Better than Mick
June 26, 2011 4:37 AM   Subscribe

One is never too old to rock.
posted by flapjax at midnite (49 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

 
Alternate explanation: he's actually 25 years old, but things are just that bad in Russia that he looks 3 times his age.
posted by ShutterBun at 4:44 AM on June 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


You're NEVER too old to rock and roll!
posted by milkwood at 4:48 AM on June 26, 2011 [2 favorites]


Alternate explanation: he's actually 25 years old, but things are just that bad in Russia that he looks 3 times his age.

In fact, that did kinda cross my mind.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:52 AM on June 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


He seems happy, but honestly all I can think is that busking is a hard way to feed yourself, especially at that age.
posted by Houstonian at 5:12 AM on June 26, 2011


Sounds quite good.
Too bad that internet approval doesn't do him any good. He might not be aware he's on youtube.
posted by joost de vries at 5:16 AM on June 26, 2011


Too bad that internet approval doesn't do him any good. He might not be aware he's on youtube.

Yeah, I hear you. Tell you something, though: "internet approval" very often doesn't do "any good" to those who *know* they're on YouTube, either.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:22 AM on June 26, 2011


The rare exception
posted by ShutterBun at 5:29 AM on June 26, 2011


Is that Ronnie Corbett?
posted by pracowity at 5:31 AM on June 26, 2011 [2 favorites]


You haven't heard of the startup buskr.com?
posted by joost de vries at 5:36 AM on June 26, 2011


You haven't heard of the startup buskr.com?

Oh don't even get me started on buskr.com, it's just Game of Throne macro after Game of Throne macro.
posted by Fizz at 5:38 AM on June 26, 2011


ShutterBun: "Alternate explanation: he's actually 25 years old, but things are just that bad in Russia that he looks 3 times his age."

Man, that Krokodil is scary shit.
posted by bwg at 5:49 AM on June 26, 2011 [3 favorites]


Like a solo geriatric Russian Guitar Wolf. I love it.
posted by The Discredited Ape at 5:54 AM on June 26, 2011


Shit. I'm getting old. Thanks for the reminder, jerk.
posted by Goofyy at 5:56 AM on June 26, 2011


Shit. I'm getting old.

Beats the alternative. Or, maybe it doesn't, but we'll all find out soon enough. Til then, hey, keep on rockin' in the free world. Or the not-so-free world. But definitely, keep rockin'.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:06 AM on June 26, 2011 [2 favorites]


There ain't no Age for Rock and Roll

Thank you, Belgium.

posted by Wolof at 6:08 AM on June 26, 2011


I'd be more receptive if he were playing the flute and wearing a minstrel's suit, but ok.
posted by crunchland at 6:12 AM on June 26, 2011


I'd be more receptive if he were playing the flute and wearing a minstrel's suit, but ok.

Dude, I ain't linking to Ian Anderson. That's just not gonna happen.

actually, I do have a soft spot for Benefit, Aqualung and Thick as a Brick, but still...
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:18 AM on June 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'm glad to know you're never too old to rock.

But I think I already knew this. I've been to RUSH concerts where there were literally 3 generations attending together -- grandparents, parents, and teenage kids.

Part of me finds this disconcerting. Another part of me finds it utterly charming and wonderful.
posted by hippybear at 6:55 AM on June 26, 2011


flapjax at midnite: "actually, I do have a soft spot for Benefit, Aqualung and Thick as a Brick, but still..."

I could never abide Aqualung. As soon as he sings "Snot is running down his nose ..." he loses me.
posted by bwg at 6:55 AM on June 26, 2011


Dude, Aqualung the album is much much more than Aqualung the song.
posted by hippybear at 6:57 AM on June 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


I could never abide Aqualung. As soon as he sings "Snot is running down his nose ..." he loses me.

Yeah, some of those lyrics can get pretty stupid. Meanwhile, Lennon can write "yellow matter custard dripping from a dead dog's eye" and it's just... so much better. Go figure.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:00 AM on June 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


Oh, and yeah, what hippybear said. The album's pretty good overall. But the lyrics are actually the weakest point, for me, throughout.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:02 AM on June 26, 2011


well, those 3 albums were when jethro tull were still a band and not just an extension of ian anderson's massive artistic ego
posted by pyramid termite at 7:11 AM on June 26, 2011


Dude can play for real but he's not that old. I bet he's younger than the Stones.
posted by Jode at 7:13 AM on June 26, 2011


Dude can play for real but he's not that old. I bet he's younger than the Stones.

I'd say you're probably right. He could be in his 50's, say.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:15 AM on June 26, 2011


Guy needs to open for the Red Elvises. Kickstarter, Save the Children, Threadless... someone make this happen.
posted by Eideteker at 7:30 AM on June 26, 2011


I like how he's carrying a shopping bag. Like, "Oh, I was just picking up some socks at the store, but did you want to rock? Because I can rock if you'd like."
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 7:56 AM on June 26, 2011 [5 favorites]


Frampton is touring for the 35th anniversary of Frampton Comes Alive. Never too old indeed!
posted by Redhush at 8:06 AM on June 26, 2011


great post. The dude was prolly getting bootleg tapes circa 1977.

anyone check out the other vids I like this one.

nice piano work and a good progression with the beat, voice is layered in nice. anyone know the lyrics?
posted by clavdivs at 8:09 AM on June 26, 2011


Granny gets down.
posted by nickyskye at 9:04 AM on June 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


In former Soviet Union old rocks you.





(did Jode just quote World Party?)
posted by humboldt32 at 9:33 AM on June 26, 2011


It's not the age; it's the miles.
posted by three blind mice at 9:37 AM on June 26, 2011 [2 favorites]


Reminds me of this other Eastern European video flapjax found. Still seems cruel and condescending to me. Things are really bad for the elderly in many parts of Eastern Europe.
posted by Nomyte at 9:50 AM on June 26, 2011


And then there's drummer Jerrie Thill - as of recently she was still keep a beat at 93 - amazing lady.
posted by madamjujujive at 10:22 AM on June 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


Punk's not dead.
posted by spoobnooble at 10:42 AM on June 26, 2011


Lennon can write "yellow matter custard dripping from a dead dog's eye" and it's just... so much better.

No, no, no. It's horrible and we kinda let it slide because things like Instant Karma! or The Day in the Life are good enough to make up for it.
posted by chimaera at 10:44 AM on June 26, 2011


I was expecting this post to be about this guy.
posted by brundlefly at 12:02 PM on June 26, 2011


I was expecting this post to be about under-appreciated rockers from the days of yore who are still killing it on tour. E.g.
posted by jeffamaphone at 12:32 PM on June 26, 2011


ShutterBun: The rare exception

Oddly, that link actually ties into this thread in a number of ways. Ted Williams became an internet "viral" star, and got coverage in mainstream media, with coverage on RT News (previously known as Russia Today), as seen in ShutterBun's clip.
posted by filthy light thief at 12:39 PM on June 26, 2011


I was expecting this post to be about under-appreciated rockers from the days of yore who are still killing it on tour.

You mean, like Makka, or Robert Plant, or Judas Priest, or Jethro Tull...

Not sure if there are any older acts than that gang who are actually touring and not just doing PBS "My Music" specials. Even the Stones haven't toured in quite a few years at this point.
posted by hippybear at 1:01 PM on June 26, 2011


One is never too old to rock.

And/or roll.
posted by Splunge at 1:22 PM on June 26, 2011


Captain Beefheart lives.
posted by abcde at 3:13 PM on June 26, 2011


I've seen Neil Young, BB King, Iggy & the Stooges... you don't have to convince me. Some of the best crowds I've seen are at ancient pub rock gigs.

This guy is good. The PURE PASSION OF ROCK AND ROLL will never die!
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 3:19 PM on June 26, 2011


jeffamaphone, John Prine is looking so much older. I knew him by the voice but not the face.

Of course the real reason that it concerns me that many of my musical gods are aging is that it all relates back to me, me, me. Yikes.

I grow old, I grow old,
I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled.

posted by madamjujujive at 4:31 PM on June 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


"We have to learn to play with nothing, with our guitars broken, and it's raining." Meets the Modern Lovers criterion, yup.
posted by Kinbote at 4:49 PM on June 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


it all relates back to me

Yep.

Not sure if there are any older acts than that gang who are actually touring

There are, if you go looking. I can get behind seeing every one of the acts you listed. In addition, some of my favorites:

Leonard Cohen (born 1934) was touring Europe as of 2010, it seems.

And Chuck Berry (born 1927) is still playing at least once a month, though mostly regional focused around St. Louis. But he's not looking to good in the recent videos I've found. I saw him 10 years ago at Blueberry Hill and he was still schralping it.
posted by jeffamaphone at 4:56 PM on June 26, 2011


Bob Dylan is still worth seeing, despite what people might tell you.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 6:37 PM on June 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


I saw The Pretty Things about ten years ago, and I enjoyed the show immensely, but, man oh man, they looked really, really old. Probably older than they were in fact.
posted by stinkycheese at 8:15 PM on June 26, 2011


They'll put Nickelback on the radio but not this? There's no justice in the world...
posted by inthe80s at 7:23 AM on June 27, 2011


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