On Dec. 18, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards turned 69, prompting many to exclaim, “That’s it?!” While that “youthful” number may come as a surprise because of the many wrinkles he’s earned over the years living like a rock star, it’s also probably because Richards and company can still leave audiences wanting more. In fact, that’s just what fans are hoping for in the New Year as the band’s 50th anniversary came and went in 2012 with only a handful of opportunities to attend a sold-out show.
In a time where tweeting teeny-boppers and angsty twenty-somethings seem to dominate the entertainment headlines, their elders deserve some credit for not only paving the way, but also continuing to grace the stage to personally show them how it’s done.
The recent 12/12/12 benefit concert offered up a diverse mix of artists, including the unlikely pairing of 70-year-old Paul McCartney and the surviving members of Nirvana. The industry pioneers came together during the event and one more time later in the week on Saturday Night Live to perform the brand new song, Cut Me Some Slack. Sure, McCartney will always have the Beatles allure to fall back on, but that doesn’t mean he still can’t rock with the best of them.
By the looks of the data regarding the biggest tours of 2012 released recently, the “older” artists have continued to prevail. At 54 years old, Madonna ranked No. 1, followed by 63-year-old Bruce Springsteen and 69-year-old Roger Waters for an average age of 62 and collective sum of over five million in attendance. Also populating the list were fifty-something rockers Van Halen and Red Hot Chili Peppers, sixty-somethings Elton John and André Rieu, and seventy-somethings Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond, just to name a few.
And it appears there is still more “old time” rock and roll to come in 2013. While most people look forward to eventually slowing down and retiring, the same sentiment does not appear to apply for musicians. Don’t miss out on the next opportunity to catch a living legend with the assortment of concert tickets on sale at Vivid Seats.
The Who Tickets | Average Age: 67.5
For over four decades and counting, The Who have played to packed houses all over the world. Accompanied by several touring members, surviving Who bandmates Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey kept busy in 2012, and will continue on with the successful Quadrophenia Tour for a few more dates in 2013.
Eric Clapton Tickets | Age: 67
A collective shout of excitement could be heard the moment it was announced that Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival would be making its triumphant return in 2013. To hold fans over until the epic event in April, Clapton also revealed several U.S. Tour dates beginning in March. It’s been a while since the legendary guitarist made his way through the Midwest and East Coast so be sure to book your seats early.
Rod Stewart Tickets | Age: 67
After a brief stint at The Colosseum At Caesars Palace in January and February, Rod Stewart will be on the road in the spring for his 2013 Live the Life Tour, which is set to launch in April and extend until May 1. Fans also will be treated to the music of Steve Winwood, who will open for one of the best-selling artists of all time.
Fleetwood Mac Tickets | Average Age: 65
It was only a matter of time before they got the band back together. Much to the delight of fans, the Fleetwood Mac Live 2013 Tour has officially been announced and will make its way to 34 cities from April to June. With the 35th anniversary of the group’s classic album, Rumours, on the horizon as well, celebrate in style by joining fellow Fleetwood Mac faithful at an unforgettable live performance.
George Strait Tickets | Age: 60
It’s the beginning of the end for fans of the “King of Country,” as the 2013 Cowboy Rides Away Tour will be the last hurrah for George Strait. But don’t fret, because he’s lined up over 30 cities and will likely continue the venture into 2014, giving fans plenty of opportunities to take in one last live performance.
Bon Jovi Tickets | Average Age: 53
With an average age of 53, the boys of Bon Jovi are the youngest on the list, though there’s every reason to believe they too will still be rocking out well into their 60s. The full list of dates for the 2013 Because We Can Tour has been released, as well as news of a forthcoming album in the spring. So, brush up on the classics and be on the look out for new tunes and be ready to sing along when Bon Jovi takes the stage in a city near you.