Thursday, June 29, 2017

Chasing Aging Rockers

If you recall, last year we saw the loss of a number of iconic rock stars. Prince, Bowie, Glenn Frey, George Michael and two thirds of Emerson Lake and Palmer with Greg Lake and Keith Emerson turning over to the "show that never ends."
The Church, 2016

For some reason, these deaths always come as a shock. I don't know why they do, because the majority of them are pretty old and, well, everyone's gotta go sometime.

But part of the shock is that in many cases they are someone I saw 30 years ago, and that's how I'll always remember them. Prince is a great example. He was a phenomenal showman and one of the best guitarists I've ever seen, but now he's gone.

So as an answer to this apparent epidemic, my wife and I are committed to attempting to see more aging rockers before they kick the proverbial bucket. Sure there's plenty of new talent out there and we see/listen to many of them as well. But when it comes to the classics, we figure, see them now, or never.

As a result, in the next few weeks, we are seeing some good ones.

This afternoon for example, we are going to Summerfest to see The Church, who are definitively my favorite group ever. The two remaining core members in their early 60's and still recording new, great material. In a couple of months they are coming out with a new album and probably a tour to back it. So why not just wait and go then?

Because you never know. Especially lately.

You know they are my favorite when I am willing to deal with the hassles of Summerfest to go see them. In fact, depending on the crowd, I may just go, watch them, and leave. Last time I was at Summerfest was probably 20 years ago. But I can't miss this.

Then, in a few weeks I will be going to see Roger Waters of Pink Floyd fame. He is 73 years old, but still rocking it. I actually saw Pink Floyd at County Stadium in 1987 for $5.50. There is a great story behind that transaction. Be sure and ask me about it sometime.

So, I am going with another huge fan and my son, Ben. And I actually prefer Waters' cohort, David Gilmour's songs - he tours himself at times, but I didn't want to miss this chance.

Because if I were to skip it, the question is:

What if?

And finally in September we are going to see Stevie Nicks at Ravinia. Now, I saw Fleetwood Mac in 1984 or so, but I have always been a Stevie fan. But she is 69, and, like the others...

you never know. 

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