Aging artists, please stay just a little bit longer

  • Article by: Scot Lehigh , Boston Globe
  • Updated: June 22, 2013 - 6:48 AM

There’s a certain heartbreak to seeing one’s admired musicians and writers wind down.

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pumiceJun. 22, 1311:34 AM

Great commentary! To the categories "musicians" and "writers", I would add "actors", "athletes", "astronauts", "scientists", "researchers", "activists", "politicians", "inventors"--any icon whose physical abilities and/or intellectual powers are diminishing.

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treetoad22Jun. 22, 1312:30 PM

The Stones should have packed it in 10 years ago. Keith Richards looks like he's 108 and simply going through the motions. (They probably use intermissions to catch a nap.) If they want to keep playing, go to Branson. Fortunately, the bands I liked when I was in high school (graduated 1977) are no longer together. I don't think I'd have the stomach to see them plodding along onstage with gray hair and faces that look like 20 miles of bad road. Single performers are another matter; many of them can continue to perform for decades without embarrassing themselves. Still, a part of me would love to see KISS in full makeup playing at 70 years of age. Not for the music, mind you. For a belly laugh. An ancient Gene Simmons trying to spit fire without immolating himself? Priceless.

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chastaylorJun. 22, 13 2:08 PM

Treetoad22, the only thing I can muster up to your post is you live up to your posting name, you're a toad. I am a musician and although I do have a "normal" job, you don't retire your artistic life like leaving an 8 - 5 job. Creativity is built in to you and the stage, or other form of media, is just an outlet for it, be it the big stage or the local tavern. I am envious and encouraged to see there is not a final curtain, at least until you are called to perform before the "Big Guy" upstairs.

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BethjockJun. 22, 13 2:11 PM

When I was 10 years old I fell madly in love with Micky Dolenz. Some girlfriends and I saw him perform on the "Happy Together" tour at the fair last summer. We had a blast and this long married, very practical middle aged woman, fell a little in love all over again. I've never minded getting older but the glimpses of my youth that I had that magical summer night were wonderful.

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lakneeJun. 22, 13 4:31 PM

ARRey sez: For many of us, KISS, full make up or none, has always been about belly laughs rather than music. The Stones, not so much.

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treetoad22Jun. 22, 13 7:37 PM

chastaylor...so I'm not entitled to my opinion? Nice that you resort to name calling, too. Real mature. Do you enjoy Super Bowl halftime shows with relics like The Who embarrassing themselves? Roger Daltrey, for years, has been so brutally off-key that it's physically painful to listen to. Again, it's MY opinion. I don't expect everyone to agree with me. Clearly, you don't. I'm o.k. with that.

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