Published: Wednesday December 5, 2012 MYT 9:08:00 AM
Rock's oldies still golden in New York concerts
NEW YORK: Rock's wrinkly superstars are out in force in New York this week, with The Rolling Stones, The Who, Patti Smith and Neil Young riding the time machine back to the Big Apple's big stages.
The rush of golden oldies from the 1960s and '70s heyday of rock 'n roll began with Neil Young and Crazy Horse, along with Patti Smith, in the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Monday - the same venue that hosts the Stones this Saturday.
Neil Young has just released two new albums, "Americana" in June and "Psychedelic Pill" at the end of October, along with an autobiography "Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream." Not bad for a 67-year-old.
Patti Smith, 65, has released "Banga," her first studio album in several years and which was recorded in the same place she made "Horses" in 1974, the record that made her famous as the godmother of punk.
Nearly 20,000 people showed up to the Neil Young-Smith show in Brooklyn. On Wednesday, it will be the turn of The Who guitarist Pete Townshend, 67, and singer Roger Daltrey, 68, to turn back the clock with a complete rendition of their 1973 rock opera "Quadrophenia" in Madison Square Garden.
Last year they revived the earlier work, "Tommy," which dates back to the '60s, and the band, missing its deceased drummer Keith Moon and bassist John Entwistle, was chosen for the closing ceremony at the London Olympics.
The icing on the cake for old time rock and rollers will be the arrival of The Rolling Stones, who are on a 50th anniversary tour.
Mick Jagger, 69, and Keith Richards, 68, will stage their first US concert since 2006. Last week they played twice in London before coming for three scheduled US shows, one in Brooklyn and two in Newark, New Jersey. - AFP