|White Whale Records - Billboard, page 33, 4 March 1967|
Starring The Turtles (Flo & Eddie), Mark Farner, Gary Lewis, Chuck Negron, and Mitch Ryder
Coral Springs Center for the Arts
June 11, 2014
Better Than: Watching an old YouTube video
At one time or another, we've all dreamed of living the life of a rock star, being able to walk out on stage every night to thunderous ovations from adoring audiences and later walking off into the arms (and most likely between the legs) of a gaggle of groupies. What better way to make a shitload of money for a couple hours of work? Especially when your work is really all about playing music with your friends?
That's the ideal of course, but most of the time that daydream involves a younger artist still in his or her prime, with the energy and stamina to leap about the stage and assume all sorts of well-planned, patented poses. What happens when you're a musician past your prime, one whose most recent hits are only played on oldies stations.
If you're a superstar in the category of, say, Paul McCartney or the Rolling Stones, it really doesn't matter; the demand is endless and you can still fill a stadium based on career accomplishments alone. If, on the other hand, your fan following is comprised mainly of senior citizens, then you get yourself a slot on a classic rock tour like Happy Together, and take your allotted time to relive your glory years by reprising your biggest hits.
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