ATLANTA • On stage, it could possibly be the sounds of silence quickly for a lot of veteran musical acts, together with Paul Simon, with bulletins that they’re taking a ultimate touring bow.
Neil Diamond even surprised followers by saying that he was instantly halting touring due to Parkinson’s illness.
Most of those acts belong to the baby-boomer technology, the identical ones which can be being pushed off traditional rock radio stations in favour of 1990s grunge.
Such a spell of retirements would possibly really feel like the tip of an period, however one can by no means completely write off a risk that these previous palms could but make an occasional comeback.
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John teamed up with lyricist Bernie Taupin in 1967 and the 2 have dominated pop music since. They have 9 No. 1 songs on the Billboard Hot 100.
One explicit attraction of John was his openness about his private life, notably his homosexuality and dependancy to medication and alcohol. He bought sober within the 1990s and began the Elton John Aids Foundation.
His onstage stature has drawn huge crowds for greater than 50 years, however he’s now a household man.
He and his husband David Furnish have two sons and the 70-year-old desires to see them develop up. “I’ve been touring since I was 17. I thought the time is right to say thank you to all my fans and say goodbye,” John mentioned.
Likelihood of retirement: It is pretty possible, provided that the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour consists of greater than 300 exhibits strung out throughout three years.
Simon and Art Garfunkel first harmonised collectively in sixth grade after assembly at college in New York. Together, they’d turn out to be a pop music power not like any within the 1960s, utilizing their dulcet voices to breathe life into delicate tracks corresponding to America, Bridge Over Troubled Water and The Sound Of Silence.
After the duo broke up in 1970, Simon went on to release 13 solo albums and toured tirelessly.
Last December, his guitarist Vincent Nguini died from liver most cancers.
That is one cause the 76-year-old is retiring from touring, the opposite being that “the time away from my family takes a toll that detracts from the joy of playing”.
Likelihood of retirement: Simon does “anticipate doing the occasional performance” after his farewell tour. And earlier than asserting his bowing out, he informed the Los Angeles Times that “I’m never going to retire” from making music.
From heavy metallic rocker to MTV actuality star, Osbourne has had a prolific, and sometimes tumultuous, run. He bought his begin in Black Sabbath in 1968.
His practically four-decade solo profession started when he was kicked out of the band for allegedly being unreliable. His music was darkish and his exhibits had been wild.
At one in Des Moines, a fan threw an unconscious bat on stage. Thinking it was a prop, Osbourne bit its head off – and needed to be rushed to hospital to be handled for rabies.
“I just need to slow it down a little,” the 69-year-old informed Rolling Stone. “I get pleasure from being a grandfather.
“I don’t want to go through another generation of Osbournes without seeing them grow up.”
Likelihood of retirement: First, he mentioned “I’m not retiring” from enjoying one-off gigs, simply excursions. Second, he supposedly retired from touring within the early 1990s together with his farewell No More Tours.
He will not be hiding that reality. He named this farewell tour as if it was a sequel – No More Tours 2.
The rock band has skilled tbeir fair proportion of tragedy and success. Their identify was impressed by Leonard Skinner, a high-school instructor who despatched a number of of the members to the principal’s workplace for having lengthy hair.
When they shaped the band, they named it in his honour.
Twenty-six of their albums have climbed the Billboard 200 chart and the music Free Bird has turn out to be a cultural fixture. But a 1977 aircraft crash killed a number of members, together with frontman Ronnie van Zant.
Guitarist Gary Rossington is now the one founding member nonetheless with the band, however coronary heart issues have induced him to cancel exhibits.
“My health isn’t very great, so it’s harder for me to tour and everyone’s got kids, families and grandkids now,” he informed Billboard.
“So we’re just gonna kick back a little because of our age and I just want to go out on a high note.”
Likelihood of retirement: Rossington identified that many acts “retire” after which return to the stage.
“Even the Eagles and a lot of people retire for a year or two and they have to come back. It’s just in your blood, y’know? So I don’t know if it’s really ever gonna end.”