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Do you think the big rock stars who finally retire are so sick of their own music that they want to

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  1. Dr. Tweedbucket

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    ....barf?

    I mean face it, to support their band, they'd have to play the same songs like 90,000 times over the years. :cry:

    On the other hand, maybe at some point, relaxing at home with a good cigar and a glass of wine, they like to listen to an album or two and reflect on their accomplishments over the years. :dunno

    I guess it depends on the person....
     
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    He’s just one guy, but EC has had so much interest in the music of others over his whole career, from people who predated him, from his peers, and from artists who have emerged more recently, that I picture him with his cigar and glass of, well, water, listening to a wide range of music, not so much his own.
     
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    Many of them have come out and publicly said they're sick of playing certain songs. Which makes lots of sense. Especially the songs that don't leave much room for improv and stepping out of the box. I mean, we get tired of just listening to certain songs, can you imagine playing them every night?
     
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    Perhaps, but I think their mood that day/week/month decides one way or the other.
     
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    I'm sure there may be a certain burn out on some songs. At the end of the day, if you wrote it, there is a connection and if that connection causes thousands of people in the audience to go apeshit... well that would make it easier to swallow.
     
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    Do big rock stars ever even retire? From the acts I still hear about out there touring it doesn't seem like they do. It would seem the only way they stop is if they pass away.
     
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    Yes they get tired of playing them, what a great problem to have!
     
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    Some of them want to retire, but have so many people relying on them for a paycheck, they keep going.
     
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    Tom Petty and especially Mike Campbell made it known that they were glad that people wanted to hear those songs and that they fortunate to make a living playing those songs.
     
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    There’s actually a funny but kind of sad clip of jani lane lead singer of warrant. They had the second album in the can and the label wanted one more tune and he wrote cherry pie. And he said “the next thing you know I’m judging cherry pie eating competitions and now I’m the f-ing cherry pie guy”. Was kind of refreshing to hear him articulate it that because some of that 80’s hair guys didn’t seem like the brightest bulbs and you’d think they’d just be happy for the ride. Think it tormented him somewhat. He passed away but he probably would have been better off had he lightened up a bit about it.
     
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    A Billy Joel interview he said he's up there beating on the piano and singing his song while he's actually thinking of what kind of sandwich to order from the delivery place after the show.

    Apparently Slash hates the Sweet Child 'o Mine hook that he has to play at every concert. During recording sessions they needed something for that song and he gave up trying a bunch of fancy stuff, just being tired at the end of the day, and did what's on there. Print. Then he had to do that over and over because that song made them famous.

    I'm sure there are the other extremes of players did some wacky wild solo that was infinitely difficult for the studio recording and later dread that passage coming up every concert.

    ^^^That Tom Petty documentary that was on Netflix was great. How much he genuinely respected and appreciated those that played with him through the years plus his strong thread of basic business sense.

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    A long time ago I read an interview with Alice Cooper who declined to play School's Out for a couple of years. He started doing it again because he realised how important it was to his fans to hear it and who did he think he was sending people home disappointed just because he was tired of playing it ?
     
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    Or they blew most of their money on hookers and blow and need more cash since Wentworth won't talk to them

    Personally, most are simply taking advantage of nostalgic boomers. Funny to see so many once major arena players now a shell of the band they once were with maybe one or two orig members, playing Casinos and HOB clubs with 1500 seats and not sell out.

    Best ever was that Dokken event with only Don as the orig member and the parking lot was basically empty. lol
     
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    Kinda like all the abuse a song like Mustang Sally gets. But if that’s the song that made you rich and famous and what people are paying to hear, then you better embrace it. One of the simplest songs out there is a little ditty called Margaritaville - a song that most here would would never lower themselves to cover. But Jimmy Buffett says he enjoys playing the song because it is what got him where he is today. He pretty much built an empire on that song. By the same token, Bob Dylan will play one of his iconic songs in concert, and you might never even guess what that song is because he altered it so much. I guess a lot has to do with how an artist views themselves, their audiences, and their art. As was mentioned in an earlier thread, that’s what made Tom Petty one of the special ones.
     
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    Well, I think the Warrant Singer was sick of Cherry Pie song. I remember seeing the Behind the Scenes story on that. Kind of sad.
    Well, I think Kurt Cobain was sick of "Smells Like Teen Spirit", there are not a lot of live versions of it, and MTV was pissed when he wouldn't play it at the Unplugged concert.
    And I think David Bowie in his career got sick of some of his hits, hence his creating Tin Machine and sort of ending his the 80s pop career that he didn't love living in. Personally I loved Tin Machine and would have loved to hear Tin Machine tackle some of Bowie's catalogue at the time. Obviously during the "Earthling" tour, he played some hits, but didn't play them all....

    I guess it comes down to how the artist relates to their fans. I'm pretty sure that Hendrix played "Purple Haze" and "Foxey Lady" at most of his concerts, or at least "Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)".
     
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    Well, both the Motley Crue and the Poison lead singers have sort of "dumped" (or "retired") their original bands and are out on their own performing....so i guess the word is "NO, they don't retire".
     
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    I would imagine that most of them would get tired of playing the same songs, and then they take a break from touring, and that being tired of them feeling goes away....it would have to. Imagine the Stones playing many of the same songs for over 50 years!!!
     
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    When I was a kid (like millions of others) I dreamed of being a rock star. Now that I’m much older I think I’m thankful my life took a different direction. It seems the lifestyle and the job would have quickly lost its appeal for me. Endless hotel rooms, airports, logistics, playing the same songs over and over and over, missing home and then finding out management added yet another leg to the tour (and then another). Just seems like a massive grind. No wonder so many end up alcoholics and drug addicts.
     
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    It's show business for sure. It'd be hard to maintain that wild eyed enthusiasm to play (for example) I'm Eighteen when you're 68. Just for the record - I love Alice Cooper, and I really love that song. I do have some sympathy there, and there are songs we've done that I didn't care for that people wanted to hear, and we'd do 'em...

    Anyway, it might be hard to whip up the fever for your big hits, but it's sure as **** hard to go into work on January 2d at 7 AM when it's cold as hell too. With all due respect...
     
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    It depends. If they were comfortable in their own skin before success then they can retire for normal reasons. If, on the other hand, they need never-ending praise and applause it will be very hard for them to ever stop.
     
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