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Aging Rock Stars Gone Good

Updated on October 3, 2014

Aging Rock Stars: Stop It. Now.

Aging rocker Steven Tyler was a judge on American Idol 10. That's Steven Tyler. Aerosmith. Livin' on the Edge. Steven Tyler, a man whose face is a monument to excess, judging American Idol balladeers.

Iggy Pop is advertising insurance on British TV. Iggy, weirdo rock star, who Wikipedia says "is considered an influential innovator of punk rock, hard rock, and other styles of rock music". What next, a free pen with every Stooges album you buy?

These are just two of the unlikely aging rockers making a buck doing adverts or things rock stars shouldn't do. And it's not nice. Stop it, get back to sex and drugs and rock and roll. Grow old disgracefully like you're supposed to. Look at Keith Richards - a role model for the dissolute senior citizen.

Should aging rock stars do soft things?

Are they selling out?

Yes, it's shameful

Yes, it's shameful

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    • Monika Weise 4 years ago from Indianapolis, IN USA

      I view these guys as traitors to their art. Most of them don't need the money. I suppose they get an ego boost out of it, too, but I find it slightly disgusting.

    • April Wier 5 years ago

      Yes, they are. But, we are all entitled to change. Aerosmith had been sucking for a really long time. This sell out was WAY over due.

    • flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      Did no one tells these guys, "it's better to burn out than it is to rust"???

    • Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      It's kinda embarassing.....

    • Gerald McConway 5 years ago

      Selling out. Most of them should have faded away by now, nobody wants to see a 65-year old singer performing at 50% of their heyday.

    • Ann Hinds 5 years ago from So Cal

      It is definitely a sell-out. I am ashamed for them.

    • Shelly Sellers 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Ha! If they finally grow up:)

    • propertyandlands 6 years ago

      Great lens.very funny. The Growing old disgracefully line is hilarious. Go Keith! Speaking authoritatively as a "mature" never-has-been-once-upon-a-time-rocker-wanna be, I think if they are now going to leave the fringe and come into the mainstream, they should give us back all the money.

    • Linda Hahn 6 years ago from California

      In this corporate world we live in, everybody's selling out! Excellent lens and funny.

    • Fred-17 6 years ago

      Oh Yeah!... In my opinion the best ballads are from Rockers, Why?... Cause they don't do it often so when they do they put the soul in it 110%... some e.g.? okay:

      - Crazy by Aerosmith

      - Angel by Aerosmith

      - You are so beautiful by Joe Cocker

      - I don't want to talk about it by Rod Stewart

      - Open Arms by Journey

      and the list can be endless, one way or another most of us have enjoyed any of those songs at some time in our lives.

    • Joyce T. Mann 6 years ago from Bucks County, Pennsylvania USA

      A fun lens. Yes, these bad boys need to return to their roots of sex, drugs and rock n' roll!

    • Cinnamonbite 6 years ago

      Steve is getting married to his long time girlfriend. MARRIED?? WTF?

    • Paul 6 years ago from Liverpool, England

      These aren't Renaissance man, demonstrating another string to their bows, they're cashing in, hoping the piblic appreciates the irony and presumably having given up hopes of significant future record sales.

    • I-sparkle 6 years ago

      Yes. As long as it's only for publicity, it's okay.

    • the777group lm 6 years ago

      They're absolutely selling out - but that's still kinda telling The Man where to stick it! Does Iggy's insurance cover self-mutilation?

    • ratetea 6 years ago

      There's nothing wrong with making endorsements -- if you're selective of what you endorse, but the examples you give seem to be more about money than anything else. I am not convinced that Iggy, to use your example, is a character with a lot of integrity. Advertising insurance? Come on. These rock stars are wealthy enough, and people like Iggy lead a decadent lifestyle that is, in my opinion, out of touch with most of their fans. I think these people would do better to stick to music, and keep their non-musical activities and endorsements to charities, social movements whose values they support, and other good causes.

    No, doesn't worry me

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      • Giovanna Sanguinetti 2 years ago from London UK

        No they're not selling out - they're great and some of them look lucky to still be with us!!

      • julieannbrady 3 years ago

        Actually, I do see where aging rock stars ARE often softening up and becoming a little less hard.

      • kimadagem 4 years ago

        Sure, why not? Some of them are lucky to still be alive (from what I've heard about Keith Richards, anyway) so they might as well celebrate. It *is* a bit depressing to see how old they look because it reminds me that I'm getting that way too. But to see them still rocking into their '60s and beyond is actually kind of inspiring.

      • kimadagem 4 years ago

        Sure, why not? Some of them are lucky to still be alive (from what I've heard about Keith Richards, anyway) so they might as well celebrate. It *is* a bit depressing to see how old they look because it reminds me that I'm getting that way too. But to see them still rocking into their '60s and beyond is actually kind of inspiring.

      • WebMarketingPro 4 years ago

        I think they've earned it!

      • EMangl 4 years ago

        i enjoy their music but i don't care what they do beside that

      • poppy mercer 4 years ago from London

        The Who sang; 'hope I die before I get old' we boomers face some interesting choices that haven't existed before. How surviving Hell Raisers adapt to ageing is uncharted territory. Judge not... etc etc

      • KevinGeetar 4 years ago

        Everybody needs to make a living, if aging rock stars want to be on TeeVee it's okay with me.

      • Barbara Tremblay Cipak 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

        love Aerosmith, most bands today would be 1 tenth of one percent lucky to have this kind of longevity..Rock on boys!

      • Anthony Altorenna 5 years ago from Connecticut

        If going soft means sponsoring rehabilitation centers for kids with cancer, then we need more aging rock stars like Roger Daltrey who put their money to good use..

      • Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

        I have to agree with Terry Schultz on this one. I am truly amazed that half of these folks made it into old age.

      • livinglargeandh 5 years ago

        Aging rock stars have been making choices that suit them and their audiences throughout the decades that they have been aging and maintaining their fan base. Who am I to judge their judgment?

      • Terrie_Schultz 5 years ago

        I think it's amazing they have managed to live this long, and they should do whatever they want. More power to 'em!

      • Nicole 5 years ago from Bethel, CT

        Yes, just not too "soft" and ruin their rockstar image...but at some point you gotta grow up!

      • uktvbrackets lm 5 years ago

        anybody in the media will sellout. In these tough economic times, everybody has to promote over tv, internet etc.

      • Rhidawn 5 years ago

        I wouldn't say selling out..just trying to make a living

      • ananimoss2 5 years ago

        It's their life and they can do whatever they want to, unless you plan to take care of them.

      • DianaPrice LM 5 years ago

        They're getting smart. Terms like "selling out" are for emo teens and hipsters living with their parents that aren't supporting themselves that can afford to be "idealists." The rest of us artists have to make money to continue being artists

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Eventually we all grow old, and even though we wish they were immortal, so do rockers. What amuses me is how anyone can think that some of these old rockers have the credibility to sell anything via adverts! Who is going to believe that (hypothetically) an ex-drugged out, sex addicted rocker is now recommending we all get (eg.) life insurance? Good luck to them, I say.

      • Heidi 6 years ago from Benson, IL

        Hard rockers going soft? Shocking! But it is a free country, so I suppose they can go for it if they want to.

      mick jagger cricket rock stars gone good
      mick jagger cricket rock stars gone good

      MIck Jagger

      I blame Mick Jagger. Aging rock star supreme. One of the great bad boys of all time. Seducer of the most beautiful teenager of the sixties. Wrecket of hotel rooms across the globe. And one day I saw him on the telly. Arrested? No. Strutting across a stage? No. He was at Lords, home of English cricket.

      Now, even if you've never seen a cricket match you probably have an idea of a slow, genteel game, played on a village green by men in whites. I doubt if you ever imagined Jumping Jack Flash himself at a game. Another cucumber sandwich and cream scone Mr Jagger?

      A terrible example he's setting to the future wild men of rock. You don't see Keith Richards settling down to a nice game of dominoes - he at least has the self respect to continue self destructing.

      The Lips In Action

      Personal Imprimatur

      Bar some compilations I'm only recommending albums I own or at least used to own - in two cases it's the old story of relationship crash and subsequent fight over the music ...

      Classic Rolling Stones Music

      Beggars Banquet (Remastered)
      Beggars Banquet (Remastered)

      The best Stones album of all time. Ever. Sympathy For The Devil, Street Fighting Man, more rockers and even a folky twist - this is the Stones abandoning the psychedelic rubbish and just making music.

      Iggy POp
      Iggy POp

      Iggy Pop

      Iggy can be seen on UK television selling insurance. Insurance used to be sold by comforting old ex-TV presenters in cardigans. Iggy, looking more dessicated than ever, runs around with a muppet-like version of himself. It's not funny, it's not ironic, it's not neo-ironic, it's just horrible.

      This is the man who invented the stage dive. The man who vomited on stage. The man who, on stage, how shall we put this, allowed us to see more of himself than we really wanted.

      Check out the vids below. Spot the odd one out. Cry softly.

      Igg Pop On American Idol

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      iggy pop om american idol
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      american idol logo

      Iggy On Idol

      Wild Child on the show

      He's sixty three years old, he's shirtless, he's doing Wild Child on American Idol! Yes, Iggy guested in Rock Week on American Idol, It was a heck of a shock for some of the audience! Jennifer Lopez had to be told by Steve Tyler to stand for the ovation. Video below if you dare watch it again.

      Click here the latest buzz on American Idol

      Pia off the show? Ludicrous! Go to Hollywood Gossip for details of PIa's exit from Idol

      Iggy In Action On Idol

      Iggy Pop Vids - Spot the odd one out

      Iggy Doing What Iggy Should - Music, not insurance

      A Million in Prizes: The Anthology
      A Million in Prizes: The Anthology

      Double CD retrospective of Iggy's career before he became a salesman. If you want a good sampling of classic Stooges, buy this.

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      steven tyler rock stars gone good

      Steve Tyler

      Steve Tyler: aging rock star - actually "should be dead by now" rock star, given his past. In fifteen weeks of auditions for American Idol he's heard Aerosmith's "Don't Want to Miss a Thing" on average once a week. Good. Serves him right. If he has the brass components to take over from the icky Simon Cowell then he deserves that and more. Hopefully there'll be a few howling dogs attempting Britney numbers

      "Take a walk outside your mind
      Tell me how it feels to be
      The one who turns the knife inside of me
      Take a look and you will find there's nothing there girl"

      He's consorted with models ( a great hobby, I must say), he's fathered an actress and a super model, he's done his best to destroy himself and come back to complete four decades of hard rocking - why must he now descend into the saccharine of Saturday night TV?

      Aerosmith In Action

      Toys In The Attic
      Toys In The Attic

      Aerosmith's first smash album: Rock and blues and Walk This Way

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      roger daltrey trout farm

      Roger Daltrey

      Keith Moon's mate

      Studded leather jacket, ripped jeans, bejewelled coyboy boots. That's what a respectful bad old rock star wanders round in, rich as Croesus or not. Hand-rolled ciggie in mouth, muttering lyrics from greatest hits and forgotten blues. Well, scratch that for Roger Daltrey. The man who used to tear up cities, never mind mere hotels, with Keith Moon is now, wait for it, a trout farmer in sleepy Dorset. Barbour and green wellies, that's how Roger presents himself to the outside world when he isn't making gooseberry jam for the village fete.

      Keith Moon would have been dynamiting the ponds and driving Rolls Royces through the fish nurseries. Roger has chiosen to eschew his rock credentials and play lord of the manor. Hope I die before I become a fishmonger.

      Pinball Wizard

      Okay, I know Roger doesn't sing but I love the film

      Tommy (1969 Original Concept Album)
      Tommy (1969 Original Concept Album)

      If you don't buy the film then buy the album. There'll never be a rock musical to match it.


      Alice Cooper

      We are not worthy, we are not worthy.

      I wasn't sure if I should include Alice here on the grounds that he doesn't take himself too seriously and he was in Wayne's World. Then I thought "snakes, chickens, advertising televison sets?" and so Mr Cooper makes the list.

      Sorry Alice, you can't break up from school just to collect a Japanese corporation's largesse - it aint rock and roll. If they're calling Action rather than for the cops then you're selling out.

      Alice in action

      Alice Album - yep, the only one I have

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      johnny rotten john lydon

      John Lydon

      John Lydon, Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols. Anarchy in the UK. Never mind the ... rest of the title. Safety pins and spitting, saying naughty words on primetime TV (the little scamp). What's he up to now after those ghastly reunion tours? Well, he's advertising butter. Yes, butter, not butting groupies or African musicians, he likes a bit on his crumpet. Nudge, nudge, wink, wink.

      I always thought Punk was horiibly overrrated and that the Pistols were the exemplars of all that was wrong with it. Thank you Johnny, you've just confirmed it - behave like a rock star in your day job and fleece the masses for a nice little earner.

      Sadly, Country Life say the ads were a stunning success, nearly doubling sales of the advertised brand.

      The Only Acceptable Pistols

      Okay, some reasonable stuff and it is of historic interest.

      Great Rock N Roll Swindle
      Great Rock N Roll Swindle

      Good selection of Pistols' music. The more famous album is too rude to feature here!

      LOve Music Love Food
      LOve Music Love Food

      Which Rocker Likes A Nice Cup Of Tea?

      Siouxsie Sioux' likes beans on toast and Alex Kapranos has a passion for beetroot - just two of the artistes featured in a new book called Love Music Love Food. Profits go to the Teenage Cancer Trust, a charity devoted to helping teenagers and young adults with cancer.

      EDIT: no longer available, sadly.

      What do you think of the aging rockers above? - Are they sellouts or not?

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          Melody Lassalle 2 years ago from California

          I was dismayed years ago when Circus Magazine showed Alice Cooper in his golfing get up. That was scary.

          So, what is next? Ozzy Osborne for One a Day Vitamins?

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          Giovanna Sanguinetti 2 years ago from London UK

          A great Hub - these guys are awesome - if you think about how many great pop starts didn't make it to 'older' age - then they're almost like miracles. I love them all. But especially James Taylor (not strictly rock!) but he lived on the wild side when he was a young lad, and so he had a massive battle to overcome - so did Eric Clapton - they are all my heroes!

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          MaggiePowell 3 years ago

          Oh... And Alice Cooper did one HECK of a brilliant job playing himself in the movie Bigfoot (one of those, so bad it's good films)

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          MaggiePowell 3 years ago

          Sad that it's considered selling out for these guys to make money... today no one says a word when a current musician sells his music to car or pizza adverts.

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          Monika Weise 4 years ago from Indianapolis, IN USA

          I loved reading this. But it also makes me sad. So many idols of my youth are now forever tarnished. *sigh*

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          well, all those drugs are costly. They need a way to afford them.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          @Eric Mayo: lol

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          sybil watson 4 years ago

          I didn't have a problem with Steven Tyler being on American Idol - he is the ultimate rock star (with Mick being the UK equivalent). Those little pip squeaks on American Idol should have listened to him. How many rock stars have been famous for over 4 decades? Very few. Great lens, by the way.

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          Eric Mayo 4 years ago

          Please stop it Iggy Pop!

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          Eric Mayo 4 years ago

          How old will the Beach Boys have to be before they are the Beach Men?

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          JoleneBelmain 4 years ago

          The aging rock stars aren't selling out at all... I think they are all just showing us a bit more of what they always have been, but never let anyone else see. Just because Steven Tyler or any of the other rocks have seemed to change, doesn't mean I don't like their music any less... they are still great :)

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          AlleyCatLane 4 years ago

          I've enjoyed Steve Tyler on American Idol. I loved his crazy remarks. But I hear he has left the show to return to his band so maybe he will repent his ways and get back to rock and roll.

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          poppy mercer 4 years ago from London

          1000 quid to see Mick and the boys parody the Stones, and deeply unpleasant TV shows supported by once great performers. I suppose big stars have always been out of touch with the real world, so poor judgement isn't that surprising.

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          Paul 4 years ago from Liverpool, England

          @greenspirit: A friend of a friend of a friend says that Mick is still all over the money, just as he was in the early days,

          It's only rock and roll ...

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          victoriahaneveer 4 years ago

          There is something very peculiar looking about Steven Tyler.

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          AdriatiX 4 years ago

          Steven Tyler is my sisters favourite rock star. She just can't stop listening to Aerosmith lol.

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          GetFactsnotHype 5 years ago

          Liked it and commented. Also see coment on your bio page.

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          BarbaraCasey 5 years ago

          Had to come back and bless this lens.

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          C A Chancellor 5 years ago from US/TN

          I think doing commercials is a bit sad... but I admire Steven Tyler for trying to offer encouragement and advice to young musicians.

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          lilblackdress lm 5 years ago

          My daughter is a pop singer and has met Steven (and others). It is so cool to see a picture of her with Steven Tyler.

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