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Posted: 24 Aug 04, 23:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Been wondering about this of late. What acts have remained relevant and continued making new music that was popular after they turned 50?

I know of many acts that remained popular themselves, like the Rolling Stones and Queen, but their popularity rested mostly on past music. And I know of several acts that continued to put out new music after 50, but only sold them to their limited fanbase and not to the general public.

The best I can come up with is David Bowie, but that might be a stretch.


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Posted: 24 Aug 04, 23:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Tom Petty maybe? Hmmm.. On second thougt, Maybe not...



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Posted: 25 Aug 04, 00:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

How about Paul McCartney and RIngo Starr? They are both in their 60s and they are still going strong and making music.

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Posted: 25 Aug 04, 01:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

but does anyone care?


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Posted: 25 Aug 04, 02:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

bah! I say let the grey panthers enjoy themselves :-3


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Posted: 25 Aug 04, 08:39 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Aerosmith without a doubt.

I truly admire the fact that these guys hit the bottom, and somehow came out it to become an even better band than ever before.

I would also perhaps include Paul McCartney, AC/DC and Fleetwood Mac.

Sadly Queen has only made 4 brand new songs since Freddie's death. Wish they could come up with more.

- No One But You
- The Call
- Invisible Hope
- Say It's Not True

Am I missing any?


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Posted: 25 Aug 04, 10:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Mr.Jingles79 wrote:

Aerosmith without a doubt.



I would also perhaps include Paul McCartney, AC/DC and Fleetwood Mac.



Aerosmith- yes. Hadn't thought about them.

Macca- maybe. He came out with a couple of albums in the 1990s that were moderately received, but it seems like he's living off past accomplishments more now than anything new. (As for Ringo, no. When was the last time he did anything new?)

AC/DC- not sure. I have no idea what their new output has been, if any. The last new song from them that I can remember was around 7+ years ago.

Fleetwood Mac- unclear. The Dance was a huge hit, but it was mainly old material perfromed live, with the biggest hit being an old b-side. Not sure how their new stuff has done, but I don't think the album that came out in the Spring did that well.


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Posted: 25 Aug 04, 18:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Neither of the bands I mentioned and also David Bowie have been able to have any major hits to compete with the pop/rock/pop/R&B mainstream music. Aerosmith is perhaps the only exception.

AC/DC had some hits on Classic Rock radio when they released 'Stiff Upper Lip' back in 2000. The title track as well as 'Safe In New York City' had quite some airplay, although this last track was dropped from the airwaves after 9/11.

In the same way Fleetwood Mac had some modest hits on adult/contemporary radio earlier this year with 'Say You Will', and 'Peacekeeper'.

I don't recall hearing any of Bowie's new tracks on classic rock, or adult/contemporary radio.


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Posted: 25 Aug 04, 19:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote





(As for Ringo, no. When was the last time he did anything new?)


Actually, Ringo came out with a new album in February of 2003. It's called Ringorama. Paul's last album was Driving Rain in 2002. Both albums were completely new material too.

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Posted: 25 Aug 04, 19:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Tina Turner was still going strong touring and recording through age 61 (2000) but has vowed not to do large scale tours again. Hopefully she'll still record...

Oh, as far as being popular, I do believe she had a minor hit in the U.S. with 'When The Heartache Is Over' (a clone of Cher's 'Believe' by the same producers) and it was even bigger elsewhere. But prior to that, she had a ton of hits after 50, in fact her big comeback didn't even start until she was mid-40s.

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Posted: 25 Aug 04, 20:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Actually, Ringo came out with a new album in February of 2003. It's called Ringorama. Paul's last album was Driving Rain in 2002. Both albums were completely new material too.


I realize that, but coming out with new material was not the sole criteria here. REO Speedwagon, Boston, and Styx have also come out with new material lately, but like Ringo, have not sold much outside their core audience.

Other examples, like Tina Turner, are new to me. I think one trend I am seeing is that many of these artists, such as AC/DC and Fleetwood Mac, are having some success, but only in their particular genre and not across the mainstream.
I wonder why?


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Posted: 25 Aug 04, 23:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Bob Dylan has had some critical success with the recent albums Time Out Of Mind and Love And Theft. Both albums show him in decent form.


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Posted: 26 Aug 04, 00:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Neal Young.

To a lesser extent, Bruce Springsteen and Paul Simon.



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Posted: 26 Aug 04, 02:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Rod Stewart? Frank Sinatra? Tom Jones? Lionel Richie?


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Posted: 26 Aug 04, 02:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Johnny Cash.

Pat Pocock too. Gnarled spin bowler who came into his own (fnur fnur) at the ripe old age of 35. Oh, hang on, that's cricket...




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Posted: 26 Aug 04, 19:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think there's a lot of good bands/artists 50+.
I guess it just depends what you like.


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Posted: 26 Aug 04, 19:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Sorry. Double post.


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Posted: 27 Aug 04, 17:30 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Maybe Elton John and Billy Joel? I dunno how old they are....I'd say there older than 50....


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Posted: 28 Aug 04, 08:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Geez, how could I forget Elton.

That guy has had a top 10 hit on just about every single year since 1970.


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Posted: 28 Aug 04, 11:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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