You are right. Not everyone can have that stamina & endurance at that age. I think him and Nicko McBrain are the 2 that I can think of that can do it. They are a year apart in age and are both mega power players. Not to change gears to Nicko but an interesting fact is that Nicko is a heavy metal drummer but his influence for playing was Joe Morello. I met Nicko years ago and he's another excellent human being. I put both Tommy and him in the same status as drummers.Tommy is the bomb! I met him back in 1986 in clinic in Detroit and he just killed it. He was modest, encouraged everyone to get an education "An education is worth it's weight in gold", and he never bad talked anyone. A true southern gentleman. He is one of the few that still kills it behind the kit at his age with that amount of power. Nothing has changed with his ability to play, no matter what his age is.
I'm in my 40s — and I can safely say that there's no way I'll have that much hair at 70, because I already have about 1/100th that amount of hair at my current age.
Tommy was doing the hands thing as a kid. His parents didnt want to hear his drums so he practiced with his hands. this is what he told us at a clinic in the 80's. He started doing the hands solo thing when he was playing in the WEBS band in the late 60's in Jackson Mississippi.Tommy is a nice guy & extremely humble. I met him in the 80s. He was really the first hired gun guy that I remember from my childhood. He was always good and a pros pro. Watching him do the hands solo up close is my personal favorite thing or memory. I know it's something he picked up seeing Bonzo & it's something not just anyone can do.