Well, I'm now officially AARP eligible+, and looking at a possible relocation towards the beach one of these days...which has me wondering about a fresh start / continued gigging, with a good band, in a new area, at this stage of the game. I really have no desire to stop gigging -- but having run bands for the past 20 years or so I'm honestly questioning if I've got the gumption required. Not the playing part, it's the screening, auditions, marketing, booking, and the rest of the grunt work compounded by the "aging out" question... For you 55+ types, how have you managed to stay in viable (cover) bands? Is "aging out" a real or imagined issue? Is our generation's "street cred" sufficient to still be competitive in the gig market without being an "oldies band", or a straight cheese dance / wedding band? Blues band? Or just proud older dudes with classic rock era street cred continuing to do their thing while working hard to stay current at the same time...? For those who have retired from gigging, how did you know it was time? Was an "aging out" cloud hanging over your head? Other frustrations?? Just tired / bored??? And without a band / live performances, how have you satisfied your desire to keep playing in a meaningful way? For the past 10 years or so the successful formula for me has been a solid bunch of us older players fronted by a 30ish chick singer, playing quality rock from the '60s literally through today...and I'd continue with that. I'm just having thoughts I've never really had before, and am wondering how others deal / have dealt with it. All thoughts / experiences / perspectives are welcome.