Saturday, May 20, 2006

Rock of Ages

I remember as a teenager the excitement caused by the arrival of first the beat groups and then the rock bands of the late sixties and early seventies. These guys (and they were nearly all guys) were a few years older than the fans, and were god-like figures, with great manes of hair and impossibly tight jeans. Thirty - odd years later, incredibly, most of them seem to be still around. Have a look who's touring at the moment - The Stones (once they've located Keef's brain) Deep Purple, Jethro Tull, a version of ELO, and so on. Of course, the members aren't the same - they are now fat and bald, or indeed dead. Which leads me to my proposition - the amalgamation of rock bands to compensate for missing members. I notice the Who are headlining festivals this summer, despite being down to 50% of their original strength due to the exits of the drummer and the bass player. There's another group who are 50% down, too, and the remaining members are - the drummer and the bass player! Step forward The Whotles, or possibly the Boo. That bass player might need the money, soon...

3 comments:

francessa said...

Maybe one should start an agency for finding missing band partners ...
Yes, and there's Elton John, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Cliff Richard, Tom Jones, Ralph Mc Tell,the Dubliners, The Moody Blues, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young , Santana, Bruce Springsteen- all of them still on tour.

Ollie said...

A friend of mine has been a fan of the WHO for years. Pete Townsend being her hero... she has booked to go and see them live in Bristol next month, be interested to see how the gig goes... and if they still generate the energy on stage!

Rob Spence said...

Can you do a windmill guitar chord thrash with one hand on your Zimmer frame?