Saturday, April 23, 2011

Keeping Bad Company

Sore throat, aching arms, tired legs, headache. No, it's not a hangover, or even the 'flu. It's the after effects of a rock concert. I sang and clapped and stomped my way through familiar songs, enjoying the sense of cameraderie with the crowd until someone asked innocently: "So how long have you been a fan?"

Forty years.  Yes, forty years.

Which means I probably do look as old as all the aging rockers who surrounded me, sporting too-tight t-shirts and pony tails around balding pates. But I hope I am faring better than the lead singer of the support band, who used to be a hunk but now has man boobs!

Top picture is Paul Rodgers, who is every bit as awesome as he was when I first saw him in 1973 with the newly-formed Bad Company, set up after the total collapse of Free. He's not called The Voice for nothing. He can still belt them out like he always did back in the heady days of All Right Now and Can't Get Enough.

Bottom one is Joe Elliott, former sex symbol of Def Leppard - still trying, but I doubt if he'll manage 40-plus years of rocking.


Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Morning AJ .. sounds a good time .. they're always fun .. but the next day as you say is recovery time .. aching ears, sore throat .. but excellent memories of the good old days .. oh well - we all start notching up the decades .. sadly!!

Just delighted to hear you had such a good time - peaceful Easter ahead??!! Cheers Hilary

MorningAJ said...

Thanks Hilary - and Happy Easter to you. I'm looking forward to some restful pottering in the garden for the next few day!

Ellie said...

Oh, wow. You did have a great time. Man-boobs. LOL. It's quite scary when we see the idols of our youth several decades later!

Ellie Garratt

Akelamalu said...

You can't beat a live gig can you? :)

Lydia K said...

I'm sure you are looking better than the fellow with the moobs.

Glad you had a good time!