By: Hannah Herner, In The Record Store staff writer.
In the 13th episode of In The Record Store, Vince and Grant ask “How old is too old for rock and roll?”
Vince cited The Rolling Stones, who were on tour as recently as 2016, as an example of a band who’s still got it even an average age of 72.5 years old within the band. He said Mick Jagger still has the stage presence he did in his prime, but that might not last much longer.
“He understands that this is the product that people come to see and if there comes a day that he can no longer do that... The Rolling Stones would just kind of fade away,” Vince said.
Grant says things get tricky when desire for money outweighs existing talent.
“It has to do a lot with where the artist is mentally physically, talent-wise. If a guy just sounds horrible and they’re just doing it to make money, it doesn’t sit well with me,” he said.
The only “old rockers” I’ve seen in concert are Paul McCartney (74 years old) and Stevie Nicks (68 years old). And judging by what I saw on the stage, they shouldn’t stop anytime soon. Their product might have changed over the years, but in some ways it’s gotten better.
Neither of them did much dancing and they certainly don’t sound exactly like they did on the record, but then again, who does? Both artists had plenty of energy to go around, especially considering their respective ages.
What I enjoyed most out of each performance is the stories they told while onstage outside of the songs they played. New artists simply don’t have these rich stories to tell like the seasoned artists do. We can learn something from stories older people share in general — Nicks and McCartney’s just happen to be more star-studded. Nicks shared stories of working with Prince and Tom Petty, and McCartney had plenty to say on his own Beatles bandmates.
The rockers have to keep going to share their stories with fans of all ages who come to know them, just as Vince enjoyed The Rolling Stones with his mom. Because as bleak as it may sound, you never know when might be the last tour for these aging rockers, so you have to see them when you get the chance.
Nicks spoke about aging in a recent Rolling Stone interview, saying that her fellow aging rockers can keep themselves young by simply putting in the effort.
“I see lots of people my age, and lots of people who are younger than me, and I think, ‘Wow, those people look really old,’ Nicks said.
“I think it's because they didn't try. If you want to stay young, you have to make an effort. If I wanna walk onstage in a short chiffon skirt and not look completely age-inappropriate, I have to make that happen. Or you just throw in the towel and let your hair turn white and look like a frumpy old woman. I'm never gonna go there.”
(Photo credits: Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac).