Pfffft! They'll be back.
Just like Elton John--who is launching his third farewell tour.
No, they won't be back.
All these guys... Neil Diamond, Elton, Peart, Skynard, and many more are approaching or already into their 70s and are understanding that it's truly the end of the line for them, time to retire and enjoy what golden years they'll have left and they realize it. Much of their fanbase is at retirement age as well and they won't be going to concerts or buying cds & merch anymore either.
In the next 2 to 4 years we're about to see a wave of retirements from classic rock bands & artists, just as we've seen a wave of their deaths over the past 3 years. Those who are still living will be getting out of the game for good.
Yep !! and all these "Sheds" around the country...that hold like 20k will in my guess close down. LS will be playing in our "shed" in Mansfield Ma
in July, been there quite a few times...it is like 95% parking lot...lots of acres. When the bigs acts stop and that is happening, who will sell tix there.
my guess is either homes will be built, or old folks homes......the times...they are a changing....smoke em if you got em.
Interesting theory, Drawtheline. Here's why you couldn't be more wrong.
According to Pollstar:
Live music continues to demonstrate its growing popularity making 2017 a record crushing year for the concert business. The Top 100 Worldwide Tours alone generated a record $5.65 billion in revenues. That represents a huge, 15.8% increase over the previous year.
The Top Tours feature many relatively young acts and a few oldies, including:
1. U2 -- $316 million. They're barely in their 50s.
2. Guns N' Roses -- $292 million.
3. Coldplay -- $238 millioin
4. Bruno Mars $98 million
5. Metallica -- $97.6
6. Depeche Mode -- $78 million
7. Paul McCartney -$146 million
8. Ed Sheeran - $124 million
9. The Rolling Stones $120 million
10. Garth Brooks $101 million
Also in the Top 20 are Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, The Weekend, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Ariana Grande.
No, I don't think the sheds are ready to shut down quite yet.
umm . . . that's TWO acts that have been around for less than 15 years, and one more that's been around slightly more than that. All the rest have been around for 30 plus years and are WAY past their prime.