Rock and roll has always been a young person’s genre. It began as the music of anger, rebellion, lust, heartbreak and sometimes violence, passions usually at their most heated among the young.
It’s hard for most rock and rollers to sustain that passion over time. The Who, I imagine, has a hard time playing “Teenage Wasteland” with a straight face, and I doubt Elton John has “Saturday Night’s All Right (for Fighting) on his regular playlist. The hard-rockin’ Rolling Stones might be the most notable exception to that rule, perhaps because they still see themselves as old bluesmen at heart. (Do they still do “Street Fighting Man?”)
This guy is another one. I haven’t drawn up a formal list, but he’s probably one of my Top Five Rockers of All Time. He’s certainly on my list of Top Five currently plying their trade. And he doesn’t back down.
– Jay Bookman