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.