Cape Gazette

How about a festival for the gray hairs?

By Ron MacArthur | Jun 24, 2013
Chicago Transit Authority, the band's first album in 1969, is among my all-time favorites.

Firefly has quickly turned into one of the top music festivals in the region. If the growth spurt experienced this year keeps pace, the event will rival the best festivals anywhere.

Because I grew up in the 1960s and 1970s, I'm considered old by some standards; that's why I don't recognize the majority of the bands playing at Firefly. We need a festival for those who qualify for AARP.

It's time some rock-and-roll promoter wakes up out there and plans a music festival for those of us who still think Credence Clearwater Revival and the Eagles are cool. Can you imagine how exciting a three-day music festival featuring bands – or what's left of them – from the golden years of rock would be?

You might say that it's already been done. Remember those three days of peace and love in a small town in New York? That was eons ago, and many of those performers are long gone.

I can't imagine the buzz that a concert featuring the likes of Elton John, Chicago, REO Speedwagon, Doobie Brothers, Moody Blues, Guess Who, Rolling Stones, Eagles, Paul McCartney, Aerosmith, Journey, Kansas, Boston, Yes, AC/DC and the Beach Boys would create. It better happen soon because these guys are not getting any younger, and many of the bands only have a few original members remaining.

Someone with a great mind could come up with a fitting name for this festival. How about Alive and Kicking Festival for starters?

Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – released in 1973 – is another of my favorite albums.
A bit more obscure, but still a great album, is A Question of Balance by the Moody Blues. I think I wore the grooves off this album.
Comments (1)
Posted by: Amanda Neafie | Jun 24, 2013 15:16

How about Blind Faith - both the band and the name of the festival?


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