How classic rockers are changing with the times

With the slightly amusing news that Guns N’ Roses had an onstage senior moment by mixing up their Australian cities, it’s time to have a look at how some of our other favourite classic rockers are faring in the 21st century.

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Paul McCartney of The Beatles is probably our country’s biggest national treasure, and whilst his collaboration with Kanye West and Rihanna may have divided the critics, it helped wipe away memories of his 1984 Frog Chorus abomination, We All Stand Together.

And who would have thought that The Rolling Stones would still be alive in 2017? Their epic tales of debauchery may have filled up the tabloids in the 1960s and 1970s, but that hasn’t stopped them from continuing on sold-out global tours, and Mick Jagger even just became a father again at the age of 73.

Whilst 2017 saw the passing of rock icons like David Bowie, there are plenty of other musical stars celebrating an unruly old age. Iggy Pop has lost none of his on-stage wildness despite the more humdrum activities of car insurance adverts and BBC 6Music radio programmes.

And spare a thought for John Cale who’ll be leading the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of The Velvet Underground and Nico album without his famous sparring partner, Lou Reed. 

What’s truly weird is how even the stars of the 1980s and 1990s are now starting to look like rock’n’roll relics. Not only has Morrissey made some unfortunate comments about the Brexit situation, but classic rock imbecile, Kid Rock, cemented his backwards reputation by stating his advocacy of the Donald Trump presidency.

Thankfully, there are still a few rock’n’roll outlaws around. Although Guns N’ Roses have had a well-documented history of sex, drugs and rock’n’roll, it seems as though they’ve also managed to join the online gambling craze by creating a pretty good attempt at a slots game, as well as playing numerous comeback shows in the home of casino culture – Las Vegas.

And whilst Metallica may have had disastrous Grammy’s performance with Lady Gaga, they showed that there’s nothing like an onstage meltdown to generate some serious headlines.

In addition to this is the heartwarming recent tale of Marilyn Manson getting too drunk to perform properly at a concert in the USA and then crowning his performance by falling off-stage. 

So although there are plenty of rock stars who are settling down to a new lifestyle of Horlicks and slippers, it’s nice to see that there’s still plenty of outrageous rockers out there.

Dom Smith

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