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Monday, July 26, 2010

Too Old To Rock n'Roll, Too Enmeshed in the Money Machine to Die?

It's Tu B'Av day, or is that "The Morning After?" Ladies, did you wear white and dance in the vineyards outside of Jerusalem's walls last night? Have new z'vugiim (couples) been formed overnight? Has love reigned supreme or did the full moon catch you by surprise? We want to know.

It's also the 67th birthday of Mick Jagger as well as the 20th anniversary of the death of Grateful Dead keyboardist Brent Mydland. Mick is like the Energizer Bunny of Rock n'Roll, he just keeps going and going ... while Grateful Dead keyboardists ("The Cursed Position") drop like flies - Pigpen, Keith Godchaux (whose 30th yartzeit was this past Shabbat), Brent Mydland ...

We can only speculate about why some live forever - in some cases, long out-living their own relevance - and some don't live long enough to fulfill their potential. Perhaps the reason Mick keeps going and going is because the money-making machine he created - the Rolling Stones, who invented the idea of "merchandising" (they were nearly broke until someone came up with the idea of putting their logo all over cheap clothing items, cups, notebooks, etc. and the Rock & Roll Merchandising Industry was born, turning their fortunes around and creating a whole new cash flow portal for bands - can't afford for him to die?

Or maybe all those old chestnut rumors about Mick selling his soul to the devil were true after all. We won't know until the Last Act of this crazy play.

We're playing The Rolling Stones' "Get Your Ya-Ya's Out" and "Sticky Fingers" at 8pm tonight. Mick, if you're listening, don't forget to go to bed early tonight, you'll need your sleep!

At 10pm we're playing the Grateful Dead 3/29/90 at Nassau Coliseum featuring Brent Mydland on keyboards.