I liked a lot of his Wings stuff. I say let him play till he drops. We've only got two of them left and they were one of the greatest bands to have ever walked this earth (IMHO of course)Tough question. I think it varies from star to star. I think Paul M should have hung it up the second the Beatles disbanded. However, he, along with most of the folks you are referring to are still selling a crap load of expensive tickets and albums year after year, so I'm not sure there is an impetus to quit. As long as there is a market, go sell your product there. We don't all have to buy it, thankfully.
I suspect most true music geniuses could care less about legacy and image and all that crap, they do music because they love it.I think that he's just saying that some stars would have a more mysterious and idealistic legacy if they quit around the point that the majority of their fans might consider to be the peak of their greatness.
If everyone did that, we might not have 'Tea for Two' or acoustic 'Layla'... heck, I personally liked 'Put Your Lights On' off of Supernatural.
and if a star gets out there and puts on a terrible or terribly boring performance... I would think that would give them even more reason to get out there again and shine once more.
My ears don't perceive looks.When someone from TGP posts a thread on how awful you looked at the NAMM show.
I saw John Lee Hooker sit on a folding chair after being brought on stage in a golf cart. - I wish I hadn't. Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton are still worth the ticket. I love the Stones but I won't pay the price. I make the judgements for me but I can't tell anybody else who they should support. As long as the artist has support it's up to them.I wish I had seen Muddy and Wolf, live, old and sitting on a stool, wouldn't have mattered. Never got to see them live. Not so much respect for those who age in this culture. Pity.