HOUSTON, TX - The Who sounded cool when they said it 51 years ago, "Hope I die before I get old." But now that generation of rock gods are well into their Geritol years, could their final curtain call be nearing its end?
Glenn Frey, a founding member of classic rock band "The Eagles", died Monday of complications from arthritis, colitis and pneumonia. He was only 67 years old. Last week we lost iconic musician and songwriter David Bowie, from cancer at the age of 69. Before that, it was Lemmy from Motorhead and R&B artist Natalie Cole. All of these performers represented a wide variety of musical genres and all will be missed.
Classic Rock radio station The Eagle's Roger Beaty of the Dean and Rog Show says,"Just because we grew up with them, it's the memories that you have of when you listened to these artists. For a lot of people it starts in your high school, and you carry it on. It's the nostalgia of it, and maybe our own mortality."
In the lyrics to "It's Your World Now", one of the last songs penned by Frey, the legendary songwriter seems to be passing the musical torch to a new generation. So, who's tomorrows music legends? According to Rog, that's a tough call, "I think Americana music has moved into the country realm. But the legends of just great song writing, those artists are hard to come by now."
Longevity seems to be a thing of the past. Time might be on, 72-year-old rock star Mick Jagger's side, so far. But when it comes to many current chart toppers, that music is here today, gone tomorrow.