still leading his band, I think he is 85?.
The combined ages of Emerson, Lake and Palmer now exceeds 185 years.
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last Monday I got dragged along to a Wildlife do (Wildlife Rocks) at Guildford 'cause Er Indoors heard that Brian May was going to be speaking about the badger cull etc. Not sure how old he is but the big mop of white hair makes him look a bit old.

Highlights for me, though, whats left of the Troggs and Hawkwind both played live sets, they've still "got it". It was a good day out in the end.

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Highlights for me, though, whats left of the Troggs and Hawkwind both played live sets, they've still "got it". It was a good day out in the end.
I wonder if Stacia was dancing around the stage with Hawkwind ? Hawkwind with Stacia, photos by Jorgen Angel

Most of the old rockers, most notably the 'strolling bones' have lived VERY healthy lives for many years and look after themselves better than their audiences. The legend of their wild days is way in the past. Any of the rockers who carried on with fast living, died young.


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I'm told at my age I should be appreciating the
classical and enjoying Wagner, Strauss et al as
well as the odd opera, and theatre productions
of Porgy and Bess.

That's bullsh!t. I can't stand any bloody classical
music and to hell with boring opera and Porgy and
Bess. Give me a good Dire Straits or Black Sab CD
(or concert) anyday!

The only thing I outgrew was disco - at the age of
21. After that age it was simply to pick up chicks
and immediately leave.
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I'm told at my age I should be appreciating the
classical and enjoying Wagner, Strauss et al as
well as the odd opera, and theatre productions
of Porgy and Bess.

A pity you take that attitude. Ive been appreciating all of them since I was around 16 (Porgy and Bess apart!) and I also like rock, jazz and many other forms.

I like hamburgers but I wouldnt want to have to eat them every day of my life. Shame you've written off all forms of classical music Mike, but I guess it will struggle along without you and will still be around in hundreds of years time. Try this - boring it isn't

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeXR5blDTIk

(Why do you sometimes just get the You Tube thing as a link?)
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Shame you've written off all forms of classical music Mike
You're implying I'm against classical music per se
Mr Nav - and no I'm not. If classical is your thing
that's fine. Its not my cup of tea that's all, just
as Rap isn't either. I just object to people telling
me I should appreciate classical at my vintage
and..."shame" if I don't.

The actor Stan Tucci delivered this line in the film
Conspiracy "I have never understood the passion
for Schubert's sentimental Viennese shit."


Same with me. What's so heart-tearing about it?

Your link is visually impressive, and the talent of both
the conductor and orchestra is to the highest degree
as expected of a world class standard, but the music
itself? Sorry but it does nothing at all.

But that's me.

Being impressed by the ability of a group of musicians
is one thing but enjoying the actual product is another
and entirely subjective.
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We salute...

In the pantheon of older rockers you have to salute Phil Mogg, he of UFO fame. UF who you say?

One of the best vocalists out there and still going (much to the surprise of many, him having definitely lived the rock and roll lifestyle and all)...


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rans6andrew - The slight problem with regard to the Troggs long-life performance - is that 3 of the original 4 band members are now dead!
Only the 4th founding member, Chris Britton is still alive, and still with the "new" Troggs.

Original members of the Troggs:

Reg Presley - died 2012
Dave Wright - died 2008
Ronnie Bond - died 1992
Chris Britton - alive and leading the band today
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From 5 mins in ... golly
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Its not my cup of tea that's all, just
as Rap isn't either.
Well, we can agree on that, at least
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Old 13th May 2014, 18:55
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I believe that one of the original rock and rollers, Chuck Berry, is still touring.

I saw BB King a few years ago and he apologised that he had to sit down because his 'knees had gone'. An absolute master.

If you ever hear a name / band from the 'past' who are on tour, then they are nearly always worth seeing. They wouldn't survive in the music business if they weren't any good.

I took my wife to see George Thorogood (only 64) a couple of years ago. "Who?" she said. It was one of the best concerts she had been to.
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