Old Rock & Rollers Never Die – In Fact They’re Finding It Kind Of Tough To Even ‘Fade Away’

Have you ever ever thought that an excessive amount of of factor may be far more than sufficient?

OK… let me again up.

My spouse and I have been channel browsing the opposite evening and when she handed an previous B&W clip of a ’60’s British Invasion’ rock band I stated, “wait, again up!”

It was one in every of my favourite songs and it introduced again all of these nice recollections from forty years in the past. After a couple of moments we have been finger poppin’ and singing proper together with the nice previous music – feeling all ‘groovy’ and ‘gear’ and ‘fab’ as soon as extra till… The clip instantly switched to a – a bunch of previous guys. That they had grey hair. They have been balding. That they had potbellies. They seemed like … ME !!! Eeeek !!!!

“Whoa – what’s up with this?” I turned to my spouse in bewilderment and requested, “Who the bleep are these previous dudes and why are they messing up that nice previous music?”

Effectively as if in direct reply to our rock & roll conundrum, one other previous man (say, there are a whole lot of us aren’t there?) got here on the TV and stated ” Say Beverly (that appeared to be the identify of the reasonably patrician trying girl posing as an getting older hipster who was standing subsequent to him and trying to muster up the lengthy forgotten look as soon as introduced on by rock & roll mesmerism) wasn’t that nice?”

Effectively no really it wasn’t – however we continued to hear.

“Sure, Bev,” he stated smiling at her, “that was the ‘[email protected]%^*XX’ doing their unforgettable hit from 1965.”


“Maintain on a second,” I stated to the spouse. “What’s he speaking about? And why are these previous guys doing that nice previous music and making an attempt to sound just like the …” Oh-oh. I turned to her with a rising sense of horror because it slowly started to daybreak on me. These previous guys with gray hair, pot bellies and whiskey-hoarse voices introduced on from a long time of screaming out these acquainted lyrics have been, that nice previous group – all grown up. Actually, actually grown up. Perhaps grown up and out and searching ‘rode exhausting and put away moist’ as my previous concert-going buddy from the wild previous days used to say after we wakened the following morning and had the dangerous judgment to look within the mirror.

“It is actually them, is not it?” I stated to my spouse, mentally begging her to contradict me. No such luck. She simply nodded solemnly and stated “Yup.”

As we’d have stated again when that music, that band, and me have been hip, cool and – younger, “Bummer!”

Now do not get me unsuitable. I’ve acquired nothing towards getting older Rock & Rollers and former pop stars. Actually for a really brief time and in a really restricted approach, I used to be one myself.

All proper let me amend that whereas my spouse who’s studying this over my shoulder, rolls across the flooring with helpless laughter, the optimum phrases within the above assertion are ‘brief time’ and ‘restricted approach’. I, like in all probability tens of millions of our technology, belonged to a rock band. Really a number of rock bands. And as typical of that period, we at all times had a tricky time protecting any band collectively for quite a lot of months or till we acquired the money from our first paying gig and needed to determine whether or not to spend it on badly wanted new gear or blow it on a beer bash.

Yeah … Effectively why do you suppose all these ‘storage bands’ gave the impression of they have been about to blow a speaker? ‘Trigger they have been!

Anyway even with my glancing brush with fame and fortune, I’ve an timeless gentle spot for all musicians, getting older or in any other case. Actually, when the previous crew and me get collectively and hearth up the previous Fender amps, nothing is extra enjoyable. Associates come over and all of us drink beer and sing and jam – similar to the previous days.

So then “why” you ask (and also you do. do not you?) am I being such an previous curmudgeon in regards to the previously wealthy, well-known and proficient, giving concert events and croaking out their previous songs on late evening TV? What is the distinction between me and my previous buddies wailing away for pals, and the getting older rock stars singing (or making an attempt to) their previous songs?

Effectively there’s one massive one … Outdoors of a dozen-college campus’s, we weren’t well-known!

No-one has been enjoying our few authentic songs for the previous 40 years and connecting them with recollections of their very own youth.

Come on, be trustworthy. Which might you reasonably do, run into you are your ‘old flame’ on the grocery store in sweats, or preserve that reminiscence because it was?

I assumed so.

Effectively it is the identical approach with music is not it? And particularly for us – the technology that got here to be outlined by music.

In order one previous rock and curler, let me make this heartfelt plea to my richer and far more well-known brethren, perhaps that is the time to simply sit back and ‘let or not it’s’. Take up gardening, fishing, golf – hen watching! However please – please… Depart us our recollections!

Rock on.


Ric Wasley – Creator

Shadow of Innocence

Kunati – April 2007

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