I’m hip. I’m with it. I’m into the newest pop and rap songs, latest reality tv shows and hottest trends. But every now and then I like to see a little bit of old school flavor. Last night’s Grammy Awards had the perfect combo of classic older talent meets up-and-coming modern music. A few of my favorite “oldie but goodie” performances included the Beach Boys, Paul Mccartney, Joe Walsh of the Eagles, Bruce Springsteen and Tony Bennett. After seeing 54-year-old Madonna rock the SuperBowl half-time show last week, I started thinking man 50 is like the new 30. She looks GOOD. Circa the Grammy Awards last night, I saw 69-year-old Mccartney and though okay so 70 is like the new 50 now! Props out to the singer/songwriters from the older years who are still rocking and rolling. Mccartney even got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last week. Shauna Wright of UltimateClassicRock.com reported yesterday,
“Paul McCartney was finally honored with a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame on Thursday — and if you’re anything like us, you’re thinking, “Wait, what? How did he not have one already?”
The Beatles (as a group) have had a star since 1998, but somehow Paul was the last of the Fab Four to get one of his own. John Lennon and George Harrison died before they were enshrined on the famous pathway, but come on, evenRingo Starr has already been there for two years.
Still, if Macca was bitter, he didn’t let it show, saying to the hundreds of fans at the ceremony, “In Liverpool, when we were kids and listening to Buddy Holly and all the other rock and roll greats, I would have never thought the day would come when I’d be getting a star on the Walk of Fame. I thought it was an impossible thing to happen. But here we are today.”
His star was placed alongside those of his band members outside the Capitol Records building. Ringo couldn’t attend the ceremony due to illness, but Neil Young was on hand to pay tribute, saying that the 69-year-old McCartney is a singer and songwriter “at the top of his game.””
To read the rest of Wright’s article on UltimateClassicRock.com, click here.
The even cooler thing than these older musicians still making and performing music is that they’re still winning awards for their music. Tony Bennett took home a couple of awards including Best Pop Performance by a Duo for his “Body and Soul” number with the late Amy Winehouse, and Paul Mccartney won Best Historical Album. For these guys, I’m going to go ahead and say it… they just don’t make music like that anymore.