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What a drag it is, getting old.

Aloha,

Took the woman to see a Blondie / New Cars show Friday night.

Blondie opened, and it was, at first, a bit like looking in an uncharitable mirror the morning after an epic debauch.

Steven Tyler knew it at age twenty-five: "...All these lines on my face getting clearer...the past is gone..."

Well, damn her. Blondie is no longer 32 years old, cocaine skinny, and able to pull off wearing Hooters shorts.

Then again, neither am I.

Once I came to terms with the idea the she has aged at the same linear time rate that I have, I relaxed and had a bit of a better time.

Her voice is still spot on, and she still has absolutely none of the "movement skills" associated with a lot of other performers. (Not a criticism, this has always been her thing.)

Her hair is now some indeterminate color, and of sensible length.

It got freaky for a tune or two when I realized she is now almost a dead ringer for Hillary Clinton. But then Blondie dropped some F-Bombs and the illusion was broken. Either that or I realized that Hillary is sexier than I previously gave her credit for.

They did all the hits, and they let the crowd rush the stage.

I tell ya, though, a crush of middle aged white folks who still can't dance, combined with a 60-ish punk rock rocker...well, let's just say that Thomas Wolfe was right. You can't go home again.

The best part was that she let people come up on stage for hugs, and gave out some more hugs at the side of the auditorium between shows. That was very very cool of her. I

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Re: What a drag it is, getting old.

Here's something from my archives that is apropos:

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Re: What a drag it is, getting old.

Yeah, ya got me.

Supposedly, so is Alice Cooper, Bon Jovi, and Grant Lee Buffalo, but we all really know who's who.

Deborah Harry has just always equated in my mind.

Maybe if they tried to tour without her, I'd get a better feel for the whole "Blondie is a Group" thing.

I bet Chris Stein had those buttons made.

How about we meet in the middle and make the button time relevant:

"Blondie is a duo."

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Re: What a drag it is, getting old.

The title of this thread brings to mind the Stones song.
"If you take more of those
you'll have an overdose"
19th nervous breakdown

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Re: What a drag it is, getting old.

"Time makes you bolder, even children get older
And I'm getting' older, too." -Stevie Nicks

Thanks for the interesting and well-written post, Buddha.

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Re: What a drag it is, getting old.

Pretty sad how Prince has gotten old and turned out
anyone see him on american idol, how embarrassing

Listen to Little Red Corvette by Prince : http://www.napster.com/player/tracks/12044809

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New Cars? With Todd Rundgren? What's the point? That must be slumming for TR, since he is a more significant and influential artist with a longer active career than The Cars ever were. Sort of like Paul McCartney fronting The New Knickerbockers.

So who of The Cars is left? If Rundgren is fronting, then obviously Ric Ocasic is gone. The original bassist is dead. So that leaves Elliot Easton, plus keys and drums?

Easton should be too good for that, he's a fine and underappreciated guitarist. But then he has prior experience with tribute acts, he played in Creedence Clearwater Revisited. Has he done Ringo's All-Starr Band yet?

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There is such a thing as an aging rocker's hell, and I managed to get a glimpse of it a few years back. Eric Burdon was playing a local venue, and his opening act was a group put together locally by Nick St. Nicholas of Steppenwolf fame.

NSN's band started up, and it appeared that all they had done is practice posing. Perhaps I shouldn't be so harsh, because Nick had obviously spent some extra time in the mirror practicing dance moves and tambourine flailing. Several beers were consumed during this portion of the show. Thankully, it was over after about 45 minutes.

Then here comes Eric. The same damn thing has happened to Eric over the years that has happened to many of us. Balder, fatter and a fondness for funny Hawaiian shirts. But it seemed as if Eric may have pawned his voice somewhere along the road. It was horrible. It would have been comical if it weren't Eric Burdon. After the second song, we were out of there. Why, it was worse than seeing Rick Springfield at the county fair.

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You gotta see buddy guy !!! 70+ uears old, wails and sings great!!! He demoed for teh audience how he inspired Hendrix, as he played the Fender with his TEETH!!!! Most 70 year olds are looking for their teeth, Buddy guy wails on his guitar with his!!! Then he whips the guitar behind his back to show where SRV learned a trick or two!!! Buddy Guy is GREAT LIVE, see him if at all possilbe..INCREDIBLE, full of energy and life....Dick Dale same thing great show..Robin Trower, big disappoinment at HOB Atlantic City, BORING!!! Leslie West of Mountain fame, GREAT!!! funny very entertaining full of life for and old guy who has been around long time...Z.Z. top 2of em great showmen!!! music gets some monotoneous, but they put on a great show...see em...Rush older dudes that play all nite 3 friggin hours, that drummer is incredible!!!! There still are many old ones that still have it Rolling Stones are incredible, Mick jumps around like a kid!!!

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