THE CASE: After 50 years on the stage, should classic rockers consider hanging it up over a little thing like a 70th birthday?
Music icons like The Rolling Stones and The Beach Boys aren’t just influences – they’re still making new music and touring the world, as they both did to celebrate golden anniversaries in 2012. Meanwhile, their slightly younger peers KISS and Aerosmith released new albums last year without a hint of nostalgia.
Whenever they hit the road, Paul McCartney, The Who, Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters and Elton John have some of those year’s biggest tours. While these musicians certainly don’t need the money, fans are still packing the seats so why stop now? However, do rockers become parodies of themselves at a certain point, even the greatest ones? Should there be a retirement age for rock & roll, just like there is for other professions?
THIS EPISODE’S EXPERTS:
John Ostrosky, the co-host of TalkingMetal.com and the co-author of KISS guitarist Ace Frehley’s biography, No Regrets.
Doug Vannoni, a musician who has played in bands that toured with the Mick Taylor Band and Pink!, and played in the NYC music scene since the 1990s.
- Jillian Mapes, Radio.com