I bought Peter Gabriel tickets for Seattle. As I pushed the buy button I was suddenly overcome with the thought this may be my last time to see him. I missed out on the Genesis reunions so the last time I saw them was 1980, Gabriel was sometime in the 90s and Hackett was last year and I’m not sure I would go again and I find his singer distracting.
Next week we are off to see Robyn Hitchcock, he just turned 70 and says this could be the last time. So in a very real sense maybe only the Stones remain. The last time I saw Dylan was towards the end of the first decade of the new century.
I saw Neil Young shortly before the pandemic. It was solo and may be the last time I see him as he doesn’t look like touring any time soon. I watched Springsteen the other week, the sound was so bad in the barn we saw him in and the tickets so pricey it’s a case of never again.
In passing I was considering this as being the main consideration when buying a ticket. Is the artist capable of doing this again and am I able to manage it anymore. In a real sense I feel the end of something approaching.
So the list of who to see? I’d like to see Taj Mahal again, maybe Buddy Guy, Dylan, Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, Martin Carthy, Billy Bragg, Robert Plant, and so many others. Some are probably around for a lot longer Wilco, Son Volt, Decemberists, Blitzen Trapper etc!
I’m feeling that I’m approaching the end of those classic bands though. So all we will be left with are the recordings. As I approach 60, they are closer to 70+ damn where did the time go.
So I dug myself in with a nostalgia fest of Genesis at the BBC. A little heavy on the 80s but even that is pretty good in retrospect although secretly I loved it all as I bemoaned the Gabriel less band.
It’s a lazy unlovely album cover though. It’s also getting a hammering based on some of the choices but whatever it’s Genesis.