As you probably have heard, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith accidentally fell off stage and hurt himself. Of course he did! When 61 year old people fall, even a short distance, they break. Steven is lucky his hip didn’t shatter into 30 pieces. (It was unclear if he had a LifeCall pendant which summoned help for him.)
While I appreciate that elderly performers still crave the attention that they received when they were young, they are doing a disservice to their legacy by constantly rolling out every year. Why can’t they bow out gracefully and live on their millions?
While there are a few exceptions, these guys are not getting better with age. Have you heard Steven or Bob Dylan or Mick Jagger lately? Or even in the last 10 years? Not so good. (And contrary to what you think, Bob did have a respectable voice at one time.
I suppose aging rock stars are no worse than the aging fans that spend billions of dollars on things that will help them look younger. As someone that attends some of these concerts, I am quickly brought back to my current age by admiring the collection of fellow fans. The muffin top women that are spilling out in all the wrong places painted up like they were auditioning for the “Whore of the Year” contest.
Plus us men with the gray and balding tops praying that a goatee will take attention away from our lack of hair challenges. Of course we also have weight issues. Generally we sport our considerable girth in concert t-shirts that might have fit us some twenty years earlier. Fortunately, after a few beers, the reality of who we are gets washed away in alcohol, soft middle age. Problem solved.
Can we just get to a point where it is ok to age and look old? Would that really be such a bad thing? Sure, guys are still going to dump the older woman for the newer model but that’s just how God wants it. The new legion of old looking woman can gather in small groups and read The Sisterhood of Travelling Pants.
As for rock stars…let it go. You have enough cash and you will still be adored by your legion of fans. Getting up and twirling on stage at 61 is just silly. Even if I am willing to pay $250 a ticket to see you do it.
Seriously ladies? You would still do this guy?