Do Old Rock Stars Look Stupid on Stage?
Rhythm Reload’s Top 6 2019 Denver Summer Concerts that you might want to see this year before they are gone forever.
By Eric Gruneisen
I once watched an interview with Grace Slick, legendary singer of Jefferson Airplane. She described rockstars onstage, well past their prime, and what it looks like to her. “Aging rockstars don’t belong on stage!” and “All rock-and-rollers over the age of 50 look stupid and should retire!”
Her statements were blunt, basically saying they looked ridiculous.
Contrary to what Slick’s opinion is, there are still a number of old-timers making the rounds. Still touring, decades after they first hit the music industry and wrote music; music that is still relevant today, and has been since the 60’s and 70’s.
As time goes on, the show must end for all of these rockstars, and this year there are a few making the trip around the circuit for the last time. Think about it- What keeps these guys going? Is it the addiction to being in the limelight? Is it poor financial situations from living lives of excess? Whatever the reason may be, Rhythm Reload Magazine has put together a list of the top 6 rockers that will call it quits in 2019 with–what else?–A tour.
6. Hollywood Vampires
If you do your research, you will find that the Hollywood Vampires have been around for a very long time. First, as a drinking club for misbehaving rockstars and famous people in the 70’s. Founded by Alice Cooper, the band/club has seen its share of members over the decades. With a new set of all-stars in the lineup, you have to wonder just how long Cooper can keep it going. At 71 years old, he is still on the road touring, and still giving performances, as if it were the 1970s. Although this band will live forever by new generations upon generations of rock stars, you have to wonder how long before it’s over for the aging members. A band that seldomly tours and the age of current members are the reasons the Hollywood Vampires start out our list of top 6 bands to see before they retire.
5. Billy Joel
At 69 years old, Billy Joel is still sitting at the piano belting out the songs that brought him his fame on the 1973 release of Piano Man. Almost 50 years later, he makes the rounds one more time. With a long history of being suckered by the people that he trusted with his money, you can only speculate why he is still touring almost into his 70’s.
4. Phil Collins
Now here’s a guy you don’t hear a lot about these days. Joining the band Genesis in 1971, Phil Collins has been making music for just about the same amount of time that Billy Joel has. Starting his solo career in 1979, he gave us a boatload of hits that became part of the 1980s’ mainstream rotation, both on the radio and MTV. Given that you don’t hear much from Phil anymore, we put him on the list at number 4.
3. The Who
The Who. A band that has been singing about their generation since 1965, when they released their album “My Generation” on Brunswick Records.
They too are on tour again, once more before it becomes their time to actually f-f-fade away. 54 years after the album My Generation’s release, this show tops out at our number 3; confirming that all good things must come to an end. I repeat: 54 years later!!
If you ever wanted the best, KISS gave you the best.
The hottest band in the world not yet wearing Depends (but probably close!): KISS!!! A stage performance and spectacle that helped define 1970s pop culture; the decade which brought us Dukes of Hazzard, Charlie’s Angels, The BeeGees, and–thankfully– KISS. Oh, the iconic entertainment images KISS embedded in our memories forever.
If you had a Farrah Fawcett poster on your wall, there’s a good chance you had one or two Kiss posters to go with it. You have to give credit where credit is due, and their stage show and larger-than-life persona has influenced many mainstream bands in the past four decades and continues to do so.
Sure, the band has new members. Yes, there are rumors of lip-syncing. Even so, nothing beats the feeling you get when the costumes and explosions hit the stage and you hear the music that reminds you of what it was like to be alive in the 1970s. Coming in at #2 on our list, Kiss’ End of the Road Tour is–without a doubt–one of our top picks of must-see concerts in 2019.
1. The Rolling Stones
Ah, The Rolling Stones.
Unfortunately, at the time I am writing this, the Stones have had to postpone their US tour due to illness. Mick Jagger has been advised to not go on tour due to medical issues.
Jagger, who is now 75 years old, issued a public apology via Twitter for having to postpone the upcoming show dates. However, seeing that these dates are to be rescheduled and the show must go on, they make the grade for number one concert to see in 2019 before they retire.
When you are 75 and can’t tour because you’re too damn old, you get the number one spot on our list! You never know if you will get another chance to see the show when your favorite rocker needs a rocking chair instead of a microphone.