There must be something in the water. The rock greats of the 60s and 70s are pumping out new music at a rate that hasn’t been seen since, like, the 60s and 70s. And, sure, these guys are past their prime, they’ve already written their best music, but I still get a jolt of excitement when I read: The Who release a new single. Pink Floyd to pen new album. Stones to tour North America.
The Who announced a massive two-leg, 38-concert North American tour for their 50th anniversary in 2015. They also released a new single, their first new song in eight years.
It’s not terrible! It does have that distinctive Whovian style (minus the autotune), which is more than can be said for their awful 2006 album Endless Wire. But there’s no comparison to Who’s Next or Quadrophenia. And that’s fine, by the way. Roger and Pete are still going, and dammit, they’re going down swinging.
Led Zeppelin will probably never perform together again, but Robert Plant just released a new album: Lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar. Plant has actually had a nice renaissance over the last few years. In 2007, Plant and Allison Krauss wrote an album called Raising Sand, and all that did was win the frikkin Album of the Year at the Grammy’s. I don’t think his new album will win any awards. I did like this song.
OK, great, now can you please go back on tour with Jimmy and John Paul?
Next month, Pink Floyd will release their first album in 20 years. They are, of course, missing Roger Waters, who penned their greatest albums of the 70s. But I can now say that Pink Floyd released an album while I was a sentient being. That’s pretty neat.
Only one song on the album has lyrics, which is a little disappointing. I was expecting The Trial, Part 2.
The Pixies released a new album, Indie City, their first in 23 years. The Pixies sorta remind me of the Princess Bride.* The band had modest sales and were, to an extent, overlooked during their time in the late 80s and early 90s. But in the 20 years since, they have gained a cult following. They certainly influenced many of the bands that followed them in the 90s, including a guy named Kurt Cobain who wanted Smells Like Teen Spirit to sound like a Pixies song.
*The Princess Bride didn’t do that well at the box office in 1987, but it has become one of the most beloved movies of all time.
Oh, and Prince – Prince! – released a new album. I haven’t listened to it, but that is a thing that happened.
These artists have nothing else to prove. They have secured their legacy in the pantheon of music greats. They have enough money to do whatever they want to do. But, they still write. They still create. They might have lost something on their fastball, and the years have taken their toll, but they keep on keepin’ on. It’s what made them great in the first place.