So live music and live shows have been a part of my being for well over 50 years. Even back before my first concerts in 1966 (Stones in June, Beatles in August) I would be out and about say on a Friday or a Saturday night for dances at the Legion Post in Fairview Park (suburb of Cleveland) with my buddy Donnie Farmer’s band The Blackweles playing. Hey, it’s where they girls were!! Needless to say once I got into radio and the music business live music was a must and was always there! I look back on my good fortune and smile because I have had the opportunity to see so many great acts and witnessed so many unique and wonderful events, it really makes me stop and go Yeah Baby! Still love going to shows at The Arcada, River Edge Park, The Paramount even into the city at places like Park West or Northerly Island. There is something about being at a live event and I include the live broadcasts that we are able to do on The River. It has to do with spontaneity and with being out among people!! Live people!! That’s why when I saw this I thought you might enjoy this info!!
Britons over 50 who attend live concerts and shows have been found to live longer, according to a study. Experts at University College London followed over 6,700 Britons for 15 years, and found that those who attended gigs, concerts, galleries, the theatre, the opera, museums and exhibitions regularly had less chance of dying early. When these activities and events which came under the umbrella of “receptive arts” were attended monthly by participants, the study found they had 31 per cent less risk of dying over the next 14 years compared to those who never went out at all. “We found that arts engagement could have a protective association with longevity in older adults, which could partly be explained by differences in cognitions, mental health, and physical activity.” With more bands rocking into their old age than ever, there’s no shortage of contempories to see on the stage. Foo Fighters Dave Grohl, who turned 50 this year, is prouder than ever to be uncool and “dad rock”. The famous frontman was interviewed where he disagreed that the Foos are a cool band. Interviewer Whitney Cummings suggested they were cool, Dave countered: “You know the whole Dad rock thing? We’re totally dad rock.” He continued: “First of all, we are all dads, and you’re right, we’re a rock band… Look, I’m 50 years old, I have fucking grey hair… But you know, the thing is, I have never considered our band cool, and I like that.” He added: “We’ve just never been hip or cool, we just really haven’t”. Speaking about his band’s longevity, Grohl said: “I think that the reason why we’re still here is because we do kind of disconnect ourselves from the popular stuff that’s going on, but also because, what the fuck do we care? I just want to fucking play music.”
I think we in the audience, out here, can relate! We just wanna enjoy fucking music! See ya at the show!!!