Thursday, April 2, 2009

744th Post - The Way It Really Is

Had a really long day dealing with a family issue, along with my sister, that is. Still, a long day.

There is something that has bothered me for quite some time. I have alluded to it before. I have always wondered about the fascination with rock stars and the life on the road. I don't get it. You travel from town to town. You're away from your friends and family. Crappy hotels. Crappier food. And nobody talks about this, but you have to perform roughly the same damnable songs over and over again.

Bands like the Rolling Stones continue to perform songs they recorded as very young men, more than 40 years ago. I wonder how that makes them feel, knowing that their fans, the people who shell out all those bucks to see them, want to hear songs they recorded a long time ago, and are indifferent to the newer material? I can't imagine that it feels good.

KISS is still touring. Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are pushing 60. Yet, they still perform in those outlandish, stupid costumes, and perform these sophomoric songs over and over and over again. They'll be playing in Halifax this summer. Like I care.

I thought I'd include the following link to a song by Nazareth called "Kentucky Fried Blues". It's about one of the many downsides of being on the road, especially for a band that cannot demand the kind of performance fees that others can.

Still wanna be a rock star?


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