5 Fabulous rockers over 60 (or 70)

by Madeleine Kolb

Listening to John Fogerty sing still gives me goosebumps. Here John (now 67) performs “The Midnight Special” at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in 2008 to a huge and wildly enthusiastic audience.

 

And here he sings “Cotton Fields” before a large crowd in Koln, Germany on Juy 9, 2010. I love the part at 1:28 where he signals to the young  fiddle player to “take it.”

A change of pace as Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, both 71, perform together in Madison Square Garden in New York in October, 2009. Paul’s long lead-in to “Sounds of Silence” and the look between the two as they begin to sing brings tears to my eyes. Every single time I watch it. 

Bob Seger, now 67,  and the Silver Bullet Band is another group that really rocks. Here they play “Roll Me Away” at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts on November 29, 2011.

And, finally, Bob Seger with a surprise guest, Bruce Springsteen, 63, at a concert in Madison Square Garden on December 1, 2011. And what more appropriate song for these two fabulous rockers than “Old Time Rock and Rock.”  

What comes through in these performances is passion for the music, energy, and the sheer joy of  performing. Joy that is infectious and quite irresistible, joy not diminished by age.

Who are your favorite rockers over 60 or 70? How do some rockers manage to survive the temptations of a performer’s lifestyle and continue to do wonderful work in their 60s and 70s? I’d love to have your comments. 

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1 Mike June 11, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Great site! I love the subject area and your mission statement. I’m hoping that my transition at over 40 will be handled as energetically as you have with yours!
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2 Madeleine Kolb June 11, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Thanks, Mike. I’m glad you enjoyed it. It was hard to stop with just five performers, when there are so many great rock-and-roll and bluegrass and classic country performers still putting on a great show. I’ll just have to do some more posts about them.

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3 Laura June 14, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Nice kind of post…I enjoyed watching the videos..Old rock music are really cool…
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4 Madeleine Kolb June 14, 2012 at 4:26 pm

I’m glad you enjoyed it, Laura.

I’ve loved listening to these guys play and sing for many years. And several times I got to see Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band do a live concert back when Clarence Clemens was playing sax with the band. I’ll never forget those concerts.

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5 Leah McClellan June 17, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Hi Madeleine!

Great post–reminds me of how age shouldn’t ever stop us from doing the things we love. Bruce Springsteen is 63!? Here are a few others to add to the list:

David Bowie-65
Mick Jagger-68 (!)
Keith Richards-68
Iggy Pop-65
Roger Waters-68
Carlos Santana-64

I guess just about everyone who started rocking in the 60s and 70s is getting up there now. How do they survive the temptations? I don’t think they do, or at least from what I know most have had their rough times. There’s always been joking about how Keith Richards keeps going without a liver and stuff like that. I guess they get over it, past it, and probably their passion and drive keeps them alive. Jerry Garcia would be around 70 now but died while in rehab if memory serves…
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6 Madeleine Kolb June 17, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Thanks for adding to the list; I’ve already added to it for another post or two.

I agree that their passion and drive keep these wonderful musicians going. That and the joy and enthusiasm they get from their audiences.

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7 Syl April 27, 2014 at 1:48 pm

I just want to say that you and I share the same heart. Thank you for putting it in a place where I can see it!!

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