All the hard living, pushing retirement acts of my ‘yoof’ seem to have run out of money, or are craving the limelight, or both because so many of them are heading this way in the next few months, or have been here this year.
We went to see The Rolling Stones on the 22 November which was indeed epic and the best live gig I have ever been to, and I know several fellow middle-agers loved heading off to see Rod Stewart in Dunedin and will be there to see Elton John in Wellington.
Just as an aside, in keeping with the aged rockers theme, I discovered a site that constantly updates the combined ages of The Rolling Stones, which at writing, was 283 years and 39 days.
A quick poke around ticketing sites shows a plethora of names from the past; Heart, Foreigner, Three Dog Night are doing a three group gig, Kenny Rogers, Yes, The Seekers, Joan Armatrading, and Jethro Tull are all on their way and even Paul Simon’s and Sting’s egos are planning a double billing.
Of course many will involve travel if you wish to relive your youth, but it’s a small price (well, not really) to get to sit with a bunch of other ‘old folk’ singing along to your favourites, marvelling at their skills and buying some coveted ‘merch’ while telling yourself, “Glad I got to see them while they’re still alive”.
But if you want to enjoy the music without parting with the cash for tickets, travel and merchandise, you can visit your local library, or indeed, visit us online at home, where you can grab CDs, DVDs of live concerts and indulge in a little downloading through Freegal. This is where library customers can download free songs, or even videos from the Sony catalogue.
And then you have them on your phone, your tablet, your laptop… forever!
There are also some great biographies and autobiographies to read on these eternal artists, some authorized, many not, and some of the great ones are written by ex-wives, roadies and those close to the action and the excess.
So get your groove on, be it live, at your nearest library or in the privacy of your home or car.