Aging rockers rush to see aging rockers

My friend JR is grinning like a Cheshire cat today. He’s just snapped up tickets for the AC/DC tour when it hits Perth in November. He refused to say how much but I did notice that tickets ranged up to A$627.

It’s another example of the Baby Boomers supporting the retirement plans of our aging rockers.

Recent high cost performers in Perth include Bruce Springsteen (aged 65); John Farnham (65), Olivia Newton John (66), Leonard Cohen (80), Sting (63), Paul Simon (73) and Nana Mouskouri (80).

The Rolling Stones were here last year with 71-year-old Mick Jagger prancing around the stage with the same energy when I first saw him nearly 50 years ago. Another friend of mine flew to Melbourne to catch the Stones and then paid another fortune to watch them again when they finally made it to Perth.

Engelbert Humperdinck will be touring Australia later this year, by which time he’ll be 78. Fleetwood Mac (Mick Fleetwood is 67 and Stevie Nicks 66) will be here about the same time.

Elton John (68), a prolific global tourer, was last in Australia in 2012.

We’re still waiting for Sir Paul McCartney to make it Down Under. He’d better hurry up: he’ll be 73 in June.

The common factor in all these world tours is that the age profile of the majority of the audience is about the same as the performers. We’re paying large sums of money to re-live our past. And we’re still rocking in the aisles.

Len Horne

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