From the time that the Beatles first hit the American shores, millions of music lovers have embraced the rock and roll genre. For so many fans, the 70’s and 80’s rock bands provided the sound track to their lives. Even within the rock category, there are an endless variety of bands that worked to find their own niche and fan base. From the easy, light-hearted sounds of the Beach Boys to the harder metal sounds from Iron Maiden, music lovers embraced the 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s like no other generation has before. Now, the fact that so many of these rock stars are showing signs of their age, we often cling even tighter to the memories and melodies that have played in our minds for decades.
As a sign that we are not willing to let go of this era, many of these bands are continuing to tour and produce music for their adoring and loyal fans. Though many of them are not touring as extensively as they did in days gone past, they are still putting on entertaining shows in smaller venues. As a testament to fans’ loyalty, the vast majority of these shows are sold out well in advance of the concert date. There are other acts that are drawing their fair share of revenue and fans, none can compete with the devotion of 80’s rock fans.
In past few years has seen the loss of many of these rock legends. Sadly, there will be many more that will pass from our lives in the not too distant future as many of them are aging before our eyes. Iconic singers such as Stevie Nicks from Fleetwood Mac and Steven Tyler from Aerosmith are closing in on their 70’s. Other singers, such as Rob Halford of Judas Priest, are in their 70’s and are still belting out their songs without missing a note. Not every band is still up to their former levels of performance, but nevertheless, fans will still turn out in record numbers to support the music makers of their youthful days.
Bands that are still churning out quality music are teaching us that age is just a number. Just because one reaches an age that makes it more challenging to get out of bed in the morning, there is no reason to give up the passions that once drove us in life. Yes, there are younger bands out there producing music that may be just as worthy of appreciation as the older stuff, but it lacks the maturity and depth that comes with age and wisdom. Not every song has life-changing meaning, but music from these bands help us to stay in touch with the dreams and ideals that once drove us to succeed in life.
No matter how ridiculous the young people of today may think it is for a 69-year-old singer to come out of retirement, for my generation, it tells us that we are still here.
Writer Bio: Angela Mose
I am a mom of 7 who has successfully homeschooled for 20 years. I was married for more than 25 years and have recently started my life over. I have a passion for writing and music and when the two can be combined, it is utopia. A Maryland native, I am planning to relocate north in the near future and will continue to strive to learn and experience new things on a regular basis. I am fortunate enough to be able to work from home while exploring new ways to increase my knowledge and skills and help improve the lives of those around me.