I think it's worth reminding folks of one salient point here Tom was talking about septuagenarians in ROCK bands. He was specifically decrying the depressing spectacle of one- way splits (ouch) and arthritic windmills in the context of people who had penned songs with titles like "My Generation" and other anthems of youth culture.
I don't believe he was for a second disparaging the performances of people like the two erstwhile physicians,
(Doc Watson or Dr. John) mentioned in
prior exchanges or Ella or any other person that is simply eligible for AARP
Membership. His comment was specific to those artist who are not gracefully accepting the inevitable passage of time.
By the way, as a Mac Rebennack obsessive I am currently reading his
autobiography for the third time and thoroughly enjoying a new album that was just released by him called "Locked Down" that is just delightful.
He is a superb example of a Silver Fox who still sounds great and remains a vital and engaging artist. Doc is pretty weathered at this point and when I ran into him a few years back I was fairly
sure his days of making records were over. He proved me quite wrong and I am happy to say it.
As we all know youth is wasted on the young...
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On Jun 1, 2012, at 10:04 AM, Lou Judson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I saw Ella's last concert in San Francisco. She needed a lot of help getting onto the stage, but did herself proud from her stool all night long!
> My all-time favorite geezer show was Dr. John a few years ago - he's not extremely old yet but the shriveled old guys playing horns with him were amazing! Barley creeping around but rockin the house when they played!
> Bill Kirchen does an excellent sow to - just celebrated the 40th anniversary of Hod Rod Lincoln, and he burns it up regularly. But hey, he's only about 63 or so...
> Lou Judson
> Intuitive Audio
> On Jun 1, 2012, at 6:30 AM, Carl Pultz wrote:
>> I did witness Count Basie wheeled out on stage, summer 1981. It was sad to
>> see him that way, but I did get to see him (from quite a distance - the lawn
>> at a festival) and the band rocked. Saw Ella on the same occasion, while she
>> was still able to stand. She held the multitude in the palm of her hand.