At what point should famous rockers hang it up?

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  1. Dark Helmet

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    this is the closest thing we'll see to an answer to this question.



    but even then, it hinges on whether or not they CARE if they look ridiculous.

    if the music is still good... rock on my man.
     
  2. tsar nicholas

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    I agree with those who say that you shouldn't hang it up until you lose the passion for performing. Look at Johnny Dowd -- he didn't even start until he was like 50. Chuck Berry didn't make it big until he was about 30. Norman "Fatboy Slim" Cook remade his career in his 30s. Miles Davis and Sun Ra continued to explore the outer reaches of music until they died at an advanced age.

    There is no age limit on creativity!
     
  3. Tmac1957

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    I did go see Sir Paul last summer, and was very impressed with his entire show
     
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    This is the best post in this thread so far.
     
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    Whenever they want to..

    Personally, I enjoy watching/hearing musical artists evolve and mature.

    i.e. I might not care for hearing someone with a handful of hits missing high notes on a 20-yr-old song played in exactly the same manner that it was released.

    But... I enjoyed seeing/hearing Plant and the Band of Joy.. I also enjoyed hearing Clapton play some interesting versions of some of his songs a couple of years ago.

    And then you have some people that don't even try to act anything like how they were in their youth... like Johnny Cash recording 'Hurt' just a few months before he died. That song turned half of a new generation on to his music.. and even his oldest fans agree that it was one of his best. I thought that it was a very powerful statement and great end to his legacy.

    So.. if someone's true to themselves, and really 'wants' to get out there and put on a performance... I think that it's great for them to continue doing so regardless of their age or chops.
     
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    Yep.
     
  7. keepingitweird

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    When the only arena they sell out is in some far, hard to pronounce country.
     
  8. tsar nicholas

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    ^ This argument is equivalent to saying that small-time bands should hang it up. If that were really true, 99% of musicians would stop performing
     
  9. Rogue

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    Depends on what you mean by "hang it up"

    Stop playing for money.....hang it up at the moment no one is paying you anymore.

    Stop playing for yourself.....hang it up whenever you no longer want to play.


    Any other case...never.
     
  10. Dave Wakely

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    My thoughts entirely.
     
  11. TravisE

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    How about hanging it up at a point when you're charging your audience for something that you can no longer deliver?
     
  12. Rogue

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    Like if your arm falls off or something? If people still wish to pay you play, why in the world you not play?
     
  13. TravisE

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    Whatever you say.
     
  14. Rama

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    Jeff Beck is better now than he has ever been...consumate artist/magician at the height of his powers with no end in sight.

    I am a MUSIC fan and a fan of great musicians.

    Image has very little to do with it from my standpoint.

    So, my answer is that as long as good music is still flowing from the artist I will support them wholeheartedly in every way I can.

    Johnny Winter should, however, prob hang it up.
     
  15. tsar nicholas

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    ^ That's a fact. I've seen recent YouTube performances where his sense of melody is out of this world -- he's one of those "the guitar is a voice" type players
     
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    the answer you seek is 30

    30 is the age you should give up rock and roll and do something useful
     
  17. sixty2strat

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    play till ya die on stage ...if your up for it.

    BUT unless your still exciting live, doing good new material( not **** your pr hype says is as good as .....fill in classicalbum.) Or pushing the limits or artistry on your instrument don't expect me to drop 300 bucks on golden circle seating or 50.00 nosebleeds
     
  18. MORE BARN

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    Tell that to Neil Young...
     
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    At what point should famous rockers hang it up?

    When they no longer enjoy playing music.

    Those who don't enjoy listening to them don't have to.
     

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