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In the Mix with Rock Legends

Jan 08, 2019 08:41PM ● By Paul Cotruvo

Paul Cotruvo

In the Mix with Rock Legends


“What a drag it is getting old.” Or is it?  This famous line from the song “Mother’s Little Helper” by Keith Richards (74 years old) and Mick Jagger (75 years old) seemed accurate maybe 50 years ago, when they sang it, but now I question if it really rings true today. The only reason I bring this up is I was checking out the 2019 concert schedules and did a double take. Was I looking at a schedule for 2019 or one from the ‘70s? Elton John (71 years old) is on his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour and will be in the Bay Area in mid-January. The Rolling Stones’ “No Filter” tour hits Levi’s Stadium May 18, and Paul McCartney (76 years old) will be on his “Freshen Up” tour in San Jose at the SAP Center on July 10. 


Is this the age of geezer rock? I say, no way! I think it just solidifies that the ‘60s and ‘70s era of music was one the most prolific times in our music history, and not only are people my age feeling nostalgic, but the younger generation has also discovered these timeless artists. And let’s face it, folks, most of these artists keep touring to pay the bills. They are just like you and me, trying to make ends meet. Looking at the highest top 10 grossing concert tours of 2018, Ed Sheeran was No. 1, with $429,491,502 (99 shows), but coming in at No. 8 was none other than the Rolling Stones, with$117,844,618. And the amazing thing is, they only played 14 shows. I believe they are now singing, “Gimme Tax Shelter.”


Also, a new Woodstock concert is in the works to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original music festival. A final lineup has not been set yet, but some of the acts rumored to perform are Neil Young, Graham Nash, Santana, The Who, Joan Baez, Elton John, and the Doobie Brothers. And sponsored by AARP (not really)! But it is exciting to think that we can all gather 50 years later and enjoy these legends. Just hope my Spitfire Scout 4 Scooter doesn’t get stuck in the mud! Other bands touring this year are Jethro Tull, Van Morrison, Kiss, Chicago, Bob Seger, and The Temptations with The Four Tops. 


It seems that, more than ever, rock bands that saw their heyday decades ago are strapping on their guitars, squeezing into their leather pants, packing up their drugs (most likely not acid but Prilosec for acid reflux) in order to perform on stages around the world. I’m not sure what really drives them, but I know I will continue to spend my money to witness rock and roll legends before it’s too late. So, who will you see this year? 


Here is just a sample of some rock legends performing locally and beyond:


1)        Paul McCartney: July 10, 2019, SAP Center in San Jose

2)        The Rolling Stones: May 18, 2019, Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara

3)        Bob Dylan/Neil Young: July 12, Hyde Park in London

4)        Dead and Company: May 31: Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View

5)        Queen/Adam Lambert: July 14, SAP Center in San Jose

6)        Jeff Lynne’s ELO: June 24, SAP Center in San Jose


As you can see, there is no slowing down for these acts. I wonder if when Pete Townshend penned the line “I hope I die before I get old” he had a specific age in mind, or is old just a state of mind? I believe the latter. I truly find it inspiring that these musicians are still rocking (and not in a chair). Hail, hail, rock and roll! 


Quote of the Month: “Musicians don’t retire; they stop when there’s no more music in them.” ~~ Louis Armstrong


Paul’s Picks for January:

January 12: Dan DeShara, Rocco’s, Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek, 8pm

January 13: Jim Ocean & Friends, Armando’s, 707 Marina Vista, Martinez, 4pm

January 18: Marigold, Retro Junkie, 2112 N. Main Street, Walnut Creek, 9pm

January 19: Big Jangle/Midnight Flyer,Vinnies, 2045 Mt. Diablo Street, Concord, 8pm

January 25: Cheeseballs, Dan’s Bar, 1524 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, 10pm

January 27: The Sunday Paper, Armando’s, 707 Marina Vista, Martinez, 4pm

January 31: Garageland Rodeo, Armando’s, 707 Marina Vista, Martinez, 8pm