Allman Brothers founding member and drummer Butch Trucks dead at the age of 69, a result of suicide. Here, the band performs "Whipping Post" live in 1970.
Geoff Nicholls, formerly of Black Sabbath, dead at 68 from lung cancer. When I was trying to find clips of Heaven and Hell, an epic album that Geoff Nicholls performed in, I kept seeing tributes to the late Ronnie James Dio, who grew up in Cortland, New York (about 40 miles from where I live). I will have to leave finding videos of Nicholls playing to more knowledgeable music bloggers.
In pondering these deaths, another thought occurred to me, and I want to share that with you.
Will 2017 be another bad year for music icons? Based on the aging of rock stars, I think it will be. It's so easy to think of ourselves as aging, but, at the same time, everyone else is frozen in time. (If you've ever gone to a high school reunion, you know what I mean). So, we baby boomers may think of the music stars of our youth as still being in their 20's, but, in reality, they've aged along with us.
Here's a sample.
Chuck Berry is 85.
Little Richard is 79.
Jerry Lee Lewis is 76.
Paul McCartney is 74.
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are both 73.
Pete Townshend is 71.
Yes, it's only a matter of time. As it is for us all.
One more song, with a famous line.
Day 30 of #blogboost The Ultimate Blog Challenge.