In the 80s, I saw Rex Harrison play Henry Higgins and forget the lyrics to "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face." Also saw Ella fall off a riser at the Hollywood Bowl. She made a self-deprecating crack and got a standing ovation. Never missed a note.
On Jun 1, 2012, at 6:30 AM, "Carl Pultz" <[log in to unmask]> 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.
> I'll nominate Neil Young as a geezer who still matters. His recent record
> with Lanois shows him willing to place his well-established style in a fresh
> sonic context. I find it a strong statement. But, I've always had a soft
> spot for a guy who sounds so ugly but writes such pretty tunes.
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> Hmm. Everyone seems to be forgetting Mick Jagger. Or how about Tina Turner??
> Mick can still leap about with the best of them and has the chops to
> carry it off. He's also a master of parodying himself.
> Tina had a hit single in 2010 but I can find no mention of tour support.
> I suspect both will quit working before they have to push them onstage
> in wheelchairs.
> At least I hope so.
> On 5/31/2012 5:29 AM, Tom Fine wrote:
>> Hi David:
>> If Elvis turned into a self-parody (NO disagreement there), then my
>> point about aged rockers out doing dinosaur tours is even more valid.
>> Nothing is more self-parodying than, say David Lee Roth and Eddie Van
>> Halen circa 2012. Or Bob Dylan any time in recent years, his shot
>> voice croaking nonsense versions of the same old stuff. If these guys
>> had any sort of mission-critical jobs, they'd have been put out to
>> pasture years ago!
>> -- Tom Fine
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>> From: Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>
>>> I remember mocking Elvis in his late years, and he was only in his 40's.
>> Everyone mocked Elvis in his late years. From some of the things you've
>> written about the Beatles, I'd guess you're about 5 years younger than
>> When we were in high school, Elvis was a target of derision. It may be
>> unfair, but although we loved his early stuff, we saw him as a
>> Then he died, and suddenly he was The King. Astute career move. :-)